Two and a half weeks ago I started the Bikini Body Guide by Kayla Itsines and I was absolutely enamoured. I did all three routines for the week plus three cardio sessions and if I remember correctly, I even went to yoga. Last week I didn’t have quite the same gusto and only did two routines and two low intensity steady state cardio sessions (LISS), which wasn’t great but it wasn’t bad either. Half way through this week and I’ve done nothing, nada, zilch. Yeah, yeah I’ve had a busy week with school, planning, and other activities but surely I can make time for myself each day to do something positive, right? You would think so. But my motivation is lacking, partially because I don’t really feel like I’m apart of anything.
Of course the primary reason I exercise is for good health and stress relief but personally, what really motivates me is the social component of exercise which I get from group classes and team training. When I work out I’m pretty focused and I’m not particularly chatty, which is a huge surprise for anyone that knows me because I like to talk. But even though I’m not saying anything, when I’m in a class and surrounded by others, I still feel engaged and part of the conversation. Having that support is often the difference maker and can help me get through things I’m not particularly fond of like running.
Fortunately I had somewhat anticipated this slump, which is why I specifically chose to the BBG program because the wonderful thing about this program is that it’s much more than just a workout, it’s a community. I know that sounds super lame and cheesy but honestly, people are committed to success, not only their own but yours as well. People who I don’t know have given me encouragement, a reader and fellow BBG-er took the time to leave me a few positive notes, and overall I already feel like I’m part of something even though I haven’t really fully committed yet. So, in order to get back on track this week I’m going to 1) actually do the workouts and 2) start to reach out to others in the BBG community, hopefully finding people in my area that are also doing the program. I have to say that of all the home training programs I’ve ever tried (and I’ve tried a lot) this one is by far my favourite; it’s accessible and doesn’t require much equipment, it’s fun, and it’s short (the routines are 28 minutes but if you factor in the warm up and cool down it’s probably just shy of 40 minutes, which is still very manageable). I’ll report back to you with my findings next week.