If you keep up with my Instagram stories at all, you probably know that I’ve started the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body (BBG) workout program. My internet-BFF Lisette (from Northern Belle Diaries) has been doing this program for a few months, and her amazing results finally inspired me to get off my lazy butt and get myself into shape.
What is BBG?
The Bikini Body Guide is a training guide created by Kayla Itsines. It’s an eBook that contains 12 weeks worth of 28 minute resistance workouts (as well as 4 weeks of pre-training workouts to prepare you for the weeks to come). You do 28 minute workouts on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and you do LISS (low intensity steady state cardio- ie. walking quickly enough that your heart rate is up for half an hour or so- super good for fat burning and so easy to accomplish, especially for me since I have to walk the dog everyday anyways) for 3 days a week. The BBG community is like a super supportive and inspirational fitness family- seriously. Looking up different BBG related hashtags on Instagram (like #bbgcommunity, #bbgprogress, #bbgtransformation) is more than enough for me to stay motivated, which says a LOT.
What was my fitness level/outlook on fitness like before starting BBG?
Ha! If you asked me a month and a half ago, I would tell you I was totally out of shape and that I absolutely hated exercising (with the exception of “unintentional” exercising, like hikes with nice views and swimming), probably all while wolfing down a half a bag of chips, haha. I’ve always been “skinny fat,” where I am pretty petite but totally soft- just zero muscles or definition.
What was my diet like before starting BBG?
McDonalds, pasta with creamy sauces, chips and ice cream… with some spinach thrown in for good measure. I’ve always loved fresh fruits and veggies, but I also have never had any sort of willpower when it comes to certain foods. On top of that, I had little to no knowledge of what was IN a lot of these foods I was eating regularly, nutrition-wise.
So… what do my BBG pre-training results look like?
I’m getting abs… woohoo!! The lighting is terrible in the first photo, so what you can’t see is that the only definition I have in my stomach is an outwards bloating, haha. Other than my abs starting to exist (haha), my thighs and butt are both feeling much stronger. I have a little bit of arm muscle going on as well, but still really struggle with pushups. I hope to improve that!
What is my fitness level/outlook on fitness like after completing BBG pre-training?
Oh my gosh, SO much different. This program has totally conquered my lack of willpower and dedication to fitness. I legitimately look forward to my workouts (WHO AM I?!) which is something I’ve never experienced before. The first week of BBG pre-training was rough, because I was so out of shape, but it was ridiculously rewarding to be able to so clearly see and feel the changes in my body and it’s strength after only a couple of weeks.
What has my diet been like while doing BBG pre-training?
I have been tracking my calorie intake using My Fitness Pal (a free app for your phone) and that’s been super helpful. I’ve been eating around 1600 a day, sometimes more depending on how much I burn working out. Calorie intake really does depend on an individual and their weight loss/maintenance goals though, so definitely do some research for yourself before deciding on an approximate daily goal instead of just eating what someone else is eating.
I’ve been eating a LOT of fruits and veggies, I cook my foods without butter/oil where possible, I’ve been trying a ton of recipes to find alternatives for things I love (the Mango Curry recipe from the Thug Kitchen cookbook is SO. GOOD. and the Chocolate Covered Katie cookbook has a ton of delicious dessert recipes that are way better for you than the originals) and I’ve cut way back on fast food (which is not to say I haven’t eaten it… I had McDonalds like 3 times in the past month, but I always fit it into my daily calorie intake. I do want to cut back on this even more, though).
I freaking love this program.
The Bikini Body Guide workout program has already made a huge change in my life. I love that I can see results (I’m looking at you, abs!) when I look in the mirror and better yet, I love that I can feel how much stronger I’ve become. My energy levels have also gone WAY up, which I think is important to note since I am normally one of those people who is tired like 99.9% of the time. I’ve had so much more energy since starting this program and I have just been generally functioning better (ie. no mid-day slump, more productive, more motivated, etc).
I officially started week 1/day 1 yesterday and it totally kicked my butt (in the best way possible). I’m so excited to see what the next 12 weeks bring!