Monday, July 29, 2013

Monday Muscle: Week 3

     Guess what! We made it to the last Monday Muscle before our 30 Day Challenge! I hope you are ready to start picking things up a bit! Don't fret though, we'll work our way in slowly. Starting next Monday, our 30 Day Challenge will take the place of our Monday Muscle and we'll add a second workout to the week. This challenge will run through the first week of September.  I hope you will continue to follow along and post your results along with us!

Without further ado....your third Monday Muscle:

     50 Butt Kickers
     30 Plies
     30 Oblique Crunches
     25 Wall Push ups
     10 sec Arching Low Lunge

     Fabulous job once again! I hope you all enjoyed Monday Muscle and I hope to see you for our 30 Day Challenge! Let me know how you are progressing! Keep up the good work! We'll see you next week for the big challenge!

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Monday, July 22, 2013

Monday Muscle: Week 2

     I'm so happy to see you back for week 2! Baby steps toward consistency! Yay us! Let's get down to it! Here's your Monday Muscle, a little beefed up from last week:

     50 High Knees
     30 Chair Dips
     25 Side Lunges (yes you have to do each side)
     30 Reverse Crunches
     20 sec Downward Facing Dog

      Congratulations! Another Monday Muscle in the books! Don't you feel accomplished! In addition to these few exercises, I want you to make one healthy change to your routine. Whether that be taking the stairs instead of the elevator or parking at the back of the parking lot. If you feel super motivated you can continue your change all week. Leave me a comment with your lifestyle change and let me know if you did it all week. See you next week!

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Monday, July 15, 2013

Monday Muscle: Week 1

     Are you as excited as I am for our first Monday Muscle! I promise this will be quick and not super painful (just a little burn for now)! To help encourage, I thought I would post some before, during, and after pictures. If you feel brave enough to do the same, please join the party!


So here's your first workout:

     30 Jumping Jacks
     10 Crunches
     5 Push ups
     10 Squats
     10 sec Tipover Tuck

Congratulations! That's all there is to it! We have successfully completed our first Monday Muscle! Hope you all are feeling fabulous! Don't forget to leave comments, before pictures, and to let us know you were here! Until next week!

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Coming Soon.......Monday Muscle

      I don't know about the rest of you, but about mid summer (which is already here!) I lose all focus and motivation when it comes to exercising. I have a nice little gym I could walk down to, or actually swim laps when I'm at the pool (the water is way too cold for this girl), but I'd rather do just about anything else.  The kicker is, the one time I actually go to the gym I feel amazing! So in order to break out of this mid summer slump, I'm starting Monday Muscle! Sounds cheesy and lame right. Well here's what it's all about.

     Monday, July 15th will be the first installment of Monday Muscle. I will post a quick and easy 5 min, no fuss workout. From here we will build until we are ready for a good old fashion 30 day challenge. Here's to kicking the mid summer slump and keeping up with that bikini body we all worked so hard for (haha)! I encourage you to post your progress and let us know how you are enjoying the program so I can cheer right along with you!

Let me know if I'll be seeing you Monday!

*Please consult with your doctor before beginning any workout routine. I am not a professional trainer by any means. I cannot be held responsible for any injuries and all results are individual.

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Scrubby dishcloth

     Hope you all had a fabulous 4th of July and enjoyed time with your families! I have to admit although I had to work, I probably had the best view for fireworks! There were fireworks going off all over the city and I could see them all from my window! Not quite the same but if I have to miss them, I want a show like that. Over the holiday I finally buckled down finished my project for this post! It's a quick and easy dishcloth, perfect for a beginners project. 

     I've always wanted to learn to crochet, and my poor mother spent hours trying to teach me! The problem came with the fact that she's a lefty and I'm a righty! For some reason, my middle school brain couldn't comprehend how to do the same thing with the opposite hand! So my first project was never finished and I gave up on crocheting all together. 

     Recently, the crochet bug bit me again.  I decided I wanted to learn because it is one of the few crafts you can pick it up and put it down whenever and is portable. So seeing as how my last project ended in disaster I decided to start small. I found instructions for these scrubby dishcloths on Simple Sweet Yarns.  I figured how difficult can it be to make a dishcloth! (haha) After many hours googling and on YouTube, I'm proud to say I finished my first project and you can actually tell what it is! 

     Instead of making you follow in my footsteps of endless searching, I thought I would help with an idiot's guide from a true beginner! Should be simple enough to follow (I hope). Please refer back to the link to Simple Sweet Yarns for the actual pattern.  I will just be showing you steps along the way. 

     Quick note: Choose a yarn that isn't fluffy! You don't want yarn fluff in your dishes! I used cheap $1.99 off brand from Michaels (I got 2 dishcloths out of 1 ball using G & H hooks). Whatever floats your boat! If you find you are having trouble, try using the next size up hook and try easing up on the tension. You can always tighten as needed. My first attempt was with an H hook because I couldn't get it with a G.

Start with a slip knot:

Here's the chain stitch:

The alternating treble (triple) and single crochet:


How to finish:
       I don't have the fancy tools to weave the tail back through and create a finished edge. So the shortcut is to use your fingers and crochet hook to push the tail in and out through your project's stitches. Not fancy but it works!


     And there you have it! When it's all said and done you should have a dishcloth!  I've used mine a few times and love it so far! Seems to hold up well despite my flawed technique! Happy crocheting!

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