Trying the BBG Meal Plan
After completing my first round of Kayla Itsine’s Sweat With Kayla, aka BBG, I had significant results in terms of strength and ability. I went from having difficulty doing knee push ups to doing reps on reps of real push ups. From having difficulty doing step ups, squats, and lunges, to doing all my moves with 3kg weights in hand. I was more than satisfied with my progress, I was elated.
What I wasn’t as satisfied with was the progress of my appearance. In my mind I am still the almost skinny girl I was in college, but that hasn’t been me since I moved to Korea. I just love Korean food way too much. Spicy rice cake, caramel peanut pancakes, cheesy chicken feet – everything is salty spicy sweet or cheesy and I love all of it. So I started gaining weight the second I moved here.
I’ve never stuck to a workout plan in my life, so starting BBG I decided to make working out priority #1, and eating healthy just a bonus. Overall I ate pretty healthy. Salads, smoothies, stir fries, fruit, nuts. But I wasn’t going to deprive myself. If someone gave me a cookie I was going to eat the cookie. If my friends wanted to get fried chicken and donuts I was going to get fried chicken and donuts (best post-Passover meal ever).
I promised myself after Cebu that I would never go on a diet again, but after my first round of BBG I wanted to try the meal plan just to see what a well-balanced, well portioned meal plan would feel like on my body, because I had no idea how full I should get, how much I should eat, how much avocado or nuts I should be consuming. Just for a week or two, if I liked it I’d stick to it, and if someone gave me a cookie I’d still eat that cookie.
Kayla’s meal plan feels very reasonable. There are a lot of options, and they all sound pretty delicious. There’s lots of food, all the macronutrients, and lots of calories. I didn’t feel deprived at meal time, but then again I’ve been eating healthy for a while now.
For my first breakfast I tried her oatmeal – 1/2 a cup oatmeal, 1/2 a cup skim milk (I used pistachio milk), and 1 cup of berries. I didn’t realize until afterwards I should have cooked the oats in the milk, not added it afterwards, so it wasn’t as satisfying as it could have been, but I’m used to smoothies or protein shakes in the morning, so having such a heavy hearty large breakfast was really uncomfortable to me. It did make me poop though, so TMI that was awesome.
The second day I tried her avo toast breakfast. Two slices of whole wheat/rye bread, 1 egg, and 25g avocado. Much better, but still a LOT OF CARBS compared to what I’m used to. My stomach hurt a little, I pooped, but I stuck to this breakfast for the rest of the week, and by the end of the week my stomach was pretty used to it, in fact craved it when I woke up.
I knew this meal plan was for me when it came to snack #1 – a skim latte. At this point I didn’t feel like I was dieting I felt like I was spoiling myself. But Starbucks is expensive, I only did this once. The rest of the time I opted for a scoop of my protein shake with a cup of pistachio milk.
Lunch this week was by far the worst part of the plan. I went for the brown rice tuna cucumber sushi, because the ingredients are as you can imagine among the cheapest on her plan here in Korea. A lot of her plan is way too expensive in Korea. Watermelon, beef, lamb – I tried sticking exactly to her week’s meal plan once last year and it was a disaster for my wallet, so this time around I wanted to try capitalising on the cheapest meals.
First I used my mixed brown rice, cucumbers, and roasted seaweed sprinkles. Ugh. So bland, so ugh.
Next I tried roasted seaweed sheets, tuna, cucumber, rice vinegar, and a bit of soy sauce. So much better, but still meh. Cucumbers are just so boring as the lone vegetable.
I’ve never found tuna in water in Korea, but they do have canned chicken breast in water, and it’s a lot cheaper and a lot less calories, so for the end of the week I tried using canned chicken instead of tuna. BIG MISTAKE, SO DISGUSTING. So the day after THAT I tried adding lime juice and taco seasoning and YES YES YES YES YES. As bland and boring as this lunch was, add lime juice and taco seasoning to ANYTHING and it will be at least edible if not delicious.
For snacks I went for the apple/egg combo. I ALWAYS need an apple after lunch, I don’t know why, so I would have the apple after lunch with a coffee, and after work I would have the egg. Then I would usually get snacks when I met my friends, always fruit, sometimes cake, which I would try to avoid but by 7:30PM have little resistance to.
Dinner was delicious, but I might have cheated a bit. I went for the 2 cups vegetables, 1 egg, and 1/2 cup brown rice “curry.” I don’t know if everything’s supposed to be boiled or stir fried, which is why I might have cheated. When I boiled it, it was OKAY but so unsatisfying. When I stir fried it with coconut oil, lime juice, and taco seasoning, it was amazing. My old PT used to tell me to have stir fry for dinner, so I’m going to say it’s okay.
Overall, I feel I learned a lot from 1 week on the BBG meal plan. The meals are A LOT BIGGER than I’m used to, which helps me want to snack A LOT LESS, which I realized is probably the key.
When you eat a small meal, whether it’s healthy or not, you get hungry so soon you just want to snack and snack and snack and you don’t realize how many calories you’re overeating. But if you eat a LOT of healthy food three times a day your cravings and desire to snack go way, way down.
After a week on the meal plan for the first time in a long time I started getting more willpower to eat healthy even with my friends. To say no to popcorn at the movie theater, to order the salad or the healthiest option on the menu. I can’t believe it, I’m so happy and I feel so empowered. Now that working out consistently is easy for me, meal planning is my current challenge. I’m thinking BBG round 3 or BBG2 round 1 I will be accustomed to working out consistently and meal planning. Only then I MIGHT start avoiding the freebies and pizza. But looking at how empowered I feel after just one week, I might not need to wait 12 weeks to take those steps.
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