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!

Congratulations to Tasha our Slimmer of the Month

If you are looking for motivation to lose weight for your holidays take a look at Tasha’s story on http://www.slimtone.co.uk/diet_stories/success_stories.asp. Having reached her target weight after losing a stone and half she has maintained this for the past ten years. Attending class while she was pregnant with both her children and getting the extra pounds off to get to her ideal weight soon after they were born. Tasha attends the Slimtone class in Cwrt Gwalia every Thursday morning and Alison who takes the class is always pleased to see new members.


Congratulations to all our members  for their excellent weight losses during January.
However, if you are still looking for motivation to get back to class after the Christmas Break then come along to the Masonic Hall on Thursday evening 10th February from 5.30pm
Several of our success stories will be visiting the session telling us all their ideas, favourite recipes on the Lifestyle Plan etc    I know you will find them inspiring as Julie lost the eight and half pounds which crept on over the holidays in only 3 weeks,  Jan will be telling you how much better she is feeling after losing three stone while running a successful cafe and making the cakes……  Lisa who has lost 6 stone will be bringing her before photographs and I can promise you will not think it is the same person.  So if you want to get back into your weight loss plan this is the evening you will find the motivation to do it.
We will also have a buffet with lots of healthy options to sample.  Please try and make this special evening and there will also be a promotion with FREE joining on that evening for family and friends.
Look forward to seeing you.

Congratulations to Andrea our first Target Member at Llysfaen

Andrea is an inspiration to all the members of our Llys Faen class on a Friday morning. Having lost nearly two stone since the class started in February and was one of our first members at the venue to achieve her target weight. Read Andrea’s story on our website http://www.slimtone.co.uk