• 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.

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

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



  • 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)


    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 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)



  • Prancercise! Is it the future of exercise?!

    Having survived the heat of the last few weeks I'm catching up with admin today while it rains outside.

    Last week I was asked to cover an Ageing Well class in Prestonpans which was great fun even though I didn't really know what to expect or what the normal class instructor does (my brief was no jumping/no floor exercises/no sweating). It was really supposed to be a low impact aerobics class BUT my exercise to music is a bit questionable at the best of times never mind when it's supposed to be a dance type class...! So I had to think on my feet and adapt my exercises while marching "in time" to the music :-)

    While I was doing it I kept getting flash backs to this video that was brought to my attention by one of my male PT clients:

    I'm now planning my session for Friday when the Ageing Well ladies will have to put up with my lack of rhythm once more!!



  • Hot, hot, hot!

    Wow what a wonderful few weeks it has been, a far cry from the wet summer we had last year - never before have I had people complaining that it's too hot to exercise! I have been having to find shady spots to keep people out of the direct sunlight... So I hope everybody is managing to stay hydrated? Minimum 2 litres of water a day and more if you are exercising or just sweating a lot....

    My garden in Cockenzie has certainly been drinking a lot of water!

    I've set all of my PT clients a wee challenge this week to keep them active - there have been too many BBQs, ice creams and jugs of Pimms being consumed!

    Daily challenge:

    30 minute walk (can be 2 x 15 minutes)

    20 squats after your walk (add in a jump if you want to push your legs a bit more)

    20 push ups (use a wall, a bench or just hit the deck and do them!)

    Are you up for it? Excellent, let me know how you get on :-)

    If you need more of a push then get in touch by email



  • Happy half year!

    I can't quite believe that we're already half way through the year although I do feel like we've had a good summer already :-) it's been a lot drier than this time last year anyway!

    I’ve had a great turn out to all of my classes with this nice weather and quite a few new participants which is great – remember to check out the class timetable on the website for full details as I run classes Monday – Thursday in Leith, Port Seton, Musselburgh, Portobello and Cockenzie and there’s something to suit everyone, no matter what your current fitness level is.

    Quick reminder of the basic rules to help you refocus for the second part of the year:

    • Water, water, water – aiming for about 2 litres a day (more if exercising hard) avoid alcohol and sugary drinks/juices, limit your caffeine…

    • Activity, exercise, activity, exercise – aim for minimum 30 minutes a day. Try to keep moving, don’t let yourself sit for long periods of time and make the most of opportunities e.g. using the stairs instead of a lift, walking/cycling instead of driving especially for those short distance journey, get gardening etc. etc.

    • Get a good night’s sleep (7 hours)! If you’re not then why not? Can you do anything to change it?

    • Healthy balanced meals - sensible portions of lean protein, carbohydrates, healthy fats, lots of veg variety of fresh fruit and avoid sugary processed foods.

    Get in touch if you or anyone you know would like help to kick start them into a healthier way of living –

    **Allergy update - I stopped taking the antihistamines on Saturday and had my first tomatoes when I was at friends for dinner last night (cooked in a bolognaise sauce) without any ill effects which is a relief as I do love to use tomatoes in cooking! Now I need to be brave and try raw tomatoes and chillies…. not at the same time!**




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