Productive Hump Day!

Today was VERY productive, regardless of how late I actually slept in. I know, I know! I said I would get out of bed early to take on the day and have that many more hours blah, blah, blah. I ended up getting out of bed at 9am, enjoyed my coffee, read up on my social media and left the house for the David Barton Gym at 11am. I missed my bus! I literally watched it leave me…. boohoo. The next one wasn’t going to come for another 16 minutes, so I decided to walk there. I beat the bus too! Typically I like to take the bus since 8th street is so damn busy, but in this case it seemed fitting to walk on my day off. Pretty stressful walk! Half the time there weren’t any cross walks or pedestrian lights, so it was a gamble not getting hit by cars coming on and off the freeway ramp. I like to live on the edge…..

Leaning out!

Leaning out!

Had a KILLER workout! Loved it, hamstrings are on FIRE! Incorporating the HIIT cardio plyometric body weight exercises was a plus, just what I needed. Really trying to lean out and keep that bulk at bay. Not to mention, the more out of breathe I feel, the harder I feel like I’m working. I feel I get the best results that way.

After killin’ it at the gym, I went and tanned at Seattle Sun Tan and I actually didn’t burn! Feel like I have a pretty good chance of getting a base color going without frying my skin first. After I went tanning I took a pair of Lululemons I scored at a consignment store into the Lulu store to get hemmed. Finally! I’ve been wanting to do that, I probably never would have if I didn’t do it today. I took the bus home and took Keyda for a walk BACK into Bellevue, this time going down 12th street. I took her to a park for a brief moment, but the owner of another older dog asked me to ‘call my dog’ because his dog likes doing her own thing…. too bad his dog was following mine, not the other way around. That sorta put me in a stink mood. She’s a good dog, sheesh! It’s a public park, other people are going to have their dogs off leash too….

Keyda and I walked back home and stopped by Whole Foods to pick up some apples for the apple pie I’m bringing for Thanksgiving at my Great Grandparents tomorrow. Right now my pie is cooling down, I hope it’s good! I forgot to peel half the apples, so hopefully the skins don’t make a huge difference…. OOoops! I’m excited for tomorrow! Going to stuff my face and spend time with the FamBam! You can bet I’m waking up bright and early to workout too. I actually rearranged my workouts so better suit my mass consumption of Thanksgiving food. Instead of doing chest, shoulders, and back tomorrow I’m picking up the pace and sweating more with cardio, core, and glutes. Yippeeee, make room for mashed tatters!

Anywho, I better call it a night, Happy Thanksgiving everybody! XOXO

~Jess ♥

 

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‘Abs are made in the kitchen’

FRIDAAAAAAY YA’LL! We made it, it’s finally here! *WOOT* *WOOT*

Pretty excited for the weekend, I have big plans. Haha, well big plans to plan for next week. I have a lot of changes I want to make to my workouts for next week. I want to incorporate more cardio, lean out my muscle mass since I pack it on so quickly. I also want to incorporate more body weight HIIT training in my warm ups to target more muscles at once, shed fat, and elevate my heart rate. This past week has mostly been focusing on lifting heavy weight in lighter reps. Great workouts this week, I just want something different.

I will admit, this past week I’ve been really bad about eating healthy. I’ve been giving in to pastries at work and delicious macaroon treats from co-workers. Bad Jess! I’ve been really ‘hormonal’, yes, it’s a poor excuse. This weekend is a fresh start for me though! My bad food habits for the week are OVER. I’m not going to give into sweets or carb goodies until next Thursday, Thanksgiving day! I believe that abs are made in the kitchen, I see improved definition when I’m eating healthier. Although this morning my abs were looking pretty good, not gonna lie. Can’t wait to see how much my body transforms when I kick it into high gear January 2013 in preparation for Emerald Cup! WOO HOOO!

So excited for this weekend, hope everyone else has a great weekend too! I might disappear for the next few days! I have Christmas shopping to do, a birthday party to attend, another ‘Friends-Giving’ on Sunday, and plenty of meal planning and workouts to write for next week. Happy Friday, much love… XOXO

~Jess

Must…. lift… HEAVIER!

Today has been pretty good so far, can’t wait for the weekend though!

This morning I went to the gym and trained triceps and biceps. *Whewww* Such a struggle! I want to lift HEAVIER! Why is 15 pounds so heavy?! I don’t understand! Then I thought about it, and I think it’s because I don’t eat in the morning before I lift. I work out fasted. I have always heard that fasted cardio is more effective for fat loss, but I’m guessing when it comes to actual lifting, it’s probably best to have something in your stomach.

So today I bought some protein powder after my workout, and I’m going to drink that in the morning before I head to the gym tomorrow. I bought what I usually get, Muscle Milk. We’ll see if there are any noticeable changes, I can’t wait to report back!

My husband wrote the 'You're Sexy' message on the mirror! NOT my daily affirmation to myself, haha!

My husband wrote the ‘You’re Sexy’ message on the mirror! NOT my daily affirmation to myself, haha!

It’s not that I want to get noticeably bigger, especially my upper body since that’s what I trained today. I just want to lift heavier, less reps, and see if that will help shed the softer layer around my muscles. I’m really proud of my progress thus far! I’m feeling really great! I finally uploaded some progress shots of my legs. Definitely happy with the results. I was afraid by hanging up my running shoes for the rainy season and winter I would pack on fat and layers and lose tone and definition in my legs. NOPE! HIIT training is where it’s at! I feel like my legs are toning and tightening quite nicely.

I think I’m going to rewrite my workout for tomorrow, I don’t want to spend an hour on the treadmill doing steady cardio. I want to take advantage of the Zumba room being empty, do some jump roping, some Zuzka videos and maybe give a little attention to my glutes with resistance band training.

Stay tuned! I will post tomorrow’s workout as soon as I write it. Have an awesome Thursday guys!

~Jess ♥

Feeling Positive Changes!

Happy Hump day! That went by extremely fast, can’t wait for the weekend so I can actually sleep in my big comfy bed!

For those of you who don’t know, I recently lost my California King bed to mold issues in our last home. I don’t want to go into great detail, but I will say that in the 4 1/2 months of living there, mold managed to grow on our clothes in our closets and damaged personal items as well as our WHOLE mattress. There was no way we could save our mattress, the whole bottom was covered in green and black mold. There was very poor circulation in the unit we rented, so our mattress acted like a huge sponge and soaked up all the condensation and moisture.

We got a new mattress last weekend though, got a really good deal on it too! California King Simmons Beautyrest Westbury Plush, free box spring, no sales tax, slight blemish for a discount (little dirt smudge, no tear), and delivery the next day for $1250 flat! You literally sink into the mattress and it hugs you. Best sleep, uninterrupted, no waking up in the middle of the night, but of course it’s more difficult to wake up and get to the gym in the morning!

Thankfully I got out of bed this morning and made it to the gym! Had a great work out with jump roping and plyometrics for my cardio. I worked on lower body today, focusing on hamstrings and glutes. Felt great! I’m getting the hang of writing workouts so they are an hour and a half exactly. Gains

I am feeling a big difference in my body by changing up my diet to be cleaner. My upper body is coming in real nicely too with the plyos, burpees, and lifting heavier. I can’t wait to see major differences in a couple weeks!

 

I’ll keep ya’ posted, have an awesome day!

~Jess ♥

Official ‘Before Pics’

Before Abs  Happy Friday People!

Yup, that’s my softie lil’ self on the left there. I thought I would dedicate today to taking my ‘official’ before pictures so that I have something to compare my progress to. This has been extremely humbling and is a great first step to my fitness journey. No filter, no flexing, post breakfast, and didn’t work out today. This is probably a raw depiction of what I look like on a day to day basis. I’m not terrible by any means, but the goal is to be chiseled, cut, and bronze of course.

I had plans to work out today, had written everything out for the week, but I deciding sleeping in would be more sufficient. I am embarrassed to admit that I killed a bottle of wine with my husband last night, as well as stuffed my face with Snickers since our Condominium didn’t have any trick-or-treaters. *Le siiiiiigh* One step forward, five steps back. I still have Saturday and Sunday for my cardio and legs day, so I’m not too worried. My head was pounding too hard this morning to even think about picking up heavy things and putting them down repeatedly.

I turned the day around by fulfilling my goal to finally take before pictures! Huge step like I said, but I’m really excited to build on this. This is the true start to my journey, these photos will hold me accountable and remind me where I started and where I want to be. I can’t wait to make those gains and watch my body transform!

I have already sent the pictures to my friend Hilary who is going to compete in Emerald Cup with me. This year she competed in her first competition! August she placed 2nd and continued her journey to finals in Sacramento where she placed 4th in her division. Her transformation has been inspiring, I’m excited to have a partner in this journey!

Before Side ShotThe reason I want to compete is to show myself that I can do anything that I set my mind to. I have wanted to compete for so long, but always told myself, “No, that’s not something you want to do to your body. It’s actually really unhealthy. Your body won’t always look like that, you’ll be depressed.” There are so many things in life that are out of our control, but if we are blessed with a properly functioning body, then we have a gift and we should be constantly trying to better ourselves, improve our health, and stretching the limits to see how far we can go.

That doesn’t necessarily need to be limited to body building or outward fitness and appearance. You can control what you put in your body, how you feel on a day-to-day basis, and your overall mental health. It’s really amazing and something I’m extremely passionate about! I feel like this is just the beginning, there are so many challenges I want to take on!

Before Back_Butt  I look at these pictures and I think to myself, “I’m so thankful that I am healthy.” I see areas where I can improve as well as areas I am proud of. At first I was disheartened when I saw the outcome of these photos, but there’s only room for improvement and I have a thankful mindset now.

Thanks for tuning in guys, hang around and watch me work!

I will definitely be shedding fat and building muscle, these pictures will transform over time!

 ~Jess ♥