Dr Ally’s 7 Tips For BBG Newbies
I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Dr Ally aka healthybyfifty, a popular and very inspiring member of the BBG community. Dr Ally has completed two rounds of BBG 1 and is currently finishing a round of BBG 2.
For those out of the loop, BBG refers to Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide. BBG 1 and BBG 2 are 12 week fitness programs made to be completed one after the other.
When asked for advice for BBG newbies Dr Ally listed these seven tips. I thought they were so useful they needed to be featured in their own article (this one). Click here to read my full interview with Dr Ally. Keep reading for 7 solid tips for anyone—BBGer or not—looking to make positive changes in their life. I have highlighted parts in bold I find particularly important.
Dr Ally’s 7 Tips for BBG Newbies
1. Don’t set yourself unrealistic goals
You want to succeed so be realistic. Don’t be afraid to change your goals if you need to.
2. Plan, plan, plan
A goal without a plan is just a wish.
3. Don’t try to do everything at once.
For the first 4 months I just wanted to try and fit my workouts into my daily routine. Then I looked at what I was eating and set myself the goal for the following 3 months of trying to cook weekday meals from scratch using fresh ingredients. My current goal is to stretch more. If you try and do everything all at once it will be too overwhelming and you’ll likely give up. Remember to take into account busy periods like Christmas and holidays.
4. Be consistent
Some weeks are better than others but that’s not a reason to give up. Think of your progress not in weeks or months but over a year. A bad week or month will not ruin your progress!
5. Be patient
Results don’t come overnight and everyone’s progress is different. Don’t compare yourself to others.
6. You can’t out train a bad diet
Food is medicine and crucial for good health (it’s more important than exercise!). Nourish your body with ‘real’ food. I don’t count calories or macros but I avoid heavily processed food. You don’t have to buy wonderful trendy ‘superfoods’ which can be expensive. Everyday foods like broccoli & kale are highly nutritious and are relatively inexpensive.
7. Balance is key to success
It’s unrealistic and unachievable to do everything 100% unless you want to be a serious competitive athlete. Life simply gets in the way.
If I don’t work out for a few days I don’t give up, I simply accept what is realistic and begin again when I can. I try and eat healthy during the week then relax on the weekend with family and friends, enjoy meals out and a good glass of wine.
Life is for living after all.