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!

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