Tone It Up Bikini Series 2016 – Week 2 Recap

bikini RecapWell, week two of of Tone It Up Bikini Series didn’t go as smoothly as week one, but that’s the beauty of causally following a plan with flexible guidelines — you get to make it work for you!

Workouts
I hit all my workouts as planned and then some, which I was happy about. I also did the 5 Daily Moves and 15-20 minutes of incline walking on the treadmill or a 20-minute dog walk every day. All workouts are from Tone It Up Beach Babe 4.

Monday – HIIT Me Up (a 20-minute HIIT workout with dumbbells), Toned Arms (12-minute dumbbell and band arm workout)
Tuesday – Kettle Flow (a 20-minute flow yoga routine that incorporates a kettle bell)
Wednesday – Rock Your Body (a 20-minutes Pilates and Barre workout) and a 30-minute run
Thursday – Upper Body Total Toner (a 23-minute upper body workout with dumbbells and bands), Cardio Abs (standing ab moves with cardio bursts)
Friday – Booty Workout (a 20-minute mini bands and dumbbell glute workout), K+K Slay (a 11-minute cardio/HIIT workout)
Saturday – Cardio Flow (a 12-minute flow yoga routine), Toned Arms
Sunday – 8K run (which was AWESOME, by the way… no pain and ran at my normal pre-marathon pace) Toned Abs (a 20-minute yoga core workout)

I seriously look forward to these workouts every morning. They’re challenging, but also fun.

I usually use 5-10 lbs dumbbells for all the back-to-back upper body workouts

I usually use 5-10 lbs dumbbells for all the back-to-back upper body workouts

 

Nutrition
I somewhat followed the same plan from last week. Week two on the plan also had really yummy meals that I’ll try later, but I’m one of those people that will eat the same thing week after week until I’m tired of it. I did great Monday to Thursday, but Friday to Sunday consisted of multiple birthday celebrations with cake and wine and a formal event with more cake and wine. Although I ate more than I planned to and my stomach was not happy about, I definitely don’t feel guilty about it. This week is a new week with no birthday celebrations or events, so I can easily get back on track.

Kai is jealous of my Bikini Ice Cream! Just frozen bananas and blueberries blended with a bit of almond milk and topped with coconut!

Kai is jealous of my Bikini Ice Cream! Just frozen bananas and blueberries blended with a bit of almond milk and topped with coconut!

 

Overall, I’m feeling really good going into week three. I’m an acceptable level of sore, really enjoying the workouts and food, and don’t feel deprived. I’m a bit more tired at the end of the day than usual, which is common when you’re in a calorie deficit. As long as I have a good-sized dinner with protein and a snack before bed I’m good 🙂 I don’t plan on measuring or taking progress photos until the 8 weeks are up, because you generally don’t notice any physical changes until about 6-8 weeks (especially when you don’t have much to lose AND you’re doing it slowly).

I promise I’ll post more non-TIU blogs this week, as I finally went for a longer run yesterday and some ideas came to me 🙂

Do you feel more tired when you’re in a calorie deficit?
Do you also eat the same meals week after week or do you like to mix it up?

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