Wow! Four weeks of Kayla Itsines BBG program done! Half of you are thinking “cool, who cares” and the other half of you are thinking, “wow good job!” If you are anything like me, then you know this is a huge accomplishment! The program is 12 weeks so I’m only 1/3rd of the way through, but I still feel amazing and wanted to post an update!
Growing up I never had to “work out” because I played so. many. sports. When I graduated from high school and my activity seriously decreased, I, of course, started putting on weight. I’ve worked out here and there, and dieted every now and then, but I’ve never truly committed to a healthy lifestyle and put a serious effort in, until now.
I have started and restarted the BBG workout program so. many. times. and I always quit after week one. This time was different because my favorite beauty blogger, Courtney Shields, started BBG after having her baby. She announced that she would be doing it, I started it with her (and then quit) and 12 weeks later when she posted her results I felt so stupid for not sticking with it the first time. One of those, “If you don’t quit you don’t have to keep restarting” feelings. If I would have just stayed committed, I could have been done and had those same amazing results.
Luckily for me, Courtney announced that she was going to restart the BBG program from Week One and do it all over again! This time, I was committed. (and there was a hashtag, #BBGwithBYOB, so I had to follow through!)
In the last 6 months I have made some major changes to my diet in terms of meat (bye bye red meat!), so I decided to not follow the eating H.E.L.P Guide and to only do the workouts. I try to be mindful of my meals as it is, but at the same time I am definitely a foodie and I ate whatever I wanted the last four weeks. It’s all about balance, and I’m trying to make a lifestyle change, so I can’t just say “I’m cutting out pizza forever” because that just won’t happen. That being said, I really didn’t watch what I was eating the last four weeks, so in the upcoming 8 I hope to make a lot healthier choices.
If you don’t know, BBG is three resistance workouts (circuits made up by Kayla Itsines herself), as well as cardio.
Lets start with the resistance workouts. They are freaking HARD! If you are not dying by the end then you are either in amazing shape or you are not doing it right. In the first four weeks I only missed one resistance workout, and I am pretty happy with that. That being said, some days workouts go better than others. There were days that I did the entire workout, no cheating in my best form. There were other days where I would have to drop to my knees for some of the pushups or I would finish the circuit a minute or two early and I wouldn’t restart. I always tried to push myself but I also told myself that it was okay if not every single workout was perfect.
For the cardio, I always seem to overdue it when I first start a workout regimen. I will go to the gym 5 days in a row, have killer workouts, and then I won’t go back to the gym for a month. I told myself that just because I could do more on the cardio side, didn’t mean I should. I didn’t want to overdue it and then not follow through! So, I walked. Twice a week whether on my lunch break at work or after I got home, I got in 35 minutes of fast walking. It wasn’t hard for me which made it so I couldn’t make an excuse to not do it. I didn’t miss one cardio workout over the four weeks!
I’m scared! The workouts in the upcoming weeks seem very difficult and the weekly cardio is doubled. I’m going to try to focus on my eating more and continue to push myself without over doing it so that I stick with it. I’m very happy with my results thus far and I hope to just keep seeing more!
Have any of you done bbg? What were your results like?! Also if you are doing #BBGwithBYOB I would love to connect!
Thanks for reading guys! Until next time!