Posts Tagged ‘Wendy Powell’

Last time round I lost a LOAD of baby weight and did a bit of running but that was about the extent of my ‘fitness’. This time round I’m losing the weight more slowly and attempting to get to a state I don’t think I’ve ever been close to…I’d like to be strong. Not Arnie strong, not bodybuilding and protein powders and steroids, or even anything that requires going to the gym to be honest, but strong in my core, strong enough to baby wear when my littlest is a toddler if he still wants to, strong enough to go for a run and not wee myself a little bit (oh yes…), strong enough to haul my pre-schooler around without giving myself a bad back…strong enough to get through daily life without hurting, basically.

A friend recommended MuTu to me and I had a look on the website and initially thought it looked bloody expensive. Then I realised it’s the same price as about 3 months of WeightWatchers and it gives unlimited access to the program, the forum and, amazingly, the personal trainer who designed the system. She’s called Wendy Powell and is a bit brilliant. I’m not sure I love her as much Jillian, but I do love her nonetheless. You start with Core Phase 1, which is all about learning to align your body properly, breathe through exercises correctly and begin to close your diastasis recti if you’re one of the unfortunates (that’s most post-natal women then) to have the dreaded gap. You have to stay in Core Phase 1 for either two weeks or until your gap has closed enough for you to do more intensive exercise, so it’s very personal. I’m lucky in that my gap is under 2 fingers wide, so in a few days I’ll move to Phase 2. It’s loosely designed as a 12 week program, but in reality that’s the fastest you could complete it as you’re supposed to stick to the week you’re in until you’re ready to move on, so different people will take different approaches.

It only takes 20 minutes a day of actual exercises but that’s in addition to following food advice (basically: eat whole foods), going for a walk every day and remembering to think about and adjust your alignment accordingly as much as possible throughout the day. I’m one of those people who will find almost any excuse not to exercise and even I can fit this in and not find it too much of a faff. You don’t need special equipment, or a gym, or even trainers! (Wendy’s a bit of a barefoot fan.)

What I particularly like about MuTu is that it’s designed for post-natal women – ALL post-natal women. That means it doesn’t matter whether you had your baby 3 weeks ago, 3 years ago or even 30 years ago. All women who have been pregnant at any point in their lives can benefit from developing their core strength and improving their alignment. There are women on the forum who have had 10, 11, 12 babies, and are posting weekly update photos where you can visibly see their waists reappearing over the course of a few months! It’s really incredible. I’m in week 2 and I already feel better for doing this tiny bit of exercise a day. If I’m brave I’ll post before and after pictures at the end of 12 weeks. Check it out (and disclaimer, if you like what you see and buy the program through this link, Wendy will pay for me to have plastic surgery to look like a supermodel. OK, no she won’t. But she will give me a teeny reward! Also, I am not paid for my opinion at all.):


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I completely forgot that I used to write this blog. Just like a diet, when you get to goal and you stop trying, I guess I did the same with this. And then tonight, on a whim, I logged into wordpress and saw something completely astonishing…in the 2 or so years since I last posted, I have had over 25,000 views.


I’m amazed my ramblings were interesting enough to get one person reading, much less 25,000. (Or maybe it was one person, 25,000 times. Hm…)

Anyway, as I’m here, I thought I should update. Did I gain all the weight back when I stopped thinking about WW and my diet? Well, yes, but I had a good reason for it – our baby boy is now 6 months old and an adorable addition to the family. I maintained well until I got pregnant and then I didn’t quite gain all of it back, thank God, presumably because I was SO much healthier before this second pregnancy than I was last time around. In fact it was annoying because I really didn’t gain much at all during this one until the last month or so when my PGP got so bad I was reduced to lying on the sofa all day while poor DD amused herself at my feet. I gained a stone in 5 weeks. Ugh. But anyway, gorgeous DS arrived, all was good with the world, I celebrated with lots of cake, waited the requisite 6 weeks and trotted back to WW. And now, here I am, oh so nearly but not quite back in the healthy zone. I’m currently weighing in at 11st 9lbs and a size 12, so I’ve got just under a stone till I’m officially BMI OK, and then another stone or so until I’m back to where I’m comfortable.

This time round it’s coming off much more slowly. Much more. By this point last time I’d lost over 3 stone! But I have a feeling I’ve buggered my metabolism by being fat then getting pregnant then dieting then getting pregnant then dieting, so I’m happy for it to come off more slowly and hopefully not do any more damage. I’m also being more proactive about exercise this time round, and have started doing the MuTu System which is designed to rebuild core strength after pregnancy (any time after – even 30 years after – quite extraordinary!) and help close Diastasis Recti. Wendy Powell, the genius behind it, advocates eating whole foods and little sugar (it’s a sort-of-almost-approximation of Paleo – ish) and I’ve been following those rules as much as possible, while continuing to count ProPoints just to check that my portion sizes are under control. There’s also a Facebook group to go along with the exercise videos from Wendy with a lot of super inspirational Mamas helping each other out, which I’m enjoying a lot.

So that’s it, that’s where I am. I don’t fit into most of my clothes but I’m on the way to feeling strong, I have the most scrumptious baby you can imagine, a completely mental and delightful three year old, a very tired but very wonderful husband and life is pretty damn sweet. And now I’ve remembered I’ve got a blog to write.

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