Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Simple Strengthening Techniques

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

Side Table Re-do

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

Weekend Round-up

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....

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Here's my attempt at distracting you all from the fact that I have been a bit busy and not able to post....