BBG Girl Interview: Alisha’s Fit Life a.k.a Alisha
This is the fourth in a series of interviews I am conducting with the awesome and inspiring members of the Kayla Itsines BBG community. Click here to read my interview with Dr Ally a.k.a @healthybyfifty , click here to read my interview with Carrie a.k.a @fitbyfifty.us and click here to read my interview with Veronica a.k.a @fitleea.
Since interviewing the wonderful and down to earth Alisha (@alishas_fit_life), my excuses for not completing a workout have seemed piss weak. Let me explain. Alisha works every second week as a haul truck operator at a coal mine. Her shifts are 12.5 hours long. To get a workout in before a day shift, Alisha wakes up a 3.20am. The prospect of a 12.5 hour shift alone would be enough to dissuade me from a workout, let alone a 3am wake up call!
“I work one week of day shifts, have a week off and then work a week of night shifts, followed by another week off. When I’m on day shifts that means waking up at 3.20am to get my workout in before work…..[Waking up at] 3.20am can be very hard some days but I know that if I wait until after I finish my 12.5 hr shift the chances of me going to the gym are slim to none”, said Alisha.
A lack of time is one of the biggest excuses people (myself included) use to avoid exercise. Feeling tired is another. Alisha’s schedule proves that if there is a will there is a way. A 12.5 hour shift literally blocks out most of the day and yet Alisha fits her BBG sessions in. Can you feel your excuses melting away? Thanks for the inspo Alisha!
To date, Alisha has completed 6 rounds of BBG (4 rounds of BBG1 and 2 rounds of BBG2) and has experienced an awesome body transformation as a result. Alisha was not new to fitness when she started the program,
“I’ve always been fairly active and sporty growing up and exercise has always been a big part of my life”, said Alisha.
She was however experiencing a slump,
“I’d been going through a fair bit of personal stuff and my cortisol levels were through the roof. As a result, I’d started putting weight on and a lot of my clothes didn’t fit me anymore. I was depressed, frustrated and just felt really unhappy with my whole appearance”, said Alisha.
What led Alisha to the BBG program is what I consider a sign from the Universe.
“My friend posted a picture of herself on Instagram talking about the BBG program. The next day I went to the gym and saw a girl doing the program too. I thought: Screw it, what have I got to lose?” said Alisha.
Alisha started her first workout on February 29, 2016. It was Week 1: Legs & Cardio. Alisha initially thought a few lunges, squats and step ups wouldn’t be so hard.
“Arghh how wrong I was. I couldn’t walk properly for 4 days that week. I’ve completed Week 1: Legs & Cardio three times since then. Although I’m fitter and can handle the workout better, I still find it to be one of the more challenging workouts in the BBG program” said Alisha.
Ah so true, I only got through 3 rounds of my first BBG leg session. Read the rest of my interview with Alisha below. As usual I have highlighted parts in bold that I find particularly important. Till next time, fitness friends!
1. What does your weekly workout schedule look like?
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays are my BBG days (legs, arms, abs) and Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays are my LISS days, with a HITT session thrown in on one of those days.
I prefer to train in the morning. That way life doesn’t get in the way and I don’t have a chance to make any excuses.
2. What is your diet like? Any favourite meals you eat regularly?
I try and eat fairly clean but working out at a mine means having to rely on camp food which isn’t the healthiest option. I try and keep away from preservatives, sugar and artificial sugar. I also try to avoid gluten and dairy but that’s more of a personal choice. I eat a lot of good fats, salads, chia puddings, healthy smoothies and so on. I’m human like everyone else so there are definitely occasions when I overindulge more than I probably should, haha.
3. Where do you mainly workout: home, gym, outdoors?
I do all my workouts at the gym. I like doing LISS outdoors when I can, weather and time permitting, but sometimes it’s more convenient to get it done at the gym.
4. What advice do you have for BBG newbies?
When I first started I made a promise to myself that I would only do the bare minimum required. Nothing extra, no different workouts and no other classes. I have the tendency to go all in and do too much too soon and end up burning out as a result. I found sticking to this rule, took the pressure off me. Society conditions us to think we have to bust our asses at the gym for hours on end just to get results and it’s actually the complete opposite. It took me weeks to get my head around this when I first started BBG. I kept thinking I wasn’t doing enough.
5. What do you do when you find yourself in an exercise slump or not so motivated to workout?
I’ve never really have to motivate myself to exercise. Even when I was just doing cardio or just doing weights, I’ve always enjoyed the feeling of a good workout. But in terms of BBG, I’ve found what works for me is not to look at the workout until I’m ready to start. I know a lot of my friends that do BBG, look at the workouts for the week and then start stressing about how on earth they’re going to get ‘x’ number of jump lunges/commandos etc done without dying, LOL.I prefer not to know until I’m right in the moment and deal with it then, haha.
6. How long did it take before you started to make noticeable progress? What advice do you have for newbs who become frustrated over lack of progress?
Probably around week 7 to week 8 was when I started to notice major differences.
My best advice for newbies is, in addition to taking pictures at the beginning of the program, take your measurements as well. I can’t stress this enough. In week 4 I remember becoming very disillusioned when comparing photos from that week with my pre-BBG pictures. I couldn’t see any difference between them. I was so disheartened but luckily I had taken my measurements before I started week 1 so when I took my week 4 measurements, I noticed there was a major change. Even though I couldn’t see it visually, the measurements were staring me in the face telling me that my body was definitely changing. That was a pivotal moment right then. If I hadn’t taken measurements at the start, I may have very well thrown the towel in that day, thinking that the program wasn’t working.
7. What’s your self-talk like during difficult parts of a workout? Do you have any favourite mottos or catch phrases that you repeat to yourself?
I don’t really have any favourite mottos or catch phrases. I do a lot of self-talk during the workouts but it’s probably not anything you can print if you know what I mean (Kayla can be so brutal sometimes haha). <<YES, I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN, ALISHA, AHAHAHA.
8. Do you ever modify the workouts by doing things like swapping out exercises or taking longer breaks between circuits?
Ever since I first started I’ve always given myself a minute for each break between circuits. Sometimes if the workout is extra challenging I may pause the timer and have a quick 10-second drink break and then get back into it. I’ve never really modified exercises but I know plenty of girls who have modified push-ups and things while coming back from an injury or while building up strength.
9. If you could give yourself from 5 years ago one piece of advice what would it be?
Just relax and stop being so hard on yourself. I didn’t understand food and health 5 years ago and definitely didn’t understand what worked for my body. As a result I was cardio driven and scared to lift weights and push myself out of my comfort zone. I’m 36 years old now and I look at pictures of me when I was 30 and I actually looked older. This program is amazing, I can’t speak highly enough of it. I have more body confidence and self esteem now in my late thirties than I ever have, even in my twenties. I’ve finally found something that works and I don’t have to bust my ass for hours in a gym every day. I can’t explain what a relief that is to know.
10. Do you have any fitness inspirations? Celebrities, friends, IGers that you look up to?
I have lots of girl crushes. Jen Selter’s body amazes me as does Kelsey Wells’s (a.k.a @mysweatlife). I love Nikki Rees’s daily IG stories (a.k.a @activelyrees), they’re hilarious.
The BBG community is a really unique community. I have made amazing friends with inspiring girls from all over the world through this wonderful community alone. I now have friends that I talk to on a daily basis that I’ve actually never met before. That’s how awesome this program is. You get to change your body for the better, feel great about yourself and make amazing friends all at the same time.
11. And a fun one, if a genie appeared out of nowhere and granted you three wishes, what would they be?
Hmm…probably financial independence (stereotypical I know) so I don’t have to work away [at the mines], good health and to be a mum.