BBG and Body Image

Hi lovelies! I hope you’re having a fab week! We have had gorgeous weather here in South Carolina (finallyyy) and I have really enjoyed being outdoors as much as possible.  Apparently, Spring was just fashionably late, you diva you! But for real…there is just something so refreshing and calming about the Spring air and sunshine on your skin.  So, as you may have seen if you follow me on Instagram, I recently started the BBG program from Kayla Itsines via the Sweat app. I am happy to report that after finishing week 1- I am feeling PUMPED to see where this fitness journey is going to lead me. I have to admit, I haven’t been this excited about working out in forever. It has always felt like a bit of a chore to me, but I really enjoy the circuit-style training and the diversity in exercises on the app. The weekly workouts alternate each day between strength training and cardio and at the end of the week is a scheduled rest day. There are also supplemental recovery workouts/stretches and extra challenges you can do on a day where you feel like you want to go hard.  I love that there are several different programs that hit every interest and skill level. I am currently doing Beginner BBG, and it will continue to advance as I gain the skills needed (cause burpies are hard AF haha). I also thrive on organization, so the app also allows you to plan out your weekly workouts, meals, and even provides suggested recipes and grocery lists that coordinate along with recipes you choose (that alone delights my little OCD heart). In addition to the workout program, I’m not adjusting my diet too much other than being more mindful of dairy, sugar, and carbs. I’m allowing myself cheese and bread (because I couldn’t live without it), but I’m just making sure I use appropriate portion control (cause tbh I could eat an entire cheese platter for breakfast, lunch, and dinner like a boss). Week 2 is going well so far too and it sounds ridiculous, but I already feel like I have more energy and stronger. One thing I’ve noticed is that because of the circuit style training, my muscles don’t feel maxed out and so sore that I can’t move the next day. There is an even distribution of pain (just kidding)! It has felt amazing to get back in the swing of things after not feeling like myself for the past 8 or so months.

After moving back back to our hometown, I really felt like I was in a slump and one thing I’ve realized is that I retract from my potential and nestle in my surrender when it comes to fitness. One thing that really gets me sometimes is body image. I’ve written about this before, but throughout my adulthood, I have struggled with body image. I danced ballet growing up and was naturally fit (dancing 5 or more days a week for hours on end will do that to ya), plus let’s face it…teenage metabolism is a magical thing (gimmie all the Chick-Fil-A). But as I got older, I have roller-coastered so many times from size to size that I’ve lost track. But here’s the thing. It’s not really about sizes, it’s about being healthy and balanced (mind and body). Starting the BBG program is my new beginning to shed this negativity, and DO ME. See, now here lies the problem where I get hung up on things…that sounds kinda selfish right? Imma do me. Guilt sinks in and I think, well I could do an activity with my son or take him to the park or my hubby and I could do something all together as a family. Here’s the catch…I cannot be myself if I don’t feel like myself. Have you ever experienced just not feeling like YOU? You always hear people say self-care is not selfish, but it’s definitely easier said than done…and that’s something that I’m actively working on. I am trying to prioritize my time so that I am getting my workouts in when it doesn’t interfere with family time, but if it does- that’s okay. It’s not selfish.
Starting this program is more than just a personal quest to be fit and find balance (although that is a big part of it)…I’m doing this for my family. I’m doing this to be the healthiest version of myself so that I can do everything with them and not miss a moment. I’m also doing this for me…to feel comfortable in my own skin and quit playing the compare game to my high school ballerina body. I read a quote from Kayla that really hit me, “You will never regret reaching your goal. You will only regret giving up and not trying harder.” This is so simple and so true. I am more motivated now than ever to reach my goals, and the only regret I have is not starting sooner. I hope that if you’re on the fence about taking time for yourself or feel any guilt what-so-ever about working on your fitness and doing the dang thang… let it go. You are worth being a top priority and today can be your new beginning.

I hope you have a wonderful rest of your week!

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