April 23: Tough ab workout and flexibility

For today’s exercise, I thought I’d search for something different from somewhere different, but I knew it had to be stomach-centric. When I plank, I’m gobsmacked at the pudding that hangs from that area! When the fitness instructors plank, their bellies stay flat and taught. How is it so?! I can’t even ‘blame’ having kids on this excess! So that’s a new goal for the end of fitfor15in15 – to plank without the pudding.

Thanks to the Internet, ask and you generally shall receive. I liked the name of this – Get Fit Fast Ab Workout – 15 minutes of pain – and ignoring the physique of the totally ripped bloke without a shirt, thought I was up for it.

Ahh, no … nowhere near up for it. Apart from it feeling a bit militarised, with the host, Adam Harper, barking at his buddies, “Don’t you give up on me!” *cringe* it would be a brilliant workout for someone who has the fitness levels of, say, Adam Harper and his buddies.

Wowsers it was tough. I couldn’t do any of the exercises properly, or for the entire duration, apart from the side plank hip lower one. I’ve learnt some new exercises though and will try adding them into any homemade routines. The last one, touching your ankles through bent, spread legs, may become a regular. (I really had to giggle at the end of the show, when the host plugs his company’s t-shirts. If they’re so good, shouldn’t he be wearing one?!)

A lot of the raised-leg exercises hurt my lower back, so I did them with bent knees. I realise this made them much easier, but I’m not an advocate of pushing through the pain, yo. Especially when it’s yo back, yo. Overall, I’m not proud of my efforts in that workout, but it’s something to do again and refer back to, in order to keep improving. It’s motivation to plank without the pudding! Plank without the pudding! (A new mantra?!)

One thing I am proud of today is the realisation I’m becoming more flexible. Yesterday and this morning, I was able to touch my nose to my knees for the first time, albeit briefly, but that is a massive improvement from January. Sure it can be contributed to four months of moving, but I also think yoga is making a big difference. I’ve done two yoga classes, here and here, in the past week and I really think my hips are loosening up, which means I can bend further forward. Morning stretches, as part of my morning routine, will have also played a role.

Have you been doing something regularly and noticing an improvement? It’s such a nice boost, isn’t it?! Please, tell me about your successes.

  • Physically Fit: Get Fit Fast Ab Workout
  • Mentally Fit: Sitting in the sun for 10 minutes
  • Nutritionally Fit: Fourth day of fasting on the 5:2 Diet – 500 calories
  • Minimalism: Nothing today – other than minimal calorie intake 🙂

Wishing you a wonderful day. Here are some photos from my walk home yesterday evening after meeting Iva.


The long way home


The sun was a huge ball and created a wonderful sunset glow


The sun sets on another day in Tulip Military School

4 thoughts on “April 23: Tough ab workout and flexibility

  1. Yes – I can now run 5km!!
    When school started back in Feb I was just a walker. I used to walk a few laps of the oval each morning with Roscoe after school drop off. Then I decided to walk one jog one always doing a total of 10 laps. Then I started to walk one jog two. I kept on upping it until I could jog 10 laps, and a borrowed a wheel measure from school. The oval is 375m around, so I could jog nearly 4km. Cool. So now about 2 weeks ago I hit the road to try out my new Runkeeper app, and I managed 4.7km. Since then I have run 5.2km twice!!! My poor 10 year old dog is exhausted at the end of 5km too. I am also a few kg lighter and definitely feeling like I’ve made an achievement. My next goal is to run about 7km (from home to the Smiths Gully Store and back). If I can reach that goal by my birthday in late July, then I might try for a 10 km fun run towards the end of the year.
    That’s my little success story!

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    • Bec, that’s not just a “little” success story, that’s a HUGE success story! Congratulations! What an achievement in such a relatively short amount of time. Running after all your kids has probably kept you fitter than you thought, and you’ve just topped up the levels. So happy to read your story. I’ll be hitting you up for a guest blogger contribution when you’ve finished your studies! Must be lovely running with Rosco, I wish I could run with a dog! (Boy, the neighbours’ dog, has bad hips and can’t run). Keep on running. I’ve decided to make Mondays my Rundays (get it) but maybe it would be better twice a week. Do you run twice a week now? If you enter a Fun Run, I’ll run with you on race day (in Bern and at a different time, but still with you in spirit!)


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