"You got 15 minutes? Then you’ve got time for this killer stand-up abs workout. Fitness editor Jen Ator, C.S.C.S., author of Shape Up Shortcuts, demonstrates all the moves in this quick video above. Check it out, and then set aside some time to get your core-crushing on. The best part? You can do it anywhere, no mat or fancy equipment (beyond some dummbells) required. Here are the moves you’ll be doing. Do 8 to 12 reps of each move, and three or four sets of the total circuit. Rest for about 30 seconds between sets. For best results, do this workout three times a week. 1. Dumbbell Side Bend (need two 5- to 10-lbs dumbbells) 2. Standing Core Stabilization (need one 5- to 10-lbs dumbbell) 3. Bow Extension (need one 5- to 10-lbs dumbbell) 4. Reverse Dumbbell Chop (need one 5- to 10-lbs dumbbell)"
Source: Women’s Health
I’ve lost 47 lbs!
I feel so much healthier, but know that I still have quite a way to go before I reach my goal weight (115). When I started this, I used to get really upset at how excruciatingly slow my weight loss was going—sometimes even gaining back a pound or two once in a while. Now I’ve just accepted that it will take time and I have to be patient. It’s not like I gained all of this weight overnight—it took years of abusing myself with food—so I shouldn’t expect my body makeover be easy or quick. The great thing about losing weight slowly is that I don’t have any stretch marks of loose skin, which is something that I kind of dreaded (but was willing to accept in trade for a healthier body).
My unofficial goal is to get to -53 lbs by the time I hit my one year anniversary at the end of October.