Boutique Boot Camp and a Kick-Start to Lent

What are you giving up for lent?

I’ve decided that I love cake, chocolate, biscuits, ice cream and donuts (I could go on…) way too much to ever give them up so instead I’m going to have a fitness health kick. It’s OK to eat a 6-pack of Krispy Kreme’s if you go for a jog, right?

So when I received an email inviting me to a ‘Boutique Boot Camp’ I jumped on board thinking that a boot camp couldn’t be too tough if it had ‘Boutique’ in the title. I checked out the accommodation for the 5-day trip and it looks pretty boutique to me so I couldn’t have been happier when the confirmation email came through.

It wasn’t until last night that I thought I should probably check the itinerary and find out exactly what I’ll be up to.

Oh dear lord. This is what I’m going to be doing every day for the next 5 days:

5.50am Sprint stretch
7.00am Breakfast
8.00am SAQ
9.00am Team netball
10.00am Boxercise
10.45pm Snacks
11.00am Kettle climbs
12.00pm Plyometric games
1.00 pm Buffet lunch
2.00 pm Nordic walking & sprint
3.30pm Core
4.30pm Snack and ice bath
5.00pm Mind motivation workshop
6.30pm dinner
7.30pm Body scrubs & sculpt
8.30pm Massage
9.30pm Supper – optional

My stomach sank like I’d swallowed a bowling ball at the thought of a sprint stretch at 5.50am followed by netball then boxercise, kettle climbs (what the hell are kettle climbs!?) plyometric games (I had to Google this – plyometric games for kids are things like hopscotch and skipping and I was the queen of hopscotch in school so I’m looking forward to this), Nordic walking and sprint (not sure what makes a walk Nordic?) core and finally ‘mind motivation workshop’.

It made me laugh that supper is optional – as if I’d be missing out on that meal after so much exercise!

I know that Lent should be a time of sacrifice and giving up the stuff you love but nowadays it just seems to be a way to re-kick start a health routine or get back on track with those New Year’s resolutions that usually stray off track towards the end of February; and this seems like one hell of a way to restart my health routine.

I wrote a post about how I was attempting to do virtually every New Year’s Resolution out there and to be totally honest I’m doing pretty well with everything except that whole exercise thing. I discovered that snowboarding isn’t actually as strenuous as they lead you to believe and managed to escape any serious exercise so I’m more than a little nervous about boot camp.

So keep your fingers crossed for me and I’ll keep you updated on my progress.

Now it’s your turn: What have you given up for lent or have you decided to go for an ‘alternative’ option too?

Monica is the founder and editor of The Travel Hack. She began the blog in 2009 when she left the UK to travel around Asia and Australia for two years. She's now a full time blogger and has travelled around the world in search of the best holidays. Monica lives in Wales with her growing family and now also blogs about travelling with young children!


  • February 23, 2012

    Monica by the time you’ve finished these 5 days there’s going to be nothing left of you!!

  • Jen
    February 23, 2012

    oh my god!!! You’re going to be TINY by the end of this!!! When do you start? xxx

  • February 23, 2012

    Good luck…that’s quite an itinerary!

  • February 23, 2012

    I thin I’m going to have to second that ‘oh dear lord’ you just mentioned…you’re going to be dead after this haha. It was nice knowing you Mon 😉 Good luck!

  • February 23, 2012

    This actually sounds like fun. It’s not permanent and what doesn’t kill you, right?

    Maria xx

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  • February 25, 2012

    Haha sounds like a fun day… good luck! 😀

  • February 29, 2012

    Holy Crap! Talk about hard core! I was that I was discplined enough to complete something like this. I find it hard enough to drag my butt to the gym!

    This year I gave up buying clothes for lent… this is kind of a HUGE deal for me. It’ll help me save money for my trip to Costa Rica in May.

  • March 14, 2012

    Wowza good effort! Let us know how it is going!

  • June 21, 2012

    I read ‘kettle climb’ as ‘kettle chips’ – a classic example of your mind seeing what it wants to see!


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