The Boot Camp

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How far would YOU go to feel good about yourself?

I’ve yet to meet a woman who doesn’t have a love-hate relationship with her body. We know the rules of staying healthy and slim – eat less, exercise more – yet everyday life seems to conspire against us. Not to mention the Cup Cake Cult that represents a threat to our waistlines and our teeth.

So which of us wouldn’t like a quick fix? Boot Camps are all the rage – half the celebrities on the Daily Mail website seem to have submitted to the orders of bossy ex-soldiers – and promise amazing results in seven days.

I struggle with my weight, and writing full-time hasn’t helped as it’s the ultimate in sedentary jobs (though my fingers should be honed and toned from all that typing). So when I decided to write a novel about a group of women who go on Boot Camp to change their lives, I knew I’d have to experience one for myself.

I am incredibly uncoordinated – I was always the last to be picked for the team in school sports – but I made the ultimate sacrifice and signed up for a Boot Camp in Bournemouth. It was painful, exhausting, infuriating, challenging and often hysterically funny – and I lost four kilos. Not sure I’d do it again, but hopefully it’s made the book more authentic. Why go on a Boot Camp yourself when you can read about it from the comfort of your sofa with a nice cup of tea?

The Boot Camp will be published in August 2012, just in time for your London Olympic resolutions… you have nothing to lose but your muffin top!
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