It’s Only Been 1 1/2 Weeks?!

By golly, my stats are suffering! I haven’t written in what seems like a millennium, but I’m pretty sure its been a week and a half. I’ve been busy wrapping up the quarter with my essays getting more difficult, more chapters of reading assigned weekly, and math making less and less sense to me. 2 more weeks! Holy crap!

Registration for Winter Quarter classes opened this morning. I thought I would have the pick of the crop, but I was surprised that damn near every English 201 online class was FULL! I settled for an online English 201 Research Paper class by a professor who was rated a B- on RateMyProfessors.com. In all fairness, he scored higher than my current English 101 teacher who has a C+. So far I have a 95% in my current English 101 class, so I’m not completely distraught.

I also registered for Biology 108 – Human Biology. Another online class that fulfills my lab requirement. Biology 108 is worth 6 credits. I was going to take Biology 100, but the only online teacher available received such terrible scores on RateMyProfessors.com that I couldn’t bring myself to register for it.

I will also be taking Math098 on campus Mondays and Wednesdays 5:30pm – 7:40pm. Looks like I will be keeping the same schedule for Winter Quarter! So psyched to keep my same routine, it’s actually not so bad.

I’ve been keeping busy hitting my fitness and health goals. I feel like some weeks this quarter I completely let myself go and only reached 3 weekly workouts. Sometimes it’s difficult to stay on top of school and training. I’ve been making it a goal to physically GO to the gym at least twice a week, and the other 2-3 days I can choose the gym or do HIIT Zuzka videos at home.

Last week I made it to the gym twice, did a killer leg session on Tuesday and an upper body, ab, and cardio workout on Thursday. On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday I did Zuzka videos at home. Holy crap her new content is KILLER! You’ll never believe it, I actually spoke with her via email directly last week!

Her original website was taken over by her previous employers and re-named Sweat Factor with new trainers added. I tried it out for a few weeks but when I noticed she wasn’t posting new videos I was upset and worried. I reached out to Sweat Factor asking where she went, and they abruptly told me my membership was cancelled and Zuzka was no longer a part of Sweat Factor. I managed to find her NEW site and tried using my old login which was invalid. I emailed her new site and was honored to speak to Z herself! I asked her what happened and she explained the whole story about her working for Sweat Factor under a work visa, how they owned all her old content, videos, etc. Now she has her own company and I love her new website layout and workouts. I might actually get a feature on her blog too!

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On top of that great news, I resigned my athlete contract with Femme Nutrition and received new Peach skin tightening cream for my tush, and their new supplement line of pre-workout, carnitine, and BCAA’s! This month I didn’t receive the carnitine supplement but I received 2 flavors of their pre-workout. The Passion Fruit flavor is to die for! It gives me good clean energy without the anxiety and jitters afterwards. I used to get really bad anxiety from pre-workout like Red Line, Speed Stack, and Endo Rush. The Pineapple BCAA’s are also super tasty, I’m very pleased with the taste and quality Femme Nutrition has produced. As a sponsored athlete I receive monthly packages from them and features on their blog.

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MORE GREAT NEWS!

I was nominated as the lucky grand prize winner on Influenster for the Victoria’s Secret VoxBox! My YouTube Review of the Incredible Victoria’s Secret Sport Bra and workout crops landed me a $500 Victoria’s Secret Gift Card! I was absolutely thrilled when I opened the email last week! I literally had to rub my eyes to make sure I was reading the amount correctly. Apparently there were fifty $50 gift card winners and one $500 gift card winner. I feel so blessed that I was chosen!

VS2All and all its been a pretty great week and a half since I last wrote. This week is a 3 day work week, we have a 4 day weekend with plenty of food, sleep, family time, and time spent with the hubby! 2 more weeks until Christmas break, so excited! I hope everyone has a great holiday weekend spent being grateful with family 🙂

~Jess

DISCLAIMER: I have received ‘Influenster’ products complimentary for testing purposes

Cardio & Lifting Challenge!

Today I’m going to be trying out this new cardio workout as a warm up to my lifting session. I’ve never tried it before, but it looks like it will get your sweaty, keep your heart rate elevated, and focus on your glutes.

Lately I’ve been using exercise combos during my plyometric warm ups to focus on my glutes and I can tell a HUGE difference! I don’t know if I’m just looking for booty gains and hallucinating, but my butt definitely looks and feels perkier, rounder, and lifted.

For my lift I want to try this Leg Superset. It looks like a challenge, but I’m more than willing to accept so I can reap the benefits of having a stronger lower half and of course a nice booty 🙂 I’ve been a little obsessed with the muscle gains I’ve been making and I’m interested to see where I can take my body physically in strength WHILE….. also maintaining lean body mass and agility.

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Derek and I have decided that we want to run a half marathon on Thanksgiving day before the gluttonous festivities! I haven’t ran outdoors for a few weeks now and the weather has only gotten worse. I will have to take my training indoors soon. We won’t be registering for a race, him and I will run 13.1 miles around our house. Better start training!

Try these workouts if you dare! Has anyone tried incorporating Pistol Squats into their workouts yet? Let me know!

~Jess

Favorite Exercise of the Week – Pistol Squat

I have developed a certain fondness for the Pistol Squat!

I really love how minimalist this exercise is. The pistol squat can be done virtually anywhere! Not only that, but I love the burn, the soreness, and the muscle this move creates in my legs. You don’t need a squat rack to get beautiful gams and a lifted butt. This exercise is guaranteed to leave you feeling sore, satisfied, and stronger after much practice and refinement.

Give it a shot this week!

While you’re at it, check out this article from Bodybuilding.com that breaks down all the variations of the Pistol Squat. These are NOT easy, I will tell you that! Don’t be disheartened though, doing a perfect pistol squat one day is an excellent goal 🙂

~Jess

One Year, My How Time Flies…

Holy shit.

It’s already been a year, my how time flies.

It’s kinda crazy how we are constantly changing as human beings, making mistakes, learning from them, growing, and changing our perspectives and the way we look at things.

I started this blog to document my bikini journey to the stage, to hold myself accountable, and to inspire others. I started this blog in hopes and dreams of making it big and becoming a sponsored athlete. My waking thoughts until the moment I laid my head down at night were glitz, glam, photo shoots, a perfect body, and a career in being a fitness model.

For the longest time I was trapped inside my own head, completely lost in myself, and I turned the very thing I loved into an obsession that would tear me apart physically and mentally.

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This is me 5-6 months ago. Hungry, unhappy, and erratic. April 2014.

The dream wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. I sacrificed friends, family, happiness, and myself for 2 minutes and 47 seconds on stage and afterwards I said to myself, “That was it?!” I didn’t feel those anxious butterflies, I didn’t get those endorphins or the adrenaline rush, I didn’t get that overwhelmingly ecstatic feeling that I’ve heard about from so many fellow competitors.

The best part about that day was meeting all the great uplifting gals back stage, and the relief that it was over and I could eat that god damn greasy burger, pretzels with queso, and fries piled high.

After all was said and done, I couldn’t even have peace after that! I suffered from ‘post comp’ blues all Summer! What the hell! This ‘thing’ wasn’t gonna let go. I felt like a freakin’ bloated whale carcass! Another 3 months of body issues and internal drama with my self esteem.

FINALLY. I finally found happiness in not giving a fuck. Not giving two shits how many grams of fat I had that day. You know what fat does? Keeps you fuller longer and provides you with energy at your mundane desk job or hours spent studying. Not giving a flying fuck how many carbs I went over. You know what carbs do? Provide you with energy for those strenuous workouts and long distance runs.

Point is. I’m happy now. Truly 110% happy with where I’m at mentally, physically, and how I’m achieving my fitness, work, school, and life goals. That’s what it’s all about people.

You know what the funniest part about all of this is? Now that I’m truly happy, and promoting a realistic healthy life style, I feel like my ‘following’ or ‘stardom’ has definitely gotten knocked down a few pegs. Sure, maybe it’s my lack of selfies or douche-bag-trainer-posts but what the hell. At first it ‘hurt my feelings’ that people weren’t worshipping my ridiculous abs or telling me how shredded I am but the truth is – I AIN’T FUCKING SHREDDED NO MORE! I don’t need to weigh 110 pounds consisting of only bone, muscle, and failing organs to gain approval from the internet.

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This is me today. Healthy, strong, and happy. September 2014.

This is me, uncut, raw, and real. Take it or leave it.

From now this blog is just gonna be an ebb and flow of my thoughts, fitness related or not. You can choose to keep reading if you like, but if real life thoughts aren’t your thing you can move onto the next blog, I ain’t crying.

For those of you who have been reading, thanks. It means a lot that some people find interest in my sporadic posting. I hope we can have another year together! If not, I’m fine flying solo.

Have a great night, and thanks for reading.

~Jess

Why I like at home work outs…..

So as many of you may have noticed, I haven’t been too consistent with posting workouts.

To be honest, I haven’t really been writing my own workouts, I’ve been doing online workouts from home. They are just as effective, and much more conducive to my current life style. Between work, school, and being exhausted from work and school, all I want to do is be at home.

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I’m lazy.

I don’t want to take a bus ride or shuttle to the gym, I don’t want to be stuck in traffic or in the rain, I don’t want to haul my big ass duffle bag with EVERYTHING-I-OWN-IN-IT, and I sure as hell don’t want to be tapping my foot waiting for the asshole in the squat rack to finish curling and texting.

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Working out at home is juuuuuust fine with me. In fact, I’m more than okay with it.

I’m actually going to invest in some equipment! I have a few resistance bands and a pilates ball, but I want to get a 25lb kettle bell and thicker mats for my wood floors. I’ve even been playing around with the idea of a T-Grip bar.

As much as I do love at home workouts, I also miss the tight muscle mass and strength from weight training. So I’ve decided that I will start training with weights at the gym 2 days a week. I’ll divide these days into simple Upper Body and Lower Body days with a little bit of ab work and cardio thrown in the mix.

Today will be my first day back at the gym in 2 weeks! I’m taking the Microsoft shuttle to Downtown Bellevue despite the rain and traffic. I packed a much lighter gym bag and I have my workout written and my mind mentally prepared. All I have to do until then is keep myself awake, energized, and motivated! If I wanna look like Lara Croft by next Friday I better hit the squat rack and work on these gams! Thankfully I have a body that builds and retains muscle very well, so a couple days in the gym lifting weights WILL make a difference.

laracroftI’m kinda nervous to walk into the gym today, isn’t that the weirdest thing?! The gym was my entire life, soul, the very thing that I breathed day in and day out. Sometimes change is needed to rekindle a passion that was and is always there. Sometimes you really just need a break from even the things that are good for you. Absence makes the heart grow fonder right?

Anyways, I hope you all try this workout and tell me how bad your legs hurt. Hopefully you can walk by Halloween!

~Jess

PrettyFit!

My first PrettyFit pack arrived in the mail yesterday! So excited! I received a lot of awesome goodies that I’m excited to try out. ImPrettyFit is a monthly subscription pack that includes supplements, health snacks, and other fitness gear based on your healthy life style. This month I chose the Bikini Pack and this is what I received:

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Everything in this month’s pack totaled to be worth over $100! My favorite items so far are:

  • Shred Her by NLA – All natural fat burners, 60 capsules included! This bottle alone is worth $39.99. Clean energy, no jitters, and full of great ingredients that don’t damage your metabolism. So far I like it, but it’s only been one day!
  • MateFit 7 Day Mini TeaTox – So far this product is awesome, I not only love the taste, but I love how it instantly ‘de-bloats’ you. Conveniently Aunt Flo is visiting this week but this tea is keeping me tight, lean, and ‘deflated’.

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Each pack comes with a ‘mini mag’ that breaks down the ingredients of each product, explains what each product does, and gives the retail value and WHY they chose each product. They even included a Glute and Ab workout that I want to try this week! I’ll share it with you in another post later this week, so stay tuned!

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This specially designed kit contains 2 different types of 100% natural teas to help you look and feel great by both boosting your metabolism and helping you detox.

I haven’t tried everything in my pack yet since I just got it yesterday, but I’m excited to try the Optimum Nutrition Green Apple Amino Acids. I’m a huge fan of the Optimum Nutrition Amino Acids, I currently have the Watermelon flavor in my cabinet that I like to take before my workouts. I love the surge of energy I feel with these aminos, the best part is being able to use as much or as little as you want based on how strenuous your workout will be. I bet Green Apple will be bomb 🙂

Stay tuned for more updates! I’m extremely happy with my switch from Sample Society and Ipsy to a more fitness focused monthly subscription. Sure it might be more expensive, but I will benefit the most from this type of subscription. Plus I can let you guys know how I like what I get and can recommend more ‘fitness and health’ supplements and products in the future, sorry for throwing you a curveball with beauty reviews! Although I won’t completely nix those!

Each purchase you make with PrettyFit will donate to Vitamin Angels; a non-profit organization that provides essential vitamins and minerals to expectant mothers and children in need.

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I hope you all have a great night, check back in later this week for updates on the rest of my treats from PrettyFit! I can’t wait to see what they have in store next month….

~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

Thirsty Thursday!

I know, very lame title, maybe I’ll get better at these…..

I wrote a high cardio resistance workout that incorporates some weight! Your heart rate will be pumping and you’ll be challenging your entire body. I have included a few YouTube videos to give you a better idea of how to perform some of these exercises.

You will need a dumbbell and/or kettle bell, choose a weight that will challenge you but that is also manageable. I choose to use a 25lb dumbbell. You will also need an adjustable step up and jump rope. If you don’t have a jump rope, you can always do rapid high knees.

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I hope you enjoy!

~Jess

Hump Day HIIT!

Today is HIIT training! I had a request for an HIIT workout, so I whipped up a quick effective workout that requires NO EQUIPMENT (unless you have a jump rope) and it can be done virtually anywhere. I like to use an HIIT circuit like this to warm up before I start my lifting session, or before I start my long distance cardio. This type of workout is a great way to pump up your heart rate and torch some calories. If you are more advanced, you can definitely add reps to each circuit, or even complete 4 rounds or more! The goal is to move as quickly as possible, minimal to NO rests. That’s when the work is happening.

I hope you enjoy! If you have any other requests or would like something different, more advanced, let me know what you’re looking for.

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Happy Hump Day guys, we’re half way there!

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Booty Work!

I really should have posted this tomorrow because the blog post ‘Booty Work Wednesday!’ would have sounded way more awesome. O well! You can never workout your booty too much. I mean shit, have you seen the music videos lately?!

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As you know, I’ve been really focused on bodyweight workouts, HIIT, and plyo circuits. However, I think it’s really important to throw some weight in the mix to create resistance, activate different muscles, and to challenge yourself. I wrote up this quick effective workout targeting your stems and glutes.

I’ve added weight, plyo movement, and the goal is to work QUICKLY! Try to get this shit done as quick as possible, keep that heart rate pounding.

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Let me know how you like it, and put a request in for the next workout!

~Jess