Three months, two women, one goal. To lose weight and get fit all achieved thanks to the prize of a Lynn News competition.
Kim Singer and Jacqui Nelligan have battled to shed the pounds at the Bawsey Boot Camp, under the expert guidance of personal trainer Jack Bishop.
The three months have now passed and the women have smashed their targets and gone beyond all expectation losing 76lbs (nearly 5½st) between them!
Kim, 44, has melted 20lbs of fat and has lost some 7½in off her waist as she has gone from 10st 3lb to a trim 8st 11lb.
Sub-postmistress Kim said: “It has been a blast, it really has and it has gone by so quick as well.
“I intend to carry on with boot camp. I’m at a size 10 now which was my aim when I started so as long as I can maintain that and get my tummy toned I will be happy.”
Bawsey Boot Camp is held three times a week come rain or shine and Kim and Jacqui have attended all three sessions each week for the last three months. They have become addicted to training and the results speak for themselves.
Jacqui, 28, who works at Freebridge Housing, dreamed of losing a couple of stone at the start of her journey. Weighing in at nearly 20st, Jacqui has in fact lost a total of 56lbs (4st).
She said: “Entering the Lynn News competition and starting at Bawsey Boot Camp has been the best decision I have ever made! I have always been a large person and never in a million years did I think that I could lose 4st in three months but I did and I couldn’t be happier!
“My achievement is a credit to Jack because through his guidance and support my whole attitude toward healthy eating and exercise has totally changed.”
Jacqui started as a size 24 and is now a size 18 and on course to get down “to a comfy size 14”.
She said: “I feel fitter and happier and I am eating clean. I will carry on.
“Boot Camp has become part of my life.”
The sessions, held between Bawsey Pits and Leziate, make best use of tough equipment and exercises which work every muscle in the body.
To do this Jack incorporates slam balls, kettle bells, heavy ropes, big heavy tractor tyres, metal sleds, harnesses and sledgehammers into the sessions as well as hill runs, circuits and core strengthening exercises. No session is ever the same.
Jack said: “I am really proud of Jacqui and Kim. They have done really well and really love coming to the sessions.”
To show just how far they have come, both women joined other Boot Camp members on Sunday in a gruelling mucky 10k obstacle race wading through rivers and mud pits at Blackwater Farm, near Norwich. “There was no way I could have even thought of doing that three months ago,” said Kim.
Jacqui raised £150 for Alzheimer’s Research while Kim, with husband Dale, raised £650 for Scotty’s Little Soldiers.