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International Women's Day: The women who inspire Tamara

posted on Wednesday, 8th March 2017 | find under Tamara
Today is International Women’s Day – so what better excuse do we need to celebrate amazing women. In honour of this year’s #BeBoldForChange theme, our Founder and Creative Director, Tamara has shared which five women inspire her the most.

Amelia Freer, Nutritionist

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I met Amelia for lunch in Notting Hill last year and love her down to earth philosophy on healthy eating and nutrition. I’m a firm believer in balance around food and I love how sensible she is and how she doesn’t promote an authoritarian approach to healthy eating. Amelia said to me that she encourages her clients to ‘eat less and move a little more’ and to cook from scratch using fresh, seasonal ingredients. This is a method I certainly agree with. With clients including Boy George, Sam Smith and Victoria Beckham her book Nourish & Glow: The 10 Day Plan is released this month and I’ve already pre-ordered my copy.

Meet Amelia 

What is your morning routine?

I start the day with a black coffee - I look forward to it every single morning. Then for breakfast, I always try to eat a little protein, some veggies, some healthy fats and a portion of fruit. Eggs and avocado is my staple breakfast, though sometimes I have leftover supper – I don’t mind eating curry for breakfast. 
Where is your favourite place to eat out?

I don’t eat out that much but when in Wiltshire, The Beckford Arms and when in London, The Providores in Marylebone is always a favourite.
What’s on your bucket list?

To spend time working with elephants, go to Bhutan and to learn to play the piano.

My Mother

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My Mum, centre left

My parents inspired in me a love of adventure. We moved around the world as a family growing up and my Mum was always so enthusiastic about travel and immersing herself in the local culture. She also has an incredible enjoyment of life and people, she's constantly busy and incredibly sociable and just loves being with people (as well as her herd of alpacas).  She is patient and wise and I love how she treats everyone with respect and kindness. Plus, she looks amazing in our goat print Chandrasana Leggings!  

Lizzie Currie, Athlete

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Lizzie wears the Backcountry All-in-One

My friend Lizzie is one of the most inspiring women I know. She’s not only a fellow Mum of three, but an incredible athlete who is always on the lookout for a bigger and better challenge. What I admire about her is how driven and committed she is in terms of endurance sports and setting herself goals. In the last few months alone she has cycled across America and is about to take on the toughest footrace on earth, the Marathon des Sables, where you run five marathons in as many days. Alongside this she is really good fun and always looks incredible in our product, rocking fluorescent colours better than anyone.

Meet Lizzie

What is your morning routine?  

I have 3 children at 3 different schools so every morning starts with a 6.30 alarm, a cup of hot lemon in bed then a multitude of wake up times, breakfast offerings and hunts for missing uniform. Every morning I make a fresh juice or smoothie for everyone to have before they leave and make sure I drink mine too. By 9 am they’re all at school and I can hit the training schedule. 

What has been your favourite challenge to date?

My favourite to date was Race across America in 2015 - a 3000 mile bike ride from the west to east coast through the most stunning scenery. I raced in a team of just 4 cyclists and this was a frantic and epic journey like I’d never experienced before.

What’s on your bucket list?

If I survive the heat of Marathon des Sables then the Badwater Ultramarathon would be next on the bucket list - a 135 mile race through Death Valley. I would also love to run the Grand Canyon - just for fun!  

Victoria Beckham, Designer

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I admire Victoria for her success at reinventing herself in the face of the cynical fashion world. Her tenacity, passion, focus and desire to succeed are quantities I admire. I also really like how she has moved with the time and is providing a cool, contemporary sports luxe look to empower the modern woman.

Jess Schuring, Founder Heartcore

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One of my New Year’s resolutions this year was to change up my fitness routine and I’m not sure if this would have been possible without Jess. One of the first people too really ‘get’ the boutique fitness scene, she bought Heartcore to London ten years ago determined to provide a seriously tough workout in beautiful surroundings. Like us at Sweaty Betty, she considers an active lifestyle to be a choice of how you live, not just as part of your life. She also has a very cool dress sense and I love the studio design – you feel pampered as well as worked.

What is your morning routine?

My mourning routine changes depending on my work commitments but it always starts with a large glass of water followed by a black americano. Whenever I can, I get my workout in early but if I don't have time, I compromise with a shower and a cold rinse off to wake me up and get going. I check my emails and the news with a second coffee and a light bite to eat - either a banana, oatmeal or scrambled eggs.

What makes Heartcore so effective?

First of all, I’d say that we very much care about everyone who comes to train with us and that we give our very best to get everyone into the best shape possible.  All our training methods focus on working the muscles under tension for the long/lean look, working towards muscle fatigue by designing certain sequences and keeping downtime to a minimum.

What's on your bucket list?

Inspire as many people as possible to life a healthier, happier and more courageous life. Make the world a better place. Learn how to sail and travel more, especially in Africa and South America.

Which women inspire you? Tell us in the comments below as we celebrate #IWD2017. Find out more about Tamara here
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