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

Drained….

Well, I was super amped on Monday.

Now I’m not 😦

I’m tired, my face is breaking out, and I’m ULTRA sensitive…. wtf happened?! Aunt Flo, come and go, get your business over with. Yikes, I feel like a train wreck.

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Monday’s workout didn’t quite go as planned. My new Victoria’s Secret Runway Front Close Sports Bra broke before I could even workout in it! Guess I need something better to support these tata’s. I’m gonna look into a different style, I still really love VS Sports Bras. Sooooo, I had to workout in my normal bra….. HOLY SHIT. So much jiggle and so much bounce, and so incredibly awkward!

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After my plyo warm up I stuck with just lifting so I wouldn’t have to deal with the awkward bouncing. I finished my workout with spin bike intervals. It was a great quick workout, but the unexpected sports bra mishap required some serious patience and decision making. There was no way I was gonna skip my workout or go home, I was already at the gym.

Speaking of the gym. I really, really, REALLY dislike the time I go. You would be surprised, a 30 minute change in my work schedule makes a huge difference for gym traffic. So many more tool bags, no open squat rack, it’s hot, it’s crowded, and it’s a mess. I really don’t like the gym. I’m actually thinking about cancelling my membership and working out at home or Derek’s Vo2 Performance Center facility.

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On top of my dislike for the gym, I’ve been suffering back pain. I don’t want to call it an ‘injury’ because that would imply more seriousness, but I think it may have reached that status. The pain will go away with rest, but will act up again with physical activity or a wrong twist. I absolutely can’t stand sitting still, I NEED to move often, sweat often, and be out of breathe often. I will have to rewrite my workouts accordingly, perhaps put the Zuzka videos on hold and do more static workouts. I love burpees, jumping, and twisting, but I have to take care of my body first.

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I was so excited to receive my 18lb dumbbell set from Amazon yesterday! I tore open the packaging when I got home from work, I had plans to use them, but I quickly discovered they were broken into two pieces each inside the vinyl casing. What a freakin’ disappointment, hot damn! I also received my second Victoria’s Secret order of 3 bras, only to discover this morning they were all too small. I’ve been ordering 32C for as long as I can remember. Either my knockers got bigger or Victoria’s Secret started making bras with sizes running smaller.

**Le siiiiiiigh**

Today I’ll be using the spin bike and doing a light workout with minimal strain on my back, then I will be returning all my new bras and getting resized. Yay!

I’m itching for the weekend…..

~Jess

Finals are Over! Winter Break is Here!

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This pretty much sums up exactly how I felt walking out of my Math class last night, my final was conquered after hours and hours of reviewing, studying, pulling my hair out, and cursing under my breathe.

I honestly think I did a stellar job on my Math final. I will email my teacher on Thursday to find out. My final Essay for English received 100% and my final for Nutrition received 95%. First quarter back in 5 years…. BOOM.

Today I have an awesome workout planned 🙂 I’ll be doing some plyo’s to warm up, squat rack visitation, and a burn out session for legs. To wrap up, I’ll do some spin bike intervals for 15 minutes. Yesterday I received my Victoria’s Secret shipment, so I’ll be rocking new workout pants and a new workout bra.

I tried the pants on last night, and I gotta hand it to VS, they did a great job! I like how they offer Short, Regular, and Tall sizes. I ordered a pair of workout leggings Short Small and they fit like a dream. No bunching at all! I also ordered the Runway Sports Bra with the front close zipper. So genius. Who really wants to struggle with their sweaty sports bra after a workout when they could have a convenient front zipper?

After my workout I’ll walk my dog like I promised her 🙂 Perhaps I’ll watch a movie tonight, who knows, I can do pretty much anything I want. Online shopping? Baking ideas? Write workouts for the rest of the week? I should have an 18lb dumbbell set coming in the mail from Amazon so I’ll be able to switch up my home workouts.

Welp…. here’s to the Winter Break ahead, I’m stoked!

~Jess

Winter Break Plans

2 more finals for the quarter then I’m a free woman! I am completely finished with any and all assignments, completely DONE with English, and my last physical day at school will be next Monday for my Math final. 4 weeks to do whatever the hell I want! Here’s a short list of the goals I have in mind.

1) Make some gains in the gym – I have good weeks and bad weeks. This week has been a bad week due to tweaking my back a few weeks ago. I’m going to remain optimistic and be glad I’m taking a minor break during finals week. I can make ample use of my time and get some serious studying done. 4 weeks of lifting to come!

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2) Take naps – Naps are great. I freakin’ love them. I can’t wait to take naps, especially with Derek. He’s probably the best person I know at napping, he’s got it down to a science. I keep sleeping and refuse to wake up. I also make the mistake of napping in bed, big no-no. Derek does half hour to 45 minute naps on the couch, he’s like a space heater too so I don’t usually need a blanket 🙂 It’s about to be on.

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3) Walk my dog every day – I’ve been a bad pet owner 😦 I get sensitive about the ‘walking the dog’ topic. I wish I could walk her every day, but sometimes my schedule gets so hectic! I miss my dog, I wish I could bring her to work. One day, one day…

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Look at the adorable face!

4) Watch endless amounts of TV – I’m actually surprised how I’ve been able to keep up with all my shows, full time work, and a full course load. I watch a shit ton of TV too! New Girl, Once Upon a Time, American Horror Story, Nashville, Vampire Diaries, Reign etc. I guess we know where my time that could be spent in the gym is going. This Winter we might veg out on all the new Netflix movies! They just released their list of new movies they will be adding: Netflix December 2014 Releaseswatchtv

5) Bake food and eat it – Honestly, this probably won’t happen. I have high hopes for myself when it comes to baking for the holidays, but I never follow through. BUT I WANT TO START! I’m hopefully getting a toaster oven for Christmas and will be able to experiment last week of December. Hopefully my baking skills will be on point for the New Year.

COOKIES6) Track some outdoor miles – My shoes are FINALLY broken into, Polar fixed my FT4 watch, and I have a running hat and gloves! No excuses! Last Thursday Derek and I did a killer sprint session on the track by our house as well as hill sprints. It was killer! I kept up the whole 6.5 miles and didn’t quit. I still got it baby!

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7) Christmas shopping! – We need to buy Derek’s family presents! We have his mom’s, sister Jen’s, and we have each other’s presents. We need to get work done! Most of our shopping might be done online, Bellevue Square Mall will be packed until January 1st!

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8) Update my eBay store – I’ve been saving my eBay funds to restock on more eBay items. I took advantage of the Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals and made several large orders online from second hand consignments such as Twice and ThredUp. Twice had a $75 off a $200 order or more deal, so I placed two of those. All Free People! I bought stuff in my size that I like in case they don’t sell, so I can wear them.

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9) Finish reading Osho: The Book of Wisdom – I started this at the beginning of the year but never needed up finishing it. I let one of my friends borrow it, but I will be taking it back to finish over the break. Amazing book so far! I feel really guilty for not completing it. I will keep you updated on my reads.

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10) Spend quality time with the family – Yes please! I will be taking Tuesday, December 23rd through Sunday, December 28th off returning to work December 29th. Kaienna will be visiting for that entire week! Her mom asked her what she wanted to do for Christmas and she chose coming to Dad’s for a week instead of just a few days. We were really happy to hear that, and happy that her mom is letting her come over for so long. She’s gonna be one spoiled lil’ girl!

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Here’s to the next 4 weeks off! I hope everyone else has great plans as well!

~Jess

November PrettyFit Pack

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It’s here! My November PrettyFit pack arrived in the mail last Wednesday, much to my excitement. This month’s pack arrived a week and a half late due to miscommunication with the vendor, but PrettyFit made up for it by throwing in a bonus gift. I was completely thrilled with everything in this month’s pack:

1) NLA for Her Protein Powder Chocolate Éclair 2lb – I haven’t tried this protein powder YET, but I’m really excited to have my first chocolate flavor protein powder. I really hope this doesn’t disappoint! I foresee plenty of protein muffins, mug cakes, and protein oat pancakes in the future with this 2lb puppy.

2) Kay’s Naturals Protein Cereal Apple Cinnamon – This cereal is jam packed with 20 grams of protein per serving, however it’s lacking in the flavor department. I was expecting Apple Jacks to be honest, silly me. However, this cereal keeps you full for a loooong time, which is saying a lot for a cereal.

3) FlapJacked Protein Pancake Mix Apple Cinnamon – I completely and utterly FAILED at making these this morning. I lack patience, so I set the stove burner on high, burning the pancakes and smoking out my house. I still ate them though and they weren’t bad! I learned my lesson, low heat, patience, and they will cook all the way through and NOT burn.

4) Quest Protein Bar Apple Pie (not pictured, OOoops, I ate it!) – I’m a huge Questie at heart, but my pocket book prevents me from buying too many Quest Bars. When I get an order of Quest Bars in, I literally have to ration and write out a schedule for when I can eat them. They’re so damn good! Something about this month’s Apple Pie Quest Bar had me weak at the knees. It was so soft without microwaving! The Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Quest Bars I have in my pantry are hard as a rock.

5) Chike Protein Espresso Drink (2 packets) – This drink mix is absolutely delicious and kept me caffeinated for a long time. The taste is great, I don’t taste any protein, or whey after taste. Just add crushed ice in a magic bullet, almond milk, and voila! You have yourself a tasty mocha Frappuccino.

6) Lenny & Larry’s Protein Cookies Pumpkin Spice (2 cookies) – These… are… to … DIEFOR! Soooooo good I was not expecting that. I thought these cookies would be chalky and dry and taste like protein, but they were moist and tasted just like Pumpkin Spice. I will definitely be stocking up on a case of this flavor before the holiday season has ended.

7) BONUS GIFT: Chike Powdered Peanut Butter – PrettyFit blessed us with a bonus gift for sending November packs just a tad bit late. I appreciate this kind of service, going the extra mile to ensure customer satisfaction. Very impressed with this move and I will be a happy customer for many more months to come!

If you haven’t yet, you need to sign up soon! Get $10 off your first pack! Monthly packs typically cost $45, so that’s saving a ton of money. Not to mention, each pack is curated to hold an approximate value of $100. If you do a YouTube review, you could earn another $10 off a future pack and possible win a free one. I did a YouTube review in one take when I received my November pack, so that’s $10 off the next one.

Check out December’s PrettyFit pack below. Sign up before it’s too late! Best part is, you can skip a month if you decide you don’t like what’s in that pack. I will be skipping December so I can buy more Christmas presents for people. They are very flexible.

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~Jess

Cardio & Lifting Challenge!

Today I’m going to be trying out this new cardio workout as a warm up to my lifting session. I’ve never tried it before, but it looks like it will get your sweaty, keep your heart rate elevated, and focus on your glutes.

Lately I’ve been using exercise combos during my plyometric warm ups to focus on my glutes and I can tell a HUGE difference! I don’t know if I’m just looking for booty gains and hallucinating, but my butt definitely looks and feels perkier, rounder, and lifted.

For my lift I want to try this Leg Superset. It looks like a challenge, but I’m more than willing to accept so I can reap the benefits of having a stronger lower half and of course a nice booty 🙂 I’ve been a little obsessed with the muscle gains I’ve been making and I’m interested to see where I can take my body physically in strength WHILE….. also maintaining lean body mass and agility.

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Derek and I have decided that we want to run a half marathon on Thanksgiving day before the gluttonous festivities! I haven’t ran outdoors for a few weeks now and the weather has only gotten worse. I will have to take my training indoors soon. We won’t be registering for a race, him and I will run 13.1 miles around our house. Better start training!

Try these workouts if you dare! Has anyone tried incorporating Pistol Squats into their workouts yet? Let me know!

~Jess

One Year, My How Time Flies…

Holy shit.

It’s already been a year, my how time flies.

It’s kinda crazy how we are constantly changing as human beings, making mistakes, learning from them, growing, and changing our perspectives and the way we look at things.

I started this blog to document my bikini journey to the stage, to hold myself accountable, and to inspire others. I started this blog in hopes and dreams of making it big and becoming a sponsored athlete. My waking thoughts until the moment I laid my head down at night were glitz, glam, photo shoots, a perfect body, and a career in being a fitness model.

For the longest time I was trapped inside my own head, completely lost in myself, and I turned the very thing I loved into an obsession that would tear me apart physically and mentally.

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This is me 5-6 months ago. Hungry, unhappy, and erratic. April 2014.

The dream wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. I sacrificed friends, family, happiness, and myself for 2 minutes and 47 seconds on stage and afterwards I said to myself, “That was it?!” I didn’t feel those anxious butterflies, I didn’t get those endorphins or the adrenaline rush, I didn’t get that overwhelmingly ecstatic feeling that I’ve heard about from so many fellow competitors.

The best part about that day was meeting all the great uplifting gals back stage, and the relief that it was over and I could eat that god damn greasy burger, pretzels with queso, and fries piled high.

After all was said and done, I couldn’t even have peace after that! I suffered from ‘post comp’ blues all Summer! What the hell! This ‘thing’ wasn’t gonna let go. I felt like a freakin’ bloated whale carcass! Another 3 months of body issues and internal drama with my self esteem.

FINALLY. I finally found happiness in not giving a fuck. Not giving two shits how many grams of fat I had that day. You know what fat does? Keeps you fuller longer and provides you with energy at your mundane desk job or hours spent studying. Not giving a flying fuck how many carbs I went over. You know what carbs do? Provide you with energy for those strenuous workouts and long distance runs.

Point is. I’m happy now. Truly 110% happy with where I’m at mentally, physically, and how I’m achieving my fitness, work, school, and life goals. That’s what it’s all about people.

You know what the funniest part about all of this is? Now that I’m truly happy, and promoting a realistic healthy life style, I feel like my ‘following’ or ‘stardom’ has definitely gotten knocked down a few pegs. Sure, maybe it’s my lack of selfies or douche-bag-trainer-posts but what the hell. At first it ‘hurt my feelings’ that people weren’t worshipping my ridiculous abs or telling me how shredded I am but the truth is – I AIN’T FUCKING SHREDDED NO MORE! I don’t need to weigh 110 pounds consisting of only bone, muscle, and failing organs to gain approval from the internet.

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This is me today. Healthy, strong, and happy. September 2014.

This is me, uncut, raw, and real. Take it or leave it.

From now this blog is just gonna be an ebb and flow of my thoughts, fitness related or not. You can choose to keep reading if you like, but if real life thoughts aren’t your thing you can move onto the next blog, I ain’t crying.

For those of you who have been reading, thanks. It means a lot that some people find interest in my sporadic posting. I hope we can have another year together! If not, I’m fine flying solo.

Have a great night, and thanks for reading.

~Jess