My wedding was on July 24th, 2010. When I moved to New York in November 2009 from California, I took a new job, I started eating out more, and got a little bit lax about exercise and fitness. I wanted to shape up a little bit for the wedding, so these are the exercises that I found most effective:
- Tom Morley’s Buns and Thighs Yoga (~25 minutes)
- YogaDownload’s Yoga Sculpt (~25 minutes)
- YogaDownload’s Weight Loss Yoga (~25 minutes)
- Walking. I try to walk at least 2 miles every day. On my better days I will walk upwards of 4 miles. Walking is great for your bones, your legs, and toning in general. It is an exercise that you can do whether you are in shape or just starting to get fit. You can walk no matter where you live, no matter what the weather is like outside. Walking in snow just makes it better exercise Walking is my exercise of choice because it’s just so easy to fit in. I walk with my husband and we chat about our days. I walk alone and listen to music or podcasts. I think about things to blog about. I cannot get enough!
I lost about 5 pounds and I gained back a lot of tone. I was really pleased with the results of “Operation Wedding”. Here are some wedding pictures (I am a little bit wedding-obsessed now, so bear with me! For more pictures visit My Photographer’s site -> Featured Events -> Maggie & Robert):
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I have just over 2.5 months until my wedding to look toned. I’m going to try to do either Jillian’s 30-day shred *or* a 20-minute yogadownload routine every day. This morning I did the 30-day shred level 1 routine. Great before-work workout.
What will I eat? Probably the same stuff I usually do. I just want some nice long lean muscles for the wedding. I’ve lost my toned-ness since moving to New York because I haven’t been doing much yoga (or any kind of strength training at all).
Yesterday I mentioned that I saw a celebrity at Souen – it was Lisa Edelstein, aka Dr. Cuddy from House. I adore House. Such a good show. Cuddy was absolutely drop dead gorgeous in person. That show does not do her justice. Apparently she is vegan and practices Ashtanga yoga. I may copy her if I will look that good when I’m 44.
I also mentioned that I converted Bobby and Julia (sister) into oatmeal lovers. This was our Sunday brunch:
Mine is on the left (oats, butter, honey). Julia’s in on top (oats, cinnamon, sliced apples, peanut butter). Bobby’s is on the lower right (oats, honey, apples).
The trick is to use Scottish style oats or steel cut oats. They are chewy and have a completely different texture from instant oats or even regular oats. If you think you don’t like oatmeal, think again. You will love these. (Make sure to add a dash of salt for each serving while cooking – that’s another reason that people don’t like oats. They’re awful without the salt.)
I have also been eating yummy lunches at work. Last week I sauteed up some cabbage in a whole lot of butter and ate it with half of a frozen eggplant parm from Trader Joe’s.
Mmm butter. I could be a vegan aside from the butter and the cheese. Oops. I would be a bad vegan.
Though this new breakfast is completely vegan and awesomely delicious (and fatty!) on a hot day:
Yes, that is a smoothie in a bowl. It’s just…
- 1 cup coconut milk kefir
- 1.5 cups frozen fruit (this is strawberries, but today’s was raspberries and blueberries)
- 1 tablespoon honey
Blend it in a food processor, blender, or magic bullet. I used my mini food processor.
It was great after my morning workout. I may have another one tomorrow. I love having fats in the morning.
Have you made a new breakfast recently? I rarely waver from either eggs or oats, so this was a nice change.