What happened after 5 rounds of BBG

I've completed 5 rounds of BBG...what?! Sometimes I still can't believe it. A year and a half ago, I never thought this would have happened. 

If you read my first post about my experience doing BBG, you'll know that I was SUPER hesitant about starting Kayla Itsines' workout program and thought I would never actually complete it.

Before starting BBG, I was never a workout program or class kind of person. I much preferred working out on my own, and I honestly couldn't imagine sticking to some workout regimen. However, looking back on it now, I know that those were just excuses because I was lazy. 

I was too afraid to start a workout program or go to a class because I didn't want to be told what to do. I didn't want to make working out a chore or a struggle. Little did I know that a structured program was exactly what I needed to stay consistent and hold myself accountable. 

Starting BBG and sticking with it was a real struggle at first. I won't go into detail since I already wrote about that in my last post about BBG, but you can read about it here if you're interested. 

Once I completed my first round of BBG, I was hooked. Staying committed was no longer an issue, working out became a part of my daily routine. 

Over the last year and 3 months of doing BBG, a lot has happened! I always thought that doing BBG would bring me a lot of physical changes. I thought that working out consistently for a year would dramatically change my body and make me so much leaner. 

While I have seen a lot of great physical progress, I've learned that doing BBG was not just about the physical results. I had no idea how much it would affect my life in other ways.

After 15 months of BBG, I gained a lot of muscle, I became passionate about health and fitness, I started this blog, and my transformation photo was even featured by Queen Kayla herself!  

Keep reading to find out exactly what happened to me after doing 5 rounds of BBG and learn how it can change your life too! 

 

5 Things that happened TO after I COMPLETED 5 rounds of BBG 

 

1. WORKING OUT BECAME A GREAT STRESS RELIEF

Starting BBG was really hard for me, but after about a week of following the workouts, I realized that exercising made feel so much less stressed. Before starting BBG, I had a lot of anxiety and was worried about things all the time. Stress from work added to it and in general I didn't feel well most days. 

To my surprise, doing BBG workouts allowed me to "burn off" all the stress and anxiety and I felt so much better! Even though the workouts were tough, I felt amazing once they were over. Even if I had felt stressed right before the workout, I always finished feeling calm and relaxed. 

Now, whenever I feel stressed, sad, angry, or annoyed, I always use working out to feel better. It works like magic :) 

2. I WAS INSPIRED TO BECOME A CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINER

This one is still kind of crazy to me. A year ago I never thought that this would happen. After working out consistently for a while, I realized that I had become very passionate about health and fitness. I guess this passion had always sort of been there, but I just never realized it. 

When I was in college, I really struggled to find hobbies. I know this sounds silly, but I didn't know what I enjoyed doing and I had a difficult time picking a major and deciding what my career would be. People kept telling me to do something that I liked, but I honestly didn't feel very passionate about anything. 

When I was in high school, and throughout most of my childhood actually, sports ruled my life. I tried almost every sport, but lacrosse became my true passion during my high school years. I lived for the adrenaline of the game and felt truly alive when I was running up and down the field. After I finally hung up my cleats after my senior year, I felt lost. 

It took a few years to figure out that I could still be an athlete without playing a sport or being on a team. I realized that I could feel the same adrenaline I felt on the lacrosse field after doing a BBG workout or taking a Soul Cycle class. 

Because of this, working out became fun to me and I looked forward to the work day ending so that I could get to the gym to workout. I became fascinated about the science of fitness and yearned to learn which types of exercises and practices were most effective. 

So, after several months of thinking, I finally made the plunge to work towards becoming certified. It was one of those things that I knew I just had to do. I couldn't wait any longer and counted down the days for my program to start. 

Right now I'm 5 weeks into my program and have loved every minute of it. I can't wait to learn more and one day be able to use my knowledge to help others become healthier and stronger. I'm not sure how I will use my certification in the long run, but for now I want to focus on making helpful blog content for all of you :) 

3. KAYLA FEATURED ME!

A few weeks ago it actually happened, my transformation photo was featured by Kayla herself! I honestly never thought that I would ever be featured. I didn't have a crazy weight loss transformation and millions of girls do BBG, I thought there was no way Kayla would ever see me on Instagram. 

I wasn't exactly yearning to be posted, but I always thought it would be pretty cool to be acknowledged by Kayla. 

On the day it happened, I was at work when I randomly checked my phone. My heart rate shot up as I saw that I had a notification from Twitter alerting me that Kayla Itsines had tagged me. "Did that just happen, did she post me on Instagram too???" I nervously opened my Instagram app to see a surge of followers. I went to Kayla's page and there it was! 

I couldn't believe it. While I felt slightly weird knowing that a lot of people were able to see my picture, I was overwhelmed by the nice comments I received. Friends texted me screenshots with lots of emojis and exclamation points. 

Even though I never expected to be featured, it was a really awesome feeling to be acknowledged for all the hard work I've put in over the last year and I am so thankful for it. 

4. I MET A LOT OF NEW FRIENDS

When I joined the Instagram fitness community, I had no idea that it would make such an impact on my social life. After making a fitness account, I learned about the BBG meet ups in my area and started going to them.

I met so many amazing women who were passionate about health and fitness like I was. Soon, this community became a big part of my life. I started going to fitness events all the time and formed great friendships. 

Even when I moved to Colorado this summer, I quickly made new friends after going to a few of the meet ups. Now I hang out with "fitness friends" all the time whether its trying out a new class together or going for a hike. 

Even if starting BBG had given me nothing else, the friendships I've made would have made it all worth it. 

 

5. I BECAME MORE CONFIDENT 

I've always been on the quieter side and I don't normally put myself out there that much. However, after doing BBG, I've become a lot more confident. Because of BBG, I found the confidence to show up to meet ups where I knew no one and walked away meeting new friends. 

Now I show up to things all the time by myself and I am not afraid to go up to someone and start a conversation.

It is also this confidence that finally pushed me to start this blog. I had been wanting to blog for a long time, but I felt awkward about putting myself out there and worrying about what others would think. Now, blogging has become one of my favorite hobbies and it feels so natural.

All I can say is that I definitely have Kayla Itsines' to thank for helping me step outside my comfort zone.  

FINAL THOUGHTS 

If you asked me a year ago what I thought would happen after a year of doing BBG, I would have been completely wrong. Back then I was almost 100% concerned about what BBG would do to my body, I never would have guessed that it would help me in other ways too. 

Over the last year, I've learned that fitness is about more than just getting in to shape. It's about improving my health and lifestyle as well. 

If you've been thinking about starting BBG or another fitness program, I would strongly urge you to do it! You never know how much of an impact it can have on your life! 

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