I posted some progress photos on my Instagram last night – once again, I’m not going to pop them on here as I always started crosstitchery as a craft blog; my BBG posts are just such a big part of my life though, it’s hard not to post about them. I know I could start another blog devoted to BBG, but let’s face it, I can’t manage 2!
It was really hard for me to post these progress photos, because I don’t see much physical change still. I know there’s some; I definitely feel stronger during my workouts. I want to remain in tune with the whole BBG journey though, so I posted my progress pictures anyway, and I’m really glad I did.
We are always more critical of ourselves than what we are of others. I see people’s progress photos and then, ‘Holy wow batman – they are doing SO well!’ and yet I can’t see the same about my own progress photos. So by sharing them, I’m opening myself up to people who DO see progress, even though I don’t, and when they tell me they see progress, it’s so motivating.
So for anyone just starting, or half way through, or a lot of the way through, I recommend sharing your photos, even if you don’t feel like you’re had a huge transformation like some girls, because the BBG community will always motivate you, and build you up when you feel down.
My other piece of advice is to use a photo of yourself to motivate you. Taking progress photos is such an important aspect on this journey – the scales might not move too much, but tone and definition will happen over time, and tracking this is a great way to keep your motivation high.
I took a sneaky selfie on the weekend after one of my workouts, and it’s now my motivation pic. I’ve set it as my phone background as a reminder that I have made progress, even if I can’t always see it or don’t always think it. And when I want to give up and not do a workout, I’m going to look at this pic to motivate myself.
So I’m onto Week 9 and completed my first resistance which was legs – wowwwee! 50 jump lunges hurts. I mean, in reality, 40 jump lunges hurt but those extra 10 really take the cake. A new exercise that came up was X hops for 20 reps. Doesn’t sound like a lot, but boy does it have me walking like a cowboy today.
I also completed my first HIIT yesterday after work. I used our work cross trainer to do 30 sec on (level 6, 80 – 90 rpm), and then 30 secs off. I made it to 10mins before I had to pull the pin – IT WAS SO HARD! My aim is to increase my HIIT on the cross trainer to 15 mins as per the guides.
In other news, I got 2 new pairs of trainers, I ate wicked eggs on the weekend, and my foam rolling / stretching has done me the world of good – my recovery is a lot better and my sore muscles hurt a lot less after rolling!
Good luck BBG ladies – wishing you all the best in your week ahead!