Well, I’ve made it 5 weeks working out using Kayla Itsines‘ BBG (Bikini Body Guide). If you haven’t heard of it, just Google her and you can read all about it and see the amazing transformations of women everywhere who have used her program. It’s what inspired me to give it a try. And now that I’m almost half-way through BBG round 1, I thought I’d do a review of what I think so far. Are you ready?
Ha ha – that is so not me. And I’m not anywhere near brave enough to post before pics of myself in my skivvies at this point. Maybe in another 5 weeks… or 5 months… but not now. You can see a pic of how I look in my about page. Average mom-sized is what I call myself. About 5 feet 5 inches and a size 8-10 depending on the day. Probably more of a size 10 than an 8 if I’m honest.
But on to my BBG results!
At this point I haven’t noticed any miraculous changes in my appearance, but a friend did notice that I have triceps muscles. They’re not huge or anything, but there is an indention back there that hasn’t been seen in many a year. Personally, I feel more muscular. I have more energy. I’m noticing it more when I’m slouching. It actually feels better not to slouch like it did way back in the day when I was 20-something and went to the gym regularly. And not slouching makes you look and feel taller and slimmer so there’s that.
And… this was the biggest surprise… about 3 weeks in I ran a 5k with my son. And I ran it. I didn’t walk once. I couldn’t believe it because I don’t run. Hello, my name is Susan and I don’t run (unless chased, of course). I’ve only been doing the walking Kayla recommends on the non-strength training days, so I was floored I was able to run 3.3 miles non-stop.
So to say my stamina and fitness level has improved substantially is an understatement. As far as weight loss, though, I haven’t weighed myself or really noticed that my clothes are any looser. Fitting a little differently, yes, but looser? Maybe only a smidge. So that’s a little disappointing. But as many BBG-ers point out, this isn’t a quick-fix, quick weight loss program. If that is what you are looking for, you need to find something else. This is not the tree you want to be barking up. You’ve gotta be in it for the long haul to get the bodies the girls on Kayla’s Instagram page have.
Also, to be perfectly fair, during the first 4 weeks I tried to eat healthfully, but I didn’t count calories. So I know I wasn’t anywhere close to the 1600 she recommends for 20-something girls to lose weight and way more than what a 40-something woman should eat to lose weight (I think it’s 1300. Which is depressing). So this past week I’ve been trying to pay closer attention to the amount I’ve been eating and tracking my food into My Fitness Pal. It wasn’t as hard as I thought and when you work out you “earn” a few more calories so that’s helping me stay satisfied.
For drinks, I try to alternate fun drinks with water. For example, a hot lemon and honey water for breakfast, followed by regular water. Then a vitamin C packet in my water, then water. Then black tea, then water. You get it. But more water. More, more water. And more water. I need it, too, I can tell you, because of all the sweat I’m producing during the workouts.
My goal is to complete the 12 weeks and then repeat it or move on to BBG 2 and continue doing these workouts for a year and see where I land (hopefully fitter and trimmer). I don’t necessarily care about prancing around in a bikini at the pool or beach. Not feeling self-conscious in my bathing suit would be nice, though. And I’d like my clothes to feel loose, my energy to continue to sore and to feel energetic and ready to tackle and enjoy my middle years. I want to avoid all the things my parents are dealing with – the preventable things anyway. You can’t escape everything and everyone dies from something, but I want to enjoy my later years with as few self-inflicted health problems as possible. And I think this is a good start.
So I encourage anyone to give it a try. I can’t believe I’ve worked out 5-6 days a week consistently for 5 weeks. What??? That’s what I say to myself when I really let that sink in. But this program is self-motivating. I work out at my own pace, I do it when I have time and when I’m not feeling up to it, I check my instagram and see pics of ladies who felt just like me and then they just did the program and kept doing it. Even when it stinks and you hate every minute. On that note, it’s time for me to BBG, so I’m off to get one step closer to that foot-loose and fancy free 40-something I’m hoping to be!