First Week of Spring Quarter

1. Started the Week Off Strong – It was a good start. I felt confident, strong, and ready to start Spring Quarter on Monday. I spent the weekend cleaning my house like a mad woman, every surface, every nook and cranny, every speck of dust and every hair. I also completed some killer workouts, surely this week was gonna be F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C. I had this shit on LOCK.

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2. Got a Little Bit Rocky – It usually takes me a week or two to figure out how the teacher lays out the course online via Canvas. I was a little overwhelmed with the UN-organization of some, the extensive amount of discussion required for Math, and the fact that I do NOT have the appropriate hardware specifications for the Math software. Stressful much? So much for trying to get ahead.crying

3. Downright Anxious on the Verge of Tears – Since I wasn’t about to spend $$$ for Microsoft software to install on my MacBook for Math, I decided to drop the course and pick up 5 credits elsewhere. Most classes were full, except an interesting Anthropology class. Sure, I’ll try that out. Little did I know, web registration was closed! I frantically called the office for 45 minutes, no answer, no voicemail! WTF?!  FINALLY someone picks up and they walk me through a Late Registration Request form online. I emailed the Anthropology instructor directly and I’ve been monitoring my inbox constantly for her approval. She has until tomorrow at 3pm… my stomach is churning with anxiety! I need to know so I can buy the book and catch up on reading over the weekend! If I can only do the 10 credits instead of 15, I hope my financial aid won’t be affected! I’m going ballistic over here!

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4. Laughed it all Off & Accepted Reality– After much overanalyzing, stressing, running around like a crazy person between the bookstore and instructor offices I decided I needed to CHILLLLL. Whatever will be, will be. If I can snag that Anthropology class to complete 15 credits this quarter, sweet. If I can’t, at least I have more time and energy to focus on my other two classes, which would  be kinda nice. If I get a fee, I get a fee, and I won’t be an idiot next time, but it’s highly unlikely they will revoke my Financial Aid privileges period. Pshhh, online Math and Math discussions. No thank you! Laughable. I rather take a campus course for Math.

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5. Plan on Eating All the Food – So to comfort myself after the unneeded stress and anxiety, I plan on eating ALL the food this weekend. Derek and I are going to Portland for his 27th birthday, so we’ll probably be drinking beer, and eating nachos, voodoo donuts, and some dank ass pizza. The possibilities are limitless!

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~Jess

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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

Amazing Weekend…..

I had an absolutely amazing and MUCH needed weekend!

I managed my school load and scheduled my assignments, projects, and labs so Friday and Saturday were completely open to do whatever the hell we wanted.

Derek and I went to the Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios at Marymoor Park with our friend and his lady friend. It was SO much fun and enchanting. I left the show wishing I could ditch my responsibilities to join the circus…..

Saturday was fantastic. Derek and I walked from our house to Lake Washington. We discovered new spots and hidden beaches, it was relaxing and reflective. After walking around town and adventuring for 6 hours, we went home, ordered a delicious Chicken Primo pizza from Pagliacci, and snuggled up to watch Guardians of the Galaxy. Perfect end to a perfect day.

Sunday was spent lazing around, eating, napping, and trying not to stress out about the week ahead.

This week I have midterms. Gross. This quarter has been less than exciting, so pumping myself up to do ANYTHING school work related has been difficult.

I can’t wait until next quarter, I plan on taking Logic instead of Math 99 and either Philosophy or Political Science, haven’t decided yet. I’m still not sure what the third class might be. I WISH my schedule allowed me to take THIS class!!!!

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Anywho, I better wrap up my night, busy week ahead….. *grumble* *grumble*

~Jess

Week 1 School Recap & Femme Peach Contest Winner!

Welp, first week of school was intense to say the least. So much reading, extensive Power Point lectures, key terms, notes, quizzes, papers….. holy crap.

Despite the blizzard of college, I was able to hit my fitness goals last week. I completed my Daily Burn kettlebell workouts, ran outdoors, did my HIIT and plyos, and even ate salad… I know right?! I can’t say “no” to Steak Caesar salad, that shit is my weakness.

This week I’ll be lucky if I can hit 5 workouts, Human Biology has been suffocating me with heavy reading, labs, note taking, and a first exam this Thursday. Damn, crossing my fingers I can pull off another 4.0 this quarter. Next quarter I’ll throw in a fun class. English 201, Biology 108, and Math…. this quarter. You got this Jess, you got this.

In other news, yesterday I announced the winner of the Femme Peach Contest! Sherisa Rorberg is the lucky lady to receive one tube of Femme Peach Skin Tightening Cream, retailing at $79.95. She’s about to feel the burn!

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I’m very excited to be receiving my January Femme package next week. We should also be getting apparel very soon, so stay tuned! Big things to come!

I hope everyone has a stellar week, check back for workouts and recipes.

~Jess

Winter Break Plans

2 more finals for the quarter then I’m a free woman! I am completely finished with any and all assignments, completely DONE with English, and my last physical day at school will be next Monday for my Math final. 4 weeks to do whatever the hell I want! Here’s a short list of the goals I have in mind.

1) Make some gains in the gym – I have good weeks and bad weeks. This week has been a bad week due to tweaking my back a few weeks ago. I’m going to remain optimistic and be glad I’m taking a minor break during finals week. I can make ample use of my time and get some serious studying done. 4 weeks of lifting to come!

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2) Take naps – Naps are great. I freakin’ love them. I can’t wait to take naps, especially with Derek. He’s probably the best person I know at napping, he’s got it down to a science. I keep sleeping and refuse to wake up. I also make the mistake of napping in bed, big no-no. Derek does half hour to 45 minute naps on the couch, he’s like a space heater too so I don’t usually need a blanket 🙂 It’s about to be on.

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3) Walk my dog every day – I’ve been a bad pet owner 😦 I get sensitive about the ‘walking the dog’ topic. I wish I could walk her every day, but sometimes my schedule gets so hectic! I miss my dog, I wish I could bring her to work. One day, one day…

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Look at the adorable face!

4) Watch endless amounts of TV – I’m actually surprised how I’ve been able to keep up with all my shows, full time work, and a full course load. I watch a shit ton of TV too! New Girl, Once Upon a Time, American Horror Story, Nashville, Vampire Diaries, Reign etc. I guess we know where my time that could be spent in the gym is going. This Winter we might veg out on all the new Netflix movies! They just released their list of new movies they will be adding: Netflix December 2014 Releaseswatchtv

5) Bake food and eat it – Honestly, this probably won’t happen. I have high hopes for myself when it comes to baking for the holidays, but I never follow through. BUT I WANT TO START! I’m hopefully getting a toaster oven for Christmas and will be able to experiment last week of December. Hopefully my baking skills will be on point for the New Year.

COOKIES6) Track some outdoor miles – My shoes are FINALLY broken into, Polar fixed my FT4 watch, and I have a running hat and gloves! No excuses! Last Thursday Derek and I did a killer sprint session on the track by our house as well as hill sprints. It was killer! I kept up the whole 6.5 miles and didn’t quit. I still got it baby!

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7) Christmas shopping! – We need to buy Derek’s family presents! We have his mom’s, sister Jen’s, and we have each other’s presents. We need to get work done! Most of our shopping might be done online, Bellevue Square Mall will be packed until January 1st!

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8) Update my eBay store – I’ve been saving my eBay funds to restock on more eBay items. I took advantage of the Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals and made several large orders online from second hand consignments such as Twice and ThredUp. Twice had a $75 off a $200 order or more deal, so I placed two of those. All Free People! I bought stuff in my size that I like in case they don’t sell, so I can wear them.

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9) Finish reading Osho: The Book of Wisdom – I started this at the beginning of the year but never needed up finishing it. I let one of my friends borrow it, but I will be taking it back to finish over the break. Amazing book so far! I feel really guilty for not completing it. I will keep you updated on my reads.

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10) Spend quality time with the family – Yes please! I will be taking Tuesday, December 23rd through Sunday, December 28th off returning to work December 29th. Kaienna will be visiting for that entire week! Her mom asked her what she wanted to do for Christmas and she chose coming to Dad’s for a week instead of just a few days. We were really happy to hear that, and happy that her mom is letting her come over for so long. She’s gonna be one spoiled lil’ girl!

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Here’s to the next 4 weeks off! I hope everyone else has great plans as well!

~Jess

Blergggg, this week SUCKED

Thank god the weekend came…….

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This week was a little bit to crazy for me.

Work was nuts, my hormones and emotions were crazy, school was a lot more demanding this week than last week, and I was so exhausted that fitting in my workouts was near damn impossible.

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I worked out 3 times this week. Not super proud about the lack of days spent getting a good sweat on, and I probably felt shittier for that exact reason. I feel better when I work out! I feel like I can think straight, prioritize, and get shit done afterwards.

Next week will be better.

On top of the insanity from school I had a 45 hour work week and 2 workloads. One of the gals I back up for at the Digital Crimes Unit is in Cabo for 6 days (lucky bitch) so another gal and I are covering her inbox and greeting her tours for her. I’m not full time there so it’s hard to completely grasp the context in which her tour requests and emails come in. I hope I’m not just creating more work for her when she gets back. Practice makes perfect though! I have waaaaay more of a clue with what’s going on than I did 6 months ago!

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Because I’ve been so stressed with work and my English paper I’ve been working on all week, I completely neglected to do a huge step in my Nutrition 100 project! The step was worth 10 points out of the 100 points for the assignment, so hopefully I kick ass at my 2 exams and earn some extra credit along the way to stay above a B+. I’m really hoping for no less than A-‘s in any of my classes this quarter.

Anywho, just thought I’d update you so you’d know WHY I disappeared. I’ll be more active next week! Workouts and Pumpkin recipes! Now I’m gonna make some notes, drink so alcohol, and go to sleep…. ZZZzzzzz

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~Jess

Thoughts…….

My blog hasn’t really been structured lately, in fact, I don’t believe my blog ever had structure! I just sorta’ post when I feel like it, or sometimes I’ll post when I realize my page views are dropping and I have been doing a shitty job keeping my readers engaged. Some times it’s hard to have really great content ‘come to you’. So here’s a hodge-podge of random thoughts for your reading pleasure….

I recently added a few new categories to my blog. I’ve expanded my product review labels since I recently joined Influenster, Sample Society by Allure, Fabletics athletic apparel by Kate Hudson, and I’m a sponsored athlete with Femme. Now I’m just sittin’ pretty until my goodies arrive in the mail so I can tell you how awesome or not awesome they are!

In the mean time, I’ve been creating goals for myself with the new school year fast approaching. This will be my first time back at college in 5 years! It’s a pretty monumental moment for me! I will be working overtime at my job with a full course schedule. I’ve never actually done that before! It will be hard to sacrifice some workout time for school, but I won’t give up one or the other, I WILL find a balance! tina2

My typical goal is to visit the gym 5 times a week, working out anywhere between an hour and 15 minutes to an hour and 45 minutes.

While I’m enrolled in school I’ve set my goal for at least 4 times a week, working out the same amount of time, but working out SMARTER. I will be incorporating more HIIT treadmill sprints and incline sprints with plyo sets in between. I easily torched about 750-800 calories in a short amount of time during my competition prep with this style workout. Currently I am lucky if I burn up to 600 calories with my lifting schedule. Both types of workouts have their benefits, I personally benefit more from cardio and plyo workouts, especially when I have limited time. I will still incorporate two lifting days, mostly leg days, but if my arms are feeling skimpy I’ll do some upper body as well. I usually workout upper body 2-4 times a month! Not often!

I’ve also adjusted my macros so I will be eating less carbs. Not much less, but I definitely feel like I didn’t need 186 grams per day! We’ll see how my body reacts.

If I become too overwhelmed with the schedule and can’t fit my workout in after work, I can also run to work in the mornings while good weather lasts. My work has a shower, all I have to do is bring a small shower basket with hair products and small make up bag to keep in my locker. Voila! Where there’s a will, there’s a way!

This will be my work and school schedule beginning Monday, September 22nd:

Monday and Wednesday:
-Work:    6:00am to 4:30pm
-School: 5:20pm to 7:40pm

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday:
-Work:    6:00am to 2:30pm
-School: No classes! Workout and HW

I’m secretly really excited for school 🙂 Am I terrified because it’s been 5 years?! Absolutely! I really need the distraction from work, I need to feel like I’m working on something to achieve a purpose for MY future. I love the convenience my job; the hours, the pay, benefits, and the pace; but I know that there is something else for me on the horizon.

Is it weird that this almost feels like farewell?! I’m about to be insanely busy, I really hope I can cope with the jam packed schedule. My future blog posts might be few and far between, and when I do post they may be rushed and just a brief update. To be honest, I might migrate back over to the old school pen and notebook journal. Something about physically writing with pen and paper soothes me. I will write as often as I can, until next time……

~Jess