Motivational Monday!

Guess what folks?! I actually got my ass out of bed this morning and worked out! YESSSS! I broke my ‘no-working-out-on-Monday’ streak, finally! I seriously feel like a new person right now…..

This morning I did 3 Zuzka videos at home, felt awesome as usual. My abs and oblique’s are KILLING me from yesterdays ‘Bosu Side Plank Weighted Wraps’. Torched my abs yesterday, definitely needed to. I feel like my core has gotten pretty weak since I’ve been focusing on cardio and legs. Definitely miss that chiseled six-pack, time to bring it back!

For breakfast I made a delicious smoothie PACKED with vitamins and nutrients to fuel my morning:

1) Handful of shredded Kale
2) 1 whole Banana
3) 1 cup frozen mixed fruit (raspberry, blackberry, strawberry)
4) 3 tablespoons Chia Seeds
5) Splash of fat-free milk

Blend and enjoy!

Tomorrow morning I’m doing ZWOW #57 at home as well as a Resistance Band Circuit I conjured up. Pretty stoked to try it out! I found an awesome video on YouTube with some new resistance band exercises. I have incorporated combination exercises to focus on the whole body. I want to start using more resistance training for my upper body since it comes in pretty easily. No need to pack on more muscle, I’ve made my gains, now I need to maintain and shred.

On that note, I created my goals for this week! These need to happen:

1) Workout 6 days this week:
     – 45-60 minutes of cardio 4 times this week (Zuzka HIIT videos included)
     – 2 days of booty building
     – 3 days of core training (Zuzka HIIT videos included)
     – 2 days of resistance band training

2) Reduce sugar and carb intake:
     – No bread at lunch time, eat salad with lean protein
     – Holidays are over! No more sweet treats and candy

3) Posing practice!
     – 3 days of posing practice, 45 minutes each
     – Wearing heels around the house to break them in

4) REGISTER!
     – Registration opened last week, I have my application, now I need to send in the check

5) Create a macro meal plan for competition prep
     – Create a plan breakdown and start date 
     – Calculate daily macros
     – Create meal plan based on macros

There they are! Big goals for this week, but I need to take advantage of the extra time I have before work gets crazy again. Excited to start smashing out a training plan and gettin’ it DONE! The Holiday Season was amazing, but I’m ready for the New Year. Hope everyone has an awesome week! Stay tuned…..

~Jess ♥

Jumbo Frosted Pumpkin Cupcakes!

O my god, I saw these on FitnessRx for Women and I am GOING to make these! They look absolutely scrumptious! Greek God’s Honey Yogurt would be delicious as frosting on these:

Jumbo Frosted Pumpkin Cupcakes!

Scrumptious, can’t wait to sink my teeth into one of these!

“JUMBO FROSTED PUMPKIN CUPCAKES”

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup canned pure pumpkin
  •  1 small banana, mashed
  • 2 TB unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 TB avocado
  • 3 egg whites, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour, sifted
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 TB pumpkin pie spice (or substitute with 1 tsp. cinnamon, 1/4 tsp. nutmeg, 1/4 tsp. ginger)
  • 3 TB granulated stevia (or your favorite sweetener)
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Frosting:

  • 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 3 TB granulated stevia (or your favorite sweetener)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

How to Prepare:

  • 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • 2. Put a baking cup into each mold in a six-cup jumbo muffin pan. Set aside.
  • 3. In a large mixing bowl, blend pumpkin, banana, applesauce, avocado, egg whites, and vanilla until smooth and fluffy. Add whole wheat flour, baking powder, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, stevia, and salt and mix until a smooth batter is formed.
  • 4. Evenly scoop the batter into each of the six cups and bake in the oven for approximately 30 minutes, or until a knife inserted in the center of the cupcake comes out clean and the tops are golden brown.
  • 5. While the cupcakes are in the oven, put frosting ingredients into a mixing bowl and whip until the frosting is smooth and fluffy. Set aside. 6. Remove cupcakes from oven and let cool on a wire rack. Once cool, frost each cupcake and… Enjoy!”

~Jess ♥