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Editor’s blog: 6 Week Body Transformation – week 1 (the whinge)

Week 1: the whinge

Week 2: the breakthrough

Week 3: the slip-up

Week 4: the redemption

Week 5: the lightbulb moment

Overwhelmed. Unprepared. Overweight. My first week at bootcamp was a bit of a disaster.

I went out on the Sunday before with the intention of enjoying my ‘last night of freedom’. But there was nothing enjoyable about being a wobbly, drunken, tearful mess. My night ended in a full on panic attack. I was scared, you see. Not scared of the diet plan, or the detox or even the hardcore exercise programme. I was scared of failing.

You see, I took up the challenge of joining local trainer Jango Alpekin’s 6 Week Body Transformation programme for more than just a bikini body (though that would be nice). I joined to get more energy, manage my moods and feel more in control of my life.

It’s been pretty out of control for 12 months now, you see. Bad breakup blah blah blah … But lots of positive changes too. Moving house, qualifying as a foster mother, taking in my niece, starting this website … So. Much. Change.

I know from past experience that a healthy body means a healthy mind and I also know that I’ve got to take responsibility for poor choices that I’ve made that have left me exhausted. I’m a health journalist so I should know better! It’s not that I want to diet to lose weight – I just want to get my energy back and make the most of summer in Bournemouth.

But anyway back to my awful week 1. Sunday, panic. Monday, bed, managed a couple of smoothies. Tuesday, bed but started eating plan properly! Wednesday eating plan + first bootcamp session. The exercise is tough but takes place in the beautiful surroundings of Boscombe pier. You can be hot and sweaty and tearful but turn towards the sea, take a deep breath, and carry on.

Thursday and Friday, plus over the weekend, I followed the plan to the letter (give or take the odd fizzy water – actually the only drinks I’m allowed are green tea, liquorice tea, Tulsi tea or filtered, still water).

The eating plan is pretty strict. So in one week I gave up alcohol, takeaways, crisps, coffee, cake, all my favourite foods. Next week? I’m going to try to give up fizzy water. Damn.

Diet sins: fizzy water; not eating enough; getting overwhelmed and taking it all too seriously. Story of my life…

Diet saint: followed the plan to the letter Wednesday-Sunday. Worked hard at the bootcamp sessions. Didn’t moan much – I was too tired…

Read on, it gets better… week 2

Our editor Suzi enjoyed a 6 Week Body Transformation programme with Jango. If you lack the confidence and self-esteem and you want someone to guide you step by step to achieve the body you desire, then head over to Bournemouth bootcamp and activate your free taster week. 




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