Twelve weeks ago I was introduced to MuTu System and Thinking Slimmer. I had heard bits and bobs about both on twitter and was curious to find out more about these new and purportedly fantastic weight loss systems. MuTu requires some effort on the part of the person following it, but promises a flatter tummy, repair of any damage done by carrying a baby and giving birth, and a body that matches your pre pregnancy state. All this can be achieved in about fifteen minutes a day, four times a week, with no need for you to even leave the house. No treks to the gym, no childcare dilemmas, no undressing in shared changing rooms, no wobbling your jiggly bits in public. Every week you receive an email with a link to a video that tells you a little bit more about the things that you can do to help your body become strong again. It’s not just all about getting sweaty either, because it incorporates elements of yoga and general lifestyle advice, put to you in an understanding and completely non-patronising manner.
When you are out of shape, any exercise can seem very daunting and as an expert in the bodies of mothers Wendy knows this, and the exercises start really easily and you can build up the intensity when you feel strong enough and are ready. I was lucky enough to be reasonably fit to begin with, being a regular dog walker and baby (well, toddler, now) wearer, so I could progress to the higher intensity exercises within the twelve week period. But you don’t have to, because the end of the twelve weeks is not the end of MuTu, it is merely the end of the introduction to a change of lifestyle. The MuTu website is regularly updated and Wendy writes a blog that you can subscribe to by email. As well as this, she is on twitter @MuTuSystem and facebook and encourages a community of Mums to help and support each other, as well as also being there for professional advice herself.
Thinking Slimmer, on the other hand, requires absolutely no effort whatsoever. If you want to lose weight by the easiest possible method ever invented by anyone, Thinking Slimmer is for you. All you have to do is to listen to a ten minute mp3 for 21-42 nights consecutively after setting yourself some goals. For the first 21 days you will receive motivational emails, and after the 42 days you can ‘top up’ by listening once or twice a week, so that the magic continues. And it really does feel like magic – it sets off something in your subconscious that makes you eat less and more healthily. It really is as simple as that. Extra pods can make you exercise more, be calm, sort your chocolate addiction out..have a look at the website because there are tailored packages for a wide range of needs.
After you have carried a child (or two, or three, or more) most people find they need to lose some weight. Thinking Slimmer will do that for you on its own but it doesn’t help repair the damage that has been done to your tummy muscles and pelvic floor. MuTu can be done alone, but Thinking Slimmer makes the food bit of losing weight, effortless. I have done both and I really am overjoyed at the results I have had. I gave up smoking four years ago and went from a size 12 to a size 14. I was quite happy as a size 14 and after having my son would have been happy to return to that size. I cannot believe that MuTu and Thinking Slimmer have taken me back into a size 12 – a feat which I honestly thought would be impossible after giving birth – I thought carrying a child stretched your hips for good. Not only that but my size 12′s are starting to get loose and I am now wondering if I can reach a size 10! It’s been a VERY long time since I’ve been that size. I look in the mirror and I really like my silhouette now and my body feels strong. I can sneeze without having to worry about leakage and a pain that I’ve had in my knee since pregnancy has vanished. It’s amazing – I no longer have to hobble round after my son but I can run and jump and play with him without feeling like an old lady (hmm, now I just need to get more sleep!).
When I have told people about these wonderful systems, they often ask about the price. I tell them that if you had to pay a voluntary amount at the end of losing the weight you’d pay three times the amount. If you were to have a personal trainer it would cost you anywhere in the region of £25-60 per session. You’d have to book a session and stick to that time. Wendy offers you similar support but is available out of hours for any questions you might have. My local council gym is £30 per month, and I’ve mentioned the time cost of going to a gym in a previous post. The two main slimming clubs cost £5-6 per session plus joining fees and you have the additional embarassment of weekly weigh-ins, and certainly no real support outside of that weekly meeting. Compared to this, MuTu works out at just over £15 per month, though you do pay upfront. Thinking Slimmer offer single pods and packages that beat any gym membership fees.
Since I have been an adult I have had to watch my weight and believe me I have tried all the diets out there, including crash dieting. Doing Thinking Slimmer and MuTu has been the easiest way I have ever found to get fit and lose weight and it is done in your won time, at your own pace and in the healthiest way possible. I have enjoyed myself and I havent been the best student in the world and there have been weeks when I’ve hardly done anything what with exhaustion and illness and I’ve still lost weight. I could sing their praises all day long. Really, they are worth every last penny – for the weight loss and especially for putting my child-torn body back together again, in a better shape than it was when I began!
Here are some scary/motivational before and after shots:
Previous weeks – the Thinking Slimmer and MuTu story:
Diet 2011 – the story so far
MuTu and Thinking Slimmer – What’s that?
Entering Week 2 with Thinking Slimmer and MuTu
Week 3 – @ThinkingSlimmer and @MuTuSystem
Week 4 – a new workout
Week 5 – in the wars
Week 6 – and breathe ……
Week 7 – The food bit
Week 8 – a look at my goals
Week 9 – A little lie down
Week 10 – rocking some firey core exercises
Week 11 – what to with your exercise equipment