Beach Ready: Kayla Itsines Workout Progress

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As many of you know, I started doing Kayla Itsines workout Bikini Body Guide back in June last year. I posted a four week reviewΒ and then, even though I also reviewed Kayla’s Bikini Body Guide 2.0, I never really told you how I got on with any of it after the first four weeks.

Like I said in my initial post about the guide, I don’t follow Kayla’s food plan, as I’m very happy with the healthy diet I’ve had for a couple of years now… and yes, that includes and nice big treat once a week. At least it’s supposed to be once a week! πŸ˜‰

Butternut Squash & Tomato Quinoa with Sugar Snap Peas

Butternut Squash & Tomato Quinoa with Sugar Snap Peas

Other than finding it hard to fit in all the LISS training, I really do love following Kayla Itsines workout guide. Being a fitness lover and blogger I also do weekly yoga sessions on top of the standard sessions in the guide, and any random classes I might get invited to. I think because of doing all these extras I sometimes found it hard to stay on track with Kayla’s guide, so towards the end (weeks 9-12) I was straying from the workout plan a bit, and as it was summer in the UK (with lots of BBQs and ice creams!) my eating went a little off track too.

kayla itsines workout abs

I made it to the end of week 12, but just didn’t see a big enough change in my body to feel it worthy of posting a progress photo. Between September and December I tried to start BBG 2.0, but just found that even though I was training a lot I wasn’t committing to the guide fully and my eating was healthy, but with a few too many treats throughout the week.

When I saw everyone posting about the Kayla Movement I knew that was it time to get back to business and so far, so good! I went to Cape Verde on holiday in January, so I had planned for that week to be write off, but other than that, I’m now well into week 6 of the guide and feeling stronger than ever. This time will power is going to get me all the way to the end of BBG 2.0!

kayla itsines workout cat meffan

The other thing I love about working through Kayla’s guide is that it really helps me plan fitness into my week and helps me make sure I’m finding time for my much loved yoga practice. If you don’t currently do yoga, I hugely recommend it. Not only does yoga help with stretching whilst doing Kayla Itsines Bikini Body Guide, it’ll help improve your flexibility and will allow you to change your outlook on life, with a positive outcome. I know that sounds a bit la-di-dah and spiritual, but yoga has honestly helped my mind become a more positive place.

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I’d love to hear how you’re getting on with Kayla’s guide. Leave me a comment below!

Love, Cat x




  1. Molly
    December 24, 2017 / 5:49 am

    Hi, I’m thinking of doing the BBG program next year and was wondering if I have to do Kayla’s 1.0 or if I could just follow the books she has published?
    Also, after the 24 weeks of doing that what would you recommend doing next?
    Thanks so much!

  2. Jessica
    November 19, 2016 / 12:20 pm

    Hi Cat,

    Enjoyed reading your blogs! Question for you. I want to start doing BBG, but am unsure if its necessary to do 1.0 before 2.0, or if I can start with 2.0. What do you recommend? I am already quite active and have been work outing for years. I like that 2.0 has weights involved… Does 1.0 also have weights?

    Thanks very much!

    • cmeffan
      November 19, 2016 / 6:10 pm

      Personally I’d still start with 1.0, just because then you’ve still got 2.0 to progress to after. To be honest 1.0 isn’t necessarily easy. I was already fit when I started, but because it was a new style of workout, it was still awesome for my body and included some pretty tough workouts! :) x

  3. February 18, 2015 / 9:33 pm

    Hiya!! Your abs are incredible Cat :O I would really like to start her plan but I do lots of classes because that’s how I love exercising (with others). I’ve recently got into yoga again, I used to do it when I was really little but gave up when I went to school for GCSE’s (I used to be home educated). I’ve struggled with a small eating disorder and anxiety and stress and all those horrible teenage angsty moments and even though I’ve only been getting back into it this last couple of months or so, slowly building up how much I do it, I can feel such a different state of mind and like, outlook on life (however cheesy that sounds!). Could you maybe do a blog post on yoga for beginner/intermediates or maybe your story about loving yoga or something? And with eating, I try and eat clean and I do but I do have a couple of squares of 85-90% choccy a night and a hot cacao is that more treat food would you say? I never know haha :’) I’m so sorry for this ramble comment, but yeah I love this post πŸ˜€ xx

    • cmeffan
      February 20, 2015 / 12:54 pm

      Hey! I loved reading your comment.
      I struggled with similar issues when I was younger, so can totally understand where you’re at. It doesn’t sound cheesy at all. I never used to believe in the spiritual side of yoga, but over the past year I really opened my mind to it and it has honestly changed my outlook on life is such a positive way. Yoga is always a ‘practice’, so no matter how slow you go, it’s always best to do what’s right for your body and mind. I will see what I can do about your post requests. :)
      With regards to treats we’re all different and our bodies react in different ways. The treats you’re having sound pretty healthy if you ask me. And as long as you’re happy, with your body reacting well to the treats, then that’s what’s important. Maybe try alternating it, so dark choc on night and the hot cacao the next. Balance is key.

  4. February 18, 2015 / 6:16 pm

    I tried Kayla’s guide and really had trouble fitting the eating plan into a lifestyle with so many family dinners and nights with friends. I’m learning now that it isn’t about eating a specific planned out daily intake, it’s about making smart choices, listening to your body and ordering smart when you are out. Balance is key!

    Her workouts are great – they really kick my butt though and I do NOT look forward to them (I am by no means a fitness guru. Just your average jane). I have to routinely do yoga throughout the week to stay sane.

    Good luck with BBG 2.0!!!


    • cmeffan
      February 18, 2015 / 6:41 pm

      Hey Rachel,
      I totally know what you mean. I just do the best I can each day. I pretty much have a clean diet Monday to Friday, but the weekends are where I suffer when I go home and my Mum has made three puddings! I’m happy with it though, as like you said, balance is key.
      Haha, I bizarrely do look forward to the workouts. Actually no, that’s a fib, I like abs and arms, but I wish the day away when it’s legs! πŸ˜‰
      Good luck with it too! Love that you’re a fellow yogi.

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