BBG Fitness, Blue Apron and Fitness Sewing Patterns

BBG Fitness, Blue Apron and Fitness Sewing Patterns

A workout update is long overdue.

As of writing this I am currently in week 6 of my second round of BBG (Bikini Body Guide). That means I am about to be officially almost halfway through.  Luckily this second round hasn’t been as tough as the first one but that isn’t saying much because it’s still pretty hard.  I end up sore the next day after every workout.  I gotta say that I like being sore though because I feel like it’s proof that the 30-40 minutes went towards building a better me. If I’m not sore I feel like I didn’t challenge myself.

Some of the other things I have incorporated on an on and off basis are kettlebell exercises, yoga and 5 mile walks or HITT (BBG calls for LISS or HITT on your off days).  This may sound like a lot but instead of doing the optional 3rd day of BBG I do a kettlebell exercise or yoga instead.

Here is the kettlebell exercise I’ve been using from BodyFit by Amy:

 

Here is the yoga exercise I’ve been using from Fitness Blender:

 

I tried this HIIT workout – which is tough so I most definitely did not do it perfectly.  I’m not much of a runner even though I try every so often.

Interval Training – Kick Your Ass and Kickstart your Metabolism in 20 Minutes

Other changes to my diet and fitness have been due to time constraints.  My husband and I decided to re-join Blue Apron.  We used to get their meals then we had a few weeks where we just weren’t enjoying them as much so we stopped.  It worked for a while but our schedules can be kind of hectic which leads to poor eating habits including not buying healthy meals at the grocery store, eating out or not eating enough.  To combat this, we re-activated our account and it’s been such a relief to have the ingredients for three dinners a week delivered straight to us.  It’s also really nice to cook interesting meals together too!

Some of the other things I wanted to touch on that are fitness related are sewing a fitness wardrobe!  I’m far from it but I wanted to share a few patterns that I’m hoping to sew in the future.  My list is quite long and I’m currently trying to sew together a casual work wardrobe but that is for another post. Check out these cute patterns! I hope to get to at least one very soon. 🙂

Endurance Sports Bra by GreenStyleCreations

Endurance

Purl Soho City Gym Shorts – Free Pattern

City Gym Shorts

What have you all been up to fitness and health wise?  I would love to hear your tips!

As of posting this I just entered week 8 of BBG!  🙂  Yay!

12 weeks of BBG – Goal Completed!!

12 weeks of BBG – Goal Completed!!

I made it through 12 weeks of BBG!  I started with 4 weeks of pre-training which brings me to a total of 16 weeks.  It has been a wonderful journey.  I made progress towards reaching my fitness goals and truly created a habit which was the largest goal of all.

I’m feeling a lot stronger and looking a little bit more toned but most importantly I’ve taking large strides in how I approach eating.  I aim to eat clean Monday through Friday and give myself a break on the weekend when I’m not on my routine.  It’s easier to not be so hard on myself by just giving myself that pass on Saturday and Sunday.  Of course I don’t over-indulge!

A part of my new fitness routine as I move out of these 12 weeks is to gain muscle which means I need to lift weights but I also have to eat more.  I’m currently using the MyFitnessPal app to count calories and make sure I’m eating enough calories to sustain my workout.  In doing so I have added a pre-workout/post work-out protein shake to get those extra calories and heal my muscles.

My workout for the next 7 weeks (I’ve already completed week 1) is Tammy Hembrow’s fitness program which focuses on the glutes.  I chose this one because I felt like this was the one area that was missing on BBG and I want an overall toned appearance so this will hit that goal.  I will be doing this 3 days a week and the other 2 days will be dedicated to BBG 2.0 arms and abs.

I’m super excited to see some progress!

Fitness and Food Update – BBG Week 9

Fitness and Food Update – BBG Week 9

It’s been a whole 4 weeks since my last BBG post and I’m happy to say I haven’t missed a day.  I’m not sure if I look that much stronger but I do feel stronger.  Week 8 was great because I was able to get through my exercises with more ease but now that I am in Week 9 I’m back to being beaten down at the end of my workouts.  I definitely have not lost the will to keep going though so at least I have that.

Since my last fitness post I have been really working on eating as clean as possible.  I do have a cheat meal or two over the weekends and sometimes I like to indulge in a little bit of ice cream which is kind of funny because I’m not really that into ice cream.  I guess you can say it’s my craving of the moment.

I also downloaded the MyFitnessPal app so I can watch my nutrients.  It has been super helpful and motivating to get me to eat the right amount of healthy food to reach my fitness goals but also is an eye opener on how indulgences can really throw your health off if you have too many.

Here are just a few of the food changes that I have made:

I am making a huge effort to wake up early enough to make breakfast.  My go to meals are either whole grain toast topped with sautéed spinach and a sunny side up egg OR dairy-free overnight oats with chia seeds and some fruit.  I like to have a glass of water with a splash of lemonade with this as well.

I’m thinking about experimenting with some morning smoothies as well in order to get more calories in early.  We shall see!

Otherwise, I have removed all yogurt from my lunches and make a sweet potato and coconut milk pudding that I used to make in the past and loved.  I have also removed all red meat from my diet and will save that for big events.

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My next step is to cut out sandwiches for lunch and eat a lean meat and vegetables instead.

I have been doing a pretty good job of eating more vegetables than starches or meat during dinner and I intend to keep that up.

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Still a work in progress but I am getting there!

BBG Fitness and Diet – Week 5

BBG Fitness and Diet – Week 5

 

I am now in Week 5 of the BBG program and I’m feeling pretty good.  I’ve had to make a few adjustments to the schedule every so often due to vacation and birthdays and work but nonetheless I have gotten through 4 exercises every week.  I can feel myself getting stronger already and being able to endure my full workout.  Things are going well.

In the last week, I have been focusing more on my diet.  I know food plays an important role in how our body feels and I wasn’t feeling my best.  I indulged a little too much in Mexico and ate really poorly over my husband’s birthday weekend.  My body just isn’t able to handle those things as well as it used to unfortunately.  As I mentioned in my first BBG post, I try to eat healthy and for the most part I do but I needed an extra push to get me to make the right decision in every situation.  That extra push was the crummy feeling of over-indulgence.

That being said, I’m experimenting with cutting down on dairy, processed food and red meat. This entails half of my dinner plate as vegetables, one quarter chicken or fish and one quarter starch.  Also, drinking more water and caffeine free herbal tea with raw honey.

Although this has all been working well, something was still off and after a little research I came to the conclusion that I should do a juice cleanse.  I have never done one before so I bought the one-day juice cleanse from Pressed Juicery.  I was a little apprehensive at first but I am so glad I did it.  I feel like it helped reset my system and got me back on track.  I want to do it again next month – maybe even 3 days??

Check out what I had:

9am – Greens 2: apple, celery, cucumber, kale, lemon, parsley, romaine, spinach *Yum

11am – Citrus 2: apple, lemon, mint, pineapple *Sweet

1pm – Greens 3: apple, celery, cucumber, ginger, kale, lemon, parsley, romaine, spinach *Yum

3pm – Roots 3: apple, beet, ginger, lemon *Ginger spice

5pm – Citrus 1: aloe vera, coconut water, cucumber, lemon, pineapple *Subtle

7pm – Vanilla Almond: almond, dates, sea salt, vanilla bean *Yum

Chlorophyll Water – throughout the day

9pm – Aloe Vera Water – before bed

I drank all of this in one day!  I can’t believe it!


*This is NOT a Pressed Juicery promotion.  I have NO affiliation with them.

BBG – Take 2

BBG – Take 2

 

What do you think about this workout outfit?  I love exercise clothes… maybe it’s the compression that holds everything in nicely or maybe it’s the everyday ease or maybe I like that they push me to workout.  Who knows?!  This is my exercise sewing dream outfit not necessarily in the cat print although I love the kitties – now just for getting it done. 🙂

Top left: Colette Patterns – Astoria pullover, Right: Colette Patterns – Aries Fitted Athletic Tights, Bottom left: Asics Gel Fit Tempo 2 MT – Love love love these shoes!

Anyway, it has taken me a couple years to really workout regularly.  I started with P90X and did that for about a month and a half then I did 10 minute daily workouts using YouTube videos then back to P90X but the 30 minute version then back to 10 minute videos.  As time went by I hired a personal trainer for 3 months.  That was great!  I loved it and thought I could learn how to work out properly then workout on my own.  Once those three months ended I found BBG – Bikini Body Guide.  I skipped the 4 week pre-training because I had been working out regularly and was in the best shape of my life.  I was about three weeks in when I pulled an intercostal muscle.  I had no choice but to take a break for a few weeks and let it heal.  As much as I wanted and sometimes even tried to start working out again I couldn’t without aggravating it so I stopped working out but I didn’t stop eating right.

Instead, I started to pay more attention to what I eat and dabble into different diets like paleo, vegan, vegetarian or no sugar.  I never dove in completely to any but I would try them for about a week.  It was always tough especially since so many of the foods I love involve meat or seafood or sugar.  I realized that I didn’t want to give everything up and I didn’t want it to be noticeable that I have a certain diet so the best route for me was moderation.  Cut down on sugar, cut down on meat, cut down on fast food and drink more water but don’t deny a good meal when it is offered.

Back to BBG, my muscle finally healed up.  It took longer than expected but then the holidays came and my schedule was a bit crazy.  I wasn’t able to work out and a part of me was discouraged.  My husband who is also my workout partner (even though we don’t follow the same workouts) fell off the wagon with me when I pulled my muscle.  We do almost everything together so even though I encouraged him to work out it just didn’t feel the same.  Soon enough my husband started to realize I was in a funk and kept asking me about working out.  I wasn’t into it but finally he was very direct with me and told me I was not being myself and that I am usually so on top of everything and I need to snap out of it.  He was right.  I wasn’t myself.  I’m a list-maker, I read every day whether it be books or articles, I work out at least 3 times a week, I’m always running errands on my lunch break and making dinner at home and preparing lunch the night before, I even have time for my sewing and working on my business.  I wasn’t doing all of those things and I really needed to be doing those things to get out of my rut.  The next day, I went to work and I wrote my very first list in some time.  I was going to work out.  I was going to start the BBG – this time from pre-training.  So I did it.

I’m on week 1 of BBG after 4 weeks of pre-training and it is kicking my butt.  I am doing the Monday/Wednesday circuit training and the Tuesday/Thursday LISS.  I have a long way to go but I wanted to keep track of that here.  I’m looking forward to it.  I’m also looking forward to more lists, good books, great meals at home, and running my sewing business all the while working full-time.  🙂