BBG Fitness After Weeks 5-8
I can’t believe I have completed 8 weeks of my BBG fitness! 4 more weeks to go and I’m done! Compared to last time, I had no health issues and was able to complete each week’s circuit workout consecutively. There were days it was hard to convince myself to get up and do it, but I’m so glad I did it.
As each week progresses, the circuits definitely get harder. The number of reps and intensity are increased. I am shocked by the end of the workout that I even completed it. Even though each workout was tough, I can feel myself get stronger, and I noticed that I am getting better at doing the exercises.
It Wasn’t Always Great
Even though overall I am feeling great about how I feel and look, I definitely had doubts during this BBG fitness program and almost wanted to quit. The thing about BBG is that it tests you mentally. For weeks 5 & 6 I felt so bloated and I noticed that I put back on some weight. I know I mentioned that it wasn’t all about the number on the scale, but the bloatiness made me believe that this program no longer worked for me. I debated after week 6 if I should continue.
I’m not sure if something was off during weeks 5 & 6, but for week 7 the bloatiness went away and I had more energy too. That’s when I started noticing my body’s transformation. Everything just seemed to be more fit. For instance, ever since I started gaining weight from chemo, I noticed my jackets, coats, and long-sleeved tops were snug. Especially around the upper arms and shoulder. Now, it just fits more comfortably.
I sound like a broken record, but if you plan on doing BBG you really need to have the right mindset. Throughout my BBG fitness, I learned to not give up on myself. Considering I almost wanted to walk away after week 6, I’m glad I stuck it out. Otherwise, I would not feel as great as I do now; or worse, that feeling of ‘what if’.
More recently, I have been asked if I am on any special diet. The answer is no. The only changes I have made with regards to my ‘diet’ is portion control. I eat what my body can eat versus eating until I am so stuffed I can’t move. When I’m almost done with my first serving, I start to slow down. That way I can really assess if I am truly hungry for a second serving or if I’m finished eating.
Overall, I think I eat well-balanced meals. I definitely indulge more during the weekend and when I’m on vacation. But hey, that’s life. We should enjoy all the finer things, just in moderation. The only thing I have been obsessed with doing is drinking hot water with (fresh) lemon juice every day. I’ve heard it helps with digestion, but I am loving how I feel ever since I starting drinking my hot lemon juice water.
Start (January 1, 2018): 140 pounds
Pre-training (4 weeks, January 31, 2018): 137.2 pounds
Training Weeks 1-4 (March 2018): 136.4 pounds
Training Weeks 5-8 (April 2018): 136 pounds
Need to Work On
I mentioned last month that I should add more yoga and I probably only did yoga twice. So that is still a goal of mine. I also may want to challenge myself a little bit more during my LISS days. For those that are doing BBG, what do you guys do for LISS? I need some new ideas! Sometimes I dread these days because I don’t want to do cardio haha.
My current LISS is one hour of cardio. I do 30 minutes on one elliptical machine (with resistance) and then another 30 minutes on another elliptical machine (with resistance as well).
I know some of you started (or are considering) doing BBG, so if you do, don’t hesitate to ask. If I get enough questions, maybe my next post on BBG Fitness will be dedicated to answering your questions!
Hope you all have a wonderful Monday!