Happy Super Bowl Sunday!
I have gotten 30+ emails/messages/texts from readers regarding the Kayla Itsines’ challenge that I wrote about a couple of weeks ago. I’ve decided to make this post into a Q&A format to answer all of your questions in my updates (most of which were the same) the best way I can!
But first, as promised, here are my Week 2 progress photos.
Q: Are you following the nutrition guide?
A: I got so many questions like this. The guide is just a guide. Kayla gives you a drawn out meal plan, but planning all of those meals every week can be difficult. So I guess my answer would technically be “no,” although I have taken some great tips from regarding how many carbs, fats, veggies, etc. I should be eating on a daily basis. My daily food intake looks something like this:
I’m a broke college student, so a healthy, affordable diet is important. You can get all of this for under $30 at Trader Joes! If you’re hungry, EAT. Don’t deprive yourself. (Note: This chart doesn’t include vodka and tequila shots).
Q: The BBG guide only gives you 3 days of workouts? So are you only supposed to workout for 3 days?
A: It does only give you 3 days of circuit training (which kick my ass), but it tells you what kind of workouts you should be doing other days (LISS, HIIT, yoga). So, it’s really up to you how you want to structure your week, although the guide does give you an example of what your weekly workout schedule should look like.
That’s one of the things I love most about the guide. It gives you the freedom to create a workout regime that works for you! I just started incorporating a sprint workout (HIIT) into my workout schedule, and as much as I hate sprinting, it’s a killer workout.
Q: Is it like Insanity?
A: This was my favorite question. I’ve tried Insanity, and yes, it’s an amazing workout, but it just didn’t work for me. 5-6 days of intense cardio and “jumping around” got real old, real fast. I don’t have the dedication to listen to Shaun T that many days in a week.
I guess BBG is comparable to Insanity in some aspects, like how they are both “circuit” workouts. However, for me, I like being my own motivator. I don’t like watching people on screen with six packs doing workouts that I can’t complete. That may motivate some people, but it doesn’t motivate me. Also, both BBG and Insanity are technically “at-home” workouts (although BBG requires some minor equipment), but BBG is MUCH more gym-friendly than Insanity.
“Ahhh, yay!! At-home workouts!!!! Six pack in the comfort of my own living room!!!”– This seems to be the anthem in the women’s fitness market lately.
Let me break it down for you. My brain works like this:
Home= eat, sleep, relax
Gym= run, sweat, work hard
Trying to wire my brain to incorporate Insanity workouts into “home,” was just miserable. I could bring my laptop to the gym and do the workouts there if I really wanted to, but ummm.. I’ll let you do an Insanity workout and see if you think it’s “gym-friendly.”
Don’t be fooled, though. BBG is f@#kin’ hard! It’s only a half hour of work, but it’s definitely an intense 30 minutes.
Good luck to all my fellow BBG girls! I’ll keep you guys updated and try to answer more questions in my next post when I get better answers 🙂