Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Bye Bye Belly...

I wrote the other day about how I'm ditching my scale. I'm totally comfortable with the way that I look at this point in my life, but that doesn't mean that I'm going to just stop trying to improve. I've never had flat abs. My core is hands down my problem area & it always has been. The problem was exacerbated by my pregnancy, when I essentially lost every ounce of core strength that I did have. I kind of brushed that problem to the side though, and focused on losing the weight. I was hoping that once the fat was gone, my abs would just suddenly reappear. Not the case. I feel like my stomach is perpetually podding out. The ab muscles that used to hold it all in, are non-existent these days. Time to change that! With school out for summer & time to devote to the cause, I'm finally ready to focus on losing my belly flab! Here's my plan... 

Step 1: Planks 

I dread planks. They are synonymous with torture in my book. I'd rather do 1,000 crunches than plank for a minute. But my hatred for planks doesn't detract from their effectiveness, and the fact of the matter is that they are the most effective way to strengthen your core. Thus, I'm going to suck it up and start planking every day. I can hold each variation for 1 minute right now, and I'm going to keep building up in hopes that I can hold for at least 3 minutes by the end of the summer. 

Step 2: Body Sculpting Class

I've talked about my love for Total Body Sculpt at my gym. The class makes me feel like a total bad ass. My original plan for the summer was to cancel my gym membership, but I just can't do it. I'm hoping to drop Ella off at the free day care on Tuesdays & Thursdays so that I can attend the class two days a week. If Eric is up to it, I might be able to squeeze in a weekend session as well. 

Step 3: Continue Running

I may or may not run the Rock n' Roll Half Marathon in Pittsburgh in August. I haven't totally decided. If I do, I need to get my ass moving. I'll have to jump right into 8 mile runs because the race is only about 6 weeks away - aka half the amount of time I trained for my last race. If I don't do the August race, I'm going to sign up for one of the many fall races in Upstate NY. No matter what - I'm going to keep running!

Step 4: Scale Back on the Carbs

This is a really hard thing for me to do. I love carbs. I love bagels for breakfast, paninis for lunch, and big biscuits with dinner - all of these with butter.


I really think that I'll do ok with this once I'm at home for the summer though. I won't pass a drive thru, so I won't be tempted by bagels. I'll simply make scrambled eggs at home. I won't be going out as much for lunch, so I can make healthy salads at home. Eric & I bought a grill! So I'll be eating grilled meat & veggies for dinner! Take that carbs!

I'll be sure to keep everyone updated on my progress - I may even grow some balls & take some before and after photos. Probably not, but maybe. If you want to keep me motivated, or want me to keep you motivated, shoot me a tweet or an email - backtoblissblog (at) gmail(dot) com!

**Disclaimer: I am not a registered dietician or trainer. All opinions, tips, and game plans are only based on my own personal experience.


  1. Ugh ... planks. U have a love/hate relationship with them LOL!

  2. Thanks so much for linking up! Planks are KILLER but super effective! I love 'em! I can totally relate to needing to scale back on carbs. That is my focus right now and it is HARD! Great post! xoxo, Mal

  3. If it has carbs, I love it. No question there! Love the Paula Deen pic! Your plan sounds reasonable, hope you do well with it!

  4. oooo girl, I'm SO with you on the carbs. I could survive on them if I had a better metabolism. Give me a loaf of bread and it will be gone in 5 min. I'm not allowed in Red Lobster because I ate them out of breadsticks. :)

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  5. Good luck! You totally inspired me to do a minute plank... so I guess I should thank you ;-)


  6. you can do this! You already believe in planks and geez, that's half the battle. Stick with it and you'll be at your goal of 3 minutes and staring/smiling at your tummy every chance you get!

  7. Hey Bri,
    I found your blog through the Wild Card Wednesday Link Up and I am so super glad that I did, you have a super duper adorable blog!
    I am sure you will get your core back! I cannot stand planks gahhh they will be the death of me but I am seeing progress so stick with it hun!
    Love your blog!
    Looking forward to following it.
    Love Gi

  8. I have to agree with Paula! Butter is everything! :-)