Weight loss Challenge Somerset

New Leaf started a Community Weight loss class in May 2013.

The challenge was to lose 10lbs in 10 weeks. New Leaf have teamed up with local experts in losing weight, life coaching, getting fit and looking fabulous to bring you a Rural Weight Loss Challenge with a difference.

We did not have a diet plan to follow just healthy eating guidelines.

The initial course was held at Broomfield Village Hall. We invited 17 people to attend.

The course aimed to help

  • Learning about body image, healthy eating and cooking with local weight loss expert Hilary Richardson.
  • Learning how to increase your physical exercise with Running Coach Brett Rogers and personal fitness coach Imogen Mann.
  • Increasing your self confidence, motivation and self belief with Becky Wright Life Coach from New Leaf Life Design.
  • Raw Food Cooking by Raw Food Chef Deborah Durrant of Deliciously Raw
  • Having specialist input on growing your own food provided by Somerset Community Foodand Incredible Edible Somerset.

The outcome

The average person lost 15lbs in 10 weeks. 169 inches of measurements were lost. In total the group lost 18 stone 5. On the final evening Dr Andrew Dayani Medical Director for Somerset Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust attended to congratulate the group on their achievements.

The Cost

The initial course cost £30 for 10 weeks. It was funded by Sedgemoor Community Health fund and Broomfield and Goathurst Parish Councils.

It was an amazing opportunity to think differently about weight loss, meet some great new people in the community, have fun and learn some life changing ways to re-design your life.

Participants with a BMI ( Body Mass Index) of over 25 could apply. The course ran Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.

Becky Wright, a full member of the Association for Coaching. She is an experienced professional life coach and executive coach who is well placed, to help both individuals and businesses. She directs the work of New Leaf Life Design.  She believes that a coaching model can help people acheive their weightloss goals.


Weight loss Challenge Somerset

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Hilary Richardson

Hilary has for the past 11 years been teaching diet and exercise classes as a Rosemary Conley franchisee. Hilary has a lot of experience dealing will people that not only have weight issues but massive self confidence issues. Shapesmith has recently been started to help boost people’s confidence from within, and usually as a result of that person’s new found confidence and self belief they go on to be more focused on losing weight and generally being more motivated in all aspects of life.




Weight loss Challenge SomersetImogen Mann

Imogen Mann BSc MSc, is the proprietor of Freshtracs Fitness & Wellbeing, a Somerset based mobile 1-2-1 and virtual Personal Training provider.  Imogen is an experienced Registered Master Personal Trainer and certified ACSM FitCoach specialising in fat loss and sport conditioning.

Having worked for many years in both the airline industry and private legal practice as both a business analyst and solicitor.

Imogen believes that everyone, no matter what their current circumstances are, can achieve a healthier lifestyle and improved fitness; that the path to doing so should be fun, and that those who embark upon the journey deserve the best guidance and support from their personal trainer and coach


Brett Rogers Why Run

Brett Rogers

Brett began running aged 9 years old and found a passion. His passion led him to run for Somerset. He is now a Personal Running Coach to runners of all shapes, sizes, ages and abilities. He has completed UKA Coaching Award and is in the process of completing the Coach in Running Fitness for non-track based endurance running.



Somerset Community Food

Somerset Community Food is a grassroots charity in Somerset which aims to re-connect people with the social, health and environmental effects of growing, buying, preparing and eating local food. The charity, founded in 2004, has delivered a number of projects locally including a three-year access to land project, called Somerset Land & Food, which formally ended in October 2012. They have also delivered training in cooking and growing to hundreds of people across Somerset. The staff team now have a year to design and launch a new financially sustainable organisation that can continue to support people locally to grow their own food and capture the learning from the project in an Access to Land Handbook and series of short films.

Sedgemoor Community Grants made this happen. Our dedicated facebook page is where you can find the latest news on this course and gain top tips.