Stronger, Fitter, Leaner

Morning! I’ve been AWOL for a few weeks (12…) because the time I used to carve aside every day to write blogposts has been filled with something else – exercise and looking after myself. Was it time well spent? Well, check out the before and after pics and judge for yourself.


After 12 weeks of mild exercise, daily walks, drinking lots more water every day (ok, most days), a little relaxation, and I genuinely feel like a new woman. With a body and brain that function. Even though I kept up my cake habit (hey, one quick squizz at my Instagram feed proves that continued vice beyond doubt!).

So where’s the hard evidence of any change? Where are the numbers? Well, I lost 1% body fat. (Do I really have to admit how bad it was? Ouch – OK. I was 35% fat, according to my scales. That’s unhealthy levels of fat. Still is). I lost a couple of pounds (so now just under 11 st), and 2″ off my waist (now 34″ and fitting my jeans better). That’s all well and good. Plenty of the ladies who I connected with online in a self-help group lost way loads more, and as I say, I do have a cake and wine o’clock habit. But it’s the teeny unseen things that are making the biggest difference to me: under my cushy outer layer my abdominal muscles are now so strong I can actually start our draw-cord lawn-mower easily by myself, for the first time in 9 years (!! I did say the teeny things…) Now I’m able to lift the 3 minxes back into bed without straining or leaking. I can dig out raised beds without hurting myself, and shift huge tubs of the resulting very heavy garden waste into the car-boot and down to the dump myself. I can FUNCTION! Properly. I’m now as strong as I was when I was 30 and at my fittest. Oh, and I’ve developed little shoulder muscles and hamstrings that you can actually see. But no way am I posting naked pics of this carcass on the internet! Just take my word for it. The Boss certainly noticed.

Why am I honking on about this? Normally I just talk about the programme I followed to my friends who’ve noticed my newly-flatter tummy and asked. But on 6 July (this week – in 5 days!) there’s going to be a humongous 45% discount on the cost of the programme I follow. It’s the only discount you can get on it, on one day every year, so if you were ever thinking about buying it, then that’s the day to do it. Not today, or on 5th July, or 7th July. No need for codes or anything – it’s an automatic discount on digital and physical copies of the programme.

It’s called MuTu System (‘MuTu’ as in Mummy Tummy, because it’s targeted at women whose bodies didn’t spring back after childbirth, like they do in myths). Over 12 weeks of daily, gentle exercise and advice, it gets your core muscles back together and functioning. I had a 2 finger diastasis* from 6″ above my navel to my pubic bone. It’s now totally gone and the ‘tummy porridge‘ I felt when I poked into that diastasis* is now healed – there’s resistance. Finally! 10 years after the minx who caused it was born. I loved that the programme isn’t specific solely to your core muscles: it gets your whole body all working together (because funny old thing, we are complete bodies, not just disembodied abs, or glutes). There’s no diet to follow, though there’s plenty, credible, good healthy eating advice. You don’t need special equipment – I’m tight-fisted skint thrifty, so I got by using a little cushion, 2 cartons of 1-litre UHT milk as weights, a pair of tights and the edge of the sofa. Though I *did* upgrade to sand-filled bubble mix bottles and some therabands a couple of weeks ago…

*PS here’s advice and a video on how to check whether you have a diastasis recti and how big it is.

Why am I linking to a programme for sale? What’s in it for me? Well, I was so deeply impressed with the visible and invisible changes in me (so’s The Boss 😀 ), and how much better my life got (melodramatic? Actually, no. Being able to just trundle along being as active as I want without thinking about it is a really big deal) that I asked whether I could be an affiliate. So that means that I get no money at all for advertising it (no need! I’m happy to rave about something like this), but if you do end up buying it, and you do so through one of the links above, then I get a little payment. But I won’t hold it against you if you don’t – I’ll just be delighted for you, regardless.

I really ought to tell you all the benefits of the programme, but do you know what? You’re better clicking through and reading it yourself and seeing what you think. Here are some testimonials from ladies who aren’t slackers like me, and some FAQs.

Will I be keeping this up? Oh yes! You automatically have lifetime access. Which is pretty good, because I bought it 5 or 6 years ago, did 3 weeks, stopped, forgot, remembered, did 3 weeks, stopped, etc. etc. until February this year when I was so horrified at my weak core that I actually committed to taking time to look after myself better. I’ll be doing the core exercises permanently. And when I look at the 2″ lost around my waist and feel my increased vitality and strength, I wonder what I’d look like now had I given up the cake habit! D’you know, I might just do that… I’ll also check in with my continued progress in another 12 weeks – I followed the 12 week MuTu System programme; if you just wish to tone up and don’t need to lose any weight, then have a look into the 8 week MuTu Focus (it’s exactly like the 12 week programme but without the additional get-sweaty Intensive exercises).

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