Struggling with my weight is something that I have become accustomed to. As hard as it is for me to write this, I need to be honest. Staying active and eating right has been the hardest thing for me since I graduated high school 5 years ago. Learning that I do not have a “girl’s body” anymore, but a “grown woman’s body” has been a shock to my system, and has really taught me that I MUST watch what I eat and I MUST maintain an active lifestyle if I want to prevent excessive weight gain and disease.
Now, just because I am aware of these things, does not mean that I follow them or my own advice. I have been on an up and down roller coaster of weight, and now at almost 23 years old, I am the heaviest I have been in my life. Weighing in at 178, this was a weight I never expected to get to, and something that I am ashamed of, but it is also something that made me want to better myself.
The will to workout comes differently for many people. For me, it was waking up one day, looking in the mirror, and saying to myself, “I do not want to look or live like this anymore”. That was the final straw, and that is what sent me on my fitness journey at the beginning of August. I decided to join the LSF Summer Shape Up series at the last moment, and I honestly believe that is what set the pace for me. Katie and the amazing group of supportive ladies are what kept me going, and with the help of my best friend, Whitney, I had a fantastic workout plan to follow, and the results I received over this short amount of time were great!
After August, I took a 3-week hiatus, and I started working out again this week. Diving back into things is hard, especially with school, so I needed a plan that I could follow to a T. I needed something that I could use on a calendar so I always knew what I was supposed to do every day. This is when I decided to partake in the BBG (Bikini Body Guide) challenge.
Now, unless you live under a rock, I am sure you have seen the countless Instagram posts of all the amazing girls who used this plan to be the best versions of themselves. I hate to admit it, but I am SUPER skeptical, and at first, I did not believe it worked. I figured these were paid models, and the people in the pictures were fake. If it weren’t for my friend, Jamie, who had started and finished the program, I would have never believed it to be true. Her results were INSANE, and she looked and felt better than she had ever been. With her results in mind, I knew that something about this program worked, and I had to try it.
So, fast-forward to today, I have now finished week one of the BBG program, and I wanted to write an honest review of the weeks workouts so that you too can decide if it is worth it. So here it goes!
Format of the Program
The program is broken up into 3 resistance days, and a specific amount of LISS and HIIT cardio, and recovery days depending on the week that you are on. For week one, I had 3 resistance days, 3 LISS cardio days, and 1 recovery day. The resistance workouts are in a circuit fashion and you complete 2 seven-minute rounds of each circuit. LISS cardio days are just 35 to 45 minutes of cardio, and recovery days are days to stretch and foam roll if necessary.
The first day you jump right on into the workouts. It is your first resistance workout and it mainly concentrates on legs and cardio. The moves included jump squats, lunges, regular squats, step ups, and many other exercises. I think this day is the hardest, and some people may disagree, but I was completely dead by the end of this workout. My heart was beating, I was out of breath, and I swear I laid in the floor for a good 30 minutes before I got up. It was rough, and I was immediately sore after.
The second day I woke up immediately sore from the day before. Thankfully the second day was a LISS cardio day, so it gave my legs a chance to rest some. I decided to do 35 minutes of low steady walking on the treadmill, and then did some foam rolling to help alleviate my sore legs.
The third day I was still sore from Monday’s workout, but I pushed through and still got up and went to the gym. The workout for this day focused on arms and abs, so there was minimum leg work. These moves consisted of pushups, tricep dips, mountain climbers, ab bikes and many more. This workout out was still rough, and my arms felt like jello after, but I wasn’t nearly as dead as I had been on the first day. I was able to get up right after, head home, and finish my evening duties.
The fourth day I woke up sore all over, but it was a mild sore, and it was one of those “it hurts so good” days. The workout for this day was another LISS workout, so like the second day, I did 35 minutes of low steady walking on the treadmill and then foamed rolled it out.
By the fifth day, I was feeling much better. My arms were still a little sore, but my legs were back to normal. This day’s workout is optional, and was a full body workout consisting of a lot of the exercises I had done this week. It was the perfect mix of things, and I felt good doing it. It was still hard, but I could tell that I had gotten use to the format and could do more.
Luckily, I did not wake up sore on the sixth day. This day’s workout was my last LISS workout for the week, so I woke up in a great mood, headed to the gym and got my 35 minutes of low steady walking in on the treadmill and then did some stretching.
The last day of the week was my recovery day. Today consisted of a lot of stretching and overall just recovering form the weeks workouts. I feel good, and finishing all my workouts made me feel even better.
Now, hopefully I didn’t scare you away with how crazy the workouts were, but I PROMISE you it does get better the more you do it. I noticed changes just after the first few days in how much longer I could do the workouts, and how great I felt after I did them. Physical changes come in the long run when you stay committed, and you just have to battle through. The most important thing you can do during these workouts is to keep pushing yourself and telling yourself you can do it- because you can! Your body won’t go where your mind doesn’t push it, and I plan on pushing mine to its limits.
If you haven’t seen my last post, finishing the BBG 1.0 and 2.0 programs is on my deployment bucket list, and I am so excited to keep moving forward. Taking back your health isn’t easy, but it is worth it. YOU are worth it, and you can do anything you put your mind to!
Has anyone else had the same experience with the first week? Tell me about it!