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...