Pull A Sickie!

Contemporary Stretch
6:15 pm - 7:25 pm
December 13, 2018

Today is, apparently, the day when more people ‘pull a sickie’ than any other day of the year. Well rather than focus on (and possibly install) the reasons why we feel like switching off the alarm and pulling the duvet back over our head, I want to focus on the ways and reasons we can get up and live life to the Max!

It’s true that lots of folks have had the ‘lergies’ recently. Staying/getting well is an excellent reason to get up and embrace life.

If we are invested in being ill because we don’t want to go to work (maybe we are bored, there’s conflict , you’re overwhelmed, feeling resentful etc), or don’t want to see certain people, we don’t want to take responsibility for our lives and the direction it’s taking then we must remember that we get what we focus on and if we see illness as a ‘get out’ clause, that is what we get! The result being that not facing and sorting out our problems, disappointments or concerns will result in them still being there tomorrow, the day, week, month, year/s after!

Many folks stay well because they are excited about and are enjoying ‘life’- they focus on being and staying connected with all they are and want to do, thus creating a wellness mentality and physicality. The reverse is also very true.

Yesterday (Sunday 5th), we got up and danced the day away, folks of all ages and levels of experience, many travelling considerable distances came together to enjoy creativity, self expression, to try something new and different, laughter and of course, fitness at our ‘Independance Day’ event.

My fellow presenter Roy Gayle wowed and charmed the attendeees with his teaching and personality (he loved them as much as we did him). These Independance days are growing in popularity, this one was sold out ahead of time, which is thrilling for Karen and I as we are passionate about creative, original and bespoke dance fitness classes and opportnities for participants and teachers alike. The overwhelming feedback is that Independance days are incredibly fun and friendly; where everyone feels welcome and encouraged. That is down to the presenters and, of course, my DYBO divas and regulars who really do make everyone feel welcome.

Looking ahead we have the rest of the Indpendance days planned…

and you can book now to guarantee your place!


Coming up

We have new routines for tonight’s Boogie Fit and Cardio Dance plus Thursdays Dancespiration (I know some of you like to start on Week 1)


Three More Ski Fit Fridays, 6.30pm

A Fab butt, thighs and core workout, non-impact and fun. Book all three for just £18 or £6.50 per class in advance or £7.50 on the door.


Big Balls And What To Do With Them

A full body workout with an emphasis on your core (abdominals and back, pelvic and shoulder girdle). Exercises include those influenced by pilates, yoga, sports science conditioning and dance. A truly wonderful non-impact, effective and fun workout.

Bring your own ball (you don’t have one? – you can purchase one inexpensively from us so you can keep up the good work at home). Note: for your safety we only recommend anti-burst quality Stability Balls.



———————————————————————————————————————————–Valentines Special for next week only – you can bring your loved one, friend or family to any class FOC (new participants only). Sharing the love xx!



Breakfast Muffins

Make them in advance for when you are busy!

  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ cup unsweetened apple sauce (pured apple)
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • ½ cup cashew or almond milk
  • 2½ cups almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mixed blackberries and raspberries, or fruit of choice (can use tinned or frozen)


  • Preheat oven to 350° and line a muffin tin with 12 liners.
  • In a large bowl, mix the coconut oil, honey, applesauce, eggs, vanilla,and cashew milk. Stir until fully combined.
  • Add in the almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, and salt.
  • Stir until just combined and no chunks are left.
  • Evenly distribute between the 12 muffin tins.
  • Push berries in on top and bake for 20-22 minutes.

Can be stored for one day in a cake tin – or longer when kept in the fridge.


Have a fab week – love ya!

Helen x



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Helen was inspirational when I went to her for Life Coaching. I began to regard events and happenings that caused me pain in a totally different way and the comfort that gave me was intense during some really life changing personal circumstances. It took me some time for her teachings to become a way of thinking for me - I'm still learning and putting into practice what I have been taught. I will always regard this experience as being a turning point in the way I view life's challenges. Thank you so much, Helen.
Liz Wheeler Basingstoke