It’s been a busy week! First of all, we had an amazing visit to Champneys again at the weekend. Thank you to everyone there who made our visit so special – and especially for my surprise birthday celebration!

I’m also delighted to say that, due to local demand, Slimtone has opened a new class in Maesteg Park this week! It was lovely to see so many new faces. The venue is Maesteg Special Families (opposite Bryn Celyn Care Home). If you know anyone living in the area, please let them know there’s help on the doorstop on a Monday at 10am and they’ll have a very warm and friendly welcome.

And last but certainly not least, congratulations to everyone for the tremendous weight losses in classes recently. So many of you that joined in January have now lost more than a stone – amazing!

And if you’re struggling or thinking about coming to class, do you know, you can melt away up to a stone by the time the children break up for the summer holidays! Now isn’t that a great incentive. Imagine how you’d feel fitting into all those lovely summer clothes that are sitting in your wardrobe…or even better popping into the shops to get something new!

There’s no special app, no complicated tracking, no counting calories – the secret to a steady and achievable weight loss is the Slimtone Lifestyle Plan

The Slimtone Lifestyle Plan has been specially designed to provide you with a sensible, nutritious diet that is tailored for all the family. To make it really easy why not start with Plan 1 on page 70. This is a G.I. Jumpstart Plan – the meals provide slow release energy to satisfy your appetite for a longer period, preventing those dreaded hunger pangs so you won’t be looking for a quick fix snack.

Make sure you are drinking enough water too. Drinking water is an essential part of your Lifestyle Plan. It really is important that you drink 6-8 glasses of water every day – that’s around 2 litres. Add a slice of lemon, lime, fresh orange or a splash of lemon juice to enhance the flavour, but keep an eye on how much you drink.

With your Lifestyle Plan, you get a Food Diary to keep track of what you’re doing – use it to write down everything you eat. It’s all too easy to “forget” that little biscuit or square of chocolate. Remember “if you bite it, write it!”

Exercise is important too – and it doesn’t have to be a hard slog, make it FUN. Maybe you like doing Zumba or Pilates or have been inspired by Strictly and fancy having a go at dancing. Find something that suits you. And now that the sun is out, it’s much easier to go out for a brisk walk every day. Start with just 15 minutes around the block and you’ll soon be able to increase the distance and speed – and you’ll feel so much better for it too!  Some of our members have their own personal trainer – with 4 legs and very waggy tails!

Finally, a quick reminder about portion sizes. I think you’ll be amazed at how much difference that “quick guess” makes. Keep your kitchen scales easily to hand. Don’t let portion sizes stop you from being fit and fabulous!

So come on, start your healthy eating plan today and get out your “secret weapon” Slimtone Lifestyle Plan. I know you’ll be pleased when you start to see the difference over this coming week.

And remember to come to class – if you haven’t been able to join us over the past few weeks, I can promise you a warm welcome and lots of support and encouragement.

See you soon,
Marie x