That Year: 12 Weeks Out

I’ve only been going on about it endlessly for the past few days.. but you may not know that tomorrow marks 12 weeks left until a full year on this little blog of mine; on this fitness journey of mine.

(EEEEEEEEK!)

I don’t really know how I feel about it to be honest. Part of me feels like I haven’t come far enough in a year to be anywhere near ‘proud’ of myself, and the other part of me is quite impressed that I haven’t packed this all in. I started this blog because Matt had started one about his cycling, and I thought it was a pretty cool idea – so I copied him lol. I honestly didn’t think that 9 months down the line I’d still be going. And it’s just something that’s standard now. Normal – it’s kinda what I ‘do’.

I’ve practically given up my personal Twitter & Instagram accounts, and my Facebook feed is full of my bloggy stuff. It’s just taken over. Matt’s always been ridiculously supportive – I’ve seen him reading my posts here and there and that makes me smile (and he always gives me a talking to when I’m too hard on myself).

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And we work out together too….!

But now I’m three little months away from a full year, and I want that 12 month progress photo to be amazing – I want to feel amazing. I want to look at that photo and think ‘well done Tiff!‘ and right now I don’t think that. But (of course) I have a plan…


Every time I’ve gone on a workout plan before – they’ve been 3 or 4 weeks long. I used to think that these shorter plans are better for me because I’ve got a pretty short attention span, but I’ve come to realise that at the end of these plans, I generally don’t have another one to move on to, so I end up going into a bit of a ‘limbo’ mode and that may be where I’ve messed myself up.

I’m not saying that everything I’ve done has been useless. Far from it! I am SO much stronger than I used to be, I’ve trained and ran a charity 10k in sub 1-hour (read about that here), and I’ve passed my original goal of sub-20% body fat. All is not lost.

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My knowledge surrounding food & exercise has increased ten-fold, and I think that I’m much smarter about what I eat and how I train.

But I want to be better… 

So – I’ve picked a programme that’s completely raved about on social media – it’s practically all I see! Some of you may have heard of it, some of you may have even gone through it. It’s Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide – or BBG for short. You’ve probably seen testimonials and progress photos all over social media, Instagram especially, and some of them are absolutely incredible! So I’m going to give it a go. There’s a nutrition plan alongside the workout plan, so I am going to have a look at that and see whether I can make that work for me too!

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This plan is quite different from anything that I’ve done before. I have mainly used bodybuilding.com for weight lifting programmes, and eaten according to IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros – read my post on that here)

So, I’m saying to you – twelve weeks out from a fully year – that my progress photo is going to look awesome. I’m going to be proud and happy about how far I’ve come in 12 little months, and hopefully this plan will help me more with my nutritional knowledge and sticking to workout plans. There’s twelve whole weeks planned out for me already – I don’t even have to think about it. VERY exciting!

You can follow my food diary on My Fitness Pal (my profile here) to see what the Kayla Itsines Nutritional Plan looks like.

Have any of you gone through the BBG guides? Do you have any advice or tips for me starting off on this guide? I’m a newbie at this one so any help would be greatly appreciated. Comment below or grab me on Instagram or Twitter at @thatfit_journey. Alternatively you can email thatfitjourney@gmail.com

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  1. I started BBG a few weeks ago and love it! I’m currently on a week break due to sickness, but finished week 8 last week. I’ve always been an active person, and I definitely recommend BBG – it’s as difficult as you want to make it! If you’re already pretty fit, just add / increase the weight, or aim to get through more reps of each circuit in the 7 minutes.

    Good luck! 🙂

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    1. Thanks so much! Day one (yesterday) I managed to get through each circuit twice in the 7 minutes. My god I was dying lol!! My legs are paying for it today, but Arms & Abs tomorrow and I am looking forward to it.
      Do you follow the food plan as well? xx

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      1. That is awesome! I’m reallly looking forward to getting back into it after my week off – it’s amazing what a bit of structure and schedule can do for your mindset!
        I don’t follow the food plan, I’ve just cleaned up my eating habits along the way .. Less junk snacking, smaller portions, etc 🙂
        If you follow the HELP guide I’d love to know what you think!

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