2 Rounds of BBG in 2017 and SWEAT APP for 2018 Goals

Photo above – Me at my peak fitness in 2017 and one of the BEST days ever – swimming in the Mediterranean sea on the coast of Monterosso, Italy with my husband (forgive the pale legs – that was amended as the trip progressed lol)

Yes, we are over halfway through the first month of the new year and I’ve just gotten to my 2017 fitness review lol.  Better late than never! 🙂

2017 was a great year for fitness:

  • 2 rounds of Bikini Body Guide – total 32 weeks
  • 1 round of Tammy Hembrow’s Booty Guide – total 8 weeks
  • 2 weeks off while on vacation in Europe (although we walked an insane amount!)
  • 2 post BBG rest weeks
  • Then 8 consecutive weeks off for my laparoscopic myomectomy surgery/recovery

40 weeks total of exercise – 4 weeks of rest – 8 weeks of recovery

I also used the My Fitness Pal App to track my calorie intact as I was trying to gain weight during my Tammy Hembrow workouts/BBG workouts.  I successfully gained 5 pounds of muscle.  Not that impressive but it’s hard to eat a ton.

I also incorporated kettle bell training/yoga as the third day of BBG for my HIIT/LISS exercise.

Eventually, I moved onto running for my HIIT training in the 12 weeks prior to my surgery where I ran two speeds for 20-30 minutes twice a week.  This was in preparation to shed fat from my stomach as I wanted the layer of fat the surgeon had to cut through to be minimal.  I lost 5 pounds but didn’t lose any muscle.

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Me about a month before surgery – Please forgive the background clutter LOL! Especially those cat litter containers… 🙂

Post- surgery I lost another 5 pounds unfortunately and haven’t taken a photo of myself without them.  So that means my….

2018 Goal is:

Gain 10 pounds of muscle! 🙂 YAY!

I started my workout regime for 2018 on January 3.  I decided to start with BBG pre-training which is meant for people who haven’t exercised in a while.  It helps your body ease into a more strenuous routine. I told myself I would only do half which is about 15 minutes of working out and 5 minutes of stretching.  I needed to test my limits in particular with my core strength as I have 5 incisions on my stomach and one large internal incision.  After the first workout, I did feel some pulling across my abdomen.  It wasn’t terrible but it certainly was noticeable.  I also was incredibly sore throughout my body for the next 4 days. I pushed forward and worked out again on January 5.  I have kept consistent at the two day a week/half workouts since then.


Recently, my sister found that the Sweat app by Kayla Itsines (BBG founder) is $1 for 3 months total.  It is usually $19.99/month.  It includes not only there traditional BBG workout but their BBG gym format, yoga, post-pregnancy and a power program.  It also includes meal ideas and recipes, activity schedules and all sorts of goodies.  I promptly signed up for this to help me reach my 2018 goals.

Since I have signed up I made the decision to follow their yoga program.  I haven’t focused on yoga for so long but I think it would be a nice change of pace so stay tuned for those results! 🙂

I’m very excited to get back into my routine as exercising just motivates me to accomplish so much in all avenues of my life.  I love all those endorphins flying around my brain!

How about you sewing friends?  Did you do anything fitness related in 2017 or have plans to kick butt in 2018?

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Hi! I'm Kelly, a lover of sewing, fitness and fashion.

4 thoughts on “2 Rounds of BBG in 2017 and SWEAT APP for 2018 Goals”

    1. Hi there! Absolutely, it’s hard for me to gain weight so I had to consume more calories than I was used to. The way I did that was by using the MyFitnessPal App where I recorded all of my food/calorie intake. It was really important that I did this in a clean fashion because I didn’t want to pop up with other health issues. I started with a smoothie in the morning (I have a recipe under my fitness section called strawberry banana smoothie). Then I would eat a larabar two hours later. A full lunch another two hours later of a protein like chicken and sweet potato and sauteed spinach. I also had a snack pack in the afternoon which included a boiled egg, cheese stick, cut strawberries, carrots and almond butter. Before my workouts I had half of a cookies and cream muscle milk smoothie with almond milk. After my workouts I would eat dinner – usually a blue apron style meal if not blue apron itself. 🙂 Hope this is helpful for you!

  1. Wow Kelly, this is so impressive! Firstly, you look amazing in your photos. But beyond that, what a great idea not to think about “losing weight” (which is what always seems to be the goal behind exercise routines) but about getting strong. I don’t set fitness goals as since having children, my exercise is mainly walking or cycling them around! I used to practise yoga 5 times a week and my long-term goal is to get back into it when time permits, as I always felt so energised from it. I am so admiring of your commitment that’s about lifestyle as much as about your body!

    1. Thank you so much Helen! I remember a time in my life when I still had some baby fat and my doctor told me I needed to shed it. I was a teenager and it wasn’t noticeable but funny enough I was the same weight when that happened as I am in my Italy photo. I just have muscle instead of a little extra belly fat. I absolutely agree with you on how exercising can be energizing! I hope you can get back into some yoga soon- that is what I’m focusing on now before I go back into my regular BBG routine. I need something that is a bit easier on the abdomen. I am also a lover of walking and cycling although I haven’t been on a bike for some time. I find walks very rejuvenating and how perfect to have your little ones along for the ride! 🙂

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