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!

Julie

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!

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Make your Bonfire Night go with a Bang

The weather has certainly turned colder this week and  our Slimtone members all agree that a warming bowlful of soup is always welcome on a chilly winter’s night.  Our Mexican Chilli Beef Stew  from our popular Soup Book is the perfect hearty meal for the Bonfire Night celebrations and as a winter snack.

Serves 4 – Approx 100 calories per portion

125g/4½oz lean minced beef   – 1 large onion, chopped
1 red pepper, diced-                    1 tin chopped tomatoes
1 small tin red kidney beans        ¾ pt beef stock
½ tsp chilli powder                       1 clove garlic
Salt

Finely dice the onion, red pepper and garlic. Seal the beef over a medium heat and drain off any excess fat. Add onion, red pepper, and garlic and continue cooking until the meat is browned. Add the tomatoes, kidney beans and the stock. Season with salt and the chilli powder and mix thoroughly. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Allow to cool and liquidise or blitz with hand mixer to thicken. Enjoy with a slice of French bread.

If you have any recipes or ideas please share them on our facebook group we would love to hear from you.

 

Congratulations to Leah

Congratulations to Leah Rossiter who is the Slimmer of the Week at our class in the Non Pol Ogmore Vale. Also, thrilled that she has had a honors degree and is now a Batchelor of Economics and Social Studies together with a BPA for Psychology and Criminology. While at her final year studying at university Leah came to class when possible while following her Slimtone healthy eating plan .During this time losing a total of over 20 pounds and is only three pounds off her ideal weight. Just to let you know Leah everyone at Slimtone is so proud of you.

ENJOY YOUR MAY BANK HOLIDAY THE SLIMTONE WEIGH!

 

If you are having B.B.Q’S this Bank Holiday Weekend the following are some of our favourite Slimtone salad recipes which are simple to prepare and help with your “5” a day.

**SLIMTONE SALAD BOWL.
Line your salad bowl with a selection of rocket, watercress, crispy or continental lettuce and top with crunchy cucumber, cherry tomatoes, peppers, radish, celery, grated carrot, bean sprouts etc. I enjoy adding broccoli, fresh peas, sweetcorn and beetroot which all add to the flavour and for added zing add some chopped apple, grapes, sliced strawberries etc.

Roast Vegetable and Pasta Salad

Mist a selection of vegetables with one calorie cooking spray and pop into oven to roast. Button Mushrooms, Sliced red onions, Peppers, Butternut Squash, Sweet potato etc. are all ideal. Meanwhile cook 56g/2oz dried weight pasta and stir into roasted vegetables. Dress with balsamic vinegar or low calorie vinaigrette/ French dressing.

Hawaiian Rice Salad – Serves 1

Cut into bite sized pieces2ozs/56g pineapple, 50g/2oz lean ham and ½ red pepper. Mix with 168g/6ozs cooked rice or pasta and serve with lettuce, rocket, cucumber and tomato. (Ideal as packed lunch).

Rice Bowl – Serves 1

Mix 56g/2oz smoked haddock fillet, poached and flaked, 168g/6oz cooked rice (56g/2oz dry weight) 1 medium egg hard boiled and chopped, 1 tablespoon cooked frozen peas together in a bowl, serve with Slimtone salad bowl or stir fried vegetables. *** Prawns, salmon, tuna or ham could be substituted for haddock.

Potato and Crispy Bacon Salad – Serves 1 s

Halve 140g/5oz of cooked baby new potatoes in skins. Slice 2 grilled bacon rashers or wafer thin ham and 3 spring onions. Mix together with 2 level tblspn Hellman’s Extra Lite mayo. Serve with your Slimtone Salad Bowl.

Pineapple & Ham Pasta Salad – Serves1

Mix together; 84g/3oz cooked pasta shells, 56g/2oz lean chopped ham, 56g/2oz pineapple in natural juice, 1 tblspn peas & sweetcorn, 1 tblspn low-cal mayonnaise. Season lightly with salt and black pepper. (canned mandarin oranges instead of the pineapple is also really tasty.

WHAT’S NEW – HAVE YOU SEEN THE NEW PHILADELPHIA CREAMY PEPPERCORN SAUCE. THIS IS DELICIOUS SERVED WITH  CHICKEN, PRAWNS AND PASTA AND WOULD BE IDEAL SERVED WITH A BUFFET OR B.B.Q. THE MUSHROOM AND GARLIC AND HERB ARE FIRM FAVOURITES WITH OUR MEMBERS

ALSO, THEY CAN BE KEPT IN THE ‘FRIDGE AFTER OPENING FOR SEVEN DAYS. SO GREAT FOR A SAUCE SERVED WITH FISH, CHICKEN OR PASTA.

 

Slimtone’s Healthy Eating Alternatives

Slimtone is all about healthy eating and simply by following their list of low calorie alternatives you can lose weight the easy way. With these simple changes you can save over 4,000 calories on your usual shopping. That’s well over a pound in weight melting away and a great start for the spring. Simply visit http://www.slimtone.co.uk for all of the Slimtone ideas

Slimtone’s Guide To Hidden Sugars

There has been a lot of media coverage on hidden sugars in our foods. This is a subject that we discuss in our classes on a regular basis when discussing our healthy eating programmes. If you would like to see this simply visit http://www.slimtone.co.uk/shop/slimming_shop.asp and see our Healthy Living Fact Sheets which are availalbe to download.