Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Got 5 minutes?



Great way to wake up before you go, go :-)

I needed a quick pick me up today after a morning full of baking. This was perfect!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

2 weeks post 8 week challenge - final thoughts

Obviously the 8 week challenge is over. I am happy to report that I haven't fallen back to "my old ways." I still am having only 1 sugar day a week and drinking a minimum of 72 ounces of water a day. As far as my food journaling goes, I'm not just writing down what I eat. I'm now writing down what times I eat or drink. If I reach into the pantry and grab a couple pieces of dried pineapple, I don't just add it to "snacks" I write down how many pieces and at what time I grabbed and ate them. At first it was very annoying. I carried my journal everywhere I went, stopping to pull it out every time before I put something in my mouth. It was kinda crazy pulling it out at Pluckers for every beer that I had. I was eating better and my snacks were healthy choices but I was eating whenever I felt like it. And that's not good. I noticed, yes, my portions at meals were awesome, but mostly because I was allowing myself to graze all day. I have become fully aware of how I eat now. I am making more conscious choices when grocery shopping and making meals for my family. If you are trying to lose weight, I totally suggest in keeping a food journal and learning exactly how you eat. And don't lie. Hold yourself accountable. If you ate 4 starbursts in 5 minutes say so.
I still continue to get my fruits and veggies through juicing. I'll never stop juicing...its amaze balls! I think I shall post more about it and the "recipes" I make for myself and my family.
One of the greatest take aways from the 8 week challenge is the bond I have with the women who took the challenge with me. We kept up with each other through our Face Book group and still pretty much daily, check on each other and how we're doing. A couple of the girls even decided to do a mini 4 week challenge to help them get through the holidays. A great support system in any weight loss or fitness journey is key to succeeding. I am lucky that I have my husband and now this great group of women.

I lost a total of 3.5 pounds, gained some muscles, and lost an inch and a half from all my measurements (waist, hips, thighs and arms). But best of all is gaining 6 new friends who I can laugh and cry with on my get fit journey.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

ABSolutely worth it

The only working out I did this week was my regular run on Monday. It's Thursday. I did not feel good at all Tuesday...not sure if it was just really bad allergies, or a cold, or even from the ridiculous bug bite that I got on my eyelid on Monday. Whatever it was...it wan't good. so obviously no workout for me on Tuesday. I felt better yesterday, but still felt a bit congested in my face. Ya...I don't know how to describe it but just like that LOL. I think yesterday was mostly allergies but, no workout yesterday. Today I feel about 90%. A bit congested in my face, but again, I believe its just allergies. I decided not to run this morning and just do some blogilates. BOY OH BOY! Taking 2 days off was good for my body to recover, but NOT good for my work out LOL. 15 minutes and I died...sweated like a pig (do pigs really even sweat?!). And to add fuel to my already on fire abs, I did a squat challenge right after.

If you guys still have not checked her out...GO NOW! Casey's workouts are amaze balls. I subscribe to her blog and youtube channel too.

Here are both of the workouts I did this morning...try them out too! (All you do is just follow along with her)





P.S. While I was on her blog, I decided to sign up for her Pilates Burpee Challenge on WeightTraining.com. Its starts next Monday the 29th...same day as the Mamavation 2 Week Challenge.  (Yes I am doing it again...they teamed up with Bob Harper this go around!)
What is a pilates burpee? Well do the first video and you'll find out ;-)


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

W8, D2 - 8 week challenge update

WEEK 8!!! Can you believe it? I sure can't LOL. That went by so quickly I think.

I've heard that it takes 8 weeks to create a habit. I totally believe that. No longer to I have the "want" for cookies and sweet things all the time. I don't "have to have" that salted caramel mocha from Starbucks every day. I did have one the other morning and it was totally yummy but I felt that it was just a bit too sweet for me. Amazing...I can't believe I even just typed that LOL. I've noticed that since I stopped working, I have eaten soooooo much better. No more mindless snacking. The snacks I do eat now are thought out and planned throughout my day.
Since I stopped working I have ran every morning and clocked about 10-15 miles a week. I want to up that to 20-25 miles a week. My one goal before the end of the year is to run a 5k (which just so happens to be the Color Me Rad 5k).

I "weighed in" yesterday and am happy to report that I lost 2 pounds from last week. I am now only about 5 pounds away from "goal weight."

Week 8...I still can't believe it. I've made some super healthy habits that I am definitely proud of.




Tuesday, October 16, 2012

D.I.M. - Coffee face scrub

*(D.I.M. = Do It Myself)*

I've been drinking a lot more coffee these days. Big Daddy always takes coffee to work so he doesn't have to stop and spend the money and of course we all know that work coffee sucks.
Anyway...So yes we drink a lot of coffee now. Throwing out the used coffee grounds seemed like such a waste so I googled what to do with used coffee grounds. Found some great ideas! Then I came across making a face mask and face scrub using the coffee grounds! Boom! Score!!! (The other uses I will post on my other blog.)

So here's the lowdown on coffee when used on your skin:

Coffee grounds still have caffeine in them, and what wakes you up in the morning will also wake up your face. Coffee grounds will give your skin a blast of caffeine to improve circulation of the skin and help promote healthier new skin at the same time. 

For starters, coffee that are grind into fine particles actually remove dead tissues and cells that our bodies need to shed. You cannot keep all that dirt hanging on to your face forever. Coffee may be a good source of anti-oxidants, which will help keep cancer at bay, but it is also antibacterial. This antibacterial property should be useful to stop unwanted growth of other harmful microorganisms. Pores should feel tight and the face, clean by the time you finish.

This the "recipe" that I used for the scrub..the simplest of all the ones that I found:

2 tablespoons of coffee grounds
1 tablespoon of olive oil
bowl or container

1. Mix together grounds and oil in container. It will kinda look like mud. 
2. Apply to face and gently scrub using a circular motion. 
3. Completely rinse with water and pat dry.

This is the dry grounds (Yes, I need fills too LOL)

And of course, on the face.

I actually wanted more of a thicker scrub so I measured out my used, still wet coffee grinds and set them in a bowl to dry out a bit. When I figured it was pretty dry throughout, I then aded the olive oil. Do it however you want. 
I have combo skin that is acne prone and this scrub didn't make my skin feel oily at all. I did have a breakout on my chin, so we'll see exactly how the scrub affected it. Right now it looks good and no longer red. My skin feels tighter too. I waited about 10 minutes before I followed up with my moisturizer. 

If you have oily skin or are hesitant to use olive oil, replace the oil with honey. Same ratio 2:1, or even 3:1. (2 tbsp of grounds was just perfect for me). The honey will definitely make this scrub a lot thicker. Also, I would only do this scrub like 1-2 times a week. I separated my 1 batch into 2 separate batches. I just made mine in a glass container that had a lid so I could cover and store until maybe Saturday. I don't think this will keep for a long time so I don't recommend making a bunch and just letting it sit for a couple weeks. I'm going to keep my container in the fridge until I use it.

I'll be posting a killer coffee face mask recipe in a couple days too so stay tuned :-)

If you make this scrub, let me know what you think!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

W6, D4 - 8 week challenge update

I can't believe I've been in this challenge for a month and a half! My clothes fit better and I have a lot more energy than what I had back in Week 1. The scale is not moving. THAT is why I never weigh myself. But I'm not worried. I feel great.
I've been making GREAT progress on food. My portions are definitely more controlled and I don't get very many "cravings" anymore. Also, I decided to cut dairy out of my diet last week. I was feeling a bit  off and extra gassy the past couple of weeks. I just attributed the gassy to all the extra veggies I was eating and the off-ness to being that time of the month. Big Daddy and I took a look at my food journal, and he pointed out that I consume a lot of dairy. He is paleo. He says that pasteurized milk products are not good for you and not natural...duh...its pasteurized. So he "challenged" me to take it out of my diet for a week and see if it helps any. He said I've always drank and eaten tons of veggies and have never been this gassy. So I did. And now it's been a week and a day and there have been great changes. The extra gassiness I was feeling is gone and I don't ever feel so bloated after eating. TRUST when I say it was hard for me to do: yogurt, sour cream, cream cheese, milkshakes (on cheat days), cheesy broccoli, potato and cheese soup...even cheese on pasta or in salads. Now that I know the effects of dairy on my system, I can control it. I don't have to eliminate it completely if I don't want to, but just be careful when I do eat it.
My workouts have been great as well. Now that I am not working I can actually workout all day if I wanted LOL. A typical day for me is walking Juju to school, then going on a 1-3 mile jog on my way home. I get some coffee and then either do a BodyRock, or Tone It Up, or BexLife workout. Then breakfast. When BamBam comes home from school, I feed him lunch, then we go on a walk around our complex. Around 3:45pm-4:00pm we walk to pick up Juju from school...well he rides his scooter and I ride Juju's scooter and then of course they ride their scooters back home, with me jogging behind them. I wish I took before pics...

2 more weeks!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Because I am PMSing

So ya, I'm going there LOL. I'm bloated and cramping and as I drink my coffee, I'm imagining that it's totally coffee ice cream. But we don't let mother nature win! Let's kick her ass today!
(ok so I already ran this morning and did the workout I'm about to post...sorry for the extra umph that is my energy level right now hahaha)

Now...Let's do this ladies and germs! It's Workin It Wedenesday!




Monday, October 1, 2012

W5, D1 - 8 week challenge update

Week 5 already. I weighed in this morning when I woke up and sadly, I gained back 2 pounds. I don't feel bad though. I feel like I have more energy and my clothes are fitting differently. Good differently. I continue to average about 70 oz of water a day which has had some awesome affects on my skin in general. My face is normally combo/oily but I've noticed that it's not so oily anymore. And if I do get some kind of breakout, its not the cystic kind I normally get and it usually goes away after a day or two with out much treating except for of course washing my face everyday. I think the weight I "gained" could just be extra water retention...I am due for a visit from Flo this week ;-)

If you read my personal life/family blog, you know that I recently left my job and as of today I am a full time stay at home mom. Kinda cool so far...I mean it is only 8am LOL. But I have already found something I am absolutely loving: working out in the morning. Not 5-6am but "regular" morning. Like right now. I will be walking my 6 year old to school everyday and starting tomorrow, I will be running around the neighborhood after dropping him off and then coming home. I'll do that like 3 times a week. The other days (like today) I'll come home and do some type of workout here or walk to my apartment's gym and do weights. Today I'm working out with BexLife: Sweat Like a Pig, Look Like a Fox. You should join me :-)



Bex is freaking awesome!!! I'm going back to bodyrockin and her workouts are perfect to cycle along with it.

And I'm off! Have a great day everyone!

Friday, September 21, 2012

NOTW - Golden bling


This is OPIs Bling Dynasty. Everyone is ready for fall...this is about as "fall" as I feel LOL. And I think its still a summery color. I am a sun baby, we all know this. Love the length a lot! Instead of doing tips, I did an acryllic overlay. I kind of like it. 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

W2, D4 - 8 week challenge update

We are in week 2 and I am starting to see a difference. I know you're probably like, "what?" "where?" "how?" I have noticed that my portion size has definitely changed. And I am making great snack choices like fruit and raw veggies. Even 1/2 sandwiches. In the first week I lost only 1/2 a pound, but my clothes were all feeling looser. One big thing that has changed is not eating after 9pm. I've been really good at this and am never feeling hungry at night anymore. I've always been a water drinker, and in this challenge we are supposed to be drinking at least 64 oz of water a day...I average about 72 oz of water a day.
Starting this week and then every week until the end, we get double points for a specific challenge. This week we get double points for exercise. So for 30 min of exercise we get 10 points and for 45 min we get 14 points this week! Oh ya!!! I was so excited!
Speaking of workouts...Y'all know I'm always searching for different things. Well 2 words (well maybe 1 word lol): BexLife. Yup she is so awesome! I actually found her perusing YouTube looking for different ab workouts. I posted a "real time" video of hers in my last blog post. I've been enjoying these quick workouts a lot. Here is the one I did this morning. I actually repeated it twice :-) Cuz you know...I'm just good like that LOL (jk)...



Tonight I'm starting back with weight training as well. Bikini season isn't just during the summer...its all year round!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

W1, D2 - I am a fish + Bex

So let me just tell you...64oz of water a DAY is A LOT! I only managed to drink 40oz yesterday which in turn had me peeing all night.
Ok so everyday there are a set of "challenges." They are the same for everyday and you earn points if you can complete the challenge tasks. Without going into too much detail about the "points" here is what they are (to learn more about the challenge, click HERE):

1 pt: contact with teammate
3 pts: 64oz of water
3 pts: stop eating before 9pm
3 pts: 2 fruit servings (1/2 cup each)
5 pts: 3 vegetable servings
5 pts: no sweets/sugary treats (only 6 days a week)
*the goal for that one is to cut out sugar except for cheat day*
5 pts: keep a food journal
5 pts: 30 min of exercise OR 7 pts: 45 min of exercise (5 days a week)
*the goal is to work out at least 5 days a week*

And at the end of the day you total you points - 205 possible points at the end of the week.

So ya...64oz of water a day...WOW. But I did do that today and its only 7:48pm. Trust when I say I spent a lot of time in the bathroom. What kills me is that "aunt Flo" (that BITCH) came to visit yesterday. AARRRRGGGHHHHH!! I am dying for something oh so sweet, filled with sugar...a donut, chocolate, ice cream....SHOOT ME! I'm doing it though...thank god for raisins LOL. I also worked out so that took my mind off of it for a good 30 min. Speaking of workout here's what I did...

The workout: Fat free abs by BexLife: 40/10



If you don't know Bex, you're living under a rock! A rock! jk Seriously just workout with her. She does it "live" meaning she does it with the timer, no fast forwarding. 10 moves. 10 moves that kill.
Thank me tomorrow :-)
(I did this workout once this morning and once this afternoon)

I am keeping a food journal which I revamped. Front page is food and on the back side its my workout that I've done and personal journaling like how I felt before working out and after and how I feel about what I've eaten.

See ya tomorrow ;-)

Monday, September 3, 2012

8 weeks to hot hot HOT

I was talking with a co-worker last week and she told me that she and her best friends decided to take on a weight loss and life challenge. What a cool idea! Who better than your best friends to help you become a better person! So when she invited me to join her group in this challenge, I jumped at it. Having a great support system is key to improving your fitness, losing weight, and just wanting to be a better person.

We are following the 8 week weight loss challenge posted here:
http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2012/01/8-week-printable-weight-loss-get.html

Today is week 1, day 1. Of all the times to start a challenge, I always seem to start on a holiday or the day after something major (remember the day after Super Bowl Sunday?).
Well we are making this challenge our own by also including reading books about life or fitness and I think a bunch of us are actually keeping a journal too...besides the food journal listed in the challenge.
I "weighed in" last night. Hmmm. Y'all know I never step on the scale. Well I was surprised to say the least. Mostly because I'm the same weight I was the last time I weighed myself a couple months ago. I feel like I've been at this plateau forever! I am hoping that in these next 8 weeks I am able to shed some fat and introduce a leaner me at the end of October. Maybe 5-10 pounds. That's not much.

I would love for y'all to join me. Let me know and we can exchange emails and be each other's motivation.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

A mash up of epic proportions

Well...really its just a mash up workout LOL. But I haven't posted a workout in quite sometime and I needed to reel you in :-) Hey at least I'm honest about it LOL.
But it was an awesome workout. Basically it was 2 days' workout in one. I actually did this on Tuesday and today I plan on doing another sort of mash up type workout concentrating more on upper body.

The workout: completed as a circuit, resting 1 minute between each circuit (3 x through unless noted that a specific exercise was only done twice...you'll see what I mean in a sec)

1. freehand jump squat (2 sets of 15)
2. plie dumbbell squats (3 sets of 12) - 15 lbs
3. barbell side split squat (3 sets of 12) - 5 lb plates on each side
4. seated leg curl (3 sets of 12) - 20 lbs
5. leg extensions (3 sets of 12) - 20 lbs
6. butt lift, bridges (2 sets of 15)
7. barbell deadlift (3 sets of 12) - 5 lb plates on each side
8.bent over barbell row (3 sets of 12) - 5 lb plates on each side
9. wide grip lat pull down (3 sets of 12) - 20 lbs
10. dumbbell rear lunge (3 sets of 12) - 15 lbs



Tuesday, August 21, 2012

NOTW - HOOK 'EM!


The color is by Orly and the color...seriously...is Hook 'Em Orange. Though it is more of a lighter orange than longhorn orange.
I started wearing acrylics again and I think I'll be keeping them this length as well. Doesn't affect my typing or texting at all LOL. 

Thursday, August 16, 2012

8/15/12 - TIU - Sunkissed Abs

On Tuesday I took a break from "regular" workouts and just went swimming with the little dudes. I am trying to teach my 6 year old how to swim without his floaties and I think he will be swimming by himself by the time they go back to school on the 27th...SQUEAL! So swimming was my work out for that day.
Yesterday was laundry day. We normally do laundry on Sundays but meh, we were lazy. So While waiting for laundry to get done, I did this quick ab workout...

Sunkissed Abs - 2 x through

warm up the waist 20 x
1. knee raise and twist 20x
2. skinny dips (tricep dips with 1 leg up) 20x
3. side plank and pulse (right side) 10x
4. TIU tummy tuck 20x
5. side plank and pulse (left side) 10x
6. v-sit 20x
7. rock the boat 20x
8. crunch 10x
9. bicycle crunch 10x
10. tornado 2x (BEST ABS MOVE EVER imo)
11. reverse crunch 10x
12. swim it out

Of course, to see the workout and get directions, click on the name of the workout above. 
This was awesome!!! I will probably do this again with another workout.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Back to the grind - Tone It Up

At the end of June, Big Daddy and I went to Padre Island for a rugby tournament on the beach. A weekend full of beach, rugby and yes boozing. A much needed getaway without the little dudes (they were at my mother in law's).  The first week of the month was just spent "recovering" and enjoying time with big daddy before we went and picked up the dudes.
Last week I started back working out. Before I left for Padre, I felt like I was about to hit that level. You know the P-word...PLATEAU. Grrrrrr. I HATE that! Well I continued my workouts as usual. But  like y'all know about me...I got bored. And fast. So I spent a couple days last week looking up different workouts. I thought about doing another round of Insanity but just didn't feel it. I even tossed around P90x in my head. But I really don't have that hour dedication right now either. So I searched and I found Tone It Up. I stalk follow a couple blogs that do their workouts and they rave about how fun it is. It's different. I like different...y'all know that already. They even have a month workout calendar. So here it is, day 1 of Tone It Up (TIU). I'm doing the exercises on the calendar but not necessarily on those specific days. I'll even link up the workouts here so you can see and try them out yourselves.

The workout: Cowabunga - 3 x through

1. far out 10x
2. totally tubular 30x
3. bonsai buns 10x
4. bonsai buns (2nd version) 10x
5. surfs up 20x

The workout: Tone it up thighs - 3 x through
*done with 15-20 lb weight*

1. squat 20x
2. plie squat 20x
3. curtsy lunge 20x
4. bottom leg lift 15x each side
5. reverse crunch 20x
6. boot bridge 30x

*click on the workout name to be taken to the website*

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

NOTWeekend - My Padre Island nails

Went to Padre Island this past weekend and wanted something beachy. I canNOT for the life of me remember what color blue it is. Well, it's actually 2 different shades of O.P.I. blue. 1 of the colors, I know, is Teal the Cows Come Home. The other I have no clue lol.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Finishing up the 2 week challenge

I know I've totally been sucking with keeping you guys updated...2 reasons: 1) we had no internet here in the apartment until this past Friday (NOT a good story so I'll spare you the details) and 2) I was getting everything together for my little dude's 6th birthday party (which we had this past weekend).
I finished up the mamavation challenge last week...STRONG. But here's the last couple days of the challenge...

Wednesday 7/11/12 - Ab Blaster: circuit, 3 x through

sit ups x 15
plank 45 seconds
crunches x 15
side plank (right) 30 seconds
v ups x 15
side plank (left) 30 seconds
leg lifts x 15

Thursday 7/12/12 - Accelerator: circuit, 3 x through

weighted squats 10lbs x 12
right leg lunges 10lbs x 15
left leg lunges 10lbs x 15
weighted calf raises 15lbs x 15
bird dog x 20 (alternate L&R side - 10 ea side)

cardio: 3 sets of burpees x 15

Friday 7/13/12 - Power: circuit, 3 x through

push ups x 15
lateral raises 10lbs x 15
shoulder press 10lbs x 15
dumbbell curls 10lbs x 15
tricep kick back 10lbs x 15

Epic: circuit, 3 x through

squat alternating dumbbell shoulder press 8lbs x 15
mountain climber push up x 15
dumbbell russian twist 8lbs x 12
stiff leg deadlift and row 8lbs x 12

And there you have it...the end of the mamavation 2 week challenge. Like I said, I took measurements at the beginning and I took my final measurements last night. I lost 1/2 an inch of my waist, 1/2 an inch of my hips and another 1/2 inch of my thighs. :-)
Next up...you'll have to wait until tomorrow to find out. Heehee.

Friday, July 13, 2012

NOTW - Summer Love - Cajun Shrimp


*acrylic nails with cajun shrimp gel polish*

If you follow me on instagram (@nicolemariejohnson) then you already have seen this pic. I actually got my nails done the last Saturday of June. I haven't had them done in a long time before that. This was my first time getting the gel polish and I must say, to this day (2 weeks later), my nails look amazing! Still shiny and bright without a chip to be seen! Of course my nails are growing and I do need fills but the color is still there. When I go back this weekend I'm definitely doing another gel polish color.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Playing catch up + work out sesh

So July has proven to be extremely busy for me. I've been squeezing in workouts but just no time to post here. As I mentioned previously (as in a post before this one, but not sure which one) I signed up to do the 2 week challenge by Mamavation. Last week was week 1. I completed week 1 but did not feel like I gave it everything I possibly could have. This past Monday started week 2...final week. So I am definitely making it count.
Short version of the challenge: everyday for 2 weeks (DUH) we are given a specific circuit to do. After completing the workout of the day you "check in" with @MrBookieBoo on twitter to let him know. Week 1, day 1 you take your measurements and then the last day of the challenge you take your measurements again. Simple.
Like I said this is week 2. I'll break down everything I've done so far...

Monday (done Tues morning 7/10/12) - Accelerator: circuit, 3 x through

weighted squats 10lbs x 12
right leg lunges 10lbs x 15
left leg lunges 10lbs x 15
weighted calf raises 15lbs x 12
bird dog x 20 (alternate L & R side - 10 ea side)

cardio: 3 sets of burpees x 15
(1 min rest in between each set)

Tuesday 7/10/12 - Power: circuit, 3 x through

push ups x 15
lateral raises 10lbs x 15
shoulder press 10 lbs x 15
dumbbell curls 10lbs x 15
tricep kick back 8lbs x 15

(I didn't do the cardio which was the same as above because I did this workout right after I completed the Accelerator workout)

Tonight I will do the days workout and come back and post it here :-) The workouts are simple but I like that I get to mix it up in between my other crazy workouts (ie bodyrock).

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Grey

Oh and not the good Fifty Shades of Grey, grey. No, not good at all...
On this day, July 4th 2012, at around 6:20am I, Nicole, found my FIRST GREY HAIR!
I got ready as usual. Washed face, brushed teeth, brushed hair, went and got dressed and everything. Came back into the bathroom to make sure I looked ok, and to take a selfie...because well I look damn cute today..

(sucky ass picture I know)

As you can see in the crappy picture I had a little pouf going on with my hair on the (your) left, my right, side. So I grabbed my comb and looked in the mirror and there it was. Well at first I thought it was like a piece of string or lint from my towel or something (because my hair towel is in fact white and it sheds). I got up on my counter to get closer to the mirror and there it was...nor was it string or lint...a grey hair. Just sticking out of my part. Call me dramatic but my heart dropped into my stomach...you know that feeling when something terrible just happened and you can't believe it? Ya that feeling. I didn't cry. I quickly took my tweezers out of my drawer and pulled that sucker out. And dude! That one short piece was THICK! Into the trash that mutha trucka went! 
WOW. I feel damaged. My long dark beautiful hair is damaged. Yes I am vain, and no I don't care how dumb I might sound but it's MY hair. Someone play me a violin. It's a sad sad day...


Friday, June 29, 2012

6/28/12 - LFT - Legs mash up

Because I didn't do legs last night, I skipped my run around my complex and did some legs.

The workout: Quadriceps, hamstrings, glutes & calves

Dumbbell front squat:
5lbs x 15
5lbs x 15
10lbs x 15

(45 sec rest)

Dumbbell lunge
10lbs x 15 L&R
10lbs x 15 L&R
10lbs x 15 L&R

(45 sec rest)

Dumbbell stiff-legged deadlift
10lbs x 15
10lbs x 15
10lbs x 15

(45 sec rest)

Stability ball hamstring curl
3 sets of 15

(45 sec rest)

Side squat with dumbbells (on shoulder)
5lbs x 12 L&R
5lbs x 12 L&R

My legs and butt are sore this morning! I normally take the stairs in the parking garage at work and in my building...but not this morning LOL. I think what helped a lot was that I did some trigger point (TP) therapy last night before going to bed. Big Daddy used to be sponsored by them last year for rugby and so he has all the goods. I also rolled out my back so that doesn't hurt at all this morning.







Thursday, June 28, 2012

6/27/12 - I took a sun day

This was what it was yesterday when I got home from work (well it was like an hour after I got home)

(*I need to change the zip code...I live higher up, like literally at the top of a hill, and I swear it feels a lot hotter*)

Big Daddy went to the gym and when he got home, instead of me going to the gym, we decided to take the dudes to the pool. Yes I am a sun baby!!! 102 is NOTHING!!!


After a couple laps in the pool, I of course laid out to work on my bronze ;-)


Wednesday, June 27, 2012

6/26/12 - cardio day + BR - lean lust workout

Workout #1: early morning jog around my complex with my doggie :-)
Here is the way I go...
So I start at the green and end at red :-) At the top of the "map" I actually leave the gated portion on one side of the complex and then come back in on the other side. Not sure how long this actually is. I don't run. I just jog. Our poor Diesel is not as fit as he used to be so jogging is good for now. I'll probably speed it up in a couple weeks and leave him at home. I jogged once around and then quick walked around again. 

Workout #2: BR - 50/10, 3 rounds

1. sandbag swing - modified w/ kettle bell
2. crab shack w/ mountain climbers
3. sandbag lift & side lunge - modified w/ dumbbell
4. push up w/ spiderman push up
5. plank sandbag pull 

It's been awhile since I bodyrocked and boy did I pick one hell of a workout to do. 


Tuesday, June 26, 2012

6/26/12 - LFT - arms mash up

I know what y'all are saying...but here I am. :) I'm back! So yesterday, I started back with LFT. I kinda mashed arms stuff together LOL.

The workout: Chest, shoulders & triceps

Stability ball bench press:
10lbs x 12
10lbs x 12
10lbs x 12

(45 sec rest)

Stability ball chest flye:
10lbs x 12
10lbs x 12
10lbs x 12

(40 sec rest)

Standing dumbbell press:
10lbs x 12
10lbs x 12
15lbs x 10

(35 sec rest)

Stability ball bent-over flye:
7lbs x 12
7lbs x 12
10lbs x 10

(40 sec rest)

One-arm overhead triceps extension:
left: 10lbs x 12
      10lbs x 12
      15lbs x 10
right: 10lbs x 12
        10lbs x 12
        15lbs x 10

(45 sec rest)

Stability ball lying dumbbell extension (modified - used 1 dumbbell and held it at each end):
15lbs x 12
15lbs x 12
15lbs x 12

I thought I did pretty good :)
I have been pretty stuck on 10lbs and don't really venture past that, but my goal is to push to 15lbs for 12 reps in the next 2 weeks. Wish me luck!
So my workouts are going to be different so I don't plateau...M, W, F I will be doing specific parts of the body. T & TH is cardio days: jog in the morning around my complex before work and then when I get home after work, I'll be doing bodyrock.
I also signed up for the next 2 week challenge with mamavation. It starts July 2nd! Yes, right before the fourth and all that yummy food LOL. I encourage all my work out buddies to join me this time around. Click HERE to read all about it and sign up!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

6/7/12 - Rowing, Rowing, Rowing

Did you just sing that? I did LOL.
P.S. We have finally moved so sorry for the delayed posts, but hey whatcha gonna do? It's a good thing I write down all my workouts.

This day was the first time I had ever used the row machine. Big Daddy does the row machine 3 days a week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday). He started doing it because he had severely sprained his ankle a couple weeks back during rugby practice. Its low impact but such an awesome heart pumping workout. Great for him since he can't run. Especially great for me because, of course I HATE running.
He set me to complete 2000m. He boasted how he sets his on the highest setting. Well whatev dude, this is my first time. ;-) He set me between 2 and 3 and I was off! Rowing away. It was kinda weird at first, but got into a groove really quickly. I kept picturing myself on the lake rowing away to my heart's content. This was cool...and almost, dare I say...easy peasy? Then OMG my legs started burning. Like not unbearably but you know what I mean. And the sweat started really flowing. I looked up at the timer thingy and I had only been rowing maybe 4 minutes! Whoa baby!
All in all I loved it and I am hooked!!!


I think I did good for my first time. I plan on rowing at least twice a week...hopefully. The little dudes will be back from my MILs so we'll see how I can fit it in.

Friday, June 8, 2012

6/6/12 - LFT - Week 1, Day 2 Shoulders/Abs

*this was actually the workout for Day 4, but of course, I do what I want LOL*

Exercises:

Seated dumbbell press:
7lbs x 12
7lbs x 12
7lbs x 12

Standing dumbbell staright arm front delt raise to a "T" (up & open):
5lbs x 12
5lbs x 12
7lbs x 12

Side lateral raises:
5lbs x 12
7lbs x 12
7lbs x 12

Seated bent over rear delt fly:
5lbs x 5
5lbs x 5
5lbs x 10

Exercise ball crunches: 3 sets of 12

Air bike: 3 sets of 12
(I thought I was going to be super hard core and do these on the bosu ball...didn't turn out so good as I fell off a couple times. But that is my goal now. I WILL do them on the bosu)

6/5/12 - BR - W4, Day 1 - Show your skin

*note* Yes I am late in posting my workouts but I should definitely be more on top of it once we move into our new place.

The workout:

Burn: 12 rounds, 50/10
1. side plyometric jumps
2. altenate box oblique twists
3. reverse push ups - legs in & out
4. 2 x side plank push up, oblique knee, tuck jump - alternate L & R side

There was of course a sculpt that went with this workout, but I decided to do an NTC quick workout.

The workout: NTC Get Focused: Ab burner: 15 minutes, intervals

1:00 toe touches
1:00 russian twists
0:30 plank
1:00 modified side plank
1:00 crazy ivans
0:30 recover
1:00 toe touches
1:00 russian twists
0:30 plank
1:00 modified side plank
1:00 crazy ivans
0:30 recover
1:00 toe touches
1:00 russian twists
0:30 plank
1:00 modified side plank
1:00 crazy ivans
0:30 recover

I've been working out with Big Daddy at the gym this week and I must say I've really been liking it. But we go at night. That one day of waking up at 5am was NOT cool lol. No more. Like I can do 6am...but 5am nuh uh. I felt great and everything after and pretty much until about lunch time and then I felt like I was going to pass out.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

6/4/12 - NTC - Leaner Legs

On Monday, I woke up early with Big Daddy and headed to the gym with him. And when I say early, I mean 5am. It was actually very good. I didn't know how my body was going to react to that early of a workout so I just did a 15 minute, quick focused Nike Training Club workout. I forgot how great these workouts are! Mt legs were stiff and sore all of yesterday.

The workout: 15 min, intervals

1:00 alternating step back lunges - used 8lb dumbbells
1:00 drop squat jumps
1:00 dead lift - used 10lb dumbbells
1:00 jump wood chops - used 8lb dumbbell
1:00 side lunge w/ rotation - used 8lb kettle bell
1:00 alternating step back lunges - used 8lb dumbbells
1:00 drop squat jumps
1:00 dead lift - used 10lb dumbbells
1:00 jump wood chops - used 8lb dumbbell
1:00 side lunge w/ rotation - used 8lb kettle bell
1:00 alternating step back lunges - used 8lb dumbbells
1:00 drop squat jumps
1:00 dead lift - used 10lb dumbbells
1:00 jump wood chops - used 8lb dumbbell
1:00 side lunge w/ rotation - used 8lb kettle bell





Thursday, May 31, 2012

BR W3, day 5 - Hot doesn't stop

The workout: couplet style: repeat each pair 2 times through before moving onto the next pair, 50/10

Burn

Couplet 1:
1. towel plank drag & push up
2. bicep curl & low jacks - used 10lb dumbbells

Couplet 2:
1. stand crunch & jump
2. wide grip pull up & bicep curl - assisted pull up and used 10lb dumbbell

Couplet 3:
1. 10 x mountain climbers + clean & press & squat & press - used 20lb kettle bell
2. 3 point plank jump & surfer jump turn

There was a sculpt exercise but I did not do it.
My arms were sore this morning which made for a "push as hard as you can" workout sesh today. As I said in my previous post, I will be alternating my days between LFT (LiveFit Trainer) and BR. 

OK so let me just say that I WILL master the standing crunch. Its so awkward for me to do. I watch the video and how she does it, but I canNOT for the life of me manage to just stand up on both feet at the same time! LOL. I watched myself in the mirror today and I look a hot freaking mess. I WIIL DO IT...I WILL DO IT. *pray for me*

I feel great right now. I mean I always feel good after a hard workout but today I feel Tony the tiger GREAT. I think its because I am changing up my workouts and body is kinda excited about it. Sounds silly but its true. Well as long as I'm in a great mood, I'm gonna go back to packing. See y'all tomorrow.

LiveFit Trainer - Week 1 Day 1 - chest/triceps

*this was done yesterday 5/30/12*

Exercises:

Wide push up: 3 sets of 12

Dumbbell bench:
5lbs x 10
5lbs x 10
5lbs x 10

Flat bench flys:
5lbs x 10
5lbs x 10
5lbs x 10

Narrow push ups: 3 sets of 12

Overhead triceps dumbbell:
5lbs x 10
5lbs x 10
5lbs x 10

Tricep pushdowns (did not do, no machine here)

So yesterday I started Jamie Eason's LiveFit Trainer. So briefly...
There are 3 phases. I am in the first phase which is "Building Muscles." I haven't lifted weights in a very long time and this morning I was sore. I think this 12 week program will definitely compliment my bodyrock workouts. I know I haven't really talked much about this new program but I promise I will.


Tuesday, May 29, 2012

"We wear short shorts"

Remember that commercial? Well that will be me this summer.

I know I haven't been posting daily, like I usually do. No I didn't fall off the wagon I promise. I've been so busy with packing up and getting rid of things for our move coming up. This week is week 4 of the bodyrock May challenge...I'm behind. I'm on week 3, day 3. So not too much behind, just a couple days. So before I go on...

W3, Day 3 - Teeny Bikini
The workout: 12 rounds, 50/10

Burn:
1. 1/2 burpee, star jump, burpee - used stool
16,20,20
2. elevated push ups (no tricep dips) - used stool
11,13,12
3. sumo knee touch & front raise & squat - used 20 lb kettle bell
13,14,14
4. wide legs touch toe abs - used 20 lb kettle bell
14,13,12

Sculpt: 3 rounds, 50/10
1. low squats - used playground ball
2. punch abs
3. (repeated low squats)

So back to these short shorts...
I have a pair of shorts that I just want to look fab in. Nice slim, toned legs, nice tight ass, and flat stomach. They are the DEFINITELY short shorts. Those teeny shorts have become my new workout "goal." To help achieve my goal, I have decided to change up and add another fitness program to my daily workouts.
Starting tomorrow, in addition to my bodyrock workouts, I will be doing Jamie Eason's LiveFit Trainer on bodybuilding.com. (Long story short, bodybuilding.com is another great source for free workouts. You can even create a profile and track your workouts--I can do a post about it, just comment and let me know). Of course, I'll be posting the workouts here so you guys can see what I'm doing. 
I am still juicing and love everything about it. I'm hoping to incorporate some new "recipes" in the next couple of weeks.

That's it for tonight. Look for a beauty post coming up this week. (I miss doing those)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

W2, Day 2 & 3 - Knock out summer body

*note* W2, D3 was actually a yoga workout that I didn't really feel like doing, so I did Day 2 workout yesterday afternoon and this morning.

The workout:

Burn: 12 rounds, 50/10
1. switch lunge & wood chop - used 5 lb dumbbell
18,15
2. diagonal knee raise
20,19
3. power jump, push up & toe touch 
7,8
4. pike mat jumps
27,20
5. pike press & knee tuck
14,10
6. leg swing, back lunge & front kick (modified version)
10,12

Sculpt: 4 rounds, 50/10
1. side plank leg lift - left on medicine ball
2.ab circle holds alternating circle direction - used 5 lb dumbbell
3. side plank leg lift - right on medicine ball
4. ab circle holds alternating circle direction - used 5 lb dumbbell

Yes I am behind. Work consumed so much of my time recently that I was only able to knock out a set of tabata each day for the rest of the week last week. (Did that make sense? LOL) I am definitely re-evaluating my time to get my full workouts in. 

I have been juicing and loving it. Just doing mean green and nothing else. Only con side is that it makes me super gassy (TMI I know) but that is slowly starting to diminish. I would like to try different recipes because I am actually wanting to do my first juice cleanse after memorial day weekend. like just one day of all day juicing only. We shall see LOL. Y'all know how much I like food.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

W2, Day 1 - Sexy by summer

The workout: 12 rounds, 50/10

Burn:
1. 1 arm switch sandbag swing (alternating L&R arm) - used 20 lb dumb bell
2. 10 x crab & 10 mountain climbers
3. squat, sandbag side lunge (L&R alternate) - used 20 lb dumb bell
4. monkey push ups
5. plank, double jump and drag the bag - used 15 lb dumb bell

Sculpt: 50/10
1. elevated shoulder push up
2. wood chop left - used 15 lb dumb bell
3. single arm rope pull and twist - used 5 lb dumb bell
4. wood chop right - used 15 lb dumb bell
5. single arm rope pull and twist - used 5 lb dumb bell

Did this workout this morning at the gym at my office building. Pretty cool because I was the only one in there. I felt this workout completely in my shoulders and arms. I feel like I am really starting to see a difference in the way my arms look. I plan on taking measurements again (hopefully) at the end of this week.

I have really been eating well. Snacking on shit was like an everyday thing. I would try to eat healthy snacks but at least once a day I would reach for one of those chewy quaker oat chocolate chip bars. Ha! actually it was more like 2. But I have been making sure that I pack a lunch AND snacks everyday. Dried cranberries are my fave at the moment along with sesame sticks.

Just juiced again tonight. Another mean green. This time we did a smaller chunk of ginger. And now it tastes like grass LOL. But it is still very good. We hope to juice for the kids this weekend. Just fruits for now, and when they get used to the NATURAL taste we'll add in a carrot or some spinach here and there.
I have decided to do a "detox" (all day juicing) on Mondays. We eat really good through out the week and LOVE to "treat" ourselves on the weekends. Mondays would be a perfect detox day.

(ginger, celery, apples, cucumber, lemon, & kale)

(my first mean green that we made last night)


Day 4 - Hit your climax

The workout: 50/10, 12 rounds

Burn:
1. prisoner squat jump & elbow to knee touch
2. 10 mountain climbers, clean & press & squat & press
3. squat front & raise
4. under touch toe + 2 elbow 1/2 burpee

Sculpt: pyramid (just did 10 of each)
1. alternating hand bag swings
2. shovel left
3. shovel right
4. clean & press left
5. clean & press right

Abs: 50/10
1. reptile push up
2. mountain climbers
star push ups

I actually did this workout on Saturday May 5th at Zilker Park. The sun was shining and I was sweating from head to toe! The paper I kept score on flew away...and I can't remember.

I think I am going to try and do at least one of my bodyrock workouts outside. It felt great to change up the scenery and I felt like I could have gone on forever...well almost.

Big Daddy ordered us a juicer on Friday (the 4th) and we got it in the mail yesterday. AWESOME! We went to H.E.B. last night to get everything to make a mean green juice: kale, celery, cucumber, lemon, apples and ginger. We added a bit too much ginger which made the drink kinda spicy. But it was still really good. A lot better than I expected it to be. I think I'll start with one mean green a day and maybe every 2 weeks, do like a cleanse where all I do is juice for one whole day.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Day 3 - Sexy booty curves

*Day 3 wasn't posted last night until after 9pm. So today is day 3 and tomorrow morning I will make up and do day 4*


The workout: bodyrock burn: 50/10, 3 x through

1. touch down's: ?,30,30 
2. spider push ups: 18,17,13
3. tuck abs: 14,16,15
4. hanging knee raises - did elevated knee abs: 15,16,16

Bodyrock sculpt: 50/10

1. bicep curl & press: 12
2. shoulder press: 18
3. squats: 20
4. triceps: 17
5. round the world: 8
6. upright row: 24
7. bent over row: 20
8. abs: 20

Speaking of booty...mine hurts lol. Today was the first day of an actual workout. God damn this is going to be an awesome month.

Big Daddy ordered us a juicer online today!!! Soooooo excited! I've been hearing a lot of people talking about juicing and have totally wanted to jump off the empire state building with them. Now I get to. I plan on doing a week long juice fest. Wish me luck.

Got any good juice recipes? Please share them with me!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Day 2 - Seriously hot bodyrock flow and then some

The workout: 3 part Bikram yoga posture

*Flow from one part to the other with no break, after you've completed all three parts, drop your arms and take a 10 second breather. Then repeat a second set of the pose. Hold each part of the posture for 10 seconds.

This was intense...to say the least! I didn't expect it to be easy, but I also didn't expect to feel the burn 15 minutes AFTER I completed the poses. I think I may start doing those poses everyday. You can find the workout HERE.

I decided to do also do an upper body workout tonight (chest/triceps/back). The workout comes from bodybuilding.com from Jaime Eason's Live Trainer. For those of you that don't know, bodybuilding.com is another website where you can find workouts, create a profile and track your progress...all for FREE as well. Here is what I did: 3 sets of 12 of each (3 x 12)

wide push ups
dumbbell bench press
bent over rows
standing bicep curls
narrow push ups
standing dumbbell tricep extension
single leg deadlift

Oh ya...and I did take before pictures. I want to lose about 2 inches everywhere with this challenge. You know I don't like weighing myself so I took pictures instead...


From the side all is well but then you look at me straight on and DAMN. LOL. 

I wanna know what y'all are doing this month...and like I said I want to feature you too. Get at me mommybeautiful (at) att (dot) net

Challenge time!

Hello MAY! Bodyrock tv has decided to do another monthly (30 day) challenge. Y'all know I'm all about it! So I woulda posted it yesterday but I'm having internet issues at my house. Anyhoo...

The workout - Day 1: Fit Test: Intermediate test with equipment: 50/10, 3 x through

1. squat & press - used 20lb kettle bell
2. push up & clean & press - used 20lb kettle bell
3. triceps - did dips on chair
4. abs - tuck abs on chair

I am so excited for this challenge. I kept my "scores" but they are on a paper at home. (I will update this post when I get home tonight)
Everywhere I look, someone is taking on a new fitness challenge or starting to eat healthier. I LOVE it. I also have joined another Facebook group where we can pow wow and share and motivate. 
If you are thinking of starting a workout and/or diet plan, I would love to hear about it and feature you here on my blog. :) Send me and email at mommybeautiful (at) att (dot) net.

Monday, April 30, 2012

One direction workout


The workout: 50/10, 3 x through

1. towel crawl & press up
2. tuck abs & tricep dips (did on chair)
3. jump through & back + 5 x squat
4. crab walk & touch + 5 reverse push ups

Legs bonus: 50/10
1. 3 point elevated plank hold
2. squat & front kick
3. 3 point elevated plank hold

All about the triceps. That's where I felt it the most. 
Today is supposed to be day 1 of the next 30 day bodyrock challenge. I did not see anything new posted so I did the workout that was posted on April 26th. I believe day 1 is just the fit test. With this 30 day challenge, I'm going to work on my diet. I have been pretty good and am making better choices when it comes to what I eat, but my goal for this coming month is to eat cleaner. I am hoping to add a new shake to my daily food intake, but am still researching my options. If any of you have any ideas, please share them with me.
I've also thought about doing a cleanse of some sort. Like a juice, fruit and veggie cleanse, or a shake for every meal cleanse...don't know yet. 

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Girl crush workout

The workout: 3 x through, 50/10

1. plank & leg jumps
2. 10 high knees & 10 forward kicks
3. woodchop, roll & jump
4. push up, burpee, forward & backward  jump

Ab bonus: 50/10
- downward dog plank
- lying oblique twists
- bent knee ugi switch (used a playground ball)

Did this workout this morning. Man the woodchop roll and jump was killer for me. Well just the roll part. Weird. I need to practice it.
I never mentioned it before, but I know I don't ever link the workouts to the website...but if you go to bodyrock.tv and type the title of my blog post in the search bar on their site, it'll pull up the workout that I did. So if you see a workout that you like and may want to try, head on over there.

I wanna know what y'all are doing to stay fit. Please comment below so I can try some of the things you're doing. Dare me...come one :-)

New makeup goodness

So I purchased some new goodness recently (like past 2 weeks) that I wanted to share with you...


LOVE LOVE LOVE these brushes from E.L.F. They are from their studio line. I already owned 1 of each of these but decided to pick up another one of each. The bristles are super soft! The complexion brush (the top one) I've used for powder, bronzer, and blush. (So you see the need for 2?)The flat top powder brush I've only used for powder. I did see a YouTube video where someone used it with liquid and mousse types of foundation. So that's the main reason I got another one of those so I could try it with my liquid foundation. I want to get the angled blush brush too. Oh and definitely the kabuki brush. Shoot, for only $3.00 a piece, you can't go wrong. (But I think the kabuki may actually be $5.00 but thats still super awesomely priced).



So maybe towards the end of last year or maybe even just the beginning of this year, I have been totally loving mascara. I have a favorite and its by Mary Kay, but I'm always curious about others out there. I was in Ross not this past weekend but last weekend when I found this. Its made for brown eyes. One side is like your basic black mascara and the other is like the highlighter. Its a really pretty bronzy brown color. I have yet to actually wear this. Hmmm maybe Friday ;-) 
*for those of you who don't know my birthday is Friday*
But I believe this retails for about $11.00 or so, not too sure, but I got it from Ross for $3.99. BALLER!


So I have started a recent obsession with pink lip glosses. This is Revlon's super lustrous gloss in pink afterglow. It even has SPF 15 in it. The picture really sucks. Next time you go into like a CVS or Walgreens look for it. I got this at my local H.E.B. and there was a coupon for $2.00 off. At H.E.B. it was like $5.49 or something like that and with the coupon, I only paid $3.49. As you can see, I haven't even opened it yet...but I will definitely be breaking this out on Friday. If I end up loving it, I'll go back and get other colors.

I also picked up a nude lipliner by essence in the color honey bun. (Sorry no picture) Can you believe it was only 99 cents?! 

But that's it. Not much, but something. Did y'all pick up anything recently that you love or think you're gonna love? Let me know below so I can pick them up too ;-)

Monday, April 23, 2012

Sexy sweat on me mash up

The workout: 21 rounds, 30/10

1. one arm sandbag swing (used kettle bell)
2. squat & press leg lifts (w/ kettle bell)
3. plank press up drunk chicken (did 1 jack instead of drunk chicken)
4. backward lunge with kick (w/ kettle bell)
5. alternating abs
6. swinging legs
7. ugi twist (used kettle bell)

This was a fast workout. I never stopped moving. I am adding this to the list of workouts that I will definitely repeat again. I used a 20lb kettle bell and let me tell you that I worked hard! I know I will definitely feel it in the morning.

I have a new found love for Greek yogurt. I like plain vanilla yogurt, but Big Daddy said the best yogurt is Greek yogurt. Don't ask me why, because I forgot LOL. He emailed an article to me awhile back explaining it. What I do remember is that it has a ton more protein than regular yogurt. He's been eating it but I just never did. That is until last week Friday. I tasted some from a co-worker. It was honey and strawberry flavored. Now I'm not that keen on fruity yogurt but it was really good. When we went grocery shopping on Saturday I looked for the brand she had and oh em gee...there was a vanilla flavored one! I opted for vanilla and honey flavored which is VERY yummy. Instead of buying the individual ones I bought the big tub. Good thing too because the little dudes love it. They have always been yogurt lovers too. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

My body rocks workout

The workout: 12 rounds, 50/10 (4 exercises, 3 x through)

1. prisoner squat jump & elbow to knee touch
2. 10 mountain climbers, clean & press, squat & press
3. squat & front raise (held a dumbbell in each hand - 5lbs)
4. under touch toe + 2 elbow 1/2 burpee

Ab bonus: Rock hardcore: 4 rounds, 50/10
- bike abs (L&R alternate) & touch & lower
- punch abs
- side leg lift & forward leg touch - left
- side leg lift & forward leg touch - right

Now this was a heart pumping workout! I thought it (my heart and my lungs) was going to beat and fall out of my chest/body at one point! I totally needed that. Maybe I should start running...but y'all already know how I feel about that. I know it will help get rid of the mommy pooch...we'll see. I do want to add that instead of doing the workout 3 x through, I actually did it 4 x through. I wanted to challenge myself today. Seeing my before and after pics and the awesome comments I got, boosted my ego and motivation LOL.
I know I will feel the GOOD I did tonight, in the morning, but oh it will be well worth it. The abs got me today. I lost my balance a couple times on the last 2 moves. 
My eating has been really good. Been eating a lot of tuna and (meat and cheese) sandwiches on 100% whole wheat bread for lunch. I make it a point to snack on carrots or nuts during the day. And you already know how much I love my water!
I'm also taking a women's multivitamin again. I am going to start adding yogurt back into my diet too.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Strong and sexy workout + pics

The workout: (morning) 12 rounds, 50/10

1. ugi twist (used kettle bell instead)
2. bucking bronco
3. spiderman push ups (on pilates blocks)
4. sandbag swing (used kettle bell instead)

There was an ab bonus, but I did not do it. I may add it to my workout tomorrow morning.
They totally should of called this workout thigh burn because my thighs were on fire! LOL. But it was that burn so good feeling. That, damnit it must be working, feeling.
So my twin, Mrs. H, has been asking me to post pics. I honestly didn't want to at first because I honestly was just not comfortable enough with my progress. Am I ready for people to really see me and open myself up for judgement? Who knows...but I did take before pictures and then took a recent pic:

I want to say these first 2 were taken in February.



I know some of you may be rolling your eyes right now. I never said I was fat or overweight. More like round. I was not happy with the way I looked. I felt like I still had baby weight to lose. And being short plus being round just never felt right to me. I wanted to be petite little ol' me.

This was taken this past Saturday.


I feel much better seeing this picture. I wish I took a front view.  I don't think hubby likes it so much because, in his words, "where's the booty?" LOL MEN! 2 months and I have yet to step on a scale. I like the visual better anyways lol. I still have work to do. I want to define my legs and arms more. I know it will come. 

There I am. For all the world to see. 

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Sexy to the core workout

The workout: 12 rounds, 50/10

1. spiderman core and leg drive
2. plyo push up (used pilates blocks)
3. spiderman core and leg drive
4. one leg bridge - left
5. spiderman core and leg drive
6. one leg bridge - right


Bonus abs: 3 rounds, 50/10
- side oblique left
- chuck and tuck
- side oblique right

It is Saturday morning and my crazy ass was up at 6:45am! I laid in bed for a bit and then decided to workout. 
Push ups don't scare me as much anymore. Y'all know I dread push ups with my weak wrists, but now, nothing. I want to start focusing on certain parts of the body so I *might* be changing up my workouts. You notice how I say might. We shall see. Well its Saturday like I said so I will see you guys later...need to get crackin on these pancakes for the little dudes.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Look hot naked workout

The workout: 12 rounds, 50/10

1. single arm clean & lunge w/ side kick - left (used kettle bell)
2. frog jump & L&R spider knee push up & tuck jump 
3. single arm clean & lunge w/ side kick - right (used kettle bell)
4. reverse push up & cross knee tucks

Bonus: 3 rounds, 50/10
- ugi ball twist (used kettle bell)
- v-ups left
- v-ups right

Boy do I feel good. Ever had that workout where you sweated and grunted, pushing yourself as hard as you could...totally in the zone? That was me today. I am shaking but feel so great. I am PUMPED! LOL. I feel like I could run a freaking marathon right now.

A lot of people inspire me to work out. Most especially Big Daddy. He works out everyday like I do and plays rugby 3 times a week. WOW. And now my little dude has become my inspiration. This child comes home from school and asks Big Daddy to workout. Not no "sissy boy" workout like jumping jacks and stretching, but tabata. Yes...tabata! Squats, push ups, crunches, lunges, switch lunges, burpees....my man! I haven't even told you the best part yet...he's only 5. Yup thats right! My dude is gonna be a beast! LOL. When I work out at night he watches me and coaches me along saying things like "Come on mommy, you got this" and "push through." How awesome! He makes me so proud.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Boyfriend workout

*If you follow me on twitter then you know that I have switched things up a bit and decided to do morning workouts. If you don't follow me on twitter, then you should :)*


The workout: *done this morning* 3 rounds, 50/10

1. one leg push ups jump overs
2. leap frog shoulder press
3. quick feet push up
4. star core - using ugi ball (used stool)
5. core twist - using equalizer (used dumbbell)
6. sandbag press and twist (used kettle bell)

This was probably the best workout to get me started on transitioning back to morning workouts. It was not easy but it was perfect for getting me ramped up for the day. 
I feel like I am getting stronger but I am still a bit annoyed with the figure looking back at me from the mirror. I have totally changed up how eat during the week (meals and snacks). My previous mindset of eating whatever I want because I workout has been replaced with just eating better period.
I am still working out at night. So that means I'll be bodyrockin twice a day! Look out bikini cuz here I come!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

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Girls on top workout

The workout: 2 rounds, 50/10

1. 4 x 4's
2. star push up with drunk chicken
3. ugi jump & knee to elbow L&R touch (used stool)
4. keg presses & lunge (L&R alternate legs) - used kettle bell
5. dips & knee lift - 1st round dips on stool, 2nd round knee ups on floor
6. push ups

Today was not a good day for me.
I looked in the mirror before I started this workout and just was not happy. I know I've come a long way but there's still so much more I need to do. Big Daddy says I need more cardio and I think he's right. I still have that "pooch" from pregnancy. I'm starting to notice a waist line but I need to do more.
I really pushed my workout today. The circuit wasn't much at all, but I was definitely sweating at the end. Am I not pushing myself as hard as I was in the beginning? I don't know, but what I do know is that I am about to start cracking down harder.