Happy Hump Day!

Hey guys, I dunno why, but I feel like I haven’t written in a reaaaaally long time, even though I posted a ‘sneak preview’ photo yesterday, and wrote quite the hefty post on Sunday night.

I guess I feel like I’ve been ‘mentally’ outta sorts these past few days. I’m not feeling well today, ill enough to call off at work and not gettin’ any better. I’ve also been extremely distracted, but what, I’m not sure. Some days I feel like I have a million thoughts flying through my brain, even writing about them is futile, they won’t slow down!

I’ve been killing my workouts, but I feel like my body needs another shock. I need to push myself HARDER, try something different! To be honest, I need to be stronger on my diet, some times that extra scoop of hummus sounds too tasty! I haven’t had a Quest Bar since Sunday, super proud of that ūüôā Look at me, I sound like a recovering addict! Ha!

I’ve also been off of nut butter, for the most part. But I just HAD to go back to Grocery Outlet yesterday to stock up on Maranatha Caramel Almond Spread. Let me tell you something! Those 12 oz. jars at Grocery Outlet are $2.99 each, they retail at $13 a jar! I bought 10 jars for LESS than $30…. on Amazon a 3 pack costs $39.99, YIKES! Savin’ those dolla’ dolla’ billsssss!

Other great news, I received my pre-ordered Girl Scout cookies at work this week, super pumped! I had no idea that 11 boxes looked like so much. Turns out Derek bought Girl Scout cookies from a gal at his work too…. only he gets to eat them, and I have to watch. I was creepin’ around his stash and even went as far as opening a box to SMELL them, ewww I’m such a creep! Self torture! Thankfully I couldn’t smell them ūüôā

Lately I’ve been a wizard in the kitchen. I keep meaning to take pictures and post recipes, buuuuut I’m also very lazy, horrible at taking photos, and my food doesn’t look as bomb as ‘Food Porn’. Not fair…. Maybe tomorrow morning my pancakes won’t look like shit and I can post a new recipe! In the meantime, here’s a photo and smoothie recipe from Monday morning that I never posted, enjoy!

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Ingredients:

-1 cup Wawona Frozen Fruit
(Tropical: Mango, Strawberry, Pineapple)
-1/2 cup Almond Milk Vanilla Unsweetened
-1/4 cup Fage Fat-Free Plain Greek Yogurt
-1 Scoop Optimum Nutrition French Vanilla Whey
-1 packet Truvia sweetener
-1 tablespoon Nutiva Chia Seeds

Directions:

-Place frozen fruit in Magic Bullet and thaw in microwave for 30 seconds
-Add the yogurt, protein powder, chia seeds, and almond milk
-Blend and enjoy!

Hope you like it! It’s super yummmm!

I have been experimenting with new protein flavors. I just received my new Cellucor Cinnamon Swirl Whey Protein and Peanut Butter Marshmallow Whey Protein. The Cinnamon Swirl flavor makes bomb oatmeal pancakes and the Peanut Butter Marshmallow makes a KILLER smoothie ūüôā

Right now I’m working on some Chia Seed pudding, I’ll take a pic and post the recipe when it’s done chilling, IF it looks good ūüėČ

Welp goodnight folks, hope everyone is having a great week so far, stay tuned~

~Jess

Motivational Monday!

Guess what folks?! I actually got my ass out of bed this morning and worked out! YESSSS! I broke my ‘no-working-out-on-Monday’ streak, finally! I seriously feel like a new person right now…..

This morning I did 3 Zuzka¬†videos at home, felt awesome as usual. My abs and oblique’s are KILLING me from yesterdays ‘Bosu Side Plank Weighted Wraps’. Torched my abs yesterday, definitely needed to. I feel like my core has gotten pretty weak since I’ve been focusing on cardio and legs. Definitely miss that chiseled six-pack, time to bring it back!

For breakfast I made a delicious smoothie PACKED with vitamins and nutrients to fuel my morning:

1) Handful of shredded Kale
2) 1 whole Banana
3) 1 cup frozen mixed fruit (raspberry, blackberry, strawberry)
4) 3 tablespoons Chia Seeds
5) Splash of fat-free milk

Blend and enjoy!

Tomorrow morning I’m doing ZWOW #57 at home as well as a Resistance Band Circuit I conjured up. Pretty stoked to try it out! I found an awesome video on YouTube with some new resistance band exercises. I have incorporated combination exercises to focus on the whole body. I want to start using more resistance training for my upper body since it comes in pretty easily. No need to pack on more muscle, I’ve made my gains, now I need to maintain and shred.

On that note, I created my goals for this week! These need to happen:

1) Workout 6 days this week:
     Р45-60 minutes of cardio 4 times this week (Zuzka HIIT videos included)
     Р2 days of booty building
¬†¬†¬†¬† –¬†3 days of core training (Zuzka¬†HIIT videos included)
     Р2 days of resistance band training

2) Reduce sugar and carb intake:
     РNo bread at lunch time, eat salad with lean protein
     РHolidays are over! No more sweet treats and candy

3) Posing practice!
     Р3 days of posing practice, 45 minutes each
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†–¬†Wearing heels around the house to break them in

4) REGISTER!
¬†¬†¬†¬† –¬†Registration opened last week, I have my application, now I need to send in the check

5) Create a macro meal plan for competition prep
     РCreate a plan breakdown and start date 
¬†¬†¬†¬† –¬†Calculate daily macros
     РCreate meal plan based on macros

There they are!¬†Big goals for this week, but I need to take advantage of the¬†extra time I have before work gets¬†crazy again.¬†Excited to start¬†smashing out a training plan and gettin’ it¬†DONE!¬†The Holiday Season was amazing, but I’m ready for the New Year. Hope everyone has an awesome week! Stay tuned…..

~Jess ‚ô•

Smooovies #2

Now that I have a Magic Bullet…… you can expect a TON of recipes from me! Hell yeah…..

One of which I made this morning. I was in a rush so I couldn’t capture a picture of it’s beauty. I made a Very Berry Banana smoothie! That’s what I’ll name it, yep.

Here’s what the recipe calls for:

1) Whole Banana
2) 1 cup frozen berry mix (I used raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries)
3) 1/4 cup vanilla honey Greek yogurt
4) 2 tablespoons ‘Efagold’ Hemp Protein and Fiber
5) Splash of fat free milk…….
6) BLEND!!!!!

FINISHED!

Enjoy…..

There’s another smoothie I want to try off of FitnessRx for Women. It’s a Green Detox Smoothie that has: Green Smoothie

Calories: 183 (270 with protein powder)
Protein: 5g (25g with protein powder)
Fat: 7g
Carbs: 38g
Fiber: 5g

INGREDIENTS:

1) 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
2) 2 cups chopped kale
3) 1 1/2 of chopped pineapple
4) 1 ripe banana
5) 1 scoop vanilla whey protein
6) BLEND!

PRESTO!