6 Mile Run – Feeling Phenomenal!

Hey Guys,

I have great news! I went for a 6 mile run yesterday and I actually did really well! Only stopped once or twice to snap a few pictures, I couldn’t pass up the photo op with how gorgeous the trail and the weather was yesterday. Our whole family went; Derek, Kaienna, and Keyda. Derek took Kai and Keyda on a scavenger hunt on the trail, looking for squirrels, flowers, birds, frogs, etc.

Scavenger Hunt

I put on some ‘Justice’ radio on Pandora and booked it for 6 miles. The trail was perfect! There was enough shade from the trees, plenty of sun, and breezes to cool off. The trail was dirt and bark, but in a few spots there were wooden bridges. The soft trail felt really good on my joints. My ankles have a tendency to feel stiff if I try picking running back up after a looooong time of NOT running.

Last time I had ran was during competition prep, but I wouldn’t really consider running on the ‘dreadmill’ for 20-30 minutes at a time running. Outdoor running is REAL running in my opinion. Getting in touch with nature, breathing in fresh air, clearing your mind, and just GOING is what I consider real running. I absolute HATE being cooped up in the gym running on the dreadmill staring at the person in front of me breathing in stale gym air listening to the dull pounding of cardio equipment. As much as I love Seattle’s gray gloomy weather, the only reason I wish it would be sunnier more often is so I can run outdoors.

Obviously I’m really excited about marathon training! I will officially begin my marathon training June 1st, that will give me 12 weeks until my race in August. Honestly, everything about running puts me in a stellar mood, I really can’t believe that so many people who lift and prep for bodybuilding competitions HATE it so much! I was probably the only person out of the people I had met at Emerald Cup that was like, “Hell yeah! Running! I love that shit!” 

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As much as I loved being in control and sculpting my own physique while training for Emerald Cup, aesthetics just aren’t that important to me. Don’t get me wrong, I care about how I look, but there are more important things in life like spending adequate time with my friends and family, and not to mention my MENTAL health. Running provides both mental and physical benefits for me, not to mention I can eat whatever I please to my hearts content, and I can enjoy the great outdoors.

I’m glad I have the knowledge gained from competition prep, and that I have the willpower to do something so incredibly challenging that most people CAN’T do. I can do anything if I put my mind and heart into it. If I want to be shredded, I know what it takes to be shredded. If I want ridiculously buff arms, I know what to do to get buff arms. If I want 9% body fat, I know how to eat and train to achieve 9% body fat.

I have the knowledge and I have the willpower.

I’m going to take the willpower and put it towards new goals.

 

~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 ♥