It wasn’t until one of my readers wrote to me and asked me how long l had been doing BBG for, that I realised it’s been a while now since I updated my blog with my progress and the current state of my body after a baby.
It’s hard to accurately explain through a before and after picture such as the one above, what actually happens to your body during that time frame.
My biggest worry with these pictures, is that someone looking for encouragement and a nudge in the right direction, will see these pictures and think, ” this took over a year!” I worry they will feel overwhelmed at the idea of a year long commitment and walk away from pursuing something so worthwhile and positive.
I definitely did not start BBG or my fitness journey with a lifelong or even year long commitment in mind. I started with the goal of completing a 12 week program that seemed to have real, proven results of significantly changing your body in under 3 months. I hold my hands up, mentally I needed a quick fix and I needed a short term goal to focus on. But the best bit is, that the accomplishment and sense of success from achieving that 12 week training program, changed my mind set as well as my body and allowed me to envisage a much more lifestyle orientated approach to health and fitness. Read why I started BBG here
My body has definitely continued to change throughout the 58 weeks I have been dong the BBG program but I would never say its taken 58 weeks to see results, or to see abs. I want you to feel supported and reassured that with the right tools and the right approach, change can happen much much quicker than that.
So lets take a minute and talk about abs
I get asked ALL THE TIME, how did I get abs? What specifically did I do to tone up my stomach? How many times a week do I train abdominals?
I can only speak from own experience, but my here are my thoughts on toning up that tummy.
- You cannot spot reduce or tone up one specific area of your body , be it your stomach, your bum or your legs. You have to work on your body as a whole and that means dropping body fat all over and building muscle all over.
- Doing 2000 crunches a day will not get you a visibly toned tum if you still have a layer of fat covering it, so the first thing you need to get under control is your diet and nutrition.
- Abs really are made in the kitchen.
My personal experience with a lean and defined stomach area took place in three stages.
Stage 1 – Healthy eating, 8 weeks of Kayla Itsines BBG training and lots of (fat burning) power walking. I was breastfeeding for the first 8 weeks of BBG so that meant keeping my calories up, over 2000 per day so that my milk supply wasn’t affected. I was still able to lose weight by healthy eating and exercise and I think that walking nearly everyday, really helped my body concentrate of fat loss, at this time.
Stage 2 – Clean up, lean up. Once I had finished breastfeeding my now 6 month old, I was able to really refocus my diet and that meant my first foray into clean eating. My ‘version’ of clean eating was to ditch anything with sugar as an added ingredient, to stop eating processed food and to roughly make sure I was in a calorie deficit every day. (I say roughly because I didn’t actually count calories, I was just mindful about portion sizes, fats and sugars etc) click to read more about my version of clean eating.
This leaned out my midsection in particular, quickly. In fact I was so impressed with the results from clean eating, I even posted a picture on instagram showing the difference I felt in my stomach after only two weeks. It really was the biggest contributing factor to revealing my abs.
Stage 3 – Where I am now. Stage 3 is about building better muscles including my abdominals. When you gain a lot of weight (ie:pregnancy) and then lose a lot of weight, you may face the issue of loose or excess skin. while there is no quick fix to this and your skin is inevitably just your skin. You can make it look significantly better by replacing the fat that was lost, with lean muscle and that is exactly where I find myself now. (how to tighten up lose skin click here)
Body after baby – A year in the making
So here is a better look at how my body changed or stayed the same (quite often during the last 6 months) over the course of a whole year.
Its not a perfect journey or a perfect body, but I’m proud of every picture none the less.
my weight over the year.
I started in May at 138lbs. By September I was at my lowest weight of 123lb. I steadily put on weight, along with muscle (I hope) and in January, although my dress size had not changed, I weighed in at 133lbs. Just 5lbs less than when I started, but now an entirely different body shape. Right now, 5 months later.. I’m just shy of that same weight, weighing one measly pound less at 132lbs.
I’m happy though. I’m successfully maintaining what I worked for and comfortable with all those once stressful statistics.
what I’m working for now.
I’ve definitely reached a size I feel comfortable at. I really have no desire to be any smaller, or to lose any weight. I am however still slowly but surely, trying to build muscle and do so from the comfort of my own home and with what I have available. I don’t have much in the way of equipment, or weights, but I wholeheartedly believe building muscle is still realistically achievable in this home environment and by doing BBG alone. I guess only time will tell but I’m excited to prove myself right!
It’s important to me, that you all know that this last year, I have only used Kayla Itsines BBG training guide. I’ve done no extra classes, no extra lifting, no running, no extra ab days. I just continue to do, exactly what my app tells me to do, when it tells me to do it. I want you to be able to believe in it and trust the process. Doubt often leads to loss of motivation and possibly gives power to the ever present question of quitting. So don’t let it. Stay the course.
What round of BBG am I currently on?
So far I have completed
- 2 x rounds of BBG 1.0 (PDF)
- 1 x round of BBG 2.0 (PDF)
- 1 x round of BBG 3.0 ( SweatWithKayla app)
After 12 weeks of BBG 3.0 the app just continues with you, and rolls on week after week – So I have just finished Week 47 on the app. Which makes 59 complete weeks of BBG for me (as I repeated weeks 1-12 twice)
I plan to continue with the coaching platform that is the sweatwithKayla app for as long as it keeps me and my body happy and healthy, which I imagine will be for the forseeable future.
Thats it I think! Thanks for letting me catch you up.
Now it’s your turn to catch me up! Let me know what you are up to, are you just starting out or are you a year down the line, like me. Leave me a comment, I want to know! Also nearly all of this post came from the questions a lot of you have written to me about. So if there is anything else you want answered, just leave it in the comments and I’ll get on to it, either personally or in a post. xxxxx