Spring Break Projects and Recap!

I’ll be real with you…. I’ve been working one this ONE post for a week.

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I’ve been struggling to find “inspiration” to write a blog post. I’ve been on Spring Break for two weeks now, with only a few more blissful days to look forward to, and I haven’t written nearly as often as I would like.

Last quarter wasn’t that fun. My attention was averted to studies, and when I wasn’t studying I was working out, and when I wasn’t working out I was working, and when I wasn’t doing any of those things I was either sleeping or stressin’ myself SICK. On a positive note, I earned scores I’m proud of! I have high hopes for Spring Quarter, and I look forward to writing more often!

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This past week I’ve been asking myself, “What should I write about? More workouts? Recipes? Progress photos or challenges?”

Let’s be honest. Recipes are NOT my forte, and I haven’t really been working out as hard as I would like to be showing off ‘results’ or ‘progress’. The past few months have been all about ‘maintaining’ and fitting in my pants. After all, I wouldn’t even have the time to visit the store in search of another pair!

So I thought to myself, “Why not challenge yourself?”

Winter Quarter my fitness focus was to workout at least 4 times a week and stay within a certain caloric range, not really paying attention to macros. I’ve been suffering knee problems and tight IT bands so running has been out of the question. As much as I love my home workouts with my kettle bell, I’ve been going a little insane cooped up in the house.

SO….. Spring Quarter my goals is to workout 5 times a week, get myself back on a macro plan during the week with more freedom on weekends, and to rehabilitate myself back into running. To get a head start on these goals I bought a scale on Amazon.com to keep my macros on point, I completed 5 workouts last week, and my husband took me for a low key trail run last Friday to assess where my body’s at. Good news! No pain! He taught me a few warm up exercises and how to pace my stride, I just have to take it SLOOOOW and restrain myself from powering through any pain.scale

Buying a scale has been extremely helpful! Even if I’m not 100% on point down to the milligram, it’s a GREAT awareness tool! I’ve seen a HUGE difference! Instead of grabbing the entire bag of Skinny Pop and dragging it to the couch with me, I measure out the appropriate serving amount by ounces and voila! I still get my treats and I look and feel better at the same time. Thanks to one of the fitness gals I met at Emerald Cup last year and follow on Facebook & IG, I scored a great deal on a scale! Amazon was running a coupon so I only paid about $16 for it!

I have also been working on becoming an Ambassador for Lenny & Larry’s! I am absolutely OBSESSED with their cookies! They are sinfully delicious, packed with protein, made with wholesome ingredients, and great for an active and busy lifestyle. I am in Phase 2 of the application process. I just uploaded my Lenny & Larry’s instavid to Instagram…. everyone should go check it out, follow me, and LIKE it! You should also consider trying their new Snickerdoodle cookie….. to die for.

On top of my fitness goals I set a volunteer and “experience of a life time” goal to travel to Bali this August with Habitat for Humanity to help build homes for less families. The idea was sort of a spur of the moment decision, but I couldn’t be more happy with my decision! I want to do something with my life that isn’t for me, but also isn’t for people who are will be ungrateful or unappreciative. I have always wanted to do volunteer work and travel, I always imagined I might join the Peace Corps, but after much research I really like what I’ve read about Habitat for Humanity. Not to mention, my ultimate career dream is to engineer sustainable homes in the future, so working with my hands will give me great experience.

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I created a GoFundMe account and have the goal to raise approximately $6,500! The Program Costs of $2,100 are due June 24th which is really soon, so even if I don’t reach my fundraising goal by the deadline, I plan on going next year for sure, either way the money WILL go to Habitat for Humanity. The remaining costs are a buffer estimate of airfare which I will have to cover myself, vaccinations, visa fees, living expenses and bills while I am away etc. I’m pretty nervous, excited, and thrilled! I would love and appreciate any help.

I guess I have a full plate this quarter! When I sit still for too long, I take on more projects 😉 Stay tuned for workouts, updates, and more, have a great weekend!

~Jess

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Lenny & Larry’s NEW Snickerdoodle!

If you guys have been reading my blog for a while now, you might recall my Pretty Fit November review. I made the most amazing discovery that month! I became totally addicted and fell in love with Lenny & Larry’s Complete Protein Cookies. I will proudly admit I have bought about 4 boxes since then, and I can’t wait to try the rest of their flavors. So far my favorite has been the White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookie, but I just found out yesterday they have created a NEW cookie! SNICKERDOODLE! Hell yes.

Vitamin Shoppe just so happens to have a 20% off coupon that expires tonight at midnight, so stock up on your favorite supplements and goodies using the code: MAR20OFF. Make sure you pick up some Lenny & Larry’s Complete Cookies, you know I already did 🙂

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Enjoy your treats! XOXO….

~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

November Pretty Fit Pack!

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I signed up in time for the November Protein Pack! These are all the goodies I’ll be getting in the middle of the month:

1) NLA Her Whey RV $54.99 – 28 grams of protein in each serving! 18 servings in this 2lb tub. Delicious chocolate flavor with zero sugar and packed with aminos!

2) Apple Cinnamon Protein Pancake Mix by FlapJacked 12 oz. RV 11.99 – What bodybuilder doesn’t love pancakes?! I can’t wait to try these for Fall! Perfect timing 🙂

3) Apple Cinnamon Protein Cereal by Kay’s Naturals 9.5 oz. RV $7.99 – If this tastes anything like Apple Jacks, count me in! Gluten free, kosher, zero sugars and additives with 12 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber per serving.

4) High Protein Coffee by Chike Nutrition 2 Packets RV $5.99 – Each packet contains 20 grams of protein with the caffeine equivalent of 2 shots of espresso. Mmmm!

5) Pumpkin Spice Complete Cookie by Lenny & Larry’s 2 Cookies RV $5.98 – Vegan, zero animal by product, zero dairy, no preservatives with 16 grams of protein and 6 grams of protein per cookie!

6) Apple Pie Protein Bar by Quest Nutrition 1 Bar RV $2.79 – 160 calories of 20 grams of protein, 16 grams of fiber, and only 1 gram of sugar. Delicious Apple Pie without the guilt 🙂

~Jess

Product Review: Sweet Spreads Coconutter

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Stars: 5/5

Cost: $12.99 for a 15oz jar

Pros: Absolutely delicious, all natural, gluten free, no additives or added sugars. You can put this on virtually ANYTHING! Amazing flavors, awesome customer service, and quick delivery! Sweet Spreads has 6 different flavors: White Chocolate, Maple Pancakes, Vanilla Cupcake, Cinnamon Roll (I want to try that one next!), Chocolate Brownie, and Dark Chocolate Mint. I bought the White Chocolate and Maple Pancakes and had it on my door step in 2 days! Try it on mug cakes, pancakes, cookies, ice cream sundaes, you name it. Great company that I enjoy supporting.

Cons: None whatsoever 🙂 Happy customer who will be ordering again in the very near future

Enjoy!

~Jess

Turkey Omelet

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Looking for a quick, delicious, protein-packed breakfast? You can easily pack this Turkey Egg White omelet for lunch as well.

Ingredients:

-1/2 cup liquid egg whites
-4oz ground turkey
-Cayenne and/or chili pepper
-Red Pepper flakes
-2 tablespoons Sabra hummus to taste

Directions:

-Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil on medium in saucepan
-Pour 1/2 cup liquid egg whites into pan, once egg whites become less transparent and more white, sprinkle spices
-Pour 4oz cooked ground turkey into the center and fold when completely cooked to resemble and omelet, forgive my poor omelet folding skills!
(I always keep prepared ground turkey on hand during the week for omelet’s, burritos, salad topping, etc.)
-For extra zest, flavor, and excitement, top with 2 tablespoons of hummus, or as much as your heart desires!

ENJOY!

Nutrition: Calories- 303 Carbs- 5g Protein- 36g Fat- 13g

3 Week Progress Photos

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Left photo February 22nd; Right photo today March 14th.

Not TOO much different. My goals are to slim down and bring out those obliques to stay, and lose some muscle mass in my legs to create a softer look.

Next week will be my one month March progress photo, so hoping to see more changes! I’ll include a back side shot as well. This week was the beginning of my restricted diet, cutting calories and watching my macros more closely.

Stay tuned!

~Jess