Cherry and Cinnamon Baked Oats

All Things Fitness, Recipes

Hi I’m Charlotte and I’m an oats addict!

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Sundays are my rest days and my high carb/refeed days so I always take my time over my precious oats. This Sunday I decided to try making baked oats. I’ve seen baked oats all over instagram but have never tried making them before so I thought why not today! I didn’t follow a recipe, I just tried it my own way and my god they were good! Now you can make them too!

 

Ingredients:

  • Cherries- fresh or frozen
  • 50g oats
  • 20g chia seeds
  • 400-500ml Unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 medium courgette grated
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (or more depending on preference)
  • Optional- 1 tablespoon coconut flour

Method:

  1. To be completed the night before:
    1. Mix together the oats, milk, chia seeds, courgette and cinnamon
    2. chill in the fridge overnight
  2. Preheat oven to 180-200 degrees C
  3. Mix in protein powder, baking powder and optional coconut flour to the overnight oats- consistency should be thick
  4. Line your oven safe dish with cherries
  5. Pour oats mixture on top
  6. Press more cherries into the oats
  7. Top with a sprinkle of loose oats to toast on top
  8. Bake for approx 30mins (the longer you bake, the thicker and more ‘cake’ they will be)

 

Oh my goodness, these oats were incredible! Actually incredible! img_8304img_8308img_8327

Let me know how you get on making them!

Love Char xxx

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Why I shouldn’t be your #bodygoals

All Things Fitness

As a health and fitness blogger I try and keep to a rounded selection of content from food, to supplements, to training, to recipes, to my body…. At the moment it has been VERY competition prep based. Why? Well that’s my life right now I am 5 weeks out from my next competition, surrounded by others on prep and if I don’t make it my life and throw everything into it, there’s no real point in doing it. I’m very all or nothing and if I get relaxed about my prep, well it’s self explanatory, the results won’t come!

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So why shouldn’t you want your body to look like mine?

My body is sitting at around 10% body fat and I’m 55kg- that means that of my entire body only about 5.5kg of that is fat. It is recommended that women shouldn’t have a body fat percentage lower than 10% as that is the lowest necessary level for normal body function. But let’s take a moment to remember that I am in prep for a purely aesthetics based competition and to be a serious contender I need those lower levels of body fat. A normal healthy woman shouldn’t really be striving for this level of body fat.

It can happen at different levels of body fat for different girls BUT I have now stopped having my period. This is just one example of how my body is dealing with what is being thrown at it. At first when it happened for a couple of months I started taking pregnancy tests because of the paranoid person that I am even though I knew it was impossible for that to be the answer, given where my romantic status is right now… (You catch my drift- oh hey immaculate conception…)

After this competition I am looking to take a year until I compete again for a couple of reasons:

• my body needs a break and to work its way back to a healthy state of internal homeostasis

• I want to build more muscle and if I’m constantly cutting and in a calorie deficit then that cannot happen

So while I LOVE competing and competition prep, if I want to keep doing it for quite some time I need to be sensible and strategic about it.

I post progress pictures and flexed six pack pictures because I’m proud of myself. I am proud of what I am achieving, the progress I’m making and how I’m getting on in my competition prep. Whilst I am super proud of myself this doesn’t mean you should want my abs, or my new found back muscles and pecs.

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So if I don’t want to inspire you with my body, how do I want to be inspiring you?

I would love you to be inspired by my positive outlook on life, my attitude towards goal setting and smashing those goals, my ideals of uplifting people and supporting each other even if they are your competition and if I can have this attitude in life, you can too!

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After my competition I will be progressively gaining some more body fat to a healthy and maintainable level and maybe once I’m there, my body could inspire you to get that butt in the gym. But for now I shouldn’t be your body inspiration.

If I can inspire you to make healthy changes and life choices, encourage some more body confidence and self love then I will be one happy bunny.

Please just remember I am prepping for a bodybuilding bikini competition that is purely aesthetics based and only maintainable for a short period of time.

Big love Char xxx

Festival Studio 2.0

Aerials, Contemporary Dance, modelling, Photography, Work

In July I headed back once again to shoot with Festival Studio Photography. You may or may not know that Jessica and I shot with them in October 2014 too. This time I was shooting alone with around eight photographers. Like before it was a very fun shoot, very relaxed (hard work) but a great environment to work in.

We worked through a few looks and themes. Contemporary dance, Aerial Silks, Aerial Hoop, Acro on a mirror and the Grand Finalé- a shoot using flour to capture an image that carried motion. As you can see we had a lot to fit into the day, each of the photographers had one on one time with me in each of the themes. I’ll include for you at least one image from each of the themes.

Some of the photographers came with specific ideas of what they wanted to capture and some with reference picture to try and recreate. Others, were happy to let me move through sequences and positions for them to capture.

Festival Studio always know how to look after me and is always the most inviting atmosphere to work in.

I am also delighted to tell you that I have been invited back once again to shoot with Festival Studio in October. There was a great reaction to the flour shots and people have requested a second shoot date- great news! So in light of this coming up have a look below at what we achieved in the July shoot.

We had Charlotte as our subject model fir an aerials, contemporary dance, modelling and powder shoot at the studio recently. Her performance was flawless, giving great energy and fun to whoever photographed her. A lovely girl who brought confidence and great humour. Thoroughly recommended.

~ Chris Sharp,  Festival Studio Photography

What Next…..?

modelling, Work

So today marks the end of a very busy, fun-filled summer working for Exsportise Ltd. My previous posts will give you an insight into life in orange, let me say just this I either love it a lot or I’m a little crazy as it was my fifth summer working for this summer camp. Thank you Exsportise it’s been a pleasure. That is all over now after seven great weeks, so what will I be getting up to next?

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Tomorrow I have a shoot with Frame Studios shooting new content for their website and social media accounts. This is a pretty exciting shoot for me especially since I will be shooting with one of my good friends Laura too. We’ll be shooting some solo content each and then some shots together, it will be super fun. Website address: http://www.moveyourframe.com Have a look at their classes, they’re pretty badass!

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After that I am hoping to get some shoots in in the week before heading off to Spain for a week with my sister Jessica. We’ll be chasing sunsets and doing some partner acro-yoga on the beach. For those of you who know me, this is literally perfect! (of course there will be plenty of photographs too!)

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In October I have also lined up another shoot with Festival Studio Photography. I haven’t yet shared with you the images from my most recent shoot with them but I already have another shoot on the way! It will be similar to the image below involving lots of flour to capture images with motion. I was invited to model for them again as lots of photographers contacted the studio requesting a shoot like this as they missed the previous one. This is exciting for me, having people requesting I model for them and that they are genuinely upset that they missed the last shoot. The last shoot was SO fun that I actually can’t wait for this October shoot! Have a look at the image below for an idea of what’s to come.

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My aims and goals for the next year:

  • Branch more into Fitness Modelling
  • Shoot for a yoga/activewear clothing brand
  • Live each day mindfully

Now not all of these have an explicitly obviously result, but they are three things I will have at the forefront of my mind working towards over the next 10 months. Why 10 months? Because hopefully I will be returning to spend a sixth summer dressed in Orange with Exsportise!

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charlotteXmalcolm – Fitness/Swimwear Collab

modelling

Hello!

So I’m feeling pretty much on top of the world right now. Last weekend I escaped from West Sussex where I have been coaching dance and ran away back to London for the whole weekend. Since I knew this was my plan I contacted a Malcolm Fitt and asked if he wanted to get together and make the most of my visit back to London and shoot together….I have just received my images back from the shoot  on Sunday 16th August. I love love love them!

As you may have seen, Malcolm (the photographer) and I have collaborated a few times now. This shoot particularly, was more of a creative exchange as we both had an idea each and style we wanted to achieve so we split the shoot into two sections. The first was a fitness shoot proposed by myself as I would really like to try and branch out into more fitness/ Sports/ activewear modelling. Whilst I am on top of my body and training, it would have been a shame to have missed this opportunity to shoot. The weather couldn’t have been more perfect, the sun was shining and bouncing off of my skin emphasising the shadows in my muscle tone and definition making me look strong and lean. We worked with three outfits and both agreed on the same favourite one. The mint green Nike sports bra with the Adidas tights and Nike trainers.  The combination created a crisp, professional look that really complimented my body. The mint green worked with my skin tone to make me look like I had a healthy golden glow, whilst the stripes running down the side of the Adidas tights lengthened my legs. I am so happy with the images as a whole. To me they look like something you could easily find in a Women’s Health magazine, that sort of feel.  That’s what I think anyway, have a look for yourself and see if you agree…

The latter part of the shoot was swimwear. I found myself THE most gorgeous and flattering swimsuit by South Beach Swim. The high neckline compliments my shape as I have a small chest and also small shoulders.  The cut of the leg and bum were gorgeous too, elongating my legs and giving the illusion that I do in fact have a fuller bum than I actually do (which is great). If it was acceptable, I would wear it everyday because it made me feel great! It also helped that it was white which made me look tanned too (always great!) The feel we were going for was more of a St Tropez ad campaign rather than swimwear catalogue. I believe we achieved just that between the white swimsuit, wet hair and greenery for a backdrop. The feel is classy, elegant and tropical. But don’t take my word for it, have a look yourself!

Charlotte’s physique is particularly suited to form fitting outfits so both of these themes were great. As I said, Charlotte and I have worked together a few times now in a collaborative mutually beneficial capacity. We are open to each other’s suggestions and ideas and know how to work together to achieve them as smoothly as possible.  We also respect each other’s complete (and some times brutal) honesty when it comes to reviewing the photographs post-shoot. (Fitt, 2015)

Both Malcolm and I are very pleased with the overall result of both parts to the shoot, I have incorporated a few of the images into this post but to see more of the shoot have a look here.

Lifestyle Shoot July 2015

modelling, Photography, Work

Hello!

At the start of the month (July 2015) myself and Malcolm Fitt collaborated once again for a photoshoot. The aesthetic/style/theme this time was Lifestyle; so the sort of thing you might find in a lifestyle magazine etc. You may recognise Malcolm’s name from previous posts here- we did a sports/running shoot in January 2015 and a Boho fashion shoot in June 2015 (all photos in the `gallery)

Unfortunately, neither of us live in houses/flats that would accommodate such a shoot so we spent the day shooting in someone else’s BEAUTIFUL home. It was a stunning converted pub and couldn’t have been more perfect. So grateful to the family who vacated their home in order for us to shoot for the day.

I love shooting with Malcolm (I’ve said it before i know) he makes me look good! Seriously, he knows what he’s doing! When you see the images, you’ll understand how it could have been a little awkward but it absolutely wasn’t at all. Really enjoyed the shoot and i believe we have gotten some lovely images as a result Have look and i’d love to hear what you think. There are a couple of images below and the rest can be found at https://charlclarke.com/the-gallery/

also check out Malcolm’s website at http://www.malcolmskfitt.co.uk

~ C xx

Lifestyle Shoot. July 2015 © Malcolm SK Fitt Photography

Lifestyle Shoot. July 2015
© Malcolm SK Fitt Photography

Lifestyle Shoot. July 2015 © Malcolm SK Fitt Photography

Lifestyle Shoot. July 2015
© Malcolm SK Fitt Photography

Lifestyle Shoot. July 2015 © Malcolm SK Fitt Photography

Lifestyle Shoot. July 2015
© Malcolm SK Fitt Photography

Lifestyle Shoot. July 2015 © Malcolm SK Fitt Photography

Lifestyle Shoot. July 2015
© Malcolm SK Fitt Photography

Sneak Peak

modelling, Photography, Work

On Saturday May 30th, I spent the day with Malcolm Fitt shooting a variety Boho Fashion looks. It was a really great day shooting but I’ll tell you more about it in my next post.

I am currently waiting to receive the images through to use but here is a sneak peak at what you’re in for. Once I have more images, I’ll post again and share them with you… I can’t wait!

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In the mean time, why not have a look at our previous shoot together  here and also at his website: http://www.malcolmskfitt.co.uk

~ C xx

Malcolm SK Fitt Photography

Photography, Work

On the morning of Sunday 1st February Malcolm and I headed into the woods in Harrow to do a sports shoot. It was freezing cold so it’s a good job it was a fun shoot. Malcolm was very professional and made me feel comfortable in front of the camera. He was also very accommodating when it came to the cold, he’d brought along a blanket for me just to be on the safe side.

Part way through the shoot we even had a cameo from a furry friend who wanted to join in:

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I loved working with Malcolm and we tried many ways to try and achieve the look he was after. The strong, athletic, running shot. Luckily all our stars aligned in the last 30 mins or so and we got it and both got excited to keep shooting!

I would definitely recommend Malcolm as a photographer any time! Have a look at his website here: http://malcolmskfitt.com

Here are a few of my favourite images from the shoot!

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Malcolm SK Fitt Photography

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Malcolm SK Fitt Photography

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Malcolm SK Fitt Photography

Malcolm SK Fitt Photography

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Malcolm SK Fitt Photography

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Malcolm SK Fitt Photography

Malcolm SK Fitt Photography

Malcolm SK Fitt Photography

Malcolm SK Fitt Photography

Malcolm SK Fitt Photography

Malcolm SK Fitt Photography

Malcolm SK Fitt Photography

Malcolm SK Fitt Photography

Malcolm SK Fitt Photography

Malcolm SK Fitt Photography

Malcolm SK Fitt Photography

Nick Radley Headshots

Contemporary Dance, Extras, Photography, Work

Shortly after moving to London I was chatting to Aidie, someone I met on a shoot in the summer and he dropped into conversation that he was getting a couple businesses going. He then went on to tell me that one of those was Headshots and would I like to have some done….obviously I said yes! I then had a conversation with the photographer (that night!) and we set up a shoot for the next day!

I’m not going to lie, we probably picked THE coldest day of the year so far and to add to that It kept raining that horrible drizzly fine rain where one minute you’re bone dry and half an hour later you’re soaking and have no idea how it even happened.

Right from the off Nick was really friendly and approachable and this set up for a great shoot. We headed out and found a couple of locations to shoot, all were outside. This was great for me (bar the temperature) because my other Headshots had all been taken in a studio. A few locations and concealed changes later and we were wrapped. Throughout, Nick gave great direction. He knew where to ask you to move for the light to hit your face right and asked for a variety of looks…. If there was something that worked he’d ask me to hold it and we’d shoot that for a moment and then move on. Nearing the end of the shoot, I was turning into an icicle and grabbed my scarf/shawl/blanket (the most versatile wonderful thing ever) to try and thaw out a little and get some circulation back and Nick asked to shoot me in it….. Turns out most of the shots I selected are those wrapped in my scarf.

I was really impressed with how my images turned out and there was a really quick turn around from shoot, to selection,to retouched to me receiving them. Really great service. Communication was amazing too right from the off, to making sure I was happy afterwards. I genuinely would recommend Nick to anyone, have a look for yourselves….

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Whether you’re an actor, dancer, MT Performer, any creative professional or ANYONE that requires a professional headshot/ portrait photograph Nick is the person to go to.

If you’re interested, even just to enquire, contact details are below:

Aidie Palmer: Aidie.palmer@gmail.com
Nick Radley: nick5r@hotmail.co.uk

When I share this post on Facebook I’ll also tag them in it if you would rather find them that way.

Like I say, I’m really happy with my images and would happily go back when they need updating!

Festival Studio Photography

Aerials, Contemporary Dance, Photography, Work

In October Jessica and I took a job with Festival Studio Photography modelling/ dancing for a group photography session.

From the moment we arrived we couldn’t have been made to feel more welcome, the atmosphere was lovely. We had our own dressing room, gowns, slippers… The works!

The idea of the shoot was Contemporary Dance and Aerial silks. Jessica and I had practiced a few partner holds/positions and then we worked through some solo shots also. It was arranged so that thee were about 5/6 photographers who each had about 15-20 minutes with us on a rotation, working through a range of shots for each. Everyone was really enthusiastic and shared their photo with each other in the lounge area excited about everyone’s shots. Occasionally someone would run back through and be like ‘you did a position for so and so, can I shoot that please’ and that was nice, their enthusiasm was contagious 🙂 All of these shots were in a bright room with a white back drop like the image below. It’s my favourite image of me and Jessica from the day. © Charles Merry.

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We then took a short break and moved into the Aerial part of the shoot. I mixed between three (and one extra for Paul) positions, all the same for everyone and this was a little more strenuous than the dancing previous. A splits position, a Beamon sit and a scorpion. I really love these pictures as the lighting and post production have led to a black back drop so the silks look such a rich vibrant red. Here’s an example © Jan Marshall.

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We then moved on to some more jumps, turns, leaps… Anything that we could try and capture motion within the image. I wore a light blue leotard and coloured Aztec print full skirt and Jessica wore a sheer dress that floated as she jumped, really great for capturing the movement. These shots were also lit to give a black backing and definition in the muscles, shadows of the body (great if you want your calves to look amazing! Haha) . Here’s a shot of Jessica © Paul Branton, Festival Studio Photography.

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The whole experience working with Festival Studio was great, we had such a great time that before you knew it six hours had past and everyone had to go home. I honestly couldn’t recommend them more! Highly professional, welcoming and so accommodating. Hopefully we’ll shoot together again soon !

I’ll leave you with some more images from the day:

© Jan Marshall Photography

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© Roger Coran

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© Paul Branton, Festival Studio Photography

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© Charles Merry

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