Last updated: December 24. 2013 1:16AM - 603 Views
By Melissa Hughes Weekender Correspondent

Submitted photoLooking to finally keep that fitness resolution? Look no further than boot camp, and all the things that can be learned from a mere eight weeks of it.
Submitted photoLooking to finally keep that fitness resolution? Look no further than boot camp, and all the things that can be learned from a mere eight weeks of it.
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Boot camp is winding down to its final days. I have met some amazing people, shared some great laughs, learned a new lifestyle and, when it is all said and done, I will have lost more than the weight.

I have lost the bad habits that I had become so accustomed to. I have lost daily Taco Bell cravings. I have lost the inner fat girl. And with all this loss, what have I gained?

I have gained the ability to do not only one push-up, but several. I have made many new friends who have become a second family. They are the most supportive, funny, encouraging people I have ever had the pleasure of sharing my blood, sweat, and tears with. I have gained a new confidence, not only in my physical appearance, but in my ability to do things which I had convinced myself I could never do. I pushed my physical limits, I pushed the limits of my willpower, and I pushed myself into my skinny jeans that I swore would never fit again.

But enough about me; I asked the other girls what they learned in camp and what advice they could pass on to others looking to join. With New Year’s resolution season upon us, I would like to see some of my readers challenge themselves to try the camp; they are taking sign-ups now for the new classes.

So, without further ado, here is a list of “What I Learned at Boot Camp,” from those who lived it:

• Eat properly or you will become too familiar with the term “burpee.”

• There is lots of jumping; wear tight pants.

• If you plan on staying at your boyfriend’s house the night before camp, make sure to pack a gym-appropriate bra. Boot camp is impossible in a strapless.

• If you can walk fully upright after a full body workout, you didn’t push yourself enough.

• Jess Yanik is sadistic, and when she grins and says she has a fun workout planned, run.

• You will have a love/hate relationship if you sign up for the 6 a.m. camp. The wakeup is brutal, but by 7 a.m. you will feel energized, awesome, and ready to start your day.

• When you are told there is only 15 seconds left in a stretch, they will be the longest 15 seconds of your life.

• You have to learn a new way of life, but anyone can do it.

• Never underestimate yourself; you are stronger than you think.

• Learn how to walk and talk on a machine at the same time; otherwise you will fall, and while it is entertaining for everyone else, it only adds to your pain later.

• You will become familiar with the terms “burning loins” and “shin mist.”

• Never underestimate the power of motivation by working out in groups. It’s intimidating at first, but you truly help each other work through the struggles.

If you are thinking of losing weight in 2014 and actually want to see results within your first month, you will have to work for it, but it is achievable. I’m grateful to have shared this journey with such an amazing group of women and will report back next time with my final numbers.

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