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Becky vs The World

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what goes up…….

So i decided to challenge myself earlier in the year. Climb Ben Nevis, ambitious i know. then disaster, I  partially tore my achilles tendon junction late in 2015.

still i was determined to get fitter and do it.

so off i set with some of my guy pals to camp and climb.

we stayed at Glen Nevis campsite Friday – Monday, giving ourselves 2 full days incase the weather was dodgy.

you really can experience 4 seasons in one day. We decided to head up on the Saturday as that had the best forecast. and boy were we right. the weather was glorious and the views were breathtaking.

now we didn’t exactly rough it we had electric hook up and took a slow cooker and George Foreman grill, but hey its 2016.

we also took the opportunity to visit the local town of Fort William while we were there. Not so much to write home about but was nice enough to visit, and partake in a bit of bowling!

Sadly i didn’t make it to the top, my friends did however so thanks to them for the pictures from there.

My plan is to get my leg 100% better and try again next year!

but hey i had a super weekend so no complaint here!

just for reference here is the mountain the day after we went up……. oh wait its hidden behind that low cloud!!

 

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A night of (snow)boardom

Some of you may remember my  post a few weeks ago about my ski experience. Well I returned  last night to try my hand at snowboarding. 

This was way harder then it looks and much harder then the ski lesson.  

However the pusher in me loved the challenge. We were lucky and were the only 2 booked in this session so pretty much had a private lesson. 

Once kitted we headed to the slope to run through the basics of board control. 

We spent the session mastering how to use the edge of the board and our heels to control our speed down hill. 

Unlike the ski session we ended up at the top of the beginner slope trying to get down. 

I must admit I was pretty nervous and didn’t let go of the instructors hand, but I had a blast

So 1 hour, 50 mins and 5 spectacular falls later I think I know which discipline I want to carry on with 
  
Now is a great time to check out  Chill factore as they have some great offers on. 

Try something new

So at the beginning of the year I set myself a little challenge to try something new at least once a month.
And this weekend I tried trampolining.
Another bargain I found through the power of Groupon.
So of I headed on Friday night to Velocity,a new trampoline venue in Widnes.
After being ran through the safety rules and given our free socks we headed out.

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The venue has 2 basketball areas to jump and slam dunk, a foam pit to bounce into,
As I so competently demonstrate below

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There are also 2 smaller trampoline areas and one larger area where you may wish to attempt a somersault, I sadly did not!

I had such a great time and thoroughly recommend giving it a go

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Already planning my next venture but am open to suggestions

Slope days

So im a fan of Groupon, I have bought a few things from there over the years, mostly spa days…….. ok ok I’ve only ever bought spa days!
However a few weeks ago I purchased an offer for beginners ski lesson at Chill Factore .
It’s something I’ve been wanting to try for a while and here it was, with around 60% discount!  Such a bargain

I had a blast, an icy blast but a blast nonetheless. Once kitted out the instructor Nikki,  took my little group of to the nursery slope for our intro to ski. The session last about 1 hour and 50, we covered safety, how to put on/ take of the ski, posture,  balance and then up the slope we went. 
I managed to master parallel leg gliding and also the plough and plough with turn.

I fell, twice, but hey lost my ski virginity so it’s all good.

After the lesson I  was handed my record card and told that I’d passed level 1 and could progress to level 2!!

Before I commit to more lessons I’ve booked a beginners snow board class to see which I prefer.

I can’t wait to see if it’s something  new for me to pursue

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Weekend pottering

Weekends are always a funny few days aren’t they, not long enough to do anything super productive but short enough to get the quick errands complete.
Now I am a great procrastinator, which is the great thing about blogging I guess. So I can set myself a task but find a 1001 ways to do anything but.
Until I get into the right head space then I’m all in.
Tidying and cleaning is my nemesis in this quest.
I don’t mean the quick flip the hoover round the room clean, I mean the deep spring clean,  floor scrubbing, wardrobe review clean.
So I took friday of work in order to do this……. and now it’s sunday evening and I am sat watching Gogglebox with 1/2 the house sorted. 
Now this would normally feel like defeat
BUT
I did manage to complete my first Parkrun in pretty reasonable time

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I did manage to set up my new computer

Book my wedding and honeymoon

Clean my bathroom, bedroom & kitchen

Do big food shop & cook a roast dinner

Celebrated  a friend birthday and supported another friends band who were playing locally

Cleared though my ever growing collection of Birchbox samples

Caught up with a friend and her adorable weeman

Plus I caught up on reading a few of the new blogs I follow

So tho I  love to procrastinate I still manage to get s**t done!

Day 6 and the final weigh in

So we’ve made it through to the last full day on camp. And if you were thinking that the team would start to take it easy on us  ……… you’d be wrong.
Our last ever morning cardio was the dreaded dune run, all I could remember from last time was that the more I ran the more sand I acquired.  And this was no different. But I managed to make it round 6 times which was great for me. Hardest part is the ‘run’ ( more like scramble) up the dune!
After 1/2 hour we were back to base for breakfast and then we had our 1-2-1’s with the trainers,  a little private time to reflect on way we’d done, and set out a plan for the future.  This is a great opportunity to really pick their brains and get some personal trainer time.

The straight into combo circuits, another tough session but we all gave it the final push!

After lunch it was our last set of team sports,  a ‘friendly’ came of Bucketball,  archery and volleyball. Sadly archery got rained of part way through but after a quick break we were straight back out.

Then final abs blast.  It seemed unbelievable that it had all ended again, the week just flew by.

So now I guess it’s what you’d all been waiting for the results.

So a final but of background.
My last visit to camp I was 2 1/2 stone heavier and i managed to lose 15 lbs and 52cm in the week.
Mindful that i was now lighter and fitter I was unsure what to expect………

Stepping on fhe scales i was so nercoid bur then Caroline told me she was shocked and my heart sank had i actaully put weught on! No the scores were in, i was now 18 lbs lighter and another 40cm smaller. That’s right 18 lbs in 6 days, I couldn’t believe it. All my hard work, sweat and aching muscles had all been worth it. I was now also the camps official biggest female loser on a 7 day camp and I still had the largest cm lost from previous camps.

I’m not sure the team will ever know how truly grateful I am to them but I will show them by carrying on and getting to my goal

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I am already looking at dates for next year

If you are interested in finding more about the camp you’ll find it all here Northern Bootcamp
Or follow them on twitter @NorthBootcamp and they are also on Facebook

Day 5 and the hills are alive….

Bootcamp day 5, and let’s see what’s on the cards.
First up the dreaded hill sprints! After a walk from camp to the gym we did the circuits we come to a small hill, well incline in the road.
We do some warm ups to make sure we are ready then head up and down the incline for around 15 mins to 1/2 hour. There are various markers on the hill and the aim was to complete as many ‘laps’ as possible.

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Last time I was at camp I was unable to complete this particular activity due to bad blisters so I was determined to give it my best.
And I did, I was a total mess after but felt great

Then back for breakfast. Caroline then gave us a store cupboard talk running through some great staples to have handy any time of day.
Then outside with Dan for an energiser session to help wake us all up and ready to go again.

After snack it was a double circuit session which, I’m not going to lie was super tough.

Today’s activity was body boarding!  I kid you not, wetsuits on and down to the beach. This was such a great experience, just playing in the sea trying to catch a wave, wiping out more often then not!

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After over an hour frolicking in the sea we headed back for abs and tea.

It hits home that this is my penultimate day and that the final weights and measures day is looming ever closer.

Cannot wait to find out what the last day will bring

Stay with me not long to go now

Bootcamp day 2 – it starts get serious

Another day at  Northern Bootcamp another 7am start

today its running and Fartlek, this is form of HIIT (high intensity interval training) which requires changes of pace at various markers (if im remembering this correctly). The session was taken by the very lovely Bruce (yes Boss!!) all techniques and variations fully explained and demonstrated and off we go.

30+ very sweaty minutes later its all over and breakfast time, then a strength Seminar and a walk to indoor gym for Circuits

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this was a tough session taken by Dave ( big softie deep, deep, deep down, i promise!) but did leave me looking like this!

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then base to base for a snack and a kettlebell vs Suspension system (TRX) session. one of most groanworthy sessions, second day in and muscles are sore but earning every groan!

Dinner of chicken skewers and salad…. yummy yummy

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then straight back out for team games! all hidden exercise and loved it, won’t spoil them for anyone thinking of going but they are great fun and really help you make friends with the other guys on camp great ice breaker!

every day ends with an abs blast, a half hour session concentrating on abs and core work! and as someone who has no core this is usually comedy town for me but i tried my best as always

then tea, tonight was a starter and main option

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then a few of us decided take advantage of the free spa trip and headed down to use the jaccuzzi and steam room plus pool as a little relaxer before the next day

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Wonder whats instore for us tmorrow

Bootcamp Day 1

So 2 years ago almost to the day I attended a week at Northern Bootcamp, a northeast based bootcamp.
It was without doubt one of the best weeks of my life and without being overly dramatic can honestly say it changed my entire outlook on so many things.
I lost 15 lbs and 52cm, but gained so much from my time there.
So much so that I decided to treat myself to a return visit.
So friday afternoon I packed my nearly all new collection of t shirts,  workout pants and trainers and travelled across to the gorgeous Northumberland coast.
I’d opted for a 4 person share room as I thought it would be a great way to get to know other campers, and on these kind of things having a good set of people can really make the week.
Night 1 we did weights and measures, went for a nice little walk and then had some homemade tomato soup and oatcakes.
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With instructions from the team to meet at 7am we attempted an early night.
So proper day 1 begins
We all met at 7 for a fitness test. Pairing up we tackled 2 mins of sit ups and push ups, hard but good as the figures are recorded for comparison later on. Then a drive to the beach for a warm up and before you know it it’s 2nd part of fitness test. The button run. This is where markers are set at 100m,  300m, 600m and 1k,  aim is to collect as many button in 30 minutes. Scores to be revealed later in week.

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We were accompanied on our run by a pod of dolphins swimming close to the shore, a truly gorgeous site any time of day.
The  home for a rest and breakfast, scrambled egg, mushroom, spinach and some bread substitute toasted ( i later found put it was Rye bread) . Then the official welcome meeting with the team.
Next was a boxing circuit, followed by snack then outdoor larger circuit and dinner
The afternoon we got to choose either bike ride or sea kayaking.
Guess what I chose?!
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And yes it was absolutely as cold as it looks,  more snacks then home for an abs blast class then tea including pudding, my favourite part of any meal
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After today’s activities I’m definitely ready for bed and excited for tomorrow
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Come back soon to see what else the guys at Northern Bootcamp have in store for us!

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