Update – Posing Practice Video

Hey Guys!

Here’s my most recent posing practice video. 12 days out! So nervous, exhilarated, and ready ๐Ÿ™‚ My goal is to practice posing EVERY DAY at least 30 minutes a day until my walk, poses, turns, and transitions are second nature. Working on adding that sass ๐Ÿ˜‰

Let me know what you guys think! Advice, pointers, and feedback is welcomed and appreciated!

~Jess

Update – 23 Days Out

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Damn, I have been M.I.A! This new schedule has me strapped on ‘blog time’! My new opening shift is SUPER busy, so I hardly have time to even check my personal email. On the plus side, time flies and I can plan my training after work down to the ‘T’.

I’ve been pretty consistent with my training. I feel like I’ve found the perfect balance! Gym, tan, pose, meal prep….. gym, tan, pose, meal prep… SLEEP! REPEAT! 23 more days, getting tight and lean.

No two-a-days, not enough hours in the day or energy pumping through my body for that. I’ve accepted it. I feel like I train so hard that I won’t need the extra calorie expenditure, especially since my diet has been on point with a few minor hiccups here or there. Instead of taking days off completely, I bought a Groupon for Get Zen Hot Yoga, a studio a 20 minute walk from my house. Last Sunday I went to the Restore class, very relaxing but the room wasn’t as hot as I expected. This weekend I plan on going to the Power class, I want to get my heart rate up and SWEAT!

Last weekend I had posing practice with one of Derek’s friend’s from NPTI school, her name is Nneka. She’s a member of the ‘Save Fitness’ team with Tanji Johnson and helped me out SOOOO much! She made posing look like a BREEZE! All I need to do is practice, practice, practice, but I feel so much more confident, she taught me how to transition into my poses smoothly. I’m so grateful for her help! I was so worried about my posing! She also gave me all the details on how I should deplete my water, I feel so prepared!

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I bought my hair clip for the show! I found an amazing plumeria hair piece on Etsy! A woman from Maui makes them herself and bedazzles them in Swarovski Crystals, she shipped it at the beginning of this week, I should be getting it tomorrow! EEeeeeek, so freakin’ excited! Check out her Etsy Shop: Mauiblingbydeneen. She also has a Facebook page with more photos of her products. Just message her, she’ll send you photos of her current pieces and post them on Etsy for you to provide your payment and shipping information: Maui Bling by Deneen, LLC. I also picked out my nail polish, I will be doing my own make up and nails. I am debating having my hair done by my hair stylist from the salon I used to work at a lil’ over a year ago. She still cuts and colors my hair. I’m hoping she can straighten my hair to look super sleek, but also give it volume since I will be waiting all day to go on stage. I JUST Facebook messaged her! We’ll see how much she charges, how she suggests styling, and if she even has any appointments available that day! I also need to schedule my spray tan appointment for the day before! That is my goal this week!

I bought my half gallon jug for my depletion phase, my ‘Xpel’ water retention pills, and some treats for my ‘Rewards Box’! So far my ‘Rewards Box’ is full of Girl Scout cookies; Samoas, Savannah Smiles, Tagalongs, and Thin Mints; Peanut Butter Snickers, Mr. Good Bar, jelly beans, Cadbury Eggs, limited edition Sugar Cookie Pop Tarts, Caramel Almond Maranatha Spread (of course), Quest Bars, Cheddar and Caramel Popcorn from Costco, and I have Coconutter Spread from Sweet Spreads coming in the mail! ‘Maple Pancakes’ and ‘White Chocolate’ flavors…. YUMMM! Can’t wait to try them, bake with them, and make delicious recipes to share. That’s my next project: creating a Recipe book! I have SOOOO many ideas, I miss exciting food!

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My goal is to completely cover the bottom of the box! There are 6 boxes of Girl Scouts hiding in the upper left hand corner as well as Cheddar and Caramel Corn!

This weekend I have my second photo shoot with Amir! Finally getting my Belle_Vue Design Photos done. I feel like I am lean enough to do the suit justice! However, now it’s a lil too big in the booty, so I’ll have to pin it in a couple places to fit just right. I’m kinda nervous to be half naked in front of my friend and co-worker, but Derek will be there and it should be quick and painless, just a couple poses that I would be doing for the show. I’m excited to see what I look like from behind the camera!

Next weekend is the Tanji Johnson Vancouver Natural show! Ashley Luther (a gal I met via IG) and I will be carpooling together for the evening Finals show that starts at 6pm. I can’t wait to experience my first show, see all the competitors, enjoy all the booths, and FINALLY PHYSICALLY MEET SOMEONE who will be competing in Emerald Cup with me! The only two people I have met that are competing in Emerald Cup are Natalie and Nneka, it will be nice to connect with another who shares my passion! Ashley is super cool, we’ve been in contact since Christmas ๐Ÿ™‚

3 1/2 weeks out! 23 days! Big goals to achieve from now until April 26th, and more goals to set afterwards. So excited at the endless possibilities….. Stay tuned! Big accomplishments and updates ahead!

~Jess

Photo Update

Photo Update

Apologies for the very delayed photo progress update! These pics were taken this Wednesday, March 26th. Feeling like I’ve made pretty good progress, still plenty of slimming up to do in the leg area, work on popping that booty MORE (even though it’s already painful).

This weekend I have posing practice at L.A Fitness. I am going to work on this pose for the competition. I really like the way it accentuates the ‘shelf’, slims the waist, and elongates a shorter frame.

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Also, if anyone is interested in discounted supplements, beauty products, Quest Bars, protein etc. go to iherb.com and use my code: DWV946 for $10 off your first order. Made Quest bars affordable PLUS free shipping. Sweet. I’m so close to making a free order!

I’ll keep you updated on how my posing practice went!

Happy Friday, have a great weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

~Jess

Killing this Week!

Thank god it’s Thursday!

This week has been pretty intense so far, but I’ve been smashin’ it regardless. I’ve been stickin’ with my new training plan, torching calories, killing workouts, staying on point with my diet, and seeing RESULTS. The results you see when you put in the work are totally worth the early mornings workouts, two-a-days, running home after work in the dark and rain, and stickin’ to your macros like a Nazi. Having a photo shoot this weekend is extra extra motivation to get shit done right.

Tonight I for REAL this time have my first posing practice at David Barton Gym with Natalie! For real this time! Weekends are hard to plan since she has them off and I don’t want to make her come into work just to help me out for free. Thankfully, I’m working 6am to 6pm, so by the time I get off, I can fit in a workout before she’s off at 8pm and we get started ๐Ÿ™‚ย Speaking of insane 12 hour shifts, I WON’T be doing overtime anymore. My poor pup has been neglected, I’ve been exhausted, and it’s really not worth the money to run myself down and have half-ass workouts. Not this close to comp date! No thank you! I’m very relieved with my decision, and I should be on the opening shift in about 3 weeks, so that’s good news!

8 weeks out, close to 7 weeks! I technically don’t count peak week, otherwise it would be 9 weeks out, heheย ๐Ÿ™‚ I like to think that I’m closer, it pushes me to work HARDER and convinces me that I’m that much closer to endless Samoasย and peanut butter, yummmmm! I’ve been so desperate for more peanut butter that I’ve created a Wish List on my Amazon account and have added a zillion different kinds of peanut butters! Trader Joe’s Cookie Butter, PB Crave Cookie Nookie, Nuts ‘N More Toffee Peanut Butter, and let’s not forget P28 White Chocolate Peanut Butter!

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I just got my shipment of Coconut Cashew and the new Cookies ‘N Cream Quest bars! So freakin’ STOKED outta my mind! Cookies ‘N Cream….. OUT – OF – THIS – WORLD……. Kid you not, so delicious. Every time I finish one I want to immediately scarf down another one. I feel great about eating them too ๐Ÿ™‚ This morning I made a delicious Mug Cake out of one! I don’t have a picture, but I’ll post the recipe:

Cookies N’ Cream Mug Cake:

Ingredients:

-2 Tablespoons Oat Flour (I just used a magic bullet to create my own oat flour)
-3 Tablespoons Egg White Liquid
-1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
-1/4 Teaspoon Almond Extract
-1/2 Packet of Truvia
-2 Tablespoons Greek Yogurt
-1 Cookie ‘N Cream Quest Bar!

Icing:

-2 Tablespoons Greek Yogurt
-1/2 Scoop Optimum Nutrition French Vanilla Whey Protein
-1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
-1/2 Packet of Truvia

Directions:

-Mix all the ‘Mug Cake’ ingredients together, break Quest bar into tiny bits!
-Cook in the microwave for 2 1/2 minutes

-Mix the icing together and top off your mug cake! VOILA! Magnifico ๐Ÿ™‚

Try it out, that shit is the BOMB! I’m stoked to go to Costco this weekend so we can stock up on baking goods and more FOOD! Our cupboards are so empty right now, I have no peanut butter, apples, or rice cakes…. my go-to snacks in times of trouble!

Anywho, I better bounce! I’ll try to get some posing photos from tonight posted, as well as some sneak peek photos from this weekend ๐Ÿ˜‰ย O, did I mention I am going on a surprise date with the hubby this Saturday?! So excited, I actually DESERVE this meal! I’ve gone 2 weeks without a cheat meal, holy hell!

Well happy Thursday folks, end the week STRONG!

~Jess

Posing Help!

Posing Help!

So I’m beginning to take my posing/progress shots from a lower angle since that’s what the judges will ultimately be seeing while I’m on stage. I also want to make sure I am looking tight, toned, and put together in my competition photos.

I would love advice for my posing, examples of how to pose for my body type and height. I am 5 3/4 so not even 5’1!

If you notice any problem areas, PLEASE point them out! Shrink up the legs, trim up the waist, lift the glutes, etc.

Please and thank you! Much appreciated ๐Ÿ™‚

~Jess

Misty’s Posing Shots!

Misty's Posing Shots!

‘Ey folks!

Yep, that’s my hot step sister, she’s competing in her first bikini competition as well! Super pumped for her, she will be competing in ‘Jon Lindsay’s Grand Prix’ April 12th, 2014 in Culver City, California. She has shown so much dedication, drive, passion and in turn has had made excellent progress and seen amazing results. Busy mother of 4 children and going to Nursing School, AND kicking ass putting work in for this comp! Follow her IG: Misty Walker

She recently sent me her posing shots to get some advice, I told her I would post them on my blog to get additional advice from my followers. Please, any advice is much appreciated!

I think she looks fabulous, my personal fave is the last back pose on the far right ๐Ÿ™‚

Feedback, tips, pointers are much appreciated! Please comment!

Thanks!
Jess

First Bikini Posing Practice Video

Feeling kind of scandalous, but it’s really great to see progress through videos. Today I practiced for an hour right when I got home, had some crappy turns, tried some different poses, but I felt like this video was definitely the best out of at least 6. Feeling comfortable with my flow, really need to work on keeping everything sharp and on point, especially my posture in the first pose after rear view walk. Also, what the heck am I doing with my fingers half the time?!

Next time I’ll use the ipad instead of my phone so I can get the floor as well, I’m curious to see what my footwork looks like during my turns.

Apologies for the crappy quality! Any feedback from people who have competed would be much appreciated, seriously looking for help!

Thanks,
Jessย โ™ฅ