In 2015, desperate to lose weight and improve my depression and anxiety, I started Kayla Itsines’ Bikini Body Guide (BBG.) I had read so many transformation stories online from countless women who had done her program, and I thought it was worth a try. I purchased BBG 1.0 from her website, 2 benches, and some 5 pound dumbbells, and I started. It was terrible in the beginning, I was out of shape and had to modify every single exercise. But I kept at it for 4 weeks, and then 8 weeks, and then the next thing I knew I had finished BBG 1.0. I moved on to BBG 2.0, purchased some heavier weights, and continued on. I did BBG for well over 2 years, and in the process I lost 65 pounds and 21 inches. And more importantly I gained – I gained an online community of “friends,” I gained the support and encouragement of thousands of people, and I felt supported by Kayla herself, who chose to share my story with her online community.
I loved BBG, it became a staple in my day-to-day routine, however as someone who thrives from change, I decided to switch things up a little. After about a year and half of doing strictly BBG, I decided to incorporate weightlifting into my routine. I managed to do both BBG and weigh-training weekly, and soon realized that while I loved the plyometric aspect of BBG, I loved lifting weights even more. And so, at the start of 2018, I decided that I would stop BBG, and make the switch to weightlifting. I wasn’t sure if it was something I would stick to, or if I would find myself reverting back to BBG, but I wanted to make some changes to find out what would work best for me, and the goals that I was looking to achieve. It took some experimenting, and a lot of trial and error.
I have now been doing my own weight-training “program” for nearly 6 months, and while I’m not as small as I once was, I’m stronger. And most importantly, I feel (for the most part) content with the body I’m in. As silly as it may sound, there was a part of me that almost felt guilty for leaving BBG behind because it’s truly what started this all. Doing BBG in my basement with 5 pound dumbbells is where my love for exercise began. And while my body, my training schedule, and my life has greatly changed since then, I will forever be grateful that I stumbled upon BBG, and the incredible community that came with it.
Whether you found me because of BBG, or otherwise, I am grateful that you’re here. And I hope that you’ll embark on this next chapter with me.