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

9 Tips for Living a Balanced Fit Life

I was inspired earlier today to share my secrets of how to maintain a well balanced successful fit life. No, I’m not gonna be sharing tips like: drink more green tea to speed up your metabolism, super set your exercises, get a firm booty by squatting ‘x’ amount of weight blah, blah, blah. No. I’m gonna give you the very basics that people often seem to forget about, but with these 9 tips, you will be on your way to a creating a healthy lifestyle plan.

1) Set realistic goals – I can’t stress this enough! People tend to aim high, which is great, but setting extremely high goals can also be a detriment to your success, especially if you are beginning. Start small and build so you are constantly challenged. Setting attainable goals and achieving them creates the desire to continue. Setting goals that are too high and seem barely out of arms reach can make one feel disheartened and can cause one to quit before they even start. During school, I’m extremely happy if I make it to the gym 4 times a week!

goals22) Add variety – People can pick their favorite activities, but the key to a healthy well balanced exercise and nutrition plan is variety. You can add running, weight training, yoga, HIIT, and plyo workouts. Pick up a new spin class, take a dip in the pool and do laps, check out Groupon for fitness class deals. There is so much out there to be discovered! Not only will this keep your body guessing and toned, it will give you mental relief so you don’t burn yourself out on one thing. This can be applied to nutrition as well.

3) Incorporate regimen and structure – Create a plan for yourself and stick with it. I personally like to plan the following:

  • One outdoor running day, 5-8 miles
  • One or more lifting days, I like to hit the squat rack and focus on legs
  • Two at home plyometric HIIT days, great full body workouts

goal-without-plan-just-wish-sm4) Have patience – Results aren’t immediate. Progress doesn’t come without 100% maximum effort and dedication. Be patient with yourself, don’t become discouraged, and remind yourself WHY you are making the decision to change your lifestyle to a more wholesome one. Take photos as a way to track your progress so you can see the changes your body is making. Progress photos helped me so much during my competition! Even though I had lost 15lbs, it was hard to see by just looking in the mirror.

5) Reward yourself – When you make progress and reach your goals, REWARD YOURSELF! You stuck with it, you worked hard, you did everything right and it’s showing in how you look and feel. Pamper yourself! Don’t reward yourself with a “cheat meal” because you worked too damn hard for that. Go get a massage, buy that new Lululemon jacket you wanted, get a new workout top or pants, get manicure and/or pedicure, or if you’re really daring get a Brazilian wax! Feeling sexy yet?

z6) Know when to say “No” – This can be applied to exercise and nutrition. Listen to your body. If you are over training, feeling stress on your body, and are sick or exhausted, YOU CAN SAY NO! If you have a really important family event and absolutely CAN’T fit in your workout, it’s okay, skip your workout because family comes first. On the other hand, if there is leftover food from a meeting at work, you don’t need it! SAY NO! Someone brought donuts in? No thanks, you don’t need those empty calories that manage to stick to our hips, thighs, and butts. Choose your food wisely!

7) Do NOT depend on the scale – The scale only shows a number. It doesn’t measure your muscle mass over your fat mass, or take into account your waist size or jeans size. The scale is rubbish, pay no attention to it. Right now I weight 5lbs more than I did last year, but I’m also composed of a lot more muscle. It ain’t no thang. It doesn’t bother me. I’m happy, I eat, I train, and I sleep. It’s a good life, don’t let a stupid number ruin that.

funny8) Love your body at all stages – You might be working towards a goal, but never hate your body, never let that be your motivation. Love your body! That’s why we train and fuel it properly, because we love it and want to treat it right no matter what it looks like or what it can do. Do not let insecurity motivate you. You are strong and you are able to achieve anything you want, love your body and it will take you there.

9) “Live a Little” – The last key component is learning to “live a little.” This can be the hardest part for some people. I struggled with this last piece of advice for nearly the entire year. The first 6 months of the year I was training rigorously for Emerald Cup. I ate 1,200 calories a day, counted my macros, tracked my calories burned, and made it to the gym 6 days a week. After the show I struggled to find a proper balance, a way to be happy with the new body I was so uncomfortable in. The post show weight gain made me insecure and I still struggled to find balance in my life. I kept trying to track my macros without the same success, kept trying to stick with my old training plan. Finally I said, “Screw it.” I stopped counting macros, started running and working out at home, making it to the gym when I could, eating whatever I damn pleased with discretion, and became a whole lot happier spending time with family. Balance is key, and you can’t have it without living a little.

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I promise if you begin incorporating these 9 tips today and stick with it, you’ll be a much happier and healthier person. Sometimes you have to go back to the basics 🙂

~Jess

Thoughts…….

My blog hasn’t really been structured lately, in fact, I don’t believe my blog ever had structure! I just sorta’ post when I feel like it, or sometimes I’ll post when I realize my page views are dropping and I have been doing a shitty job keeping my readers engaged. Some times it’s hard to have really great content ‘come to you’. So here’s a hodge-podge of random thoughts for your reading pleasure….

I recently added a few new categories to my blog. I’ve expanded my product review labels since I recently joined Influenster, Sample Society by Allure, Fabletics athletic apparel by Kate Hudson, and I’m a sponsored athlete with Femme. Now I’m just sittin’ pretty until my goodies arrive in the mail so I can tell you how awesome or not awesome they are!

In the mean time, I’ve been creating goals for myself with the new school year fast approaching. This will be my first time back at college in 5 years! It’s a pretty monumental moment for me! I will be working overtime at my job with a full course schedule. I’ve never actually done that before! It will be hard to sacrifice some workout time for school, but I won’t give up one or the other, I WILL find a balance! tina2

My typical goal is to visit the gym 5 times a week, working out anywhere between an hour and 15 minutes to an hour and 45 minutes.

While I’m enrolled in school I’ve set my goal for at least 4 times a week, working out the same amount of time, but working out SMARTER. I will be incorporating more HIIT treadmill sprints and incline sprints with plyo sets in between. I easily torched about 750-800 calories in a short amount of time during my competition prep with this style workout. Currently I am lucky if I burn up to 600 calories with my lifting schedule. Both types of workouts have their benefits, I personally benefit more from cardio and plyo workouts, especially when I have limited time. I will still incorporate two lifting days, mostly leg days, but if my arms are feeling skimpy I’ll do some upper body as well. I usually workout upper body 2-4 times a month! Not often!

I’ve also adjusted my macros so I will be eating less carbs. Not much less, but I definitely feel like I didn’t need 186 grams per day! We’ll see how my body reacts.

If I become too overwhelmed with the schedule and can’t fit my workout in after work, I can also run to work in the mornings while good weather lasts. My work has a shower, all I have to do is bring a small shower basket with hair products and small make up bag to keep in my locker. Voila! Where there’s a will, there’s a way!

This will be my work and school schedule beginning Monday, September 22nd:

Monday and Wednesday:
-Work:    6:00am to 4:30pm
-School: 5:20pm to 7:40pm

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday:
-Work:    6:00am to 2:30pm
-School: No classes! Workout and HW

I’m secretly really excited for school 🙂 Am I terrified because it’s been 5 years?! Absolutely! I really need the distraction from work, I need to feel like I’m working on something to achieve a purpose for MY future. I love the convenience my job; the hours, the pay, benefits, and the pace; but I know that there is something else for me on the horizon.

Is it weird that this almost feels like farewell?! I’m about to be insanely busy, I really hope I can cope with the jam packed schedule. My future blog posts might be few and far between, and when I do post they may be rushed and just a brief update. To be honest, I might migrate back over to the old school pen and notebook journal. Something about physically writing with pen and paper soothes me. I will write as often as I can, until next time……

~Jess

New Week – Fresh Start

Hey Guys,

Sorry I’ve been a lil’ M.I.A lately. Life has been a crazy train the past few weeks. I’ve been busy with Bachelorette party planning, travelling to Vancouver for a second Bachelorette party, making plans for my friend Brittany’s wedding this weekend, Derek has his Iron Man the weekend after the wedding, I’ve been approved for weekly over time at work for cross training purposes with the Cybercrime Center, I’m also planning on going to the Washington State Open Bodybuilding Fitness Expo in Puyallup, and I’m tracking down my Financial Aid for school this Fall and the list continues. Man, I need a vacation!

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Brittany’s Bachelorette Party last weekend at Danielle’s house and in Seattle at Wasabi Bistro.

Even though it’s been insanely crazy, I’ve been having loads of fun the past few weekends! Last weekend Danielle and I planned Brittany’s Bachelorette party together. It was a fun night! We decorated Danielle’s house, made snacks, and made margaritas. We did a freakin’ good job, I was super proud of us! We opened presents, had a few drinks, took photos in the photo booth and head out to Seattle for dinner at Wasabi Bistro. Wasabi Bistro was delicious and the bartender was kind enough to give us delicious free drinks. They were so amazing, I wish I remembered what they were called! After dinner we went out on the town to Ohana and Foundation Nightclub for a few and came back to Danielle’s house for board games and wine. It was a low key evening, but plenty of fun catching up with close friends 🙂

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Danielle’s Bachelorette Party in Vancouver this weekend with 12 gals!

This weekend was Danielle’s Bachelorette party in Vancouver, 12 girls total and NO CELL PHONE SERVICE! It was definitely tough staying together as one group without getting lost since most of our phones were turned off. After we found the second hotel on Saturday, everything was easy going. You’d be surprised how helpless you feel without service or GPS! It was so much fun meeting all of Danielle’s family and gal pals, they were a great crowd. Saturday we went to lunch at a Chinese restaurant in Downtown and bought vodka on the way back to the hotel to PREEE FUUUUUUNK! To be honest, I think I was at my drunkest while we were pre-funking at the hotel. We walked down to the water front and took epic photos, and had our photos taken by complete strangers and tourists. Kind of awkward but super cute anyhow 🙂 Afterwards we started getting ready to leave for dinner and clubbing. I must say, it was a fun evening! Even though I’m 99% sure our drinks were watered down, it was still fun giving Danielle ‘dare’s’ to complete throughout the evening. As you can see, one of the dare’s was to have a stranger wear her bra! She didn’t even have to be drunk for that one! She also had a male stranger buy her a drink, she danced on top of the bar, and was invited to go behind the bar to mix her own drink. It was a great weekend!

Brittany and I started the drive back to Seattle early so we could decompress and mentally prepare for the week ahead, I can’t believe she gets married in less than a week! This Summer has definitely kept us all extremely busy, it’s been great though 🙂

I’ve been very blessed with new opportunities from my sponsor, and I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to work over time while training at the Cybercrime Center, increasing my pay by $300 a month. Definitely needed and appreciated! I also just got off the phone with Financial Aid and I’ve been granted a deferment so my tuition isn’t due until September 15th, whewww! Dodged a bullet there! A month and a half until schooooool! I also FINALLY have a workout partner! Kat signed up for an L.A Fitness membership and we will be working out together Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Squat partner! 🙂

Well, I better work on my ‘To Do’ list, hope everyone has a fabulous week!

~Jess

 

Fabletics!

fabYippee! I just bought myself a 3 piece $25 outfit on Fabletics.com! I’m super excited to receive it in the mail. I always feel like I’m the gal at the gym rockin’ the same shit. Some times I get self conscious thinking other people probably think I don’t even wash my clothes!

It’s definitely fun to rock some new gym swag. Plus, I deserve a treat since I’ve been making such great progress with my workouts and following IIFYM. Fabletics is an amazing website where you can buy amazing quality workout clothing at great prices. They have everything from sports bras, tank tops, t-shirts, shorts, crops, leggings to jackets, long sleeve flowy yoga shirts, yoga mats, accessories, open back styles and so much more. For the month of August they released a really cute Ombre style pattern for leggings, tanks, and this sweatshirt I freakin’ want so bad!

If this sounds like something you’re interested in, follow this link: Fabletics.com. You have 24 hours to get your first outfit (up to 3 pieces!) fableticsfor $25 🙂

However, this will sign you up for a monthly subscription that begins at $49.99. Every month you will have outfits tailored to your tastes offered to you on the 1st. You have 5 days (until the 5th) to either decline and skip the month free of charge or choose your own outfit! There is no binding contract whatsoever. If you should forget to skip a month, your card will be charged the $49.99 BUT you will have that amount as store credit, just remember for next time 🙂

I’m really excited, I can’t wait to try my new outfit and get great deals in the future. I’m excited to see what they have in store for Winter apparel. This honestly is such a great idea for me because I spend most of my life in workout clothes anyhow. Might as well have the professionals tailor an outfit to my tastes, log in, decide wether or not I like my selections or pick something else out for a really great deal. Most 3 piece outfits are less than one article of clothing from Lululemon. Isn’t that crazy?!

Anyhow, I hope you can take advantage of the 24 hour promo deal to get your first outfit for $25. There is absolutely NO commitment, you can skip a month or cancel at anytime. I bet you won’t want to though 😉

On that note, enjoy the weekend and browsing for your new wardrobe!

~Jess

 

New Products!

INFLUENSTERYipee, I just found out that I qualify for a complimentary Sally Hansen VoxBox from Influenster for testing purposes, I can’t wait to get my goodies in the mail 🙂 If you’re new to my blog, Influenster is a FREE website where you can connect all your social media such as Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Blog etc. to increase you impact score when you review products. The more followers you have on social media, the more desirable you are to be chosen for complimentary products for testing purposes. You can complete reviews and answer questions about products you are knowledgeable about, increasing your score, and earn brand badges from thousands of companies.

Currently I am enrolled for my Ebay badge and Sally Hansen badge. For my Ebay badge I submitted 3 detail oriented guides on chosen topics on how to shop or sell on Ebay. They are under review, but once they are approved I will have won my Ebay badge AND a $25 gift card for Ebay! Easy huh? You can check out my Ebay guides at: Jessica’s Ebay Guides.

Once I receive my Sally Hansen VoxBox in the mail, I will be able to check it in online. From there they will provide me a list of tasks to complete to earn my Sally Hansen badge! VOILA!

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On top of that great news, I will also be receiving a complete supplement line from my sponsor Femme. They are launching their new Zip, Fit, Firm line of pre-workout, BCA complex, and a Carnitine blend for fat loss. I’m extremely excited to try it out, especially since I’ve been so happy with their Peach Skin Firming Cream. I’m not sure when it should be arriving in the mail since they are based in Australia and it took nearly 5 months for my first product to arrive. It turns out they sent my Peach Skin Firming Cream several times, it just kept getting lost in the mail somehow. I’m not surprised, IPSY had a hard time finding my house too!

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Plenty of great opportunities ahead! I’ve been very blessed this past year and I’m extremely thankful. I will admit I was very discouraged when Quest Nutrition didn’t follow through with their offer to become a brand ambassador for them. I’ve worked really hard to get where I’m at today, putting in the effort to reach out to plenty of company’s, promoting myself and my lifestyle, and not giving up. It’s been a crazy ride, but things are starting to fall into place.

~Jess