Julie’s target is to lose 5 stone in the next 12 months

Julie Richards at the start of her weight loss journey

Julie Richards is just starting out on her journey to lose weight, get fit and raise lots of money!

At the end of January 2014, Julie’s 11 year old son, Geraint, suffered a catastrophic asthma attack causing him to have a cardiac arrest and leaving him severely brain damaged. From that moment on, life changed dramatically for the Richard’s family.

“Food has always been my comfort, and in the last 14 months even more so. We spent 5 months in hospital in Cardiff, then another 3 months in hospital in Surrey. We were with Geraint every moment, learning what to do, which exercises would help and generally providing support.

We weren’t eating properly, just grabbing whatever came to hand. And friends and family, at a loss to know what they could do to help, cooked for us – cakes, pasties, big home-cooked dinners that we could just pop in the microwave. I was never a light-weight, but I’ve put on over 2 stone in that time. Now at a size 26 top and size 22 trousers, I knew I had to do something about it.

Like most people, I know what I have to do to lose weight, BUT I needed the motivation. I think you have to want to lose weight, to do it for yourself. And this time, I’ve got motivation by the bucketful!

I worry about Geraint all the time. I need to be around for him now and in the future. It’s no good being out-of-breath and tired all the time. I need to be fit and healthy and to come out of my comfort zone. The best thing I can do for him right now is to lose weight – and if I’m sponsored for every pound I lose, then I can raise money for the Trust Fund we’ve set up for him for his future.

So Slimtone, here I am.

I’ve known Marie for a long time and Linda, who runs the Tondu class, is a good friend too. I know that with their help and support, I’m going to succeed. I’ve got no excuses and the Lifestyle Plan is ideal. Everything is so tasty and the whole family can eat the same thing – I can even have my favourite Sunday roast.

I’m exercising too – and this from someone who hates it with a passion. I just don’t understand how anyone can go to a gym and enjoy it! But I do love walking, oh yes and chatting! So every week after class I’m joining Linda and some of the other Slimtone members for a walk and a chat – exercise can be fun, after all!

At my first weigh-in I was 16 stone 2¼lbs. Marie had brought along a 5lb lump of fat – this is how much you can expect to lose every month! It was horrid. No wonder I’m out-of-breath and tired, this extra weight is like carrying a small child around with me all the time!

My journey has begun – my target is to lose 5 stone in the next 12 months.  I’ve weighed, I’ve measured and I’ve had my cholesterol checked. You can keep track of my success here on the Slimtone blog and on Slimtone’s Facebook page too – and if you’d like to sponsor me, that would be great. Thank you.

See you soon!


Do you want to join Julie on her weight loss journey? Get your copy of the Lifestyle Plan here or come and join a Slimtone class locally or online – you’re always welcome!



To help you save yourself calories and lots of hidden fat and sugar. Simply click on http://www.slimtone.co.uk and take a look at Slimtone’s list of Healthy Options. You will soon discover the secret of our success.


This time of the year it’s great to have some new ideas to get back into healthy eating after all the Christmas festivities. The NEW YEAR 7 DAY plan which all Slimtone members will be having in our classes next week is really versatile. All the menues and ideas can be mixed and mmatched to suit everyones personal lifestyle. It also follows the Slimtone motto it’s not about “Counting Calories” but making your “Calories Count”. See you at class for your complimentary copy next week.

Congratulations to Slimtone members at Cwrt Gwalia

A new class was opened in January this year at Cwrt Gwalia Ogmore Vale. I would like to congratulate everyone at the class for the record weight losses and the warm welcome and tremendous atmosphere each week. A special mention to Janice who has already lost four stone and Helen who has lost three stone. Also to Jack and Marion who have both lost over a stone and half since they joined the class. Everyone agrees that the healthy eating recipes, the GI plan and ideas in the Lifestyle plan makes dieting so easy. Together with the inspiration of Alison the Slimtone lecturer they all agree this is the secret of their success. The class meet every Thursday at Cwrt Gwalia from 9.30 – 10.30am. Everyone is welcome.