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Complementary Fitness 2 January Newsletter

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Welcome to January and to the first of our 2023 newsletter & updates:


First of all, I wish you all “a very happy new year” and hope that you had a lovely and very merry Christmas.


Our new year classes start back from Wednesday 4 January onwards.

As I mentioned before, our Tuesday fitness Pilates class doesn’t start until next Tue:10 Jan but I hope that you’ll come to any/all of our other class this week ie

Wed 9.30am general fitness & core resistance,

Thurs 7pm fitness yoga/Pilates &

Friday 9.30am fitness yoga, all in Dreghorn Loan Hall, Colinton.


I’m so grateful for the lovely comments that you wrote in cards for me eg:

“Thank you for all the motivation and hard work you put in”.

“Thank you for keeping us fit and healthy this year.  Your classes are amazing.  I still can’t believe you manage to make every single class different”.    and

“Many thanks for keeping so many of us well and healthy with your great classes”.


Thank YOU all.


The day after our classes finished up, we jetted off to Lanzarote and had an amazing family holiday at Club La Santa and just got home late on Christmas Eve.

While there, we did lots of classes (for me: mostly Body Combat, Body Balance, yoga, ballroom fitness, a run or two, stretch & relax and a silent stationary bike/spin class), we walked a lot (mainly to La Santa village itself to restaurants), enjoyed the spa, lots of delicious meals out and on our balconies (we hired 2 suites for 7 of us).

Our grandkids also loved being in the pool, the sunshine, pizzas at the onsite pool bar, trampolines and their activities too.

It really is a place for all the family and for all ages and abilities with guaranteed sunshine all year round.  What more could you ask for?

Then, last week was great to catch up and get organised again (and take delivery of a new washing machine as our old one decided to stop working mid-week before we went to CLS) and a new vacuum as the ‘not so old’ old one was playing up.


Did you do any ‘exercise homework’ while we were off?


This month, many will take part in Veganuary – eating a purely plant-based diet.  However, when planning meals, it’s important to include a source of protein with each meal and for veggies & vegans, that’ll be: pulses, soya products (eg tofu or tempeh), nuts, seeds, grains or maybe Quorn products.

If you feel that you can’t or don’t want ‘to go veggie/vegan’ for an entire month, try cutting out meat, fish or processed meals a few times a week or choose at least one meal a day as a vegan meal.

Focus on what you’re adding, not what you’re missing.

Plan, shop for and take time and organise healthy meals.

As I’ve mentioned before, make a big batch of soup, stew, curry etc and portion out and freeze some for another time.

Make simple swaps eg coconut/almond/oat/hemp milk for dairy milk or nutritional yeast flakes for parmesan cheese.

Cook from scratch using lots of beans, pulses, different vegetables and good healthy sources of carbs.  Think filling, satisfying soups, tomato-based sauces and stews, veggie chilli or a mushroom or veg-filled baked potato.

There’s always the easily-made standby: beans on toast (make using a tin or carton of rinsed cannellini or butter beans in a tomato herby sauce) or shop-bought or home-made hummus on toast.

Have you made any New Year Resolutions?

Are you planning on ditching any old or unhealthy habits or maybe instead, think of adding IN healthy habits ie go for a walk after a meal.

Be good and be kind to yourself.

Exercise but rest as well – it’s all about balance.

Eat well.

Drink enough water and stay hydrated.

Stop negative thoughts and turn them into positive ones eg from ‘I’m no good at this, I give up’ to ‘I’m doing the best I can at this time and will continue to improve and stay strong’.


Start easy, give yourself permission and time.

Welcome new opportunities to grow mentally, emotionally and spiritually.


So that’s newsletter 1 done of a brand new year and I hope that you enjoyed reading it.

I can’t wait to see you, catch up, find out what you’ve been up to and of course, get back into exercise and fitness with you again.

Reminder that you can pay for classes:

With cash ie £6 per class

Directly into my bank account

Using my SumUp card machine.

Remember to let me know if you have any comments, news and keep me updated with anything that’s happening with you ie health-related stuff, goals, achievements etc.


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