Fitness Update: One Month of Kayla Itsines’ BBG Complete!

I am super excited to tell you all that I have completed one month of Kayla Itsines’ BBG! Those of you that have been with me for a while may remember that I have been trying to use this program for a few months, but multiple injuries caused some setbacks. I actually did have a small setback during week 4…my lower back started acting up and I ended up taking the rest of the week off from my workouts to heal up. I did repeat week 4 the following week!

But no more! I am all healed up and have FINALLY made it through the first of three months! So here is the breakdown of how my weeks went:

Kayla Itsines Week 1 BBG summary

Kayla Itsines' Week 2 BBG summary

Kayla Itsines' BBG Week 3 summary

Kayla Itsines' BBG week 4 summary

I missed this last Monday because I was still a little worried about my back acting up. That was the only workout I missed though!

Kayla Itsines' BBG post workout selfies
The many faces of Death By Kayla! I think the main thing present in all of them is the semi-euphoric state after my workout! Love that post-workout feeling!

As an extra motivator to keep on my workouts and healthy eating, I also participated in the ZP Challenge through my work! Each cycle of the challenge is one month long and I am really happy with how my first month went! (I finished my first month at the end of Week 3 of BBG) WorkoutsΒ – DONE: 6 days a week! Healthy eating – DONE: 6 days a week, with one treat meal per week…I love pizza! I will be keeping up with this challenge on a monthly cycle. It’s been a great motivator, even more so than I thought that it would be!

Ok, now for the part I’ve been dreading…progress pictures. First off, I have realized two things: 1) I suck at taking progress pictures and my starting pictures are terrible 2) I really need some better clothes for progress pics. These exercise pants are not at all good for this.

Disclaimer: As hard as I tried not to, I’m pretty sure that I am sucking in a bit in the start pictures. It’s more a habit that I don’t even think about, and I think I was doing it in that picture. Along with that, the pants in the first picture are set higher than in the second, holding more of my stomach in.

In a happier part of the disclaimer, your eyes are not playing tricks on you! That is the same wall, but with paint on it now. Pretty light purple paint, painted for the first time while I’ve lived in this house! More will be coming on this bedroom transformation in a couple months or so, while I finish up the details πŸ™‚

BBG Week 4 progress picture front view

Kayla Itsines' BBG Week 4 progress picture back view

Overall…I’m not thrilled with these. And while I don’t think they are perfectly representative, due to my lack-of-good-pictures issue, I don’t think I made much visible progress in this first month. And I’m having a hard time not getting down or discouraged by this.

I just need to focus on the fact that I know I have made strength progress! When I started BBG, I couldn’t do more than a couple push-ups before I had to go to knees. Now I can do 10! That’s just one example of many that show that I have made some progress. I just need to keep at it and the visible progress will follow!

That’s it for this month! Hopefully next month I will be able to give you a much more positive (overall) update, with no injuries/setbacks!

P.S. I have a confession to make. I finished this post up a couple days ago and have been having a hard time actually publishing this. While I know that I have been making progress and I am thrilled to finish 1 month, I was really disappointed to see these progress photos. So much so that my motivation to work out took a bit of a nosedive. I took an early rest day to this week (Week 5) to try to get my head back on straight, and am now hopefully back on track. While blogs are not ever 100% reality, I don’t want to cover up difficulties like the one I have been dealing with. With all that being said, I hope you’ve enjoyed this post!

How have your workouts been going? For those of you doing BBG or another workout program, did you see much progress in the first month?

 

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10 thoughts on “Fitness Update: One Month of Kayla Itsines’ BBG Complete!

  1. I think it’s really awesome that you were able to get yourself to post this blog even though it took a little bit of time. I also think that with the motivation you have and hard work you’re putting into this you’ll be at the spot you want to be in no time πŸ™‚

  2. Well done for getting through the first 4 weeks Sara! That is no mean feat and takes a lot of mental and physical strength to get there. With regards to progress, I felt a little deflated as I felt like I didn’t see progress in my own photos, but I just want to let you know that I DO see progress in yours! Also, in reality, 4 weeks isn’t that long for our bodies to reflect the big changes we’ve been making, so don’t feel down at all! I’ve read a lot of blogs and posts which say that weeks 8-12 is where people see the most progress, and from my own experience this was exactly the case.

    The main thing is to keep going and get through the next weeks, because process (whether big or small) will happen! And besides, your progress doesn’t have to be all physical. I think mental changes and progress are just as important. For example, if you hated or dreaded exercising before, but now you look forward to it, that is a HUGE mental change that should be celebrated!

    I have a few posts about my experience with BBG 1.0 on my blog. I’m on my second round now so completely understand the strength and determination it takes to get through it. I believe in you!

    Erin x

    1. Thank you so much Erin! And yes, I have noticed a huge mental shift over the past couple months! And I’m feeling much stronger! I can’t wait to see how the next couple months progresses πŸ™‚ I was feeling a little down about the progress photos for a while, but I’m doing much better now. Thank you so much for your support! It means so much to me!

  3. Well done for getting through the first 4 weeks Sara! That is no mean feat and takes a lot of mental and physical strength to get there. With regards to progress, I felt a little deflated as I felt like I didn’t see progress in my own photos, but I just want to let you know that I DO see progress in yours! Also, in reality, 4 weeks isn’t that long for our bodies to reflect the big changes we’ve been making, so don’t feel down at all! I’ve read a lot of blogs and posts which say that weeks 8-12 is where people see the most progress, and from my own experience this was exactly the case.

    The main thing is to keep going and get through the next weeks, because process (whether big or small) will happen! And besides, your progress doesn’t have to be all physical. I think mental changes and progress are just as important. For example, if you hated or dreaded exercising before, but now you look forward to it, that is a HUGE mental change that should be celebrated!

    I have a few posts about my experience with BBG 1.0 on my blog. I’m on my second round now so completely understand the strength and determination it takes to get through it. I believe in you!

    Erin x

    1. Thank you so much Erin! And yes, I have noticed a huge mental shift over the past couple months! And I’m feeling much stronger! I can’t wait to see how the next couple months progresses πŸ™‚ I was feeling a little down about the progress photos for a while, but I’m doing much better now. Thank you so much for your support! It means so much to me!

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