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February 2016

Chris’s Testimonial

By Transformations

Chris – Looking to loose weight and get fit

After 53 years of being over weight but fit, in fact a number of people used to tell me I was the fittest fat bloke they knew. I run half marathons and 10Kms races, played rugby, and I still go to the gym 5 times a week but I weighted over 18 stones, I am 6 foot tall and I realised I really needed help in changing how I lived my life to get fitter, slimmer and healthier. Charlie was the answer, she gave me information, structure, process, advice and inspiration to make the changes I needed to do to make the difference.

I took the Charlie 12 weeks course and at the end of it I had lost 22lbs, got fitter and felt 100% better. I now have a way of living that suits me and my new lifestyle i use the MyFitnessPal app to record what I have eaten and this has really helped me realise the make up of my meals, I now understand the importance of protein and what carbohydrates to eat and which to leave alone and my sugar consumption is almost zero and I look forward to filling it in every meal time to record what I have eaten. I have more weight to lose and more muscle to gain but working with Charlie has given me the confidence and positivity to carry on and become the person I know I can be.

Thank you Charlie you are brilliant!

Tracy’s Before and After Transformation

By Transformations

BEFORE

AFTER

Tracey – Mum of 2 and CrossFit Athlete

I first contacted Charlie in December 15 to help me overhaul my diet as it had gone from OK to terrible after giving up work to be a stay at home mum.  Cake and biscuits had become the norm and my energy levels were zero.  Also, I had just started to exercise again and it was taking me ages to recover in between sessions.  Within a week I noticed a difference.  My energy levels soared and recovery was better.  This was not a fad diet, and food was plentiful.  Some days I was eating extra food just to ensure I had eaten enough calories! Charlie was available for advice and support whenever needed and was encouraging on “check in” day.  Now, 3 months on I am still eating well, following Charlie’s guidelines, and am feeling better than ever.

I can thoroughly recommend Charlie’s program to anyone looking to improve their health and fitness.

Why You Shouldn’t Strive For Body Perfection

By News

I was quite shocked when a bloke in the gym says ‘Oh Charlie you’ve put on weight’.
After being taken back for a moment I replied ‘Yes I have put on weight; I’m trying to gain muscle
The man says ‘Oh is that what people do now is it?’
I replied ‘Well that’s what I want to do yes’
I shouldn’t have, but I felt pretty shit about myself after the comment he made. Maybe in his eyes I looked worse? Or was he just stating an unnecessary fact to make me feel like shit? Who knows?
My goal at the time was to increase muscle mass and strength so yes I had gained weight. I had gone from an unhealthy 10% body fat with a flat chest, zero hips and messed up hormones, to a healthier, happier 18% body fat with an increased muscle mass and metabolism.
I personally want thick thighs and a bubble butt. Some girls want a thigh gap and skinny legs. Some people are more than happy to be a little overweight. That is fine! Everyone is different. Isn’t that the point? The world would sure be a fucking boring place if we all looked the same.
What is perfect? Perfection is stupid and no matter what you do in life you will never be perfect. Nobody is perfect! We have this idea of perfect in our minds which we constantly strive for yet do you know anyone that ever gets to the point where they say ‘I’m perfect now’.. Maybe a few arrogant ass holes but really they have self esteem issues behind closed doors.

 

Here are 7 reasons body perfection sucks:

1. Nobody’s perfect is the same
My idea of ‘perfect’ will be completely different to yours. I aspire to look like strong girls with muscle where as you may aspire to look like Kim Kardashian? Or Keira Knightley..
2. Perfectionism brings upon negative emotion
Perfectionism brings upon self-doubt, depression, social anxiety and fear of rejection. Perfectionist often set the bar too high and never hit these unrealistic achievements.
3. Perfectionist don’t have a middle ground
Perfectionist either need something to be 100% or nothing at all. They will either have a perfect gram for gram macro counted diet, or binge eat all the junk food. They will either kill themselves in the gym or not bother going at all. There is no acceptance of the middle ground which is actually the healthiest place to be.
4. You will never be perfect so you will never be happy
‘I will be happy when I have a thigh gap’… ‘ I will be happy when I have abs’.. Trust me, you won’t be happy. You will always set the bar higher. You will hit your goal, gain your abs, reach your body fat percentage, yet you will still find flaws in yourself which need to be improved. You will never be happy living this way.
5. Negative hunter
Being a perfectionist makes you hunt out the bad things which need to be improved. It will push you to find the not so perfect things in everything.. family, colleagues and partners . This can really affect your relationships with people as you are constantly looking for the negative things in them.
6. Increased body fat
The perfectionist is usually a stress head, constantly striving for perfection. This will increase the levels of cortisol (stress hormone) in your system which will cause fat retention and muscle loss.
7. You are not perfect
Lastly, you are not perfect. Nobody’s perfect. You will never be perfect. Learn that you are a human not a robot and sometimes things don’t always go 100% the way you want them too. Accept that and allow yourself to be okay with 90% some of the time rather than beating yourself up.
“You are not your bra-size, nor are you the width of your waist, nor are you the slenderness of your calves. You are not your hair colour, your skin colour, nor are you a shade of lipstick. Your shoe-size is of no consequence. You are not defined by the amount of attention you get from males, females, or any combination thereof. You are not the number of sit-ups you can do, nor are you the number of calories in a day. You are not your moustache. You are not the hair on your legs. You are not a little red dress.
You are no amalgam of these things.
You are the content of your character. You are the ambitions that drive you. You are the goals that you set. You are the things that you laugh at and the words that you say. You are the thoughts you think and the things you wonder. You are beautiful and desirable not for the clique you attend, but for the spark of life within you that compels you to make your life a full and meaningful one. You are beautiful not for the shape of the vessel, but for the volume of the soul it carries.”
— Unknown