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Making friends at boot camp is NOT as important as camaraderie. Here’s why

Cat Smiley Boot Camp is a break from your life, but it's not a vacation. Healthy friendships surround you in feelings of love, support, and understanding. Yet making friends can be hard - especially if you're in a dark place. Saying YES to a weight loss journey as epic and huge as this, took a lot of inner work. You made the decision to do this, so as your coach, it's crucial to clear your social environment from friendships that are toxic or deter your obesity recovery.
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Friends might not happen here, but camaraderie definitely will – and is an essential social guideline of your stay. Not willing to foster camaraderie, or be friendly with other boot campers? Regardless of what led you to feel this way, this might lead to our contract being terminated. Oooch!

Still here? Awesome! Read on.

Having camaraderie during your weight loss journey makes the time pass better, and gives you someone to talk to. It’s nice to meet up after activities and chat, laugh, share about the day’s events. Camaraderie is powerful, and after your residential boot camp, it’s nice to have someone to talk to who understands. Additionally, you can reach out to them for for support when you’re feeling low or at risk for getting off-track post program.

Cat Smiley Boot Camp is similar to a treatment centre where you share openly in a professional environment. There’s an accelerated curve of getting to know wonderful women, and that’s really exciting. Everyone here is working individually a supportive, confidential space.

When you meet people in rehab you can start to spark a friendship by making efforts to engage in conversation with the people in treatment. Make sure to ask open ended questions, listen carefully to them and provide thoughtful responses. Take note of what you have in common with someone instead of focusing on differences so that you can feel more connected and don’t push them away.- LuxuryRehab.com

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Beautiful hikes at our Vancouver Island weight loss camp.

What could go wrong with making friends?

It’s safe to say, 99% of boot campers have never been to rehab. As a very rough estimate, about 75% are emotionally healthy. Yet at a guess, 25% struggle with un-managed depression, anxiety, personality disorders, bi-polar and other mental health issues.

There is another side to the coin. Making friends during rehab can take your focus away from recovery, which is, after all, the real reason you’re in inpatient treatment. Buddying up allows you to take the whole situation less seriously and pull your thoughts away from yourself and your own addiction and gives you a distraction from dealing with what you came there to deal with. It’s also important to understand the frequency that people relapse, and by making a new bff in rehab, you may be setting yourself up, relying on the other person’s recovery to support your own. Others warn that sometimes those new to recovery are energy suckers, and that they may burden you with their woes, when you should be dealing with your own. – RehabCenters.com

Know your boundaries before coming

Some boot campers are going through a lot and may be on a difficult road. They might bring negativity to your experience if you get too involved with their struggles. Your experience at Cat Smiley Boot Camp is about you, and it’s important to remain an individual within the team. Don’t be emotionally available for everyone, all the time in order to feed your moments of loneliness outside of activities. Be open to friendship once the program ends but don’t make that your priority while here. Be friendly of course, and build camaraderie yet know the difference between that – and friendship.

That being said, establishing your boundaries before getting too close to people while following OBC56 will help you stay focused on your recovery. Yes – that’s right – it’s recovery… not a ‘get fit program’. This is obesity recovery and it’s a huge investment that most participants will only have opportunity to do once in their lifetime.

This time is so precious, and for many, it’s their last attempt at trying to heal. Many boot campers have shared that if this fitness camp doesn’t work, they’re ready to stay obese forever! This article is intended to help you to help yourself from not making that happen.

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