Some of you may recall a post a few months ago saying that I was starting a new 12 week health and fitness regime called the 'Bikini Body Guide' or 'BBG', created by personal trainer Kayla Itsines. Following these nutrition and fitness guides have helped teach me about portion control, balanced/clean eating and how to build strength. On top of this and most importantly - I was able to stick with it!
I was sluggish and quite unmotivated before starting this program, and now find that I have much more energy and do some form of exercise each and every day. I personally find that having a program to follow as well as a rough diet plan helps me prepare in advance and allow for things that can (and do) often pop up unexpectedly when looking after an active and demanding toddler.
I also found that there are a huuuuuuuuge amount of BBG followers and supporters all over the world and many are mums trying to get their health and fitness back on track after having and raising kids. The exercise resistance circuits have been designed to be of high intensity but are only 28 minutes in length so there really are no excuses if you really want to do it - I often get up at 5.00am to train before Hunter wakes up.
Don't get me wrong I still enjoyed some naughty foods and a drink or two in moderation as I think it is really important to enjoy eating out at restaurants and socialising for your own mental health. I am planning on continuing with the next 12 week BBG program but obviously the Christmas and holiday period will see me relax my eating habits a bit!
All in all I am feeling much fitter and stronger, have lost 6.5 kgs, 6 cms across my body and have a much healthier outlook on life. I highly recommend this program to anyone wanting to make a change in their lives and are not really too sure where to start. An IPhone app has also recently been released which includes all your exercises and food planning tools but at $20 a month it isn't necessarily for everyone.
Here is a before and after pic of my progress so far even though it is really embarrassing and confronting to post it, but I am hoping that it shows how a bit of hard work over a relatively short period of time can help get your health and life on a better path. Here's to the next 12 week challenge!