2 Highly Effective Ab Exercises

Here are two really effective abdominal exercises for spot toning. You can't spot reduce (lose fat in just one area) but you can definitely spot tone.

1. My favorite oblique (love-handle) movement. Not only does it give me a stretch it also helps keep my obliques defined. Tennis players love this one because this helps you stretch and strengthen the muscles you need for an explosive serve. 

Take a weighted bar, not dumbbells, a bar over your head and stretch your hands up. Slowly lean to one side keeping your body as straight as possible. Lean as far as you can with control and slowly come back up. 

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2. Swiss ball abs crunches are intense and target the front six pack. You can do these any way you please. The important thing is to remember to life your chin to the ceiling not your neck. Doing about 100-200 reps define my abs without a doubt. 

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White Pants

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I found the best fitting ankle pants for my shape with Sloan Fit from Banana Republic. I'm wearing these white ones a lot this summer so I thought I'd show you two looks I wore this week.

The thing with white is I'm always so concerned about getting them dirty, especially when cooking. Guess, I should stop wiping my hands on myself and use a towel.  

I am in the midst of heating up a bowl of Chole, the Indian chickpeas my mom makes so well. Remembering how I used to run a bowl of it over to my neighbor’s house because Uncle loved them. We always got the bowl back filled with toothbrushes, bandaids or candy. A gesture I treasure and try to copy. What a classy habit.  

I wonder if I will ever be able to make good Chole and think about people the way my mother does. I do notice myself fussing after my friends when they come home. Getting offended when they don’t stuff themselves to the brim with my cooking. My cooking is getting marginally better now that I’m not in a crappy New York apartment.  I wonder if I’ll ever be able to cook well. Isn’t that a silly thought? I bet men don’t ever have that thought.  

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Top: Flower H&M (similar) & Black from Guess (similar) | Pants: | Shoes: Cole Haan  

Princeton Pride

Mark, Princeton University Services

Mark, Princeton University Services

Mark was the janitor in 1903 hall my senior year. I walked by him today on the way to see a graduating friend. “Hey how are you doing? Welcome back. How’s the start up in nyc?”

 I do recall talking to Mark every so often but can hardly remember our discussions let alone telling him my career plans after graduating. That was 2 years ago.

We chatted about Princeton reunions and his increased workload. "Oh we know when we get hired we basically have 30 days on non-stop work around this time. No days off but you know the University takes care of us. You bet we get bonus.” I asked him if he’s ever had a bad experience working here.

“No, never. Well I’m lucky because I work senior dorms. I don’t have to deal with kids who haven’t gotten their crazy out. Most of my kids are working hard on their JP’s or thesis or job applications. Ive never had an issue with a student.”

My kids, that is Princeton pride.

“Mark I always wondered how you got the plastic bag so perfectly around the garbage can.” He says chuckling “when you do something for this long, you usually get pretty good at it I guess.”

 I commented on his new uniform. “Yeah they are a lot more civil looking aren’t they.”

Mark has been working at Princeton University for 13 years. He loves this place too, ‘the best damn place of all.’