I talked a lot about my emotional journey at the camp, and how it affected me whilst I was there which you can read about here, , but I need to tell you about what we faced physically and what we put our bodies through daily which brought tears of frustration but also tears of accomplishment – the mosy satisfying cry that a person will ever have in life which is mixed with relief and disbelief!
I’m talking about the times when you didn’t care about the exercises done in the pouring rain, when it was cold and when you thought the day wasn’t going to end. That didn’t matter because you achieved further results in each class that you did and with that achievementr brought more empowerment. It’s phenomenal what those emotions can do for someones determination,and well being and how an extra lunge or sprint can toughen you up so no matter what life throws at you, you’ll be ready for it.
There were times when we all wanted to give up but it was with the encouragement of the staff to take things session by session, to go harder and stronger than we have done in our own physical activities done pre camp,and to just try! Trying and doing is what gets you results in the end. We heard on many ocassion that the physical body can do so much more than one would think. I learned this very early on… I mean, the intructors have been on survival courses,have survived army tours and survived on a lot less than we were given in one meal. I think the camp was a lot less demanding than anything that they have experienced!
However, in saying that,it’s all relative to ones own life,right? So flipping lorrie tires,doing squats each time you put your hands on your hips and mountain climbers(groan), was what got us in shape and by the end of the week we sure were! The results were phenomenal with the weight and inch loss.I never thought that I could lose as much as I did in a week,but I did.. WE did.
I now know proper technique,thanks to our classes and I have gained a much better understanding about nutrition which I had hoped to do when signing up. What you eat and what you do really determine how you will look and feel. It isn’t rocket science and no “fad” diet can replace that. We had afantastic talk from qualified nutritionalist Amy, and she wasn’t telling us to do silly restrictive stuff but she explaiuned how to get the most out of our food. I was always someone who cooked our meals which I take great delight in but I have learned how to decrease sugars found in things that you wouldn’t normally and instead use things such as honey or pure maple syrup. I have also learned about why I often “crash” in the afternoon, and I switch my food groups around to avoid that. Its about working with what you have and cutting out any processed or foods containing too much sugar.
Amy also told us about differen’t books to consider purchasing, I did and I am now making “sweet potato”brownies for my kids! They have also started eating more brown rice too as well as opther really healthy snacks. Its great that its all had a knock on effect for the whole family and not just for me.
In my next post, I will reveal my weightloss….