If you follow me on Instagram then you'll know that I started Kayla Itsines 12 week Bikini Body Guide back in August last year. I had seen Kayla's profile on Instagram and noticed that a few others that I follow had started her fitness guide and the results were just incredible. So I thought I would jump on the bandwagon and started the guide along with my sister and a friend.
I just want to get a few things straight, in no way did I start the guide to lose weight, I am 100% happy with my size and always have been. I was looking to gain some definition and tone up some wobbly areas. Now I fully expected that my physical health would improve but what I wasn't expecting from this guide was the improvement on my mental/emotional health. Baring in mind Fletcher had just been diagnosed with diabetes right before I started the guide, it was a pretty rough time for me. I'm sure the regular release of endorphin's kept my mind clear of all the rubbish and focused on the important things. I'm quite a worrier and tend to get anxious about what the future will bring and although I still worry about Fletcher's future I don't dwell on it (my mindfulness practice really helps me to focus on the present)
The guide is a combination of circuits 3 times a week and low intensity steady state (LISS) cardio 3 times a week with one 10 minute high intensity interval training (HIIT) once a week. I completed the 12 week guide in November and continued to repeat weeks 9-12 afterwards but allowing myself a break for my birthday and also over Christmas and the New Year. Here is my progress over the 12 weeks.
I will say that this guide has really pushed me to my limits like nothing else ive ever done before. I worked muscles I didn't realise I had and I spent most of the first weeks walking around with aching muscles but I will say that I definitely noticed a change in my capability and strength by week 8.
I can't thank Kayla enough for the amazing impact she has had on my health both physically and mentally. Such an inspirational woman at such a young age. I really do recommend her guides, go check out her website for details on how to purchase the BBG and check out everyone elses progress pics, the results speak for themselves really.
Thanks for reading.
Thanks for reading.