1/6/15

Bikini Body Guide Diary | The Start of My Journey


Hello everyone! How are you guys?
Let's chat about something we should all be doing and caring about: fitness. I honestly haven't been very fit lately. Last summer, I worked out like crazy because I wanted to lose fat and tone up. It worked and I lost 10 pounds but then the school year started and I had "no time" to exercise as much and I became lazier and lazier by the second. Because I make Youtube videos, I looked back at my old videos and noticed how my face was a lot slimmer during the summer and it made me extremely unhappy with myself because I let myself gain so much when I was in the progress of getting my dream body.
Now since it's the new year, I have some sort of motivation to work out more. I began to work out again last week but I wasn't enjoying my workout plan. My friend told me about this #thekaylamovement that was going around on Instagram and I had no idea what it was. At first I thought it was some protest going on so I didn't really care much for it initially but what I found were some of the most insane results from this 12 week workout program called the Bikini Body Guide (BBG).
BBG is an eBook which you have to purchase for almost $70. I'll tell you right now, I torrented it so I didn't pay a dime. BEFORE YOU YELL AT ME I'll admit I'm incredibly frugal and hate spending money but the opportunity was right there so I took the chance. Also, I paid around $250 for college applications so I really couldn't afford to spend more money. Sorry Kayla!

So the eBook is filled with different exercises you do for each day for a 12 week span.

Let the before and after pictures do all the talking for you:
It's crazy! Now my goal isn't really to get a full on six pack. All I really want are toned abs with that indent line that goes down the middle so hopefully this program helps me achieve that.

The main purpose of this post is to announce that I am starting this program because I have a bad habit of starting something and never finishing it so maybe if I tell hundreds of people over the internet that I'm doing this it'll put some pressure on myself to deliver the results to you guys. Also, I will be documenting each week of exercise to show you guys my progress and to motivate me more.

Now I already started Week 1 today and my experience so far? I want to die.
Taken right after finishing the first workout. Look at my stupid face lol
Looking at the exercises for each week I said "This looks so easy." It's not.
I've done a lot of exercises programs (30 Day Shred, Body Revolution, etc) and I can already tell you, this is the most difficult one yet. Mostly because for the knee lifts I don't have access to the gym anymore so I don't have the right equipment so I used a dining chair and it's too high so my legs were already tired after 6 reps. I'm weak!
Also, burpees are the spawn of Satan. I have decent leg strength since I used to run but I have absolutely no arm strength. The amount of push-ups I can do correctly are about three. Sad, I know. The exercises go pretty fast. I can do two repetitions of one circuit before the seven minutes are up.

Hopefully I can come back next week to document the end of week 1 and can continue on to do so until I'm completely done with the program.
Go on this journey with me! We can all suffer together.

Thanks for taking the time to read guys! Hope you have a great week! I'll be back shortly for reviews and, of course, my BBG Diary series.
xx,
Lily

1/3/15

How TOMS Screwed Up

Hey guys! How have you been?image
So now it's 2015 which is crazy already and sounds weird to say because it just sounds gross in my opinion even though I'm class of 2015. So it's the start of the new year and I thought I'd tell you a funny story about my online purchase from TOMS that occurred this week.

I thought I'd spoil myself because I've been awfully good last year by getting some new shoes. Now I've never purchased from TOMS even though I've been eyeing a lot of their stuff since my middle school years, especially their Chestnut Paseos for women so I purchased myself some last Sunday and got me some free 2-day shipping. As I waited patiently for my shoes to come in, they arrived as they said they would on Tuesday. I immediately ripped open the box, admired the cute rustic and recycled look they had going on and to my surprise, this was in the box.
I apologize for the blurry photo
Now does that look like anything like the shoes from above??image Not even the colour is close! I really don't understand how they messed that up since these shoes are not even in the same category for shoe types.
But at least they got my shoe size right, am I right?image

Well anyways, I right away contacted TOMS in any way I could have, even tweeting at them.

Which they replied to days later...


I found the fastest way of getting answers from them was from their live chat. So I told them about how I got the completely wrong order and they told me how they were sorry and they would immediately send me the right shoes I ordered and a shipping label to return the shoes that I didn't order. So yesterday I got the shoes I actually ordered.


I like how they look thought I don't like how the leather feels but I can't wait to match them with my clothes.

Funny thing is, I never received a shipping label from them so I guess I can't return the shoes they sent me by mistake. Hey, I got free shoes! The wedges aren't my style and my feet slip out of them since I'm actually a 6.5 so I'm giving them to my sister. She says they're comfortable!
Moral of this story, if you want TOMS to get you free shoes, make sure they screw up your order. Some pluses did come with this mess up. I got two TOMS stickers! Now this post isn't any way bagging on TOMS. I'm happy with my purchase and will probably buy more shoes from them sometime later and the customer service was super nice. (Shout out to Nathaniel P.! You're the real MVP!) So yeah, that's my little "Story Time with Lily" and hope you guys enjoyed this post. More posts will be coming soon.
Any updates, I'm in the process of designing new Pokemon stickers so look forward to that this year!image And I'm also finished with college applications so I'm freeeeee~~ until my semester finals...

Hope you guys had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Let's start of this year well.
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xx,
Lily