Flat Abs November
It’s the second day into November, and I’ve started a new goal…
My aim for the rest of the month is to up my cardio as well as my ab workouts to both shave off that layer that has taken residence over my stomach as well as whip me in tip-top shape to breeze through the 5K I’ve registered to run on Thanksgiving morning.
To start off, I’ve been keeping up with Run Eat Repeat’s Pile on the Miles Challenge, having thrown in a couple miles around my neighborhood yesterday and a 3-ish mile hike today (pics to go up tomorrow!). Tomorrow I’ll be starting my ab workouts. I’ll be sure to share them if I wake up with killer-sore abs the next morning– that way I know they work.
I’m also working on being more conscious of what I’m eating. All-baked-goods-all-the-time season started back in October, and I can already feel the difference in my jeans! So between upping my water intake (which is just as important in colder months as it is in the summer!!) and not going carb-crazy with scones, cookies, and anything that has chocolate baked into it, I figure the flat abs boat will be pretty smooth sailing. I always end up getting some sort of cold in the winter months anyway, so the extra servings of fruits and vegetables can’t do anything but help to stave it off!
Some spicy chicken sausage with onions and red + orange peppers, steamed green beans, and roasted multicolored potatoes for lunch on Tuesday was a pretty good start to things. The color in the potatoes was an added bonus– more color in food = more antioxidants.
Luckily, my knees have decided to make themselves functional again (and not a day too soon), but I’ve been doing some heat therapy just to keep things in check. I swear this heating pack is the best $6 I’ve spent in recent memory.
As a sidenote, I finally gave in to the Pinterest peer pressure and decided to see what it was all about. I’m still getting the hang of it and am shuffling through a lot of white noise (some people post some pretty strange/silly stuff), but I found a few motivational pins that I thought I’d share– just in case you’re in need of a little push, too!
And, though it’s not exactly motivational, this is pretty funny:
I’ll post the hiking photos tomorrow– we did a pretty intense hike, and someone ended up with a booboo (spoiler alert: wasn’t me!).