Foie Gras to Mardi Gras, It’s All Debauchery

I love Fat Tuesday. If you’ve ever been to New Orleans for Mardi Gras or the Islands for Carnivale, you’ll understand. The costumes. The colors. The floats. The beads. The parades. The people. The parties. It’s really fun. It’s really colorful. It’s really crazy. Of course the meaning behind it is all religious, but be in one of the famous carnival cities leading up to and during the celebrations, and you won’t care what the reason behind all the raunchiness is, you’ll just know you want to go back again and again!

 

So in honor of Mardi Gras, I’ve got a cute little mani I did last night. I admit. I did steal the idea. But I put my own spin on it. I talked with Danielle, because as great as her idea looked, I was worried about the goopiness factor of the glitter. She said that yes indeed it was a little thick. She wasn’t kidding! So I’m including her picture on the left and mine on the right and explaining the differences.  For those that know me they KNOW my FAVE colors are purple and green so of course Mardi Gras colors are my favorite colors.

danielle mardi jody mardi

Danielle used Milani Gold Lame as her base coat and topped it with the Color Club Scent-sous Sugar Plum Yum that came out around Christmas. I told her how much I liked these polishes together. She said that irl the gold polish crinkled up under the CC glitter. Gasp! But it still looks really good to me! Idk if she used base coats or top coats.

For my mani I used a base coat of Zoya Anchor. My color base coat is one coat of Sinful Colors This Is It. After drying I put on a coat of SC Frenzy. After drying I applied a coat of SC Call You Later. After letting that all dry I coated with one application of CC Sugar Plum Yum. I tried carefully using the glitter so I could get it over the entire nail and not in little clumps. That was a bit of a challenge. Some places are definitely more dense than others. My final coat is Zoya Armor. I ended up putting two coats of that on. I didn’t use Gelous in between because I didn’t feel these glitters were too bad and didn’t require that extra coat of glitter tamer. I like the little bits of small glitter showing through the big pieces of glitter. What do you think about the two looks of this very similar mani?

class mardi

Since I had a training class today I wanted to enjoy some fun with them for Mardi Gras. So I took a bunch of beads that I bought at Dollar Tree and before we started I threw them out to the group. It was a lot of fun since we spent the first half hour dancing for our cardio and everyone was laughing and happy about getting their beads. I always hand out a small token for each holiday. Last week for Valentine’s Day they got cute little hearts with mazes in them and a little bb that you had to move through the maze. Since most of them are in the group to watch their weight, I don’t usually hand out candy and they really appreciate that I don’t sabotage what they are there for! See the beads on the floor? And maybe you can see some of them still have them on while doing crunches before class ended. I like my fitness classes and training groups to have fun with their workouts. It makes it that much easier to keep up their goals of exercising and getting/staying healthy!

We finished up tonight in a very un-Mardi Gras type restaurant and went to one of our favorite Chinese places. Mom and I were probably a sight with our Mardi Gras beads and colors! I hope you had fun today (and tonight), too. So what did you do to celebrate this last day before Lent, and do you practice this religious tradition?

 

ALL ABOUT ABS!

*****************************************************

Here’s your Next Workout ~

Alright – 15 minutes to warm up and get some cardio in – run around the block, do some jumping jacks, dance to your favorite songs – then meet me back here pronto!!!

Grab your Water, a Towel, and 3 to 5 Pound Weights, a Resistance Band and a Mat, and some Rockin’ Music!

Start Now!!!

 

Today it’s ALL ABOUT ABS!

Lay in a supine position (on your back) on your mat, knees bent, feet and knees together. Grab your heaviest weight by the heads (one hand on either side of the knob) and put it behind your head, about half way up your skull. Keep it there as you do 50 Crunches. If working out is new to you, start with AT LEAST 10 Crunches.

After your first set, AND NO REST IN BETWEEN, pick up your feet and touch your elbow to your opposite knee, kicking your foot out in between, till you’ve done 50 opposing Crunches. Again doing AT LEAST 10 if you are a beginner.

!!!NO BREAKS!!!

Set down the heavy weight and grab the lighter weight. SAME EXERCISE! 50 Crunches with the weight behind your head.

Go on to the next set of exercises of opposite elbows and knees.

!!!NO BREAKS!!!

Set down the weight and put your hands behind your head. SAME EXERCISE! 50 Crunches. Do NOT pull on your head, let it lay back in your hands (like laying on a pillow).

Go on to the next set of exercises of opposite elbows and knees.

 

NOW you can stretch out your arms and legs, pointing your hands and fingers over your head and lengthening your legs and pointing your toes.

NO MORE THAN 30 SECOND RESTS

 

Turn over onto your stomach (prone position), lay flat and pull your hands behind your back and grasp your hands together as you count slowly to 20. Release, go into Child’s Pose (sitting on your heels, arms stretched out in front, forehead to the mat).

Repeat this exercise for a total of 3 times!

 

Turn on your side. Hands behind your head, knees slightly bent. Lift your elbow toward your hip for a count of 25 THEN reach your hand to your ankle as you lift your ankle to your hand for another count of 25. Remember NOT to pull on your head!

Repeat this exercise on your other side.

 

Back onto your stomach. Stretch out flat again lift yourself with into a plank position, either on your hands and toes, hands and knees (butt DOWN), elbows and toes, or elbows and knees (butt DOWN). Hold for a slow count of 20, up to 60.

Again go into childs pose, sitting on your heels, arms stretched over your head, forehead to the floor.

Repeat this exercise for a total of 3 times.

 

And ONE MORE TIME on your back!

 

Knees bent, feet and knees close together, bring your knees up toward your chest as you rock your chest to your knees and knees to your chest for 50 crunches. I call this my dead bug crunch as it looks like a bug curling together to me when you touch them (for those of you that know what pill bugs do!).

 

Good job, good job, good job! Stretch it out, point those fingers and toes. Suck your abs in and up. Know roll your knees up to your chest, wrap your arms around them and rock side to side a few times. Stop in the center and pull both legs straight up, grab them with your hands and pull them to your face, stretching your back a little more.

Bend your knees, put your feet on the floor, and drop your knees open in a butterfly groin stretch. You can flutter your knees if you’d like. Roll up and sit cross legged. Breathe in deep as you sweep your arms up and blow out as your sweep your arms down. Do this 2 more times as you suck your abs in and up.

Put your right palm on the floor and reach toward the ceiling with your left hand. Hold for a few seconds. Put your left palm on the floor and reach your right hand toward the ceiling and hold for a few seconds. Now reach around to the right, put your hands on your butt and look over your right shoulder. Hold for a few seconds. Switch to the left.

Return to center. Breathe in deep as you sweep your arms up and blow out as your sweep your arms down. Do this 2 more times as you suck your abs in and up. Do not turn your body but look over your right shoulder. Return to center. Look over your left shoulder. Return to center. Drop your right ear to your right shoulder and gently but optionally pull down on it with your right hand. Return to center and repeat on the left.

Deep breath in. Reach to the ceiling. Suck your abs in and up. Repeat 3 times and GIVE ME A HIGH FIVE!!! Great Job! Can’t wait till we do this again. How about you? Havin’ fun yet! 🙂

********************