|A year at EBC, same clothes - different shape ME|
|Tinsel for Christmas time|
So, after a few months the year saw me challenge myself to various events - why not? I did and I guess I do still worry that I am very slow and can't keep up with everyone. But, through my determination NOT to give up and the encouragement from the directors and the people who also go to EBC saw me realise that it is finishing and not the speed. However, I am my own worst enemy and still wish I could run as fast as others or run continuously without puffing about...but, such is life. Just taking part HAS helped...
So my first event for the year was the Hylands 4k race. It was great to have Karen help me get round this woodland event and coming last was the start of the rest of coming last at all future events...hahahaha. But, at least I finished!
|With other EBC lovelies who took part|
|Loud and Proud|
Paleo food regime
A 30 day challenge was set up to educate us on a different way of eating (which I did blog about earlier in the year). This saw fat drop off my body and be replaced with lean muscle - well - I looked slimmer, still working on the 6 pack ;)
It was quite tough at first learning a new way to eat, and the key is preparation to ensure no naughty foods or convenient foods getting consumed. I followed quite religiously but admittedly did have some blips, but got back on it afterwards. The challenge was set again later in the year to which I tried again. Moving forward, I have adapted some of this lifestyle but not 100%, as I do enjoy my food. I do believe though and always have, that YOU are what YOU eat! Exercise and correct foods can and DO help health, well, it has for me.
What I like about Essex Boot camp is that it is constantly expanding, and new sites crop up. I went to my first ever launch at Wickford. The launch sites are some of the best sessions with a large turnout to support the instructor on the day. The atmosphere is electric and such a buzz. Some members also make a point of travelling from different sites in Essex and also it is a great way to meet new people too.
This was Lisa's launch site
I had so much fun taking it easy as a group dragged me up a muddy hill on the tyre, check out my cheeky smiley face. Oh but oh, it was my turn to heave ho after we reached the top......was I still smiling then ;)
The month of my Birthday (12th) no rest for the wicked and still in my paleo food regime for 30 days. And an all day bootcamp (Bentwaters) that I decided to go for. For anyone wishing to read about my Bentwaters Day (I have written an earlier journal if you scroll through with also the Paleo food regime containing lots of photos).
WOW! What a day, challenging both the body AND mind, and we were informed that at some point in the day your body will want to give up, but, that the MIND will kick in. The mind is a powerful tool, I know that for a fact dealing with a horrific illness when it was at its worst. It is so easy to give up and let the body perish. I had to fight, fight to stay alive and fight to breathe. Not easy and through surviving my 15 lung collapses, a 3 week coma and learning to walk again...I knew I had strong mentally, but it was definitely tough and inner strength was needed.
|With Lisa (instructor)|
|The Bentwaters Group|
South Woodham Ferrer Launch
Today was the launch for Gabriel's site, it was a very muddy and obstacle orientated one and going through lots of puddles!!
|Gabriel's SWF Launch|
|Oi pass me that tyre ;)|
Braintree 5 mile race
Time for another challenge at the Braintree 5 mile road race. Yes, I came last - hahahaha!! But, I really had to dig deep and keep going. Sometimes a little upsetting as no one about and most had finished and most supporters who were watching had left. However, it was a route that you backed up on yourself and so you were able to see the marshals that you passed, then as returning to the finish. The marshals here were great and I had some very positive remarks as I walked (or jogged). And, to my amazement a couple who saw me at the start and read my top (which said I've had a double lung transplant) wished me luck....they waited for me to return and cheered me on and said didn't want to go until they saw me come back and took photos. Aww, how sweet and I was quite touched by this. Lovely again that the EBC'ers who also ran in this race waited for me at the end. And Mark and Nicki came to find me at the last mile and helped me to finish with a few others running with me to the finish line.
One aspect, that did stick in my mind was that I was holding up traffic and had no idea.......until it was mentioned and I turned around to see a pile up of cars behind me and a police woman on a horse to stop traffic overtaking me! Ohhhhhhhh..oops ;)
So, being a part of Essex Boot Camp I have decided to list what I like about it as listed below (and in no particular order) Oh, and this is not an opinion just for May, just something to add for this month - this feeling stands all year round to the present day!
1) It's friendly and fun
2) Great banter
3) I have made so many new and lovely friends
4) Lots social events happen outside of EBC
5) The instructors are fab at what they do and work to all fitness abilities
6) Love the fact people have their own goals too from weight loss, fitness etc
7) The support/encouragement we all give each other
8) EBC is like a family :)
9) The flexibility that you can go to any site
10) Sessions vary from mornings, lunch times and evenings and on every day in many places
11) The fact it is outdoors and any weather sun/rain/snow it still happens
12) Each session is completely different, no boring routine like being in a gym
13) I also get inspired when I see people improve or loose weight
14) The instructors are not bad looking (sorry that has to be said ;)
There is also a detailed write up on Lactic Rush (if you scroll through my journal from earlier in the year).
My first ever adventure event with EBC around 7 miles and 30 obstacles (to which I did 26 obstacles)
|Cake from Rebecca as a reward for finishing - nom nom|
It was great to attend another new launch outside of Essex and for the instructor James H, to start something new and exciting. Again, a great turn out from members at various Essex sites and people from Cambridge too - to see how we roll. The day was finished by a picnic in the park :)
|Plank and Smile|
I'm not sure with the photo below if it was June, but, I wanted to add this to show a photo of the marine, Glynn (director) taking on all the sites and surprising us with a marine session. We all turned up for a routine session, this was at the Braintree site and then out of nowhere, loud shouts came from the trees and there Glynn was!!! Ohhhh noooooo, but, it was so much fun even if somewhat grueling. Something different, and good how EBC likes to mix it up and have a bit of banter saying ..where will the marine turn up next!? :)
National Lottery Run - 5 miles
Another day another challenge to which my parents came long to watch and enjoy the atmosphere within the Olympic Stadium. I was actually debating signing up for this as a few days later, I was flying to South Africa for the World Transplant Games. I am so glad I did! What a great day!!
|Jogging the last 100m|
All of my fellow EBC'ers had finished and I did hear my name being screamed and later blamed for lost voices, lol. It was hard to find where the screams initially were coming from - but focusing and seeing RED tops - yay!!
A very memorable experience and another to add to my achievements for the year so far, as jog/walk for 5 miles. Now to pack and head off to Durban, South Africa.
World Transplant Games
I have already written a journal in full about the World Games (if you would like to read) prior to this entry.
Massive thanks to Essex Boot Camp for being my sponsors, and I was very proud wearing my Team GB with EBC logos on my kit.
And here I am below with my 2 bronze medals returning back to bootcamp.
|Yay Team Admirals at the end of the day|
My year anniversary at Essex Boot Camp!!!!!
My journal was prompted by the fact a year has passed, and I think I have achieved so much and actually seeing it written down shocks me. I feel I can run a little further/faster (still a tortoise - but not a tortoise carrying its shell) Still breathless - but, still determined and will not stop training.
My mission to myself now is to complete all sites and meet all instructors.......
So there are 28 EBC Sites (2 extra as Corporate)
Sites I have visited over the year (12) :- Chelmsford:- Admirals Park, Beaulieu Park, Hylands Park; Billericay; South Woodham Ferrers, Great Dunmow, Rayleigh Fairview Park, Wickford, Braintree, Brentwood, Loughton; Chafford Hundred (and outside Essex - Cambridge).
Sites I have plans to visit before the year ends:- Colchester, Basildon, Southend and Grays . If I do the four listed here before the year ends - then only 12 left to do and I will complete all of the sites :)
The next all day Bentwaters in November (Sunday 10th) - bring it on take two!!! And my last challenge/event for this year.
Then time for more sessions and keeping fit and well before the madness of Christmas and New Year, lots of socialness/parties.
|Which instructor's leg?|
This photo summaries EBC and how much I love it. I remember this day clearly, I wanted to cry and laugh at the same time. Gabs took this photo and he was telling me to stay still but I was slowly falling forward with the weight! There is no way I could move any steps like this (though some people thought I did, lol....no chance). Trying to breathe whilst pained face says it all.
|My all time favourite photo!!!|
So what does 2014 Hold?
What are next year's challenges in the pipeline at the moment.....
March - Brentwood half marathon
May - Rat Race 13miles 150 obstacles
September - Great North Run 13.1 miles
September/October - Australia for their National Transplant Games!!!
Finishing my auto-biography........and obviously staying well.
My next hospital check up is in March aslong as all stays good until then. I'm sure it will. As you can see, I have done so much over this year and since being part of the Essex Boot Camp. I have seen changes in my fitness, body shape and abilities as to what I can do. It is a very slow process for me, but, it is happening. Appreciation to everyone's patience and understanding and letting me feel part of a very warm welcoming family no matter what my capabilities.
Thanks to all at Essex Boot Camp once again, to all instructors and EBC'ers too.
Don't say "I can't do this", if I can YOU can :)
Cheerio for now