Forget eating excessively at Christmas let’s talk about excessive eating during school holidays. Every time the kids wanted a snack I had a little something too you see Wee Man is a feeder. ‘Mama try’ he says, I do protest, sometimes, but then his cheeky wee face gets me and I end up eating whatever he is squashing in his grubby little hand whether it’s been in his mouth or not (that’s love right there). To be honest, it’s amazing what you will do for a bit of cake or piece of chocolate when you’re meant to be watching what you eat.
So, after the excesses of Half Term it was back to Boot Camp last week. Not going to lie, it hurt, it really really hurt. But, I survived last week so went again this week.
It was bloody freezing this morning so I layered up, short sleeve top, long sleeved top, fleece and then a jacket. I found my woolly hat which has the most ridiculously large bobble on then put on my crappy old leather gloves, I was snug as a bug in a rug. I may have been lovely and warm but I was also very very tired. You see, Wee Man has taken to sleeping in our bed most nights. And before you ask, yes I do take him back to his own bed but he’s like a boomerang and just keeps on coming back. I will do anything to get some sleep so I give in and Wee Man stays.
I threw several cups of strong coffee down my neck hoping the caffeine would kick in and make me feel less zombie like. Then after the usual rush to get the kids out of the house and then the dash (ok, shouty dawdle) down the hill to school I went to Bootcamp.
The woman who takes the Boot Camp is another military wife let’s call her Boot Camp Girl, she has endless energy which I wish rubbed off on me. After we had dropped of our kids the Boot campers all congregated by the tennis courts which is the usual meeting place, but Bootcamp Girl had other ideas and led us to the playing fields, the very soogy, very muddy playing fields. With her usual cheery smile Boot Camp Girl announced we were going to be doing ‘Winter Challenge 1’, she was really very excited, we were not quite as excited. As she explained what we were to do I already felt exhausted. Hill runs combined with intervals in which we were to do hurty moves. What fresh hell is this? Do I actually pay money to do this? The hill running was more plodding, I blamed the muddy field for my lack of speed, in reality I am just sh*t at running. Then we had the hurty things to do like burpees. I am sorry but really? Burpees are horrible and, standby for an overshare here, weirdly they really make me need to pee. Maybe that’s where the pee bit of the name came from, who knows?
There were other hurty moves which quite frankly nearly broke me. I mean how is it that I can lift and carry not-so Wee Man for a long time but I can barely do a press up? I can carry all of the weekly food shop from the car to the house in a oner yet I can’t lunge walk with 4kg for 5 metres without piling in?
Boot Camp Girl kept telling us to scoop in our abs and control our breathing through the hurty moves. That’s all very well but I have no abs to scoop in and there was no controlling my breathing, I could barely breathe after the hill plodding. At one point Bootcamp Girl tried to have a conversation with me and she laughed when I could only say three words at a time before gasping for air.
But I did it, an hour of my kid free time put to good use. For Braai Boy exercise is part of his job, he’s expected to be fit, he has fitness assessments to pass. For me it’s about how exercise makes me feel my head is clearer and I am happier when I have done something, anything, even if it is a slow plod, it’s better than nothing.
I suspect I will hurt tomorrow, no pain no gain and all that. One things for sure I will go back next week, after all I’ve pre-paid for a term of pain. Also, Boot Camp Girl added me to her Whats App group ‘Hardcore Wednesday’ there’s no going back now!