Getting Started On My BBG Fitness
One of my 2018 goals is to work on my fitness. Since I was too cold to go anywhere on January 1st, I decided to get a start on my fitness by starting the BBG fitness program. If you are not familiar with BBG, it is a workout program that incorporates weight training and cardio in a circuit format. Every other day there are sets of circuit workouts you should do. There are 2 circuits, each circuit is 7 minutes long and you do both circuits twice. Overall, the workouts are 28 minutes. The days you are not doing the circuit workouts are meant for cardio workouts.
Why Focus on Fitness
My main reason why I really want to focus on my fitness is because I want to gain back the body that cancer treatments took away from me. Pre-cancer, I always embraced my body and loved every part of me. Unfortunately, after chemo and surgeries, it was hard to love my body. Treatments have changed the body that I recognized. I honestly couldn’t recognize my body and it made me so sad that I didn’t know my own body. Everything that made me me was gone.
In addition to those changes, my current treatment plan has caused me to put on weight. My body is forced to be in menopause (and I’m not even 30 yet) and one of the (millions) side effects of hormone therapy and blood pressure meds is weight gain. And of course, hearing that post-menopausal women have a higher risk of reoccurrence, the worry just never stopped about my body.
Last Fall (2016), I attempted to get my body back, but failed miserably. Actually, I put on even more weight. I was frustrated because I thought I was doing everything right. I followed the BBG Program and ate right. It caused me to be so displeased. Instead, my long-term side effects didn’t seem to be getting better, I was constantly stressed, and my anxiety was not getting any better. You heard that right, I started my BBG fitness a year ago and saw no results! I would look at all the ladies who went through the BBG program (seriously, have you seen the transformations?!) and they all look incredible. So you know what I did, I quit. I just overall quit on myself.
What Has Changed
It wasn’t until the end of last year I learned to appreciate my body again. I threw out the pressure of trying to be the old me and just enjoyed and embraced what I can currently do. The pressure and comparison from the old me to the current me prevented me from being present and acknowledging my strength. I knew once I threw away that pressure, that I was ready to give BBG a try again.
Giving BBG A Try
I started my BBG fitness by doing the 4 weeks of pre-training. I wanted to be sure I ease into it versus rushing into it. I’m proud to say I completed my 4 weeks of pre-training and have never felt better. It is crazy how changing my mindset resulted in seeing a change in my body. I really just focused on what I can do versus trying to do each circuit as fast as I can. I made sure that I had the proper form. As long as I am moving and doing each exercise within that 7 minute circuit, I was satisfied.
Noticing the Transformation
After week 2, I felt amazing! I could see my body tone up and I just felt strong. I felt powerful. That is why after week 2, I shared my body progress. I was excited and I knew that relieving that pressure and focusing on the current Rach was the big turning point.
I started with my weight at 140 pounds and now I am currently at 137.2 pounds. I don’t expect my body to drop a lot of weight or see significant changes. After all, muscle weighs more than fat. I just want to feel good. I want to take my body back after cancer.
Every 4 weeks, the BBG program prompts you to take a photo of yourself. They recommend to wear the same exact clothes and as minimal clothing as possible so we can embrace the transformation. I can already notice change from the before and after.
Lesson learned, embrace your body and strength. Relieve the stress and pressure of trying to be something you are not. For me, it was removing the idea of being the Rach before cancer. I hope to continue to share with you all the progress I am making whenever I complete 4 weeks of my BBG Fitness.