2014, Right around the corner!

Hope everyone had a great weekend, happy Sunday evening!

Lululemon Shirt I scored for $16!

Lululemon Shirt I scored for $16!

I’m feeling refreshed, itching for the new year to begin! My wonderful husband took me shopping for workouts clothes this weekend. I scored some awesome Zella leggings, a white Zella jacket, a Lululemon tank top, and a Lululemon long sleeve shirt. O! I also got a really cute Free People black lacey dress, super excited to wear it out New Years Eve.

I love my Magic Bullet! I’ve been making really great smoothies with it. I have a couple of recipes saved away that I want to try in the future. I can’t wait until my French Vanilla Creme Optimum Whey Protein arrives on my door step. I FINALLY ordered some whey protein off of amazon.com. I have been putting it off WAAAAAY too long. I have been REALLY hungry at work for the past few weeks without it. It’s so convenient to just bring a sandwich bag with a scoop or 2 and my shaker to work. Microsoft keeps drink coolers with cartons of milk that measure out to the PERFECT amount for one scoop of whey! I’m a nerd, the things that I find amusing….

Zella leggings I scored for $12! Whaaaat?!

Zella leggings I scored for $12! Whaaaat?!

Anyways, my smoothie today consisted of the following:

1) 1 cup frozen fruit: Banana, strawberry, blueberry mix
2) 4 tablespoons of Hemp Protein / Fiber
3) 1 tablespoon almond butter
4)  Splash of fat-free milk

It was pretty good! Really thick at first since I didn’t defrost the fruit, the almond butter was pretty thick, and there was a lot of hemp protein powder. Really delicious, I love making my own smoothies.

Alright, as for workouts this week, my schedule is kind of all over the place. This week I work until 5pm everyday since it’s been pretty slow the past few weeks with the Holiday Season.

Tomorrow and Tuesday I come in at 7:30am, Wednesday I have off, and Thursday and Friday I come in at 8:30am. Tomorrow and Tuesday I will be doing at home workouts: Zuzka videos and resistance band training. I can’t promise a workout on Wednesday, considering it’s ‘National Hang-Over Day’. Give me a tough time if you like, but I am ringing in the New Year with a bang, considering the next several months I will have to kiss my wine bottles goodbye until May. Thursday is looking pretty ‘warm’ out with very little to no rain at all, so I want to shoot for an outdoor run for an hour. Friday will be the gym before work, Saturday and Sunday will be up for grabs! The weekend weather looks like it will be nice, even some sun, so I might just take advantage of that both days.

I will have my final workout schedule for the week written by tomorrow! I usually like writing everything out on Sunday night, but I need to go take my pup on a walk and get to bed early so I break my ‘no-work-out-on-Monday’ streak and do my Zuzka videos! I will be doing ZWOW #93, ZWOW #99, and Power Yoga #7. You should definitely try out her videos, I’m telling ya’! If I could be a sales rep for her DVD’s, I would be making her and ME millions! Seriously…

Anywho, g’nite guys! Have an awesome week, party hard on New Years, I want to hear ALLLLL about it! XOXO……

~Jess

New Year Fitness Goals

Hey err’body! Welcome back from the Holiday Madness! I hope everyone enjoyed some quality time spent with family, relaxing, reflecting on a great year and all the things we have to be thankful for. I had a great time with Derek’s family, let loose, enjoyed myself with great company and great food. I even fit in an hour of cardio Christmas morning doing hill intervals in Derek’s parents neighborhood! Felt AWESOME.

I was extremely spoiled this year! I got everything on my Christmas List! I got the White Mountain black riding boots I asked for, Jimmy Choo ‘Flash’ perfume, ‘Oribe’ Dry Texturizing Hair Spray, Magic Bullet, and my husband spoiled me with a Scavenger Hunt to find $150 cash! I also got wine glasses, an AMAZING cheetah print blanket from Pier One Imports, a wooden storage shelf for my bathroom counter, earrings & necklace, cute sweaters, and a melting scented wax pot. I’m sure there are other things I forgot to list, but the point is….. I was spoiled and I sure didn’t deserve it! Feeling blessed, seriously. MAGICBULLET

I had the past 6 days off! Last Friday I did not go to work due to inclement weather, I enjoyed the weekend preparing for Christmas, Monday was a vacation day for me, and Tuesday & Wednesday were Christmas Eve and Christmas (paid holidays). I am REFRESHED! Mentally I have been in a really rough place for the past few weeks with work eating me alive and feeling like a failure with my fitness goals. I have had plenty of time to take a step back and re-evaluate my goals in the work place, my personal life, and my mental/physical health. I seriously needed the time to re-coop and count my blessings. I have had an extremely fortunate year, despite the obstacles and challenges. I am READY to tackle 2014!

Now, I REALLY hate creating New Years Resolutions. I like to think that I am always setting goals for myself on a day to day basis, always trying to improve, always trying to better myself. So, I am creating a start-up list of goals that I have and I am NOT labeling it a New Years Resolution.

1) DIET! I am TERRIBLE at diets, fo’ real. Absolutely awful. This will definitely be my toughest goal yet. I have a tendency to convince myself that I am doing so awesome in the gym and I really deserve a cheat meal…. cheat DAY…. OOoooppsss…. cheat week. Wait, how many consecutive days did I miss the gym?! How much did I eat?! S***….. Yep, that’s me. I like to think that I eat healthy overall, I like keeping my kitchen stocked with healthy eats, I don’t venture too far off my staples for lunch and dinner either. It’s all the ‘extras’ in the work place, or any treats when we go out to parties or have friends over. It will be a lot easier now that the holiday season is dwindling down, but I really want to conquer my diet! I want to make a lifestyle change, not just a temporary change. My diet will be much more strict with competition prep though, I plan to stick within a certain calorie and macronutrient plan. Cheat meals, not days, but plenty of super foods to fuel my workouts and daily activity.

2) Booty building and leg focus I love my ass, but to be honest, it’s kind of jiggley and doesn’t sit as high as I would like it. I want those nice rounded assets that are LIFTED! I want to focus on building firm muscle in the booty and legs, so I have been training them twice a week. Less focus on the upper bod because that’s doing great, more focus on the lower half.

3) Cardio UGHHHHH! I am so bad at running now! I’m probably being too hard on myself, but last Saturday I ran for an hour outdoors with Derek and it was awful. My lungs were ill prepared, but my body didn’t mind. We did about 40 minutes of running and 20 minutes of hill sprints. I was really feeling those hill sprints in the glutes! WHEWWW! Tough run…. it was a humbling reminder that I need to keep up with my outdoor running because that’s what I will need to be doing to shed the fat around my muscles when it comes closer to competition time. Yesterday we ran hills AGAIN and it was the same humbling experience and a steeper hill. I was able to really soak up and enjoy the crisp air and mountain scenery though, and reflect on WHY I am up at 8am running in below freezing weather.

4) Practice walk and posing! Yep, ‘Nuff said. This needs to happen…. A LOT! My friend Hilary is going to help me out with this as well. She has done a few competitions and will show me a few tricks of the trade. Over my break I have been practicing walking in my competition shoes, stretching them out because they are mutha’ effin’ tight! I have been watching plenty of NPC YouTube videos, practicing my walk and posing in my suit, as well as posture. Derek got an ipad mini for Christmas, so you can bet I’ll be borrowing that to make videos so I can watch my walk.

5) Run Half Marathon YES! I want to run another half marathon next year! I did Oktoberfest Half Marathon this year in Leavenworth and it was exhilarating and fun! I beat my personal best and goal by 7 whole minutes, I was pretty proud of myself. I LOVE running and I certainly don’t want to give it up. I’m not sure what race I want to do next year, but I definitely will be competing in another half marathon.

6) Earn PT Cert I want to do this. Whether or not I become a Personal Trainer, I want the certificate so I have the option to. I love health and fitness, and would love to be certified for my own benefit and knowledge. Why not just do it?

Now that I have my goals in place, it’s time to execute them! I won’t lie, I did NOT workout on Tuesday. I didn’t workout this morning either, but I’m working out AFTER work. I will have to workout double time on Saturday or Sunday to make up for the holiday goodies! BRING ON THE NEW YEAR! XOXO……

~Jess ♥