I have always engaged in exercise, one way or another. However, after I gained a fair amount of weight at boarding school (24 pounds), twice, I decided to start working out more regularly and therefore seek some workout plan.
Unfortunately, I am a quitter. I tried different routines, some of them I truly liked, yet I ended up giving up on them in less than three weeks. If I liked them, may be I would do a couple more weeks after some inconsistency but I never stack to them seriously.
After trying Sophie Gray’s workouts, the ebooks, not the new plans, I was very frustrated. I really liked these workouts, but I could not stick to them. After some reflection I realized the problem was that they were not sufficiently structured. The ebook comes with a set of 10 workouts. You should do 4 of them every week. There are no instructions as to which 4 you should do so I found myself confused and not having a consistent routine. I think Sophie has now monthly workout plans which sound more structured so I may give those a try in September.
Now on to the program that does fit my needs. I am starting week 4 and haven’t thought about quitting seriously ever.
When I first found Kayla Itsines’ Bikini Body Program I was very skeptical. The word “bikini body” was absolutely not appealing to me. My first thoughts were “fad”, “shallow”, “starving”. Luckily, I continued reading what a bikini body means to her. Kayla believes a bikini body is not a certain size or weight, but rather one in which a girl feels confident. Confidence… I like the word confidence. It’s what I am striving for and have lacked forever. It slowly started sounding more appealing and when I saw the transformation pictures of girls who had done it, I was almost in.
I decided it to give it a chance and I purchased the bundle. As a pseudo vegan I do not find it suits my diet but I wanted to make sure these girls had not achieved their bodies starving themselves. I starved myself before and the only thing I gained from it was body dismorphia, being underweight and then suddently putting 20 pounds back on, a disordered relationship with food and constant mood swings. But this entire story is worth a different post. I was happy to find her meal plan is strictly based on the Australian Government nutrition recommendations, backed up with scientific evidence she does provide and provides a menu of 1700kcal daily.
I was even happier when I started doing the workouts and found out how challenging they are. I am a fit person but man, these make me sweat like nothing has ever. I have sweat drops all over my body by the end, I can barely breath and I feel super strong. My arms and core have become stronger and tighter. In only three weeks it has become noticeable. I burn between 250 and 410 calories per strength training workout (only 28 minutes). I have lost 2.7kg since starting and I now fit into my size 2 jeans again. I have a lot of work to do but I am very excited now that I am seeing and feeling progress.
I also really like the LISS (low intensity steady state) cardio workouts. I love running and power walks and I had quit them in a fear of losing muscle. However, when nutrition is appropriate, this should not be an issue. I am happy I am doing these things I love again.
I am happy I quit lifting heavy because it was not making me happy plus giving me back issues. However, this too, deserves a post itself. Kayla always talks about how her workouts help achieve a certain body, slim but toned. I now many people really appreciate the effects lifting heavy has on their bodies, but I was not happy with these. I have now found a program that will help me achieve the body I want. I have found a program that is very organized, challenging and diverse. I will stick to it.
PS. Progress pictures are soon to be released