Good morning! I was reading over your comments from last night and I said to Future Husband, "Gee, it’s so funny how many other grown women are going to go to the Britney Spears concert." And he pauses and says (in a cute British accent), "Oh. You call yourself a grown woman?"
Breakfast was a yummy whole wheat english muffin, egg, and cheese sammie with a little TWIST.
Yay – more sprouts! I just bought a box of sprouts, so you’ll be seeing a lot of these suckers over the next few days. 🙂
The savory egg + cheese went so well with the crisp sprouts! Yum!
On the side, I had a sliced banana.
It was a fun (although a little light) brekkie.
Presenting…. December Challenge – Keeping Abs FUN!
So, you probably haven’t noticed this…. but I never, never do ab work. Ever. I really DETEST sit ups, crunches, planks, the Captain’s Chair…. you name it, I’ve tried it and HATE it.
I’ve tried to figure out why I am so repulsed by sit-ups (after all, I’ll bang out 10 push ups while watching TV and I always do arm work at the gym). I think it’s a combination of boredom with crunches, and the fact that I feel like I don’t *need* to do sit-ups.
By that, I mean that since I’ve lost weight and started to run, I developed a sleek, but slightly rounded, tummy that I’m satisfied with. When we first started to date (when I was 10 lbs. heavier), I remember Future Husband once told me I had the "womanly" stomach of a "Greek goddess." Basically, now I have a slimmed-down version!
I’m not rocking a six-pack, but it’s not horrible, either! :)
I like myself the way I am, and combined with the fact that I’m insanely lazy about ab work, I end up never doing a single crunch.
BUT, since it’s the end of the year, I thought I’d throw in ONE MORE personal challenge for myself. Strong abs make you a better runner, after all!
The December Challenge – Making Abs FUN! consists of doing a different type of ab work every other day (not intensely) until the wedding. The wedding is in 31 days, so that’s around 15 different types of ab work! I’ll take a picture AND provide instructions. Sometime it will be basic stuff (like today), but hopefully it will get a little more interesting!
The staple non-crunch CRUNCH…. PLANKS!
Attempt #1 to take a picture:
Attempt #2 to take a picture….
OK! Finally – a real, uninterrupted plank! I did five sets of 30-second planks (hey, I’m a beginner).
Here’s how to do a plank correctly:
- Lie face down on mat resting on the forearms, palms flat on the floor.
- Push off the floor, raising up onto toes and resting on the elbows.
- Keep your back flat, in a straight line from head to heels.
- Tilt your pelvis and contract your abdominals to prevent your rear end from sticking up in the air.
- Hold for 20 to 60 seconds, lower and repeat for 3-5 reps.
What area of fitness would you like to improve in the most, and why?