Update – 9 Days Out!

Good Morning Fit Fam and Followers!

EEEEEEK! 9 days out, is this real life?! Can time move faster!?

I’m so excited I can barely contain myself. I am feeling a million different emotions; excitement, anxiety, nervousness, confident, a lil’ doubtful but I keep pep talking myself, and very very thankful that I am on the home stretch of this very looooong prep. All my hard work is going to be on display for friends, family, and fellow competitors to see. 9 days to add the finishing touches, 9 days until I can enjoy my reward meal and reflect on the experience.

Top 5 Bikini Class A Gals. I will be meeting them all in 9 days!

Top 5 Bikini Class A Gals. I will be meeting them all in 9 days!

I have been very good about collecting all the information I need, creating a ‘To Do’ list every day, and planning every meal and workout up until the competition day. Last week’s intensive workouts left my body aching. The pool at my gym was closed all week last week, so I had to make due without it. The pool opens today which I’m very excited about! Cardio without the impact, swimming will definitely tone up my package giving me a leaner look. The Competitor List came out last night, so I’ve gotta perfect my look because the competition in my class will be TOUGH!

This past weekend I went to the Vancouver Natural with a gal I met on IG, her name is Ashley and she is competing Figure in Emerald Cup. She’s a really cool chick! It was fun going to the show with a buddy, I’m glad I got to experience one before competing in one. Unfortunately I missed the Bikini pre-judging, Bikini was in the morning show and we ended up going to the night show instead. Tons of fun though, great experience! It was definitely a smaller show from the looks of it, Emerald Cup will be MUCH larger.

Dexter Jackson up close and personal guest performance at Vancouver Natural

Dexter Jackson up close and personal guest performance at Vancouver Natural

I’ve been practicing my posing every day, and guess what? 30 minutes a day really REALLY helps! I’m feeling more and more confident, adding more sass, turning my hips more, hitting my poses strong and mastering my transitions. I’m so thankful I got a Mac Book so I can video myself and play back my routine, it definitely helps to self critique, post online and get feedback.

This weekend is Derek’s birthday! He’s turning 26 this Friday, April 18th! OLD FART! Haha, just kidding 🙂 Saturday night we’re going out to Lot 3, so bummed I can’t drink with him to celebrate. On a positive note, I’ll look smokin’ hot in my itty bitty dress! This weekend I plan on getting my hair cut and picking up make-up samples for the competition, as well as fitting in a couple more tanning sessions and possibly picking up some cheap competition jewelry if mine doesn’t come in the mail soon. I’ll begin depleting water this weekend and exfoliating my skin for my spray tan appointment. Just a few more intense workouts then I can relaaaaax for PEAK WEEK!

I’m so thankful that I’ve had the help from fellow competitors and family to guide me through this entire process! Everything from posing practices, depletion methods, make up advice, meal prep ideas, and moral support. I love being a part of this community, people are so supportive and want to see you succeed! I’ve been extremely blessed during this entire process, despite the down days where I feel so hungry, emotional, and exhausted.

I have even gotten a head start on my IIFYM – Reverse Dieting Plan! I’ll provide the breakdown, I’m very excited:

1) April 27th through May 10th (2 week period) – 
1400 calories a day
50 minutes of cardio 5 days a week
2 weight training days

2) May 11th through May 24th (2 week period) –
1600 calories a day
40 minute of cardio 4 days a week
2-3 weight training days

3) May 25th through June 7th (2 week period) –
1800 calories a day
30 minutes of cardio 4 days a week
3-4 weight training days

4) June 8th through June 21st (2 week period) –
2000 calories a day (will assess my caloric needs)
20 minutes of HIIT cardio 3 days a week
3-4 weight training days

I am feeling extremely prepared 🙂 Bring it on Emerald Cup! Gimme a crown and fat juicy burger!

~Jess

 

 

Monday – 38 Days!

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Whewwww I made it through last week, alive, in one piece, and in a better place mentally.

Last week was the roughest week I’ve experienced thus far during my prep. I was an extremely emotional wreck, starving, had crazy mood swings, insane food cravings, and was on the verge of tears every second of the day. It took A LOT of effort to keep those tears from falling while at work. I was constantly sighing, batting my eyes and looking up at the ceiling so they wouldn’t fall. I mentally and physically felt heavy, anxious, and down right depressed. I couldn’t think of ONE single reason WHY I was doing this, I lost every ounce of motivation.

Would you be surprised if I told you it was ‘that time’ as well?

That explained EVERYTHING.

I’m in MUCH better spirits today, feeling motivated, ready to smash out the next 5 weeks and own the stage! I’ve decided that I’m done picking apart my body and I’m done finding something wrong with every square inch of myself. It’s mentally draining to be so self-critical, and that only puts stress on my body. My body can hear my thoughts, and I believe that thoughts have an effect on your body, mind, and how you perform. So from now on, I’m going to appreciate my body for the amazing progress it has made these past few months, and the fact that it is healthy and performing better every time I’m in the gym. I’m amazed at how far I’ve taken myself already, and I know I’m only going to improve the next 5 weeks. I’ve learned so much from this experience already! I never in a million years would have thought I would ACTUALLY enter a Bikini Competition. I’ve always dreamed about it, trained like I might one day, but never thought it would happen.

Some of my favorite things that I’ve learned would be learning how to workout efficiently to deliver maximum results. I have always prided myself on my knowledge of exercise and health, but this experience has opened my eyes to a whole new world! The possibilities are endless, you can use your creativity to carve your body into ultimately anything you want! It’s freakin’ cool! I’ve done so much research, have tried different experiments, have learned through trial and error what my body responds best to. Now I know how to write my weekly workouts, pair my exercises to keep my heart rate up and challenge different muscle groups, and keep my body guessing through: bodyweight exercises, plyometrics, weight lifting, swimming, spin biking, HIIT treadmill intervals, TRX resistance training, weight lifting etc. I finally grew a pair and learned how to squat in the squat rack like a big girl!

I have also learned how to cook. Cooking has NEVER been a very strong area for me. The extent of my cooking was diced up chicken breast fried in a pan, or chicken pasta. O, and Kraft Mac n’ Cheese from a box, duh. Now I am experimenting with the crock pot, baking my chicken in the oven and getting real friendly with spices and herbs. I can make killer turkey muffins, oatmeal pancakes, delicious turkey and/or chicken wraps, egg white omelets with paprika and cayenne, kale salad with cottage cheese and almond slices, and so much more. I’ve learned how to bake healthy alternatives to foods I enjoy. I had never heard of a ‘mug cake’ before! Best invention EVER! I have a board on Pinterest with all the recipes I want to try post competition. Freakin’ STOKED!

Not to mention, I learned A LOT about macros and nutrition, and how to calculate your needs for your fitness goals. I had no idea what macros were, how many grams of each I should be consuming, what days I should be eating more carbs than other days etc. Thanks to the internet, I have learned plenty and plan on using a lot of what I learned post comp as well. Huge thanks to myfitnesspal app for making my prep so easy, this app is a definite life saver for any competitor!

I want to thank everybody that I’ve met, or have yet to meet (over social media!) for your love and support throughout this whole experience. Without the kind words of so many of you, I may have given up by now, or caved in my diet and thrown in the towel. You guys have seriously been the BEST! Just when I think that no one reads my posts, someone speaks up to tell me how inspired they are, how I’m doing an amazing job, and to tell me to keep trucking along! There have been some down right UGLY ASS days and you guys make them a thousand times brighter and better with your encouragement! I appreciate each and every one of you, for real 🙂

On that note, I hope everyone has a stupendous week 🙂

~Jess

Dangers of ‘Skinny Fat’

I stumbled across an article on the interwebz that I wanted to share with you guys, I found it extremely interesting!

The article is about the dangers of ‘skinny fat’ and how our society fixates on being overweight, when being what the article calls ‘skinny fat’ is just as dangerous, if not MORE dangerous!

‘The Hidden Dangers of ‘Skinny Fat”

Being skinny doesn’t always mean healthy, or fit. Health is really about the inside, not just the outward appearance. Obesity is definitely visible red flag that indicates a health issue, but ‘skinny fats’ who eat whatever they want and don’t sweat one drop are at the same risk of diseases such as: diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and insane blood sugar. They are at risk of even deadlier diseases.

When you consume a diet high in sugars and processed food, it causes visceral fat storage in the body which can lead to being overweight. However, not everyone will carry this weight and become heavy, which can mean that their organs are covered in visceral fat. Visceral fat can pose a more dangerous threat than subcutaneous fat. Visceral fat exists in the abdomen and surrounds the organs, whereas subcutaneous fat builds up underneath the skin. Excessive amounts of visceral fat can lead to heart disease, diabetes, and even a stroke.

Staying thin shouldn’t JUST be about aesthetics and appearance, because it seems like that’s what our society focuses on without really thinking about it. Sure, you can be skinny, but if you aren’t treating your body kindly by eating properly and exercising, then your body could potentially fail you from the inside out. We give obese people a tough time, but we also give skinny people a tough time. We should care about our overall health and everything else will fall into place in due time. We should be taking care of our body because this is the ONLY vessel we have for years and years to come! I dunno about you, but I want to be mobile, running, jumping, performing until the day I die! I want to play rough & tumble with my grandkids, tag, hide & seek, you name it!

It’s not all about looking like a sexy beast. It’s about being healthy on the inside so you don’t acquire a disease or pass one down. It’s about taking care of yourself, mentally and physically.

~Jess

MMmmm, yummy Shredded Chicken Whole Wheat Wrap

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Just thought I would share my delicious lunch 🙂

I haven’t been feeling well the past few days, so I’ve had to make my own lunch at home since I haven’t been able to eat my free lunch from work. Nothing too elaborate, but freakin’ delicious and filling! Quick, easy, and I could eat it every day.

Ingredients: 

-1 La Factory Low Carb Whole Wheat Tortilla
-3 oz shredded chicken (best cooked in the crock-pot!)
-1 tablespoon Sabra Hummus
-1 oz Eat Smart Kale Salad mix (bought from Costco! No dressing)

Enjoy!

~Jess

 

Hump Day – Endurance Training

Hump Day - Endurance Training

Good morning, Happy Wednesday! Middle of the week and I’ve never felt better. Sticking with my training plan and completed my ‘Endurance’ workout this morning. Definitely try it out! Great way to start the day.

It’s *FREEEEEZZZIIING* over here, I’m kind of dreading my run home from work tonight! I need to pick up another pair of running gloves and pack a hat. Tomorrow morning I run TO work for the 6:00am to 2:30pm shift, busy, busy, torchin’ calories! I MIGHT just have to do Zuzka videos at home instead, or grow a pair….. Brrrrrrrrrr!

Soooooo I’ve been debating starting my own YouTube channel. I have one right now with 3 videos up, mainly so I flexincould share them on my blog:

Fitness, Health, & Everything Else Channel – Jessica Rose Fitness

I need to figure out what kind of videos I want to post! Is there anything in particular that people like to see? Right now I have posing practice and TRX training. We’ll see what I come up with!

I’ve also decided NOT to compete in Vancouver Natural 😦 For a few reasons like expenses, travel time, finding a hotel to stay at, and the fact that Kaienna will be here that weekend and I don’t want to drag her to two competitions in one month, poor girl. Sooooo I’m just gonna kill Emerald Cup! I might attend Vancouver Natural with some gals so I watch, since I’ve never been to a competition and I want to know how they operate as much as possible!

My progress has been going slooooow and steady. I’ve been working out with more intensity so naturally I’ve been more hungry, that’s been a struggle. I’ve been eating more protein and I feel a lot better, I’ve ditched the weekly batch of protein cookies as well. Sometimes it’s really difficult to gauge my progress unless I take pictures and physically SEE my body change. Otherwise, I get disheartened that none of my bras fit anymore 😦 Boooooo…..

I still want to speed up my weight loss process, so I’ve been researching healthy supplements that aid in speeding up the metabolism and help burn fat. The healthiest and most promising appears to be ‘CLA’ which is ‘Conjugated Linoleic Acid’ which is a naturally occurring fatty acid found in meat, milk, and diary products. CLA helps reduce body fat and for some users, increases lean body mass which helps your body burn more calories. CLA also helps reduce inflammation and allergy symptoms; it also helps prevent cancer such as skin cancer and breast cancer. The best part is that it doesn’t contain any stimulants that will crack you out, make you jittery, and give you high anxiety.

The Benefits of CLA Supplements by Kay Uzoma with LIVETRONG.COM

Conjugated Linoleic Acid by Mike Hajoway with Bodybuilding.com

I’m looking at Muscle Pharm CLA Core or MRM CLA 1250. Hopefully incorporating CLA into my regimen March 1st will speed up the fat burning process to show all my hard work underneath 🙂

11 weeks out! Let’s get work done! ~

~Jess

Motivation Board

Motivation Board

Sometimes it can be extremely difficult to wake my ass up and get out of bed at 4am, go to the gym and kill my workouts with no pre-workout, and carry about my day with enough energy until 10pm on a restricted diet, smiling at people and socializing at work while everyone eats sweet treats and other goodies I can’t enjoy 😦

I have to CONSTANTLY remind myself why I am doing this, and literally visualize the goals I want to achieve. I created a ‘Motivation Board’ to help me get through tough days and remind me that I’m on a tough journey, but like they say, if it weren’t hard as fuck then EVERYBODY would be doing it.

I have my progress picture in there next to some of the greatest of the greats, all of my top fitness role models and I say to myself, “Hell yeah, you’re getting there! Slowly but surely, stick with it!” I WILL achieve great things. Humble small beginnings…… It’s a journey.

~Jess

Rest Day!

Whewww, took a rest day today. Been at the gym for about 2 weeks straight, no days off. I figured this early in the game my muscles would need time to re-cooperate. Shit is gonna get CRAAAAZY within the next few weeks!

I wrote up a plan for myself, gotta run it by coach and see what he says:

February 3rd – February 28th

  • 3 ‘Two-A-Days’ per week
    -Running home after work 5 – 7 miles
  • Tan once a week, work on that base color!
  • Cheat MEAL (keyword MEAL) once a week

March 1st – April 26th (Emerald Cup!)

  • 5-6 ‘Two-A-Days’
    -Cardio everyday!
  • NO CHEAT MEAL!
    -No more peanut butter, it’s my DOWNFALL!
    -Less salt
    -Adjust caloric intake and macronutrient ratios
  • Tan once / every other week

That’s what I have so far!

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I also am reaching out to my favorite brands and products inquiring about possible sponsorships! I am actually scoring a free suit from a gal on Etsy for the photo shoot I have coming up with Amir in 3 weeks! Super excited! I saw a raffle on Instagram and reached out to her and proposed my idea. She’s totally on board! Pretty excited about it, my first ‘sponsorship’!

If you’re looking for a suit, check out BellevueDesign on Etsy! She has super cute ‘scrunch butt’ designs, uses real Swarovski Crystals, and just recently started adding rhinestone connectors! Great deals too at $70 a suit!

Other companies I want to reach out to include:

  • Quest
  • PB2
  • SunFX
  • Optimum
  • GU
  • Skinny Tea

This week I’m going to work on writing up a 500 word minimum biography that I can start sending out to companies. I can’t wait until this photo shoot happens! Having professional photos will definitely leverage my opportunities! They will also complete my blog, I feel like something has been missing…..

Next on the list of things to do is posing, posing, and MORE POSING! This weekend I have a posing practice scheduled with my friend Natalie at David Barton Gym, Sunday at 4pm. Can’t wait, super stoked! I’m sure she’ll have great tips and tricks. She is also gonna measure my BF% because I STILL haven’t done that! I’m really curious to see where I’m at.

PB2

Heh, heh, speaking of BF%….. I am holding back on Protein Cookies…. I have a serious problem with them. Protein Cookies and peanut butter. I convince myself that they are ‘healthy’ for me…. until I plug them into myfitnesspal and WHOOOOPS! Over my macros and it’s not even lunch time yet! That’s why I really hope PB2 can help me out with samples or discounts. Next to ZERO fat and hardly any calories! Just great taste and protein 🙂 I’m also going to stop adding my workouts into myfitnesspal, because it tells me I can eat more food than I really should be. Another oooops for me…. Gotta keep that lean body mass for my shoot in 3 weeks!

Anywho, hope everyone is having a fabulous Tuesday, tomorrow marks the middle of the week! Is it just me or is it going fast? Until next time……

~Jess