First Week Back in the Gym!

Hey Guys,

I feel like I’ve been a little M.I.A this week. The workplace was a definite MADHOUSE all week and I’ve been trying to find a healthy balance between working out and coming home, sitting on the couch watching TV, eating endless amounts of food….. Good news, I’ve eaten almost all the sugar out of the house so next week should look much MUCH better as far as my diet is concerned.

POST COMP

1 Week Transformation, post comp shape is deflating!

I’ve been eating really well at work this week, even though I haven’t gotten into the groove of hitting my macros accurately. I had delicious sweet BBQ Chicken or Steak salad for me at lunch. One day I had an apple and split a Theo chocolate bar with Lazaro. The chocolate craving has been STRONG this week…. yesterday morning explained all of that though. I’m going to be very blunt here….. for 5 months of my training my period completely stopped, so having it back is an utter relief!

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New workout buddy, Katniss!

The gym has been pretty great this week too! I have a new workout partner who I’m trying to catch up to speed. She’s keeping up really REALLY well, I’m actually very impressed. Her name is Kat and we work together, we were friends long before she got a job with me at Microsoft. This week we started the 4 week Erin Stern training program. Successfully completed the first week with a couple workouts left for this weekend.

I really enjoy the structure of the training plan, but to be honest I’ve been modifying exercises to increase resistance/difficulty or increasing reps, adding drop sets, etc. I haven’t been wearing my Polar watch this week so I haven’t been able to calculate my calorie expenditure. Next week I will start wearing it again to see how hard I’m working and determine if I should re-write some workouts, workout longer, etc. It felt really great to be back! I’ve been so embarrassed to talk to anyone because of my weight gain. I keep thinking to myself, “They are gonna be so disappointed in me. They saw me a week ago and I looked so cut, and NOW I look soft everywhere.”

You know what though? I truly enjoy sporting a softer figure. Of course I have goals and areas of improvement, but I’m so happy to be back on track to living a normal life and finding a healthy balance. I can indulge when I want, I have choices, I have freedom. Some times I still can’t believe I can say ‘Yes’ to anything I want to eat. Haha, I think I’ve gone a little overboard with saying ‘Yes’ these past few weeks, but I’m working on self control and moderation. With that being said, if you have a myfitnesspal account, you should DEFINITELY add me and hold me accountable! You’ll notice I’ve been extremely inconsistent, too embarrassed to admit to the internet world I’ve eaten 3 boxes of Girl Scout cookies this week…. YIKES! Next week marks a fresh start, and don’t worry, I won’t be saying ‘Next week….’ at the end of next week 😉

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I can’t wait to get back into full swing. I definitely felt MUCH stronger this week, I put those extra calories from last week to good use. I was happy with my squatting weight. Even though I was able to increase my weight, I’m still too embarrassed to tell you how much 🙂 I have a couple goals I want to share with you guys so you can hold me accountable!

1) Complete the 4 Week Erin Stern Training Program – I will be using my body space as a guide for this training plan, however, body space isn’t very ‘user friendly’ so I won’t be tracking my workouts on their site. I will try to share my workouts as often as possible throughout the week! Please, please, please hold me accountable as much as possible, my readers truly motivate me to work harder every day! Without my readers, follower, and supporters I feel I wouldn’t have done half as well as I did during my competition training. You guys have been the best 🙂

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The lil’ black dress EVERY girl needs, I plan on rockin’ this one for my birthday

2) Lose Weight by my BirthdayREAD THE REST! I really hate the way that goal is worded. I don’t believe in losing weight, I believe in burning fat, building muscle, and changing body composition. I also really don’t enjoy setting specific dead lines for such goals, especially when the deadline is CRAZY soon…. but my birthday is in 4 weeks, and I would like to shed some post comp fluff, show off the muscle that I KNOW is hiding underneath so I can rock a cute black cocktail dress, look good, and go dancing with friends 🙂

3) CONSISTENTLY HIT MY MACROS! – I felt and looked my best when I was following IIFYM early in my competition prep. I was hitting my numbers consistently, allowing myself more calories overall, building muscle AND leaning out like crazy! I became miserable when I thought I needed to completely eliminate Quest Bars and nut butters, the 2 things that honestly kept me sane during the early stages of my prep. I didn’t understand why I needed to eliminate certain foods if I was accurately hitting my macros. This time I’m gonna train and eat how I want. IIFYM is so flexible, there’s no reason to binge or be miserable if you’re following this meal plan.

4) Begin running outdoors this Summer – The sun is beginning to come out more often than not, so I need to take advantage of the good weather and get back out there hitting the ground running. Is it sad that running up 5 flights of stairs at work leaves me completely winded? I feel like my cardiovascular capacity has decreased considerably. I’m my happiest outdoors running, I need to get back on it! Mapmyrun app and I are gonna be best fran’s again 🙂

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So excited, the trail looks amazing!

5) Register for Summer Blast Half Marathon at Redmond Watershed (Saturday, August 23rd, 2014) – YIPPEE! Local half marathon that only costs $41 if I register before July 25th! I marked the event on my calendar and it appears that weekend is clear, and if I begin training at the beginning of June after my 4 Week Trainer program is finished, I will have a sufficient 12 week training time period. Way too perfect….. destiny is telling me I need to register. Hello carbs! Hello bagels, cream cheese, and pastaaaaa!

6) Continue my Zuzka workout videos – I stopped doing my Zuzka workout videos as often during competition prep, but I miss them so much! I felt like her videos challenged not only my lean tissue development, but my cardiovascular strength as well. Her videos are so fun, quick, effective, and can be done at home if I’m truly too lazy to take the bus into Bellevue and drag my ass into the gym. I love how lean my legs get from all the burpees, jump squats, and every form of lunge she makes me do. Her exercises target EVERY muscle of the body. Even my arms and back get lean! Not to mention her abs are killer and she sure knows how to set mine on fire.

Whewwww! Those are my goals thus far! Quite a few of them, but a really great start 🙂 So excited for this summer….. it’s gonna be phenomenal!

~Jess

Less than 24 Hours……

Shit just got real.

In approximately 24 hours or less, I will be standing on stage showing off my physique and 5 months of grueling hard work. Like I’ve said many many times before, there are good days and bad days. Some days I felt downright weak and mentally drained, losing sight of WHY I was going through with this and putting my mind and body through so much stress.ecup

When I started this journey to the stage, I had every intention of winning. I was going to place 1st in my Class. I was going to become sponsored, earn my Pro Card, and become a media sensation in the fitness industry. My goal was to win and make a career out of this sport, paving my way to fame and notoriety, and finding a way out of my ‘customer-service-slacks-and-blazer-desk job’.

Reality began to sink in a month or two later and I become more set on the idea of placing Top 5 in my Class. I have a banging body, excellent trainer, the ability to gain muscle quickly, and the will power to say ‘No’ to treats at work…. why not?? That seems feasible right? After all, I’ve been scoping out the competition from previous Emerald Cup’s, I think I might stand a chance.

Another month went by and I hit a plateau. I wasn’t losing weight, I wasn’t seeing any progress and I was picking apart every aspect of my body anytime I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror. “My ass isn’t high enough OR big enough, why the hell do I still have a crease?!” “Is that cellulite or does the lighting in this room suck?” “Why won’t my obliques come out and STAY out?!” “I shouldn’t have eaten that peanut butter……” and so on and so forth. I was getting real sick and tired of being so damn self critical! I wasn’t giving myself any credit for the progress I had made, it’s like my progress up until my plateau was completely invalid.

Piece of advice: Don’t pick yourself apart. Compliment yourself, and give yourself credit where credit is due.

You are freakin’ beautiful, no matter what anybody says, no matter what the judges say, no matter what you place or what’s written on your score card. The only person’s opinion that matters is your own. At the end of the day, your happiness is all that matters, and the experience you gain through this journey. The journey isn’t over at the end of the show, fitness and health are a life style change and the great thing about it is how versatile it is.

After I had stopped stressing about my body and everything I thought that was wrong about it, after I had accepted, “Yeah, this is my body, I better start loving it because this might very well be my stage package…..” …… I started seeing progress! I started seeing the results I wanted! The amazing thing about our bodies is that they can hear what you’re thinking…. they know what goes on in our heads and we can’t psych ourselves out. I’m extremely proud of where I’m at today! I am a firm believer that there can always be improvement, but for my first show, I’m beyond happy with the package I’m bringing.

I’ve come to the conclusion that no matter how I place, I’ve already won and gained such a new perspective on fitness, nutrition, and training. I’m a freakin’ strong person for having the will power to tough it out day after day, week after week, month after month. I have COMPLETELY transformed my body. I was happy with my body before, but I am utterly impressed with the next level I brought it to while training for Emerald Cup this year.

It’s been tough. It’s been really REALLY tough. There have been days ended in tears, countless hours and weekends spent away from family, birthday and holiday celebrations missed, and friends put on the back burner for so long. I’m ready to step on stage, show the judges, audience, friends, and family what I’ve been working so hard. Bring it on Emerald Cup! You have been in my waking thoughts for months, as well as my dreams at night.

So ready to make this happen.

~Jess

Motivation

I need some motivation.

Some SERIOUS motivation.

Emerald Cup is in 7 weeks! Shit! I need to get my A-Game on! I know I say this every weekend, usually Sundays, but I’m serious…. time to start the real cut. Time to shed some fat, pump up the cardio, and stick with my two-a-day plans. My husband is re-vamping my workout schedule this weekend, he’ll be adding plenty more cardio. I’ve also committed to this weekend being my LAST cheat meal…. yes, that’s right. My last 😦 Restricting my calories, being a macro nazi, and LAYING – OFF – THE – PEANUT BUTTER! FOR REAL THIS TIME! UGHHHH, that shit is my kryptonite. To better prepare myself for this cut, I’m gonna be planning my meals for the whole week in myfitnesspal and I’ll be bringing my own lunch to work so I can properly measure everything.

It’s seems so real and so close now since I keep receiving weekly countdown emails since 8 weeks out from Craig Productions. Here’s the most recent one I received for 7 weeks out:

“Dear 2014 Emerald Cup Competitors: 
 
It’s the 7 week countdown!! All of you are demonstrating championship character. You are putting in countless hours of work in preparing for your time on stage. Yes it’s hard. Yes there are some days you wonder why you are doing this. It’s because you are a champion. You think like a champion. You act like a champion. You do what a champion does. This is what sets you apart from someone else.
 
Preparing for a competition shows you have the character to work hard at something and finish it. How many people do you know that could go through everything you have put yourself through these past few weeks, months, years? How many times during your preparations have acquaintances, friends or family asked you to skip a workout or have some cake at a party? They don’t understand. They don’t understand how bad you want this. They don’t understand the mind of a champion.
 
You are showing them what a champion does, how a champion thinks, how a champion acts. Every day you wake up and follow your plan you are an inspiration. Others may never achieve what you are achieving but they are watching you. You are teaching them how it’s done. You are inspiring them. When they take on a challenge, they will remember you.
 
Your green 2014 Emerald Cup competitor wristband reminds you that you are a champion! It reminds you of your goal. It reminds you that you are unstoppable, that when challenges arise, you overcome them! You will be victorious. You will look back on your whole experience and be able to say, “I did it! I accomplished my goal! I am a champion!!”
I personally think the email is a lil’ intense, and to be frank, cocky as all hell. I’m not doing this competition to compare myself with others like this email implies. I’m not comparing myself to fellow competitors or to people who ‘don’t understand’ why I’m doing this. I’m doing this to compete with myself. To mold and sculpt my body, because I can, because I believe the human body is a piece of art.
Sometimes I forget WHY I’m doing this, sometimes I want to quit because I think it’s really dumb, vain, narcissistic, and down-right fake. When I started this blog months ago I was all about winning, being number one, taking home a trophy, doing WHATEVER it takes to win, hoping opportunities would unfold and provide a better life for me. I was placing way too much stress into this, and it started sucking the joy out of the process. Now I want to do it to prove to myself that I can, I can do anything with my body from performance to aesthetics, and I can do it properly and bring something new to the stage.
I’ve gone through waves of stressing about my macros, that jar of peanut butter I killed in 20 minutes, beating myself up for missed workouts, exhausting myself with two-a-days, etc. The next month and a half is gonna be the REAL test with this cutting plan, but I’m gonna hold my head up high, fit in ALL of my workouts, put the peanut butter on the top shelf where I can’t reach, and have a positive humble attitude.
I can’t say this has been the most enjoyable process, because that would be a lie. It’s been downright crappy sometimes, but it could always be worse…. like it’s about to be, haha.
So here’s to 7 weeks out, 1,000 – 1,200 calorie diet, cardio, and intense workouts. Adios peanut butter and cheat meals, see ya on the other side 🙂

8 Weeks Out – Grind Time

8 Weeks Out - Grind Time

Happy Sunday! Today marks the beginning of a new week, and a loooong one at that! To get the week started on the right note, I did an awesome HIIT workout incorporating sprint intervals on the treadmill and spin bike, as well as an awesome ab routine. You should def try it out!

I have big plans for switching up my workout routine this week. Hungry for more results! This weekend I took my progress photo comparing January and February a month apart exactly, and I didn’t see the results I was hoping to see. The pictures look almost exactly the same, sooooo this week I’m increasing my cardio in hopes to show off my obliques and shed some fat around my legs to show off the hammies and glutes.

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In the grand scheme of things, I’m very happy with my OVERALL progress since my very FIRST before pictures! Putting them next to each other makes me extremely proud of my hard work and dedication. Of course a lil’ tan helps too 😉

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This weekend I went to L.A Fitness to have my Body Fat measured, for the first time in 4 years! I was really curious to see where my % was at after months of rigorous training, hard work, strict dieting, and drastic physical changes.

First mistake, having a sales person do it.

Second mistake, letting him use the electronic ‘Omron’. When I asked him to use the calipers….

Third mistake, he only did ONE pinch instead of four…..

Sooooo, with all of that being said, my Body Fat % came out to 15%. I was pretty damn shocked! I thought my % would have been at 10%-12%! Last time I was measured 4 years ago I was at 17%, it’s hard to believe my Body Fat only decreased 2%. It kind of ruined my day actually, I let the number get to my head, I skulked around all day and even skipped my Cheat Meal for heaven’s sake! *Le siiiiiiigh* 

Although I believe the reading was horribly inaccurate, I came to the realization that numbers shouldn’t matter. I should have absolute confidence in my hard work and in my body regardless of the numbers. This sport can be incredibly draining; on your body, on your mind, on your confidence and will power. I have never been so critical of myself before. I wouldn’t say I’m insecure like I was in Junior High or High School, but I always think I can do BETTERMy glutes could be higher, rounder, and tighter; my hamstrings could be fuller, my obliques could be more defined, I could have less overall fat, etc. Some days can be extremely taxing, but the results and the strength I gain from this sport is what keeps me going.

So bring it on! I’m gonna KILL this week! Consistent workouts, staying on track with my diet and macro plan, and adding more cardio! I also have a posing practice scheduled for this Thursday at David Barton Gym, and it’s actually happening this time YAY!

BRING – IT – ON!

~Jess

 

Post Comp Excitements…..

Fellow competitors are gonna hate me, because I’m just gonna ramble about all the awesome things I plan on stuffing my face hole with post comp, and a few exciting plans I have afterwards as well 🙂

I finally feel like I have found a rhythm in my current training plan. I’ve got my workouts down to the ‘T’; enough weightlifting, cardio, HIIT, and plyometrics, my macros precisely planned out; consuming enough calories to stay energized throughout the long days and tough workouts, having my meals spread evenly throughout the day, and working on poses that work for my short frame and muscle build. I feel like I can comfortably indulge in post comp daydreaming 🙂

I guess I’ll start with the fun stuff, like all the delicious treats that are gonna make me look pregnant!

  • Girl Scout Cookies – I was smart and pre-ordered them from a co-worker 🙂 Her daughter is a Girl Scout! I will be receiving 4 boxes of Samoas, 3 boxes of Savannah Smiles, 2 boxes of Tag-a-longs, and 2 boxes of Thin Mints…. 11 boxes total! I should be getting them in 2 weeks….. O, the temptation, but I will be well prepared post comp…..

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  • Pasta – Surprisingly, I don’t miss it as much as I thought I would. Derek and I would eat pasta at least once a week for dinner, it was definitely a staple in our diet, especially during marathon training.
  • CHEESE! – O my god…. can’t wait to have a burrito with copious amounts of cheese! Realizing that most of my burrito was cheese anyhow…
  • Chips and Salsa – A weekend favorite….. o yeah, and the splurge of Tostitos Queso, don’t forget that gelatinous processed cheese goop.
  • Candy – If I wanted candy, I would never deny myself it. I would also make sure to buy the largest bag or bar and NOT share like you’re supposed to. Every time we went grocery shopping I would pick up candy. To be honest, I’m sure sugar has made the biggest difference on my body. I miss the Lindt White Chocolate truffles…. mmmmm. Gummy bears….

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  • Coconut Cream Pie – So random. I never have this, but I had it a few weeks ago for my cheat meal and it was sumptuous! I would totally kill one to myself!
  • Costco Muffins! – I just got a Costco card a month ago and I can’t even indulge in their yummy jumbo sized Apple Streusel, Choco-Choco Chunk, or Poppy Seed muffins… this is madness! Can’t freakin’ WAIT!
  • Bagels and Cream Cheese – I miss marathon training solely for this reason…. bagels and cream cheese. When you’re training for a marathon you NEED all the carbs and salt you can think of! Endurance sports are where it’s at if you’re a foodie 🙂 “I just ran 13.1 miles…. why yes, don’t mind if I DO have a bagel… or two, and a muffin, hehe.”
  • Heavy Whipping Cream in my coffee – I have grown to enjoy my coffee black, but there’s something absolutely comforting about having heavy whipping cream in your drip coffee…. *le siiiiiiiigh*, miss it.  

Enough of food! I’m making myself hungry!

As for my post comp plans….. hmmmmmm:

  • Train for a Half Marathon – Derek mentioned that I was probably the happiest I have ever been training for Oktoberfest Half Marathon last year. I don’t think I’ve been an absolute piss off during Bikini Prep, but I definitely miss waking up knowing my workout is gonna be a looooong run, I can really meditate and clear my thoughts on a beautiful summer morning, and know that when I get home I can eat whatever I want and that carbs are highly recommended. I also want to stay really lean during the ‘off season’ if I decide I want to compete in Iron Man in October.

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  • Go Camping! – Last year Derek and I found a really gorgeous camp spot at Otter and Big Creek in Northbend by Taylor River. We went there for an amazing day hike and plan on going back for camping, more hiking, and s’mores of course! Maybe even bring a tube and go tubing on the river.  
  • Having BBQ’s! – HELL YEAH! My work shift is changing to 6:00am to 2:30pm so I’m gonna be soaking up the sun rays this summer, eating hella hot dogs, Lay’s Ruffles with the sour cream and onion dip, delectable medium rare sizzling steak, and margaritassss on the beach!
  • Spend time with friends – *Le siiiiiiiiigh* I feel like the ultimate loser on this one. I haven’t spent quality time with friends in a long, long, looooong time. Partially my fault, I KNOW I could be putting forth more effort. Between an inconvenient work shift of 11:00am to 7:30pm or later, training for my competition, dedicating weekends to meal prep, and not having a car…. it can be tough. I’m definitely take the time to kick it with the homies.

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  • Going to school – It’s actually my goal to get this one started WHILE prepping for my competition. Spring Quarter begins at the beginning of April and my competition isn’t until the end of April. My goal is to take my placement test and clean up my basic Math and English skills before beginning a 3 course schedule in the Fall. I’m ready for the next step baby!
  • Getting Sponsored – If I end up really enjoying this sport and perform well, I would love to pursue modeling opportunities and become sponsored to support my hobby. I’m obsessed with Quest, Optimum Nutrition, PB2 and would love to represent their products!

I have so many more goals, ambitions, and plans! I know that this year is gonna be jam packed with awesome opportunities, I can feel it. I can’t wait to step on stage knowing that I did my best, trained extremely hard, had the will power to keep going, and earned every Girl Scout cookie I will devour!

Here’s to an insane year!

~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 🙂

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

Thanks!
Jess

9 Weeks Out! – Meal Prep Sunday

9 weeks out bitches, down to the single digits, it’s getting SERIOUS!

Super nervous, but seeing great progress week after week. Tighter and higher glutes, obliques peeking through, I’m extremely conditioned and switching up my macro plan so I have enough calories to fuel looooong days and tough workouts. I re-evaluated my meal plan with Derek and we decided that we will KEEP the cheat meals throughout the cutting phase to keep me sane, YIPPEEE! We also won’t be doing 5 ‘two-a-days’ a week….. har har, that was dreaming BIG. We will still be doing structured ‘two-a-days’, just not so many.

I have my photo shoot in two weeks AND I just received my BelleVueDesign bikini in the mail on Friday…. it’s gorgeous! Super excited and nervous for the shoot, I hope I can just be natural and let go of any kind of nerves. My good friend and coworker is the photographer and Derek will be there as well. I have to start thinking of some poses, collecting a wardrobe, and thinking about how I should do my makeup, hair, ya-da-ya. Never done this before! It will be a first!

Anywho, I reached my 6 days of workouts this week and I did 2 on Friday, my Valentine’s Date with the gym 😉 Today we went on our bi-monthly Costco excursion to stock up on all the goods:

  • Chicken Breasts
  • Ground Turkey
  • Egg Whites – I’m gonna stop buying eggs since I only eat the whites anyways
  • Chia Seeds! – Great for smooooothies
  • Kirkland Organic No-Salt Seasoning – Thanks for the tip Heidi!
  • Darigold Cottage Cheese 2% Trim
  • Almond Milk
  • Brussels Sprouts
  • Broccoli

Another goodie I bought that I’m in absolute LOVE with is MaraNatha – Dark Chocolate Peanut Spread…. soooo freakin’ YUMMY! Put it on apples, bananas, oatmeal pancakes, rice cakes, or substitute for peanut butter in Protein Oatmeal cookies. This stuff is seriously the BEST, and you can buy it right now at Grocery Outlet for super cheap. I stocked up! maranatha

On another note, I have decided that I’m going to go back to school! After much contemplation over the series of events that happened last week, I am deciding that it’s time to go back and start working on my education. I want a career, and I have decided I want to go into health…. big surprise, right?! Health! Haha! I’m gonna check out Bellevue College, maybe take a class or two while I adjust to the morning shift at work, just work on my AA until I decide what I really REALLY want to do. Right now I’m thinking of Nutrition as a career, but I want to do specifically sports nutrition. I’m extremely excited! I hope everything works out, it’s time to better myself in another area of my life, I love constant challenges 🙂

This week is gonna be great, I have a really good feeling, and a new refreshed perspective 🙂

~Jess

 

Logging Some Miles

I’ve begun adding a lot more cardio into my training plan than I have been doing in the past. After my half marathon training I just got sick of running without a goal and decided to pick the weights back up to gain some strength back. I was surprised at how WEAK I was! Doing 4 sets, 15 reps of 80lb deadlifts wasn’t as easy anymore! I remember the day I went back to lift…. the next week was PAINFUL, I couldn’t move my legs without being in sheer agony.

Back progress. Thanks Burpees!

Back progress. Thanks Burpees!

Well, now I’m trying to get back into that cardiovascular shape by logging some miles in my mapmyrun app. Yesterday I logged in almost 5 miles of running. Not too shabby, but my runs were broken up. In the morning I ran to the gym, so a little over 1.5 miles. I decided to run home after work too, which ended up being about 3.4 miles. Really easy night time run, not what I expected! I usually DREAD expending any kind of energy after work, but the cool night air felt really good and the rhythm of my feet hitting the ground cleared my mind.

This morning I was supposed to wake up early to run…. but I didn’t. Boooo. You’d think after feeling so euphoric last night that I couldn’t wait to wake up and do it again! I realize I’m more likely to wake up and complete my training when I have absolutely EVERYTHING planned and laid out! Gotta have my outfit picked: Socks, undies, shoes, bra, shirt, and running pants. I even have to have my Bose buds, sitting on my pile of clothes with my house key already off the key chain! To make up for it though I am doing ZWOW #101 and ZWOW #102. I even wrote up a small ‘Booty Burn’ routine I want to try.

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Tomorrow I am lifting! Super excited, I am loving the ‘Derek Formula’. Really pushes my limits and conditions me. I AM running home after work tomorrow too. It’s a short easy run and it seems foolish to take the bus when I can make it home sooner than the bus. Easy way to burn a couple hundred calories! I think I might start doing that more often.

Saturday is BOOTY day! I’m going to be experimenting with drop setting dead lifts, really trying to grow my booty. This damn crease just wants to see what the bikini fuss is all about and I want it to leaaaaaaaaave!

Sunday Hilary is helping me out with posing. We’re practicing for about an hour or so at the L.A Fitness in Downtown Bellevue. She’s going to help me with some posing suggestions, teach me how to sass up my routine a little bit, and work on my strut. I will also be adding another ‘Derek Formula’ workout on Sunday since I feel like I’ve been slacking this week. Missed my run this morning and ate maybe one or two more spoonful’s of peanut butter than I should have…..

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O well, I can afford a couple more grams of fat and carbs right now. March is gonna be the REAL test. Two-a-days on 1,000 calories for 6-8 weeks?! HAAIIIL NOOOOO! But seriously….. I paid over $500 in NPC Card Registration, Emerald Cup registration, competition suit and shoes, 5lb container of protein (which will run out next month), lifting gloves, and tanning?!?! This bitch is doing it RIGHT.

Blueberry yogurt bites 1 cup Plain Yogurt 1/2 cup of blueberries 1 tablespoon honey 1/2 cup of granola (optional) Could also use coconut instead Mash your berries. Add your Greek yogurt and honey; Mix well. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Spoon equal amounts of mixture onto the cookies sheet and place in Freezer for 20 minutes

Blueberry yogurt bites 1 cup Plain Yogurt 1/2 cup of blueberries 1 tablespoon honey 1/2 cup of granola (optional) Could also use coconut instead Mash your berries. Add your Greek yogurt and honey; Mix well. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Spoon equal amounts of mixture onto the cookies sheet and place in Freezer for 20 minutes

I’m so excited for our Costco shopping excursion! I love meal prep day, so excited to try new recipes! Hope everyone checked out my ‘Healthy Eats’ Pinterest board, there’s some GOOD stuff on there! I want to try the recipe on the right, I have so many frozen blueberries from when we went blueberry picking last summer with Kai. Looks absolutely DELICIOUS! If the honey isn’t sweet enough, you could add a few packets for Truvia, zero calorie sweetner. I have a box of packets in my cupboard but haven’t tried them yet.

Really pumped for this weekend overall! Kaienna is coming, it’s the weekend, Costco shopping, pay day, relaxiiiinnnngggg….. well, relaxing for me means a tough workout without having to schedule around work. This week has been pretty slow at work, but I have been mentally exhausted with questions about my next career move, ‘what ifs?’, and trying to find a way to productively use this over analytic and over active brain of mine. I feel stagnant, un-stimulated for about 8 hours a day. I need challenges, but I also need to make smart choices. *Le siiiiiiigh*

Welp, on that note, I’m gonna stretch my legs! See ya!

~Jess ♥

 

 

16 weeks out, time to take this seriously

Man, time is seriously creepin’ up on me! I’m 16 weeks out, starting my diet, and absolutely needing help in the posing department!

I just wrote the check for my NPC Card. $120! Can you believe that?! It expires by the end of the year too, holy crap. I was talking to Derek about it last night and was tossing around the idea of competing in MORE competitions to get my money’s worth out of this NPC Card. Of course we got on the topic of money and how we would afford it and that threw me into a whirlwind of stress. Mind you, we were talking about it IN bed right before shut-eye, as you can imagine I didn’t get very much sleep.

Last night I kept tossing and turning, stressin’ and sweatin’, dreaming about money, dieting, and back poses. Obsessed much? I asked my husband yesterday to wake me up and make sure I’m out of bed this morning at 4am when he gets up so I could go to the gym. I used the excuse that I didn’t get any sleep and reluctantly he stopped persisting. Of course I’m feeling guilty now for a variety of reasons:

A) He really REALLY hates waking me up when I ask him to and I proceed to fight him off in the morning

B) I didn’t go to the gym, I’m 16 weeks out, and making a poor excuse like that just SHOWS that maybe I should only be doing one competition anyways, I’m not dedicated enough to get my ass out of bed on zero sleep and get shit done

……. *Le siiiiighhhh*

Well screw that, the rest of the week is gonna be AWESOME! Derek and I have a session scheduled for this Saturday, he’s going to show me some new material, and teach me how to set up the TRX so I can use it at home or at the gym. He has also been EXTREMELY supportive of the dieting phase, even though it’s just beginning. He’s eating healthy with me too and not shoving pasta in my face…. yet 😉

I have a photo shoot planned with a good friend of mine who I’ve worked with for years on February 22nd. Motivation to get lean! He is an AMAZING photographer, you should definitely check out his site and portfolio: TheAfterHourPhoto.com. His name is Amir Zahed and he actually shot my wedding 2 years ago. He’s a super creative, hilarious, and artistic guy.

The beginning of March marks my 8 weeks out point, so that’s when I will begin doing my two-a-days. Wondering how that one’s gonna work out. I will be working out 6 days a week, twice a day, taking the 7th day as an ‘active rest day’, so doing hot yoga to stretch out the tight muscles and detox the body.

Getting really nervous! Time is FLYING! I’m no longer itching for the day to come sooner, realizing how much work needs to be done, and how I need to get my head in the game to dominate this! I would LOVE to compete in more than one competition this year, but in order to do so, I need to give at least 110% starting NOW!

On that note, I need help with a new workout playlist. If anyone has suggestions, please, please, PLEASE leave a comment with some of your favorite heart pumping tunes! Need some of that motivation to get me going in the AM. I’m doing this comp with zero supplements, zero pre-workout, and zero fat burners, so I need all the help I can get!

Thanks a million! XOXO…..

~Jess ♥

White vs Brown Rice

Sooooo Derek asked me yesterday what was better, white rice or brown rice? I told him I actually didn’t know! I’ve heard that brown rice is better, I’ve heard that there is no difference and they are exactly the same. I personally choose to eat brown rice because I believe it to be healthier and I like the wholesome taste. Why is it healthier? I’m not entirely sure, other than the fact that it remains unbleached by chemicals. I decided to do a little digging and found an article from LIVESTRONG.COM that I found to be informative and interesting.

If you take a look at the article you will notice the differences in calories, macronutrients, and fiber content. Brown rice has less calories and carbs, but contains more fiber, protein, and healthy fats. If you know anything about me, I LOVE fiber! The amount of fiber and nutrients found in brown rice also lowers the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Brown rice also naturally contains higher magnesium and zinc content. Magnesium is extremely beneficial for bone health and helps us derive energy from the food we eat.

After the enrichment process, white rice will contain a similarly equal amount of the following vitamins as brown rice: thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin. The only exception is folate. 1 cup of white rice contains 108 micrograms of folate, whereas 1 cup of brown rice contains only 8 micrograms of folate. Folate assists in the prevention of ‘neural tube defects’ during pregnancy.

I also found that white rice is in fact brown rice after the ‘milling’ process. The bran on the outside of brown rice is brown in color and acts as a protective layer of the rice to defend itself from outside predators and weather. I like to compare eating brown rice to eating an apple with it’s skin, all the nutrients are in the skin, the outer layer.

Pretty cool findings! I also learned that I should be storing my brown rice in the fridge to extend the shelf life since brown rice has a higher fat content. Hmmmm, good to know for the next bag, however I buy the large Costco sized bags.

Anywho, hope everyone learned a little fun fact today! Hope nobodies heads are spinning out of control from the New Year’s Eve festivities last night. My stomach is a lil’ nauseous and I’m supposed to go on a run with Derek and our other 2 guy friends in an hour….. not excited. Maybe I can weasel my way outta’ this one 😉

Till next time guys!

~Jess ♥