FitBliss Fitness – Check In #3

Hello and good morning all! I hope everyone had an amazing holiday season and enjoyed ALL the treats! I know I definitely did which is why there isn’t much progress for me this week as far as measurements and weight are concerned. However, I DO feel stronger and notice a difference with how I feel as well as my overall body composition. I also didn’t “gain” any weight so that’s a plus!

Here are my measurements as of Monday, December 28th:

Small of Waist: 26 in
Waist: 28 in
Hips: 38.5 in
Right Leg: 22 in
Left Leg: 22 in
Right Arm: 10.5 in
Left Arm: 10.5 in

According to my Woman Log, Aunt Flo will be in town beginning this weekend, which explains my cravings for all things fatty and delicious. I need to brainstorm a way to combat these cravings. I won’t lie, I haven’t been measuring my almond butter as accurately as I should!

To help ensure I’m staying within my calorie and macro allotment, I will
make the following adjustments:

  1. Since there is no way to measure my lightsfood at the Cafe where I work, I will be bringing my OWN meals for lunch.
  2. I will begin measuring EVERYTHING! No more guesstimation! I’m not doing the plan any justice by “guessing.”
  3. Plan my meals and measure my macros at least the day BEFORE! This allows me to play with MFP, add my treats when I know Aunt Flo is visiting, and set myself up for success to stay within my calorie and macro allotment.
  4. Schedule my workouts the week before and write them on my calendar! I will be starting school next week, so this will be imperative!
  5. Effectively plan my meals when I know I have social events to attend, always be prepared.

Just for shits and giggles, I’m posting this Snap Chat photo from Sunday’s shopping adventure. Plato’s Closet dressing room lighting on FLEEK!

Here’s to a week of crushing goals! Everyone have a safe and fun NYE tomorrow ūüôā

~Jess

 

FitBliss Fitness Check-In

So far the first week on my program with FitBliss Fitness has been great! I notice a huge difference in my body and overall well being.¬†Last week I made a jump start by watching my eating habits and fitting in at least 3 workouts, so my body was prepared for the program. Lynndsey has been extremely accommodating of my busy schedule and has written¬†me 3 workouts that can¬†be completed at home and 2 workouts to complete at the gym on weekends when I can go in the morning. If I’m already hooked and thrilled on week one, I can only imagine how satisfied I will feel near the end of the program and for the rest of my life.

I have always been extremely prideful of my ‘athletic ability’ in the sense that I stay¬†motivated, write my own workouts, count my own macros, and see results…. health¬†has been a passion of mine since I met my ex husband and he opened the door to the wizarding fitness world for me.

But he’s my ex husband, freshly ex husband, and as I’ve stated many times before, after the divorce I became extremely unmotivated. I dove into a deep depression that crippled me, I fell out of the routine that kept me sane and brought me happiness, I mistreated my body with drugs, alcohol, and little nutrition, and I stopped loving myself. But I’m ready to move on with my life, pick up the things that made me happy, and learn something new about myself along the way. I had to swallow my pride when I made the choice¬†to work with a coach, but I need the guidance and accountability, and I couldn’t be happier with my decision.

The best part is this program fits my life style. I don’t have to sacrifice anything, maybe a little time to train, but that’s balance. I can still eat the foods I love, go out on the town with friends, have the occasional drink or two, take Ruky¬†for a run as my cardio day, workout from home and still get a few gym sessions in on early weekend mornings when no one is at the gym.

I’m already down 5lbs from when I filled out my FitBliss IMG_3429Fitness application! I’m discovering what works for me, where I’m strong, where I’m weak, what foods I can fit into my macros, what makes me feel good, and what doesn’t make me feel good. Last night I hoarded my macros so I could kill a whole Amy’s Pizza for dinner! I didn’t even have to starve all day! THAT is true happiness and a sense of accomplishment. Finally finding a healthy routine, balance, and¬†physical and mental well being. I’m happy. I’m actually happy and I haven’t been able to say that with 100% honesty in a long time. I’m letting go of the things in my life that have been toxic for my soul, mind, and body.

Here’s to creating healthy habits for a life time!

~Jess

 

 

KB Alternating Swings

How to perform KB Alternating Swings:

-Stand with feet shoulder width apart, or a little wider
-Place the KB in front of you (I used 25lb)
-Grab the KB handle with one hand
-Keep the opposite hand close to your body (I keep mine close to my chest)
-Keep shoulders squared and aligned as much as possible
-Power through the hips swinging the KB to shoulder height
-Switch hands as the KB is suspended for a SPLIT second at shoulder height

Repeat!

Remember to use good form, pay attention to your body. If 25lbs is too heavy, definitely down size. Do not hurt yourself!

~Jess

Full Body Tabata Circuit

If you haven’t downloaded the Tabata Pro Timer app I wrote about a few days ago, do so NOW for the best high intensity cardio workouts of your life!

Kid you not.

Today I did two short Tabata workouts that I wrote myself, on top of a Body Crush workout from none other than Zuzka Light, and I burned way more calories than I typically burn doing compound or isolation moves.

I was sweating, working hard, breathing hard, and I WILL be sore tomorrow. I wanted to share one of the two Tabata workouts I completed today:

fullbodytabataFor your reference, the information you will plug into the Tabata Pro Timer will look like the following:

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By all means! Make any adjustments as you see fit!

I promise you will become addicted to Tabata training.

Try it out and let me know how you like it!

~Jess

Tabata Pro Timer

Happy Sunday morning!

I wanted to share a recent app discovery with all my fit friends, family, and followers to start your week off right with some fresh fitness tools.

Has everyone heard of Tabata?

Tabata is a 4 minute fat-burning high intensity interval training circuit, a great¬†way to incorporate cardio into your daily workout routine. I’ve been looking for a great Tabata timer, and I finally found one! This weekend I downloaded the Tabata Pro Timer and I’m in love with it!

It took me a second to figure out how to use it, but after fiddling with it for a few minutes, I figured it out!

You can choose your preparation time, work time to perform reps, and rest time in between cycles.

The typical Tabata workouts I perform follow the structure below:

Round #1 (Repeat 4 times)
-Switch Jump Lunges
-Jump Squats

Round #2 (Repeat 4 times)
-Burpees
-Curtsey Lunge to Jump Squat

Round #3 (Repeat 4 times)
-KB Swings
-KB Reverse Lunge Pass Under

You would input the following information in the Tabata Pro timer:

Tabata #1 (8 Cycles)
-20 seconds work
-5 seconds rest

Tabata #2 (8 Cycles)
-20 seconds work
-5 seconds rest

Tabata #3 (8 Cycles)
-20 seconds work
-5 seconds rest

I typically don’t choose a preparation time, so I automatically change it to 00:00.

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Stars: 5/5

Cost: $2.99

Pros: Easy to use, excellent tool to keep your Tabata workouts accurate! Great flashing features and alarm features! Easy, fun, effective way to get your cardio in.

Cons: No cons here, just a great app that every fitness guru who wants a great workout should have.

~Jess

Taking a Break from the Textbooks….

I know, I know. I’m a terrible blogger. It’s only the 3rd week of the New Year and I’ve already fudged up my New Year Goals for my blog! I haven’t posted a recipe or a workout in over a week, I’ve been naughty ūüė¶

I’ve been doing well in all other areas of my New Year Goals! Hitting my workouts, writing in my journal, becoming better at logging my meals in myfitnesspal… ALL my meals ūüėČ

To be honest, this quarter has been insane. I can’t seem to keep up with the amount of notes, flashcards, studying, labs, and key terms for Biology. Derek introduced me to the Study Blue app though, which has proven to be a wonderful and helpful tool! I can easily take flash card notes on my key terms while I read, saves time, AND the app has a quiz feature using True or False, Multiple Choice, or Fill in the Blank. I’ve already done much better on my quizzes, and I feel like I can absorb more information since my note taking time has been cut in half.

English 201 has been quite a bit to wrap my mind around as well. I think I’m thinking too hard about my Quarter Research Project, developing a thesis on Thailand Environmental issues has been exceedingly difficult. I kind of want to just write the entire 8 -10 page paper NOW and just keep editing it every day until it’s due, refining it, instead of investing so much time into chunks of it. Hey, that’s actually not a bad idea, I might consider that!

Math ….. well I hate Math period, but I feel like this quarter it might be my “relief” course. Math is reliable.

Classes have been crazy and school has hit our pocketbook, but thankfully I qualify for unsubsidized loans for school. Each quarter we’ve been paying for my books and remaining tuition out of pocket, estimating $800, not including Derek’s school costs. I qualify for a gracious amount and will be receiving a check for last quarter as well. Hallelujah!

Aside from the school commotion, I’ve been doing well! I’ve been eating better, working out consistently, improving my time management skills, and waking up early on the weekends to increase my productivity. I’ve actually made some progress with my body over the last 3 weeks through eating better and kettlebell training. I feel lean, mean, and clean ūüôā I also stocked up on the new S’mores and Cookies n’ Cream¬†Quest bars, as well as¬†White Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut¬†Protein Cookies by Lenny & Larry’s for loooong school days. Delicious!

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Yesterday I had my Annual Review at the EBC. 2 years with Microsoft, I can do anything now ūüėČ I received plenty of great feedback from my manager, enough praise to make me blush, and¬†good raise. Kudos me! My manager says it’s time to take the next step in my career. Honestly, I’m very happy with my current¬†role,¬†the schedule, and pay, it gives me so much freedom and flexibility with school. We will¬†see what’s in the cards. I am open to opportunity.

The next few months will be jam packed! Derek is starting his half sleeve tattoo next, we¬†are going to Kurios Cirque¬†Sol Leil at the end of the month, our 3 year anniversary is Valentine’s Day weekend, Derek will be competing in a 50K with a 5,000 foot elevation gain in March, and we should know where Derek is going to Law School in April! Wheww!

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I hope everyone else has been sticking with their New Year Goals, have a great weekend!

~Jess

Week 1 School Recap & Femme Peach Contest Winner!

Welp, first week of school was intense to say the least. So much reading, extensive¬†Power Point lectures, key terms, notes, quizzes, papers….. holy crap.

Despite the blizzard of college, I was able to hit my fitness goals last week. I completed my Daily Burn kettlebell workouts, ran outdoors, did my HIIT and plyos, and even ate salad… I know right?! I can’t say “no” to Steak Caesar salad, that shit is my weakness.

This week I’ll be lucky if I can hit 5 workouts, Human Biology has been suffocating me with heavy reading, labs, note taking, and a first exam this Thursday. Damn, crossing my fingers I can pull off another 4.0 this quarter. Next quarter I’ll throw in a fun class. English 201, Biology 108, and Math…. this quarter. You got this Jess, you got this.

In other news, yesterday¬†I announced the winner of the Femme Peach Contest! Sherisa Rorberg is the lucky lady to receive one tube of Femme Peach Skin Tightening Cream, retailing at $79.95. She’s about to feel the burn!

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I’m very excited to be receiving my January Femme package next week. We should also be getting apparel very soon, so stay tuned! Big things to come!

I hope everyone has a stellar week, check back for workouts and recipes.

~Jess

KB Booty Builder

My goal this year is to be more consistent with the amount of food related and workout posts I share. This will be A LOT easier now that I have my precious 25lb kettlebell I’ve been wishing for. I created another glute focused KB workout because training glutes is my FAVORITE! I’ve noticed a huge difference in overall muscle tone while training at home with my KB.

This week Aunt Flo is visiting, so I’m not as tight and toned as I would like to be, but hey, that’s life. I feel great and that’s all that matters. I will keep training hard this week regardless, and next week my results will really show.

I hope you enjoy this simple but tough workout. Comment below if you would like to any specific workouts in the future: HIIT, bodyweight, Tabata, etc.

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Enjoy!

~Jess

Daily Burn Challenge

I’ve decided to take on a personal challenge for myself. My fitness goals have been up in the air lately, I’ve kept them pretty vague until I had the recent idea to try out Daily Burn on Hulu. I have been completely against the idea of Daily Burn, for the bold statement on their ad, “Why spend ‘X’ amount of dollars on a trainer when you could spend less with Daily Burn than you would for a few hours with a trainer?!”

1) My husband is trainer, and a damn good one at that! Not everyone can benefit from the same type of training.

2) A 1:1 trainer provides you with so much more! Accountability, expertise customized to your physical needs, body, injuries etc., and of course someone who will physically push you and won’t let you hit ‘pause’.

3) A trainer will see your progress and keep you challenged based on your level. ‘Easy’, ‘Intermediate’, and ‘Advanced’ are NOT the only levels of fitness, there are so many more because everybody is completely different.

However, I believe the concept of Daily Burn is great for those who have the fundamental structure of training, have busy schedules and prefer working out at home vs. the gym, and are really just looking for variety and new material instead of having to create a workout themselves every day. I know that’s why I’m looking forward to this month challenge!

So I signed up for a 30 day free trail to see how I like it.

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I just recently received a new 25lb kettle bell for Christmas but only know a few exercises. Daily Burn has a kettle bell program that looked interesting, so I’m enrolled in a 3 month program with workouts ranging from 15-50 minutes with active recovery days, meal plans, and even recipes. I feel like I have a decent handle on my diet, I’m not looking to lose major weight so I won’t be using the nutrition suggestions as often. However, the nutrition section can be extremely helpful to those who need a little extra help in that area.

Not only do I have access to the DBK program, I have access to the entire library of programs. These programs range from Hip-Hop Dance, Pilates, Yoga, HIIT, Bootcamps, etc. I also really enjoy the filter feature to find specific workouts. You can use the filter to find a workout based on how long you would like to workout, fitness level – Easy, Intermediate, Advanced, by a specific trainer you might enjoy, and by equipment available. I’m mostly excited about the equipment and time length filters! As much as I LOVE Zuzka Light, her website isn’t as organized as Daily Burn. My equipment is limited due to the size of my house. I only really have my body, yoga mat, 25lb KB, and resistance bands.

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My goal is to complete 30 days of the DBK challenge and see if I would like to pay $12.95 a month for all the workouts! The only way I would do that is if I cancel my gym membership. I have a very heavy decision to make in 30 days. Ever since my work schedule changed to 6:30am to 3:00pm I’ve been less inclined to visit the gym for the following reasons:

1) The gym gets crowded at 3:30pm 

2) Even if I have a workout planned (which takes time and energy) the likelihood of the equipment I need being available is slim

3) People want to talk, fuck head phones basically

4) Guys shamelessly look at your ass, doesn’t matter how hard you mean mug

5) Weights are never racked, what else is new?

6) Locker rooms are disgusting

7) It’s so freakin’ time consuming commuting¬†to and fro the gym

I have also decided to reward myself at the end of those 30 days!

I’ve had my eye on a pair of Freddy Jeans that I can’t bring myself to frivolously buy. So I’ll use those sexy ass jeans as a reward for sticking with the training plan!

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Wish me luck! I will still be doing my Zuzka Light workouts on top of Daily Burn for an extra challenge. I will keep you posted with my feedback!

~Jess

NYE Workout!

Just because everyone’s getting ready for shit faced catastrophe’s tonight doesn’t mean you can’t fit in a quick, challenging at home workout before you go!

You asked for Kettle Bell Workouts, you got ’em ūüėČ

NYE

O yeah, and just because you’ll be hung over January 1st after your shenanigans doesn’t mean you can’t detox with a quick sweat session either ūüėČ Try this workout tomorrow too and see how well you do in comparison. Don’t hurt yourself!

~Jess