A Week In The Life Of BBG

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You’ve read my post on How To Conquer BBG, my BBG Q & A, my review on 2.0 and even my review on 3.0.  Today, you’re going to see exactly what a weeks worth of BBG looks like for me. This has been a very much requested post, so I figured it was time! 

While BBG has its own recommended schedule, in order to not go insane or get burned out, it is important to make the workouts fit into your life, and your own schedule. It’s important to listen to your body and most importantly, to make each workout count. 

Last week, I made sure to track each of my workouts, big or small, so that I could share it with you all! Hey, that rhymed 🙂

Here is what a typical week looks like.

Monday (LEGS): Monday morning I had planned on waking up and doing a long run (I had indulged a little bit too much the night before), but was completely exhausted so I opted for just taking Bentley on his 15 minute walk before getting ready for work. No matter what, I always try and do Leg Day on Monday’s. So for my lunch break, I headed to the gym to complete Week 37 Legs and followed the workout by walking on the treadmill at 4.0 mph for 20 minutes. I do this sometimes to get the lactic acid out of my legs! Days total workout time: 15+38+20= 1 hr & 13 minutes 

Tuesday (LISS): Tuesday morning, I took my little sister to school, so my timing was super cut short and I wasn’t able to take Bentley for his normal walk. Then when I got to work, it ended up being a super busy day, which meant I wasn’t able to do my  normal lunch workout. Needless to say, after sitting all day long, I was rushed home to get my body moving. I ended up running // walking on the treadmill for 1 hr. It consisted of a 10 minute up hill walk at 4.0 mph; a 30 minute run ranging from 5.4 – 7.0 mph; 10 minutes of uphill walking/running intervals; followed by a 10 minute cool down walking on a low incline at 3.8 mph. Days total workout time: 1 hour

Wednesday (ARMS): Wednesday morning, I was feeling really energized and well rested and ended up getting out of bed in time to take Bentley for his 15 minute walk. Because I had an event that evening, I knew that I had to workout during my lunch break. I ended up doing Week 37 Arms and finishing it with doing the stair stepper for 20 minutes. Days total workout time: 15+38+ 20 = 1 hr 13 minutes 

Thursday (ABS): Thursday morning, I am not sure what happened, but I woke up NEEDING to run. So I got out of bed around 5:45 and went for a quick 2 mile run. Then during my lunch break, I really wasn’t feeling doing more cardio, so I did Week 37 Abs followed by 15 minutes on the stair stepper: Days Total Workout Time: 20 + 38 + 15 = 1 hr 13 minutes

Friday (Challenge): Friday morning, we were trying to leave early for Dallas, so I woke up, took Bentley for his 15 minute walk and went straight to my apartments gym. Once again,  I wasn’t feeling doing cardio so I did the 1000 rep, Full Body Challenge. It kicked my tail! Because we were trying to get out of town, I wasn’t able to do any extra cardio. Days Total Workout Time: 15 + 45 = 1 hr

Saturday (LISS) Saturday morning in Dallas, I found a cycling studio so close to our hotel that I was able to walk to it. So I woke up and scheduled myself for their 10:30, 45 minute cycling class. Days Total Workout Time: 45 minutes 

Sunday: Rest Day!

Moral of the story, no day is the same. Sometimes I am feeling it, sometimes I am not. Sometimes my schedule works out, sometimes it doesn’t. Listen to your body, and workout at a time that fits best for you that day. Just make sure you do it! 

xo,

Lauren 

 

 

BBG 3.0 Review

Outfit Details: Lulu Lemon top // leggings // shoes // Leazy No-Tie Shoe Laces


As of this week, I will officially be finishing my 36th week of BBG. 36 weeks, wow!!! I literally can’t believe I’ve stuck with it this long. As you guys know, I completed the first 12 weeks twice before starting over from the beginning and going all the way through, up until now. 

BBG is designed for you to grow with, and get stronger with. If you are currently doing BBG, then you know that the workouts pretty much change every four weeks. BBG  3.0 was really hard, I am not going to lie, but I was also properly prepared for it thanks to 1.0 and 2.0. Like there is no way I could have completed it with out doing the first two! 

Here’s What I’ve Taken Away From BBG 3.o

  1. The first thing I noticed about 3.0 is that you no longer do four, seven minute circuits. Instead, you have just have two, 14 minute circuits. This can be good and bad, depending on how you look at it. What is nice, is that you don’t have to go back and fourth from different equipment. What is not so nice, is that you have less breaks. 
  2. Because the workouts are so much harder, I am only able to complete each round 2-3 times as compared to being able to complete them four times in each round.  
  3. You still have three resistance training days (legs, arms, abs) & four cardio days a week. 
  4. There are a lot more common weighted exercised, as compared to before. You’ll need less equipment. I think this is why I liked 3.0 so much! They were workouts I was used to doing. 
  5. Even though the workouts are harder, I am less exhausted after my training. This is because I’ve properly learned how to do each move. I’ve learned how to take each workout step by step, and I’ve learned that it is more important to do each move correctly as compared to just getting it over with. 
  6. Almost every circuit includes some sort of burpee, snap jump or tuck jump, which is probably why my core has gotten so toned. 
  7. I’ve noticed I’ve gotten really strong. Potentially too strong? You could say that. Since completing 3.0, my legs have gotten crazy strong. I love the definition in my arms and my stomach, but I think that my legs are getting a little to stacked for my liking. So next, I am going to work on leaning out my legs by adding in more cardio and yoga. 
  8. Box jumps have officially become my favorite move, which I never thought I would say. 
  9. What I love the most? My core, ya’ll. I’m telling you, I have never really had a core until now and I love it. So while I am looking to lean out my legs, I am not changing a thing when it comes to my arm & ab work outs. 
  10. If I followed her meal plan, I would be so ripped haha. 

Am I going to continue to BBG 4.0? 

Absolutely! But as I mentioned above, I plan on changing // adding a few things. I really miss my basic weight training, so as of now I am going to start working on continuing BBG but also incooperating my own things into it. I’ll keep you all updated in what I change // add!

Can you buy BBG 3.0 or How does is work? 

BBG 3.0 is technically just weeks 25 – 36 on the app. Unlike 1.0 & 2.0, I’m not sure if you can buy the ebook. 

Do I encourage you to try BBG? 

Absolutely! Especially if you are someone who has no idea where to begin & needs guidance, or someone who is in a workout rut and needs a change. You can check it out, here!

Check Out My Other BBG Posts: 

xo,

Lauren

How To Get The Most Out Of Your Run

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You guys all know that I love spin classes. You’ve read both of my posts here & here. But did you know that my absolutely favorite form of cardio is running? Well it is! I love it. I love getting into my music & clearing my mind. It is indeed, what I call, me time. 

If you’re reading this and are thinking I am crazy, well you’re right, I probably am. At the same time though, understand that it took me years to get to this point. I would try my hardest to run once a week in the beginning and most of the time I could barely run a mile. But the more and more I ran, the easier it got. 

Throughout the years I have acquired a few tricks to get the most out of my run, because there is nothing worse than having a terrible run! The smallest things can throw off your run, but by planning ahead, you can completely avoid any sort of mishap.

  1. Pick a good hair tie that won’t fall every two seconds (the worst).
  2. Switch out your regular shoes laces for some Leazy No Tie Shoes Laces. They will make your life so much easier. I am talking about never having to tie your shoes again here! I’m absolutely obsessed with them. There is nothing worse that just starting your run and having your shoes laces come untied, but with Leazy Shoe Laces, that problem is completely gone. 
  3. Make sure you have head phones that fit your ears. Running and constantly having your ear buds fall out will ruin your run, real fast.
  4. Even better, invest in Blue Tooth head phones like mine. They are the best because you do not have to worry about the cord. 
  5. Find an awesome playlist w/ high beat music. I like to listen to the kind of music I would listen to in spin class. High energy, kind of EDM, lots of remixes. My favorite songs are ones I can sing along too and really get into 
  6. Ignore everyone around you. Especially if you’re on a treadmill. In the past, I would almost dictate my run as to what the person next to me was doing. Lame? Yes. But I was self conscious and didn’t want to seem weak or like a slacker. Now, I could care less. It’s MY workout and I know when I am tired, when I want to slow down, when I need water and when I want to sprint.
  7. Run to the beat of the music. Remember what I said above? How I like to run to songs that I know and can sing along with? Well, this is where that comes into play! Base your speed off of the tempo of the music. 
  8. Go to the ladies room before you start you run. 
  9. New to running? Try running one song and walking the next song until you hit your goal. Or, if you are really new, try running from light pole to light pole. I did that for years!
  10. Wear clothing you are comfortable in. There is nothing worse than going for a run and having your shorts ride up or your shirt be to tight, hot, or hug the wrong places. I love this top Lulu Top because it is light and breezy. 
  11. Understand that everyone has a bad running day & don’t let is discourage you. I run multiple times a week, and sometimes, my run just isn’t great. Whether I am sore from another work out or just plain tired, everything comes into play and not every run is a great one,  
  12. Get out to run first thing in the morning. Especially if you are in the south! Do not try running at 5 p.m. in August,in Texas. You will have a heat stroke! Instead, start your run when it’s still a little cool outside. Plus, it is the best way to start your morning! You will feel so much better throughout your day knowing you got a good sweat in 🙂

xo,

Lauren 

Thank you Leazy for sponsoring the post. As always, all opinions are my own. 

5 Healthy Day Time Snacks

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I usually reach for them around 10:00 a.m when I am sitting at my desk and at 3:00 p.m. when I am getting antsy to leave. I’d also be lying if I said I didn’t snack a little bit when I get home around 5:30. Traffic is just so stressful – lol, so of course the first thing I do is come home and have a snack! 

Every dietician has their own thoughts on snacking. Some say snacking keeps your metabolism going, others say it produces more belly fat. Either way, I’m not a dietician -lol & even though I am trying to cut back on my snacking, knowing that they are healthy snacks makes me feel better 🙂

Right now, my favorite snacks are: 

  1. Clementines: They are easy to peel, are sweet and refreshing. I love these for my morning snack because they are high in vitamin c & at 60 calories they are the perfect snack. 
  2. 100 Calorie Almond & Walnut Packs: This is one of my newest finds and I love them! Almonds have always been on the radar as being a healthy fat, but walnuts sometimes do not get the rave they deserve. When your body digest walnuts, it produces a chemical that helps to burn stomach fat. After finding this out, I started adding walnuts to my diet, but like almonds, if you have too many, the calories really start to add up. Which is why I love this mixed pack that has both of them. 
  3. 1/2 Avocado or 1/4 Avocado with Toast: Probably my favorite! I love, love, love avocados & half of one for a snack is perfect! Sometimes if I had a light breakfast, I’ll do 1/4 of an avocado, mashed on toast. Avocado toast is literally my weakness right now.  Avocados may be high in fat (& calories) but avocados are made up of the good kind of fat that your body needs and are loaded with fiber, potassium, & vitamins. Just make sure you eat them in moderation. 
  4. Toast with PB2 and 1/4 sliced banana: This was my favorite snack while I was in college and still is to this day. My favorite kind of bread to toast (right now, it a;ways changes) is this bread. I will toast this bread, then spread 1 TBSP of PB2 on it and top with bananas and maybe even some cinnamon! It’s so good and to me, very comforting. 
  5. World Peas Santa Barbara Ranch: My friend Haley introduced me to these while I was in LA and they are so good. Like so good. They are absolutely addicting and 45 peas are only 100 calories so they are the perfect pick me up! 

What are you favorite snacks? 

xo,

Lauren