FitBliss Fitness – Check In #4

Yes! I’m stickin’ with the FitBliss Fitness program, I just haven’t posted a check-in on my blog in a while, forgive me!

I’m feeling pretty fuckin’ amazing truth be told. I’m getting stronger and stronger every week, have added more gym workouts, weights are increasing, and reps are increasing. To reward myself, I joined David Barton Gym in Downtown Bellevue! My dream gym, I am finally a member! I took advantage of the $0 enrollment $89 a month special. On the weekends I’m damn near the only one there so it’s my playground, and even during Prime Time on weekdays, it’s way less crowded than L.A. Fitness. I never have to wait for a piece of equipment or spot. Best decision ever! No regrets.

Lynndsey also bestowed upon me a calorie increase a few weeks ago, so my body is extremely grateful! Now I can go harder and fuel more. Which means more what? Pizzaaaaaaa duh!

My weight has stayed at pretty average 125 lbs. I don’t really pay attention to the scale since I’m shooting for strength, muscle, and transforming my body composition. My measurements have stayed consistent overall, but my waist is shrinking! I want to measure my BF% this week to get a better idea of where my body is sitting. As far as strength and composition, I’m very satisfied.

Small of Waist: 25.5 in
Waist: 27 in
Hips: 38.5 in
Right Leg: 22.5 in
Left Leg: 22 in
Right Arm: 10.5 in
Left Arm: 10.5 in

The past few weeks I’ve been debating whether or not I should compete this year. I’m not sure if I want to do Emerald Cup in 11 weeks or wait for a show in Fall. Emerald Cup seems so soon, but I am sentimentally attached to the idea of competing in what was my first and only show. I’ve also been entertaining the idea of competing WBFF. I love the body composition of WBFF competitors and their stage presence. More to come!

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Left: January 17th, 2016                        Right: January 24th, 2016

 

~Jess

Day 1 – FitBliss Fitness Training!

Today marks the first day of my FitBliss Fitness Training program with Lynndsey Eldridge and her wonderful team! I’m very excited, I’ve been needing an ass whooping for several months now. I’m ready to grow, become stronger, create a healthy lifestyle again and be held accountable to achieve my goals. I will be documenting my journey on this blog as another form of accountability. I’ll try to check in at least once a week with updates on measurements, weigh ins, and progress pictures.

fitblissWho knows, maybe I’ll decide to compete next year?! Big goals underway….

~Jess

Self Realization

You know what I discovered about myself? I’m one lazy mother******.

This Summer I’ve been struggling with my fitness goals. I haven’t been counting my macros, I’ve been drinking like a fish, and I’ve been meeting the bare minimum of my workouts. I haven’t even created a bucket list, gone camping, or read a book. When I get home, I park my a$$ on the couch, cuddle with my dog, and veg out on the TV. I’m lazy. I hate cooking, it’s pretty much the worst. I’ll let my clean laundry sit in the basket until it’s full and I’m forced to fold it. I keep the house clean generally, but I think it’s so I don’t feel like a complete lazy P.O.S.

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I think I stayed on a better regimented track during school due to the common fear of “the Freshman 15lbs”. Working out was also most likely a form of procrastination from homework. This Summer I’ve been working out as a form of transportation commuting home, or when it’s convenient. I haven’t been hitting my “calories-burned-per-workout” goal either. I hardly eat salad for lunch anymore, I’m all about sushi, tacos, and Indian food. Is it possible that I’m STILL burned out from Emerald Cup last year in April?!

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I used to love fitness, and I used to be so conscious of what I ate. Now I’m like, “Ehhhh, whatever.” Part of me is happy that I’m not obsessive anymore, I’m not so “into myself” that I have to announce to the world, “I went to the gym today” on my Facebook status. Sure, I still take photos of my abs and share them on IG, just because I’m so surprised I still have them and to motivate myself to keep them. I’m happy with my body and I’m happy with my life, I can’t help but think that because I’ve chilled out on the fitness and health stuff, maybe I’m really just lazy and it’s carrying over into other areas of my life.

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Fitness and health has been a form of control for me, an organizational structure, a way I lived my life, being disciplined, being able to say no to that cookie, being able to pick my a$$ up after an exhausting day and torch some calories anyways, and partially a way to define myself and set myself apart.

I think in a way, social media desensitized me from all that, Instagram especially. A few years ago I started following all these fitness pages, becoming so inspired to compete in a bikini competition. After my competition I started looking at those pages feeling envious that I was no longer that lean, that muscular, and that cut, and that’s when I realized how unrealistic maintaining that level of leanness really was. I immediately began to regret putting my body through that hell with nothing to show for it afterwards except a damaged body, hurt self esteem, and broken relationships.

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Now I scroll through my Instagram feed feeling and saying, “Mehhhh.” I’m desensitized to the fitness hype. Everyone’s a fitness buff, there’s nothing unique about it. Everyone’s the same, they want to “inspire” when really it’s a popularity contest, it’s self advertising, and it’s self gratification, it has nothing to do with the well being of others or the desire to inspire. There’s only a handful of people I follow who actually might give a damn about helping others get motivated.

Despite feeling jaded by the fitness world, that doesn’t mean I should say, “F*** it, I don’t give a s*** anymore” and let myself go. I care about my health and the only person I need to be healthy for is ME. I don’t need anyone else’s approval or affirmations. I want to live a long healthy life with the least amount of physical restrictions as I age, I want to be strong and able bodied, and most of all I want to achieve a healthy balanced state of mind.

alice

~Jess

First Full Workout with Video!

Whewwww! First workout with exercise videos posted! I beat my goal and had it up mid week instead of the weekend, so I hope you enjoy.

Make sure you download the Tabata Pro Timer app, it’s the best Tabata timer I have used, super easy and definitely worth the $2.99. Also, invest in a KB (kettlebell)! This single piece of workout equipment will be your best friend. Training with a KB delivers results, builds strength, and challenges your body.

This workout takes approximate 16 minutes. You WILL be out of breathe, and you should hurt the next day. I completed this workout yesterday and it was extremely tough. My heart rate hit a high of 186!

Have fun with it and let me know what you think! If the format should be a little different, let me know. I can embed the videos directly in the post, or leave them as they are with hyperlinks. Feedback is much appreciated, enjoy!

TABATA CIRCUIT
Tabata #1: 8 cycles (30 seconds work, 10 seconds rest)
Tabata #2: 8 cycles (30 seconds work, 10 seconds rest)
Tabata #1: 8 cycles (30 seconds work, 10 seconds rest)