Hundred is my move of the day and is a classical Pilates exercise that helps to tone your abs! Adding a set of 2lb dumbbells makes this move even more challenging for the core, and it will help to create lean, sexy arms too!


• Strengthens and tones the abdominals.

• Warms up the entire body and increases blood flow.

• Tones the arms and upper body.

• Coordinates breath with movement.


1 — Start by lying supine with arms by the sides holding the dumbbells, and knees into the chest. Engage the abdominals by pulling the belly button in and curl the head and shoulders off the mat.
2 — Extend the legs out to a high diagonal with the heels together and toes apart in a Pilates “V.” Lift the arms above the level of the hips and begin pumping up and down vigorously, as you inhale for 5 counts and exhale for 5 counts.

3 — Repeat x10 and that makes 100!

4 — Hug the knees into your chest and lower the head and shoulders onto the mat. Move the head from side to side to relax the neck.


Tips: Keep the body still as you pump the arms by engaging the abdominals throughout the exercise. For more of a challenge, lower the legs closer to the floor, but only as far as you can keep the abdominal engagement without arching the back.

Modifications: If you are a beginner, practice this exercise without dumbbells and start with the legs in a tabletop position, knees bent above the hips and feet lifted as high as the knees. If that is too challenging, you can also perform the exercise with the knees bent and the feet flat on the floor.
If you have any neck issues, do this exercise with the head down and use a small pillow or towel for extra support if needed.


Photo by Sherry Dubash at KZP

Tights by Splits59


Endless Summer Plum Jam
Plum jam & Splits59 Hoodie
I made this plum jam and put on the storm Gwen
hoodie and my husband said, “Wow, you match!”


I don’t usually make jam… but we picked these beach plums from my mom’s house and she asked me to try it.

Endless Summer Plum Jam

5 cups of Beach plums washed (or regular plums) should produce about 3 cups of juice. These plums my family and I actually picked on Plum Island Beach, MA.
1-2 cups of sugar (depending on your desired sweetness)
1.5 oz liquid pectin.

  1. Wash and pick over the beach plums to remove twigs and leaves
  2. Cook in a large pot the beach plums in 1/2 cup of water until they turn to jelly and pits come out to make beach plum juice. The fruit is ready when it’s completely cooked and the pits separate from the flesh and skins easily. This can take up to an hour at low heat. Stir occasionally to ensure all the fruit gets cooked through.
  3. Strain the boiled beach plums through a colander into another bowl. You can also use a potato masher prior to straining to help draw out the liquid. Once in the strainer, you will want to push down on it to force as much juice out as possible. You can also use cheese cloth to strain and squeeze out the juice.
  4. Return the juice to the large pot, add the 1-2 cups of sugar and boil. Stir until sugar is completely dissolved.
  5. Add pectin and continue to stir. Bring to a rolling boil for 5-6 minutes.
  6. Pour liquid into clean and sterile jars. Let cool until about room temperature and then cover with lids and place in refrigerator to chill.


Move of the Day: Plank

Planking Tips for Women

Plank is one of my top moves of the day, everyday! It is one of the best exercises for strengthening the core and entire body, and improving balance and posture.

There are many variations of the plank using a stability ball, adding push-ups, mountains climbers, and lowering onto the forearms. The basic plank however is sufficient for toning your abs. Try doing a plank everyday for about 1 minute and you will feel and see a significant improvement in your core strength.


1 — Start on all fours, hands and knees, with hands directly under the shoulders and knees under the hips. Extend both legs behind you, toes tucked under, creating a straight line from head to heels.

2 — Hold the plank position for 15-60sec. Repeat 2-3x.

3 — Rest in a child’s pose, lower knees to mat and open them wide, sit back onto heels, lower chest and forehead to mat with arms extended forward by ears.

Tips: Spread fingers wide and push through fingertips to avoid wrist pain or modify by performing a forearm plank with elbows directly under the shoulders. Pull belly button in and avoid letting the head and pelvis sink so there will be no pain in the lower back.


Photo by Sherry Dubash

Tights by Splits59

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Tuesday Treat: Oat Flour Treats

As I promised in my last post, here are two more awesome oat flour recipes.
Oat Flour Treats Recipes

Waffle/Pancake Mix

  • 1/3 cup oat flour
  • 1 scoop protein powder
  • 1 tbsp greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • Almond milk (Note: The amount you choose is based on your preference. For thinner pancakes/waffles add more liquid, and for thicker add less liquid.)
  • 6 drops liquid stevia
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  1. Mix all of the ingredients together.
  2. Pour into waffle iron or pan and cook until done.
  3. Top with a nut butter or frosting mixture from microwave cake.

Oat Flour Treats Recipes

Banana oatmeal cookie

  • 1 Banana
  • 3/4 cup oats
  • 1/2 scoop protein powder

Mix all ingredients above. Form batter into 1tbsp balls and press flat onto baking sheet. Bake at 350F for 12-15 minutes.

Option: I chose to make this a cookie sandwich by spreading the frosting mixture (from the Microwave Cake Recipe) in between two cookies.

FitPro Obsession: TJ’s Rolled Oats

Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Oats

TJ's Rolled Oats Recipes
Oatmeal isn’t as boring as you may think. By implementing one simple technique, you can drastically enhance and revamp the way you incorporate this fiber-rich complex carbohydrate into your diet.  The technique: Blending whole oats into oat flour.
TJ's Rolled Oats Recipes

I use oat flour as a substitute in almost any recipe that calls for white flour or whole wheat flour. It’s an excellent gluten-free option with an abundance of fiber and protein. Here’s one of the ways I prepare yummy desserts using oat flour:

TJ's Rolled Oats Recipes

Microwave Cake

Cake mix:
1/3 cup oat flour
1 egg
1 scoop protein powder
1/4 cup almond milk
1 tsp baking soda
6 drops liquid stevia

1/4 cup greek yogurt
1/4 cup blueberries (optional)
6 drops liquid stevia
1 tsp cinnamon

1. Mix together all ingredients for cake mix.
2. Grease a bowl or a large mug.
3. Pour cake mixture into mug/bowl and cover with saran wrap.
4. Microwave for about 1 min and 30 seconds.
5. While cake is in the microwave, prepare the topping by mixing in all of the topping ingredients.
6. Remove cake and let cool. Then spread frosting over mug cake…and enjoy!

I’ll share more oat flour recipes next time.