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 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, 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

JOTW - tangerine modern flower

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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. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Mix and match day

The workout: (Not afraid bodyrock & Get freaking hot): I decided to combine 2 workouts today to give me 12 rounds, 50/10

1. elevated plank & spider knee twist - alternat legs
2. 2 x commando push ups, commando roll & 10 mountain climbers
3.1/2 burpee & one arm upright row - alternate arms
4. 10 x low prisoner squat jumps & 2 wide leg star push ups

5. 1/2 burpee, clean & press & 3 jump squats
6. oblique ball throw & oblique jump
7. bag shoulder lift, squat, push up & tuck jump
8. oblique ball throw & oblique jump

9. elevated plan & spider knee wist - alternate legs
10. 2 x commando push ups, commando roll & 10 mountain climbers
11. 1/2 burpee & one arm upright row - alternate arms
12. 10 x low prisoner squat jumps & 2 wide leg star push ups

Ab bonus (combined from above workouts) 50/10
- sit up & oblique twist overhead abs
- 1 x tuck ab & 1 superman reverse crunch
- sitting tuck abs
- 3 touch abs - center, side, center

Butt bonus (Not afraid bodyrock) 3 rounds, 50/10
- up & under pelvic lift plank - alternate legs
- around the world pelvic lift plank - alternate legs
- up & around the world pelvic lift plank - alternate legs

If you're not following me on twitter (@nicole_johnson) or on instagram (nicolemariejohnson) then you missed what I got yesterday....

Big Daddy definitely loves me! I feel so official LOL. Now I just have to convince him that a dip station would be a great addition to my workout life.

I decided to combine workouts because well, I felt like it. The 2 workouts are from the March challenge. I always write them down in my notebook ahead of time so I just wanted to basically cross them off my list as completed.  The only thing I didn't do was the mixed body weight sculpt from the get freaking hot workout.
Summer is around the corner and I think I'll (my body) will be ready :). I am going to start double workouts this week (working out during my lunch break and then at night like normal). I am wanting to up my cardio so I think my lunch workout will be when I do that. We shall see.