Good morning peeps!
I am feeling pretty chipper this a.m. ( 🙂 BIG SMILE!) because after an accidentally long nap last night (I napped until 7:45!), I still slept well and woke up at 4:45 a.m. for the gym with no problem. It has been a pretty long time since I have felt so happy to be up to gym-it!
It’s funny because (as I said before) my body craves exercise in a way I can’t describe. I basically know that even when I am tired and cranky I will never regret a quick run or gym-sess. Sometimes, my tiredness and crankiness can be because of lack of exercise (though more often than not it is because I am hungry 😉
I packed my clothes bag last night and prepped my yogurt for snack. Breakfast was a bowl of Kashi 7 Whole Grain Flake Cereal with some skim milk. Yum!
It was a bit chilly this morning so I wore pants and a track jacket to the gym. Big mistake! I was roasting by the time I walked up to the second floor to meet Amy. I need to remember that it is the “July kind of cold” not the “January kind of cold”!
Gym today was ABS, Back, and Chest. I don’t know what day I would consider it because I have lost track! Ha! I believe (if you are keeping track) it is Day 3 because I did Day 1 Monday and missed Day 2.
I haven’t talked much about my AB routine so let me fill you in.
- I do ABS three days a week (usually Monday Wednesday Friday). You need to leave 48 hours rest before working the same muscle group again so every-other-day works great!
- Diet plays a huge part in how defined your ABS can become, so following a cleaner and healthier eating plan will boost metabolism and ultimately help you lose more of the body fat that is preventing your stomach from being flat. A healthier diet for me is trying to find a balance of carbs, protein, and fat.
- Genetics and lifestyle also play a role in developing (or not developing) “six-pack” ABS.
- I generally do 3 or 4 exercises that target all sections of the ABS: lower, upper, and obliques. The 4th exercise of the set will usually be targeted at where I feel I need it the most- the obliques!
- I like to try to switch up the AB routine every four weeks or so (as soon as I am bored or not feeling the burn!).
- Straight-Leg Vertical Raise (lower abs)- 3 sets of 15-20
- Weighted Ball Crunch (total abs)- 3 sets of 15-20, 10lbs
- Medicine Ball Twist (obliques)- 3 sets of 20 alternating sides, 4lb medicine ball
- Plank on Ball (total abs)- 3 sets, hold for 30-60 seconds (ouch!)
As of today I am on an Oblique Frenzy! I really want to tighten up my hips and waist, which means I need to work hard and eat smart!
~Working hard means adding some more obliques exercises into my routine and switching up them up more often to “shock” the muscles.
~Eating smarter will involve me going food shopping (ughhh), so I am adding that to my to-do list today. I have been a lazy eater (AKA- eating for convenience) and it’s got to stop. NOW!
Be back later for a Weight and Evening Run recap.
Enjoy the sun