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Movement Monday: S is for September…and Standing Abs

I came across this standing abs workout many years ago in a magazine (Women’s Health Magazine <– you can find the workout posted online at this link, which includes a video of the moves in case pictures just aren’t your thing).

Intrigued with the idea of taking crunches off the table as part of an abs workout, I tore out the page.

Not because I have anything against crunches per-se.

But because crunches alone don’t give the whole core a good workout.

And because sometimes I simply just don’t wanna with the crunches.

I’ve come back to it time and again over the years.

I’m feeling the need to add a little somethin’ to my strollin’ the baby through the neighborhood routine, and in the spirit of sharing, I thought I might invite you to a Standing Abs Challenge for the month of September.

(September is just around the corner, if you can even believe it. I’m still in denial but attempting to push through…)

It’s simple – just follow the exercises per the reps/sets schedule.

We’ll start off slow and increase over time. Starting on Sept 1st!

If you miss a day, you be the boss of you and decide how you want to handle that.

Some suggestions:
1. Skip that day and keep plugging along with the workout as per schedule
2. Work through a “rest day” to catch up
3. Double up the following day to get all the reps/sets for the 30 days in

You also be the boss of you and make a decision on the amount of weight you are going to use (and maybe you start off with one weight and adjust).

One disclaimer: I am not an exercise science professional, nor am I a physician. I’m sharing both the exercise moves as well as the ‘schedule’ from other sources (Women’s Health Magazine, and and inviting you to join me as I take one step further in increasing my active lifestyle that I’ve been absolutely transparent about being a struggle for quite some time. You should use your judgment about what you can/can’t do as far as exercise is concerned in your life, and consult your physician if you have questions about your health and exercise.

With all that said, who is ready to join me?

Here’s the schedule:

And the moves (remember, these need to be done on each side):

Seriously, if you’re up for joining, give me a shout in the comments section below so I know if I’m going this alone (with is totally okay) or if there are others out there I can cheer along and check in with along the way!!

Oh, and before I go, chances to register for your chance to win some free trail mix are running out! See this post for how to enter!

Fall Freezer Cooking: Part 1 (Chicken)

I’ve been dreaming about some freezer meal cooking.

It’s not the actual cooking that has me all spun up in dream world. Rather, it’s the idea of having a week, or two, or three…or FOUR where very little is required of me in the kitchen because I’m simply pulling from the freezer.

I always try to keep a handful of meals in the freezer anyway. About a week’s worth. But these meals are reserved for the “just in case” scenarios.

They come in handy when we’re just getting home after a weekend away, or when part of the meal plan falls apart or when I’ve got something planned but had 2 kids alternate being up all through the night and just don’t have it in me to execute that particular plan for the day.

My freezer cooking dream is more about getting a much needed – whole week or more – break in the kitchen.

When freezer meal cooking, I generally plan a handful of meals and spend a couple hours (or half a day, whatever it takes) dedicated to getting those meals prepped and in the freezer.

In order to do this, however, there has to be a couple uninterrupted hours to dedicate to the project…and a couple consecutive hours is sometimes hard to come by at this stage in my life.

So I’ve started doubling (or tripling) up when I’m making a meal as part of our weekly meal plan. That means we get to eat dinner and I also tuck a meal or two in the freezer without a lot of extra fuss or mess because that fuss and mess was gonna happen anyway.

Most recently I capitalized on chicken breasts being on sale and made two extra batches of each of these recipes for a later time:

Queso Chicken with Rice and Beans (Burritos)
Chicken Nachos
Honey Garlic Chicken (Crockpot) – I’ve got bags of veggies in the freezer for a quick steam to add with this recipe when the time comes.

I’ve got a running list on my fridge of all the meals in our freezer and I’ve also jotted a note about any additional items that may need to be purchased to round out the meal (i.e. salad, tortillas, sour cream, guac, garlic bread, etc.) the week they fall into the meal plan.

Are you doing any work to stock up your freezer for a busy fall/winter schedule?

Oh! and there’s still time to get in on the giveaway! Check out this post for the details!