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

Monday Outdoor HIIT Workout

Happy Monday!

It’s a new week, and I’m freakin’ excited about it. 3 day weekend!

I have a confession (I feel like I confess MANY things to my blog), I really haven’t been diggin’ the Erin Stern 4 Week Trainer program. It’s been incredibly boring, I can’t stand the amount of repetitive lifting. Don’t get me wrong, I think the program itself is pretty great for beginners, and has a pretty good format, but I personally need more cardio and HIIT training. I like being out of breathe and elevating my heart rate for extended periods of time. I feel like the harder it is to breathe, that’s when the most work is being done. I like lifting too, but not 4-5 days a week. I would rather lift about 2-3 days a week, incorporate plyo HIIT training into every workout whether it’s for 15 minutes or 45 minutes, and do cardio about 4-5 days a week; distances from 2 miles a day to 13 miles a day.

Today’s workout is inspired by the awesome weather that we’ve been having! You can do this outdoors, all you need is your body and a jump rope. Super awesome cardio and bodyweight plyo exercises. Here is the workout if you can’t read the exercises in the photo:

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-10 Burpees
-1 minute jump rope
-20 Curtsey Lunge to Jump Squat
-1 minute jump rope
-20 Sumo Squat with Leg Lift
-1 minute jump rope
-10/10 Backward Lunge to Kick
-1 minute jump rope
-40 Mountain Climbers

COMPLETE 3 ROUNDS!

I plan on going to a run today, ranging anywhere from 4-8 miles. I’m gonna let my body be the judge of how far I’ll run. The route I plan on taking is completely paved with plenty of elevation inclines and drops. If I only run 4 miles I will be doing the above workout, if I run 8 miles…. TO HELL WITH A SECOND WORKOUT!

I hope everyone enjoys their Monday, have a great week and stay tuned for more updates!

~Jess

Update – 9 Days Out!

Good Morning Fit Fam and Followers!

EEEEEEK! 9 days out, is this real life?! Can time move faster!?

I’m so excited I can barely contain myself. I am feeling a million different emotions; excitement, anxiety, nervousness, confident, a lil’ doubtful but I keep pep talking myself, and very very thankful that I am on the home stretch of this very looooong prep. All my hard work is going to be on display for friends, family, and fellow competitors to see. 9 days to add the finishing touches, 9 days until I can enjoy my reward meal and reflect on the experience.

Top 5 Bikini Class A Gals. I will be meeting them all in 9 days!

Top 5 Bikini Class A Gals. I will be meeting them all in 9 days!

I have been very good about collecting all the information I need, creating a ‘To Do’ list every day, and planning every meal and workout up until the competition day. Last week’s intensive workouts left my body aching. The pool at my gym was closed all week last week, so I had to make due without it. The pool opens today which I’m very excited about! Cardio without the impact, swimming will definitely tone up my package giving me a leaner look. The Competitor List came out last night, so I’ve gotta perfect my look because the competition in my class will be TOUGH!

This past weekend I went to the Vancouver Natural with a gal I met on IG, her name is Ashley and she is competing Figure in Emerald Cup. She’s a really cool chick! It was fun going to the show with a buddy, I’m glad I got to experience one before competing in one. Unfortunately I missed the Bikini pre-judging, Bikini was in the morning show and we ended up going to the night show instead. Tons of fun though, great experience! It was definitely a smaller show from the looks of it, Emerald Cup will be MUCH larger.

Dexter Jackson up close and personal guest performance at Vancouver Natural

Dexter Jackson up close and personal guest performance at Vancouver Natural

I’ve been practicing my posing every day, and guess what? 30 minutes a day really REALLY helps! I’m feeling more and more confident, adding more sass, turning my hips more, hitting my poses strong and mastering my transitions. I’m so thankful I got a Mac Book so I can video myself and play back my routine, it definitely helps to self critique, post online and get feedback.

This weekend is Derek’s birthday! He’s turning 26 this Friday, April 18th! OLD FART! Haha, just kidding 🙂 Saturday night we’re going out to Lot 3, so bummed I can’t drink with him to celebrate. On a positive note, I’ll look smokin’ hot in my itty bitty dress! This weekend I plan on getting my hair cut and picking up make-up samples for the competition, as well as fitting in a couple more tanning sessions and possibly picking up some cheap competition jewelry if mine doesn’t come in the mail soon. I’ll begin depleting water this weekend and exfoliating my skin for my spray tan appointment. Just a few more intense workouts then I can relaaaaax for PEAK WEEK!

I’m so thankful that I’ve had the help from fellow competitors and family to guide me through this entire process! Everything from posing practices, depletion methods, make up advice, meal prep ideas, and moral support. I love being a part of this community, people are so supportive and want to see you succeed! I’ve been extremely blessed during this entire process, despite the down days where I feel so hungry, emotional, and exhausted.

I have even gotten a head start on my IIFYM – Reverse Dieting Plan! I’ll provide the breakdown, I’m very excited:

1) April 27th through May 10th (2 week period) – 
1400 calories a day
50 minutes of cardio 5 days a week
2 weight training days

2) May 11th through May 24th (2 week period) –
1600 calories a day
40 minute of cardio 4 days a week
2-3 weight training days

3) May 25th through June 7th (2 week period) –
1800 calories a day
30 minutes of cardio 4 days a week
3-4 weight training days

4) June 8th through June 21st (2 week period) –
2000 calories a day (will assess my caloric needs)
20 minutes of HIIT cardio 3 days a week
3-4 weight training days

I am feeling extremely prepared 🙂 Bring it on Emerald Cup! Gimme a crown and fat juicy burger!

~Jess

 

 

Monday – 38 Days!

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Whewwww I made it through last week, alive, in one piece, and in a better place mentally.

Last week was the roughest week I’ve experienced thus far during my prep. I was an extremely emotional wreck, starving, had crazy mood swings, insane food cravings, and was on the verge of tears every second of the day. It took A LOT of effort to keep those tears from falling while at work. I was constantly sighing, batting my eyes and looking up at the ceiling so they wouldn’t fall. I mentally and physically felt heavy, anxious, and down right depressed. I couldn’t think of ONE single reason WHY I was doing this, I lost every ounce of motivation.

Would you be surprised if I told you it was ‘that time’ as well?

That explained EVERYTHING.

I’m in MUCH better spirits today, feeling motivated, ready to smash out the next 5 weeks and own the stage! I’ve decided that I’m done picking apart my body and I’m done finding something wrong with every square inch of myself. It’s mentally draining to be so self-critical, and that only puts stress on my body. My body can hear my thoughts, and I believe that thoughts have an effect on your body, mind, and how you perform. So from now on, I’m going to appreciate my body for the amazing progress it has made these past few months, and the fact that it is healthy and performing better every time I’m in the gym. I’m amazed at how far I’ve taken myself already, and I know I’m only going to improve the next 5 weeks. I’ve learned so much from this experience already! I never in a million years would have thought I would ACTUALLY enter a Bikini Competition. I’ve always dreamed about it, trained like I might one day, but never thought it would happen.

Some of my favorite things that I’ve learned would be learning how to workout efficiently to deliver maximum results. I have always prided myself on my knowledge of exercise and health, but this experience has opened my eyes to a whole new world! The possibilities are endless, you can use your creativity to carve your body into ultimately anything you want! It’s freakin’ cool! I’ve done so much research, have tried different experiments, have learned through trial and error what my body responds best to. Now I know how to write my weekly workouts, pair my exercises to keep my heart rate up and challenge different muscle groups, and keep my body guessing through: bodyweight exercises, plyometrics, weight lifting, swimming, spin biking, HIIT treadmill intervals, TRX resistance training, weight lifting etc. I finally grew a pair and learned how to squat in the squat rack like a big girl!

I have also learned how to cook. Cooking has NEVER been a very strong area for me. The extent of my cooking was diced up chicken breast fried in a pan, or chicken pasta. O, and Kraft Mac n’ Cheese from a box, duh. Now I am experimenting with the crock pot, baking my chicken in the oven and getting real friendly with spices and herbs. I can make killer turkey muffins, oatmeal pancakes, delicious turkey and/or chicken wraps, egg white omelets with paprika and cayenne, kale salad with cottage cheese and almond slices, and so much more. I’ve learned how to bake healthy alternatives to foods I enjoy. I had never heard of a ‘mug cake’ before! Best invention EVER! I have a board on Pinterest with all the recipes I want to try post competition. Freakin’ STOKED!

Not to mention, I learned A LOT about macros and nutrition, and how to calculate your needs for your fitness goals. I had no idea what macros were, how many grams of each I should be consuming, what days I should be eating more carbs than other days etc. Thanks to the internet, I have learned plenty and plan on using a lot of what I learned post comp as well. Huge thanks to myfitnesspal app for making my prep so easy, this app is a definite life saver for any competitor!

I want to thank everybody that I’ve met, or have yet to meet (over social media!) for your love and support throughout this whole experience. Without the kind words of so many of you, I may have given up by now, or caved in my diet and thrown in the towel. You guys have seriously been the BEST! Just when I think that no one reads my posts, someone speaks up to tell me how inspired they are, how I’m doing an amazing job, and to tell me to keep trucking along! There have been some down right UGLY ASS days and you guys make them a thousand times brighter and better with your encouragement! I appreciate each and every one of you, for real 🙂

On that note, I hope everyone has a stupendous week 🙂

~Jess