So if you follow me on my fitness Instagram or Snapchat you probably already know that I just finished Kayla Itsines BBG Guide 1.0! I get really shy sometimes on posting photos of ‘me’ on social media. It’s not that I’m ‘body shy…’ I don’t know or maybe I am!! This was my 2nd time finishing Bikini Body Guide and for some reason this time felt different.
This blog post is all about my thoughts on Kayla Itsines & her workout program. When I first discovered this program, my friend Stormy was telling me all about it when I was living in NYC in the Summer of 2014. She would send me screen shots of the workouts and tell me to do 7 minutes of each circuit & then repeat.. but, for some reason I just did not understand what she meant. So i pushed it aside and forgot all about it.
When I decided to move back to Provo, I immediately was in half marathon training mode for my first Nike Women’s Half Marathon in San Francisco! But with running a ton comes burning a lot of calories and I was HUNGRY all the time. So I ate a lot while I was training. I was so shocked when I gained SO much weight during my training period. Once my race was over, I decided to look into the Kayla Itsines Program and try it out.
I was hooked.
Do three 28 minute circuits Monday, Wednesday and Friday and that’s it? Also incorporate some LISS (Low Intensity Steady State) Cardio and I’m done for the week? It definitely fit into my busy work schedule and I LOVED these work outs. Kayla suggests everyone who does her program to take progress photos every 4 weeks. I accepted her challenge and the results were SO CRAZY!
I finally started becoming comfortable with my own body and I felt SO GREAT. Obviously every week wasn’t perfect but with the BBG guides, I could always count on another organized week of workouts if I failed the week before. So a year goes by, I finished guide 2.0, took a break, started half marathon training for my 2nd Nike Half Marathon Race and then immediately started BBG 1.0 right after my race.
In the beginning of 1.0, I didn’t really take my eating seriously. I still ate a ton of sweets, sugar, fatty foods but did my BBG workouts every week. EVERYONE knows that “abs are made in the kitchen” and blah blah blah but I wasn’t taking that seriously at all. Winter was coming which meant baggy sweaters, hoodies, and no need for me to wear a swimsuit. My eating habits turned into bad sleeping habits, skipping workouts, etc. Christmas time came and I was on week 10 and I did NOT work out at all during Christmas vacation. Steven and I ate sooooo many sweets that we were literally addicted when we got back to Provo. We were like savages trying to find chocolate ANYWHERE bahahaha Obviously with the new year, my brain automatically switches to a “new year, new me” mentality and when that first monday of 2016 came, I was ready to KILL it at my workouts.
I got back in the gym and started on week 10 all over and went every morning. I made it a routine to set my gym clothes out every night, get up after 2 snooze button taps, drink a big glass of water and go to my car and scrape the ice off of it so I could drive to the gym. Not going to lie.. it was MISERABLE especially the dumb ice on my car. But, I made it to the gym every morning to do the BBG circuits, LISS, HIIT and rehab (stretching). By week 12, it became a habit and I was loving the results I was seeing on my own body. I’m sad I didn’t take any photos from the beginning but I did take pics of my results at the end!
After a series of doing the BBG guides, other workouts, going on whole 30 and half marathon training – it finally clicked well it actually didn’t click.. I just honestly needed to limit myself from my usual donuts, ice cream, cake, and treats!! I’m starting to train my stomach on foods that will help me to not crave sugary foods. I can say 100% that the BBG guides do work if you eat healthy, do the workouts religiously, get good sleep and drink LOTS of water. I’m currently on week 13 of BBG 2.0 and eating 75% Paleo and 15% whatever I want because life is short and sometimes you just need to indulge!! Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for Week 16 progress pics and follow me on my fitness instagram @Liz_linsanity!
Lizzie Lin Johnson