I've officially completed 12 weeks of BBG 1.0 (Bikini Body Guide) by Kayla Itsines! There were so much feels, so many thoughts running through my mind as I finished my final circuit yesterday.
I thought it'd be helpful for me to write it down here as a personal reflection.
1. Staying Committed At My Own Pace
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These 12 weeks thought me that it is alright to go on my own pace. You see, Kayla's work out comprises of 3 Resistance work out (Mon, Wed & Fri) and 2 LISS (Tue & Thu). Resistance is the HIIT work out which based on her file and LISS is basically a low intense work out which includes running or swimming. To be very honest, I've only managed to consistently do Resistance but not LISS. I ran at my own will so there will be times when I ran on a Tue or Sat or Sun.
Sticking to only Mon, Wed and Fri was the "comfortable" commitment for me. However, it is also true how much you put out is parallel to your results. I'd like to say I put out only 50% but I decided to stay committed to it without slacking off which I think yields a more positive result. By positive result means for most of the time, I actually look forward to the work out instead of dreading it.
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Speaking of the outcome, I couldn't tell the difference physically but mentally, yes, I've been feeling great. I remember feeling "beaten" at Week 8 when I couldn't see any progress at all. Then I remembered why I started this in the first place; to become stronger and to feel good about myself. I also remembered asking myself what was I expecting (a bikini body in just 12 weeks?) when I only put out 50% of effort.
This is where I learnt that results (i.e losing weight) should not be the primary goal to why you started work out. Everyone who went on this journey said the same thing and now, I am too.
3. Eating Clean
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This one was a real tough one for me. I love my food very much. Worse, I am a huge fan of carbs. Breakfast with roti canai is a must for me on almost every weekend and this whole eating clean was also kind of the reason why I hesitated to start working out. Kind of ridiculous, isn't it?
So I admit, I jumped right into this BBG thing without planning to eat clean. But my sister gave me a couple of tips: try to avoid processed food and do a 50-50 eating plan where 50% I get to eat dirty and the other half, I have to eat clean. Any home cooked food is automatically considered "eating clean" apparently. As I went on with my work out, I realised I gradually became more conscious with what I feed my body with. I listened to my body when it said "Oh, you've had too much carbs" or "Probably a warm water would do instead of soda" which is really great because I've never thought this would happened. It also help that I started to see the differences in my work out performance on the day I eat healthy and on the day I didn't.
So moving on, I'd like to go another two rounds of BBG 1.0 before I start on the 2.0. I'd like to work on my forms and cut down the stops I took in between reps. This time, I'm also ready to do a full fledge week by including swimming and running. If I could not do a run in the morning, I'll bring my stuff so that I get to swim after work. I'm also looking into how I can eat more healthily while still indulging in the food I like once in awhile.
So here's to stronger and healthy body and a happy me!