Weigh In Wednesday

Hey! I’m finally jumping onto the Weigh In Wednesday wagon that Ash’s Right Direction has been hosting. I was never fully committed to posted so many workout related things over on GirlMeetsCamera but now that I have this blog I’m ON it! And it’s perfect because I weighed in today too even though Monday is my usual weigh day.

When I got to the gym I went into the locker room and stepped on the little, old, dial scale they have. And this happened…

It just stopped. I am most definitely NOT 120lbs haha but I had to take a picture of it anyway. I will never see that again. And that’s ok because I’m way too tall to be 120. So after that giggle I jumped on the big scale in the main room. You know, the one with the slider things that you have to balance. Usually I bounce between 180-183+ (I stop at 184ish…if it’s still not balanced at that point then I just don’t want to know.) Today though I was right at 180.

Yes! We’ve been changing things up and I think/hope it’s working. I know I’ve been feeling good about our workouts so seeing some encouragement from the scale is a big plus. Now lets hope I don’t hop back up to 183+ next week.

Today’s workout included dead lifts, split squats, lunges, pull downs, and some other fun things. And then abs. We skipped the ab portion of our planned workout and instead did the Crunchless Ab routine I posted yesterday. It sucked so good. I am pretty excited that I can last the full 60 second plank without having to drop to my knees. During the first round anyway…

As far as cardio goes, this soundtrack kept me company this morning on an elliptical. It was a total impulse buy but now I cant stop listening to it.

As far as nutrition is going…it’s going. I could be eating better but considering Panda Express just opened down the road I could be doing a LOT worse. T picked up dinner on his way home last night but it was Subway and I got a 6″. Like I said, not amazing and also not Panda Express 😉 I got to the store finally though and plan to make ahead some things for breakfast and lunch so I’m less likely to graze on kid snacks and count that as a meal. I’m so bad at that.

That’s it for this week y’all! Make sure you check out the link up on Ash’s page to see how other people are doing with their Wednesday Weigh in.

Goals for the week: EAT better. Continue to rock workouts. Don’t go back over 183lbs.



Crunchless Abs

 Hey guys! Coming at you today with a workout for your abs…that doesn’t involve crunches. I really don’t like crunches so anytime I can avoid doing them I’m going to. Try this one out and let me know what you think.



You’re going to do 2-3 rounds (this is where you push yourself, remember!) of these exercises:

  • 60 second plank. Hands or forearms, just keep your body in a straight line.
  • 50 heel touches. 25 per side.
  • 40 flutter kicks.
  • 30 second side plank. Forearm on the ground, feet stacked or staggered to make it a little easier.
  • 20 Russian twists. Bonus points if you hold some kind of weight while you do them.

Now go get ’em! Show those abs who’s boss.

6 Tips for drinking more water

WATER! Drinking water is so important. I know you’ve heard that a million times, right? But it’s true. Water helps your kidneys flush toxins out of your body, muscles need water to stay energized, it can help clear up your skin, help with digestion, and about a million other things. Basically, it’s super important.


What I’m sayin’ is…you need to drink your water! At least half your body weight in oz every day. Every. Day. That would be 90+ oz a day for me. Honestly, I could go all day with only the water used to make my coffee (which totally doesn’t count by the way. Boo.) and I know that’s not good! I just don’t like drinking water. It’s a major struggle getting those ounces in…and some days I don’t. But I try! That’s important. Some is better than none at all, right? Right!

Some people are just natural water drinkers. Good for them! But if you’re like me you’ll need all the help you can get to stay hydrated.

Here are a few things that I’ve tried that seem to help me:

Water bottles: I’m a bit of a water bottle hoarder. Same goes for plastic straw tumblers and to-go mugs. Every time I fall off the water wagon I buy a new water bottle and it almost makes me excited about water again, haha. Also, I try to think about how many times I have to fill up. With my Camelback I had to drink 3. Recently I just bought a 52oz (I think) Bubba mug. It’s ridiculously big BUT I only have to drink 2 of them to hit my goal for the day. Somehow, even though it’s the same total, drinking 2 is so much more attainable than having to refill 3 times or more.

Bracelets: A friend told me about this, and while I haven’t tried it, I think it’s genius. I just don’t have that many bracelets. You can also use rubber bands though which I believe was the original method she found. If you are shooting for 8 glasses of water put 8 bracelets or bands on one wrist. Every time you drink one, move a bracelet/band to the other wrist. It’s a nice visual to have right in front of you all day to remind you and keep you on track.

Apps: Like a good water bottle I’m a sucker for a useful phone app. I downloaded both Waterlogged and Daily Water on my iPhone. Daily Water seems really straight forward and easy. Little fuss, just click the glass as you drink and it tracks. It also makes some fun sounds when you track. Waterlogged seems to do a lot more but I haven’t fully dug into it. I think you can schedule water intake on both apps. Either one would be a good choice to try out if you love tracking things on your phone or ipad.

 Infusing: This is another great way to make you want to drink water. They sell fancy infusing pitchers and bottles but you could just buy any large water container with a spigot on it and it works just as well. Fill it with water and add chopped fruits, berries, herbs, cucumbers…anything. The options are really endless and Pinterest has about 9 million variations you can try. This really is good! I love naturally flavored water like this. It almost feels like cheating.

 Write it down: In my planner I make little boxes everyday (or draw little water drops if I’m feeling fancy) and color them in as I drink. You can even buy little planner stickers that are for tracking water on Etsy! If you’re writing it in put as many down as you need. I did have a lot before but now I just have 2 boxes. I get to check one each time I empty my huge 52oz mug.

 Plan ahead: This is smart too for the plan ahead types (which I am so not). Another friend of mine was filling large water bottles every night and sticking them in her fridge that way all day her water was there and ready. No refilling. Just grab and go. Finish them all and you’ve made your goal!

Are you good at drinking water? Do you like it? If you have any other tips that I haven’t mentioned please share! I can always use more help with it.

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