The Camp; My Results

I’m sorry that I haven’t had a chance to post these results before now but Ive been busy with work , family and the gym! I talked about how attending the camp made me change even more about my life and approach to health and fitness, its still continuing and I haven’t had a break apart from when I needed to after contracting a virus. Apart from that, I go to my classes which involve metafit, bodypump (my fav), and I am training for a halth marathon! Can I do it? Yes ofcourse I can. Anyone can,though took for me to attend the camp and to work hard and push myself , to finally realise it.

Side tracked, to the results…. On our last day of camp and after walking up the Merrick we went back to get ready for the final meal that we would share together. It was in one of the most beautiful rooms and we were very excited because we had gotten through the week, and that the next day our results would show just how much we accomplished. I was absolutely shattered and did go to bed earlier but I wish I had stayed up a bit longer… I don’t like “good byes” though and I tend to shy away, so off I went to bed in anticipation of what my results were going to be the following day.

We all woke and headed to the main house at approx 06:00am, weigh in was 06:30 and the order was those who were flying / taking trains, would go first as taxi’s had been ordered. Hearing what some of the others had already lost was so amazing, and I was very pleased to see each of them come through with their faces lit up.  When it was my time, I felt like I couldn’t look.. I thought i’d possibly lost 3/4lbs at most… I lost 7.5lbs!!! I lost 3 inches from my waist and 2.5 from my thighs. I nearly cried! I had convinced myself that I wasn’t going to lose because I hadn’t been able to for quite some time.photo

However,as you can see…the results speak for themselves and I couldn’t be more happier with what I achieved. I worked real hard to lose the amount that I did but I had so much help and encouragement from the team and the other ladies on the course and I am still in regular contact with them. Two of the women have returned to the camp and I know that 3 others have booked up for further camps. This is more than just fitness that keeps folk coming back,obviously its the main aim but its knowing that you will be well looked after,and your individual goals are met with enthusiasm and care. They make you believe in yourself because they believe in you,there’s no judgement and I can assure you that it does change your life.

 

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!

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!

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