“Sometimes I had difficulty remembering that “all you can eat” is not a personal challenge.” Marika Christian

Core workout with ball

I love this quote! When we were younger and adhering strictly to a budget, my husband and I would seek out any “all you can eat” restaurant for a special treat. I especially loved those seafood places with the fried everything! Well, how times have changed 🙂 Getting older and wiser with eating habits has definitely helped maintain the waistline.

Having said that, why should we work our core (abdominal muscles and lower back)? It is primarily our nutrition intake that makes us heavy or lean, and since we can’t really “spot reduce” with exercise, what is the point? Working out our Core has many advantages such as…
1. Relieving lower back pain. I fractured vertebrae in college and working my abs is what finally relieved the pain.
2. Daily activity relies on the core. Your core is used in almost every major movement you make throughout the day.
3. Sports performance improves. All good sports programs now include core workouts as part of the training.
4. Reduce injury: As your balance improves, you are much less likely to fall and tear or break something.
5. You look better! I put this as least important, but who doesn’t care about how they look? Muscle definition looks better on everyone!

Beverages: Normal 70-90 ounces water, 2 cups coffee in AM, large unsweetened tea in PM
Exercise: Taught Cycling -1 hour, Core – 30 minutes
Breakfast: Yogurt mixed with granola and mixed berries
Lunch: Salad with Kale, arugula, Spinach, Broccoli slaw, Avocado, Mushrooms, Olives, Tomatoes, Blue Cheese Crumbles, Oil & Vinegar
Snack: Beanitos (normal serving size)
Supper: Salmon, Gluten free pasta with tomatoes, zucchini, red and yellow peppers, carrots, seasoning and soy sauce (2 helpings of the pasta mix)
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Snack: Homemade popcorn on stove, about 4 cups (kernels, oil, salt only)

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