Starting the Bikini Body Guide Challenge

Every time I get online I see the Bikini Body Guide or a picture of Kayla Itsines or a picture of one of her amazing transformations. I mean seriously... Is this real?!

This is Kayla Itsines. She's an Australian trainer that has seriously taken the internet by storm thanks to these crazy transformations people keep posting from doing her workouts. She has more than a million followers on Instagram.

I'm curious. I can't help but wonder if there is really anything to this... And so... I'm going to try it. It's not so much about the bikini body part. I mean it's winter. I can hide in my puffer coat for at least 4 months;) but I'd like to be healthy and that means I need a workout plan that is manageable... One that doesn't take up too much time and can be done at home because I sometimes work weird hours.

I'm embarking on this journey with two of my best gal pals in hopes we can keep each other on track.

What I want in a workout:
30-45 minutes total
I want to sweat
Shows results quickly (as in a few weeks... Patience is  virtue I am constantly working on=)

My Background
I've always been an athlete. I like being active. My previous exercise plans have included: running, swimming, biking, heavy weightlifting, P90X, Insanity, crossfit, and Pure Barre. 

I have a naturally muscular build so I'm looking for something that will make me appear long and lean while also giving me muscle definition. Is that too much to ask for?! Haha. 

BBG Workouts: Weeks 1-4
Every four weeks the intensity changes but the BBG starts off with 2-3 circuit and 2-3 LISS (low intensity steady state) cardio workouts a week. 

Circuit day -- workout consists of two circuits...  According to a recent Instagram post by Kayla, this is how it goes:

Circuit 1 - 7 minutes
Rest - 1 minute
Circuit 2 - 7 minutes
Rest - 1 minute
Circuit 1 - 7 minutes
Rest - 1 minute
Circuit 2 - 7 minutes
ALL DONE in about 30 minutes!!!!

LISS day -- workout is a 35-45 minute cardio activity of your choice... I'm gonna do a steady jog. Prob for 35 minutes because that's an easier amount of time for me to manage in my mind.

First Circuit Down!!!
Uhmmm wowsers. It didn't look like it'd be that hard. It's only 4 exercises at a time... And yet somehow it was brutal. I think I was overly confident... But by the second time I was doing each of the first exercises my legs were crying. 

My word of advice: Take your time. Focus on form and modify if you need. One of my friends has a bad back... Burpees are tough for her... So she modified. Do what's at your ability and remember that you are building up to what you want. 

I will try to update you weekly on our journey... Wish us luck!!!


Faces of Philly

Another week in the books... and another fabulous week running around the Delaware Valley. Met some amazing people this week. Thank you all for making it a good one for us!!!

Making friends at the new Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park!
This girl... is amazing. Hanging out with Drexel sophomore Jessica Franklin at the Cystic Fibrosis Breath of Life Gala.
Reunited with Jen Chipoletti =) at the Cystic Fibrosis Breath of Life Gala!!!
Big thank you to the Armen Automotive guys for helping me out with my story on cold weather this week.
We love heros!!! Sharon Hill PD Officer Mummo was honored this week for helping save the life of a little boy who accidentally shot himself. He also got  ANOTHER award for helping a stroke victim!
Folcroft PD Officer Mackey with his family. He is also being called a hero for helping save the life of a little boy who accidentally shot himself. He had the sweetest girls!!!
The ladies of the Sharon Hill PD!!!
This is what us news people do when it's cold outside: take selifes. 6abc photographer Yuri and one of my fav still photographers Joe!

Again... thank YOU so much. We've had a few weeks of pretty tough to cover news stories... it's so refreshing to see so many amazing people doing REMARKABLE things.


Hey Boo Boo! Undercover Doggy Reporter

I've done a lot of things in my career as a journalist. Mounting a camera to a dog... is not one of the things I've ever done UNTIL today!  Monday at 11pm we are doing a story about just how pet friendly stores have become... and what we found surprised me.

We are working on getting him his own social media;) #BooBoo #6abcDoggyReporter  Big thanks to my fabulous coworker Wendy Saltzman for letting us borrow him today... he is AWESOME!!! 

Until Monday though... ya gotta see my partner. Say hello to the one and only Boo Boo. He was well-behaved and a total rock star. 

Again, Boo Boo makes his big TV debut Monday at 11pm on 6abc. We will tell you where you can and can't go with your dog (and where you can expect to see other people's dogs).