My thoughts | My results | The ups & downs | My likes & dislikes
I tried Bridget’s 28 Day Boost Camp for the first time and documented my journey. I tell you everything, from the highs and the lows to toilet times and periods (just a warning for the squeamish).
I took photos and measurements before the Camp started. Although I'm not entirely comfortable sharing such personal details, I want you, the reader, to take this journey with me.
First things first, If you haven't already, read what happened during week 2 of Boost Camp. You can find it HERE.
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Pre-Camp | Saturday
Here are my pre-camp measurements
- Start weight: 77.7 kg [171 lbs]
- Start BMI: 26.3
- Start measurements:
- Neck 33 cm [13 inches]
- Hips 106 cm [42 inches]
- Waist 93 cm [37 inches]
- Left thigh 67 cm [26.5 inches]
- Left arm 30 cm [12.2 inches]
Week 3 of the 28 Day Boost Camp
This week has been quite busy for me, so I didn't document every day, but I did make sure to touch on all the important changes I noticed.
The meal plan for week 3 is the same as week 1, so I've only spoken about the emotional and physical changes I encountered instead of focusing on the food. Check out my week one blog post HERE if you're interested in the food for weeks 1 & 3.
Day 15 | Monday
I decided not to weigh myself today as my focus for this week is on how I feel. I've also decided to do my weigh-in plus take measurements at the end of the week.
I woke up feeling energised as usual, so I got up and prepared my breakfast for the week. Meal prepping has become like second nature now. I found it really difficult initially, but the more I did it and learned about the food and ingredients I was preparing, the easier it became. I can see myself doing this long term.
I've added yoga and a bit of resistance training to my routine. I thought I would need to consume carbs for the energy, but my energy levels have maintained.
Day 18 | Thursday
My period is due to arrive this week, and my usual cycle consists of terrible cramps days or even a week before it starts. Due to the severity, my doctor prescribed strong painkillers to help manage the cramps, as some days I couldn't even get out of bed.
This week I have not had any cramping, and I'm eager to see what happens when it does come.
Day 21 | Sunday
I measured myself this morning (final results revealed at the end), and I'm thrilled with the results, especially around my waist.
Another positive; I got my period today and am happy to say that I only have minimal cramping. My sweet food craving is also not as intense as before starting Boost Camp.
I used to have really low energy during my period, and I wouldn't do a lot in the first couple of days, but today I woke up absolutely fine. Overall my mood is excellent, and so is my energy.
Week 3 Summary
At the end of week 3, I'm delighted with my results. I started Boost Camp just to see the scales drop, but I've realised this is so much more than just "weight loss". Yes, the scales are dropping, but I'm also gaining so much as well.
I'm not saying this has been easy because I've definitely had my lows, and I've had days where I've wanted to throw the towel in and go back to my "comfort zone". But knowing how far I've come in such a short amount of time and knowing how easy it'll be to implement this way of life (with slight tweaks) into my lifestyle is what's pushing me to keep going.
Week 4 of the 28 Day Boost Camp
I can't believe it's the last week of camp. Already, I'm so proud of myself for making it this far, and I'm excited about my final weigh-in at the end of the week.
Again, just like in week 3, I've decided not to focus on the food but instead on how I feel. Read my week two blog HERE if you're interested in the food for weeks 2 & 4.
Day 22 | Monday
Usually, I'd be popping tramadol by day 2 to help cope with my period cramps. I took a couple of Panadol yesterday morning, and I haven't had anything since.
I used to eat so much sugary food when on my period. The cravings were so intense that I would only eat sweet things some days. Currently, I have no intense cravings, they're still there, but I'm pretty content as I'm feeling full and satisfied from my first meal (breakfast hash)
Meal prep for breakfast was so easy today, and I have mastered poached eggs thanks to Bridget's video - I have become so much more confident in the kitchen and find joy in the process. I also like knowing what I am consuming and putting into my body.
Day 25 | Thursday
The weather has not been great here in Sydney; raining on and off, cold and gloomy, and dark by 3 PM. Generally, something as small as lousy weather would affect my mood during my period, but I'm feeling really good mentally and emotionally despite the horrible day. My mental willpower is getting stronger, and I've been able to ignore any cravings and temptations by keeping myself busy and distracting my mind.
This week has been a lot easier, and I expected it to be the hardest as it is the final stretch. I honestly thought I would fall off somewhere during the last week, but I think with some constant mental conditioning and routine, the eating habits I have picked up have become the new normal.
My skin is so much better this month. Usually, I would break out when I was on my period, and I've only had a couple of tiny pimples; my skin feels smoother and brighter.
Day 28 (Final Day) | Sunday
It's the end of camp, and I feel FANTASTIC! I'm so happy, have so much more energy, and have absolutely no bloating or pain in my belly. There's no brain fog, and I physically feel and look very different to when I started 28 days ago - just check out my comparison photos!
Final weigh in and Measurements:
- 72 kg - 5kg loss
- 24.9 - 1.4 difference
- Neck: 33 cm - no change
- Hips: 98 cm - 8 cm difference
- Waist: 76 cm - 17 cm difference
- Left thigh: 60 cm - 7cm difference
- Left arm: 27 cm - 3cm difference
Boost Camp Summary
I'll be honest; I didn't reach my goal weight. BUT looking at my measurements and comparing my photos, I'm so happy with my results. The biggest physical notice is my waist, and I honestly didn't expect it to look so different after only 28 days. Aside from the visual changes, the way I feel mentally and emotionally has also changed an astronomical amount- I'm happier and have so much more energy.
This camp has not been easy, and it has its challenges - the meal prepping and shopping I found to be quite tricky at the beginning. But as the weeks progressed and I knew where to shop and how to prep, it became easier.
The first week can feel overwhelming as you need to spend a lot of time in the kitchen and the supermarket. You're also putting your body through so many changes that you'll want to fall back into old, comfortable habits.
What helped me was finally deciding to want to change and then taking in all the advice and support from Bridget and the Boost Camp community.
Even though I wasn't the biggest fan of the meal prepping, I found that a few hours spent preparing each weekend for the week ahead saved me a lot of time later!
Reading the week's menu beforehand also helped me save time, and I prepared meals that stored well and prepped ingredients (garlic and ginger) that I could leave in the fridge. The fridge is now filled with Bridget's sauces, condiments and pre-chopped veggies, so I'm never far from a delicious, healthy meal.
Once I spent a few hours of my weekend (or during the week) organising myself, it became easier to stick to the meal plan. I also thoroughly read through all the provided information and watched all the videos, as there are so many helpful tips that contributed to my success. I'm super excited for the next camp!
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Thank you so much for bringing this to our attention!
You are indeed correct. The measurements were wrong (we’ve now gone through and corrected them). We’ve had confirmation that the measurements were originally taken in inches not centimetres. They’ve now been correctly converted. Thank you for spotting that!
:) many thanks,
Thank you for the sharing of your experience. However, I would say something is completely wrong with measurements in centimeters, even the initial parameters. Neck of 13cm; waist of 37cm and hips of 42cm are the measurements of a teenager or rather of an anorectic person. The meter-line should embrace your body around the neck or the waist or the hips. It should not be just the measurement of the frontline of the neck/waist/hip. The waist of 37cm would be considered the waistline of a woman in the 18th century after she had been drawn tight in her corset.
Please do not take me wrong, but your initial measurements as well as final ones in centimeters might confuse people. At least they confuse me and at first I thought something was completely wrong with me, but then I recalled that even baby’s neck is around 20cm in diameter; 18th century women’s waistline circumvented in a corset was 33cm.
Wishing you all the best!