My Look: Stronger “Tahoe” Set
I was inspired to write a little fitness update today because frankly… it’s been a long time since I’ve enjoyed a program this much & I’m finishing the first round of it this week! I tend to be the person that enjoys many different kinds of workouts. I love yoga, running, walking, boxing, HIIT, I LOVE IT ALL! Call me crazy but nothing quite beats an endorphin rush, ya know??
While it’s great to enjoy many forms of fitness, it can also mean that I’m the person who doesn’t always “stick” to a particular program. For some reason, I’ve been especially motivated this time around to stick to my BBG routine. I think it’s because the routine is very manageable and great for someone who has a busy lifestyle. I make sure to always get my three “resistance” days in per week and then will usually do some form of walking or cardio training (sometimes HIIT) on the other days depending on how I’m feeling. The number one piece of advice I can give to someone wanting to get back into working out is that you should always give yourself the option to take a rest day/ days if you need to! For this reason, I never feel “pressure” to workout. Working out is a choice I make when I’m either looking forward to it or know it will make me feel good. There is also a big difference between not really feeling like going to the gym (while knowing it’s going to make you feel better after) and feeling pressure to workout because you’re being overly hard on yourself.
On another note, it’s been exciting to see myself actually getting stronger weekly. I naturally have a smaller upper body so it’s been very rewarding to be able to do 50 + regular pushups rather than the girly ones. I honestly don’t think I’ve been doing that many full pushups since I was 15 or so, HA! My favorite thing about the BBG guide is that is gets harder weekly but in a way that is very subtle and small enough that it won’t scare you away. I finish my workouts feeling tired but energized, proud, & STRONG. I recently heard someone say that their opinion of the BBG guide is that it’s good for someone who “hasn’t really worked out before.” I had to scoff at this opinion and address it in this post because I completely disagree!! While it could also be great for someone getting into (or back into) fitness, I think it’s amazing for someone who is already a fitness lover because it’s challenging, concise, manageable, & when followed correctly it doesn’t “overdo” it. The program allows you the freedom to mix up your cardio on the days that aren’t the 3-day per week resistance training. You can do the workouts from a gym or from home and can even customize them in a way that works for you! On days I have more energy I’ll add in jumping rope/ added circus to really customize the workout to my mood. The bottom line: if you feel like you need a push in your fitness routine, I recommend BBG.
After I finish up the first round of BBG this week, I will go on to BBG 2 for weeks 13-24 and then maybe BBG 3 if I’m still into it! I will definitely keep you updated & hope you love this program if you try it. I also want to point out that I most definitely don’t follow the meal plan. I eat a whole foods diet and most certainly recommend eating as much food as your body needs, ESPECIALLY when adding in a new workout routine! On my resistance training days I’m literally a ravenous beast eating all the food. If you haven’t heard, I recently launched my dairy/ gluten free ebook which includes my grocery lists & favorite healthy recipes!!!
This guide is a great starting point for someone who struggles with what to buy at the grocery store and how to begin to eliminate dairy and gluten from their diet without feeling deprived. I share some of my favorite recipes & our exact grocery lists that you can print and bring shopping with you! Dairy & gluten are inflammatory so I recommend removing them if you struggle with inflammation in any way. More on that soon! 🙂
Thanks for reading, my lovlies!!