Kayla Itsines // BBG Round 2, Weeks 1-8

A number of weeks ago I mentioned I would be restarting Kayla Itsines’ BBG 1.0 program, after completing it for the first time just before we left on our trip to Japan. I decided I wouldn’t post as much as I did during my first round, as I wasn’t sure much would change, but I thought I’d do a recap of the first 8 weeks for anyone who is interested – I’ve currently completed 20 weeks of BBG in total.

Let me start by saying, I can no longer imagine NOT doing BBG. I love the routine it provides me, and I really look forward to the workouts each day. During my first round, I began the weeks by completing my workouts in the afternoon, and in the middle of the round I started doing them in the mornings instead, as this meant I wasn’t prone to skipping, and the weather was getting warmer in the afternoons.

Fast forward 20 weeks, and I’m pleased to say 99% of my BBG workouts are done in the morning now! My body clock is so used to the early mornings, it just naturally wakes up at 4:50a and is ready to go – I never thought I would see that day haha! Working out in the mornings for me means I beat the heat (it’s been 31 degrees at 8a before!!), so I’m less prone to skipping a workout due to it being too hot, and it really kicks start my body. A couple of days ago I had a restless night sleep and thought I’d ‘reward’ myself with a lie in and just do my workout in the afternoon – big mistake! I was like a walking zombie the whole day and I solemnly believe it was because I missed my workout that morning.

For anyone who is thinking of redoing BBG 1.0, I would highly recommend it. My experience so far has been great – the exercises are still challenging, they still get my heart pumping and my body sweating (so. much. sweat!!), and I find I’m able to get through a couple of extra reps or rounds each circuit. This round my focus has really been on my form, particularly my abs, as I want to make sure I engage my core throughout all ab exercises to make sure they really get a workout. It’s been awesome so far; I can really feel my abs working and burning, which I didn’t often feel during my first round. I think this down to all areas of my body being a lot stronger 20 weeks later. I’m really glad I’ve repeated BBG 1.0 before moving to 2.0, as I think it’s given me the opportunity to focus on my form, rather than speed, which I think will be crucial for 2.0.

My progress during these 20 weeks has been more than physical. I can’t stress this enough, but BBG is as much (if not more!) about the mental changes that take place. I love exercise, and I love eating well and feeding my body with good stuff to make it go. I have embraced balance and no longer see something that be considered ‘naughty’ as a ‘treat’ – it’s just all in balance. I no longer judge other women, or secretly put them down, or say nice things to their face but think nasty things behind their backs. I’m ashamed to say this was a common occurrence 20 weeks ago. I would say nice things to other women, but secretly judge or be jealous of them – 20 weeks later, I can honestly say everything that I say to others is with positivity only, there’s no more veiled jealousy or judgement. I believe people work dam hard for where they are, and that everyone must start somewhere, so who the hell are we to judge?

I’m looking forward to these last 4 weeks of BBG, as I know it steps up a lot and focuses on individual areas, rather than combined areas. The last week 4 were gruelling for me during the last round, so I’m excited to see just how much I have progressed!

These photos are 4 weeks late, as I haven’t taken any new ones yet, but I can definitely see the physical progress which just further ignites the fire in my belly to live a healthy, balanced lifestyle. No more bingeing out on crap, and then feeling sorry for myself after – balance is key!!

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Kayla Itsines // BBG 1.0 Restart

I finished my first round of BBG 1.0 5 weeks ago, and had intended to restart the same guide straight away. I ended up falling sick (again!!) 2 days before I was due to restart, so I took a week’s break to give my body a chance to recover.

On a side note – if you’ve been following my BBG journey, you might’ve noticed I’ve been sick a fair bit in the last 16 weeks or so. I’ve started taking a immune booster multivitamin, which seems to be really helping – there was a lurgy on the plane when we flew home from Japan and Mr A has been struck down, but miraculously, I have not!

Anyhow, once I recovered from my cold, I restarted BBG 1.0 and got through a week and a half before realising my head wasn’t in the game – I wasn’t committed to working out, I’d already started to skip a few workouts, and when I was completing them, I wasn’t giving them my all. I’m not sure why, but I just wasn’t motivated, and I started to dread the workouts.

I decided to stop doing the workouts until we got home from Japan, to give myself a break. I was still doing my regular outdoor bootcamps twice a week, just no BBG workouts. I can’t really explain why I was so unmotivated during that week a half, but the break and our holiday has done me the world of good.

I restarted on Monday and am feeling very motivated! :) I did legs resistance on Monday, and abs and arms resistance yesterday. I’ll be tracking my progress just like I did with my first round with 4 weekly progress photos and taking measurements. Getting back into routine already feels awesome, and I’m really looking forward to challenging myself this round!

Peanut Butter Brownie Bliss Balls

A girlfriend put me onto this recipe a few weeks and I HAD to share with you guys because it’s so darn fine, I just wanna eat all these balls up, all the time!

Peanut Butter Brownie Bliss Balls

One disclaimer is you probably need to like peanut butter to enjoy these, but if you don’t, not to worry – just replace the peanut butter with a different nut butter you like! I imagine almond butter would taste pretty good.

The recipe is from BakePlaySmile who has some seriously amazing recipes. This one is particularly great because it attacks any sweet cravings you might have, and they’re healthy as they’re full of fibre from the dates and almonds!

I swap the cacao for chocolate protein powder for an extra little boost – I usually only need one to keep the hunger gremlins at bay. I hope you love these as much as I do!


RAW & GUILT-FREE PEANUT BUTTER BROWNIE BLISS BALLS

PREP TIME
5 mins
TOTAL TIME
5 mins
Looking for a healthy and guilt-free snack that tastes super naughty? These Raw Peanut Butter Brownie Bliss Balls taste just like a brownie… but a zillion times healthier!!
Author: Bake Play Smile
Recipe type: Snacks
Serves: 12-14 balls
INGREDIENTS
  • ¾ cup raw almonds
  • 1 tbs cacao powder (you could also use cocoa powder)
  • 12 pitted dates
  • 2 tbs peanut butter
  • 1-2 tbs agave syrup (honey or rice malt syrup could also be used) *If using fresh medjool dates you will probably find that you will only need a tiny amount of agave syrup – or none at all!
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Place the dates, cacao powder and peanut butter into a food processor.
  2. Blend until the mixture resembles a paste.
  3. Add the almonds and pulse until desired chunkiness is achieved (don’t leave it too long or it will turn into a liquidy mess!!!).
  4. If your mixture is too dry, add 1tbs of agave syrup and pulse to mix through. If it is still too dry add another tablespoon and pulse again. (The mixture should be a little sticky and roll easily into balls).
  5. Use a spoon to roll the mixture into tablespoon sized balls.
  6. For best results store in an airtight container in the fridge and eat within a week (trust me.. they won’t last that long!!).

Kayla Itsines // BBG Workouts, Home Equipment

If you’re just starting out in BBG, or you’re interesting in starting, working out at home and completing the BBG program at home is a completely viable option – how awesome is that?! Kayla has designed the guides so they are accessible to everyone – you don’t need a gym membership to be able to do the whole program.

A lot of the equipment is available for purchase at affordable pricing at stores like Kmart or Target. I’ve added links to all the equipment available from Kmart, and you can see it is affordable to purchase all the equipment you need. You could even check out Gumtree or eBay for new / used equipment!


Equipment List

Fitness Mat (Required) – You’ll use this for push ups, ab bikers, burpees, mountain climbers, and stretching. A requirement in my mind, as we spend a lot of time on the floor during BBG, and support and padding for our bums / backs is definitely a good thing!

Dumbells (Required) – You’ll use this for weighted lunges, and weight knee ups. The weight of your dumbells will depend on your fitness level and strength – Kayla has recommendations in her guides for weights. If you’re unable to purchase dumbells, fill up bottles of water instead and use them as your dumbells. Convenient for hydration during your workouts too! :)

Kettlebell  / Medicine Ball (Required) – You could use both, or you could just use one – it is up to you and your budget. I personally don’t have a medicine ball, and just use a kettlebell in place of when the guide has medicine ball squats. Again, the weight of either or both pieces of equipment is dependent on your fitness and strength.

Foam Roller (Required) – Optional to some people, but definitely required in my mind. Aids in recovery, and has so many benefits. Also required to recover from #deathbykayla haha! :) You can either purchase this from a store like Kmart, or purchase from Kayla’s website as you receive her Foam Rolling e-Book for free (usually $14.95 AUD). I purchased from Kayla’s website and found the e-Book really helpful, as I was a foam rolling beginner :)

Bench (Required) – You’ll use this for tricep dips, knee ups, and ab work. Use whatever you have at home, or check out fitness stores if you don’t have anything suitable. The most important part is that whatever you use must be stable and strong – no injuries please! I use our outdoor lounge set for my workouts, and it looks like this.

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Skipping Rope (Optional) – This is optional as you can air skip instead, but I personally think it is required, only because I find I don’t ‘air skip’ very well, so I don’t get much of a workout if I don’t have an actual skipping rope.

Step (Optional) – You’ll use this for split squats and raised tricep dips (depending on your bench height). This is optional in my mind, as you could have an item at home that you could use. I found it quite hard to do my training without one though, so I’d recommend purchasing one.

Bosu Ball (Optional) – You’ll use this for bosu burpees and bosu push ups. I don’t have one of these and do a variation workout instead, so this is optional in my mind. I haven’t looked into pricing yet, but I’m going to look around as I think using a bosu would step up the intensity.

As you can see, buying equipment to start doing BBG at home is an affordable option, and best of all, you don’t have to have all this equimpent at once! If you’re just starting out, I would recommed buying first;

  1. Fitness Mat
  2. Dumbells
  3. Kettlebell
  4. Skipping Rope
  5. Foam Roller
  6. Bench (from home)

You can work your way up to the other equipment as your budget allows, but the above 6 items will give you a great start to working out.

Don’t let not having a gym membership get in the way of starting – the hardest part is taking the first step, but it won’t be long until you’ve made positive, healthy changes in your life, and the sweat will all be worth it!

Erin xx

Kayla Itsines // BBG Week 12

Yesterday was officially my last day of my 12 weeks Kayla Itsines BBG 1.0 journey! I am so proud to have finished .. I quite honestly didn’t think I would. To get to the end is an amazing feeling, especially when I look back on photos and realise that I have made progress, both physically and mentally.

Our Perth BBG meet up was yesterday, and it was amazing! Meeting so many supportive, inspirational girls was so motivating. They were all so lovely, and getting feedback on each other’s experiences and feelings throughout different stages of the journey is wonderful – it is nice to know that others hate commandos and bench jump burpess as much as I do!

Our singlets went down a treat and we all looked fantastic – if anything can inspire team spirit, it’s matching singlets! :) We got amazing weather and completed pre-training Week 4 abs and arms – a killler workout. My shoulders and arms are well sore today, and it feels great!

Perth BBG Squad

Perth BBG Squad

 Week 12 was pretty hard for me. I completed legs on Monday to start off my week in the right way, but I was lacking sleep due to late nights, and the trend seemed to continue throughout the week. My motivation was low, and I was having difficulty getting up early to complete my workouts. On Wednesday I realised why this was – I was getting sick again! People really should stay home from work when they’re sick so they don’t spread it around the workplace.

In Week 12 I completed;

Monday – Legs

Tuesday – Rest

Wednesday – LISS & HIIT

Thursday -Rest (Sickness)

Friday – Rest (Sickness)

Saturday – LISS

Sunday – Pre Training Abs & Arms

So I didn’t finish Week 12 as per the guide, and in the past this would’ve really bothered me. I’ve come to realise though, it’s never going to be perfect. I am not perfect, and I don’t have to be! Just getting up and working out, making changes in our lifestyle to ensure we are healthy is such progress – striving for perfection just means I will never be happy with the changes along the way, because I’ll always be focused on this huge end goal. One of the things I’ve learnt in the last 12 weeks is small goals are important. When you reach them, you’re inspired and motivated to continue. If you only focus on a huge end goal and not the small goals in the middle, it’s easy to lose motivation and feel like you have failed.

Here’s my progress for my 12 weeks on BBG 1.0.

I lost 6.5 cms in total, but gained SO much more. My progress isn’t just physical – so many mental changes have taken place and that’s what I am most happy with. I know that I wasn’t big before, but I had an unhealthy relationship with food, and my view of my body was warped. These last 12 weeks have taught me to love my body for what it is. They have taught me that I am capable of so much more than I ever realised. I am confident, healthy, and strong – that is the best kind of sexy there is!

I will be posting a review of my experience and thoughts of BBG shortly for anyone interested.