The Camp: Pushing My Limits

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….

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!

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.

Diet Chef:Week Three

I am wearing a belt for the first time in 6 years, people! do you know how great that feels? Its amazing, victorious and down right spectacular!!! I never thought that I would get to the stage that I am at now, I didn’t think that I would ever need to wear a belt but this morning, I had to hunt through my old clothes in order to find one.

I didn’t think that I was going to lose weight last week because my stomach was giving me a lot of trouble and I was only managing to eat approx. 700-800 calories on average. That really isn’t enough to live on and I was afraid that my body was going to go into starvation mode, lowering my metabolism despite not feeling hunger but when I stepped on the scales this AM, I saw that I lost 2 POUNDS!!! I am now sitting at 12 stone 4 and I had to keep going on the scales just to double check.

Exercise wise, I had a session with a friend followed by a personal Training session with @GymGuyMark where we worked on abs and arms which are two of my problem areas. I also did some more cycling and walking with the dog. It’s all paying off and all it takes is a bit of common sense, commitment and self confidence which increases by each day.

Next week will be my last week with Diet Chef and I’m going to try for a 3lb loss!

Fitness Fanatic Friday

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Is back! Yes, I have been quiet for many weeks , in fact I think it may be several months but that’s due to a few things getting in the way…. I stopped exercising due to an injury involving my right foot and I am waiting for the results to come back before I start running again.

Also, due to being on the lowest part of maternity pay now, I had to stop my sessions with Mark who is my personal trainer. I have still kept active over the summer with running after the kids and doing activities but I haven’t been doing anything challenging but after the summer holidays finishing, I can now set a new exercise routine in to my life without killing myself.making better food choices 2 weeks ago and have so far lost 1.5lbs, and it has really given me some motivation to set a goal for Xmas , to lose a dress size.

In order to do that, I have picked out a few outfits from my own closet as well as looking on line to choose an outfit and I have came across some great websites to pick from for the festive period. I like having a goal in mind and I like to try and visualize getting back down to my pre pregnancy weight. I know I can and I know I will with a bit of hard work, its achievable.

I will continue to put any weight loss on future posts, feel free to join in!

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