Kayla Itsines 12 Week BBG Diary Week 4: Turning Point
This is one of a series of posts that are part of my Kayla Itsines 12 Week BBG Diary. Click here to read my first post, Kayla Itsines 12 Week BBG Diary Weeks 1 & 2: An Unconventional Start. I am completing the Kayla Itsines 12 Week Bikini Body Guide (known online as BBG 1) and blogging about my experience and other related stuff along the way. I’ve been following the community for ages and have completed exercises from the guide before but never finished an entire 12 weeks. Hoping to get to know fellow BBGers and have a laugh along the way. If you are so inclined, follow me on Instagram and Snapchat (username: tee-snaps) for updates 😀
Week 4 started off really tough. I was feeling lost, useless and completely lacked motivation to complete a BBG circuit.
I procrastinated and procrastinated until finally on Thursday night I attempted to do my first BBG workout of the week: Week 4 Legs & Cardio. 14 minutes of the feeblest attempt to exercise known to man and I stopped. I was feeling some kind of way. Cue my interview with the marvellous Dr Ally. Her words provided the metaphorical slap in the face I needed to get back in the game. The BBG was a GUIDE only, do what works for you. If you don’t want to jump, don’t jump (if you’ve read my other posts you will know that right now, I really hate jumping during circuits). Remember results take time and that a goal without a plan is just a wish.
One step at a time, change what I need to. Stop looking for results and just keep going. I can totally do this. The next day (Friday) I totally slayed Week 4 Abs & Arms and a day later I dominated the full body circuit…. I EVEN JUMPED. After one particularly brutal set of jump lunges I legitimately forgot who I was for a second. What’s my name? What’s happening? Whahhhh? Oh yeah! Quick, time for lay down push ups. One, two, three, fourrr, fiveee, siiiiiiiiiiiiix.
Far from an ideal week but I finished on a strong note.
After some reflection I realised these past few weeks I have been chasing my tail. I haven’t been working to a plan. I’ve just been trying to get the workouts done without much thought into optimal timing. I have been rushing exercises too, frantically trying to get through each circuit without paying attention to each exercise. What’s my form like?! This week (week 5) I plan to put a little more thought into what I am doing. Regardless of my plyometric triumph at the end of Week 4, I will omit jumping moves from BBG circuits this week and add in one or two HIIT sessions instead. I actually enjoy flouncing about in the context of a HIIT session, there’s just something about doing a burpee during a BBG session that has the capacity to make my soul cry.
My soul crying during a burpee