This ‘get-fit journey I’ve been on has been amazing! HARD, but amazing! I’ve learnt so much about myself. The truth is, if you want to see a change, you have to want it really badly. You have to want it MORE THAN DONUTS! It has to become a priority and a way of life for you. That doesn’t have to happen straight away, but it does have to happen. It’s not some temporary diet, and/or going for a walk once a week for a month. No! It’s a lifestyle. It’s a change in the way you think. It’s setting and committing to goals. It’s sacrificing some of your weaknesses because your health and body are more important. And it’s feeling great about the every day decisions you make for you and your body.
It’s been an intense few months, but I’m super excited to say that I’ve officially finished my first round of BBG 1.0! I started with my sister-in-law, Lara, on August 24th. We did the optional 4 week pre-training, and then continued on straight away with the 12 week program. It was so great! I really committed to it and didn’t miss a single workout. Even when I wasn’t able to fit something in that day, I’d re-arrange the rest of the week so that I'd fit in every workout during that given week. It was challenging the whole way through, but so much more rewarding than I expected. When you start seeing results it really confirms that you’re on the right track.
What I really love about BBG, is the community that comes with it. There is a huge community of women that are on the exact same journey. Everyone is in different places. Some have reached their goals, and they just keep going to keep fit and to maintain the healthy lifestyle. Others are just starting out and need encouragement. I feel like when I started, I was given so much encouragement to stick with it and to keep going, and as I went along I felt like I was able to encourage others who were just starting out! It’s about building each other up, and finding confidence in who you are. I love that everyone is in it together! I do all the resistance workouts with Lara, and if it wasn’t for her, I wouldn’t be where I am now. It’s SO good to workout with someone, because you are constantly trying to keep up with each other, and push each other without even realising it! If I had been doing them alone, I feel like I would have definitely slacked off a little.
BBG is not some easy magical weight loss pill! In fact, there is nothing easy about it. It’s all YOU, and it’s a whole lot of hard work! You get out of it what you put in to it, so you may as well give it everything you’ve got! And it’s not just about working out, it’s also about what you put into your body. You can’t out-train a bad diet! It’s kind of a package deal. So you really have to want it, and you have to earn it. Doing BBG been a total lifestyle change for me, and has changed me from the inside out. I used to be someone who let the scales determine whether or not I had a bad day! But I’m no longer fussed by what the scales say. During the first 10 weeks of BBG, my weight didn’t change at all, but my body shape was changing dramatically!! That took a while to get my head around, but it’s true that muscle weighs more than fat. After the first 10 weeks, my weight started dropping to numbers I hadn’t seen in over a year and a half. That was an amazing feeling! But it felt even more amazing to be SEEING physical changes. You can achieve just about anything you want, you just have to get off your butt and make it happen!
There was a point a few weeks into the program that I feel like I broke through a barrier. Since then, I can’t imagine NOT doing this. It’s just become a part of my every day! My daily workouts are the part of the day that I really focus on looking after myself. I’m working on strength, on health and on fitness. And I’m doing that for me! But not just for me, I’m also doing that for my husband, and for my little girl, and that’s a priority for me. When you think about it, it’s not that hard to set aside 30 - 45 minutes (depending on the workout) each day to look after YOU.
I know that it’s only round one, but having completed it without missing any sessions, I feel like a warrior. I feel accomplished, and so proud of sticking to something even though it was tough! It’s amazing what you can do when you decide not to give up! I feel like I’ve already gotten my pre-baby body back. It may weigh a little more due to muscle gain, but I don’t really care. Scales-Schmales! I’m so much stronger, healthier, happier and more confident now.
So yesterday I finished round one, and today I’m straight into round two!! I can’t wait to see how I’m feeling after another 12 weeks of hard work! Going into this next 12 weeks, I’m going to tighten up a few things. I’m going to really try and watch my food portions. I’m going to drink more water. And I’m going to really focus on my form with all of the exercises. I’m also going to keep up with the extra Resistance workout I do over the weekend, and keep up with the maximums of LISS and HIIT that I do throughout the week that I’ve done for the last 4 weeks. BRING IT ON!
For those interested, here’s some information on changes and improvements! Plus my weekly workout schedule and (drum roll) my official transformation!
Remember that this is a lifestyle change. Something that becomes habit. But also something that you want to maintain long term, so treating yourself on occasions is totally okay if you want to! Just don’t over-do it. So other than on really special occasions, I’ve given up..
Rice // White bread // Fast Food // Coffee // Cows Milk // Sugar // Lollies // Sweets // Ice-cream // Cakes // Chocolate etc.
Quinoa // Dark Rye Bread // Coconut Water // Coconut Milk // Homemade Nut Milks // Homemade RAW Chocolate and Desserts!
I have some general rules I stick with that keep me feeling good.
I do at least one Green Smoothie a day, usually that’s for breakfast. I often get asked if that sustains me - and YES it does. I often don’t feel like lunch until around 1pm. // I usually have two pieces of Dark Rye Bread to make some kind of salad sandwich for lunch. I only have two pieces of bread in a day. If I want toast for breakfast I can, but then I either do my Green smoothie for lunch, or make a salad instead. // Dinners are usually things like chicken and salad, fish and salad, steak and veggies, soup, chickpee salad, or healthy homemade burritos (with some sneaky sour cream and cheese), and we sometimes do spaghetti bolognese (but instead of having the pasta I have the sauce on some mushrooms! You get used to it, and it’s pretty delicious!) // Once a week we have family dinner night, and I use that as my cheat night. I have a Nando’s classic chicken wrap and some chips. // Snacks are important, I try and have one in-between meals (this doesn’t always happen) but I do things like homemade RAW chocolate, some Greek Yogurt with Honey and Chia Seeds, or some Fruit. There are a bunch of yummy sweet recipes on my blog, feel free to treat-yo-self, and indulge without feeling guilty!
It’s crazy how your body adapts when pushed to! I couldn’t do lots of things when I started! But now, I can now do..
Full Push Ups.
I Could only do them on my knees to start with.
I literally couldn’t push myself up onto my hands when I started!
100+ Sit Ups in a row.
After my caesarean, I really struggled with the ab work to start with, but now it’s my favourite!! I LOVE ab work and LOVE the burn!
When I started, I had to jump one foot in front of the other! But now I jump feet together, and sometimes get through all the reps without stuffing up!
They were such a struggle to start with, but once you get used to doing Burpees with a push up, and split squat.. suddenly just plain Burpees become very easy!
There are probably lots more, as you improve at everything slowly, but those are the ones that stick out to me the most.
Here has been my workout schedule for the last 4 weeks, and what I’ll be continuing with for round 2 of BBG 1.0.
MEASUREMENTS & TRANSFORMATION.
Belly Button Line (-13cm)
Not gonna lie.. it’s a little scary putting up a transformation photo for all to see. Looking back at where I started in August, I really can’t believe I was living each day like that postpartum! I’m so glad I made a decision to change something. So although it’s a little (a lot) embarrassing to have these photos up, I’m hoping they encourage and inspire you and make you realise that everybody can do it.
Just for some fun after I’d finished pre-training, Joe suggested that I take a transformation photo EVERY morning for the whole 12 weeks so that we could put together a little GIF video to see the day by day transformation! I did one of each side, but I'll just show you a sneak of the 'Side' GIF. So press play and enjoy!
Well, that’s it from me for now! The next 12 weeks start today. If YOU are not happy or feeling confident in your health and body, then don’t put it off any longer. I really encourage you to make the change TODAY, and give it everything you’ve got for 12 weeks. I guarantee you won’t regret it. You can do this. You’ve got this. YOU are you’re own warrior. And you’re not alone, you'll have a whole army of girls fighting beside you.
A huge thank you to Kayla. Thank you to my husband for supporting me. Thank you to Lara for doing each workout with me, and pushing me. And thank you to the whole BBG community!
Life = Changed!