This past weekend, I got the question of the weekend.
How do you get back on track from the holiday for the holiday?
Well..I’ll be honest. I am thinking the same thing.
So to answer the question..here’s my top three things to get on track:
1- Exercise in the morning…it’s going to destress you AFTER you get over getting up early.
2- Drink LOTS of water…and actually, don’t think during the week (Sorry everyone)
3- Cardio is king. When it comes to time….20 minutes is better than nothing.
Not only that, I got back from the gym today and noticed some “back handles” appearing on my back. UGH. Now before you all click the “x” in the right hand corner…this is not a girly moment. It’s life, unfortunately.
After I reminded myself I was healthy and happy, I thought to myself it would be a good challenge to try and get rid of those back handles AND…..fit into my christmas dress.
Now…for all of those who do not know. I host an annual Christmas party for my friends and family every year benefiting the local animal shelter. It’s a great cause and SO much fun. As one of my best friends put it, “It’s a time where we forget and just reminisce…while acting like 9th graders again.” This is all to say, I LOVE this day for the party as well as…the dress. I don’t know why I get so excited, but I get more excited about dressing up for the Christmas party than new Years. However…the dress is used for the entire holiday season in different varieties.
Here are some of the dresses I’m thinking about and will be my reward if I go through this
(Yes…I do recommend creating a reward for yourself for a goal…example (see below ;))
So the goal (and what you will see on here for the next 24 days) is a countdown to the Christmas party…and the elimination of my back handles. 🙂
Join me at the party…and with these exercises…daily!
1. Medicine Ball “Face Downs”
From Livestrong: Lie face-down across a stability ball to do back extensions. Place your hips on the ball just under the highest point and pin your feet against a wall. Place your hands on the sides of your head and bend forward over the ball. Lift yourself up by contracting your lower back muscles. Hold for a second, lower yourself down and repeat.
2. Alternating Arm/Leg Raises
Perform alternating arm and leg raises. Get on all fours with your hands straight below your shoulders and your knees straight down from your hips. Lift your right arm straight in front of you and raise your left leg straight behind you. Lower them down about six inches, then raise them up about six inches higher than parallel to the floor. Continue for a set of reps and switch sides.
From Livestrong: Lie face-down on your belly to do alternating supermans. Extend your arms straight above your head and keep your legs straight. Lift your right arm and left leg up as high as you can. Hold for a second, lower them and repeat with your left arm and right leg. Keep going back and forth in a smooth motion for a set of reps.
4. And finally Cardio, Cardio, cardio. Cardio is NECESSARY for anything. (20 minutes three times a week, they are now, hypothesizing is even better than anti-depressants!) At least 30 minutes of cardio a day.
So…who’s in? Do you have a party dress (or suit!) you are wanting to wear?