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Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Fitness

The Best Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sale!

November 28, 2014

[UPDATE: Discount is no longer valid.]

I have such an exciting offer for you all, my lovely readers! Black Friday and Cyber monday sales have become an annual tradition and I am excited to let you know that Kayla Itsines has been kind enough to give me a special discount code so that you all can take 10% off of her eBooks. Such a perfect gift to yourself or for a loved one who is looking to get active and healthy.

Kayla Itsines Sale

If any of you are on the fence about purchasing any of her eBooks, feel free to check out my Kayla Itsines bikini body guide review by clicking here.

My thoughts about her H.E.L.P. have changed however, as I have found that pairing the bikini body guide workouts with her H.E.L.P. healthy eating guide has made my results a lot better. The following are posts about my journey of round 2 of Kayla Itsines 🙂

Round 2 – Week 1
Round 2 – Week 2
Round 2 – Week 3
Round 2 – Week 4
Round 2 – Week 5
Round 2 – Week 6
Round 2 – Week 7
Round 2 – Week 8

For some examples of what I have been eating during my second round of using Kayla Itsines bikini body guide eBooks, you can visit my Friday Fare page by clicking here. I have also been loving these recipes: Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie bowl, Roasted Tomato and Basil Soup, Blueberry Honey Chia Jam, and Fudge Brownies which are grain-free and refined sugar-free (in moderation!).


The Kayla Itsines sale for Black Friday will start at midnight EST, December 28th, 2014 so get ready!


 The Kayla Itsines sale for Cyber Monday will go live at midnight EST, December 1st, 2014.

Remember to mark your calendars so you don’t miss this amazing opportunity to get fit and healthy before the year is up!

What else will you be shopping for on Black Friday and Cyber Monday?

Honestly yours,

Fitness, Sunday Summary

Kayla Itsines Round 2 – Week 8

November 23, 2014
Kayla Itsines Round 2 - Week 8

I’m back! … back to doing the Kayla Itsines workouts, that is 🙂

Kayla Itsines Round 2 – Week 8

After last week’s hectic schedule, this week seemed utterly boring and felt like it was dragging on SO slowly. The only particularly interesting thing I did this week was have a lovely baking filled night with a good friend of mine at her place in Santa Clara on Saturday night. Everything else was very mundane and underwhelming (think class, work and the library) although I was presented with a big, fat bill on Friday after getting my car serviced. Just what every student needs!

However, I was very excited to see my first ‘published’ piece up on Click here to read my post – hint, it’s about organic foods 😉 (update: sadly, the site has gone offline and with it, my article. Let me know if you want me to send it to you!).

Kayla Itsines Round 2 - Week 8


My poor legs. After a week of not being worked out they received a crazy and plyo heavy leg workout this week and it seriously took me about x days to feel normal again. The arms and abs, and abs and cardio workouts went pretty well. I was a little slower than I would’ve like in my arm workout as I only managed to do about 1 and a half circuits for each round. All in all a very challenging week of workouts as usual, although the leg workout was particularly brutal. Watch out for it, ladies!


Nutrition-wise, I did well although I definitely ate a bit more than normal for two reasons. A) The temperature really dropped this week in San Francisco due to the rain we’ve had and B) It’s that time of the month 🙂 I’ve still been eating a variety of healthy foods but have added in more carbohydrates and fruits. Although Saturday night was kind of naughty and not particularly healthy hehehe. But it’s all about balance; find your healthy lifestyle balance and you’ll be happier from it.

That’s all from me! I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. My lovely boyfriend will be flying into the city on Wednesday night which I am verrry excited for and we will be spending Thanksgiving with his parents. And I will continue to do the workouts, and I hope you continue to workout too! Don’t let the holidays stop your progress. Just alter what you do to fit around this busy and wonderful holiday.

What are your Thanksgiving plans? For my non-Americans, how do you deal with working out and eating healthy during the holidays?

Honestly yours,


Kayla Itsines Round 2 – Week 7

November 9, 2014
Kayla Itsines Round 2 - Week 7

Kayla Itsines Round 2 – Week 7

I am once again in Salt Lake City (November is a good month) to see my lovely boyfriend and have been surprised at how well I have managed to stick to healthy eating this week. We discovered a lovely bakery that was walking distance from my boyfriend’s apartment called Emulsions & Fillings, and had to have a few cheeky macarons. My cheat meal 🙂 For any macaron lovers, I really recommend this bakery; the shell was perfectly textured and the filling was delicious. There were two different fillings – a cream filling and a fresh fruit filling, yum! Tonight we are planning on going to an Indian restaurant called Copper Bowl which was recommended to my boyfriend by a friend, so hopefully I can control myself haha. I LOVE indian food; the naan bread, creamy curries and sweet mango lassi … drool. Gets me every time. It’s the British in me 😛

Earlier on this week, I tried out a local and healthy spot in San Francisco called Blue Barn Gourmet on Polk Street. We both got salads and the portions were huge! My salad was absolutely delicious (if a bit expensive) and consisted of spring mix, smoked salmon, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted artichokes, roasted mushrooms, pomegranate seeds, and roasted chickpeas. Hands down best salad ever. I then went next door to Project Juice and I picked up some of their new products 🙂 My favorite of the new batch is definitely the vegan cacao protein shake. So delicious and incredibly filling.
Who else has tried Blue Barn or Project Juice before?

Kayla Itsines Round 2 - Week 7

Kayla Itsines Round 2 - Week 7

Unfortunately I seemed to have developed a mild case of peroneal tendonitis. I was very lucky in that I seemed to get it after my Kayla Itsines legs and cardio workout this week! I was able to do my arms and abs, and abs and cardio workout although I was a little nervous about doing the abs and cardio workout since it involved jump rope and burpees which are a little harsh on the foot. Didn’t seem to cause any problems though thank goodness. I am still deciding whether I should take next week off and do some less high impact workouts to let my foot recover more and then do week 8 the following week.
Thoughts? Have any of you ever had tendonitis before? I would love your input and recommendations for a speedy recovery 🙂

Kayla Itsines Round 2 - Week 7

 Legs and cardio workout – The day before my crazy tendonitis flared up 

 That’s all from me! Flying back out to San Francisco bright and early tomorrow morning which always results in an early night for me. Hope you all had a wonderful week and let me know what you got up to in the comments below.

Honestly yours,