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Popcorn Cookies and Clockwork Abs

Yesterday I told you that I was working on a clockwork abs workout and here you go! The whole time I was actually doing the workout I was trying to come up with a clever name for it…Like “Rockin Abs Around the Clock” or “Rock Hard Abs Around the Clock” but I couldn’t come up with something that just seemed to roll off the tongue. Sooo Clockwork Abs it is.

For this workout, you simply go down the list of exercises and do each for a minute straight, except for the ab circles clockwise and counter clockwise, do each for 30 seconds. If you get to the point where you can complete them for a minute straight each…that’s amazing. I have included some videos to go along with the exercises to clarify what I’m talking about but couldn’t find a few…so I have described them. If you have trouble understanding…let me know I will try to clarify πŸ™‚

Clockwork Abs

Leg Lifts

Side to Side Pendulum

Ab Circles Clockwise and Counterclockwise: Lie on your back and lift your legs a few inches off the ground. Β With your legs completely straight the entire time, begin drawing a large circle with your feet in either a clockwise or counter clockwise manner. Your arms should be placed in the same position as the Side to Side Pendulum.

Ab Circles Alternating: Staring with your feet at the top most position in the ab circles, move your feet in a clockwise motion. When you reach the top mot position again, pause and move them back in a counter-clockwise motion. Continue pausing at the top and alternating between clockwise and counter-clockwise.

V-Crunch

V-Crunch Alternating Sides: Get into your starting V-Crunch position with your knees pulled in and your shoulders off the ground. Instead of extending your legs straight out, twist your body onto your left hip and extend your legs out to the right side. Bring them back to the middle with your body centered. Then twist your body onto the right hip and extend your legs out to the left side. Bring the back to the middle with your body centered.

Please let me know if any of this is confusing. I will keep looking for the appropriate videos if the description is confusing.

I had Maggie do this workout with me yesterday and she loved it. You don’t have to count how many you are completing, just push yourself through each minute and get as many reps in as you can. The workout is also going to target every muscle in your abs. We are both feeling sore today and looooove it.

Popcorn Cookies

A little while ago I can up with the idea of putting popcorn into cookies. I know this isn’t an original idea but it was in my head πŸ™‚ I added some white chocolate chips and cranberries to the mix because I am really a big fan of cranberries in cookies (if you couldn’t tell). They are extremely healthy and packed with flavor. When my family was eating them, they at first weren’t really sure what to make of them because they have such a different texture in comparison to a typical cookie. My mom thought they should be cut into bars and be called a snack cookie or something to the effect. They are extremely crunchy is what I’m getting at. But delicious. I really recommend you give them a try if you are looking for something that is sweet but on the healthy side. Because they are so crunchy, it takes you a little longer to eat…which isn’t a bad thing if you are looking to cut down on the number of cookies you are eating πŸ™‚

Cranberry Popcorn Cookies

Ingredients:

1 Stick of Butter, Softened 1 Cup Sugar
1 Egg 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
1 1/4 Cups Flour 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
Salt to Taste 3/4 Cup Popcorn Kernals
1 Tablespoon Canola Oil Pinch of Salt
1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries 1/2 Cup White Chocolate Chips

Directions:

1. In a sauce pan, add in a tablespoon of canola oil and the popcorn kernals. Over medium heat, heat until popcorn popping has slowed down. Make sure you put a cover on the sauce pan or your will have oil and popcorn EVERYWHERE!

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2. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

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3. Add in the egg and vanilla.

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4. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda and salt. Then gradually add it into the wet mixture. Top it off with the lightly CRUSHED popcorn, chocolate chips and cranberries.

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5. Spoon dough onto cookies sheets lined with parchment paper. Bake them at 350 degrees for approximately 14 minutes. You want them to be slightly browned.

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Just let them cool before you start tasting them, but I was really happy with the way that they came out. Such a different take on a cookie. They were sweet and healthy at the same time.

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And just a little update on the Oreo, my little problem child. She is doing much better. She is walking around and has a ton more energy. She still won’t attempt going up stairs but in just a few days she will be as good as new πŸ™‚

Have you ever tried to combine two of your favorite snacks to see if you can make a better one?!

 

Catching up with things

I haven’t really been keeping up with posting lately, simply because there has just been a lot of new and exciting things going on and I haven’t really been able to get into any sort of grove when it comes to a schedule. It’s been only slightly nuts. I am planning on getting back into my regular posting…starting…now. πŸ™‚

Since New Years, I have said good bye to my old co-workers and started training for my new job. I am really, really, really excited for it but so far I have been sitting at home for the most part studying like no other. And when I get bored of that…I head to Starbucks, grab a tea and study some more.

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As of right now…the studying is paying off because I just finished up my second exam and got a 100 percent! I had the loudest sigh of relief post exam today because there was one question I couldn’t really decide between two answers.

Brent has started his first day of work…and I snapped photos. Bahaha

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So Handsome.

And I have officially started…seriously…working out again. I did take a little break over the holidays simply because I didn’t really have the time. Now, I am back to my regular workouts…and I have made sure that they are unrelenting.

Yesterday, I went for a slow jog around my gym, which ended up being the first run outside since coming up to Boston. I had been putting it off because for the first two weeks a haunting cold and the freezing cold outside were providing some solid excuses for myself. Once the head cold passed, some delightful 50 degree weather made it’s way in. It was almost a sign…Anyways..the run felt great.

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After the run, I went inside to complete Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp. I have to tell you…the girl knows how to put a circuit together.

The first exercise in the circuit was A Push Press on a Bosu Ball. She is absolutely fantastic because in each of her workouts, she includes links to videos on how to do the exercise. I watched this videoΒ on how to do the exercise and didn’t really think too much of it. Cool, stand on a Bosu ball, squat, stand up and do a shoulder press. Can’t be too hard.

Okay. Wrong. I put the Bosu ball on the ground, stepped in the middle with my two weights in hand, and could NOT get my balance enough to get my second foot on and move my feet to the outside. The lady in that video makes it look so much easier than it is!

I stumbled a few times. Slid off it a few more times. Tripped myself with the Bosu ball. Stopped and stared at it for a while. Fell off a few MORE times. Looked around and noticed all the people laughing and probably thinking…what the hell is she trying to do?! Then gave in and moved the ball against the mirror and used the wall to keep my balance while getting onto it.

The first set I went to do, my legs were shaking so bad that the ball was violently rocking back and forth. I started laughing at myself because I really looked crazy at this point. Not only did I have so much trouble getting on the thing, but I also couldn’t keep the thing still!

My second set, and third one I looked a little more coordinated and the ball didn’t shake violently at every squat. I’m thinking my muscles didn’t get the break between the run and the squats that they probably wanted. One day though…I will look like this lady atop a Bosu ball.

She looks so calm!!!

Whelp, I’ve got another Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp for myself today, and some yummy granola to share with you as well. Even though posts have been MIA, I have been writing them up in my head so I’ve got bunches to share!!

A Snowy Winter Wonderland

Christmas morning brought a light snow to Mass, which was delightful because I really have missed the snow. It also begged the question, “What would have Brent done if it didn’t snow??” I guess we will never know!

Last night, brought the biggest snow of the season…about 6-7 inches. FUNNN. So the street is officially a little winter wonderland. The first big snow of the season is always a fun one because it hasn’t gotten annoying or brown yet.

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I didn’t really get up early enough to get the crazy pretty pictures when all of the snow is still clinging to the branches. It looks amazing. But, the real excitement was Oreo seeing snow for the FIRST TIME EVER! She has always been a Florida puppy so I was pretty excited to see what her reaction was going to be. She is a bit of a nervous nelly and my bet was that she would go on a barking rampage. Nope.

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Check out that snow bunny! She ran straight out into the snow and the two of them went WILD.

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Bacon can’t seem to get enough of the snow. It’s like he was born to run around in it. Oreo did have a it of trouble because it came up to her chest in some areas…which made walking around a bit more difficult. Annnd full speed face plants a little more plausible.

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She loved it though and I had the best time watching the two of them run around in the snow.

After snow festivities, Brent and I headed to the gym because I am determined to get this booty into photo taking shape. It’s been a little while since we have had the time to get a workout in and I was itching to get back there. I started it off with a 3 mile run that I ended up finishing in just over 25 minutes. I was really really happy with that because I was starting to feel winded as I was unpacking things and was really expecting the worst.

After the run, I tackled a quick little arm circuit to get back into everything. The shoulder press was a bit of a struggle for me towards the end, but then again…that’s never really been a strong point for me.

Arm Toning Circuit

Tomorrow, the plan is a leg circuit…and I feel some box jumps and lunges coming on. Fun Fun!! Then, I am going to start incorporating some full body circuits. I really wanted to ease myself back into the circuit training and so that is the plan.

Next, cookie baking and relaxing.