Kayla Itsines 12 Week BBG Diary Week 6 & 7: FINALLY

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: sydjournalist) for updates 😀. 

Where have you beeeeen? Cause I never see you out. Are you hiding from me, yeah? Somewhere in the crooowwd.

Read the above with the Rihanna song, Where Have You Been, in mind. Actually these are lyrics straight from the song so scratch that, sing the above! I’ll wait.

Ha ha. I am back! And I have finally completed Week 6 and 7 of the Kayla Itsines 12 Week BBG program. At this point I do not know if I can even say I am following the guide since there was a two-week gap between Weeks 5 and 6 and another week gap between Weeks 6 and 7. So that’s:

Week 5

Week off

Week off

Week 6

Week off

Week 7

I mean I know I am following the guide but I am not really following it. My version of Week 6 consisted of 3 LISS sessions and 4 mini BBG sessions. I split Week 6 Arms & Abs and Week 6 Full Body into 4, 14-minute workouts (if this is all gibberish to you, click here to learn how the Kayla Itsines BBG program works). Each 14-minute workout was completed on a different day. I didn’t even attempt to complete the Legs & Cardio workout.

I completed Week 7 somewhat more traditionally. Two sauntering LISS sessions, two full workouts and one workout broken up into two (two circuits completed in the morning and two in the evening.

Sigh, a few things have been happening causing stops and starts and long (ish) absences from my BBG diary updates. I could elaborate the truth is I’ve mentally been all over the place and thus allowed excuses to proliferate. It’s strange because for the last say, two years, I’ve been pretty consistent with exercise. I regularly enjoy power walks around my neighbourhood (especially with a coffee in hand) and I love a good HIIT session.

What’s the go then? I’ve asked myself the following questions:

Do I just not like the BBG program?

Is defying an exercise program my way of rebelling and feeling some kind of satisfaction or/control?

Am I just lazy?

Am I too soft on myself? Should I be tougher and just force myself to do it (so: lazy)?

Am I not in the best position to be undertaking the BBG program right now? Or is that just a cop out excuse?

Where do I go from here?

And if that wasn’t enough angst-ridden over thinking for you here’s another deeply philosophical (inane) contemplation.

Some days I really enjoy my BBG workouts and look forward to them, other days I could not think of anything worse. It’s not that I don’t want to exercise on these days I just resent being forced (by my own self) to do that specific workout. Any logical person would say, “DO WHAT YOU WANT”. If you want to do the workout out fine, if you don’t, do something else. It’s that easy.

I have clearly been adopting a perfectionist all-or-nothing mindset, which has in fact led to haphazard behaviour rather than military routine. Isn’t it weird when that happens? You spend a lot of time thinking and scheming, concocting the exact plan you will follow to achieve your goal—any goal. It could be washing the dishes. Except, rather than enact said plan you angst over whether it is actually the best way proceed and eventually avoid the task or tasks altogether because you have turned it into something bigger than it really is. Maybe you should wash the pots in the dishwasher rather than scour and sterilise them manually. Will that get the grime off? Those pots are shit anyway, maybe you should go to the shops and get more. Or buy a special cleaning product at least. Maybe….oh fuck it, it’s nap time bitches.

Kayla Itsines 12 Week BBG Diary Week 6 and 7, the sydney journalist, dishesTo scour or not to scour? 

I can’t be the only one who does this?! To be clear I have never been this neurotic about dishes. Makeup brushes on the other hand…

Anyway, back to the point at hand. I have no idea how I will proceed with my BBG journey. What I do know is that I have loved, loved loved blogging about my BBG progress, interviewing BBG girls and socialising with you all on Instagram. I will keep blogging and conducting BBG interviews regardless.

Now to end this post on a positive note I have observed abdominals are getting much stronger. Every time I do a BBG abs workout I notice my muscles engaging a lot better, and generally feel more powerful in that region. Joy.

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