Complementary Fitness 2 March Newsletter

A reminder that there is no class on Thursday this week because we’ll be at my brother-in-law’s funeral (Norman’s brother) but if you can, please come to another class this week instead if you can, thanks.

I know that a lot of you have been asking so here’s the big news for us: our daughter gave birth to baby Theo on Thursday last week and he weighed in at 9lb 9oz and both well.  We babysat and had Layla our granddaughter for a sleepover on Thursday – if you were at Friday morning’s class, you’d have seen her.  On Friday afternoon, we took her in to see her new baby brother (even though she kept saying she wanted a baby sister!) and it was soooo lovely to see them and have a ‘wee shot’ of him.

I recently downloaded the Calm app and would thoroughly recommend it if you’re looking to try meditation, want to de-stress and build self esteem/self confidence.

On their ‘7 days of self-esteem’ section, I noted their definition of self esteem which is based on ‘how much we value ourselves and how competent we feel in life and how worthy and capable we are.  It refers to the extent to which like, accept and approve of ourselves’.

Whereas, self confidence is defined as: the ability to do something successfully.

There’s also a daily calm quote which says: ‘imagine if, rather than criticizing ourselves, we spent that same amount of time offering ourselves loving acceptance.  Who would we be then’?

Did you know that …

+ This Thursday 5 March is World Book Day.  World Book Day is a UNESCO initiative that aims to celebrate both books and reading, especially among young people and it’s marked in over 100 countries.  I love to read to our granddaughter; she’s got lots of books and she loves being read to.  Do you love reading?  Any favourite authors or books?

+ Life is too short to wait.

+ Potassium is an essential mineral that must be acquired from your diet as the body can’t create it alone.

For us (because we exercise), it’s good to know that potassium is an essential mineral that has several roles in the body, including: regulating muscle contractions, maintaining healthy nerve function and regulating fluid balance.  It’s also present in all of the body’s cells and tissues.

Some of the health benefits associated with potassium, are:

  • Help to reduce blood pressure
  • Reduce the risk of stroke
  • Help to prevent kidney stones
  • Enhance bone mineral density.

You may already know that bananas contain potassium but, in varying amounts, so does some of the following foods: sweet potato, dried apricots, cooked lentils and broccoli, tomato, beetroot, pomegranate and cannellini beans. has great info health and lifestyle articles as well as healthy recipes if you want to find out more.

This’ll make you laugh: ‘if at first you don’t succeed, maybe skydiving isn’t for you’!

Just a short newsletter this week but I look forward to seeing you in our Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday classes this week.

take care and I look forward to seeing you soon


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  1. SB  March 3, 2020

    “I attended my first fitness Pilates class with you on the evening of Thursday 12th January 2006 as a rather sceptical student who thought he would feel awkward and be intruding in an entirely female domain. I was initially cajoled and persuaded by my wife who suggested that your classes might improve my fitness levels and extend my blossoming tennis career!! I rather think though that it was more of a ploy to get me out of the house for an hour or so.
    I first came along convinced that I would last only a few weeks and be especially embarrassed at being unable to live up to the standards of the ladies in the class. Of course in the beginning it was difficult being the only man in the class and not knowing how or whether I had a pelvic floor “to pull up”! But your welcome and professionalism in making everyone feel that they could achieve better fitness was genuine and convincing, and here I am – yes over 14 years later – still trying hard to impress you with my lunges, side stretches, plank and warrior poses.

    It is very pleasing for someone who enjoys playing sport so much as I do, to see in recent years more men engaging in your mixed Pilates and yoga classes and recognising how good you are as an instructor and teacher. You accommodate the mixed classes and different abilities so well and the fact that so many people keep coming year after year is a credit to you. Of course, I also credit you with my amazing abs and hard earned physique and fitness levels (only joking!!), but we all certainly feel much healthier.

    I do genuinely want to thank you for making the many years fitness classes so enjoyable and I hope that we all can keep going for many more years in the future” SB

    • Susan  March 4, 2020

      Thanks very much for your great feedback, comments and your commitment to Complementary Fitness Pilates/yoga classes. I really appreciate you continuing to work out with us and I look forward to challenging you further in your quest to keep fit, Susan x


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