This post is a little bit overdue as I’ve been doing some technology updates, but hey better late than never, right?
June 16 to 29 marks the second and third weeks of training using the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide workout. I must say, I was a little depressed after the second week when I didn’t see much change at all – to tell the truth, it actually felt like I had gained weight, not lost it! But I think that might have more to do with the fact that I was still eating as if I was training for a half-marathon and I kind of knew I had to watch my eating habits a little. When I was running heaps, though I tried to make sure I ate healthily, I must confess I actually saw it as giving me a bit of extra licence to chow down on lots of really bad food. Now I’ve just gotta make sure I stick to eating clean, healthy, fresh produce, even when I do go back to running because I have noticed that makes a big impact in my running performance too! So the moral of the lesson? Eat clean, eat healthy, eat fresh! And your body will thank you for it 🙂
One thing I’ve noticed though is since I’ve stopped running long distances all the time, my appetite has dropped off a bit which is a good thing because I was worried I’d still be incredibly hungry all the time and keep eating like I’m running 21km when I’m not! I was worried I’d end up like one of those pro athletes who keep eating huge amounts after they’ve retired and stopped working out so much and then start to sport huge guts! Lol!
Anyway, back to my review of the Kayla Itsines BBG Week 2 and 3. (For Week 1, click on this link!) Like I said, I wasn’t seeming much difference in Week 2 and by mid-Week 3, I was beginning to worry that I wasn’t keeping up with the other girls doing the BBG who seem to sport amazing massive differences by the time they take their Week 3 and 4 progress photos. So I just kept on at it and suddenly, miraculously, when I looked at the mirror at the end of Week 3, I was like, ‘Whoaaa, what is that?’ The changes are taking place! Suddenly, I was much leaner and toner than before! Needless to say, I was really pleased with it! All that eating healthy and working out really did take effect! It just goes to show, over and over again, (and I know I say this all the time but it’s so true) perseverance really is the key. To, well, just about everything. So don’t worry if you’re feeling discouraged and wondering if all this effort you put into [insert personal goal here] is making any difference, I’m telling you right now, just keep persevering and one day you’ll see the rewards of all your hard work!
One other thing I’ve noticed – the first week of the workouts left me quite sore and while they’re still leaving me way puffed out at the end of each circuit (just look at that pic of me all puffed out at the top lol), but in Weeks 2 and 3 my muscles haven’t been complaining all too much post-workou which actually had me a little worried, wondering Am I doing something wrong? Am I not pushing myself as much as I should be? So I’m working harder to making sure I perform each move as technically perfect as I can and not just on trying to get through them as quickly as I can. I figure that once I get really good at them, I can work on getting the speed up! I’m pretty happy with my speed, though, as I noticed I was getting through the Week 3 circuits (which are a repeat of Week 1) much faster than when I was in Week 1 so there’s progress for you!
So in a nutshell, this is what the last two weeks have looked like:
June 16th to 22nd:
Monday: Kayla Itsines Bikini Body workout Week 2
Tuesday: 10km treadmill run
Wednesday: Kayla Itsines Bikini Body workout Week 2
Thursday: 20 minute swim
Friday: Rest Day
Saturday: Kayla Itsines Bikini Body workout Week 2
Sunday: 30 minute run
June 23rd to 29th: Monday: Kayla Itsines Bikini Body workout Week 3
Tuesday: 7km run/walk
Wednesday: Kayla Itsines Bikini Body workout Week 3
Thursday: Kayla Itsines Bikini Body workout Week 3
Friday: 20 minute swim
Saturday: Body Combat class and 20 minute treadmill run
Sunday: 45 minute swim
Now for the physical results – well, as I said, Week 2 wasn’t anything to get excited about, but by the end of Week 3 I took a few progress photos and was pleased to see there’s definitely much more definition around my arms, legs and obliques, plus a definition line around the upper abs. I really can’t wait to see a defined stomach by the end of this guide! I’m also happy to report that I can actually do push-ups now! Still not that many – I can do the full 15 in the first round, then I make it to about 7 in the second round, with three or four on my knees, then back up on my toes for the remaining push-ups. Nevertheless, I’m pretty chuffed about it. Plus, when I was at Body Combat class this past week, I actually got on my toes to do the push-ups at the end. I never do that. I’m usually the one who always does the wimpy push-ups on the knees!
Being able to do push-ups is a huge thing for me and I am really, really happy about this.
What I also really like is the ability to change things up for a bit after several months of mainly nonstop running. Rather than do the low-intensity cardio workouts on alternate days (which are either a 35-45 minute power walk or a 15 minute HIIT run), I decided to mix it up instead with a run, a swim or one of my Les Mills classes. I haven’t done a Les Mills class for ages and I was really happy to be back in a Body Combat class! I’ve missed my Body Combat classes 🙂 And due to the cold snap that’s been freezing out the city (luckily it’s gotten a little warmer this week), I decided to try running on the treadmill. I was a little bit dubious about running on a treadmill as I much prefer running outdoors but to my surprise, I ended up doing an entire 10km run. I did notice I didn’t have as good a form while running on the treadmill and it was a lot harder on my knees and shins. So it would be good for a change on bad weather days, but I don’t think it would be something I’d take on permanently.