Small changes to a smaller waist!

12 top slimming tips ! Green Tea Green tea is an excellent complement to drinking water and it especially great for those who need more flavour and variety but want to stay hydrated. Green tea is loaded with antioxidants and catechins that are linked to weight loss. Studies have shown that the catechins prevent the accumulation of body fat, and can increase your body temperature slightly so you burn more calories. Green tea is also a great source of caffeine, which also helps you burn calories and fat. The recommended dose of green tea per day is 2 to 3 cups.   Eggs for breakfast Eggs have all sorts of health benefits and they’re packed full of protein. Eating them… Read More →

The Big Three

Apologies for the gap in blogs but I’m now back blogging on a weekly basis, hooray!! So as you all know I love lifting! I love squats, bench and deadlifts aka The Big Three. Not only are these lifts the most awesome lifts of all time but the benefits (aesthetically and physically) are off the chain!  The best thing about these three lifts is that they hit multiple muscle groups and they give you the biggest bang for your buck! Maximum results with minimum time spent in the gym. The Squat  The ultimate lift for leg strength! Increase strength, size, power, agility and explosiveness and build yourself a hot ass and killer pins! Legs that make people stop and stare are… Read More →

That time of the month

So last week was awesome. I hit a 100 kg squats for reps, deadlifts were feeling awesome and even my benching wasn’t as horrific as it normally is, thinks were looking good! So  this week I have to see how heavy I can lift on all three lifts, it didn’t go well!! What was I doing wrong? Why were my hips so freaking sore? Why did I want to go home and cry?! Was I having a nervous breakdown???? No!!! Turns out mother nature was at work and ruining my training by inflicting a period on me! I felt horrifically weak, everything seemed tedious and very emotional and I seemed to have ballooned into an exact replica of the little… Read More →

Battle of the binge!

You have one bite, then another and then before you know it you have demolished an entire cake, box of biscuits, tub of ice cream and six loaves of bread. That one bite escalated into a full blown marathon binge and now you feel disgusting! Distended stomach, ice cream sweats, tight waistband on those normally loose leggings……”why did I do it” you think to yourself. The guilt sets in, the self-loathing, hatred, feelings of disgust, shame and embarrassment. You hate yourself for not having the will power to resist temptation, if only you had only had that ONE bite! Immediate thoughts turn to how you can rectify this abysmal situation. You decide to eat less or nothing at all the following… Read More →

Rude Health for good health

I’m back!! Since my last post I have been ridiculously busy setting up my new fitness and yoga retreat buisness, very exciting times!! Anyway I have recently discovered that I am gluten and wheat intolerant. What does this mean? It means that I blow up like a balloon when I consume too much wheat and gluten (imagine Professor Klump from the Nutty Professor film!). To my dismay I can no longer eat many of the foods that I used to enjoy e.g. porridge oats, muesli’s and granolas and I also realised that there was not a huge amount of choice out there for people who need to follow a free from diet. Then I found Rude Health and my worries were… Read More →

Winter Workouts

The nights are drawing in and the weather is finally turning and working out is not looking so appealing as it did back in the summer! Here are my top tips to stop your fitness stagnating during the colder months, remember that summer bodies are built in the winter. So put in the prep now and by spring you will be ready to meet the summer head on with a hot bod! 1. Layers Wrap up in layers of clothing instead of one great big thick jumper. As you warm up and your body’s temperature rises you will be able to peel off your layers, it is surprising how hot you will still get in the colder months. Invest in… Read More →

Elly Hill

    Hi, my name is Elly Hill and I am overjoyed to announce that I am now part of the Miss Independent Woman team!! My day job is a Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor and luckily for me I LOVE my job! I am based in beautiful Pembrokeshire, South Wales but also provide online coaching and personal training. You’ll be surprised to hear this but as a teenager in secondary school I avoided sport and fitness at all costs. It wasn’t until I was 17 that I fell in love with the gym and all things sporty. My main passions are resistance training and running but if it gets you fit and gets you sweating I will give it a… Read More →

Healthy Happy Fit Mums – Introducing Lucy Miller

MIW Welcomes you LUCY MILLER! As the resident ‘mum’ on the panel of girls that make up Miss Independent Women – The Ultimate Girls Site; I wanted to share some of Lucy’s brilliant tips for keeping fit and healthy throughout pregnancy. For those of you who don’t know, Lucy is a Freelance Fitness & Nutrition Editor for Health & Fitness Mag, Mail Online, Weight Watchers, Fertility Road,  Glamour magazine & founder of Fitness and the Bump In between juggling a family life of her own, she manages her busy schedule of working with her clients as a Personal Trainer and is also working with children to keep fit as a trained level 2 Children’s Fitness Specialist. So I took some time out from heavily pregnant… Read More →

Martine George- pint size powerlifter

The one to watch. When I say powerlifting to you girls, you probably have the misconception that people who partake in this sport have to be bulky and masculine, well Martine is here to break that stereotype. This lovely lady is set for big things in 2014 and is far from this image. At only 5 feet 4 inches Martine is breaking the mould that girls have to be a certain physique to achieve in this sport. I caught up with Martine last week and couldn’t wait to find out how she has got where she has and what’s next on the cards. I am certain you will be just as inspired by her as I am. Some facts about… Read More →

Sad Mummies = big tummies??

In a new report today via the Daily Mail, they commented on the impact of Junk Food for pregnant mummies. Especially those feeling depressed or struggling with their positive thoughts through pregnancy. I hold my hand up that when I was pregnant with Fin, I eat whatever I wanted whenever I wanted. I will also admit that it did help ‘lift my mood’ when I felt a bit down – you know, feeling like a whale, constant trips to the toilet, no naughty drunken nights out, feeling left out…etc etc The result was not good. Heavy pregnant lady, lots of weight to loose and I now worry for Finley. As being one who struggles with their weight, not naturally a… Read More →