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How Fitness Models Get a Tiny Waistline

How Fitness Models Get a Tiny Waistline

I hope you guys are having an awesome week so far! I had a fantastic conversation just this morning talking about waistlines.

It started off talking about belly-fat and moved on to how to get a tiny wasp-like (is the term they used) waistline.

A while ago, I did a workshop called The Swimsuit Body Solution (which I might do again closer to the summer), where I talked through a bunch of secrets the professional swimsuit models use to get their figure. You know, other than Photoshop… 😉

One of the things we covered was, what I called, body sculpting. It’s the illusion they create by their overall shape. If you just took their silhouette, for example, you’d notice they go in significantly at the waist. And that’s probably exactly what you’d note.

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Your Coffee is Making You Fat (Try This Instead)

Your Coffee is Making You Fat (Try This Instead)

Occasionally after we’ve dropped Sir Maxalot off at nursery, me and Nic nip to a cafe on the way home to grab a cuppa and plan out our work day. Nic’s cafe of choice between here and nursery (and, more crucially, because it’s open at that time of the morning!) is Costa.

Now, you may not know, but you can actually check out the nutrition information of all the drinks at most of the major coffee shops… and it makes interesting reading!

As a general rule, the fancier the drink, the more calorific it becomes, and when I say calorific, I’m talking in excess of 500 calories and 50g of sugar… that’s nearly 13 teaspoons!

And this is before you’ve bought a custard cream that’s the size of a small hatchback! (Seriously, do they have a lab where they capture and perform experiments on biscuits?)

Here’s something you can have instead to get in your coffee fix, get it for less than 300 calories, and swap out all that sugar for a bonus hit of protein:

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4 Signs You Need Help with Weight Loss

4 Signs You Need Help with Weight Loss

If you’re looking to get in shape and sculpt a beach body that makes Greek Gods look like the Pillsbury Dough Boy, you’ve probably surfed the interwebs in hopes of finding the perfect plan to get the body of your dreams. Sadly, finding a plan on the web and executing that plan are two different things. Sometimes, you follow a diet plan to the letter, have a crazy workout session, and stay true to the cause, but the mountain doesn’t seem to move an inch. In a situation like this, it’s better to seek help and guidance from someone who knows what they are doing.

Here are 4 signs you need help when it comes to losing weight. Read more about 4 Signs You Need Help with Weight Loss

6 Ways to Get (and Stay!) Motivated

6 Ways to Get (and Stay!) Motivated

Has your mojo done a runner? Motivation got up and started sneaking out the back door when you turned your head?

Remember how excited you were the first time you walked into the gym? Or when you stepped on the scale and lost that first pound? Or when you ran that first mile without stopping? It’s time to get that feeling back and here are six ways to regain and keep your motivation when it starts to wander like a toddler in a toy shop: Read more about 6 Ways to Get (and Stay!) Motivated

Food Friday: Raspberry and Lemon Overnight Oats

Food Friday: Raspberry and Lemon Overnight Oats

At our studio we start early. Our first session is 5.45am, so that means, as a trainer, we have to get up, get ready, and get out to be at the studio for 5.30am.

Out of all of our Elite Trainers, I actually live furthest away, so I get up at 4.45am on those days. As you can imagine, not just to maximise my sleep time but to make sure I’m not late, doing all of this stuff faster than a greased up ferret on a waterslide is pretty important!

Now, I’ll repeat until I’m struck down by a falling piano that oats (porridge) are the breakfast of champions. Add in a protein source, and you have everything you need in one cockle-warming, inviting bowl of goodness. But traditionally they’re not all that fast to make, and particularly if you do them in the microwave, are a bit of a liability… Porridge volcano, anyone?

So if you’re in a hurry in the mornings, Overnight Oats are the revelation you’ve been waiting for. If you find them a bit boring, or just need ideas to spice them up, try this high-protein, fruity recipe:

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Spotlight Sunday: Jodie Armstrong – “For the first time in a long time I have a positive outlook and enjoy getting out of bed in the morning.”

Spotlight Sunday: Jodie Armstrong – “For the first time in a long time I have a positive outlook and enjoy getting out of bed in the morning.”

I’m writing this having just done something I wouldn’t have dreamt of doing six months ago but a bit first about where this journey started.

I was pretty fit as a teenager but over the years I got busier with working full time and raising my son and there never seemed to be time for exercise. To be honest I thought you had to spend hours on running machines or at a gym full of ‘meat heads’ and ‘bunnies’ and none of this appealed to me so I made all sorts of excuses not to do it.

Jodie Before, with her son.

Having gone up and down in weight for a few years with different diets and slimming clubs I found I was back in a space where I wasn’t happy with my body and that was making me fed up. I spent my holiday last September on the sun lounger looking down at a body that I really didn’t want to admit was mine. I still didn’t do anything about it though, just got another drink from the bar and buried my head further in the sand.

A few weeks later, and back at home with another alcoholic beverage in hand, I was sat on my sofa thinking about the impending winter and dark nights. I was flicking through social media and up popped PW Physique and Fitness challenging me to ‘Lose a dress size in 21 days’. I’d seen a friend posting about this place and having probably had one too many drinks I signed up. To make sure I carried it through I posted to all my friends and family what I was doing.

The next week was my first session and assessment and I went along with trepidation and in truth thinking it would just be another one of my fads. How wrong could I have been.

I got the friendliest welcome whichever class I went to. No one was judging you, if fact, everyone wanted to help and encourage. Read more about Spotlight Sunday: Jodie Armstrong – “For the first time in a long time I have a positive outlook and enjoy getting out of bed in the morning.”

Spotlight Sunday: Nicola Hinton – “I have lost 3 stone to date and feel strong, lean and incredible. I love feeling fit and long may it continue.”

Spotlight Sunday: Nicola Hinton – “I have lost 3 stone to date and feel strong, lean and incredible. I love feeling fit and long may it continue.”

I have a background in endurance triathlon, competing and coaching and have always been healthy and happy with my weight/clothes sizing being fairly constant for years. Training had started to stall approx. 6 years ago when my husband became ill with various issues. He was my main training partner at the time, and as time progressed he unfortunately became less able to train with me.

Initially (because I was heavily involved in a triathlon club) this only had a slight impact on my ability and desire to train, however 4 years ago we had an additional move from Wiltshire to West Sussex to an area where we knew nobody. This had an additional impact on my training and I started to lose confidence and performance and eventually the training dried up. Weight started to creep on and earlier this year I found myself 4 stone heavier and 3 dress sizes up.

At the end of last year I was asked to be a bridesmaid for my friend’s wedding due at the end of June and when in April I tried my dress on, I hate to say it just felt wrong – not the dress but me. I felt very down about not feeling the love and confidence for my body, I wasn’t used to being unhappy with what I looked like so it actually caught me by surprise and was quite depressing.

I immediately thought I would get back into what I know, so I started (4 stone heavier than before) to try and get back into running which unfortunately resulted in a bout of runners’ knee which stopped me in my tracks. I was devastated but realised I needed to shift the weight and do some strength work if there was any chance of running again, I knew it was time for action. Read more about Spotlight Sunday: Nicola Hinton – “I have lost 3 stone to date and feel strong, lean and incredible. I love feeling fit and long may it continue.”

Spotlight Sunday: Gail Waller – “I feel so much more energised and I can cope with the challenges of being a busy working mum!”

Spotlight Sunday: Gail Waller – “I feel so much more energised and I can cope with the challenges of being a busy working mum!”

In my 20s, I was a skinny thing who could eat whatever I wanted, spend entire weekends lounging around and not put on a single pound of weight. I had no idea how lucky I was! Fast forward to my early 40s and it was an entirely different story.

I had two young boys, was working full time in a fairly demanding job and studying to become a solicitor. Although my husband and parents were all really supportive, I found that there were never enough hours in the day. I was constantly thinking about all the tasks I had to do – sorting out a costume for World Book Day, sewing on Cub badges, writing college assignments, preparing for business meetings, laundry… the list went on and on. Finding time to exercise or eat properly seemed impossible. Read more about Spotlight Sunday: Gail Waller – “I feel so much more energised and I can cope with the challenges of being a busy working mum!”

It’s all about family (Monday motivation)

It’s all about family (Monday motivation)

Prior warning, this is going to be a serious one! I’m going to be getting pretty deep here, so if you’re in this post looking for jokey, doesn’t take the world seriously Punshon, he’ll be back after a short interlude. 🙂

A couple of weeks back I had a photo shoot with my family. We went down to the little mini-woods in Goring Gap.

It’s great down there. It’s like a crack in the universe. You just step through a tree branch out of this field into this strip of tiny forest, where through the gaps at each edge you can look out onto wide open field and beach like looking through a portal.

It almost didn’t go to plan either. Our photographer, Sophie, had an old wooden step-ladder as a prop. That very morning, she’d lean’t it up against something while she took some photos of the family she was shooting, turned around, and they’d completely disappeared!

Turned out Beach Patrol had taken them! So she had to go right down to the beach office to get them back.

So when we got there she was running a bit late!

But fast-forward to today, and we were in her studio looking at the photos, trying to narrow it down to 10. as they were laid out in frames for us to choose.
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