April 11, 2014 at 10:27
Posted by Rachael Woolston
Over 15 stone and having undergone spinal surgery, not an ideal candidate for a fitness camp? Think again, as our Dream Challenge runner up, Lesely Woolf , 50, proves to herself and others that a Fitbitch lifetyle is possible irrespective of size, age or fitness background
After our Reboot Camp, Lesley has lost 9lbs in total and has gone from feeling anxious about exercising to signing up for our DreamChallenge Tri Relay*** team on June 1st.
Here’s her camp diary:
‘ Before camp started, I had a personalised biomechanics assessment with photos. It was a shock. My BMI and weight at 15stone 13lbs was off the scale.
A week later, I started camp and as I walked towards the seafront on my first morning, I felt both excited and sick with nerves.
I knew that I would be bigger, and less fit than most others in the group. But everyone was friendly and the group is small so I didn’t feel self conscious. Besides, my first session using the kettlebell meant that I didn’t have time to worry.
As I walked home after that first session, I felt fantastic and alive with a sense of achievement. And it continued.
Each day I enjoyed the satisfying ache of muscles worked and the proper feeling of tiredness, as opposed to the usual stressed tiredness of a busy, fraught working week.
It reminded me of how I used to feel going to bed as a kid after running around outside all day.
All my friends and my partner were talking about my new workouts, and it made me feel really proud of myself. Admittedly, the second week was harder once the novelty of waking up early had worn off and the reality that I’d be doing this for four weeks hit home.
But with each new achievement, I experienced a mental shift in confidence and the realisation of what I could achieve. I’ve never thought of myself as a runner but by the end of the second week, I did although I’d ‘run’ without even being aware of the fact that it was a running session.
Instead, it was disguised as a a treasure hunt session, where we worked in a team, figuring out clues then having to run to find the clues in that location. I may have been slower than the others but it didn’t matter.
Being on the seafront every morning was spectacular too. And the camp changes locations during the week so you never know what to expect. It’s an adventure every single morning.
As for my diet, it has changed completely with the Reboot eating plan. I have cut out all my favourite foods, basically blokes food, crisps, bread, pastry, potatoes and beer.
Indeed, I pushed the wrong trolley around the Co-op supermarket for 10 mins the other day, until a man caught up with me to tell me that it was his. He pointed out mine, full of healthy food which I’d just not recognised.
I have also discovered that champagne and gin and tonic are the low calorie alcohol options, so have embraced these in my weekend schedule.
I’ve really enjoyed the food and people have commented that I look trimmer. AT the end of camp, I had lost 5lbs but two weeks later, I’ve lost a further 4lbs simply from the effects of exercising again rebooting my metabolism which I’m delighted about.
It’s been an amazing four weeks and I can’t wait to start Hollywood Bodies n April 14th. I’ve already got a juicer and been shopping for all the food on the Hollywood Raw Five (available to puchase independently online, which entitles you to join our online Facebook group). My friends are so interested that they’ve agreed we’re going to have a raw dinner party every week and share recipes.
But I’m also looking forward to exercising again. My goals at the end of this are to run HoveParkrun 5km. And I’m going to join the Dream Team Tri team. I’m terrified. What if I’m too slow, the unfittest… all those things go through my head. But I’m going to do it anyway.
One four week camp has proved to me that I can do things that I thought weren’t possible. I trust the Fitbitch coaches when they say that I can do this too.
**If you would like to enter the Ardingly Triathlon as a solo tri girl or in a relay team you can do so here. We will be holding group training on Saturday in May free to all. Sign up for our newsletter to find out more via our front page or keep checking back here.
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