What a difference a week makes

Now, I know that this subject isn’t strictly travel related, but I thought it would be nice to share this with you in case you ever find yourself in the same situation as me. Since getting back from my round the world trip in 2010, I have been steadily gaining weight living and working in London. I’ve been getting chubby for years but have recently approached the point where my clothes no longer fit and I was starting to struggle with normal tasks like running for a bus. Never a good place to be.

What am I doing about it?

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Before a high intensity ‘Insanity’ style workout

So I took my fate in my hands and booked a spot on a 6 day long boot camp in the Cotswolds, England. I like to challenge myself every once in a while.

In some ways it’s just like travelling. I am sharing a room with 3 others (one who snores like a banshee), I am surrounded by new people and lands, and I’m eating tiny portions of food. Now all I need is a tropical beach or a glass of lassi and I’ll feel right at home!

So, how is everything going 5 days into the camp?

Well, I have so many bruises up my legs that I now resemble a Fresian Cow, I have sweated so much that steam has risen off me like when you remove the saddle from a horse, and my cheeks have wobbled like Hiro Nakamura with the strain of physical exertion, but I feel strangely…. well, bloody fantastic, actually!

My body has been pulled and pushed in every direction with hardcore ‘intensity’ workouts, put to the test with boxing and pyramid training and sculpted with pilates and resistance training. A quick step onto the scales reveals a 6lbs weight loss, and I can feel my body changing shape almost daily. I feel so motivated to keep it up when I leave too, thanks to the educational talks provided by the trainers on subjects such as nutrition and training.

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I’m a great believer in the ethos that ‘travel broadens the mind‘, but there are so many other things we can do in our daily lives without straying too far from our home turf which achieve the same goal. Pitting myself against this boot camp has proven this to me. I’m sure you’ve also heard the phrase ‘healthy body, healthy mind‘, and I’m leaving tomorrow evening with a new, fresh and balanced outlook on life. I can’t wait to put the ‘new me’ back into my old life, and see how she fares!

I attended Hilmotts boot camp near Long Hanborough, the Cotswolds,  and 6 days including all training, food and accommodation is from £349 for 6 days or £169 for 3 days. I did not receive any freebies or favours from Hillmotts and views are entirely my own.

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Hayley is the author behind A Life of More, a travel and lifestyle blog with the goal of helping you to live a happier and more fulfilled life, whether you're currently travelling or happily settled.

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    Yey! Glad I’ve made a small difference! My aunt sent me a note yesterday saying that I’d inspired her to go for a run with the dogs yesterday. Let the fitness revolution begin! Haha 🙂

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