Let me start off by saying that I’m in a very surprisingly good mood for how poorly my anatomy quiz went earlier…. Let’s just say I was laughing because it was so ridiculous. I do admit I didn’t study like I should have but this thing should have been called a test with how much material it covered! Anyways blah blah I could go on and on but I’m way past it now so let’s talk about what lifted my spirits after that downer of a quiz…. ZUMBA!
(see me in the blue top and yellow shorts?! hehe… this is from a zumba after dark night downtown!)
Zumba has become one of my favorite cardio workouts… it really is SO much fun!! It’s honestly feels like a party every time I go. The instructor, Tania, at the gym I go to has a ton of energy and plays really upbeat songs (mix of latin inspired songs and a ton of hip hop- which I love)! I really love dancing and it lets out so much built up energy and stress I may have. I recommend it to anyone and everyone! It truly is a workout anyone can do. I actually became certified this summer to teach Zumba but I have yet to pursue that- I’ve been to busy with school but I really want to at some point!
After partying it up in Zumba class, I did about 30-35 minutes of ab exercises. I like to work my abs for about 30 minutes or so every other day if I can (or close to that). It’s so important to build up your core strength since all of your other muscles rely so heavily on the core. Plus, who can complain about having a toned tummy? Today I did the ab ripper routine I’ve seen off of the p90x dvds with some modifications and added in other exercises as well. I like to use a 10 lb weight (the circular type) while doing many of the moves to up the intensity level. All of these moves were done on a mat and I do about 25 reps of each exercise.
Heres the videos for p90x ab ripper! There are some really awesome moves in there. http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1464945638519938565 and http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=97404099147633519. This guys pretty funny- makes the ab workout that much better. Cam and I used to do this video all the time and now that I do it from memory, I still have his little comments in my head- “Party’s almost over, makes me sad!”
- Leg lifts– hold weight above your head with arms straight and legs straight up in the air. Keeping legs straight and together, lower until hovering above the floor and lift back up. Repeat. (Make sure only lift your legs as low as you can without your back arching)
- In and Outs
- Reverse Bicycles
- Crunchy Frog
- Wide Leg Sit Ups- I modified this exercise by keeping one leg straight and one bent. I keep my hands behind my head and crunch up and then crunching over to the bent leg. I do 12 on one side first then go to the next side. Making sure to keep elbows behind my head as much as possible.
- Scissors- I held a weight above my head to add intensity.
- Hip Rock n’ Raise
- Heals to the Heaven
- Oblique V-ups
- 3 sets of hanging abs (keeping legs as straight as possible!) About 20 reps per set.
I know abs can be difficult or not so fun to do but honestly I really do love when I work my abs because of how good it feels afterwards! And honestly if you work at it (by doing abs consistently and burn them out as much as you can) you can really define them and become a lot stronger everywhere else! 🙂
Last night I wanted to make something nutritious for dinner but was in no mood to cook a recipe with a long list of ingredients or anything that took a long time. I decided to simply play it by ear and it ended up really good! Very simple yet still delicious.
Simple but Sexy Rice Bowl
- 1/2 cup cooked brown rice (I used Success 10 minute)
- 1/2 cup cooked lentils (I bought Trader Joes steamed lentils- just boil for 5 minutes and they ready!)
- large handful of precut kale
- about 1/3 cup frozen peas
- 1/2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 tbsp or less of Earth balance whipped spread
- dash of sea salt
- a couple tiny slivers of garlic
I used the quick Success brand 10 minute brown rice- just heat water with bag and let boil for about 8 minutes and they are done. While doing so, Bring another pot of water to a boil and add bag of steamed lentils. Let boil for about 5 minutes. When those are done just set aside. Heat about 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil and a small amount of minced garlic in a medium pan on low/medium heat. Once the garlic begins to bubble a little (not too vigorously) add the kale and stir. Cover for about a minute and stir again. The kale should begin to shrink. Add the frozen peas and continue to stir and cover. Add some earth balance and let the veggies heat until the spread has melted. Add 1/2 cup each of lentils and rice to a bowl and top with the veggies. Add a dash of sea salt if desired and enjoy!
Alrighty well my bed is calling me… Night!!