I went to Slimmeria in the early part of July with two other friends - the setting is a gorgeous Georgian manor house renovated beautifully - the grounds were idyllic (vineyards, outdoor pool, swings and orchards)
I had lost weight through healthy eating and exercise prior to going to the retreat, but my friends wanted to use this as a kick start to healthy living. I had plateaued in weight and was struggling to lose the last few pounds; my goal was to lose 7 lbs...at the end of the week my total weight loss was 9 lbs which I was over the moon with. My friends have completely changed their lifestyles - they're eating the right foods and getting fitter and fitter through regular exercise.
I was concerned that I would put weight back on after the week's retreat, however, 2-3 weeks on and I'm back at the gym, eating sensibly (and that includes eating out and giving myself treats!) and I'm still losing weight - I've lost a further 2 lbs which is great as my goal was more to maintain my weight loss and I wasn't really pushing to lose the extra pounds - clearly the week at Slimmeria gave my body the boost it needed!
Galia was amazing - she assailed my concerns about the raw food diet - you're chewing food, which means your body isn't starving itself. Galia is also very clear that the detox is not how you should live in the long-term - it's literally a week to get all the bad stuff out of your system and give your immune system a boost and cleanse! Galia practices what she preaches: she gave us lots of examples from her own experience and those of former clients who have continued with losing weight through sensible eating and exercise. She freely offered to give us healthier alternative recipes for our favourite dishes and encouraged us to include foods we weren't eating during our detox.
The fitness instructors and staff are amazing - they know what you're going through and offer lots of support (it's a commitment from both Slimmeria and the individual to make the most out of the week) We had beautiful country and seaside walks around Hastings, Battle and Crowhurst. I loved the boxing classes!
We also met some lovely people, the group we had during our week's stay were all very diverse (different nationalities, social backgrounds and ages) but we really supported each other as a group and we're all still in touch now encouraging each other to continue with a healthier lifestyle.
My friends and I booked this trip as part of a birthday treat to ourselves and therefore we indulged in lots of treatments - I had facials, body scrubs and a relaxation and sports massage - great prices and I loved each treatment. The therapists are lovely and each time I came back to the rest of my group, people commented on how well I looked - since I've been back home, literally all my friends and family have commented on how good my skin looks. I came back from my week zinging!
- Also Known As:
- The Slimmeria Retreat Hotel Battle