I can’t believe I am half way through Kayla Itsine’s Bikini Body Guide. This morning, I wrapped up Week 6 Abs and Cardio which means I only have one more resistance workout left this week before Week 7! I have never done a workout program before, so the fact that I’ve come this far is amazing though. This morning, I did my daily ab check upon waking up just to see, ya know, if my six pack had developed over night and, alas, it had not. I was starting to feel pretty bummed about this weeks progress. Last week, I took a side by side comparison picture of myself on Day 1 and myself after Week 5 and was astounded to see new muscles and definition come in, but this week I just feel like I’ve stalled. Or at least I felt that way.
Enter lunch time.
Now having lived in Texas for 5 years, I put salsa on everything. Needless to say, I can go through one of these jars pretty quickly. Salsa is a fresh, healthy, low cal addition to anything really. So, the time had come to open yet another jar at lunch and I turned to my boyfriend and handed him the jar. He has been my jar opener for sometime since I have the smallest, weakest arms and can never open these bad boys. He handed me back the jar and said no. He wanted me to use my new strength to try and open the jar myself. I laughed back at him that there was no way that that would be possible. And then, with a simple twist. IT WAS MAGICALLY OPEN AND I FELT LIKE THE STRONGEST WOMAN IN THE WORLD. Honestly, this new found strength means so much to me. I’m a tiny person who doesn’t put on muscle easily so any little bit counts.
This little victory coupled with the inspirational quote I found below were all I needed this week.
It’s so easy to dismiss little or no progress as a failure and just quit and give up. But patience is key here. I see girls on instagram all the time who say that they want to quit or hate themselves because they don’t see instant progress on their bodies or on the scales. We all need to take a minute to just trust the process. It didn’t take you one week to get the body that you have now and it’s not going to take one week to get the perfect one. Hard work will always get you farther than just sitting around will. And you will get out what you put in. Just trust.