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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Happy Thursday,

How are you today? I'm super happy to report that my toe is finally feeling better. It started feeling substantially better as the day went on today. I was even able to do some Pilates at the end of the day (modified as not to stand on my foot, but still)!

Finishing grad school has led to a pretty nice improvement to our dinner menus! We've been able to eat more dinners together and less out of lunch boxes, which is fantastic! Here are a few of our recent eats.

Each meal has included a big fresh salad!
We had unseasonably warm weather on Monday, so E busted out the grill.
Hello grilled tilapia and corn!
What's better than coming home to a delicious smelling dinner that is 100% done?
Umm.... nothing! Thank you Mr. Crockpot for these fall of the bone baby back ribs!

Are you hungry yet? This was my first time to make ribs in the crockpot, and I couldn't believe how good they turned out. Our crockpot is the hulk of the crockpot world so you have to cook everything on low for way less time. E putted the ribs, 1 cup of water, and 1 cup of Annie's Natural BBQ sauce on top of the ribs in the crockpot at lunch and set it for low. Six hours later we had amazingly delicious ribs!

Who's ready to revamp their lower body workout? Although there is not a whole lot of snow in Dallas, it doesn't mean I can't aspire to have snow bunny worthy legs right? Try spicing up your next lower body routines with these slope ready exercises! The best thing about these exercises is that they require ZERO equipment so you can do them in your hotel room before you hit the slopes or in your living room while you dream about the slopes! :) I'm dreaming!

Touchdown: Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, toes pointed forward. Squat down until knees are bent 90 degrees. Step left leg back into a deep reverse lunge, placing right hand along outside of right thigh or touching the floor. Raise left hand in front of face, palm facing out. Return to starting position and repeat, alternating sides. Source:

Single Leg Squat with Towel: Stand with feet together, toes pointed forward, arms at sides with right foot on top of a small folded towel. Shifting weight to left leg, bend left knee 45 to 90 degrees while sliding right leg and towel slowly out to the side as far as is comfortable for a count of 4. Slowly draw right leg back to start for a count of 4 while straightening left leg. Repeat for 30 seconds; switch sides. Source:

Handstand Mogul: Assume an inverted V position but with knees bent. Keeping arms straight and heels lifted, walk feet out to side just beyond right hand (as shown, left). With arms locked, knees bent and legs together throughout, hop legs up (as shown, right) and over to opposite side of mat. Then spring to other side of mat for one rep. Continue alternating sides for 1 minute. Source:

Hammy Helper: Start in plank with toes on bench; place right foot on left calf (as shown). Engage abs and keep arms straight as you bend and lower left knee. Return to start for 1 rep. Do 12 reps. Switch sides; repeat. Source:

Don't those look fun! With these handy exercises, you'll be ready for the slopes this winter, and the beach this summer! :) I hope you all have a great Thursday!

Have you tried any new recipes lately? How did they go?

Do you usually go skiing in the winter? Where?

In health,

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