First of all Hello!
(Yes i’m very aware that this picture is a drake quote! haha). Over the last 24 hours my blog has smashed over 12,000 views! I can’t believe it. My Instagram has gone crazy with over 50,000 likes on Kayla’s Instagram and Facebook picture of me and i’m absolutely buzzing about it. The response has been unreal!! This blog is to try and put all the questions i’ve been getting into one place (most of which i’ve answered before but i’m going to put it into one place. I am working through answering them all but I have over 300 in my inbox so it’s going to take a while.
1)Have you always done BBG or what workouts did you do beforehand?
I only started BBG last year. It’s been amazing following a weekly plan so I know what goals I need to hit, however I also feel that it’s important before you start a workout plan to make small changes to your fitness. Going from 0-100 in a few days normally leads to you burning out and not following it for it’s full course. Before I did BBG I just went to the gym and did cardio workouts inc, treadmill, x trainer, cycling.
2)How often do you do yoga?
I try and do a little bit everyday even if i can fit in a full class. It’s so important to take time out of your day to focus on yourself.
3)What I’d love to know is what food you ate to lose weight?
Cutting out sugar was a massive one, even though I have a huge sweet tooth it’s cutting out un natural sugars and replacing them with naturally made ones. Apart from that I just constantly eat little amounts all the time. So I always have energy but I don’t over binge a meal.
4)Were you always vegan or did you go vegan for your diet? How did you do that and how was it helped you?
The vegan thing came about in January after I’d come back from working in Dubai where I ate my body weight in mac & cheese. I decided to cut out dairy all together and I just felt so lethargic with it and then just thought if I’m doing that anyway I might aswell cut out meat. I feel so much better for it, and my skin is better which is a huge thing.
Being vegan also means I can’t have cheat meals as easily, I use to walk past McDonald’s and just go and grab a happy meal or order pizza & Chinese food but cause it contains non vegan products I now just tend to eat and home with more natural foods. Which works a lot better for cravings etc..
5) Will you always be Vegan?
Yes, It has completely changed my life. I thought it would be hard to go from one extreme to the other but it was such a culture shock about how much i didn’t need animal based products. There are so many replacements out there we don’t need to eat meat.
6)Who/What inspired you to lose weight?
In all honesty, it was myself. I spoke in a previous blog about why I started this journey. I remember being in topshop and crying because everything looked rubbish and nothing fitted. I use to dread getting ready, cancel plans with friends all because of my appearance. Looking back it seems so silly! I really want to push for girls to believe in themselves and be confident in their own skin.
7)Do you still get cravings for bad food?
Yes, especially sweets and chocolate. I think breaking that routine of snacking on quick unhealthy food is the hardest!
8) How do you deal with those cravings?
I allow myself to have small amounts of what i want. It’s unrealistic to stop yourself having your favourite food forever so everything in moderation is the way forward.
9) If you’re vegan, where do you get your protein from?
It’s such a myth that vegans don’t get enough protein. Soy milk, seeds and green veg and other foods give me more than enough protein. It works out that i’m actually getting more as i’m very aware of what i’m putting into my body now.
10) How many times a week do you workout?
I try and get to the gym 2-3 a week but 6 days a week i’ll go for a run or do one of the at home 30 minute more focused workouts. It’s important to have a day off and to have rehab days for stretching and looking after your muscles.
11) What workouts do you recommend?
I’ve done the BBG (Bikini Body Guide) twice now and the results are amazing. Plus it’s only 30 minutes a day of intense workout so it achievable on a busy schedule. Otherwise, if you can get to a gym just 30 – 60 minutes of a varied workout is ideal. You can always speak to person trainers there about what would benefit you with what you want to achieve. Every person suits a different workout.
12) What diets do you recommend?
I don’t believe in fad diets, in my experience they just don’t work. It’s all about calorie controlling, looking at what you’re putting into your body and regular exercise. There really isn’t a quick fix.
13) How do you stay motivated?
Sometimes i’m not. It’s about knowing when to push through it and when you really need to take your rest day. Looking back through old photo’s help a lot though.
14) Have you ever done a juice cleanse?
Yes, they work for a short period of time but aren’t sustainable. I’d say 1-3 days tops, but remember they’re a detox to clean your body not a weight loss technique.
15) What happens when you go out for dinner? Does being a vegan not make that hard?
I tend to pick out restaurants before I head out and look at the menus. Restaurants seem to be a lot more aware of vegan diets and are very accommodating towards them. I went out for a roast dinner the other day and they only have a vegan nut roast (but i’m allergic to nuts) so they gave me a veggie feast and vegan gravy. It was amazing!
I hope this helps!
Again, I really can’t thank everyone enough of their kind words! I can’t wait to do BBG workouts around the world with the rest of Kayla’s Army! Let me know where you’re based and if i’m flying there lets hit the gym 😀