Kayla Itsines 12 Week BBG Diary Weeks 1 & 2: An Unconventional Start
This is the first post of my Kayla Itsines BBG Diary. 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 :D.
It’s 2.20 am on a Monday morning and I’m huffing through push ups on my knees. Thirteen, fourteen, fifteeeeeeeeen pwoah! Next up, squat press. I look around for my 8kg kettlebell and catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror. I’m wearing pink flanno pyjama pants and a lace bra. My hair is tied up in a messy top knot and I can see sweat beading on my forehead. Jesus, if anyone saw me right now they’d think I’d lost it. A look at the determination in my own eyes tells me that in a way, I have.
I had been meaning to start the BBG program for months now. It’d been on my mind in particular the last two weeks. I had been getting annoyed with myself, stop thinking about it and just do it already! So that’s exactly what I did—at 2.20am. Earlier in the evening I had eaten sweets I didn’t even like and now was feeling sick and wide-awake. I looked down at my distended belly and sighed. Then my inner critic which in times like this works as my inner champion, said to me. You know exercise works. You’re wide awake. What’s stopping you? It’s now or never ! Go go go go!
And so I whacked on the first bra I saw (hence the black lace option) and got started warming up for BBG Week 1 Arms and Abs….Squat jumping didn’t seem viable given the time.
I got through all 4 rounds and felt very calm and like a boss ass betch afterward.
At risk of over-introspection I think the way I started the program is important. Imperfectly. I have tried to the follow the BBG program at least 3 times now and realised that fixating on following the program “perfectly” was a sabotaging factor for me. So this time? I am going to do whatever it takes to get it done. Two workouts in one day, exercise modifications, 2am workouts, whatever it takes.
Week 1 Workout 2: Legs & Cardio
So how did my second workout go? Man leg workouts are HARD. Our legs are the biggest muscle group so it makes sense that working them specifically will make one feel wiped, combine that with compound cardio exercises? Yeah it’s hard. But fun hard not, I never want to do this again, hard. I got through three of the four circuits but knew that a final circuit would destroy me. I have asthma and need to play it smart so I made an executive decision. I would complete the last circuit as a mini workout before bed and did just that. Remember my goal is to get the workouts done, however imperfectly.
Week 1 Workout 3: Full Body
I did not feel like jumping today. Let me rephrase, I felt that if I engaged in plyometric activity on this day then I perhaps would not live to see another sunrise. The struggle was real. I had two active rest days (walking on both days) between my last Kayla workout and this one. It wasn’t so much that my body was aching, I just felt really tired and off. Nevertheless, I was committed and so I chose to complete low impact variations of the jumping exercises. Best decision ever! Broke a sweat and got through all four circuits. Don’t think I would have managed to get through the entire workout if jumping was involved. I felt really accomplished after this workout and experienced an awesome post-exercise high. Week 1, done. Go team.
Week 2 Workout 1: Abs & Arms
This workout involved dumbbell squat presses, bent leg sit ups and mountain climbers PLUS push ups (4 mountain climbers and one push equal one rep) among other things. It was tough. I started to feel nauseous halfway through. Mostly because I had eaten way too close to exercise, lesson learned. As a result, I took a lot of breaks during the last two circuits (four circuits all up). I don’t believe in punishing myself or that exercise is “working” when you feel like you are on the brink of passing out. I would do it all again the same way. If you feel sick, or slightly off, it’s OK to take a break during exercise. Five minutes or 30 seconds, do what you need to do to get the job done! Preach.
Week 2 Workout 2: Legs & Cardio
Reverse lunges with knee lifts BURN, almost as much as knee ups. I found that if I focus on my breathing, during leg workouts especially, I get better results. With the reverse lunges with knee lifts, I would inhale as I lifted my knee and exhale as I stepped back into a lunge. I have no idea if this is the correct breathing method as would be advocated by experts but it worked for me.
Week 2 Workout 3: Full Body
Once again I could not bear to jump. I did the entire workout with low impact modifications and finished all four circuits. I felt extremely tired afterward (getting sick?!) but was proud to have gotten it done. Week 2 down. Bring it on!
I couldn’t bear it I tell you!
It turns out I was getting sick! I took it easy for a week and a half (just walking and a few bouts of yoga) and have now started up again with week 3 workouts from the guide. I considered starting again but remembered my vow to get through the guide no matter what. Whatever it takes. I also saw this great meme that said something like, “Don’t stop just rest”. Word. To get the dates straightened out. I started the guide on the week starting on May 14, 2017. I should now technically be on week 4, but am on week 3 due to aforementioned illness. Click here to see how I went with my first workout back in the game.