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What do you eat?

A lot of people have asked me what I eat when training and  in general so I thought I would include pics of the meals that I make on a regular basis. I generally try to use what I have to hand but I also look to instagram and the people I follow for inspiration and facebook groups, too.  I try to plan as much as I can and this means less food waste and I also don’t spend a lot because I do 1 big shop a month, where as if I was going to the shops daily, I could be tempted to pick up things that I don’t really need and we are all guilty of that.Clean eating

 

Since being at The Camp, I’ve reduced my portion sizes considerably and of the 7.5lbs that I lost that week, I’ve managed to keep it off- and still losing, nearly 3 weeks later! If you want to follow my food posts, just click over it Instagram where I’m known as “Angelfire16” and I love showing people what I eat as instagram has helped me when I’ve been stuck for ideas. I’ve been mindful of not having any processed foods and I haven’t really even craved sweet stuff but when I do, its a couple of squares of dark chocolate or some dates.

Have you recently started eating clean? What sorts of food do you make?

The Camp: My Amazing Experience

As you all know, I was lucky enough to attend boot camp in one of Scotland’s most beautiful and breath-taking settings run by the most professional and qualified camps to ever hit the UK. I wanted to blog about each day, that was the plan (and still is), but some days have merged into one!

I was late coming on the Saturday to the camp due to my shift and I arrived at 9pm after a 2 hr drive which went by quite quickly which I really enjoyed when coming through the park after a hectic morning with the kids and a busy enough shift at work! When I arrived, I was met by Rhona – who I would learn had the power to heal with her hands not to mention a winning personality to go along with it! She brought me to my room to drop off my luggage and to show me around before I had something to eat (made by Ros, the chef who made us food to die for!) which was delicious salmon with veg., and after this I was taken to the office and my measurements put down on paper. I also met my first instructor – Craig and then later on I met our other instructor, Fraser very briefly.
I was feeling pretty positive, I was raring to go the next morning and was up with the larks in preparation for what was ahead. Before I left work and my friends , I was told that I was crazy for doing it and they hoped I would survive my week at The Camp. I couldn’t understand what they were on about as they knew about my love for exercise and adventure! I soon found out though…

On our first day of exercise, We were all in line for 7am and told to go down to the area which I think we had nicknamed the field of dreams – that was debatable at certain times! We were put through some circuits and warmed up pretty quickly before going for our breakfast which consisted of either muesli or porridge I chose the porridge along with a cup of herbal tea and then a cup of coffee which I was so pleased to learn, wasn’t banned for the week, thankfully! I think it was the one thing which kept me going each morning in our first class of the day.

I was pretty upbeat after the first class and breakfast and I really felt as though I was going to be able to get through it easily.. I have to say that this was never going to be a walk in the park, and for me to have thought otherwise despite trying to prepare myself beforehand was borederline insane. It was a blessing in disguise that I wasn’t told of what was to come and I thought we would have had another class of sorts and that would be it or that we could relax in the sauna, go for walks or talk to one another whilst working out in the gym. Funnily enough,I did not make it to the sauna….
One of the things that I did get to do was, I got to meet the other women attending and I really couldn’t have met a nicer bunch of inspiring , interesting and just utterly amazing women. I knew then that it was going to be a week full of fun and laughs which it was. Don’t get me wrong, there was lots of tears too but not for the reasons that you may think and I couldn’t have had such a rewarding experience if it was not for those ladies and their continued support to me and one another.

I might be painting a picture of true hardship and starvation but honestly,this wasn’t really like that and to be fair,if you want to lose the weight and inches, you need to commit and work for it.They give you the tools to do so via instructors,equipment information but ultimately it is you that needs to work for it and if you can keep the focus on that,then you are 3/4 of the way there.

Yes, at times it was really hard but at no point were you ever made to feel inferior or that you weren’t pulling your weight because it was team effort with encouragement and compassion from everyone there. At one point, I did get upeset when we were doing one of the walks because for the first time in ages, I had peace to reflect on the previous events in my life(I lost my Dad suddenly in October). I hadn’t even realised that things were bubbling under the surface but when walking with one of the instructors, it all came out and I was a sniffling and crying fool. I felt release and I felt at peace.

See, the thing is that this experience is as much a mental work out and training experience as it is a physical one. This is why it changes you and sets you in the mind frame of believing that you can do anything that you set your mind to. This is why the women who attend,continue to achieve after leaving the camp. There was a very inspiring woman who came and she had been featured due to changing her life completely by losing quite a lot of weightand becoming a fitness instructor!

So as you can see, it isn’t just what it reads like on the tin. The experience of the camp grows arms and legs and I’ve set quite a few personal and physical goals because I had people really believe in me and for the first time, I believe in me.

Stay tuned for more posts in my series about the camp including the results!

Boot Camp!

I had mentioned in my last post that I had something to reveal… Well here it is! I have been given the opportunity to attend a week long boot camp to review and blog,  in the beautiful settings of a luxurious estate in Galloway. That’s right folks, I am heading to “The Camp“!! It’s like a dream come true and I can’t wait. I attend the boot camp from the 2nd to the 9th of May and I have slowly been getting body ready! It tells me that I could lose a dress size in a week and up to 6/7lbs.. under their watchful experienced and well educated eye!

I have heard many great things about “The Camp” and was really impressed by the history and why it got started , to the many qualified instructors and staff who are employed by the camp itself.  It is a woman’s only boot camp and I think that many are attracted to this as you feel more self conscious when in a setting of mixed company due to confidence issues and I feel that it creates a feeling of closeness and bonding (nothing against men, honest) and I am really looking forward to making new friends. The camp offers 2, 3 ,4, and 5 day flexible week boot camp as well. So if you’re needing a touch up to your already established fitness regime or just want to try it out to see what to expect on a 7 day course, the option is there.

 

I spoke with the lovely Pauline who arranged my stay for me and who I have been corresponding with since I was invited to come along.  She has been in touch to tell me about the items of clothing and equipment that I need – which really isn’t that much at all as most people who lead an active lifestyle will have. I will need to bring walking boots, clothing for outside/inside, indoor and outdoor shoes , swimming costume ect. just your usual workout gear which is comfortable and water proof for outside training.

So what’s a typical week like in The Camp? Have a look here and see what I will be up to!

Day 1 – Saturday

16.30 Introduction Brief in the Main Lounge

17.00 Chief Instructors Brief in the Stewart Lounge

17.30 Weigh in the Staff Room

18.30 Dinner

19.15 Intro to PT

20.00 Ice Breaking Session at the Fire Pit

Day 2 – Sunday

06.00 Morning PT. PTI’s Fitness Test

07.00 Breakfast

08.00 Lecture on Fitness Principles and HR with Swiss Balls

09.30 Trim Trail Outside

10.30 Snacks

11.00 Stretching Lecture and Session

12.00 Lunch

13.00 Walk in Penninghame area

14.30 Snacks Outside

16.00 Intro to boxing and foam rollers

17.30 Dinner

18.00 Injury Clinic in the Clinic Room

Day 3 – Monday

06.00 Morning PT/Insanity

07.00 Breakfast

07.45 Personal Training Lecture

08.50 Trim trail Outside

10.15 Snacks

10.45 Boxing Circuit

12.00 Lunch

12.30 Hike to Glen Trool

17.00 Abs, Stretch and Foam rollers. Walk to river

18.00 Dinner

18.30 Injury Clinic / Stretch Class

Day 4 – Tuesday

06.00 Morning PT/Run around loch

07.00 Breakfast

08.00 Navigation Lesson

09.00 Swiss Ball session

10.00 Snacks in the Common room/Outside

10.30 Strength Circuit Outside

12.00 Lunch

12.45 Survival Lesson and fire building

14.00 Snacks

15.00 Sprint Work in Penninghame estate

16.00 Stretch Class

17.00 Dinner

18.00 Circuit Training

Day 5 – Wednesday

06.00 Morning PT/Crossfit

07.00 Breakfast

07.45 Self Defence and shooting stance

09.00 Circuits

10.00 Nutrition then snacks

12.00 Lunch

12.30 River Crossing, walk in surrounding area and shelter building

16.00 Boxercise

17.15 Dinner

18.15 Stretch/relax session

18.15 Injury Clinic

Day 6 – Thursday

06.00 Morning PT/Insanity on the lawn

07.00 Breakfast

08.00 Zip wire, grass slides & beach activity

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Boxercise

14.30 Snacks

15.00 Swiss Ball Circuit

16.00 Stretch class

17.00 Dinner

18.00 Circuits

18.30 Injury Clinic in the Treatment Room

Day 7 – Friday

07.00 Morning PT and PTI’s Fitness Test 2

08.00 Breakfast

08.15 Expedition Walk to The Mast

14.30 Snacks at Cree Hall

14.45 Campathalon

16.30 Stretch Outside

18.00 Dinner

19.30 All kit to the store

Day 8 – Saturday

06.00 Weigh out in the Staff Room

07.00 Self Help Breakfast in the Dining room

07.30 Taxis and Mini-bus for Station

 

As you can see, its run with precision and a long with the exercise, I am very much looking forward to the nutrition information/lectures which are provided. I want to see what foods work and why, what is beneficial, what is best in moderation and basically  re educating myself on making better food and exercise choices. From all of the reviews that I have seen already, people don’t just make changes for 1 week but they continue to do so after they leave the camp. I plan on updating on my progress throughout the year and also if any of the ladies are open to sharing their stories too, I will also show their progress.  This is not just a review of 1 week but at least 1 year, because fitness is an on going journey, which we challenge on a daily basis and I want to be able to look back and see just how far I have progressed, after leaving The Camp. A “quick fix” is just that. these magazines which talk about getting bikini bodies within a month are so misleading. Its about exercising and making proper food choices and understanding the body and how it works.. Its about clean eating, health, not depriving yourself, loving food and loving life.

Please do follow my progress!

The Power Of Clean Eating

 IMG_3754.JPG I am approx 2 weeks into my clean eating and exercise regime and I have not only lost weight but I am less anxious and more calm which for me is totally amazing. I have always had anxiety but after PND, it increased and its something that really gets to me. 

With this decrease in anxiety and all that comes with it,  it means more quality time as a family and one to one time with my daughter which I have thoroughly enjoyed and for the first time in a long while, I feel pretty normal. Don’t get me wrong, it hasn’t completely gone but there certainly is a major change and thats good enough for me.

 I have started trying new foods and including even healthier choices within my diet such as Kale and different types of pulses which I wouldn’t have tried before.  I was never one  to be satisfied by salads as a main meal but this week I found that I was completely full after a kale , asparagus, bacon, and beetroot salad which I found whilst browsing on line. It will be a regular “go to” meal for when I am in a rush and haven’t got much time to prepare which is normal especially due to having two kids in the house!

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 I am also using the slow cooker a lot and today’s dinner was put in (a whole chicken), at 08:00am and was finished for 5pm and the meat just slid off the bone. It was delicious and the only thing I needed to do was add some spices and then boil the veg when it was ready. An easy meal which wasn’t long to prepare , nutritious and I can use the rest of the meat for a curry, salad or fajitas.

Here are some of the meals that I have eaten over the past 2 weeks…

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 I thoroughly encourage following the ethos of clean eating because the benefits are really pretty amazing. It’s not just how I feel mentally but physically too, with healthier skin  and hair as well as more energy for exercise.

Getting Back To Me Bit By Bit

I have started getting back into running/exercise/gym and healthy eating. I think as spring approaches, I am coming out of hibernation and finally taking control of my eating and exercise habits again. I also have a trip back home to Canada to look forward to and I don’t want to have to hide away in jeans because I’m too ashamed of my weight to wear shorts a dress or a skirt. So I have made a few changes.
 
Nearly 2 weeks ago, I made a decision to give up bread because I have been feeling as though it is making me very bloated. I can go through 2 slices of toast followed by another 2 at lunch if I don’t meal plan and then sometimes I can eat 2 at bedtime. However, I wanted to see what effect – if any, it would have on my stomach and weight.
 
I’m pleased to say that I have felt so much “lighter”, and I have lost 2.5 lbs this week but that might also be down to using my “fitbit”, and following “Slimming World” un oficially. When I had toast in the morning though, I always felt a bit off until about lunch time and I like that I no longer have that feeling. It means that I am eating things like smoothies, porridge, fruit and healthy fry ups – YES , THEY CAN BE MADE :)
 
I’ve also been taking part in a few challenges within the fitbit community and racking up at least 15000 a day which is well over the recommended 10 000. I’m using my couch to 5k app from time to time and eating tremedously well which means my sugar cravings are coming down big time. I can also notice a difference in my moods. Usually around the time of my period, Iget very anxious and angry but this time I dont crave unhealthy foods and I feel more “stable”. I may have the odd 99 calorie milky way or packet of crisps but I don’t really crave it anymore.
 
Another healthy change that I have made is recognising the foods which upset my hiatus hernia, such as citrus fruits which is unfortunate as I love oranges and grapefruit but I just feel like it isn’t worth the discomfort and pain. Next on my list, I am going to try and replace normal milk with almond or rice milk to see if there is any link with that too.  I’m totally into the clean eating thing and am following it as much as possible. If you look at my previous posts, you’ll see that I make everything from scratch which is of great benefit to m
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