Monday Madness

This week is gonna be CRAY!

I’m pretty damn excited though, I’ve got big things on the agenda. Today I’m trucking through a 12 hour shift so I can work a short day tomorrow. Tomorrow I’m going to Bellevue College to take my COMPASS Placement test so I can register for classes for Fall. To be honest, I’ll probably epically fail the Math portion, but I’m confident in my English testing skills.

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After my COMPASS Placement test I plan on heading to the gym and whipping out a killer workout to make up for losing a workout today. We all know how much I hate skipping Mondays, but it has to be done.

As far as workouts this week I’m pushing my comfort zone with a spin class, FINALLY swimming since post show, and attempting to run to see how my left foot reacts. I still want to run a half marathon, but August may not be possible at this point. I might also want to do a relay triathlon depending on how my running is, or how good I get at swimming. Open water swimming is a whole new can of worms though.

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On a different note, I’ve signed up for an online social media program called ‘Influenster’ which I’m pretty excited about! Influenster is a FREE online site where you can create a profile and review products you enjoy. By connecting your social media accounts to this profile, your social media ‘influence’ is calculated, and depending on how heavily you influence the internet, you can be sent FREE products to review! I’ve been going to town writing reviews for dog toys, beauty products, apps, web sites, etc. I just received an email saying I qualify for the ‘Beauty Box’. NOTHING IS GUARANTEED YET THOUGH! I took the survey they emailed to me, and I will find out in a few weeks if I qualify for a VoxBox of free products to test and review. I don’t want to get my hopes up too high since Femme was a complete bust, and Quest Nutrition has been very unorganized about the events they need staffing for and disappointed me with their lack of communication.
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Can’t wait to see what the verdict is! I’ve been filling out surveys like mad, and I really enjoy reviewing products! I want to purchase a monthly Beauty Subscription as well so I can review products in my blog. I signed up for Ipsy but was sorely disappointed when I never received my June glam bag. I emailed Ipsy Care 4 times and never received a response! Finally I decided to cancel since July is coming up and I didn’t want to be charged for July when June never arrived in the mail. After cancelling (and conveniently writing a poor review on Influenster) I received a response and they should be sending me another June glam bag. However, I’m still cancelling and won’t be signing up again. There are other great subscription boxes out there! Check out mysubscriptionaddiction.com! They have almost EVERY subscription box imaginable categorized and the site is very user friendly. There are so many awesome choices, I can’t make up my mind!

Stay tuned this week! I’ll post some workouts and update you on classes I plan on taking next quarter! Thankfully this week is a short week with the upcoming holiday, whewww! Much needed! Have a wonderful week 🙂

~Jess

 

DISCOUNTS!

DISCOUNTS!

Time to stock up on Questie’s….. use my code for discounts at iherb.com!

Code: DWV946 for $10 off your first order AND free shipping 🙂

Sorry I’ve been M.I.A! I’ve been busy killin’ it in the gym getting super shredded!

24 days!

~Jess

Product Review: Quest Bars!

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Stars: 5/5, do you even have to ask?!

Cost: $24.99 a box of 12 bars on iherb.com! Click on the link and use my code: DWV946 for $10 off your first order 🙂

Pros: Delicious healthy wholesome ingredients you can pronounce, high fiber content to keep you fuller longer, 20 whopping grams of protein and amazing taste that is SINFULLY delicious 🙂 You can also bake them into virtually ANYTHING! I give this one 10 stars! My favorite flavor is the new Cookies n’ Cream, makes a killer Mug Cake. Check out my recipes section to see how!

Cons: Only con is that they aren’t on my meal plan for my 8 weeks out bikini prep 😦

Enjoy!

~Jess

11 Weeks Out – Booty Progress

Booty Progress

Booty, booty, booty, booty, BOOTY! Everyone knows how obsessed I am with growing a nice ass, so here’s some progress shots I took on Sunday.

I’m not where I want to be, but I feel like I’ve been making slow progress! I see the ‘lift’ action going on! This week marks the beginning of my ‘two-a-days’ as you may know. I’m doing 3 ‘two-a-days’ a week for February, running home from work on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. For the first two weeks I will be doing 4 miles those days, the last two weeks I will be doing 5-7 miles those days. I really like the results I get from outdoor running! Not only does the outdoor terrain shock my muscles and challenge my body, but it really helps clear my mind as well. I need to buy running gloves, my hands were FROZEN last night! Cardio is really gonna help shed the ‘softness’ around my curves and display that lean muscle I’ve been building underneath. POLAR

My Polar FT4 came in from Amazon.com yesterday! I was so amped to use it this morning! I’ve always wondered the ACCURATE number of calories I burn during my workouts….. it looks like I’ve been underestimating them this whole time, by a couple hundred! No wonder I’ve been eating ‘second breakfast’ everyday! secondbreakfast

This heart rate monitor is also a great awareness tool. Instead of dilly-dallying up the stairs to do my heavy lifting supersets in between sprint intervals, I RUN up the stairs to keep my heart rate up and ultimately *TORCH MORE CALORIES!* I’ve also noticed that lifting really heavy (well, heavy for me, workin’ on packin’ more weight around) keeps my heart rate up as well. Upper body and certain ab movements are on the lower side. Ironic because I read two articles correlating with this topic yesterday! Check ’em out:

Rev Up You Metabolism by Tracey Greenwood with FitnessRx

8 Reasons Women Should Lift by Kellie Davis with Bodybuilding.com

Now I can eat more Quest bars riiiiiiighhht?! Haha, NOPE. I will be giving those up March 1st, which is a bummer since I have 2 more boxes on the way: Strawberry Cheesecake and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough….. YUMMMM! I’m sort of obsessed with them, you have no idea. They are especially bomb when you heat them up in the microwave for 15 seconds! OOoooey goooooey delicious-ness! I want to try this gem out soon: PEANUTBUTTER

Yummmmm! Magnifico! I have PB2 now so I can actually make the frosting…… *DROOOOOOL*

INGREDIENTS

– ½ Peanut Butter Supreme Quest Bar

– ½ Chocolate Peanut Butter Quest Bar, cut in half (making two ¼ Quest Bar squares)

– 4g sugar free butterscotch pudding mix

– 2 Tbsp PB2 (may also use powdered peanut butter)

INSTRUCTIONS

1.) Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees

2.) Place a silicone cupcake liner in a cupcake pan (You’ll want to do this step so you can mold the Questbars to the cupcake liner)

3.) Place Quest Bars on plate and microwave for 8-10 seconds.

4.) Press one of the Chocolate Peanut Butter Quest Bar squares to bottom of cupcake liner, molding it to fit the entire bottom/sides of cupcake liner.

5.) Place the Peanut Butter supreme Quest Bar on top of the chocolate peanut butter Quest Bar, molding it to fit the middle/sides of the cupcake liner.

6.) Take the last Chocolate Peanut butter Quest Bar square and flatten with your finger to about ¼ inch thick. Place it on top of the peanut butter supreme layer, molding it to fit the top/sides of the cupcake liner.

7.) Place Quest Bar cupcake in oven for 5 minutes.

8.) To make the icing, mix together pudding mix and PB2 with water until desired consistency is reached.

9.) When Quest Bar cupcake is done, top with icing.

Nutritionals:

243 calories, 25g protein, 11g active carbs, (19g fiber, 2.5g sugar), 9g fat

Sorry my blogs are all over the place! That’s just how my mind works, happy Tuesday 🙂

~Jess

Discounts?! Don’t Mind if I Do!

Discounts?! Don't Mind if I Do!

Hey guys, just wanted to share my discount code with everybody so we can all stock up on our favorite protein powders, protein bars, health and beauty products!

Go to iherb.com and use my code: DWV946 to receive $10 off your first purchase on already discounted items! Free shipping on orders over $20. Saved myself some pretty good money on Quest Protein Bars.

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This site has virtually all your health and fitness products. Brands such as:

-Optimumalba
-Muscle Pharm
-PB2
-Quest
-Justin’s Almond and/or Nut Butter
-Bob’s Red Mill
-Alba Beauty Products
-Stevia
-Clif Bar
-Power Pak Pudding

…… and so much more! I don’t know about you, but I’m going to stock up on Chia Seeds from this site! Vegan, Kosher, and Gluten Free friendly.

Check it out! I’m excited to order Bob’s Red Mill products to make all the cute recipes I’ve been wanting to try on Pinterest

~Jess