Sorry for the lack of updates, friends.
My tiny little human has two(!) teeth coming through, so my days have been filled with teething gel, rusk sticks, sleep deprivation and tears (mine, not Lila’s – fresh tooth on nipple is absolutely as horrendous as expected).
Thankfully, I’ve been keeping myself sane with my daily workouts. I realise this makes me sound like one of those fit fuckwits who endorse things like krill oil and orthopaedic shoes but genuinely, exercise is the only time where I feel zoned out enough to count it as ‘me-time’.
As I mentioned in a precious post, I’ve been doing the Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide. KI BBG is the only program I’ve stuck to long enough to see results. I happen to be that annoying mix of someone who gets bored easily but someone who also really hates change, and the BBG is perfect for that. I do 4 x 7 minute circuits on Monday morning, Wednesday morning and Friday morning. On the other mornings I’ll do yoga or some other relaxed sort of exercise, and I also take Lila for power-walks or jogs 3-4 times a week. I’m pretty chilled about most of it, but I make sure I do the 4 x 7 minute circuits 3 times a week. I’ll wake up, inhale a bowl of granola, then do my workout while Lila plays on the floor next to me.
In terms of results, I can’t tell you how much weight exactly I’ve lost because I don’t make a habit of weighing myself. I’d say a couple of kilos, at a guess. I haven’t felt the crazy urge to weigh myself like I have with other ‘diet plans’, because I can actually see the results. Because I’m a complete spud, I neglected to take any photos of my postpartum bod before I started the challenge. And, to be fair, my PP bod scared the hell out of me so I didn’t want any visual evidence of it (I do have photos of my pre-baby body, but everything has changed so much since then that they’re kind of useless).
But here is a progress picture of my tum from week 9, 12, and 14. For the record, my tummy is my problem area as it is where I hold the most weight, and its the area that has never really shown any changes before now.
I’m also not using the HELP nutrition guide, as I tend to stick to my usual diet plan that doesn’t inflame my gut. But that is pretty healthy anyway, for the most part at least. (I’m looking at you, weekly Nutella jar). So the results above are purely from doing the LISS (low intensity training) and resistance circuits, and the occasional HIIT (high intensity training).
I’m extremely impressed with my results so far. Less impressed with my new jeans being too loose already, and seemingly having developed some kind of superhuman strength which resulted in me breaking my car door handle, kitchen cupboard, and the draw-cord for the window blinds…but, you know. Small price to pay for abs of steel, and all that. (Seriously when I start plugging supplements on this blog you have my permission to tell me to rack off)
I will definitely take more pictures as I go along with round 2 so I will be adding more updates about the BBG over the next 11 weeks.
And in terms of anxiety…well, for my thoughts on the benefits of exercise for anxiety disorders, go check out this post. Daily workouts are probably one of the best things I do for my mental health, and doing the Kayla circuits first thing in the morning means that I can start my day with a clear head.