So three months down and here are my Kayla Itsines BBG week 12 progress pics, already posted on Instagram & Facebook as that’s where I keep my progress up to date the most, but also where I draw the most inspiration and motivation from too.
In my caption on Instagram, I briefly wrote about how this simple 12 week programme, developed by the lovely Kayla Itsines, has set me back on course with my original mission that I embarked on at the beginning of 2014, to make fitness and healthy living the good habits in my life and to break all the bad ones within 12 months.
Looking back, I’m proud to say that I failed that original mission. Miserably. Several times over in fact. I know I may also fail again in the future but I’m okay with it.
Why proud? Along this journey I have come to accept that my failures will be my biggest and best assets when it comes to learning what not to do, all of which will make it all the more satisfying when I achieve my goals and power on to set and smash some new ones. Most of all though, I’m proud that I’m still trying 18months down the line, I’m still learning and I haven’t given up!
I’ll admit that I succeeded for little period of time after completing Insanity programme and a couple of months worth of weight training. I looked good and thought I was happy, I got ‘comfortable’ but then slowly reverted back to old ways and shamefully strayed away from all the progress for the most part of 4-6 months. Sporadic and inconsistent bursts of half-arsed attempts to get back on track did me no good and I found myself almost right back where I’d started.
It took some time, but I’ve realised how to spot where I’ve made my mistakes and decided I don’t ever want to stay just ‘comfortable’ again. I set out my original goal as wanting to be the very best version of me that I can be. I truly forgot that somewhere along the way.
Kayla and the incredible BBG community of her followers have helped remind me of this one simple goal and seeing their relentless progress has struck a chord with my determination so strong, that I swear I have never felt as focused and as confident in the belief that I will achieve my goals and beyond if I continue on this path.
I wish I could tell you the secret to this feeling and why I have it. I also wish I could bottle it for the days when my motivation has taken a nap! Yes, it still happens occasionally and I accept that it always will.
In all seriousness though, maybe it’s just the realisation that when it comes down to changing my lifestyle habits, I have to stop over-planning, over-thinking and over-complicating things. Just keep it simple, pick something easy to follow and the results will come with consistency, time and patience (and a lot of sweat too!).
So I would like to say thanks to Kayla and her guides for truly helping me get a grip, thanks to all the BBG community who inspire and motivate me daily and finally, thanks to me for just-doing-it for once, instead of draining all my energy getting caught up in the failures and subsequent procrastination of trying to plan and dissect every part of how, why and what it takes to succeed.
I’m just getting on with it and starting BBG2.0 today, I’ll catch you up at weeks 18 and 24 for more progress updates and maybe, just maybe, some cheeky abs will be peeking back at me in my reflection by then too 😉 x