Monday, March 2, 2015

Step Up Sunday #6

Step Up Sunday with RebekahKathy and Britt has been one of my favorite posts these past few weeks! I love keeping myself accountable! My best friend, Brittany, and I just completed the third week of Kayle Itsines Bikini Body Guide

1. How many pounds did you gain or lose?


2. How many inches did you gain or lose?

I am not tracking my inches. But I did get measured back in November for my wedding dress, so when it comes in I will get measured again and we shall see.

3. Your weekly exercise or step goal, and did you meet it?

I have a few weekly/monthly goals. My monthly goal of exercise is to log 60 miles in the gym each month. As of Saurday (2/21) I had logged 46.48 miles leaving 13.52 miles left in my goal for this month. This week my goal was to work out a total of 13.52 miles and I worked out 5.56 miles leaving miles left 7.96 miles left not  completing my goal of 60 miles during the month of February.

-I also have a FitBit Flex which tracks my steps and my goal is to get 70,000 steps for the week. 

Sunday - 13,449
Monday- 8,046
Tuesday- 10,828
Wednesday- 6,450
Thursday- 3,903
Friday-  6,874
Saturday- 7,485

= 57,035

4. What was your biggest challenge this week?

Again...making it to the gym because of the snow. We don't ever get snow like this. I made it to the gym 2 days but I did my BBG both days I was supposed to.

5. What is your favorite healthy snack or meal?

I have been eating a lot of fruit this week.

6. Any advice?

Just do the best you can, last week was tough for me because I didn't stick to my meal plan but this week I overcame the temptation to just eat whatever I wanted because it was a "snow day."


If you have never heard of the Bikini Body Guide you should definitely check it out. Kayla Itsines is the creator and she is a great motivation! BBG focuses on circuit workouts Monday, Wednesday and Friday and then LISS (Low Intensity Steady State - same pace the entire workout and longer duration than HIIT) and HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training- 30 second intense interval followed by 30 second slow interval) and Rehabilitation (stretching). Kayla has a vast amount of followers on Instagram and the progress and transformation pictures are my favorite.

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Basically the workout is 8 moves (2 circuits), you are given 7 minutes to do circuit 1 and 7 minutes to do circuit 2. If you finish Circuit 1 and still have 2 minutes remaining in your 7 minute time frame, begin circuit 1 again until the 7 minutes is up then you can fall to your mat during your break between circuits. 

Here is an example of one of the workouts.

For a warning to my readers, I usually don't make it to the gym on Fridays so since the BBG is a Monday, Wednesday & Friday style workout I will probably be doing Friday's workout on Thursday to make sure I get it in; or if something comes up during the week and I can't make it to the gym on one of the Circuit days I will do that workout a different day. I am also going to do cardio before each workout for at least 30 minutes and do whatever cardio I want to do on the days we don't have a circuit incorporating some LISS and HIIT workouts. 

I started the BBG on Tuesday February 10, 2015 and aim to finish by May 15, 2015 - I gave myself an extra 2 weeks to finish it in case some weeks I can't complete all the circuits.


Sunday Workout #1: No Bikini Body workout today. I walked on an incline (going between 2 and 6) for 1 hour at a pace of 3.5 = 3.4 miles

Monday Workout #2: Started off with an easy 30 minutes on the elliptical, then moved to the BBG Day 1, Week 3. This focused on the legs- it was the same workout from the first day in Week 1. It was difficult while doing it and my legs were definitely feeling it but I was not sore the next day like I was the first week.

Wednesday Workout #3: Didn't make it to the gym, but I did do my BBG for the day and it focused on abs and arms. Thank goodness my lower ab was not feeling strained like it was last week and I could actually do all the exercises. The workouts are still hard for me, but hopefully my muscles will get used to them soon.

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