Kayla Itsines // BBG Week 3, Day 2 + PRO Tip

PRO TIP;
Make sure you always start your timer!

For a laugh, I’ll share what happened during my resistance workout last night. It was leg and cardio day, and I was on my final repetition of Circuit B. I use the timer on my phone to track my 7 min circuits, and then quickly switch back to my eBook with Kayla’s guide so I have easy access to the next circuits / number of repetitions.

I’m usually really careful at ensuring my timer has started, because let’s face it, 7 minutes is pretty darn hard when you’re working your butt off. Last night, during my last repetition, I didn’t start my timer. So I was working my legs off, thinking to myself, ‘Why does this circuit feel so long?!’

I figured I was just getting tired because it was my last repetition, so I got through x2) of the circuit before I stopped and checked my timer to see how long was left – I felt like my lungs were actually on fire at this stage haha!

That’s when I realised my 7 minute timer hadn’t actually started. In that moment, all I felt was despair, because of how very sore my legs were. I immediately texted 2 of my girlfriends who are doing also completing BBG, and complained to them because I felt like life was so unfair in that moment (drama queen or what?!).

I have no idea how long I overran the 7 minutes by, because as it is, even if my timer finishes whilst I’m halfway through one of the exercises, I always push myself to finish the extra reps.

I’ll definitely be making sure my timer is actually on before starting my circuits in future, and I really suggest you do the same! :)

As you can imagine, my legs are well sore today – but I can now see the hilarity in the whole situation hehehe!!

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Kayla Itsines // BBG Week 3, Day 1

Day 15, Week 3 – a little recap for anyone following along, or for anyone who is undertaking BBG right now too.

I’m proud to say I completed all resistance and LISS training last week. I continually tweak the days that I do resistance and LISS training to suit my weekly commitments, and I’ve found that a little bit of planning goes a long way.

Rather than having Sunday as my day off last week, I had Friday off as I’d had a really crummy day at work, and the last thing I wanted to do when I got home was train. In hindsight, I really should’ve persevered, because I’m sure I would’ve felt better for having trained and gotten rid of the negative energy I was carrying at work. Not training on Friday meant I did LISS training on Sunday, so I went for a 5 and a half km run early in the morning, which was an awesome start to the day.

I’m not going to take you through what each workout entailed (although the full body workout was so hard last week). What I want to focus on is how these small changes are already adding up for me.

Before BBG, I never would’ve had the motivation or desire to go for a run on a Sunday morning. Between work and my fitness training on Saturdays, Sunday is my only day for a sleep in, so getting up early is not ideal for me. I was motivated to go for a run on Sunday though, because I want to give this 12 weeks my all, and for me this means not skipping any sessions at all.

I discovered commandos in last week’s training session, which are evil, evil, EVIL. As evil and terrible as they are, I love that I can really feel my abs the next day. Hopefully for my 4 week progress photos I’ll have a little more definition, though I have no expectation.

This week I am working on drinking more water. I do alright whilst I’m at work, but I drop the ball on the weekends because I forget to drink water in between all our activities.

I hope everyone who is on the BBG journey is going well so far – best of luck for this next upcoming week!

Kayla Itsines // BBG Week 2, Day 1

I DID IT – I MADE A WEEK!!

Wow. Now that I’ve got that off my chest, I thought I’d do a little recap of the week.

I managed to do 6 workouts over the last week, which is in line with the recommendation in the guide. The 7th day was a rest day, but I ended up doing a fair bit of exercise, as we were helping friends move house. Despite how hard the workouts are, I didn’t feel too sore. The worst ‘pain’ was after my first workout, and I made sure to stretch and warm down a lot more for my following workouts.

I’m onto Week 2 today, and will be doing another resistance training circuit tonight. I’ll need to buy some heavier dumbells soon I think, in order to ensure I keep challenging myself and work harer.

My eating has been going pretty well, though I wasn’t as happy with my eating over the weekend. For me, Friday night and the weekend is definitely the hardest days to control. We spent basically the whole weekend helping our friends move, so time that I normally would’ve spent preparing meals, and making healthy snacks was spent out of the house. I did my best to eat as healthy as I could, but I’ve come to realise this is a journey and not a race.

There is no way you can / should deny yourself treats all the time. I’ve come to realise I shouldn’t deny myself treats alll the time, because I might end up binge eating. So when we popped a bottle of champagne to toast our best friends moving into their new house – I dam well enjoyed that glass!

Looking forward to Week 2 and everything that is ahead for me in the next 11 weeks

Erin x

& More Patchwork Cushions!

 

Finished Blue Patchwork Quilted Cushion

Finished Blue Patchwork Quilted Cushion

I stitched up a blue brother cushion to match my red one. I’m happy to say the lapped zipper was a success on the blue one, and is nice and straight! :)

Front of Blue and Red Patchwork Quilted Cushions

Front of Blue and Red Patchwork Quilted Cushions

I used the same fabrics on each cushion front, with the only difference being the red and blue fabrics, and the direction the run. I thought it would be more appealing to the eye to have similarities, but some differences too.

Front of Red, and Back of Blue Patchwork Cushion

Front of Red, and Back of Blue Patchwork Cushion

The backs of the cushions are also the same, with horizontal feature fabrics, and a top and bottom in the front colours. Here’s a squiz at the back of the blue cushion. I’m so happy to say the lapped zipper worked out perfectly on the blue cushion – I must’ve been so tired when I did the red one!

I’m really happy with how these turned out (minus the wonky lapped zipper on the red cushion), and I especially love the ric rac trim.

I’m onto my next commission now, and will be posting some details soon so stay tuned!

Happy crafting adventures.

Erin xx

Kayla Itsines // BBG Week 1, Day 5 & Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding

5 days down!

Last night I did my 3rd resistance training in 4 days – wowwee, it felt gooood!

Due to my current workout schedule, I had to change the workouts around to suit my commitments. Last night I was just going to do LISS, but it was raining and stormy so I did the full body resistance workout instead. It felt awesome! I was drenched in sweat afterwards, so I know I worked out really hard.

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Circuit A of last nights workout consisted of medicine ball squats and press, knee ups, cross overs, and weighted walking lunges. Circuit B was burpees, straight leg sit ups, weighted step ups, and push ups.

I really love the full body workouts; everything gets a go and I’m knackered by the end!

My eating has been going really well – smaller serving sizes, and more frequent snacking has meant I’ve kept on track in that department. I’ve been drinking lots of water during the day, though I already did that, so that’s not too much of a change.

Before, the hardest part of my eating plan was breakfast. I like my sleep more than I like to eat, so there’s often very little time in the morning for a good quality breakfast, before I head off to work. Kayla’s HELP guide talks about chia pudding, and I have to say, I LOVE it.

I don’t like the consistency of oats, but chia pudding is something completely different. I’ve made 3 batches from my breakfast this week, and today’s was the best. I used a little more milk following a recipe I found online. I feel terrible about this, but I just copied it and sent it to my personal e-mail address, without a link to the original creator! If anyone recognises the author, please let me know so I can add a link back to their website.

Below is the recipe if you’d like to try. I did 2 cups of almond milk, and it gave my pudding a more liquid texture which I love. I topped it with banana and cinnamon and it was delicious!

Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup plus 3 tablespoons raw chia seeds
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk (You can also use coconut, soy, or regular milk)
  • (*For a thicker pudding, replace 1 cup of almond milk with 1 cup non-fat Greek yogurt or non-dairy yogurt of your choice)
  • 1¼ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons good quality maple syrup
  • Pinch of kosher salt

Suggested Toppings: (These are combinations that I like, but feel free to mix and match and get creative!)

  • Blood orange segments and pistachios
  • Mixed berries and lemon zest
  • Diced mango, toasted coconut, and dark chocolate shavings
  • Sliced Bananas with cinnamon
  • Blueberries, toasted almonds and maple syrup
  • Granola
  • Dried Fruit

Instructions

  1. Place the chia seeds in a medium bowl. Add the yogurt, almond milk, vanilla, maple syrup and a pinch of kosher salt. Whisk to combine.
  2. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, stirring occasionally. I recommend letting the pudding rest in the refrigerate overnight, but 4 hours will do if you’re feeling antsy.
  3. Before serving, stir the pudding to make sure that there aren’t any clumps. Spoon pudding into bowls or glasses and garnish with toppings of your choice.

This is what mine looked like. Maybe not the most visually appealing, but I don’t have time to style my breakfast for photo purposes; it more like grab as quick as I can and go!

Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding

Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding