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Okay so this is not a post about writing today, but I wanted to let you all know that a team of us from Fitness 4 Life Gym on Canvey Island have got together to take part in a Race for Life Pretty Muddy event… which means running about on an army-style obstacle course in the mud! We are the Muddy Buddies team and we’re raising funds for Cancer research.

As some of you  know I lost my partner Lee over ten years ago to cancer of the bile duct, so I will doing it for him and also if you recall I was very honoured to be given an award at my gym at Christmas. It’s called the Kara Hiskey Award in memory of an inspirational lady who attended the gym and inspired many others with her positive attitude. While we never met (sadly) I am extremely proud to have been given the award. It has pride of place on my desk to look at every day.

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So I feel since the team (myself, Jo, Julie, Kerry, Sue and  trainer Teresa) are all from Fitness 4 Life, it’s only fitting I also do it in Kara’s memory as well.

The event takes place in Basildon on June 25th at 12.30 for anyone local who wants to come and watch and we have a page for the team; with some of us having our own pages too! Please (and only if you can and you want to) use the page to donate or you can do so by texting: HOBZ69 £5 to 70070 in the UK.

Thank you for your support!

Please follow the link to my JustGiving Page here: https://www.justgiving.com/debzhobbs-wyatt/ 

TeamTeam Muddy Buddies

… because cancer has affected us all.


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Who says working out can’t be fun…

Yeah I know it’s not writing related, but last night we all got dressed up and worked out in our silly clothes at Fitness 4 Life Gym, and since it is Friday I decided to share a couple of sillies… I must write that story set in the gym… watch this space. Healthy body, healthy mind and all of that!



The Team of Trainers at Fitness 4 Life

Group Photo

An ‘elfy’ lot!


Cool yule, Man!


Mr and Mrs Claus! Now this is not my usual look folks!

And you all thought I was a respectable writer, right?

Oh dear…

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Success is a State of Mind

I have always admired people who see the positive instead of the negative. I hear people saying that now something else has happened and why does life always bring them bad luck: wrong. Think again. Good and bad things happen to us all and it’s in how we deal with it we see the differences between winners and losers. Right?

“Success is not luck but hard work and the right attitude. “

So I have always championed those who take challenges, who are able to step outside their own comfort to make themselves better — but also, by doing so, to make the lives of those around them better.

I work with a lot of writers and being able to encourage others and show them that if I can do it, so can they, fills me up a million times. It makes sure I keep grounded and never stop believing that every day will be good, even if it isn’t. So when I work with writers, as well through my little publishing company for charity, when I was able to bring young writers together (at Paws n Claws that I really missed doing his year) and even in my writing group, I hope that message that you can do anything shouts out loud and clear.

If I can do it, you can.

When I moved back to Essex, just over a year ago, I already felt I had a good balance in my life, I was happy with my job, I was successful with my writing, but I wasn’t as  fit and healthy as I wanted to be, so I applied the same CAN DO IT, WILL DO IT philosophy I apply to every area of my life. I said I would find a gym (no matter what it was like, and I never liked the gym!) and I would go there every week day (health permitting or as long as it was open and I wasn’t away) and I would do that for myself. FOREVER. I mean it.

Well, as many of you know I did just that. I needed to shed weight (at least 2 stone) but I needed to feel healthy. Well, what I never bargained for was the friendship and the community that little gym on Oak Road, Canvey Island gave me. Really. It has changed my life in so many ways. I have always liked some exercise, but trust me, it has never been high on my list of priorities until now. But the positive, inspiring, happy faces of those at Fitness 4 Life, of Dave and Angie Rowe and the whole family (the nicest family you could meet) changed my life. Really. Yeah I know that sounds dramatic, but it did. I work for myself, so to have somewhere to go every morning and people who have become the best of friends in the process, means I can’t be lonely. They are like colleagues, only a million times better.

The gym is a place I know I have to set a story at some point, because this kind of family gym, in particular, is more than a place people get pushed to their limits, it’s a family, a community and I never knew that in the other gyms I’ve been to, the corporate ones. And the stories I hear every day inspire me. No matter how bad things are, we come and we work out our frustrations. Every day we are pushed but also praised and what I love the most is the ethos the Rowe family created is one of supporting one another. It’s not about ego, it’s about support.

So I can not thank them enough for what they did to change my life, apart from having hard defined muscles where I never knew I had them (I have strong legs, who knew! And the size 8 jeans!) I have far more than that, and even the new fella came from that gym. I met someone, after ten years of not thinking something was missing. Wow.

So look people, if you live on or near Canvey, if you do anything for yourself in 2016, give Fitness 4 Life a try…

And you know, we had our Christmas Party on Saturday, a wonderful excuse to get all dressed up and have fun. This year I was looking forward to it more than ever as I am fully part of that family now… and wow. What a great atmosphere and what a sense of belonging. THANK YOU.

But, to top all of that, Dave announced that they were introducing an award in honour of a lovely woman who sadly I never met, but who was also part of the Fitness 4 Life family who passed away from cancer, way too young, this year. Her name was Kara Hiskey and she inspired so many and touched so many lives, so the award is for achievement and inspiring others. Well you could have knocked me over with a white feather when Dave started to talk about the first recipient… OMG, it was me! I think I was in a daze when I tottered to the stage in my glam dress. I could feel the tears and was holding them back. But wow. I don’t think I really took in most of what Dave said. Wow. Just glad I did not have to make an acceptance speech! But I also didn’t feel worthy, wow. Me? Little ol’ me?

But it was me! 




Holding my award…

I didn’t feel worthy when I know how good the people are who go to that gym and I think all of the Rowe family, for what they do and what they have had to overcome, deserve the biggest trophy of all, but humbly I say thank you.

But it wasn’t just me and I so pleased that the amazing Beryl Andrews, a really lovely lady and new friend, also was a recipient, not only for losing more than 8 stone this year, but the way she inspires so many people. At 74 she knows no boundaries… well done and so well deserved. An honour indeed to be stood with her. She has the best attitude ever!



And last but by no means least Jason Wood who has completely changed his life with a staggering 102 lbs off since March and counting. I remember when I first met him at the gym, and how I said the way to get results is to come every day. He tells me he has always remembered that and humbly thanked me for that when he got his well-deserved award. Jason never had any confidence but now he has so much and so many friends. Well done.


Dave, Jason and Angie


This place, these people really change lives and the award should go to them. Thank you from all of us, that’s all I can say and I can usually say a lot! These awards, and in memory of someone special, makes sure she is never forgotten and her legacy remains in such a powerful way… but also it means each year someone else realises their worth and their place in this special family. It’s indeed a lovely thing to do. Thanks is a wonderful thing, and they always make you feel appreciated.

Award 1

Award 2


Best Gym Ever.

Fitness for Life


Sign up and change your life… best gift you could ever give yourself. TRULY.


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Glow Today

It’s been a busy week of late night working and yesterday was particularly long as I had a long report to submit as well as some mentoring work and another long report that had to land on a desk by this weekend so the client can work on their novel. I did it yay!

When I think about workloads and my own writing goals I realise I am only truly happy when I have a lot on my proverbial plate. I like to see my lists full and my inbox heaving and the good thing about being your own boss is you get to choose the deadlines, well most of the time. Although with a holiday looming it does put on more pressure. I always say to people that life is about balance so while my first love, as I said yesterday, is the writing, we also need to make time for fun.

Tonight my reward is a Gym Glow Party and yes I will be there spinning in neon: Minnie Mouse Glow in the Dark ears, neon painted face (as a mouse of course), neon stockings (wait up… me in stockings and ones that glow in the dark (they did not sell leggings)) and wait for it: the neon UV glow tutu, a must-have for every girl’s wardrobe. Yes I said girls, that’s why I didn’t have one. But I will later when it arrives by special delivery. Now never let it be said I do not get into the spirit of things! It is not the usual author look I go for let me tell you!

So if I feel brave I may share a photo or two next week of me glowing looking like a cross between Minnie Mouse and some kind of naughty neon school girl.

Saturday is an all together different affair when I can don the glad rags and go to the theatre. Now that’s more like it.

See, it’s all about the balance. Some said it was all about the base, and sitting glowing on a spin bike later amongst friends it might be that too.


Have a great weekend all.

This was me at the last glow party. Oh dear you mutter.

But I mean what other gym has this much fun? Fitness 4 Life on Canvey Island is the best. That is all.


Glowing Debz



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Hidden Talents

It is a real privilege that I get to do what I love every day. It’s a role I have carved out for myself and as I look at the full whiteboard of editing and critiquing jobs I smile, as it never ceases to amaze me that the work keeps rolling. I love what I do and people keep coming back 🙂

I also love best of all that allows me to write every day. The best part. BEST.

And look what happens when you dream…

But I was talking yesterday to a friend about the things we have to learn that go with our role and about a month ago I talked about public speaking and the need for writers to be able to stand up and read. I like it now, but I never used to. In fact I will be reading next month in Norwich when Unthank Books release Unthology 7 that I am thrilled to have a short story in.

I think we all need to take some time out to think about the roles people take.

I go to the gym every weekday morning. I get up early so I can make a 2-hour slot for that; health is so important. And we were talking about public speaking. The lovely Dave Rowe who owns/runs Fitness 4 Life on Canvey Island was talking about public speaking. He is one of those who it comes naturally to although confesses he cannot read aloud, he struggles with that. His son, also working at the gym said it took him a while to be comfortable enough to not only stand in front of a class but to run it.

We take so many things for granted and we shouldn’t. It takes guts to run a fitness class; I would be so out of my comfort zone. It’s about knowing your stuff and then building your confidence and that applies in any walk of life. But what made me think was these fabulous classes that they run with such flair and in creating such a great atmosphere comes with practice too. They told me yesterday about how they had to practise teaching in the spinning classes when they first acquired the spin bikes. They had to be able to articulate clearly what they wanted people to do while cycling full pelt like the rest of us as they do the class too. I was thinking that even now I am puffed out and I do three spin classes a week. Holding a conversation is impossible so doing what they have to do… hats off.

So it got me thinking how we all have talents we have to explore, some come more naturally than others. But the truth is nothing is right without practice, practice, practice.

The same is true of writing and all the many things that go with that.

Look around you and appreciate the things people do in any of their jobs. And do something for me… thank and appreciate at least one person today. Doesn’t matter what it is or who they are; but be nice to a stranger, the girl who brings you coffee in the morning; the man who sells you your paper; the florist, the baker, the street cleaner. Look at what people do to make things nicer for everyone and think about what they had to learn; are still learning. And say, “Thanks for what you do. You’re doing a great job.”

We all have talents; it’s just some are more hidden. And if you like a book; pop a review on Amazon or Goodreads. It makes a writer’s day 🙂

Thanks Dave and Sam and Angie  (and the rest of the team) for what you do to make the gym experience so great.

People matter.

Have a great weekend everyone. Tell me who you thanked today… go on. Make someone’s day.

Go on. Do it

Thank you

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