In one corner, diet; in the other, fitness. Throughout the month of May, follow along as InStyle'screative director Rina Stone and senior style editor Ali Pew put the two summer-ready strategies to the test. Stone is focusing on nutrition, while Pew is clocking in major sweat sessions. Check back each week for an update on their progress.
What I Did
This week on Kayla Itsines's bikini body program included a lot of different types of moves like tricep dips, push-ups, squats, jump squats, lunges (with tons of variations), burpees, and so so so many mountain climbers. Oh, and I can’t forget all the ab exercises: full sit-ups (which is not as common as it seems -- full sit-ups are hard!), straight-leg sit-ups, bicycles, and jackknifes. A couple of days I went to the gym and found a quiet corner and another day I went to the park with my yoga mat.
How I Liked It
I liked all the variations of moves -- who knew there were so many ways to do squats or sit-ups? A tiny bit of cardio was added thanks to skipping, which I loved. I always love cardio, it makes you sweat and gives you a bit of energy.
How I Felt
Good thing I like a challenge because this week definitely felt like one! I would say on a scale of 1-10 I was a 7 on the tired scale. I definitely felt it more this week than last; the arm and ab workouts were hard; my muscles felt exhausted; and I was sore. I felt exhausted by the mid-point of every workout, but luckily the 7 minute increments really make you push yourself. I also noticed that when I didn’t eat as well the workouts were harder. Self-control with food is so important.
What I Ate
I ate more interesting combinations of fresh dark leafy greens than I ever even knew existed on Week 3 of the Sakara Life Organic program. A standout was the Dill Crunch Salad with Sage Seed Toast (below), as well as Indian-Spiced Samosas with Sweet and Spicy Chutney (which also came with a small salad).
How I Liked It
I’m still loving it! Since my meals are always at the ready I’m eating at much more reasonable hours than before. Bye-bye 4 p.m. lunch and 9 p.m. dinner. Breakfast is still the star, with dishes like Rose Petal Pancakes with peach butter cream and AB&J (that's almond butter and jelly) on chia toast.
How I Feel
I’m very full and often cannot finish the whole meal. My sweet tooth is not nagging me so much. (Although I did sneak a Diet Coke.) And I’m happy to say I have lost 5 lbs and feel really energized. I’m actually being hydrated by my meals, not just my H20 intake. I’m already looking forward to next week!