Happy Good Friday! Have a great long weekend, Friends!
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
There a few bodyweight exercises I like to do on my off days from the gym. They are great for when you're on vacation or staying in a hotel too! Not necessarily good if you have a glass office though...
I usually combine the regular plank with side planks and variations of lifting limbs up off the floor at the same time. I remember BARELY being able to hold a regular plank for 30 seconds when I started strengthening exercises 3 years ago, now I'm going for at least 4 minutes at a time. It is the perfect workout for your entire body, from your neck to your calves.
I do these 2 different ways: my back on the wall and my legs bent at a 90-degree angle, holding for 4 minutes or so, or facing the wall and doing regular bodyweight squats, making sure I'm as close to the wall without touching as possible. This is also a great way to work on your squat technique.
I do mine against a wall or closed door. Handstands are my least favourite, but also the strengthening exercise I have most improved on. My trainer used to have to lift my feet up and position me because I was so weirded out by being upside down. Now I cartwheel into them! Handstands are the best way to strengthen your shoulders, in my opinion. I wish I could hold them for longer than a minute, but I feel like I'll pass out if I go a second longer.
SOMETIMES I'm able to balance mid-air. Sometimes.
TD and I have committed to working out while we're in Playa. You know, to balance out the lime margs we'll be consuming. Do you workout while on vacation?
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
A few weeks ago, I asked TM if I could paint the brown table on the deck. I want to use it as a spot for an ice bucket or food tray when I'm entertaining. She said something along the lines of "I found it on the side of the road", so I decided to go for it!
I borrowed my mom's adorable hand sander (are sanders supposed to be adorable?) and got to work on a warm, sunny day.
It was a relatively easy project for a couple of reasons: a) it was a table that was found on the side of the road and would remain on the deck all summer and b) I just don't really care what it looks like up close.
Using Chantilly Lace from Benjamin Moore, I slapped on two coats and reveled at my talent. You can barely even see the drip marks!
Now, let's see....what else can I sand and paint?
Monday, April 14, 2014
Wine walk, determining three kids is nuts, annoying accents, Double D pizza, fat kids, Wine shopping, lime-hunting, tanning, cocktail hour with Lorna and Phyllis, Chewies, determining reading your menu using the flashlight on your phone on a probable first date is a terrible idea, buying flowers on a sunny Sunday morning, baby shower prep, onesie clothesline, "you said baby", red envelopes, slippers, sipping chardonnay on my lovely deck.
I hope everyone else had a lovely weekend too! Four days until four blissful days off....