This is what happens when you leave food on your plate over here. You go upstairs, and come back to find this.
(See the crazy in her eyes? After I took the picture, she forgot she was busted and continued to eat the skin like it was NBD)
It’s a lesson the Pilot has learned twice now. Last time it was his plate of very spicy Thai coconut curry chicken. Bella was sucking up the broth when we came back downstairs.
The rest of our dinners:
(Chicken topped with lots of Trader Joe’s Italian dressing, veg, sweet potato)
3 noteworthy things happened yesterday:
-I took Livi swimming for the first time. She LOVED it. Kicked her little feet and just hung out- I can tell we’re going to be swimming a lot this summer!
-The Pilot’s car died.
We were planning on trading it in to get an SUV and probably should have done it when we first talked about it instead of waiting. Now, it has to happen. Silver lining: road trips
-I thought Fred the fish had died as well.
While I rock Liv before bed, we’ll feed Fred and watch him swim around as we rock.. except last night, he was in the back of the tank in the faux grass, floating. Right as I started to picture the Pilot flushing him to fishy heaven, he started darting frantically around the tank. I fed him and he kept swimming around per usual. I guess he was sleeping? As of right now, Fred is 9 days old, which I think is about 90 in carnie goldfish years.
Yesterday morning, I did a little TurboFire workout: 25 minute HIIT and 10 minute Abs DVD.
It was my first time doing the abs DVD and I am SORE today. My abs are still very weak, so it felt nice to give them a good workout. I loved the combo of moves Chalene put together, but was kind of bummed with the lack of lower leg lifts and planks (which are much more functional than crunches). We did a lot of crunches and it helped me to remember some of my old forgotten favorites.
Here are 10 different types of crunches if you’d like to add a little zing in your abs routine:
Shake up your ab routine
*As always, check with a doc before making any fitness changes
1) Standard crunch
For beginners, cross your arms on your chest. Level 2 will bring their elbows out to the sides, level 3 will have arms straight, glued next to their ears and even hold a light dumbbell. Exhale as you bring your shoulders off the floor and draw your belly button in towards your spine. Don’t depend on momentum- keep it slow and controlled.
2) Bicycle crunch
Remember to keep your elbows out, in line with your ears and lead with your shoulder, not your elbow.
3) Reverse crunch
For this one, you can have your hands behind your head (more challenging) or under your lower back. Bring your legs up and try to lift your hips to press your toes towards the ceiling.
4) Double crunch
As your shoulders rise off the floor, hips also come up, drawing knees in closer to your chest.
5) Frog crunch
Exhale as you try to meet knees to elbows (keeping your elbows in line with your ears), lower down and straighten legs out to a hover.
6) Side-to-side crunch
Come up into a regular crunch, and engaging your obliques, bring your torso towards the side and “chop” with your hand at your ankle. Back to center, then to the opposite side.
7) Circle obliques
Hands in fists with thumbs pointed towards you, as you crunch up and exhale, bring your right shoulder off the ground toward your left knee and begin to make a circular pattern with your torso.
Complete the “body circle” by lifting your left shoulder off the ground as you continue to crunch your abs. Complete all of your reps on one side before switching to the other.
8) Pullover crunch
Start with legs in a hover position. As you exhale, bring your legs up, shoulders off the ground and arms out parallel to the floor.
Bring your arms at chest level, straight in front of you, as you engage you abs, exhale and slowly roll up into the pictured position. Roll back slowly to your back with arms in front, then lower back to your ears.
10) Crunch and hover
Shoulders come up as knees come in, lower shoulders down as you extend legs to a hover.
To make things a little more challenging as you crunch:
-Try playing with tempo: up fast, down slow; up slow, down fast; up for 2 counts, down for 2; pulsing at the middle portion of the movement; etc
-Focus on your breath. As you engage your abs to crunch up, exhale and bring your belly button towards your spine
-Think about contracting your abs while exercising and even during everyday activities
Remember, the best way to get awesome abs is with a consistent cardio routine (varying intensities) and clean eating. You really use your abs all day (picking up things from the floor, putting dishes away, bending over, holding your body upright and stable), so there’s no really to go crazy with an ab routine if you’re doing your cardio and eating well. When I first got into fitness, I did abs almost everyday for at least a half hour because I wanted a six pack. It doesn’t really work that way.
How often, if at all, do you work out your abs? Remember to work your entire core, especially your lower back, for more effective training.
Have a great day, friends <3