I booked the boot camp in a moment of bravado intending to do something to inspire me and kick start me. I have eaten relatively carefully and exercised for many years but as the big 50 was creeping towards me at a steady pace I wanted some input from outside professionals to get into a good shape.
But I am quite stubborn and don't like being told what to do so to book this was rather a challenge!
I arrived on the Fri with 7 others and I can honestly say we had a fabulous time. I cant fault the place - the Manor was gorgeous - I expected something much more basic but this is a private house that is used for other things also when the bootcamps not there and the rooms are very good, the food - although not masses of it was very good and really taught us all we were eating way more than we needed. The comment after finishing each main course was that was a lovely starter I wonder whats for mains?? But we all very quickly accepted and looked forward to the smaller portions.
We generally went to bed after the evening meal and the eve activity (dancing / dressing for your shape talk / nutrition etc ) so were in bed often for 8.30 which was amazingly refreshing - especially as we were having to get up for the 6.30am starts!! I didn't relish the prospect of doing this at first but again you very quickly got used to it and it was fun to see who was rushing down at 6.29!! The girls i met were from all walks of life but we all gelled very early on and developed into a very friendly and supportive group who really wanted each other to succeed - no competition between us - just supported each other to do their best.
I wondered if the "army PT instructors" might be a couple of gym bunnies brought in for the sessions - but no they are army PT instructors and boy did we know it!! They were fab - pushed us to work hard but made us have fun doing it - and they obviously really loved their work which obviously motiated us.
All too soon it was time to go home and the dreaded weigh in - from Fri to Mon I had lost nearly 6 lbs and 5 and a half inches - and felt it!!!
It is now September and i have been meaning to write this review for some time but wanted to see if the way I felt on return was a short term motiation and I can honestly say I came home and lost another 4 lbs pretty easily and without even really trying I have kept at this level now and love it. I am very tempted to go back not to lose any more weight necessarily but just for the motivation and positive mindset it puts you in.
Good luck to Sharon and her team and I hope to be back (even though its about 250 miles for me and there are ones nearer home I cant imagine finding a more all round and enjoyable one)