Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Workout

And away I go!

My current workout is about a 2 or 3 mile run, followed by 6 or 8 rounds of TABATA, 4 or 5 times a week. Which is pretty good! However, I’m finding that although I think I am challenging myself, I don’t push to my full potential. I do squats and planks in my TABATA because I like them and have become at least good enough to do 160 seconds worth. I do NOT do burpees. Burpees are the worst. I hate burpees.

It looks so easy in GIF form...

It looks so easy in GIF form…

Lately I’ve been seeing everyone and their mother doing this Kayla Itsines program, and I’ve got to say, t’s hard to ignore those results.

This is one of MANY transformations featured on Kayla's blog. Check out that tone!

This is one of MANY transformations featured on Kayla’s blog. Check out that tone!

So I decided, what the hell. I’ve got 12 weeks. And now I am replacing my workout three days a week with the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Workout! With any will power, on my off days I will still be doing my run and TABATA combo, and with even more will power I will start working out twice a day. But let’s be real, I’m not making any promises on that last part.

BTW highly recommend her Instagram for inspiration.

BTW highly recommend her Instagram for inspiration.

I was really excited this morning when I got the nerve up to commit to this, so I thought I would take a sneak peek and do one of the first week workouts. Fun fact about Kayla’s guide: it requires a TON of burpees. But, if it’s on the program, I do it. Even if it makes me look like this

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Have you done the program? Or even better, do it with me!

Updates to come, wish me luck!

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Before…

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Tomorrow I FINALLY get to start the Whole Life Challenge again, and I am so excited! I can’t wait to get back at it hard and really push myself this time. Currently watching “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead” for about the 4th time to pump myself up, which btw if you haven’t already watched, I highly recommend!

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A little background on the Whole Life Challenge: it’s basically a gamified clean eating and workout challenge for 8 weeks. You join a team and log your points every day: 5pts for clean eating, 2pts for working out for at least 10mins, 2pts for stretching for at least 10mins, 1pt for a supplement (I will be taking fiber and B12), and 1pt for a lifestyle challenge that changes weekly. Plus, you get bonus points for every 5 times you enter a little reflection. (more on the site here)

It WILL be different tomorrow! I swear!

It WILL be different tomorrow! I swear!

Here is the “before” snapshot of my life.

Current weight: I’m going to stop you right there. This time, I will not be weighing myself. Back in February when I did my first round of WLC, I put so much pressure on weight loss and when I didn’t see results (in fact, I gained weight) I got really down on myself. But I realized that weight shouldn’t be my metric- my body should! I will be taking at least three “before pictures” tonight to compare at the end of this thing and I will tell you how I’m feeling.

Current skin: Acne on my face, neck, and shoulders. Dry skin on most of my face.

Current digestion: Not good. Bloating, gas, you name it.

Current energy: …meh? Fine I guess. I’ve definitely had more energy.

My goals: Never miss a workout! Also, never settle for the 10. Last time around, there were days when I would do a 10min workout, and that’s it. TRY to make it at least 15! Eat as many whole foods as possible, stay away from packaged. My first WLC was filled with indulgences: Larabars etc. While technically WLC compliant, I want to make an effort to not get lazy. Finally, don’t stress. I got so upset last time when things weren’t going my way. Chill out and let health happen.

Wish me luck!

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Only one day of eating well and exercise and I already look amazing! (said no one ever…)

I am currently in my second day of this clean eating challenge, and I already have a body like some Instagram celebrity and the new Chris Pratt had an all-ab baby. I lift up my shirt and sparkles fly off of my perfectly toned midsection. I just can’t contain my muscles. 

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Clearly these are not truths. In fact, they are hard not truths that I have yet to come to terms with. It’s hard to see the results of your work, even on day 30 of a new challenge. “Take pictures,” they said. “Take your measurements,” they said. But of course I didn’t do either, because I’m lazy. Until I had a personal trainer who did it for me! 

Oh yeah, full transparency here people! That is me.

Oh yeah, full transparency here people! That is me.

To be clear, I don’t have a trainer now, because that was an expense that I really never should have expensed in the first place. This time, I’m on my own. BUT my point is, taking pictures of yourself monthly actually does show the changes you won’t see day to day. Once you start seeing those changes, you will be even more inspired to push yourself further!

You can do it!

You can do it!

So here I go. As soon as I press “post” on this here blog, I’m marching back to my room to take that embarrassing first photo in my new journey since, incase you hadn’t noticed, the pictures above are from about a year ago. In it to win it this time, though! Still writing so I don’t have to go take that picture….

Maybe I’ll do a few squats first…