With social media all around us, it is getting harder and harder to ignore all those perfect beach bodies popping up on Instagram.
It shouldn’t matter and for 6 months of the year, I have to say, it doesn’t!
But in the lead up to Summer I get a real burst for fitness, much like everyone else and after looking into a couple of workout programmes to combat my own Christmas chub, I settled on the Kayla Itsines BBG (Bikini Body Guide).
Every year I say that this is going to be the year. I do a little bit. And then the sentiment passes. But this year..
I follow Kayla on Instagram and the results from the BBG look great. After watching Youtube videos and reading blog posts of people who had done the programme, although it looked hard, I was determined to try it.
I am now beginning week 5 of the 12 week programme.
This was never going to be a post. I had no intentions of posting unflattering pictures of my body on the internet.
I guess it is a case of new year, new me? But that’s what it is, for me.
On the other hand, now that I have hit week 4 and I feel a difference (you may not see it yet, and I totally understand that because as I keep reading online, it takes around 12 weeks for other people..yadda yadda) in my body I think posting the pictures might actually spur me on. So with a rash decision, here I am, writing an impromptu post and putting it all out there!
I decided not to follow the meal plan because as I discussed here I have an unhealthy relationship with food. I am simply doing the exercise. I’m not looking for a complete body overhaul just a slightly upgraded model than the one I currently have.
I become very regimented with my eating when following a plan. I struggle to deviate without overwhelming feelings of guilt and this can be destructive behaviour so I am eating healthily of my own accord and drinking lots of water (cue quarter hourly toilet breaks)
Sadly, I have a VERY sweet tooth so I still eat cake on the weekends and I want this to be a guilt free and a sustainable diet so i’m happy to do this. As I said, I am looking to improve, not overhaul my body.
I am 5’2 (157cm ..I think) and weigh 8 1/2 stone (which can creep up to 9 in Winter, let’s not pretend)
Although not particularly heavy, I am vertically challenged and it only takes a lb or two to make a HUGE difference to my figure. Something I am and always have been very conscious of. Not being body confident at the best of times, this is very daunting.
I tend to carry my weight around my face and waist. I mean, seriously, there is no disguising it!
Until starting this programme I was an avid gym goer but never pushed myself too hard. Cardio mainly.
I have been following the programmes 3 workouts per week and also the 3 walks per week.
If you would like a review of the programme, let me know and I would be happy to write a post on this.. and may in the future!