Hello Friday – Nice to see you. Please, take your coat off and stay a while…
About 90% of you were wondering where the dress came from and I’m going to let you in on a little secret…The best secret EVER. If you’re anything like me (which most people aren’t), you like to wear new clothes to special events. But sometimes our bank account doesn’t allow us to purchase stunning dresses to rock at every event…. That’s where this website comes in. Rent the Runway is a site where you can rent a dress, jewelry or a clutch so you have the perfect look for your event. I can no longer justify wearing a 400 dollar dress once so instead I rented it for $50. They have AMAZING designers and styles…so if you haven’t checked it out before, now is the time! You can request 2 sizes and they will rent them to you for a price of $40-$200 (normally priced at $400-$5000). Total steal…and you’ll be the classiest, prettiest woman at your event (not that you wouldn’t be anyway). Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Checkin it outttt.
In related news, a recent study finds that shopping makes people live longer. So keep swiping those cards people, it’s for your own good :)
Even MORE good news… I broke in my new running shoes today! I’m not sure if them being brand new had anything to do with it but I ran 4.9 miles in 34:30! Last year that would’ve taken me about 49 minutes so I’ve shaved about 15 minutes off! Personal record right there. And pretty darn proud of it.
Yesterday we broke in the donut (doughnut, whatever) pan and made the cutest little donut’s that you ever have seen!
Whole Wheat Baked Doughnuts
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/3 cup stevia baking blend with fiber
- 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1 egg
- 1 container of fat-free vanilla yogurt
- 2 extremely ripe bananas, mashed
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- Lightly grease doughnut pan with cooking spray and preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Add whatever toppings you would like (ex: chocolate chips, cereal, granola, raisins, coconut, fruit etc)
- In a bowl combine all dry ingredients (first 6)
- In another bowl combine all wet ingredients (last 5)
- Mix well
- Move flour mixture to sides of bowl making a well and add wet ingredients
- Combine well but do not over mix
- Add to doughnut pan. Do not overfill or who will not have a doughnut shape.
- Bake for 5 minutes or until toothpick stuck in center comes out clean.
- Let cool for 5 minutes before removing
- Feel free to ice the plain ones. We made some homemade peanut butter cream cheese. It needs some tweaking before I post the recipe.
- Enjoy these guilt free snacks. Memorial day is right around the corner… Bikini time!!
Random question for you guys – Do spelling errors on Facebook irk you? I cannot stand when people post a status with simple words spelled wrong. My friend sent me a link to the 10 best obnoxious response to misspellings on Facebook and I was laughing so hard I was choking. Take a look at it if you need a good laugh :)
Kate recently posted a bikini body challenge ab workout that has been KICKING my butt. Every time I do it I am so sore it hurts to laugh the next day! If you are looking for a new ab routine I highly suggest you try this! Below is the routine but if you go to her page she has pictures that will show you step by step.
#1 Plank Pose
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 abdominal to prevent your rear end from sticking up in the air or sagging in the middle.
Hold for 20 to 60 seconds, lower and repeat for 3-5 reps.
week 1: 30 seconds 3 reps
Lie on the floor and lace your fingers behind your head.
Bring the knees in towards the chest and lift the shoulder blades off the floor without pulling on the neck.
Straighten the left leg out while simultaneously turning the upper body to the right, taking the left elbow towards the right knee.
Switch sides, bringing the right elbow towards the left knee.
Continue alternating sides in a ‘pedaling’ motion for 1-3 sets of 12-16 reps.
week 1: 3 sets 10 reps per side
#3 Single Leg Stretch
Lie back in the center of your mat with your knees bent. Lift your head and shoulders and curl your chin in toward your chest.
Inhale as you draw your left knee in toward your chest, placing your left hand on your ankle and your right hand on your knee.
Lift your right leg about 45 degrees off the floor.
Switch legs, extending your left leg while hugging your right leg to your chest.
Switch hand positions each time your switch legs, placing your right hand on your right ankle and your left hand on your right knee.
Do between 5 and 10 reps for each side.
week 1: 2 sets 12 reps per side
#4 Reverse Curl
Lie on the floor and place hands on the floor or behind the head.
Bring the knees in towards the chest until they’re bent to 90 degrees, with feet together or crossed.
Contract the abs to curl the hips off the floor, reaching the legs up towards the ceiling.
Lower and repeat for 1-3 sets of 12-16 reps.
It’s a very small movement, so try to use your abs to lift your hips rather than swinging your legs and creating momentum.
week 1: 3 sets 12 reps
#5 Side Plank
Lie on your side with your right hand on the ground or use an exercise mat. For beginners, it is recommended to begin this exercise on your elbow.
Lift yourself up to form a plank with your right arm straight and your left arm on your side.
hold 30 seconds 2 reps per side
week 1: 30 seconds one rep per side
#6 Side Plank Rotation
In a right-side plank position (A), brace your abs and reach your left hand toward the ceiling (B). Slowly tuck your left arm under your body and twist forward until your torso is almost parallel to the floor (C). Return to the side plank. That’s 1 rep. Do 2 or 3 sets of 5 to 10 reps on each side, resting for 1 minute between sets.
week 1: 12 reps each side 2 sets
#7 The Hundred
Sit tall on the mat with your knees bent by your chest and your hands at your sides.
Lie down with your knees bent and your palms facing down.
Exhale and raise your head and shoulders off the mat.
Vigorously pump your arms 6 inches up and down, reaching with your fingertips.
Inhale for 5 pumps, then exhale for 5 pumps. Be sure to curl your chin in toward your chest.
Do 100 pumps, or 10 full breaths.
Try to keep your lower back pressed in toward the floor and keep your lower abs pulled in toward your spine. You should keep your abs engaged this way throughout the workout.
week 1: 100 pumps was a struggle for me
#8 Torso Twist
Sit holding a medicine ball with knees bent.
Lean back slightly, engaging the abs and keeping the back straight and the chest lifted.
Rotate to the right, touching the medicine ball to the floor next to the hip.
Come back to center and rotate to the left.
Repeat, alternating sides for 1-3 sets of 10-16 reps (one rep is to the right and left).
week 1: 12 reps per side 3 sets.
Just a couple more hours til we can officially call it quittin time…. This weekend I have plans to visit the Cherry Blossom Festival in DC. I’ve never been and have lived here for over 12 years! What are your plans? Whatever you do I hope you enjoy them!