Remember 12 weeks ago when I started Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide?
I was scared, I had my worries, and I didn’t know whether I’d be able to follow the exercise and nutritional plan properly.
And it turns out – I couldn’t! (lol)
The first few weeks were great. Week 1-4 was tough, but I enjoyed the workouts, the variation and stayed pretty on track with the food plan. I saw some changes physically and loved the extra energy from the carbs that I introduced back into my diet with the help of the BBG Nutritional Guide.
Weeks 5-8 were tougher, with the work-outs ramping up from 6 to 8 sessions a week. Some weeks I could keep up, some weeks I couldn’t, but I generally got around 6-7 of the sessions done. The nutritional plan didn’t change, so this was easy to keep following (though of course I slipped up a couple of times).
When I hit week 9, the strain really started to show. I was losing motivation fast, and found the workouts really tough. This turned into skipping some of the workouts (there were 9 a week at this stage) and substituting the circuit/resistance sessions with easy cardio. In all honesty – I’d given up.
I know that we have to make time to work out and exercise, but 30-40 minute sessions 9 times a week meant that I was getting zero rest days and really struggling with the motivation to keep going. I really do applaud all of the BBG girls that have been able to carry on this programme for weeks/months/years (please tell me how you do it!!), but I really couldn’t get them all in!
I must say here that 9 sessions a week was the top end of the workout spectrum. Maybe if I tried it again I’d not try and do the maximum amount of sessions in a week
I might still do some of the earlier sessions every now and then to switch things up a bit because I think the leg circuits are really good, and I always loved the ab days!
So, with all that said, I’ll show you my progress from week 1 – week 12:
Well we can’t deny that some progress has been made can we?! So I am happy that I decided to do the 12 weeks, and I’d more than happily do the first 8 weeks over again – but I reallllllly struggle with weeks 9-12.
– The food plan made me more nutritionally aware
– Weeks 1-8 sessions really pushed me and had me working hard!
– Amazing online BBG community
– The last 4 weeks of workouts were just too tough for me, causing me to give up
– Too many workouts in a week (9 sessions in weeks 9-12)
– The nutrition plan ended up being to low on calories for me
All In All..
I’d definitely recommend Kaylas Bikini Body Guide to anyone. It’s a great 12 week programme, and in all honesty – I’d probably try and give it another go sometime. If you struggle nutritionally, the healthy eating guide is really great. It just simply breaks down the minimum amount of servings from each food group you should get in each day.