I first found Kayla Itsines on Instagram and just thought to myself “oh my god, she’s incredible”. She’s just so inspiring – I mean come on, look at how strong she is! She’s so dedicated to helping girls live a healthy lifestyle, so motivating and such a good role model. I’ve recently joined the Facebook Group which you can join if you’ve downloaded the guides and she’s really active on there – giving advice and support to all of us.
I tried the 12-week Bikini Body Guide once before last years summer holiday (weeks 1-10), and was happy with the results but didn’t give it my full attention, so I decided to try it again in September 2014. This time I completed the full guide just before Christmas and absolutely loved it. I then started it again in January 2015 with #thekaylamovement and stopped about 2 weeks before the end simply because I wanted to focus on the Rotterdam marathon I was running!
I’ve already posted one review from the last time I completed BBG that you can see here, but as I’ve recently completed the BBG (on the 3rd July 2015) and thought I’d post another review.
I can honestly say it’s the best $69.97 AUD (about £35) I have ever spent!! I have learnt so much about myself physically and mentally, I found it to be such a huge lifestyle change because it not only changes what you do but also your mentality to want to do it! Not only have I seen changes in my body that I never expected, I feel happy, healthy and so energised! And because of this, I want to keep eating healthy and working out – I love it so much I even started a new Instagram page to document it all!
When I was younger I was very active, doing a mixture sports more or less everyday, my metabolism stuck with me for a bit while I still lived at home, but moving out to university gave me the freedom to do and eat what I wanted. It was a lifestyle shock to my poor body. From homecooked meals and active living to eating takeaways and rubbish foods everyday, drinking alcohol more or less 4 times a week (heavily). I still did some exercise but it did not justify what I was eating (or the amount I was eating) – I was kidding myself! My sleeping pattern also suffered – because of the late nights and mix of early mornings and lie ins, it was way off.
This picture was the turning point for me, I saw it online and just couldn’t believe it. I couldn’t believe that was me, I had felt fine, confident even, at the beach, but seeing that picture was like a slap in the face – I didn’t want to be unhealthy and unhappy about my body any more. I saw another picture of me at my nineteenth birthday and just felt so embarrassed – how had I let it get to this?
I decided I wanted to change. And I have now been doing Kayla’s BBG for over a year.
Here is my before BBG picture:
Here is my before picture (this time round):
And here’s my after picture:
Kayla’s guide has helped me SO SO much. It educated me in health and fitness and what it means to do the very best for my body. Every day I wake up and I want to move. I don’t stay up late (except for special occasions) or have many lie-ins any more. I still drink alcohol but on a much smaller scale and my eating has improved drastically. I feel generally much more toned all over, but I’m just so happy with how much better I feel and how much more comfortable I am in myself now!
**I don’t know how much I weighed then or now, because we don’t own any scales, but in dress sizes I’ve gone from a UK 12 to a UK 8!
So I wanted to say a MASSIVE thank you Kayla!! You’ve changed my life. I just started the second eGuide – BBG2.0 yesterday. I can’t wait to see what more my body can do!
If anyone has any questions about the eGuide, please don’t hesitate to ask me – on here, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.