Take a moment…

Contemporary Stretch
6:15 pm - 7:25 pm
September 20, 2018

…and breathe… Christmas comes and goes in such a frantic flurry of shopping, wrapping, cooking, eating, clearing away, shopping, cooking, eating, clearing away and repeat. After week/s of this we are often desperate to get back to normal or should I say better than normal. Many folks make commitments to New Year, New Me packages without thinking things through, and no wonder – for most, it all falls apart very quickly. This leaves many feeling like a failure, a disbeliever and worse than they felt before. Ok, so stop, think, strategise (maybe take advice) then take action.

If the ‘new you’ is going to do more (new hobbies, exercise, charity work, etc.) when and how are you going to fit that in? ie. What are you going to do less?

A few years ago I found myself overwhelmed and wondering why I was running out of time every day? In quick succession I had added two dogs to my life, taken up ice-skating and then a new business venture. Without giving anything else up, let’s do the sums…. daily 1hr dog work is 7 hours weekly (plus the post-walk dog wash in the winter months!), ice skating 2-4 hours (including travel time) so every week I had 9-11 hours less time for my regular stuff. Setting up new a business writing and delivering course materials and travelling takes 100’s of hours plus running and delivering a fitness and dance business. Something had to give and it was my relationships and me! I had to make a change and too choices based on what made me happy and feel healthy again.

Ok so I’m here to help you choose goals, create appropriate strategies, be honest and supportive and help you know which directions to take to achieve your goals and your unique life! I’m a qualified coach, that’s what I do, I additionally can help you with effective, safe and fun exercise, body and mind rehabilitation and the motivation and thinking behind getting going and keeping it up, plus the dietary support necessary to keep you healthy with a strong immune system, happy and in optimum shape.

So before you leap into action, take a moment and think then strike whilst your motivation iron is hot!

The DYBO business doors are open again from today with all our one to one services.

On Wednesday the 3rd January I have a new ‘Gut Cleanse and Restore’ group starting.

Classes will resume on Monday the 8th January with new class content, music and new Friday night Ski Fit class (book now!).

For many, making a commitment in advance helps them with motivation and adherence. Research has shown that, on average, after 12 weeks of practicing a new action it has become a habit and therefore you are more likely to maintain this new behaviour. Further research had shown that we are more likely to maintain this behaviour when we have made a commitment to /with others.

This includes meeting up with others (fellow class members and trainers).

I have noted over the years that friends often come to class together. Whilst one might enjoy it and be successful at the class, the other might find it difficult and therefore not want to come back – also dissuading their friend from returning…or when one drops out/can’t make it, the other one does too despite getting results and having fun, possibly feeling that they are being loyal to their friend even though it disadvantages them.

I’ve noticed that those who come alone will make friends at class and maintain their classes over many years.

You can buy a class voucher for 10 classes (to be used in 12 weeks) or monthly membership (no contract) via on line payment direct to us if that helps with your motivation. Or you can pay as you go – it’s your choice.

Email me for details and I will make it happen!



Healthy and Cheap Grub!

Apple Turkey Curry on Cauliflower Rice

Serves 4

You might have some left over Turkey from Christmas or you might want to take advantage of the discounted Turkeys in the super market.

Many of us will want to lose the extra Christmas pounds so why not make up a big batch of curries, soups and stews and freeze them for quick healthy meals.

Use the bones for stock so nothing is wasted and it will help you with your January bank balance too!

This meal is suitable for the Gut Cleanse group.


  1. 2 cups cooked turkey, chopped
  2. 2 tbs organic butter
  3. 1 large organic apple, diced
  4. 2 cloves of garlic, 2 shallots, both minced
  5. 1 tbs Thai yellow curry paste (or powder)
  6. 1 organic red pepper, diced
  7. 1 cup chicken stock (or turkey stock, use the bones)
  8. 1 cup coconut milk
  9. Cauliflower Rice = 1 large cauliflower (or 2 small), 1.5 tbs butter, 1 tbs water, salt to taste.


  1. Melt the butter over medium heat in a large pot. Add apples, shallots, garlic and curry paste and saute until fragrant and softened (about 3 mins).
  2. Add red pepper and chicken stock and bring pot to a boil.
  3. Add turkey and coconut milk and return to boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  4. Serve on top of a bowl of Cauliflower Rice and enjoy.


Cauliflower Rice

  1. Clean the cauliflower and cut into florets. Put through the food processor until the cauliflower has a couscous-like or rice-like consistency.
  2. In a pan on medium heat, add a tablespoon of water, then the cauliflower rice. Cook covered for 5 min to steam through a bit.
  3. Add the butter, and allow to melt. Mix consistently to prevent the rice from sticking to the bottom of the pan, and cook uncovered for 15-20 minutes or until softened.
  4. Serve and top with the Apple Turkey Curry.


Enjoy and here’s to a happy and healthy 2018!

Love ya,

Helen x



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As a keen club runner I had become frustrated at a number of recurring running injuries. After seeing a variety of different physios and chiropractors, with varying degrees of success but no complete solution, I was recommended to Helen. Helen took a different approach to other practitioners, looking at the whole body structure, core strength and flexibility and initially recommending a programme based around my basic posture, rather than the actual location of the pain. Following the exercises and programmes recommended by Helen I have managed to stay injury free for over 18 months, and am able to train at increasing levels of intensity. Thank you!
Darren Atkins