On Monday I started the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide. If you don’t know what this is, head over to Kayla’s instagram. Her program has amassed a huge following due to the transformations her clients post.
So why am I doing it? Since moving to America at the end of July last year my diet has been far from ideal. I eat out a lot more than I used to (my main excuse is the lack of good supermarkets in NYC) and generally my diet isn’t healthy. My exercise routine has been sporadic, I’ve basically run 3 half-marathons running once, maybe twice, a week, mixing in a few Class Pass workouts here and there. The result of this is that I’ve put on half a stone (7 pounds). I hate the way I look when I’m standing in front of the mirror. To most people (other than my mum and boyfriend) I look the same. When I put on weight it goes straight to my tummy and my arms so it’s fairly easy to hide. What it has meant is that I wear baggy clothes on purpose, and have a wardrobe full of clothes that I’m too uncomfortable wearing. I’m by no means drastically overweight, but for me, I’m bigger than what I’m comfortable being. It’s not really about how much I weigh, that’s just to give you an idea of how much I’ve put on, but it’s about how I feel.
I’ve had my food fun, but now it’s time to get into shape. I’ve got the New York Marathon in November and I’m determined to be strong and healthy as I start my training. I gave up my Class Pass membership, it just wasn’t working for me. None of the classes I wanted to go to were available when I wanted them to be and I don’t have the time to be on my phone at 12pm everyday to reserve a class (it’s like trying to get concert tickets sometimes!). Anyway, whilst I tried lots of fun classes, I decided that I needed a routine and to get back into the gym. So I’ve signed up to New York Health and Racquet. They have a really nice location near my work that has a pool, jacuzzi, sauna and steam room – everything you need for marathon training.
The reason Kayla’s training plan appealed to me is that it focuses on building muscle strength, not counting calories. Yes, you need to eat healthily, but you can eat and snack! It is however, the hardest workout I’ve ever done and I’m only on week 1 (yes, wish me luck this is not going to be a fun or pretty journey), but I’m hoping that with the right mentality and dedication I will see results.
I will log my progress on here, and maybe, if I’m brave enough, show you some progress photos later down the line.
So far Week 1 has involved:
Monday: Arms & Abs (you usually start with legs, but as I did the Brooklyn Half Marathon on Saturday I thought it would be more sensible to rest my legs)
Tuesday: 35 minute swim
Wednesday: Legs (I had to run to the bathroom twice to vomit, nothing came out as I hadn’t eaten, but I did not feel good)
Thursday: 35 minutes on the cross trainer (very sore calves and glutes so took it slowly)
My biggest piece of advice is don’t do this alone! I’m doing this with a colleague and it’s proved to be very motivating as I think I would have quit multiple times on Day 1 and 3 if she hadn’t been there!
Are you a #BBG veteran or are you just starting out like me? Let me know so we can express our joy and pain (probably more of the latter) together!