Family & Life, Food, General

New Year, New Lifestyle. Forget the Fads & Get Supercharged

Posted January 3, 2017 by Bethanie Lunn

Photography by Brighton and London photographer Emma Gutteridge

Emma, left and Mary, right

You’ve most likely heard of the self proclaimed ‘badass mamas’ behind post natal fitness, nutrition and life coaching service, Supercharged. The combined forces of Mary Meadows and Emma Fullwood fuse together a wealth of knowledge and experience in the following areas, for a holistic MOT for postnatal women:

  • Nutrition
  • Fitness
  • Life Coaching
  • Lessons in healthy eating, body confidence, self-worth and emotional wellbeing

I signed up at three months postnatal and this is how it changed my life…

The Life Coaching and Mindset

From the moment you sign up to the Supercharged six-week plan, you feel a sense of support, motivation and positivity.  You’re given a ‘contract’ to make with yourself and sign, filling it with promises and goals to fulfil.  But not only that, from day one, you’re given the tools and support to actually make it happen.

The realistic goal-setting helped me to be focused on what I wanted from Supercharged since it really is a custom made plan.  Emma and Mary can hold your hand and keep you uplifted.  They can give you the recipes, the tools, the know-how needed to help make your goals happen- but it is YOU that makes it happen and makes it work – power they successfully enhance within you.

The Plan

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In the beginning, you’re asked to throw away the scales and instead, take measurements – something you will do again at the end of the six week plan.

The new healthy eating regime is staggered, designed to build you up to a lifestyle change gradually, so you are more likely to stick to it.  In week one for instance, you swap your usual breakfast for a Supercharged recommended one (or one inspired by the guidance they give you).  There is plenty to choose from and you’re given ideas and advice throughout the whole week from the two experts.

My Goals & Thoughts

This is the picture and my thoughts that I posted on Instagram at the end of my six week mission:

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‘I have never done anything like this before – posting a picture of me in a bikini, especially without a tan and definitely not after having two kids, the second very recently at the time’.

‘My belly is a traffic jam of stretch marks, my boobs are massive but ’empty’ now and I still have a way to go BUT I’m in a new place now and I feel thankful for a healthy body and the miraculous things it has achieved. This mindset is partly in thanks to the ladies at Supercharged Club…’

‘What the Supercharged plan has given me is an insight into food and what works for me, so that I’ve become my own food detective and can now eat to feel good (not not just look good) – the latter is a happy side effect for me.’

 

One of my favourite breakfast choices: smoked salmon, scrambled egg and spinach

One of my favourite breakfast choices: smoked salmon, scrambled egg and spinach

The Support

As well as Mary and Emma being there for you, you also get to relate to the other mums on the plan with you at the same time, via your own private Facebook group.  I found this really helpful as I knew I wasn’t alone in my challenges.  On days I felt low or demotivated, possibly ‘chubby’ or lacking progress – the other mums were there to pick me up.  This was a constant across the group and a real asset.

You’re encouraged to keep a notebook / use the provided planner to track your eating habits every day, mapping out what you ate for breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch, mid-afternoon snack, dinner and evening snack.  These are the meal times the six-week plan work towards, but more of that later.
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Emma and Mary ask you to NOTICE how you feel after each meal which made all the difference in my progress.

On day one for instance, beginning with just the Supercharged breakfast amid my usual routine, I noticed I was thinking about food from 11.30am, that I was hungry by 12.30pm but ended up actually eating lunch (the next meal following breakfast), at 1pm.  I then craved pudding and ‘treats’ and had an energy slump at 2.15pm.

Looking back and now with new knowledge, it was obvious where I was going wrong:

  • The gap between breakfast and lunch was too long
  • I’d over compensate with a late lunch and unhealthy foods
  • Then my energy levels would drop

Not really a healthy nor well balanced daily plan.

The six-week plan introduced a new meal each week leading up to a well balanced breakfast, lunch and dinner and eventually, mid-morning, mid-afteroon and -post-dinner snacks.

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It might sound like a lot – eating six times a day – but you learn about portion control, you are given plenty of ideas and recipes and I quickly saw how eating little and often boosted my metabolism and stabilised my energy.  I ended up looking forward to my next health boost.

My Progress

The diary I kept moved away from comments such as ‘craving chocolate’ and ‘feeling bloated’ to ‘craving goodness’ and ‘feeling good after lunch’.

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In terms of my physique, it was other people that noticed before I did.  Friends I hadn’t seen in a few weeks commented on how much weight I’d lost and how ‘healthy’ I look but I noticed most in the way my clothes fit.  Those size 12 jeans I hadn’t worn since way before I was pregnant did up again.  The dress I loved just looked better and I was relying less on my Bridget Jones pants.  I even forgot to take my measurements at the end of the plan and that’s OK, because I am happy and healthy and that is all I care about.

Happy and healthy (and make-up free). The tan helps but Supercharged gave me a glow

Happy and healthy (and make-up free). The tan helps but Supercharged gave me a glow

Then the strangest (and most wonderful) thing happened.  I didn’t want sugary foods. The foods I previously ADORED.  I noticed how bad they made me feel and instead of seeing the likes of chocolate and cheesy pasta as treats, I saw boiled eggs, mackerel and rice cakes with peanut butter as a treat.  Frikkin boiled eggs.  Seriously.  I get excited about eating a boiled egg.  I don’t know how the Supercharged ladies have done it but they have – they’ve change my mindset and I’m set for life.

I strongly believe it is down to noticing the after effects of what you eat.  I now see that feeling good is the real treat and to eat well is to feel well.  Simple.

My new 'treats'...for real

My new ‘treats’…for real

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Mary and Emma consistently instil the beliefs that Supercharged is not about losing weight or restricting yourself, but instead – making lifestyle changes that will help you to feel more in control, happier, healthier, empowered and energised.

The Fitness Classes

Emma offers fitness tips and demos on live videos on the members Facebook groups, plus links to fitness videos via her postnatal exercise business, Zipped Up Mums.

At three months post natal, I felt ready to get fit again although Emma advises you can start from six weeks post natal.  I had three one-to-one classes with Emma in order to learn the concentrated moves of each custom exercise before starting the group classes with other mums.

My first class with Emma gave me as much of a belly workout through laughing as it did through the core exercises she takes you through.  She is very funny, open and honest.  I found some of Emma’s motivational cues aggressive (in a highly comical way), which is half the laugh.

For instance, upon learning a thigh and gluteal strengthening move, Emma asked me to imagine squeezing my other half’s head between my legs because he’s ‘not done the bl**dy washing up again’ and that had me in stitches (as well as focused)!  In order to motivate you into holding in your core and keeping it level, Emma asks you to pretend you are balancing the last glass of gin on there.  It works.

Left - before Emma's advice. right: after - from just one session.

Left – before Emma’s advice. right: after – from just one session.

Just like at this picture above – taken the same day – before Emma’s training and then after – holding in my core with her advice.  What a massive difference.  This is just posture and strengthening in one session so imagine what an entire course can do for you!

But on  more serious note, Emma taught me a series of very focused excerisces; the kind of exercises that – once Emma has taken you through what area they work on, why they work it and how – you understand from the mechanics where you have been going wrong all this time.

As an example, Emma mentioned that cardio, doing squats and the plank are all very well but that you may end up doing them and still have that ‘mummy tummy pouch’.  This is simply because with the plank for instance, your tummy is hanging down and away in that position and you need it to do the opposite.  You need to pull your core in and up.

With squats, the traditional styles as we know them tend to work your hamstrings rather than your bum because of the motion of the squat.  Emma showed me new alternatives that focus on the deep down muscles in your glutes and core – the two areas that your body strength and fitness stem from.  It is this that sets Emma apart.  I love that she takes an exercise like the plank, turns it on its head and says that she has ‘Emma-feid’ it.  This means she has offers slow, concentrated movements with a dose of humour thrown in and it all really works.  It really does.

I love a good coffee - especially when it smiles at me

I love a good coffee – especially when it smiles at me

Now and After the Plan

Now I’m no saint and I will always want a little chocolate, a lot of coffee, a glass of vino or mac and cheese but I now do it differently.  I do it in moderation and I bloody well enjoy it.  Emma and Mary taught me this.

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I plan meals and involve the family. Planning and prepping helps me to avoid eating unhealthily or skipping a meal – two things that make me feel low

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There is no point restricting yourself or you will resent what you’re doing and give up or move on.  This is not a fad diet, it is not a diet, it a lifestyle and one I’m so thankful to have discovered.

I get compliments all the time (thank you!), on how fresh, slim or healthy I look.  I don’t always, hell no – especially after no sleep AND a 4.30am wake up call, plus I still have big changes to make but I’m getting there.  I look and feel so much better, and I’m so much more comfortable and confident in my own skin.

Thank you for the revamp ladies.  You really have enhanced my life and given me ‘the power of mum’.

My Favourite Dishes  – Inspo

You are given three options that vary foods, ranging from super lean choices that limit sugar to more relaxed options. I chose to include fruit as I enjoy it so much plus you are empowered to become your own food detective and discover what works best for YOU

You are given three options that vary foods, ranging from super lean choices that limit sugar to more relaxed options. I chose to include fruit as I enjoy it so much plus you are empowered to become your own food detective and discover what works best for YOU

There is always room for a G&T

There is always room for a G&T

Homemade pancakes made from oats, milk and banana. That's it. Great as a savoury or sweet option.

Homemade pancakes made from oats, milk and banana. That’s it. Great as a savoury or sweet option.

Porridge oats made with water and topped with apple

Porridge oats made with water and topped with apple

Gorgeous green salad with cured meats

Gorgeous green salad with cured meats

Egg and cous cous. I fried the egg in a little olive oil and scattered the couch cos around it for this pretty effect. Why not?

Egg and cous cous. I fried the egg in a little olive oil and scattered the cous cous around it for this pretty effect. Why not?

Tomato, chorizo and basil frittata

Tomato, feta and spring onion frittata

Mmm, sushi

Mmm, sushi

Hommade raw chocolates as an occasional treat. Made with raw cacao, coconut oil, medjool dates and honey

Hommade raw chocolates as an occasional treat. Made with raw cacao, coconut oil, medjool dates and honey

A sharing platter with salad, goats cheese, seeds and cracker bread

A sharing platter with salad, goats cheese, seeds and cracker bread

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