Ahhhh….I’ve just finished my last evening Fit Camp for 2018.
It’s been a varied turnout this week across venues, some bursting with busy-ness and others struggling to form a line. But it’s the nature of the time of year and for the last 16 years that I’ve been in group fitness it’s always the same. The week before Christmas is fickle and we tend to see a drop off of attendance as we head closer to Christmas.
However I have also been really gratified that we’ve also had several people enquiring about Fit Camp and starting trial sessions this week to get themselves ready in advance of the New Year. I like that kind of planning! It’s a time saver for sure.
With my evenings back for a few weeks (we start back on 2 January) I’ll be enjoying sitting on my sofa, in clothes that aren’t Fit Camp branded and enjoying the down time. I hope you have some of that planned too. You can’t beat a bit of doing nothing for a few days to make you want to get up and productive again.
So my message to you all today is to look back at your 2018 and see what it had to offer you.
It’s been an interesting year and one that on reflection has been as full and exciting as previous ones but in a very different way.
My auto-immune disease diagnosis has taken up a lot of my thinking space, leaving me less time to think about FastTrack Fit Camp. However, there won’t be a Fit Camp if I don’t look after myself and so I’m happy that I’ve made the choices I have this year.
Our younger daughter moved out and our elder daughter decided to stay in Australia for 3 years. We officially became empty nesters.
At FastTrack Fit Camp we’ve had some interesting challenges too.
From the seemingly endless bitter and icy winter, to the glorious but endless heat of the summer to the rain of this week. Our campers have really been well and truly weather beaten this year.
I was a semi finalist in the Venus Awards for two awards and the runner up for the second year running in the Muddy Stilettos Awards.
We’ve run some great fund raising camps on Sundays, thank you for helping us to raise funds for local charities.
We ran two really successful Weekender events. One in the glorious sun of Combe Martin, North Devon for a walking trip. And the other in the unforgiving rain of Monmouth for an outdoor weekend. Both were very successful and memorable in their own way and I am very grateful for the experience of each of them so that we can prepare for the events in 2019.
Several of us encountered more weather as we did the Three Peaks in September (never again!). 37 hours no sleep isn’t my idea of a great weekend, however we did see some stunning sights, witnessed how not to organise such a challenge and raised a stonking £5K plus for Younger People with Dementia.
We’ve added a Friday night pay as you go session at Emmbrook Infant School and it’s taken off well. It will remain as we go in to the New Year.
Our Fit Campers continue to embrace our sessions with a loyalty I am humbled by. We’ve had returning members, new members and Duncan, our very first ever member, attain his 1000th session this autumn! Truly epic!
I’ve started to trial Rabble, the games based workout. It’s going down really well and if you’d like to try it over the Christmas break you can on Sunday 23rd, Friday 28 December, Sunday 30 December at 10am. It’s a fun way to run about and get fit with some team and individual games.
We’ve recognised 10 Members of the Month for their commitment, tenacity, attitude, improvement, mindset, length of service and approach. Congratulations to all of you!
Our Metabolic Balance community of 50 clients have collectively shed over 77 stone since we started the programme in June 2016. Some have come off medication for diabetes type II, high blood pressure and others been told they won’t need medication for cholesterol, liver or blood pressure. Bags of clothes have been taken to local charities as wardrobes have been purged and splurged.
I introduced the #1000WokyWomen Challenge which we’ll be focusing on as we head into 2019 as a way to help more local residents feel better with practical food advice and effective outdoor exercise.
Our early Christmas Party was a lovely evening celebrating and chatting, things we don’t normally get to do in the midst of a session.
So as I close today I challenge you to look back at your 2018 and find the events, the obstacles and how you’ve coped and won. Write down what you’ve achieved and, like I am, I suspect you’ll be surprised at what you come up with.
If you’d like to join us over the Christmas period you can. We’re running a daily morning session at Bearwood Recreation Ground at 09:00 each day, apart from the Bank Holidays, and it’s £7 per person, per visit. Full details are HERE.
Have a wonderful Christmas, you deserve it.