Despite trying every possible diet I still hated what I saw in the mirror – hated feeling the way that I felt about myself. For a while I was trying to understand there is more to life than constantly feeling like I did but found it so hard to get out of.
I was overweight at the age of 18 and lost 5 stone and felt good for my wedding in 2009 – maintained my goal weight and lived the life of good Monday – Friday then treat at a weekend.
However since having my daughter nearly 6 years ago I just could not get my weight off. I had a C-section and my overhang was definitely more prominent than it was before having my daughter. I’ve suffered from Anxiety and Depression for the past 5 years and feed my low mood with food, bringing on guilt of what I’ve just done and feeling even worse then causing my bowel disease to flare up – a vicious circle.
Before hand I feared it would all be too restrictive but it was something I would commit to, because I saw the results she got for clients and read the reviews of her past clients. I also feared I would fail and let us both down , because it’s all I had done so far.
Charlotte is one of the most real and caring women I have ever met – she genuinely cares. It’s nothing like I expected, there are no restrictions with food or life.. it’s all about living your life but being aware and accountable for what you do.
The advise she gives is honest, real and genuinely helps you to rethink things through rationally. For what I have been through these past 5 years with depression/body and weight issues I feel Charlotte has lived it with me with the talks/advice she gives me. This has genuinely changed my life and the way I think and feel about myself – so much so I am no longer taking my anti depressant medication.
I’ve learned to stop punishing myself for having a ‘bad’ day, it’s one day, we are human AND I’m not on my own. If I have a craving, have what I crave within reason and get on with my day – I don’t punish myself and I feel in control.
Somethings have been so simple but it’s having her there to help me re-programme my mind and tame (what she calls) an Inner B!tch, into this new way of thinking.
To anyone in two minds about taking the leap and applying to work with Charlotte, with all my heart, this is the best decision I have ever made (and I have spent a lot of money on personal trainers and everything possible to lose weight and feel good) I truly feel this has been a life changing year for me. Charlotte sees you for who you really are and helps you to begin to love yourself and that means more than anything to me.
You really can’t put a price on investing in yourself.
Joanna, 34, Mum of 1
I was stuck in a never ending vicious circle of negative thoughts. I wasn’t exercising and felt horrendous, I was eating anything and everything, going for food and wine as comfort, as a treat as a stress relief, every possible reason to eat and drink “treats” then felt guilty. I was still using the baby and breaking my ankle to hide behind but I know I couldn’t carry on any longer.
Now I feel like everything has clicked, I feel focused and I feel so much better in myself, my body has started to go back to the shape I was before pregnancy. I don’t use food and wine as an emotional crutch anymore, In fact I’m drinking less than I have in a long time. I’ve learnt that I can factor the odd glass and actually enjoy it. I still manage to have sweet treats occasionally but I don’t over indulge and I don’t feel guilty.
My general mood is better in every way. My PT and gym sessions are sometimes the only time I get to myself when I’m not being a manager a mum, a cook a cleaner or a wife to be!
I have lost weight on the scales, lost some of the flab, I’ve got back in jeans I hadn’t worn since before pregnancy and my eating habits I believe have changed forever, it’s all been just so refreshing and just what I needed.
I’m also so much more confident, I’m starting to enjoy wearing clothes I hadn’t worn in more than 2 years. I feel focused and I’m enjoying the balanced mindset. My fiance has definitely noticed a difference and makes comments on my improved body, which is nice.
If I could tell anyone who was apprehensive about taking the plunge I would tell them that Charlotte is worth every penny and to go for it, without a doubt!!
Gemma, Business Manager, Mum of 1.
From a point of trying every single diet known to man, I’d just end up putting on more weight than whenI started. Fast forward to
working on Charlotte’s Too Hottie SOS (and beyond) and my attitude to food and training has completely changed. I’m a whole 3 and a half stone lighter, despite an avid love for Pizza and a couple of holidays and social events thrown in there too.
The Too Hottie principles have taught me how to still have a life whilst getting results and I now feel confident to make mindful choices around food and have fully embraced weight training to change my body, something that used to scare the hell out of me.
More than anything , my friends are all really shocked that I’ve been able to stick to everything during SOS and beyond–as I’ve never been able to do that before. The accountability, support and actually learning about myself, and what works for ME, during the SOS process are the things that REALLY gave me the light bulb moment that I needed to make a serious change…More than a year on, I’ve kept the weight off, I feel amazing in my clothes and happier than ever in myself … which really does speak for itself
Emma, 29, PA
***Diastasis recti repair (Pic 1 is 4 years after giving birth)
Having had two large babies within two years of one another and having a small frame my post baby body did not appear how it previously did. Due to being given no advice about strengthening my tummy muscles during pregnancy they were non existent and separated massively afterwards. I have suffered from back pain, poor posture and psychologically it was hard having to look at myself in the mirror and seeing a deflated balloon in place of my once taut stomach, whilst still looking like I was 4 months pregnant (even four years after having my second son).
SOS and Charlotte have given me accountability, persistence and TIME to recover and rebuild. I have seen physiotherapists, pilates instructors and have been provided with exercise programmes to work through however without someone ensuring I do it and make progress, it just didn’t happen. Not because I didn’t want to, but because working full time and having two children finding the time and motivation was incredibly difficult.
I’d had enough…. I had googled exercise and seriously researched and contemplated tummy tuck surgery. I did not believe that exercise could repair my diastasis recti. This is my second SOS my first was between August- November 2018. I saw huge improvements in this time even in just 8 weeks but due to a life event and also the cost I decided not to continue and ‘go it alone’.
By July the next year my mindset was enough was enough and I wanted surgery (that quick fix!). I had worked out the cost and recovery etc and sat my husband down to discuss. He was shocked I was even contemplating it and said I needed to give exercise more time. He agreed I would need at least a year and we outweighed the cost with the longer term benefits – and no surgery!
Although I present as a confident person, new situations and new people freak me out a little. This is one of my issues in going it alone in the gym… I feel like everyone will stare at me, that I’d look out of place and would make a fool out of myself by not knowing what I was doing.
When I first met Charlotte I knew straight away we clicked and I had nothing to worry about. Even now whilst in the gym I will fully focus on Charlotte so that I don’t have to think or even look at the people around me. She is my safe place in that sense and I am getting more independent and confident when she leaves me to it a little more.
I am so glad Charlotte is a part of my life and I am so excited for what is to come. I can’t thank her enough for turning my life around.
After having two babies within 18 months of one another, I was the biggest I’d ever been, everything wobbled and I’d completely lost sight of myself with no idea how to even start to get myself back to ME again. I’d started to accept that this post pregnancy body, and the mentality that came with it, was just how I was now.
Getting started was a massive issue for me, even wearing gym kit was a stress as I was so embarrassed by the way my body looked. Never in amillion years would I have believed that, from this point, I’d be 3 stone lighter, fit in to an old ‘little black dress’ from the back of my wardrobe that I wore back in uni, and run a sub 5 hour marathon whilst caring for my two children and going back to work, all in less than a year.
I did everything that Charlotte advised and couldn’t have done any of this without her support and guidance, I feel like I’ve really found myself again. I knew that I didn’t want to work with a male trainer and needed something more personal than someone who has more than 40 clients to look after a week.. I didn’t want to feel like I was another number on a conveyor belt.
I also knew that working with someone who had been in my situation and understood the road I had to go down was a no brainer … The rest is history.
Helen, mum of two, Physiotherapist.
I’ve had male PTs in the past who I could never really quite resonate with, so I decided to ‘go it alone’ and did have some success, only to find myself plateauing at a dead end.
Having slogged it out for another 8 weeks only to lose 1lb in that time, and my wedding day creeping up, I decided to use some of my wedding budget to work with Charlotte on her SOS programme.
To this day, I consider all the money I’ve spent over the years on fads and gimmicks which got me nowhere, as opposed to the value that I’ve had from working with Charlotte on her Too Hottie principles, which has been totally priceless. I no longer feel like the ‘fat one’ in my group of friends and on my hen party I actually felt comfortable enough to wear a bikini on the beach, for the first time in as long as I can remember! My wedding day saw me feeling, and looking, the best I have done in a long, long time..I felt like a princess
Holly, 30, bride to be & dog mum
Sadly, my dad was diagnosed with terminal cancer and, because of this, my brother decided to move his wedding a year earlier, with me as a bridesmaid. It was really important for me to feel my best on the day, not just to ‘look good’ but more so I could feel my best on the day and look back at our precious memories.
Having followed Charlotte for years on social media and seen the results her clients were getting (and knowing Charlotte on a personal level) I knew for a FACT that she is amazing at what she does and that she would definitely be the one to help me.
I did worry that I wouldn’t stick out SOS. I have been overweight now for the past 10 years, I’ve had some brilliant intentions and as much as I enjoy something at the beginning, whether it be a new class, joining another gym, joining another Slimming World class, eventually I’ve lost interest and the motivation I had at the start, just to end up back at square one.
Charlotte taught me so many things about taking back control on my own terms and how I relate to food, the myths and beliefs I’ve picked up over the years that have been wrong for me and, best of all, she taught me how to still be able to live my life, without the guilt.
I feel so motivated to keep going. It’s a complete change in lifestyle for me, but I’m loving it and it hasn’t been hard at all. I’ve learnt that, the right foods are important but I’m living proof that you can still have a treat and enjoy your life as you should.
If you’re thinking of working with Charlotte, make the investment and DO IT!
For me, going to a gym or a group class just didn’t work for me, little did I know that there were so many, simple, missing ingredients that I wasn’t aware of – all of which I’ve learned and implemented in SOS and beyond.
I feel so much more in control and motivated to keep doing what I’m doing.
Just want to say Thankyouuuuuuuuuuu from the bottom of my heart for all your help and giving me the kick up the backside that I’ve needed in so long. Without SOS, I’d be dreading Saturday (the wedding) as I just know how uncomfortable I would have felt in my bridesmaid dress wishing I’d have done something months/years ago. Instead, I feel proud that I can concentrate fully on making memories and feeling good about myself <3
Becky, mum of 1, bank clerk
It wasn’t until I was on a flight to Spain and could not fasten the seat belt round my self that I realised something needed to change- that was my light bulb moment. I liked drinking wine to “relax” and realised that I was doing this every night of the week.
SOS wasn’t like anything I’ve ever done before, I loved the Change Your Story Module and got so much out of the Inner B*tch training around mindset and feeling in control around food.
This really hit home when I was out one afternoon with my grandson and we stopped for a Brownie, which I sat and enjoyed with little George with no guilt and without feeling like I was ‘off plan’ or that I was “off the wagon”. My mindset has been completely transformed.
I had followed Charlotte on facebook for nearly a year and liked her style of communicating, but it took me about 8 months to actually apply for SOS as I thought I might be a lost cause as I was not a bride to be or a post natal mummy and thought maybe I was too old to start doing things like this.
I also worried that I would not be able to do the workouts as I have dodgy knees, a dicky ticker and was clearly out of condition.
Between than and now?? Ha ha, I literally feel like a new woman. I have lost weight, toned up, bought new clothes that I love. I flew to Australia and could fasten the seat belt without breathing in and have a new love for weight training.
All told I’m at 3 and a half stone weight loss, my confidence is through the roof and I’ve got a new found belief that I’m not a lost cause after all.. I AM capable of feeling fit and healthy and I feel confidant to walk in to my own gym and actually know what I’m doing now too.
I eat better, sleep better, have more energy to run round with my grandsons and I just feel better in myself all round- something that I didn’t think was possible.
If I could give advice to anyone thinking of applying to work with Charlotte it would be …Go for it!! I thought it would be too expensive, too time consuming, too hard. All the excuses and stories under the sun that I had used previously. But as L’oreal say in all their adverts, YOU are WORTH IT and I can honestly say it’s the best investment I’ve ever made in myself.
Carol, 60, nurse
I was overweight and was told I could lose my eye sight if I didn’t lose weight. At this point I’d tried ALL the diets but nothing had worked.
Fast forward 8 weeks and I already feel healthier, more confident in my own body and have already dropped a dress size!!
My eye sight is already improving so I will hopefully be discharged in the, not too distant, future and I’m so proud of myself for taking the plunge and stepping out of my comfort zone..
I was lacking so much confidence in my self and in my body to the point I’d get upset before an outing or a date night because I hated what I saw in the mirror. I’d constantly put myself down and this had also started to impact on my relationship, I knew something needed to change because of the impact this was having on my life.
I went to the gym and did all the ‘things’ you were supposed to be doing but nothing was changing.
Something I’d never worked on before was unpacking things from my past, facing my issues and where they came from and actually dealing with them once and for all.
Fast forward and I feel so much better in myself, I feel like I can actually take a compliment now, my relationship has improved and I’ve started to feel comfortable in my self for the first time in a long time.
I’m no longer beating myself up when I eat something ‘unhealthy’ and I don’t feel guilty or beat myself up the same.
I’m starting to feel so much better in myself, so much more confident and I don’t compare myself to others the same as I used to.
I’ve loved the entire process and if you are thinking of doing it – just DO IT. It’s life changing <3
Lynne, business owner
I just wanted to say a massive thankyou for accepting me on to your SOS programme.
I had to grow a pair of ‘Lady Balls’ just to as for help, I NEVER ask for help but I needed it and you were one million percent the right person.
SOS has been, hands down, one of the best things I’ve ever done, it’s up there with travelling the world, seriously. So I just want to say thanks again for not only helping me physically but mentally too, to actually believe in myself again.
I was tired, stressed, overwhelmed with life and struggled making time for myself. I was very low & felt horrible about myself.
I was never a gym bunny and I’d always been told I couldn’t do much with the state of my joints, so I had no confidence to step foot in a gym and was too scared to even start any kind of exercises – ‘I can’t’ just became my mindset and I’d always tell myself that same story .
Having seen Charlotte’s videos and the way she spoke about things which was so different to the usual brocolli and burpee personal trainers, it all seemed so relevant to me.
I was so worried at first that I’d let myself down, feel like a complete waste of time & make a fool of myself. I also worried that I wouldn’t be able to keep up but it wasn’t like that at all.
My confidence has grown so much in all areas of my life, my husband, kids.. and even my hair dresser have all commented on how different and happy I am. I also feel a lot stronger and more focussed!
The biggest thing I’ve learnt through the mindset training is that making more time for myself is SO important and not selfish!
Physically I’ve lost 5 inches but for me this was about getting back my sparkle and, most importantly, I now feel like the old me. I also have a lot less pain in my knees and I feel so much stronger.
Mentally, I’m much more confident and I’ve since join a gym, and actually ENJOY IT, now that I know what I’m doing where as before I started with Charlotte, this whole process terrified me.
Charlotte has completely worked at my pace and given me so much support and confidence both mentally and physically!
It was a huge thing for me stepping out of my comfort zone but I’m so glad I did. I look at food in a completely different way & I’m much more positive all round.
I just want to say thank you so much for helping me get my sparkle back! Thank you for making me realise that time for myself isn’t selfish it’s important. You’ve changed my mindset towards food & helped things seem so much clearer.
Before stripped bare I was feeling overwhelmed with life, unhappy with some aspects of my body and I lacked confidence when competing (in powerlifting)
This was the last ditch attempt to actually be happy with my body.
A few years ago I was very overweight and have worked extremely hard to change my lifestyle becoming much healthier and fitter.
I’ve lost 5 stone in weight overall and have dramatically changed my body shape.
I’m quite small so having lots of body fat and having had 4 children has stretched my stomach to the point where I now have excess skin.
I was extremely self conscious about it and have looked into having surgery.
I wanted to see if I could be happy without resorting to this.
Initially, I was worried about having to share things with people and also worried that I still wouldn’t be able to overcome what I set out to.
Fast forward and my confidence has grown immensely.
I have come to terms with why I had issues with my stomach. It’s still a new process and I’m still working on it.
The feelings haven’t magically disappeared but I understand where they come from am much more positive. I definitely won’t be having any surgery.
With regards to competing I had 2 competitions in a short space of time. One before SB and one during.
The second one was my first national competition. Which I was understandably more nervous about. However, the difference I felt doing that first squat was amazing. I absolutely took control and was able to feel confident walking out on stage in front of the judges, spectators and my family and do what I’d been training to do without a fear of failure or shaking legs. It was fantastic and I can’t wait until my next one.
My relationship with food wasn’t a massive issue, I did used to worry about weekends away, nights out etc and see these as stumbling blocks or a hindrance to where I wanted to be.
I’ve learnt how to stop doing this and it’s really worked.
I got rid of tonnes of emotional baggage and feel light as a feather with tonnes more confidence.
I feel like my outlook has completely changed. My attitude towards my body is different and even my attitude towards other people.
I view the ideas I had differently eg the idea of being overweight or fat or ‘too this, too that’
I understand where these beliefs came from. How to tackle issues that arise in my life.
I have 3 young daughters and I’m more confident about how to help them in this aesthetic world.
And I’m very happy with my body, my beliefs and my abilities.
If you’re thinking about working on Stripped Bare then you should do it.
If you have reason to think of doing it then take the plunge and do it.
It was brilliant for me.
You will be surprised what other things come up that you didn’t realise were a part of who you are and why you think certain things.
The private group is very supportive.
Char is a excellent mentor and handpicks things for every individual.
Some of the stuff that was put in the group -Ted Talks, articles etc have had a massive impact on me and redirected my life.
Everyone in the group was on a different journey and had different reasons for doing Stripped Bare.
Your reason won’t be better or worse than anyone else’s.
You don’t have to share anything unless you want to.
It really is a brilliant experience.
You’ll have many light bulb moments
You’ll focus on positive things.
You’ll feel fabulous.
And if you do the photo shoot, it will feel totally liberating.
Sinead, mum of 4
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For the women I work with, it’s not about looking like a Victoria Secret model, it’s about becoming the very best version of yourself, loving your body again and finding that inner confidence that so many of us lose in the midst of having kids, getting married, working on building a career
– Charlotte De Curtis
I just wanted to say thankyou! I am totally wedding and honeymoon ready… But also, after all that’s done, you’ve helped alter and improve my mindset towards food, exercise and life!
Everyone thinks I’m crazy for travelling so far for my training but I am so pleased I took the plunge and went for it.
Of all the money I spent on my wedding SOS has by far been the most valuable
I just wanted to say a massive thankyou for accepting me on to your SOS programme.
I had to grow a pair of ‘Lady Balls’ just to as for help, I NEVER ask for help but I needed it and you were one million percent the right person.
SOS has been, hands down, one of the best things I’ve ever done, it’s up there with travelling. So I just want to say thanks again for not only helping me physically but mentally too.
I’ve recently finished SOS and would just like to say this ‘no nonsense’ woman is awesome, says it like it is, no sugar coating and for that, keeping me on track, she has my upmost respect.
I was at a plateau and she helped me kick start, get me back on track and kept me going both mentally and physically. Thanks again Charlotte
I’m manic, full time shift working mum with two kids, one of which needs extra help and I literally couldn’t be without Charlotte in my life.
She’s taught me so much about ‘me’, my body and how to eat and train properly.
I look at myself now and feel body-fit, mind- fit. I really do feel like a completely different person.