Today is the first day of Kayla Itsines’ 12-week BBG Sweat Challenge! I ran an Instagram story poll last week and learned that some of you are also taking part in this fun challenge. Such a great way to kick off the new year! This is my first time committing to any type of workout program. As I’ve mentioned in recent posts, I am dedicated to making lasting lifestyle changes to benefit my health. After I complete 12 weeks of BBG, I’ll continue onto BBG Stronger. I actually started training my body for this by unofficially starting early. For the past few months, I had been mixing some of her BBG workouts with my regular gym routine. Normally I fall into occasional ruts with exercise, so I’m pretty proud of myself for not derailing!!!
Are you participating in BBG this year?
Get inspired by these motivational tips & reminders that have helped me stay on track with my fitness goals 🙂
Work Out For Yourself
Too often, people work out for unideal reasons, or go into it with the wrong mindset. A common example of this is wanting to get fit for an important event like a wedding. I’ll admit that I’ve worked out for the wrong reasons before, which was why my motivation never stuck with me for the long-term. Months leading up to around May, I would only do certain exercises to “spot train” my stomach area in attempt to achieve chiseled abs in time for summer. Not only did I learn that motivation waned quickly, I also realized that getting fit and healthy is a lot more than just having nice abs. Exercise because you love your body – not because you hate it. When you are internally motivated and focus on being in tune with your body, it makes such a difference. These days, my body and I are on the same team working towards being the best that we can be!
Don’t Be Afraid to Mix Things Up
Yes, Kayla has done the hard work for us by making her 28-minute BBG program so easy to follow. But that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t add variety into our workouts! Keep things fun by switching it up. Personally, I love incorporating a barre or pilates class on my rest days. These classes give my body a nice stretch and something different from circuit training. When it comes to LISS, I like to alternate between outdoor walks and walking on the treadmill. When it’s nice out, I’ll stroll around my neighborhood for 30-45 minutes while soaking in some Vitamin D. Nothing better than killing two birds with one stone 😉 Also, remember to listen to your body & work on your own pace. On some days if I’m feeling up for an extra challenge, I’ll go to the gym in the evening to lift weights. If I’m ultra sore one day, I’ll let my body recover and opt for a foam rolling session instead.
Work Exercise Into Your Schedule
Schedule into your calendar a block of time dedicated specifically to your workout routine. Make sure that it doesn’t interfere with other parts of your day. Then, stick with it, just like you would with any other important appointment. When I have exercise scheduled into my calendar, I’m inclined to follow through because it feels more “official” – haha! My Apple watch will even remind me when it’s time to leave for the gym. As humans, we are creatures of habit. Eventually, you’ll get the hang of your own schedule. Working out will be second-nature, just like brushing your teeth or taking a shower before bed.
Keep in Mind That All Good Things Take Time & Hard Work
We all want instant gratification, but a healthy and active lifestyle takes time. It’s impossible to lose 50 pounds overnight, or to get rock hard abs in a week. In fact, if you’re really serious about fitness, you’ll be working at it for the rest of your life! It’s crucial to set realistic expectations. Track your progress, but don’t beat yourself up if you don’t look a certain way by a certain time, or weigh a certain number by a certain date. Instead, take the time to evaluate how you can be more efficient and make your workouts more effective. Taking progress pictures can be really helpful in tracking your progress. On a day-to-day basis, I was not able to really notice any changes in my body but when I compared my November 2018 photo to the one I took on January 1 of this year, I could actually see differences! Being able to visualize the growth can be very motivating, and inspire you to keep pushing towards your goals. In addition to keeping my workouts challenging, I also gradually modified my diet to maximize efficiency (and to be healthier of course). These days, I find myself reaching for healthy foods that I never would have thought to eat before. I can literally hear my body thanking me for eating right. Long gone are the days I need that 2 pm siesta after a crappy lunch!
Remember Why You Started
One of my fitness class instructors always says, “you’ve already made it this far – why would you want to stop now?” whenever we’re midway through an exercise. Hearing that, I muster up the willpower to hold onto that plank for just a little longer because he’s right. Even though I feel like my abs are burning and I’m ready to give up, I remember that I made it to class bright and early because I want to build a stronger core. Giving up each time I feel exhausted would defeat the purpose! As for BBG, I got into it because I want a routine that’s easy to manage from day-to-day, that will keep me fit and healthy in the long run. I’ve always hated doctor visits and understand that as I get older, my body is more prone to illnesses which would then bring me to the dreaded doctor’s office if I didn’t practice self-care. An active lifestyle also helps curb anxiety, mitigate work stress, and maintain balance that is so vital for my sanity.
And there you have it – 5 motivational tips that have kept me going. I’m excited to keep you guys updated on my BBG progress over the next couple months!
For my fellow BBG girls out there – what are some ways you stay motivated and on track with the program?