It’s hard to believe it’s October this week – where does the time go! Instead of worrying where the time is going, why not look on the positive side, with 13 weeks to go, there’s still time to lose a stone for Christmas! Imagine giving yourself the gift of a slimmer, healthier new you for Christmas – it really is the very best gift around, for you and your loved ones.

You can do it, you know. Our Slimtone Lifestyle Plan has everything you need to shift those unwanted pounds. And coming along to class will give you an extra boost – I’m with you every step of the way with answers to your questions, tips to make things easier and encouragement to help you get there.

Here are a few reminders to help you shape up for the festive season.

First of all, semi-starvation won’t help – it’ll just get you down. Get organised with your menu plan and sort out your shopping. Have a cooking session and make a selection of your favourite meals then freeze them. You’ll find it so convenient to have a meal ready whenever you need it.

Make up your Slimtone Soup too, (the recipe is on page 27 of the Lifestyle Plan) it’s ideal as a snack or as a calorie-free starter before a meal. Take it to work in a soup flask to have with your packed lunch and you’ll have a really satisfying meal.

Next think about your portion size. If you guesstimate your portions instead of weighing them then you are NOT following the plan. Just the odd piece of cheese or chocolate or nibbling at the children’s leftovers has calories and they all count.  Remember the Slimtone motto – Little Pickers Wear Bigger Knickers! C’mon now, no messing, no guessing!

Exercise is important too, so fit in as much as you can. It doesn’t have to be anything too strenuous, walking is great exercise. Look at stairs in a new light, they are a BIG calorie-burner. Did you know that every time you walk up a flight of stairs you burn off around 11 calories per minute!

Above all, be realistic. Losing five pounds a month is an excellent weight loss – any more than that is a real bonus. And if you lose a pound a week, that’s almost a stone by Christmas! Wouldn’t that be fantastic!

Let’s get going together and you’ll feel fitter, healthier and look fabulous for Christmas!

See you in class,
Marie x