Wag Doll's Blog - 1st Birthday Giveaway!

Can you believe it?
My little baby blog is celebrating it's 1st birthday this weekend! It's a toddler now :-)

To celebrate this milestone, and to thank all my readers for their continued support I'm going to hold a giveaway.

Regular readers will know my blog covers my varied interests...some of you are fitness fanatics following me on The Wag Doll Protocol quest to improve fitness and tone up. Others are crafty types and join me in sewing and crafting. And then there are the foodie's who cook up a storm in the kitchen, with my 'Eating Clean and Looking Lean' recipes.

So with that in mind I'm awarding 2 prizes in the giveaway, a handmade sock monkey, lovingly made with my own fair hands,

Dotty has her own knitted scarf to keep her cosy and although I think of her as a 'she'...I think she might well be a 'he' if you prefer!

The other prize is a new Gymboss Interval Time in hot pink worth £16, just like the one I use in all my High Intensity Interval Workouts like Beach Body Skipping.

Obviously this one is mine, the prize will be a brand new one and I'm afraid a patch of my lawn is not included...sorry!

I will be running the giveaway on Rafflecopter. The 2 winners will be chosen at random from the Rafflecopter entries so be sure to enter via the form below.

There are 3 ways to enter the giveaway and each counts as one entry. Remember you must enter via Rafflecopter.

1 - Follow my blog on Google Friend Connect and comment below this post telling me which prize you want to win, one or the other, sorry you have to choose! (mandatory)
2 - Follow me on Twitter @Wag_Doll and tweet the following message: "I entered a fab giveaway by @Wag_Doll to win a handmade sock monkey or an interval timer! Check out www.wagdoll.co.uk" (optional)
3 - Subscribe to WagDoll on Youtube and comment on one of my videos (optional)

The giveaway is open to UK entrants only and ends in 2 weeks time, good luck everyone!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Easy Vegetable Curry Recipe - Eating Clean & Looking Lean

Veggies play a huge part in The Wag Doll Protocol 'Eating Clean & Looking Lean' diet, but I confess I'm not a big fan of plain boiled vegetables. I need some spice in my life, so I tend to eat my vegetables stir fried, sauteed or baked with a variety of herbs and spices. This is my 'go to' vegetable recipe, a curry as spicy as you like!

I make a big batch, eat some, put some in the fridge for the next day and freeze the rest in portion sizes.

You can use this recipe as a dish on it's own or add some cooked chicken or turkey. I tend to eat it an accompaniment to roast chicken or baked spiced fish.

Read on for the recipe;

Loungerie Trio Part 3: Dressing Gown. New Look 6072 Review

It's here! The final instalment of my 'Loungerie Trio' series, The Dressing Gown.

navy jersey dressing gown

The previous blog posts for this series are the PJ Pants and Camisole Top, so be sure to check those out for a matching set of casual lingerie wear. Perfect for lounging around the house in the evening, yet still pretty enough to answer the door to visitors without scurrying off to get changed.

Read on for more photos, a review of the pattern and some modifications I made.

Insane Ab Workout Video!

Just a quick post to share with you Wag Doll's new video 'Insane Abs Workout - Stylised and Ripped!'

How much do I love this promo, I feel like I'm in a music video!

Doing this video was an eye opener in all that goes into filming, I was slightly confused when the guys at Loftcon Studios explained the vision they had for my abs workout...in the dark? How will anyone see anything?!

They told me to have faith, and through the mysterious dark art of editing they worked their magic...and boy did they work their magic, please wait while I pick my jaw off the floor! The video is stylish and artistic, and more that I could have hoped for when I said I wanted something different. These guys are seriously creative and talented.

So here's a quick rundown of the core exercises I'm doing in the video,

Oblique bends with dumbell
Bicycle abs
Dumbbell raise sit ups
Side plank with twist
Mason twist with dumbbell

and a little bit of fun showing my biceps :-) Not a core exercise as such, but fun at the end of the film shoot.

There are endless exercises for your core, so don't get bored just doing hundreds of sit-ups, vary your workouts to keep your interest up and to keep working the different areas of your core. You can see from my selection above that I've included a number of oblique exercises, (the side area of your midsection) to trim the waist. I want toned abs but I still want a feminine shape with a defined waist, these exercises will give you that.

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I aim to include some ab work in every training session I do, whether at home or in the gym, doing cardio, HIIT or weights. Your core is the one area of the body that doesn't need a rest day to improve, so work them every day if you want!

I've had a lot of queries recently about how long it's taken for me to reach this level, and I've now been working out for four months. At the start of The Wag Doll Protocol regime I had a muffin top bulge over the top of my jeans, but by following a healthy diet (I'm doing my clean eating regime) and including regular ab work in my fitness plan I've reduced my waist and hips by inches, and can finally reveal the abs that were hiding a layer of blubber for years.....I'm so happy to see them and this video allows them to say hi to to world!

Hope you enjoyed the video and subscribe to me on youtube as there are more to come!

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