Trying Not To Drop The Ball in 2010

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2-0-1-0 baby!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Where did you watch the Ball Drop?

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We were in the comfort of our own family room!

We relaxed at home and watched the US vs. Canada Juniors hockey. What a great nail bitter! US dominated until the 3rd period and then Canada came back and tied it up. Canada won in a shootout. Sooooo nerve wracking!

This morning I got up (hangover free for once!) and did some work for a couple hours before hitting the treadmill for my first workout of 2010. I will be honest, I was NOT in the mood to workout on the treadmill. Our streets here are covered in ice so I literally can’t workout outdoors right now because it is so slippery. :( I opted to put on a movie and watched it as I sweated it out. It worked wonderfully and 45 mins flew by!

The workout:

  • 45 min. Treadmill hill workout (incline 15%, speed 4.0-4.2 intervals) = KILLER

Then Eric and I did Whittle My Middle 2! Eric will be my lucky victim participant this time around.

We whittled and whittled.

Wanna know how nerdy we are?

We were doing the side plank twists and we high fived each other at the top of each twist. LOL. We were laughing so hard we almost fell over!

I really ‘like’ the new exercises this time around. And I use the word ‘like’ loosely…By popular demand, I did NOT include any exercise ball exercises this time.

I did:

  • Front plank: 90 secs.
  • Side plank:  60 secs each side
  • Torso twists: 20 reps
  • Plank ups: 10 reps
  • Boat pose: 2 sets 10 reps
  • Side plank w/ twists:  10 reps each side

Leave me a comment below if you’d like to join us for Whittle My Middle 2!

After showering, I had the appetite of a football player. Well, maybe a vegan football player, that is. ;)

I made open-faced salsa and Sol veggie burger sandwiches on Mary’s Crackers:

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To die for!!!!!

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Along with my lucky New Year’s Black Eyed Pea Soup:

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My new favourite way to eat bananas:

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Frozen + on a stick = AMAZING.

I got the sticks from Bulk Barn. I cut the banana in half, stick it, and then pop it into Tupperware and into the freezer. Voila. I honestly enjoy them more than popsicles. You gotta try this!!!!

And a bowl of fruit…

Gogi berries and mulberries (I think?):

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Mulberries are so strange! They have these little stems on them. I was too lazy to remove the stems off so I just ate them! LOL. Probably not supposed to though. They are really tasty in a strange and addicting way.

I wanted to go back for more food, but I decided to blog first and see if my brain caught up with my stomach. Yup, sure enough it has. :) I need to work on eating slower this year…

My new Japanese Sencha loose leaf tea:

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Very good. It is 4′Oclock brand.

One of my X-mas gifts from Eric:

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I know, I’m a dork!

I asked for one for work because I could never answer the phone while baking. Now I can. :) The reception isn’t great on it after about 15-20 feet away from the receiver though. It will do the trick I guess!

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Speaking of baking, yesterday was a great day of sales for the new Healthy Resolutions Fit Packs! Over 400 Glo Bars were sold. I rounded up my donation amount to make an even $100 donation. I was really touched by some of your emails yesterday telling me what an important cause NEDIC is to you. Thank you so much for your support! It is a great way for Glo Bakery to start the new year. :)

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I have a few hours of work left to do today. Not sure what else this first day of 2010 holds for us. Nothing is open so we probably won’t go too far. We might go to a movie later tonight (It’s Complicated or Sherlock Holmes).

Just remembered- I will also be doing the swab test today for the Bone Marrow donation registry. It arrived in the mail yesterday. :)

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Happy 2010!

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Molly @thevegandorm January 1, 2010

I will be participating in WMM2! thank you for your amazing donation!

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Lexie January 2, 2010

I am looking forward to participating in WMM2. I definitely don’t do enough ab work. Your results from round 1 were so awesome!

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Nikki T January 1, 2010

I’m IN for WMM II! I was going to do it on my own and was happily surprised when you said you were going in for round 2! Much more exciting to do it with others and not alone :)

I rang in 2010 with a 5km race this morning! It was -18, wind chill -29 here in Edmonton/Sherwood Park, Alberta today…brrrrr! But, I’m happy to say I’ve had a successful start to the New Year :)

Have a great day!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 1, 2010

WOW good for you, that is amazing Nikki!!!

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Moran January 1, 2010

Happy New Year !!!

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is January 1, 2010

COngrats on that huge donations!! Yay!!! :)

My hubby and I love to do abs together. We’ve been known to do some weird, embarrassing, insane things with abs in the gym. Luckily since I work there, no one really minds. But we are such dorks. Glad we aren’t alone. :)

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Morgan @ Life After Bagels January 1, 2010

I will most definitely joining Whittle # 2 . . . I loved the first one but I let my dedication waver a bit at the end . . . and I’m trying to convince a co worker to start too, I think she is going to!

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Lauren @ Reading and Running January 1, 2010

I will definitely be doing WMM2. I’ll have my first blog up this afternoon!!

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liane January 1, 2010

I’m in for Whittle #2… as I completed Day 1 was reminded of how much i despise, i mean love, side planks :)

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Maureen January 1, 2010

I saw It’s Complicated last night it is laugh out loud funny!!!

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Kristin (whimsyville) January 1, 2010

I’m in for WMM2! I love the fact that this round doesn’t involve the dreaded ball – my husband has banned me from the exercise ball because I’m apparently a “hazard to myself and the cats” on it. :)

Happy 2010!

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Amy January 1, 2010

We saw Its Complicated last weekend, as Avatar was sold you. (It was husbands turn to pick, hence the first choice being Avatar)

Anyways, it was totally cute and we loved it!

Have fun, and Happy New Year! :)

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Heather Dawn January 1, 2010

I just finished the exercises for WMM2 and they are tough!! I saw good results last time, hopefully they will be even better this time around!

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Paige (Running Around Normal) January 1, 2010

Happy New Year, Ange!! I will definitely participate in WMM2! I was trying to think of some light exercise to do today (still nursing a hangover, blah) and this will work perfectly:)
Have a great day and a happy New Year!

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Vanessa (Last Night's Leftovers) January 1, 2010

Happy New Year! I may as well step out of my comfort zone a little and WMM2 it up with you. :)

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Hannah January 1, 2010

I’m in for the WMM II!! I’ve heard that both It’s Complicated and Sherlock are great, esp. Meryl Streep in It’s Complicated. I’m sure you could do no wrong!

Have a great day.

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Sarah Anne January 1, 2010

I’ve been a lurker for some time now – LOVING your site, green monsters and your journey. Thank you for sharing.

I eat relatively healthy. Whole foods only. We went veggie (well – pescatarian!) in October. I’ve increased water intake and am really trying to work out 6 days a week to get my weight down and tone up. I’d LOVE to join you on WMWII! I might even get the boyfriend in on it.

However – I don’t have a blog. I’ll have to keep it all to myself and will let ya know how we do! :D

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Michelle @ Eatingjourney January 1, 2010

100% in.

I love that you and Eric are doing this together. I hope to have that same type of relationship with my future spouse.

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Lily @ Lily's Health Pad January 1, 2010

I plan on joining you for WMM II. You had such amazing results last time, I can’t help but try it out!

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Georgina January 1, 2010

Hi Angela,
Happy New Year! all the best for 2010.
Count me in for WMM II! :)

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Natasha January 1, 2010

Happy New Year!! Count me in for WMM2 as well. The photos with the stability ball are super cute by the way! :-)

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Jess January 1, 2010

I’m totally in for Whittle My Middle II! I wish I had done the first one but after the holidays and vacation I’m going to try to start back fresh for my half-marathon (and possibly full marathon) training this year!

Happy New Year! I’m going to try to blog about my whittle my middle progress!

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Chelsea January 1, 2010

I think New Years IN are the best!

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Leslie January 1, 2010

Happy New Year Angela. I’m so glad that you’re doing another Whittle challenge. In November, I slacked a bit and ended up missing many of the Whittle workouts, so I’m thrilled to have a second chance to stick to it! Thank you for your inspiration. Cheers to 2010!

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Gwen January 1, 2010

Happy New Year! I’m a longtime lurker, just wanted to say that I will definitely be participating in the whittle challenge this time around :) Thanks so much for putting these together!

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Tricia January 1, 2010

I’m in!

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Sana January 1, 2010

I am in it! i will modify a few due to back issues :)!

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Samantha January 1, 2010

I’ve been doing the treadmill hill walking on and off for a few months now. Sometimes it’s the best workout I can get with my 2 kids and oft deployed husband. :) When you say you’re doing “intervals”, how long are you going @ 15% @ 4-4.2mph? And what is your recovery speed/incline? I’m a good bit shorter than you (4’11″) so my stride is shorter so sometimes that incline/speed is challenging. I find what works for me!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 1, 2010

I do the following:

mins 1-3 at 4.2 mph, incline 15%
mins 4-5 at 4.0 mph, incline 15%

REPEAT A BUNCH OF TIMES :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 1, 2010

I also pause the workout every 5-10 mins for a water break!

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Samantha January 3, 2010

Thanks! I know I can’t handle that speed and incline but can shoot for a little more than I have been! I used to distance run but a change in locale has made it not so doable and am looking for ways to keep torching calories and be strong!

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Katie January 1, 2010

I am in for Whittle My Middle 2! But, I don’t know exactly how to do some of those exercises. Could you post pictures, or videos, demonstrating how? It would help so much! Thanks!!! :)

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 1, 2010

I believe I linked to the descriptions of how to do the exercises…which ones aren’t you sure of? Maybe I can help.

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Amie January 1, 2010

I am going to have to copy your banana idea…but I might wait until summer :) Have a great New Year!

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Pam @ The Unlikely Athlete January 1, 2010

Hi Angela! I will definitely be joining you for Whittle My Middle. I’m a 26-y.o. training with people more than half my age in competitive gymnastics, and one of my 2010 resolutions is to focus on ABS!
I already have super strong arms, but without stronger abs, I won’t keep improving. Can’t wait! :) Thanks for leading all of us – happy new year!

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Jamie January 1, 2010

Hello Angela. A blogger-friend of mine posted about your WMMII challenge on her blog. I clicked on over to check it out. I’m in! My middle has always been my “trouble spot” and I’m all about a new way to whittle it away. Thanks!
~Jamie

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Lindsay Perrone (goodiesgalore) January 1, 2010

Hey Ang, I’ve got a lot of whittling to do so I”m down with starting your challenge. Should I watch WMM video from last time to get the moves or did you repost them some where and I missed it?

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 1, 2010

All the exercise pictures (and descriptions or link to the descriptions) are up on Abs page: http://www.ohsheglows.com/abs Goodluck!

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Katie O. @ Fit to Wed January 1, 2010

I’m in for WMM 2!

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*Andrea* January 1, 2010

happy new years angela!!!! i didn’t see any ball drop :( although i drank a lot of champagne and somehow caught the last 5 sec of a countdown at the bar i was at lol. anything mary’s crackers is just delicious thank you so much for introducing us all to these!! that’s so cute about eric doing wmm! love it

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Anna January 1, 2010

I’m definitely in for the second challenge. I tried the exercises from the first challenge and enjoyed them but didn’t do them consistently. Also – yay for plank high fives – any time you can giggle your way through exercise you’re rocking it! Thanks for coming up with so many great ideas.

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Cynthia (It All Changes) January 1, 2010

Happy New Year! I honestly didn’t watch the ball drop….I think it is so cheesy. Instead Hunni and I watched Criminal Minds and went to bed at 12.30.

I love exercising with Hunni because he makes me laugh. We were so competitive playing Wii Active the other day it was hilarious.

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Cynthia (It All Changes) January 1, 2010

I’m going to do Whittle my Middle with you this time since work has calmed down.

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Kristin January 1, 2010

I would like be be a bone marrow donor but don’t think I would be accepted because I have asthma. Have to look into that further! Happy New Year!!

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Jenny January 1, 2010

I didn’t watch the ball drop but I watched the clock change from 11:59 to 12, before promptly falling asleep ;)

And I’m in for Whittle My Middle II!

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Laura Georgina January 1, 2010

This is my first hangover-free New Year’s Day ever, too, though probably through no virtue of my own (I caught a nasty bug and spent the day–and ball drop–swaddled on the couch).

90 second planks! I start swearing at second 23–you are a total inspiration.

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 1, 2010

oh boy was i cursing today!

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Maya January 1, 2010

I wasn’t very good the first time around with keeping up with Whittle My Middle, but a new year, a new challenge and I’m with ya now! I just did your workout for today. When you talk about a rep for boat pose, how many seconds do you hold the boat pose? Do you put your feet back down? I maintained boat pose for 5 seconds as one “rep”, put my feet down, and continued. I’d like to know if this is incorrect, though!

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Angela (Oh She Glows) January 1, 2010

I bring my knees into my chest and them back out (that is one rep) and repeat for 20 reps..my feet never touch the ground. Hope this helps!

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