Dreams and Reality

Boogie Fit
6:30 pm - 7:15 pm
October 22, 2018

What if I told you that if you really want to achieve something and that you were prepared to do what it takes – at the intensity and for as long as it takes – you could do it, would you believe me?

I ask myself this question often. I say to myself that I would love to be able to do this that or the other and then start thinking about what would have to be done, changed, eliminated for me take the necessary actions for as long as it takes and then that’s where the excuses start creeping in or I’m not prepared to make the required changes ie. I don’t want the outcome enough. Sometimes things land in our lap, but rarely!

I was watching the World Gymnastics champs this weekend and witnessed a women of 42 competing (and yes, really competing, she came 5th in the world). Oksana Chusovitina has done all the regular things in her life that a women of her age would do, marriage, children etc. except that she also trains every day to be one of the best in the world in a sport associated with children, teenagers and sometimes women in their 20’s but not 40’s. She could have pulled the ‘age card’, ‘mum card’ etc. at any time but she wanted to achieve her goal and has worked for it. Oksana has been Olympic champion, competed for 3 different countries across 7 different Olympics and she plans to compete in Tokyo, her 8th  too!

I feel very lazy and unaccomplished by comparison.

In addition to my own goals I work with others with theirs every week too, often fitness and weight management related but not always, I enjoy the challenge of helping them with their strategies, overcoming the stumbling blocks, sometimes self imposed, sometimes externally imposed. There is always a way forward to get to where we want to be, sometimes we have to go over, around, under, but there is always a way – it depends upon whether we really want it enough.

As Nelson Mandela (a man who really changed the world) said, “There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living”.


Now for DYBO news!



We have a fun tradition of Halloween dress up and themed class and this year – it falls on a Tuesday. Before I go all out to make a special class, who would like to come and join the fun (regular class fees), let me know asap!


DYBO Christmas Dinner Party and Night Out

We have 30 people booked for Christmas Dinner, message me today if you want to join us as I’m taking the deposits in tomorrow lunch time.

Please see last weeks CBCU for full details but in summary it’s at the Village Hotel in Farnborough, 17th December, 3 course dinner, ‘Absolute Divas’ show and disco afterwards. 7pm to 1am.  £25 (deposit £10)


New Friday Class – Core Power and Deep Stretch,

I have a new class lined up for you to enjoy on Friday nights at 6.30pm (commencing 13th October)

‘Core Power and Deep Stretch’. Focusing on developing joint and core stability, improving joint mobility, aligning posture and supporting ease of movement and relaxation. Suitable for everyone with a body! No dance content, fab music, fully inclusive instruction.

Book now!


Independance Day –  2nd December 



Christmas Party Workout 2017 – taking bookings now!

Theme: ‘Heros and Villains’

Dress in character for extra fun!!

Tuesday 12th December, 7.30pm

£10 by 1st December (just £5 for members)

£15 on the door.

I’m taking suggestions for music now, and am looking forward to hearing your ideas!


Sarah Garcia’s Nuptuals!

Congratulations to DYBO participant Sarah who tied the knot on Saturday!


Stock for sale

I have in stock DYBO diamanté tops (£25), Epsom salts (3kg bags, £8), Dynabands (£6), Yoga mats (£20), Yoga blocks (£8). First come, first served!


Recipe – Mushroom Bolognese with Courgette Noodles

As you know, I’m a veggie (for ethical reasons) I also follow a low carb, no sugar diet. This recipe meets all those criteria and tastes yumm, it’s packed with nutrients, low in harmful fats, carbs and high in taste – boom ! Serve with a green salad.


  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 4 large courgettes
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, roughly chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and roughy chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, roughy chopped
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, minced
  • ¼ cup fresh basil, minced
  • 2 tbsp fresh sage, minced
  • ¾ cup dry red wine
  • 1 pound button mushrooms
  • 1 pound shiitake mushrooms
  • 28 ounces crushed tomatoes
  • ¼ cup tomatoes paste
  • 2 tablespoon nutritional yeast
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup syrup
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In a large pot heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium heat.
  2. In a food processor, pulse onions, celery, carrots, garlic, and walnuts a few times until they are well minced. Transfer to pot and sauté for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Once onions are fragrant and translucent, add fresh herbs and wine, bring to a simmer and cover for 10 minutes to let wine cook down.
  3. Meanwhile heat remaining oil in a large cast iron skillet. Place the mushrooms in the food processor and pulse a few times until mushrooms are broken down and resembled minced meat. Transfer to skillet and sauté, stirring frequently, for about 5 minutes until mushrooms have cooked down and are lightly browned.
  4. Add the mushrooms, tomatoes, tomato paste, nutritional yeast, and maple syrup to the simmering vegetables. Stir to combine, season with salt and pepper, then cover again and let cook for another 10-15 minutes.
  5. While sauce is simmering, make your courgette noodles with a vegetable spiralizer.
  6. Heat coconut oil in a skillet and lightly sautéd noodles for 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and dish onto plates. Top with mushroom bolognese and serve immediately with fresh herbs and red pepper flakes


Have a fab week, love ya!

Helen xx


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Lifecoaching - Helen has been an amazing support and inspiration to me over the last year.  She exudes positivity and has enabled me to see life for what it was and how it could be.  She awakened me to new possibilites and inspired me to make some positive changes to my life.  I now feel that I have dropped all the excess baggage I was carrying and I have renewed vigour and determination to live life to the full and reach my full potential.  Thank you Helen, you are a star!
Julie Tzivanidou Cove