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REBOOT! Dispatches from France

Six weeks ago, Charmian Walker-Smith set out to lose a stone, tone up and get fit with help from celebrity gym haunt Barry’s Bootcamp, London and Alli Godbold, nutritionist. In her Reboot Body Blog each Wednesday, she has been blogging her progress for  Six weeks in, Charm has lost 3/4 of a stone in weight and a total of eight inches, four of those from her waist. In week seven, Charm is on holidays and sent this dispatch today from her hotel lobby 
france charm 6 small stripes
France is gorgeous and I have had plenty of opportunity to keep up my fitness; a four hour hike in the gorge du Tarne; two runs, this evening we are going riding in the Carmargue.
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The diet is shot though, you cannot simply walk into the area of France known for dairy farming and say that you would rather not try the cheese: I tried, I did not try too hard as part of me LOVES cheese, but I did try and the announcement was met with bafflement and disbelief. “Gluten free” is equally offensive.
france charm 5 small mash
Food wise things have been challenging, particularly the day that it rained and we went up a mountain to eat Aligot, a sort of posh cheesy mash very traditional around Aveyron. It is delicious and full of cream, cheese, some more cream and extra cheese.  That same day  – heart attack wednesday as I now know it –  we also had dinner with my boyfriends family, a beautiful meal of duck confit and pommes frites.
I am doing my best to try and get back on track now I am in Arles – which is DELIGHTFUL – I have fruit and yoghurt or an omelette for breakfast and try to hàve salads or protein and veg the rest of the time, but it isn’t easy – there is  a lot of ice cream and patisserie about, it is a miràcle everyone in this country seems so slender.
breakfast – croissant or fruit or omlette
lunch – aligot and Toulouse saucisse
dinner – duck confit and pommes frites or bull stew with carmargue rice and veg

PS Measurements update when I get back


Charmian’s last post – week 6

Charmian’s incredible progress in pictures

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anya lahiriFitness – Anya Lahiri Charm attends three weekly classes at Barry’s Bootcamp, the new super-gym that has a huge celeb following in the US whose fans include Jessica Biel, Sandra Bullock and Katie Holmes.  It’s just opened a branch in London’s Euston where Charm will be guided through her paces by chief Barry’s instructor Anya Lahiri (left).
alli godboldDiet  – Alli Godbold Charm’s having a total nutritional overhaul (no less) at the hands of Alli, a nutritional therapist who has worked alongside chefs Charles Amos and Alan Wichart at Divertimenti Cookery Schools in Knightsbridge and Marylebone, author of Feed Your Health (£13.99



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