Anyone who knows me knows my one true love. Working Out. JK, Eating. From chocolate to french fries to pizza to spaghetti to fried chicken to..wow I’m really hungry….anyways, I love food! I’ve gone to buffets many times ever since I was a young child. I was that person that could get away with eating as much as I wanted and not gain a single pound. And alas, that came to an end when I went to college.
This meant that…oh no…I needed to actually work out 😥 I came upon this realization during my 2nd semester of freshman year. I started going to the gym, watched my calorie intake, etc., lost the weight I had gained and then started eating fast food everyday again. Then I would lose that weight, binge eat, then do the same thing over and over again!
I knew this wasn’t the healthiest thing to do so I decided to change my ways this past December. After being put on meds for my anxiety disorder (which added to my college weight gain), I knew I had to watch what I was eating and exercise regularly in order to stay in shape, be healthy, and have the body that I wanted.
Before that Christmas break, my previous roommate had randomly talked to me about Kayla Itsines, a famous fitness guru from Australia. I started doing her Bikini Body Guide (BBG), loved it so much and ended up doing her BBG 2.0!!! And no, this post isn’t sponsored!
If you have never heard of her or her workouts, I highly encourage you to google her! The workouts are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday every week and can be done from the comfort of your own room! I was always that person that would walk to the gym, be tired from the walk, then end up walking back, so not having to leave my apartment to work out was definitely my fave perk. With the guide, I could do strength training, cardio, stretching, etc. all from the comfort of my own room! Keep in mind, I already owned some weights and other equipment though. I followed the guide closely for the most part, but I did adjust some things because of issues like my weak knee that I injured in high school. In addition, she offers a diet guide, but I moreso improvised and just ate what I knew would suit my body and I. One of my fave things to eat were snacks from Graze boxes, which I already had a subscription to. Once again, not sponsored hehe.
Anyways, 6 months later, I have finished the BBG and the BBG 2.0! Now I just repeat some workouts from the 2.0 every week to keep in shape. I weigh myself once a week and have experimented with the amount of workouts per week and kinds of food I need to eat to maintain my weight and still get the nutrients I need. I lessened my workouts to twice a week instead of three, taking into account that I walk everywhere on campus; and I still eat pizza and chocolate regularly, just a lesser amount. I do have cheat days, which are definitely acceptable in my opinion, with enough self control. It took me a while to get the self control I needed (I could and still can eat a medium pizza and box of cookies in one sitting, but I don’t anymore!), but I eventually got there! I also now have more muscle than I have ever had in my life.
Anyways, what I want you to take from this post is that, being fit isn’t really about being skinny. It means eating the right foods and getting the recommended amount of exercise based on your age, weight, etc. I also wanted to share my experience with the BBG and just want you to know you don’t have to cut out your favorite foods completely in order to be in shape. Moderation is key. Always remember though, you are beautiful. Don’t compare yourself to others. Just be the healthiest and best person you can be.