How to Lose Baby Weight – Part 2 – BBG
A year after my son was born I knew it was time to take action to get fit! I had lost my baby weight and could wear my pre-prego clothes, but I felt flabby and uncomfortable. Women on instagram with awesome abs kept talking about something called BBG. Eventually I realized BBG stands for Bikini Body Guide, an exercise and diet program designed by Kayla Itsines.
I’m an ‘older’ mom (35 years) and I don’t feel compelled to wear bikinis, so I hesitated at first. But, BBG really appealed to me because: 1) I could do it without joining a gym 2) I was already walking a lot with my son and that counts as a workout 3) BBG’s nutrition aspect of well balanced healthy meals fit what I was (mostly) already eating 4) It is a 12 week program, which felt like an amount of time I could commit to 5) The circuit training workouts are only 28 minutes long.
BBG After Pregnancy
I took the BBG plunge 9 weeks ago and I haven’t looked back since. Of course, the first thing I did was create an instagram account like all the other cool bbg girls (I’m letsfindmyabs).
I saw results within the first two weeks of starting BBG. I think this was because I cleaned up my diet and stopped eating anything that wasn’t a whole grain, and added in more protein. Also, I hadn’t been working out at all so there was a lot of room for change in my appearance.
What’s it Like?
I workout 6 days a week, and the exercise fits into my daily life much better than you’d expect. 3 days a week are “LISS” or low intensity steady state, so this is often a nice walk carrying my son (who I think adds to the workout since it means I’m carrying a 20 pound weight). The other 3 days are circuit training, which I can do at home and squeeze in during naps or while my son is playing. The only tricky thing is fitting in HIIT (high intensity interval training). I should also be doing this 2-3 times a week but I’ll admit it isn’t happening right now – I’ll make time for it soon!
There are hundreds of amazing BBG before and after pictures on instagram that keep me motivated. I’ve lost some flab around my abs and I feel a little stronger, but the truth is, a lot of days I’m not giving my all in the workouts. Yes, I’m making an effort, but my little one sleeps like crap so I’m often tired. Plus, the workouts are HARD! I can’t do any of them without modifications… like, pushups?!? I have worked up to a grand total of ONE real push up so far.
Working on my pushups is just part of the process of getting back into shape. I know dramatic results will take hard work. Once I finish the 12 weeks of BBG I plan on starting over again. Doing BBG over again won’t be any easier since I use so many modifications in the workouts, but I’m looking forward to the challenge!
I highly recommend BBG after pregnancy, but given the intensity of the workouts, make sure you are ready. Of course I waited quite a while before I started and I could have done it sooner, but I would have probably waited at least 6 months. Since I’m not a medical professional I’ll note here that you should consult a professional if you’re hesitating about BBG workouts post-pregnancy.
What type of workouts do you like post-pregnancy? Share your experience in the comments!