Wednesday, August 27, 2008

here's to school starting!

school started last week for 3/4 of the canlas kiddos. and you'd think that maybe one of those three children would be in kindergarten, but nope! we've got three in preschool! i know it's crazy, but it's the best kind of crazy you could imagine. long story short, Isaac and Ila go to school with their friend Caleb and Ruby goes to Beal's school with her friends Brooklyn, Ava, and Lola. (i'll have to post soon about the miracle known as Beal's school.)

our days start at 7 with breakfast, prayers, getting dressed, doing hair, brushing teeth, and an episode of wubbzy while i clean up breakfast. we're in the car with all three of them at 8:20 then off to pick up Brooklyn. then we pick up Caleb and head off to preschool #1. Drop off Isaac, Ila, and Caleb. then off to get the twinners, Ava and Lola. then down to provo to drop off Ruby, Brooklyn, Ava, and Lola...and then i have 1 1/2 hours to myself.

i drive to the nearest place i can hop on the provo river trail and i'm a walking machine for 45 minutes. then back to Beal's to sneak in through the sliding glass door and do this...

12 Minute Ab Workout

Perform the following exercises in this order – 60 seconds each

1. Basic Crunch
a. Hands crossed over chest, lift shoulder blades off floor

2. Right Oblique Crunch Right elbow toward bent left knee
a. Right elbow toward bent left knee

3. Left Oblique Crunch
a. Left elbow toward bent right knee

4. Toe Touches
a. Knees and hips at 90 degree angle, crunch reaching hands between legs

5. Rolling Crunch
a. Knees and hips at 90 degree angle, extend legs fully out and bring back in

6. Right Side Crunch
a. Lean towards left side, right elbow goes toward chest

7. Left Side Crunch
a. Lean towards right side, left elbow goes toward chest

8. Push Throughs
a. Feet in the air, push hand between knees

9. Reverse Crunch
a. Hands under butt, push feet upward toward ceiling

10. Alternating Curls
a. Alternating elbows toward opposite knees while “bicycling”

11.Basic Crunch
a. Hands crossed over chest, lift shoulder blades off floor

12. Static Crunch
a. Hold body in crunched position for 30 seconds

i've told soooooooooo many people i would email this to them and never i'm blogging it! i actually got this from my sister christine from her time at the univeristy of nebraska playing volleyball. and needless to say, my abs may have forgotten they really exist, but this ab regime is the best thing to bring them back to reality. and just to warn you, it feels like your insides are going to explode for the first day or two and then you can feel the tightening and the lifting and things just get better from least that's what keeps me doing them every MWF :)

so here's to school starting and getting 1 1/2 hours of my life back to feel good and listen to good music and get those endorphins going that make the rest of the day so much more enjoyable!


  1. Woah! With that kind of ab workout, you won't ever need a bullet-proof vest! (Assuming your abs reach up to your neck, of course.)

    I've been limited in the exercises I can do since hurting myself and was getting pretty bored and frustrated. Thanks for jazzing up my mornings! (I thank you now, I'll curse you tomorrow.)

  2. Finally the ab workout!! wahoo! I really need for my gut. I love how you handle your crazy schedule in stride. Yay for endorphins!

  3. Thanks for the list, I totally need it. Every part of my body is back to it's original state except the tummy. It's impossible to get it back, so I've been trying everything, but I'm going to try your work out.

  4. I'm going to have to save this ab work out for January when I'm ready to do them again. As always, I'm completely impressed!

  5. Okay, I just tried the ab workout and totally loved the burn I felt. BUT...I kind of feel like an idiot because I'm pretty sure I was doing a lot of them wrong, specifically #2,3,4,5,6,7 (which is pretty much most of them). Any tips? or even better, how about some sweet photos!