Overall I would say I work hard at staying physically fit, and eating healthy. I am often training for a race and when I'm not doing that I am in the gym lifting weights or cross training to go easy on my knees. I have been reading up on a health and fitness professional named Kayla Itsines for over a year now and have been so intrigued by her work. She created what is called "Bikini Body Guide." She promotes overall education of living a healthy lifestyle, rather than just some fad diet or exercise routine to lose weight. The concept is that this education is something you will take with you for a lifetime. She has created workout routines that use every muscle and can be done in 30 minutes. She also has a guide on healthy eating and provides meals to make at home that provide protein, and good calories.
I have always been interested in nutrition and exercise and like to think that I incorporate this in my life fairly well. However, I also incorporate tator tots and chocolate in my weekly diet...The idea isn't to eliminate these things all together, but rather to enjoy them occasionally.
So as if I don't already have enough going on in my life (ie. a job promotion, and moving this Sunday) I decided this week was a great week to start her 12 week Bikini Body Program. Life is crazy right now. Well guess what?! Life is ALWAYS crazy. You can choose to make excuses for a busy life, or you can choose to rise above it. Today, I choose to rise above. I am also choosing to wake up a half hour earlier than I do to make it to the gym before work. It's not easy, but I know exercising regularly, and eating healthier will make my body feel incredible and who doesn't want that?!
Some of you read my Blog from last year when I tried "Whole 30." If you didn't read it, you can find it here. I support that diet still, however the difference here is that Whole 30 is primarily focused on sort of flushing the system. Not eating breads and dairy and many other things so as to reset your digestive system and to lose weight in the process for 30 days. I am still all for it, but for me it is not something I care to do year round or forever. I like cheese too much and I really enjoy a cold beer sometimes. The difference between that and Kayla's program is this is more long term healthy sustainable living. Enjoying certain foods in moderation.
I will be tracking my progress on here, and letting you all know what I think about her guides. I know that I don't really have weight to lose, but this experience is more about the education and more about toning my muscle. This for me is alot about the nutrition side of things and forcing myself to meal prep. So pictured below is right before my first BBG workout, I will post progress photos along the way to show if this really is working or not. I promise to give my review at the end of 12 weeks.