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  • WOW

    It's been a while since I've posted but I'm back on it and will try to add a blog each month as a minimum!

    Yesterday I went to the WOW (Woman onto Work) offices and did a wee chat about being self employed.

    (Here's the website http://www.womenontowork.org/ if you want to find out more about WOW)

    I really enjoyed thinking back to October 2010 when I was just starting out, going through how I planned my route through training, working to get experience and then setting up Fit as a Monkey in September 2011 and building up the business from scratch.

    The best question I was asked was "Where do you see Fit as a Monkey going next?" I have been thinking about what else I could do but haven't quite found the right thing to focus my energy on so watch this space and see what happens.

    Recently I have started up two new Mummies and Buggies classes, one in Prestonpans and one in Gullane so I now run four post natal classes a week. I set these up due to there being a demand for more classes in East Lothian so now I need to figure out what else the god people of East Lothian would like to do. If you have any suggestions please do get in touch - my email is info@fitasamonkey.co.uk, mobile os 07835 857 603 or you can find me on facebook or twitter so plenty of ways to get hold of me.

    Thanks for reading :-)

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  • Move-ember!

    Hello,

    SO if you've been receiving my emails or checking out my facebook you'll know all about the Move-Ember challenge. Designed to take less than 15 minutes and get you more active throughout November in preparation for the festive season!

    A big well done to everyone who has completed the daily challenge every day so far!

    A little pat on the back to those of you who have admitted to only doing it once or twice.... and an understanding (?!) frown for those of you who just haven't had the time!!

    For week 2 and lets up the challenge - please note this is still on top of any workouts already in your weekly routine.

    Starting tomorrow - Friday 8th and taking you up to Thursday 14th November

    EVERY DAY:

    - 10 minutes of fast walking (jogging/running if you can, cycling as an option if running is no good for you) - try to pick up the pace from last week

    - 1 minute plank - add in 10 extra seconds each day so you should be up to 2 minutes by the end of the week. If you are already a plank expert (not naming names but one of my star pupils did a 4 minute plank this week - yes seriously!) then why not try to increase your side plank - start 30 seconds each side and add 10 seconds each day

    - 25 tricep dips (use a wall. bench, step anything you can find!)

    Stretch out those muscles to finish

    So that's still not even 15 minutes a day, which is definitely achievable!

    **small print - you must do this daily don't miss a day and double up or do it all in one go to make up the 7 days!

    Stay active and let me know how you get on,

    Thanks,

    Becca (get in touch - info@fitasamonkey.co.uk)

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  • Halloween has to mean pumpkins (much tastier than turnips!)

    I can't quite believe we are already at the end of October where has 2013 gone...?!

    I've been trying to get back to lots of home cooking and trying at least one new recipe a week so this week I've made Thai Pumpkin soup. The link to the original recipe is below but I have to admit I tweaked it a bit so I could use ingredients I already had!

    http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/775669/thai-pumpkin-soup

    - 2 medium red onions instead of a white onion

    - I didn't grate ginger I used my handy tube of ginger which was much easier!

    - 1.5 tablespoons of green thai curry paste as that was what was in the fridge (reduced quantity as it's a really spicy one!)

    - chicken stock because I had some homemade in the fridge from my roast chicken

    - a squeeze of lemon juice (didn't have a lime!) and didn't add any sugar

    (if you don't fancy peeling your pumpkin - it is a good workout mind you - then simply roast it in the skin and scoop out the roasted flesh and add to the soup)

    Oh and I added a good handful of roast chicken to make it a full meal with protein.

    Other than that I followed the recipe and it was really tasty!

    Have fun and let me know how you get on - email info@fitasamonkey.co.uk, or find me on facebook or twitter

    Happy Halloween :-)

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  • Long time no write!

    My blog has been neglected over the last wee while due to my new website being created and launched! I started by wanting to make a birthday present for my Dad and decided on a driftwood boat and then it's developed from there.

    http://www.creativecoastals.co.uk

    Please check it out and see what you think - there is also a facebook page with lots of photos

    https://www.facebook.com/creativecoastals

    All feedback (emails below) greatly appreciated and rest assured Fit as a Monkey will remain my number 1 priority :-)

    info@fitasamonkey.co.uk

    info@creativecoastals.co.uk

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  • Time to find out what the 5:2 "fasting diet" is all about....

    Having had a week off from work (and eating sensibly!) I decided it was time to trial the 5:2 fasting diet.... This week that involved a test run Wednesday to see if I could cope with only 500 calories in a day!

    So the concept is that you choose 2 non-consecutive days to "fast" which means only eating 500 calories and for the rest of the week you eat normally (about 1500-2000 calories depending on the person).

    Well.... I managed and although I did feel a bit hungry at times what I struggled with was the lack of energy, for 500 calories its hard to get many carbohydrates in....

    Here's a summary of my day:

    6am up and out the house (after a glass of water)

    Personal training sessions 6.30 - 9am

    Cooking gluten and lactose free foods for a friend 9.30-1.30pm

    *12pm bowl of broccoli and cauliflower soup with a rice cake (100 calories)

    Home for a few hours - shower/emails/prepare my main meal

    *3.30pm Tuna steak (150 calories) steamed broccoli, sweet corn, cherry tomatoes and garlic mushrooms made using light olive oil in the wok (129 calories)

    *4pm handful of strawberries (21 calories)

    Personal training 5.15-6.15pm

    *Apple (45 calories)

    Circuits class 6.30-7.30 followed by personal training 8-9pm

    *10pm rice cake with a thin spread of peanut butter and a glass of squash (55 calories)

    Bed!

    Probably drank about 3 litres of water and 1 cup of nettle tea :-)

    So I had fasted from 8pm Tuesday until 12pm Wednesday - 16 hours and then managed to eat 500 calories spread out over the rest of the day. I have to say when I woke up on Thursday I had to eat a banana and an apple on route to my first client for a 6.45am personal training session!

    Apparently it gets easier so next week I intend to attempt to fast on the Monday and Wednesday and complete a full 5:2 week.... wish me luck!!

    Please do let me know if you've tried this! Get in touch via email info@fitasamonkey.co.uk or facebook or twitter (make sure it's medically suitable for you to do it if you want to try it - if you have trouble maintaining a level blood sugar during the day then I would say it's not for you)

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