This week for our Coast to Coast Summer Survival series, it’s all about the Summer Olympics. Did you catch the opening ceremony on Friday? I know I did. I’m no athlete but I do admire them, because it takes a lot of work and dedication to train and maintain such great physical form. I’m obsessed with gymnasts, I mean how amazing do they look? And their skills, sick! So this week I decided to give you guys a little BBG overall fitness & health update, I’ve been doing it for 51 weeks now so I thought it would be cool to talk about my experience with getting in better shape and overall live a healthier lifestyle. For those who don’t know BBG is a fitness guide created by Kayla Itsines, broken down between two twelve weeks program. I’ve done both twice. BBG stands for Bikini Body Guide and she should really think about changing this name lol, but I guess it’s too late now. Often I get asked how I manage to stay motivated for so long, so I thought I’ll share my thoughts on that as well.
Know why you start
When I first started with bootcamp, this feel like ages ago I honestly just wanted to lose weight. I worked out like crazy and had about 3 protein shakes daily. On weekends my diet was really bad but since I was averaging about 8 workouts weekly and had a very restricted diet on weekdays I was OK. Eventually I couldn’t keep up with it anymore, I slowly put on most of the weight back and hated bootcamp. One day I decided I had enough and I just quit bootcamp, by then I realized I needed to do this the right way. I started working out at home and eventually found my way to Kayla thanks to instagram, I love how it was already planned out for me and it never really scared me because thanks to bootcamp I was already used to challenging workouts. I wanted to be strong and healthy again without killing myself or doing anything too extreme. After seeing my parents struggle with high blood pressure and diabetes, I knew this was the best lifestyle choice.
Just do it
You are not going to get stronger by seating on your ass, you have to work hard to raise your kids, get your degree, get that job and the same principle applies for everything you want to achieve. Some people may be naturally skinny but that doesn’t mean they are in shape or strong, so don’t blame your genes. Your body may never look like a runway model but that’s OK, you have to learn to accept yourself the way you are then do the work to get better. I was always an active person so this part wasn’t that hard, but just like anyone else after a long day in the office the last thing I want to do is workout. I just do it, just like I brush my teeth, eat breakfast or drink water, it’s part of my daily routine and I know I have to get it done unless I’m sick.
Diet is 70% of the work
If you want your hard-work to show you have to fix your diet. Trust me I have the working out part down, but I don’t see results and I gain weight when my diet is crappy. If you eat doughnuts or other sugary treats every other day it won’t work. At least I know it doesn’t work for me, I constantly try to eat whole foods. The fresher, the better! Healthy foods have calories as well, so please find out the normal calorie intake for your gender, height and age and try to stick to that. It will be hard at first, but eventually you will get used to it. I am an over-eater so this may not be necessary for some people but for me it is. I love using MyFitnessPal to track everything and some weeks I barely use it because I just know, if I feel like I’m digressing I just start using it again.
If one weekend you happen to go to brunch then enjoy your meal, trust me 1 or 2 heavier meals won’t mess up your diet but 5 will. Reward yourself by treating your body like you are in love with it. Take a yoga class, take the time to stretch, foam roll, give yourself a facial, get yourself new fancy pants because yours are all baggy. I’m slowly learning to not reward myself with food, because eating healthy is not a punishment.
Dress the part
Not everybody care about looking cute, well I’m vain and I really do. I dedicated a drawer in my dresser for my workout clothes, I try to get them on sale and take really good care of them. It makes me feel good to be able to go for a walk/run in my leggings and sports bra so I buy cute ones that I feel confident in. My favorite place to shop for them is Gap, their GapFit line is great quality and they pretty much have a 40% off sale every weekend. I also love Nike, Athleta and Mizuno prophecy sneakers. They are the best I’ve ever worn, with all the jumping and running around I do, they provide great comfort and cushion.