The strict exercise and diet regime is beginning to have an impact. One of our fellow boot campers left a class early yesterday, and later successfully pleaded for a side dish of beetroot in addition to her calorie counted lunch which was included with an alternative meal choice on offer as she really fancied it, and was determined to have it.
Another boot camper had a lie-in this morning and escaped the gruelling circuit training; he missed out on our painful quota of squats, lunges and planks, all the harder for being done at 7am while we are still bleary eyed. The sense of achievement we felt afterwards for sticking it out was immense, and never before did two my boiled eggs and rye bread for breakfast taste so good.
On the subject of food, each day we are given some phyllium husk in a glass to drink with water and help fill us up, as well as a scoop of flaxseed, which we mix together. I think I shall try this for a month when I return home to help maintain my weight loss, but I have been advised not to take it any longer.
The strategy behind this week is to regulate our sugar level to help reduce our cravings for food, and it is hoped we will reap the benefit of this afterwards, adopting healthier food habits, eating smaller portions, and consume less tea, coffee and alcohol. It is easy enough in this controlled environment where all the meals are prepared, but maintaining it in the real world is another challenge.
A nutritionist this morning gave us a pep talk about the healthy foods we should be eating, and we have been promised menus of all the tasty meals we have eaten throughout the week to take home. The boot camp programme is devised so we burn up 2,500 – 3,000 calories a day during our six hours of activity, but only eat 1500 calories (1700 for men), so weight loss should be assured.
I’m off to my “suspension training” class now, which involves working our abs by pulling on ropes attached to the ceiling, and after lunch, we have a two hour walk, followed by aqua fit and more thalassotherapy, which is always a pleasure to look forward to.
Despite the exhaustion and hard work, everyone is really enjoying boot camp, we are all smiling through it.
*I am here as a guest of Champneys.