A SELF-confessed ‘lazy’ Evesham woman has shed the pounds to be in with a shot of completing a gruelling military-style challenge.
Samantha Patterson has lost 22 inches from her waist since she joined Xtreme Boot Camps in August last year and is getting set to tackle the PARA10 event in July.
The 43-year-old had tried numerous diets and gym regimes to combat her weight and fitness issues, but said nothing had worked until she joined the Vale-based camp.
“Before I joined Xtreme Boot Camps I was basically lazy, unable to stick to any diet and I found indoor gyms were lonely and just bored me.” she said.
“Although I was nervous about joining the boot camps, I was really surprised by the amount of support and motivation I receive from the instructors and my fellow campers.
“I finally believe I am physically capable of things I never thought possible.”
The PARA10 is a ten mile off-road endurance race, must be completed in camo trousers and boots while carrying 35lbs in a back pack and finished in three hours.
It is based on one of the fitness tests used to pass recruits looking to become a member of the Parachute Regiment.
“Some people think I am mad to take on the PARA10.” Samantha added. “But I am so determined to succeed.
“I have been working with one of the Xtreme instructors, Matt Sayer, who has been giving me specific one-to-one personal training for the event.
“I have found it tough but through the encouragement of Matt I have come a long way and am determined to beat the three hour target set.”
Matt added: “Samantha has shown an impressive amount of determination.
“In just four months she has completely transformed how she looks, feels and thinks about exercise and fitness. I have no
doubt she will smash the challenge in July and could not be more proud of her.”
Samantha before joining the boot camp. (s)