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Kayla Itsines Round 2 – Week 10

December 7, 2014
Kayla Itsines Round 2 - Week 10

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a lovely weekend and that your first week of December was a good one. This week has been a busy one as I am nearing the end of the semester (i.e. lots of assignments are now due). Let’s start off with my usual talk about my week’s workouts and nutrition before I end the post with a short recap of my week.

Kayla Itsines Round 2 – Week 10

You know, for some reason I had gotten the impression that week 10 of Kayla Itsines (read more about her bikini body guide by clicking here) wasn’t that bad. Why I got that impression, I do not know as it was so much harder than I imagined!!! I could only just about make it through one round of each circuit (for all 3 workouts this week; legs, arms, and abs). I had honestly though that I had gotten better at snap jumps but when I saw I had to do 50 of them for the abs workout, it almost killed me. I think I find it so hard because every part of your body is being used; arms, abs and legs. I am definitely miles stronger at doing commandos however, as those really did not scare me quite as much as they used to. How do you guys find snap jumps and commandos?

Oh gosh, I just started thinking about tomorrow and the legs workout I have to do. I wish I had a workout buddy who was also doing the Kayla Itsines bikini body guide!

Nutrition

The cold weather is really making me crave warm soups and SWEETS! I had an awful beef stew from campus during the week that I highly regretted and about a million mocha lattes although I did order just an espresso today to try and stop that trend. I have been making my baked zucchini fritters a lot as they are delicious, healthy and filling, and tried my hand at making a roasted cauliflower soup with cumin which was absolutely delicious. In terms of sweeties, I’ve been nibbling a lot on cookies that I had baked for one of my classes and macarons … you will find out how I got these macarons in my weekly recap πŸ™‚   I think that perhaps I should revisit my article on how to kick sweet tooth and take my own advice!

Kayla Itsines Round 2 - Week 10

I also went to try Kin Khao, a Thai restaurant, with my friends and that was great. The portions were a lot smaller than I thought they’d be so for once I left a restaurant without feeling completely stuffed! For anyone in San Francisco who is looking for a more upscale and unique Thai restaurant then I would highly recommend Kin Khao. And do me a favor, order the rabbit green curry! Oh and get this – the drink in the photo is blue limeade. The drink is served to you blue and turns pink when the lime juice is added.

Macarons!

The most exciting part of my week was definitely when I attended a FRENCH MACARON BAKING CLASS this morning!!! I am planning on writing a recap post so for now I will leave you with this photo …

Kayla Itsines Round 2 - Week 10

Apart from attending Kin Khao, seeing the beautiful Christmas tree in Union Square, and the macaron baking class, my week was very busy and full of studying and work. I think that my goals for this next week will be to reduce the sugar I have been having and to make more soups, since my body is definitely starting to crave something other than my cold (albeit delicious) wraps and salads.

Kayla Itsines Round 2 - Week 10

How were your weekends? What workouts are you currently doing?

Honestly yours
Alice

P.S. Featured cover image is courtesy of @befitsmoothies on Instagram.

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Kayla Itsines Round 2 – Week 9

November 30, 2014
Kayla Itsines Round 2 - Week 9

Happy Sunday night to those in California! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend and a wonderful Thanksgiving for all those who celebrated. I had such a wonderful couple of days and I am sad that they are over but thankful that they happened. My lovely boyfriend flew in from Salt Lake City on Wednesday night and we drove down to the Central Valley and spend the next few days visiting his family (mine are all in Thailand) and generally having a good time. We did some shopping, saw the new Hunger Games movie and ate lots of good food. I made my first pecan pie last night and it turned out really well although the top was a bit too brown.

Kayla Itsines Round 2 – Week 9

So, Kayla Itsines really kicks it up a notch with the workouts for week 9 of the bikini body guide. Like, it was kind of ridiculous and I only managed about 1 to 1 and a half round of the arms and legs workouts. The ab workout was comparatively easy and I managed 2 rounds of those exercises. What did I personally find hardest about the workouts? Definitely the crazy amount of plyometric moves in the leg workout and all of the push ups and mountain climber AND push up combos in the arm workout. Basically sobbed my way through the arm and leg workouts haha.

Did a 15 minute sprint HIIT workout in addition to some fast walking and was absolutely dripping in sweat. I am happy to report that although my foot was a little sore afterwards, it seems to have completely healed now. Woo hoo!

Kayla Itsines Round 2 - Week 9

Kayla Itsines Round 2 - Week 9

Feeling much more confident and strong πŸ™‚

Nutrition

Hehe, sooooo Thanksgiving isn’t really a conducive environment for the most stellar nutrition. The first half of the week was fine but I definitely indulged a lot from Thursday to Sunday. But I do not mind; as you all know, my mantra is about being balanced and happy. I know that for the most part that I eat very well and mindfully so a few indulgent dinners will not hurt. All of the desserts were so good. For Thanksgiving dinner, we went to a very fancy restaurant and I had a huge lamb dish and shared some appetizers and dessert with my boyfriend and his dad. The next day we had a huge sushi dinner and the following night we had a huge Thai meal. Ahh, food coma heaven πŸ˜‰

For some examples of what I have been loving to eat, click here and here πŸ™‚

Being Happy and Balanced is what counts

That’s all from me, a short and sweet post. Love you all and thank you again for reading and caring about Honestly Fitness πŸ™‚

What did you do for Thanksgiving?

Honestly yours,
Alice

P.S. Don’t forget to check out my Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram page πŸ™‚

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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 πŸ™‚

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 Fiterazzi.com. Click here to read my post – hint, it’s about organic foods πŸ˜‰ (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

Workouts

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

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 πŸ™‚ 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,
Alice