Sunday, 22 November 2015

kayla itsines #BBG bikini body guide review - week one progress


If you follow me on Instagram you'll have seen me mention the Bikini Body Guide, or #BBG by Kayla Itsines, and how I'm progressing. Whilst I was making the decision to try out the guide and commit to the journey, I was researching and reading blogs of other girls who talked about their progress. So I figured, why not share mine too!
A little back story as to why I'm doing this, and what I want to get from it. This isn't so much about weight loss for me as it is toning and sculpting my body. You all know my love for Ballet and that my wedding is right around the corner, which means that I spend a good amount of time in leotards, and I want to look the best I can for my special day. Ever since tearing the ACL in my right knee and breaking my foot (thank you ballet) I gained a few pounds and lost a lot of the definition I had. On top of this I noticed that my fitness levels had dropped, I'd been out of action for a good solid 3 months. Overall I just wasn't happy with myself and wanted to get back on top of my game.
Unless you live under a rock, you'll have seen at least one Kayla Itsines progress picture on instagram, girls showing off their amazing progress and journey to healthy strong bodies. I wanted to get myself some of that action! 
Consciously I made an effort to eat better, giving my body everything it needed, focusing on wholesome meals with lots of nutrients and good fats. I don't ever believe in denying myself something I want- what's the point? Instead I concentrate on moderation... small treats instead of a big feast or binge. For about a year and a half I suffered with fainting, dizzy spells, and headaches. After lots of trips to the doctor and a very worried fiance we finally discovered I had sodium deficiency. Why am I telling you this? Don't deny your body what it needs! My diet severely lacked salt because I believed that it was utterly bad for you, which isn't the case. Everything in moderation....
Kayla plans out 2 resistance workouts for your week that you should complete, and one that is optional. For my first week I only did 2 as I simply couldn't fit the last one in. The guide also recommends factoring in some LISS activities, Low Intensity Steady State sessions which should be around 30-45 minutes. I already do Ballet and  recently started Pole Fitness, which aren't exactly low intensity, but I counted them as my LISS activities for that week as they are something I both enjoy and am already committed to. There is one stretching session, again I do loads of stretching for dance, but I did add some much needed time with my Deuser Band working on my box splits. After I hurt my knee my flexibility really suffered and I'm trying super hard to get my splits back to what they were!
Did I lose any weight? No, however this programme highly encourages measuring progress by taking pictures in the same standing pose, at the same time each week. Did I see difference in my pictures? YES! I'm really quite pleased with the difference I notice in one week, and with the amount of resistance that I now have in my weekly workouts I'm 100% happy with how #BBG is making me feel.

12 comments:

  1. Oh wow you look super slim, you obviously take care of yourself and eat well x

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  2. Great to hear that you could see a difference in your photos. Its fab to actually be able to see progress xxx

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  3. I loved pole fitness but my body didn't! I ached for a whole week after every session haha. Good luck with it all :) x

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  4. If I had an amazing figure like yours I would be super chuffed x

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  5. I haven't heard of this - but it is obviously fab as you look amazing! Kaz x

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  6. Wow it is certainly working for you, you look great x

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  7. You look amazing. Never tried this before or heard of it.

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  8. wish I had a nice flat belly like yours. Well done hun x

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  9. Wow, wish my stomach looked like that, great progress:-)

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  10. You have an amazing stomach, congratulations on your progress! x

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  11. Wow, amazing, a big well done on your progress! I wish I had that motivation at the minute

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  12. great that you can see a difference! I really need to start exercising more.

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