Two Truths & A Lie

Hi friends! Happy Friday – FINALLY. (I’m actually writing this on Tuesday so it seems so.far.away)

In order to switch things up a bit, I thought it might be fun to play a little game. I have a few more readers lately (HIIIII), so let’s see if you can guess correctly!

Two Truths & A Lie

Fact 1: I’m from Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Two Truths & A Lie

Fact 2: I trained and showed dogs in 4-H growing up.

Two Truths & A Lie

Fact 3: I’ve been a contestant in four pageants, but the most I’ve won is Miss Congeniality.

Two Truths & A Lie

So, what do you think?
Tell me two truths and a lie about you!

How to Make Time for a Side Hustle

If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile now, you know that I’m the queen of working too many jobs and side hustles. A question I received all.the.time was “How do you have time for that?” and “You’re crazy” – not necessarily in that order. 😉

I’m no expert, but here are a few ways that I think you could add in a side hustle, part-time job or hobby into your life.

How to Make Time for a Side Hustle

  1. Stop Making Excuses
    For serious. Like, just stop. If you don’t *want* a side hustle, to workout more regularly, to work at a gym part-time … then don’t. I’m not going to force you. But if you DO (or, like me, you had to) stop making excuses. Yes, it’s hard to get up at 5 a.m. Yes, sometimes I roll my eyes at my alarm clock and go back to bed. Yes, it sucked working a 50+ hour week, then working 8-hours on social media posts at Starbucks on the weekend. But I did it. I didn’t watch Netflix. I got up a little earlier. I said no to working late if it wasn’t life or death. I made my social life plans a treat if I got done with my work. Drag your man with you to Starbucks to both get some work done (or he’ll drag you – this is what Ben and I do, at least!) You have time if you really want something, trust me.
  2. Do something that you love.
    Are you trying out a side hustle, hobby or something else because you’re not fulfilled in your full-time job? Do you need a second job to pay the bills? Then try to find something you love to fill that space. Now, I know that’s not always possible, but try. I worked three jobs when I lived in Green Bay, but my two part-time jobs were doing something I loved. One was at the front desk of a gym – hello, I’m a gym rat. Free gym membership + cute boys (when I was single …) + fun friends to work with? Makes the 5-hour shift after work more bearable. I found my social media freelance position because I wanted something that challenged my mind. I wasn’t fulfilled at my full-time job and was often bored, so the social media position helped me continue with one of my passions. Now I’m hoping to turn that full-time.
    So you don’t love fitness? Do you like clothes? Work retail – you get a discount. Become a virtual assistant if you don’t want to leave the house after work. Freelance something. You have to be good at something, yes? Or try stuff out – if you’re not good at it or hate it… then stop. 🙂
  3. Network with people. 
    So you know you want to do something outside of work, but you’re not sure how to get into it? Ask people you see doing cool things! I came across Brittney’s blog on Twitter and, after reading a bit more about her, saw that she has started a business similar to what I’d like to do. So … I signed up for all of her newsletters and emailed her telling her she inspired me. And guess what? We scheduled a 45-minute call the next day and she gave me loads of tips on how to get started. Talk to people you know. Go to seminars or conferences if you have time/money. Listen to a webinar at lunch and virtually meet people that way. Email me and we’ll become best friends. JUST TALK / WRITE TO SOMEONE.
  4. Don’t sell yourself short.
    Write down five things you’re good at … right now. I’ll wait……
    Don’t sell yourself short. This is something I struggle with all the time, but it’s true. If you think you’re a good writer, write. If you love working with people, work with people. Be creative. Find what makes you tick. Life is too short to be stuck doing something you hate BUT maybe you don’t have a choice right now. Maybe you have to work that job you hate because it pays the bills. Maybe you have to work nights and weekends because you  need the extra moolah. Girl (or guy), I get it. Fo’ real. But try to find something you love to do to keep you sane. Keep going after that dream of what you’d like to do full time. Write down what your perfect day looks like or perfect life. My coach Amy had me do this and it was LIFE CHANGING. I mean, seriously. Be ridiculous. Mine included making breakfast with my boyfriend and my dog and look at me now – making breakfast with my boyfriend, continuously begging him to get me a dog. It’ll happen. 😉
  5. Plan, plan, plan, plan. Did I say plan?
    I don’t care how you do it. Myself? I have about 19 calendars. Okay. That’s a lie. I have … five. 😀 And Tick Tick which is this amazing app I have where I can click off things when I’m done … sooooooo satisfying.
    Write lists. Make a content calendar. Have a color-coordinated calendar. Write stuff on your hand. Post-its. White boards. Chalk boards. Surfboards. Just plan. I find if I write things down, I’m more apt to do them. I even write down “wash hair” (I don’t wash my hair every day #maneproblems), put up Instagram posts, etc. just so I can feel accomplished getting something done.
  6. Take a break.
    Please don’t go overboard. Find out what is doable for you and your family and do that. Maybe that’s spending 2-3 hours a week on a blog right now that doesn’t make you any money, but you make friends or get to express creativity. Maybe it’s working 10-hours a week at your local gym for a free membership and motivation to get your booty moving. Maybe it’s checking out Craigslist and applying for short-term social media or content creation gigs (Jessie Suzanne, do this RIGHT NOW). But if you need a break, give yourself a break. Take the weekend off. Take a bath. Take a walk. Get a manicure. Cuddle with your man/woman/dog/cat/guinea pig while watching Stranger Things. Recharge your batteries and then get right back out there.

Okay, I’m stopping because my motivation / inspiration part of my brain is in overdrive and I’m doing that thing where I ramble for 95-hours and you’re like Jessie shut upppppp. 😉 Let me know what you think. If you ever want help, ideas, a new best friend to push you, a new best friend to tell you you look pretty today, gimme a shout. Anytime. Really. –> jessie@justjessieblog.com

Linking up with Amanda!

Workout Wednesday: Week 1

It’s Wednesday – woohoo! I want to keep you up-to-date on my progress thus far for my program with Ben.

Workout Wednesday

Macros: 
I tracked my macros every day last week except Friday night when we went out for pizza with some friends. Ben ended up bumping up my calories on Saturday because I was already hungry. Whoops.

Workouts:
I got in two upper body days, an abs day and one lower body day (+ 2 HIIT cardio sessions) this week. We were supposed to lift legs on Saturday, but Benjamin was sick and since I use him for his gym train with him on the weekends, we had to cancel!

How it’s going:
I loved it. I loved having a routine back, fitting together the puzzle that is IIFYM and having a set workout program. I’m excited to be back in it!

Progress:
I actually wasn’t expecting much progress this week, but my body dropped over 3 lbs! Now, that’s not sustainable, but my body tends to drop a few pounds right away as soon as I’m consistent, and then it slows down after that.

How do you stay healthy?
What do you do to stay on track?

What I Eat in a Day: Unprepared IIFYM Day

Hey friends! I’ve done these “What I Eat in a Day” videos on my YouTube channel (which homegirl needs to get back into…) but I thought it might be interesting to write about, especially since I’ve started counting my macros again for If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM).

One thing Ben and I are working on with me is not being so unbelievably meticulous with counting instead and using macros as a way to live. Granted, I want to get lean so I need to be stricter than a normal human, but I’m not in competition prep so there’s no use killing myself to hit my macros by the gram. Today (well technically yesterday when this is published) is Monday, February 20 and I am NOT prepared. Normally I’d meal prep most of my meals, but I didn’t have time this weekend and I have nothing in my apartment.

Also, I don’t think I need to tell you my exact macros, but I try to stay around 1600 calories and we’ll start cutting calories once my weight doesn’t seem to be coming off. If you ever want to know anything about macros or IIFYM or personal training or secrets about me, seriously contact Ben. He’s extremely insightful – I promise I’m not just saying that. 😉 I’ve had three IIFYM coaches now and he’s definitely the most knowledgeable I’ve ever had.

So, now that I have four paragraphs of nonsense for you to read, here’s my What I Eat in a Day! FYI: I track all of my food in My Fitness Pal.

What I eat in a Day

8:30 a.m.: I thought I forgot my Quest bar, so I stopped quickly at Starbucks and got a Reduced Fat Turkey Bacon Sandwich + a Skinny Vanilla Latte. SVL is a great option if you’re like me and don’t like straight coffee. A grande is 80 calories, with 12C, 0F and 7P. Not too shabby! Now I would love to get rid of the ~$4-5 price tag …
Calories: 310; 40C, 6F, 20P

Starbuck

^^ Repurposed photo because I’m pretty sure 99% of my pictures on my iPhone history are of Starbucks so … you get the idea.

11 a.m.: Upper body workout

12:15 p.m.: Overpriced salad and Diet Mountain Dew from cafeteria at work. Obvioulsy I can’t weigh anything and I’m just guessing on brands, but I tried to get as close as possible. The salad had romaine lettuce, a hard boiled egg, mushrooms, cucumber, black olives, shredded carrot, a little bit of small noodles, little bit of tortilla strips for crunch and as much turkey as I could fit in the box #protein. I put a small amount of light ranch on it and shook it all up! Probably not the best choice of stuff + I’m sure I over-exaggerated the amount in the salad, but it’s the only option since I was unprepared.
Calories: 461; 43C, 19F, 32P

12:55 p.m.: Start sipping on BCAAs because I’m already feeling hungry after that stupid salad. I’m pretty sure I underestimated calories but …
Calories: 0

2:45 p.m.: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Quest bar time. Not a huge fan of this flavor anymore unless I can broil it because they’re SO HARD. I have a meeting at 3, so trying to hold myself over. Honestly, it tasted awful because it was so hard, but I had no other option so down the hatch …
Calories: 190; 20C, 9F, 21P

Cookie Dough Quest Bar

6:50 p.m.: Chipotle burrito bowl! The best part about being unprepared. I nixed the guac this time (BOOO) because I didn’t have enough fat left for the day, but still tasty nonetheless. Brown rice, chicken, fajita veggies, pico, medium salsa & lettuce. I also got Ben a bowl because I’m the best girlfriend ever and also he cooks for me all the time and I eat all his food. I ate that bowl SO FAST 10-minutes before my call with my coach. 
Calories: 420; 48C, 13F, 37P

Chipotle Burrito Bowl

Speaking of being unprepared, I spent $40 on food just for today (granted, $10 of that was for Ben). So $30 on three meals. That’s dumb – don’t do what I did. #MEALPREPFTW

9 p.m.: Cinnamon Toast Crunch with almond milk. Just a few carbs to cancel out my night.
Calories: 145; 26C, 4F, 1P

Totals:1526 calories; 177C, 51F, 111P

I can’t be 100% sure how accurate I was today, but I’m working on not letting that bother me!

Weekend Recap: Sickness + Starbucks

Good morning, friends! I hope you all had a fabulous weekend. It was 64 in Chicago all weekend and I can’t even contain my excitement, even though I wasn’t able to take advantage of much of it.

I drove out to work on Friday pretty early to get some stuff done for work. I had a small lull around 10:30 so I headed over to the gym to get in my upper body + HIIT workout.

Friday Workout

I got in a few more hours of work before leaving around 12:30 to miss traffic. I got into Chicago around 1:15 and headed straight to Starbucks to continue working.

Starbucks work

Around 3, Ben showed up to work the rest of the afternoon with me. 🙂 We left a little after 5 and headed back to his place to hang out with Teressa.

I was in an amazing mood all day on Friday up until we left Starbucks. I was so hungry because I was trying to “save as many calories as possible” for dinner that night because I knew we were going out. Such a stupid idea. I was so tired, so cranky with Ben and struggled on and off all night with my mood. Grrrr.

Friday Night Fun

Saturday morning Ben woke up to go train around 5 a.m., but he was feeling absolutely awful. He ended up canceling his sessions (which he never does) and went back to bed. We didn’t get up until almost 11, which was crazy. We didn’t get to lift together like we usually do which bummed me out, but it was nice to sit around all day and not do anything. Granted, the weather was AMAZING and we holed ourselves up inside on the couch. We finished Stranger Things (SO GOOD), then watched some Parks & Rec and Dexter for the rest of the night. I wish Ben would’ve been feeling better, but I didn’t mind getting to cuddle up with him all day (and force him to look at funny memes). 🙂

Target Meme

Sunday we slept in a little bit (only until 9 this time) and then ate some breakfast. I went back to my apartment while Ben went to lunch with his family. I had so many dishes to get through, so once I got through cleaning I took my migraine pill (booooo allergy headaches) which made me pass out for a bit.

Later in the afternoon/early evening, Ben and I headed back to Starbucks to get some work done. I had all intentions of figuring out a new theme for my blog this weekend, but that didn’t happen. I got as much done as possible on Sunday and just chalked it up to a relaxing weekend – I don’t really have those very often!

The rest of the night consisted of leftovers from Valentine’s Day (we cooked spaghetti and meatballs together) and Dexter. Pretty chill weekend, but I’m all for that!

How was your weekend?

Linking up with Katie. 

Day in the Life: Work Day

Since I’ve been in Chicago for over a month now, I’ll take you along on a normal day for me! So I’ll take you back to Monday (even though no one wants to do that on a Friday!)

5:35 a.m.: Ben’s first alarm goes off, I pretend it’s lying

5:45 a.m.: Ben tells me it’s 5:45 and I need to get up. I look at him like he’s the devil, then remember I love him and it’s not his fault it’s Monday

5:55 a.m.: Throw on workout clothes, leave Ben’s apartment (I packed a bag) and walk the few blocks to my car

6:45 a.m.: Arrive at work, walk to the gym across the campus (it’s a HUGE company)

7:30 a.m.: Finish first day of Ben’s program, foam roll quads that are still beaten up from squats on Saturday, get ready for work, pick up a diet Mountain Dew (don’t judge me) from the convenience store

8 – 10 a.m.: Get to my desk, make food, log on, check emails, do work, talk to co-workers, bang head against desk, accidentally type in the wrong blog URL for my blog into Chrome and get a security notification that I was blocked from a porn site. Commence panic attack and fear of losing job for typo. Text boyfriend who (as always) puts life into perspective and basically tells me to calm the eff down. Roll eyes at self.

10:30 -11:30 a.m.: Leave work for early lunch (I have a noon meeting). Head to Target to pick up prescriptions, then to Chipotle for lunch

12 -12:30 p.m.: Meeting with partner and creative team on mailer project, write up recap notes, cancel meeting for 3 p.m.

12:30-3 p.m.: Back and forth with partner on questions for content calendar. Watch more training videos while waiting for feedback (I swear, this company has over a million training courses I’m supposed to listen to) This current one? Basically a video game about compliance. Like … why. Emailed back and forth with partner who thought I overheard her talking crap about one of our projects (no offense taken even if I had heard because I agreed with her lollll), noticed that I had three meetings in the afternoon that were all canceled …

3 p.m.: Get an email from our mail room that I received flowers, so my coworker and I walked down to get them. The card wasn’t signed, so I texted everyone I knew that could be the mastermind behind it (AKA my mother or Ben). Mom says no … Ben doesn’t respond … so I make up stories about a random secret admirerrrrrrr…

… and then Ben texts me that it was him. 🙂

4 p.m.: Bang head against desk

5 p.m.: Leave work, drive to Whole Foods to pick up a gift card for Teressa, drive back to the city

6:30 p.m.: Start making dinner and meal prepping before I’m assaulted

Cookie Butter Assault

7:30 p.m.: Thankfully Teressa brought me over some ice, then Ben came to make sure I was okay. The huge egg on my forehead was spectacular, but thankfully no blood!

8 – Midnight: I had all of these intentions to go work on blog stuff at Starbucks, but the almost cookie butter concussion made that impossible. I mostly sat on the couch, icing my forehead all night and hanging out with Ben.

And that’s a typical day in the life with me … including the injury. 😉

What’s a day in the life look like for you?

Being a Risk-Taker

I don’t do risks.

Like, for real. Or so I thought.

Risk-Taker

When my coach called me a risk-taker the other day on our call, I couldn’t help but giggle. Me? A risk-taker? The girl that hates going on roller coasters, wouldn’t sky dive for a bajillion dollars and don’t even get me started on gambling (why would I give you money that I don’t know if I’m going to get it back?)

Of course, after the giggle, she mentioned a few reasons why she considers me a risk-taker. Apparently moving your whole life to a brand new city with a brand new career makes me a risk-taker. A lot of people wouldn’t even dream of doing something like that, in fact I can think of about 10 that tried to talk me OUT of doing it. I guess I am a risk-taker.

  1. I’m willing to do pretty much anything (legally, let’s be real here 😉 to get the life I’ve always wanted. I’ve worked for YEARS, gaining as much experience as possible and working multiple jobs to fulfill my passions since I never seem to get that from my jobs.
  2. I take a risk every day when I write as authentically as possible on here and all of my social medias. I could (and have) get made fun of or maybe even in trouble for some of the things I say, but I still think it’s worth the risk to be as real as possible. I think too many people aren’t their authentic selves online and that’s sad.
  3. Like Amy said, I moved my entire life to a city I knew I felt a connection to, even though there were (and still are) many reasons it could *not* work out.
  4. I’m starting my own business. Side hustle for now, but I’d really love to be able to live the life I dream of and Chicago gives me the push I was looking for. My goal is to be less controlled by location and more focused on having more time to live my life with the people I love doing the things I love. Wish me luck! 🙂

How are you a risk-taker?
Do you consider yourself one?

Linking up with Amanda!

Enough is Enough

Y’all know I love to workout. It’s no secret.

Deadlifts with Ben Fritz Fitness

Fitness has become my passion, has led me to a healthier lifestyle AND even helped me find my wonderful boyfriend.

Yes, I love love love fitness, but I do NOT love dieting. Unfortunately I’m not one of those people that can eat whatever they want with no repercussions. I’m not someone who can just “stop eating” if I’m hungry. I’ve had issues with binge-eating, overeating, under-eating … alllll the eating issues. Tracking macros has been a God-send for me, but it’s still a struggle. I fell off the bandwagon around September last year, jumping back on and off multiple times since then. For the most part I was hovering around a weight I was comfortable with, so I didn’t care as much.

Unfortunately I’ve hit a point where I’m no longer comfortable. My clothes don’t fit as well, I don’t feel as confident and I feel lethargic in my workouts (well, all the time really). I am intending to get my thyroid re-tested soon (I have hypothyroidism which also messes with my weight loss) but a lot of this is just pure laziness and wanting to eat ALL THE THINGS.

Thankfully, I have this wonderful person in my life who I spend a lot of time with who just happens to be a fitness professional.

Pavilion Bar

And someone I’ve convinced him to train me. 😉

Of course I already think Ben’s the best, but after helping him brainstorm for future projects for his business, I started thinking that he’d be a perfect coach for me. Now, we’ll see because he IS my boyfriend first and foremost, but I think this’ll be a great way for me to jump back on the bandwagon.

I started his program on Monday, but I’ll definitely be updating you with how everything’s going, how I’m feeling and what my results are looking like. My goal is to lose close to 10 lbs by June 1. I like having goals, and that’s my current goal. Of course, I want to get stronger too, so it is more about how my body is FEELING, but I definitely want to be feeling my best by summer time. My first summer in  Chicago!

If you’re ever interested in fitness, macros, personal training, online training, finding out secrets about me (what?!), make sure you check out Ben.

Five Things I’m Loving on Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day, friends! Now, I’ve never been one for celebrating a random day in February with or without a boyfriend, BUT I am all about love. So with that, here are five things I’m loving.

5 Things I'm Loving on Valentine's Day

Just Jessie 
Did you know I’ve officially been blogging on here for five years? Crazy! I had a small food + weight loss blog before I started Just Jessie, but I’m so happy I switched over to this one.

I’ve made so many fun connections with new friends and brands in the past five years and I can’t wait to ramp things up this year with making my brand into a business. I’ve decided to finally put my passion and talents to use by providing my own content creation and social media management service. I’m so ready to work hard toward the life that I want!

Chicago
I lovvvvve this city. I love being able to walk to things or get to places easily (I still need to figure out the trains …) I love the energy of the city and how empowered I feel all the time. I mentioned this in my post back in October when I had my solo trip to Chicago, but this city gives me a sense of excitement and the push to go after everything that I want. I still can’t believe I live here and I’m doing it. I’M DOING IT, GUYS!

Warmer Weather
The weather has been sneakily warming up. Granted, it’ll be 50 one day, then 27 the next BUT IT’S STARTING. Everyone keeps telling me that Chicago is amazing in the summer, and I’m ready to see what that’s all about. Plus, dresses without tights?! I do need to do some spring/summer clothing shopping and shoes shopping, but I’m going to wait until I’ve hit a few goals with my fitness journey.

Friends
New and old, I love that I’m able to be around fun people more often. I’ve hung out with more people since I’ve moved to Chicago than I did the entire 2.5 years I lived in De Pere. I’m joking, only sort of. I’m pretty sure it’s close!

Ben
I mean, I can’t do a Valentine’s Day post and NOT mention him, can I? 🙂

After being single for over four years, having someone in my life has been a challenge, but a good one. He’s smart, kind, loving, funny and I didn’t know someone like him even existed. But he does and I’m not sharing. 😛

Plus, he feeds me cake and donuts, but also pushes me in the gym. Best case scenario in my opinion.

What are you loving right now?
Are you doing anything for Valentine’s Day or Galentine’s Day or Single’s Awareness Day OR JUST FEBRUARY 14?

Weekend Recap: Stan’s Donuts

Oh Monday … always coming back even when I don’t want you to. So, instead of focusing on that, let’s time travel back to Friday! 🙂

Work started off pretty slow, which is pretty normal on Fridays. I worked out over lunch …

Shoulders, Biceps and Triceps workout

I left work around 2 p.m. on Friday in order to beat some of the traffic (it normally takes me almost 1.5-2 hours to get home on a Friday …) and then holed myself up at Starbucks. Ben met me there and after a few hours of work, we went back to his place to start a Stranger Things marathon. We didn’t get off the couch the whole night and it.was.amazing.

Saturday started off pretty late for me. Ben got up early to go to work and I slept in until about 10, then stuck around in bed watching YouTube videos for an hour. I ran home, ate some Thai food (mmm) and got ready for the gym. Since I was done early and the weather was NICE for Chicago in February (50 degrees?!) I decided to walk the 25-minutes to Ben’s gym to workout with him.

Chicago, Illinois

We hit heavy deadlifts and squats …

Squats with Ben Fritz Fitness

Deadlifts with Ben Fritz Fitness

I lifted 135# for 4×6 on squats and I’m SO EXCITED plus, it means that I hit another one of my February goals. It helps having someone there to push me.

After our workout, we decided to try a little taco place right down the street from our apartments. Ben loved his steak burrito, but I wasn’t blown away by my barbacoa tacos. I mean, I’d eat there again, but it wasn’t anything to write home about for me.

El Jardin Tacos

After our super late lunch, I walked home (I love that we live so close) to shower and do a few things around my place. PLUS, I had my newest package sitting on my doorstep (found here on Etsy)!

You Better Have Tacos Door Mat

I walked back to Ben’s apartment and we ended up going to Starbucks to get a couple hours of work done. After some productiveness, we headed BACK to Ben’s apartment (I love being able to walk everywhere) to figure out dinner. The night turned into watching more Stranger Things (I’m hooked!), drinking wine and doing laundry. Party animals!

Sunday started off late for me again – Ben got up early, but I just couldn’t pull myself out of bed until 9:30. I’ve been so tired lately! Anyways, thankfully we were both moving slow so we didn’t get out of the apartment until 10, but we had a special destination …

Stan's Donuts

Stan’s Donuts!

I wanted a donut and I’ve been complaining to Ben all week. In my defense, it’s his fault because he got me one on Wednesday when I was sick so now that’s all I’ve wanted. Well, Ben decided we needed a dozen …

Stan's Donuts

We decided to try them all … I had a piece of almost a dozen donuts (I gave up…)

Stan's Donuts

After the sugar coma, we walked over to Starbucks (imagine that!) and Ben worked on his business stuff while I worked on blog stuff. I’m looking to either buy a full new design for my blog or just purchase a template. Hmmmmmm…..

3+ hours later, we both went to our own apartments, ate an extremely late lunch (those donuts killed my appetite) and then headed out to the suburbs to IKEA. I found two things I needed for my apartment storage. We were in and out of there in one hour!

We headed to Ben’s parents’ house for a quick dinner and then off to his hockey game. They won 8-4, I believe. Ben was *only* in the penalty box twice (hahaha).

Ben's Hockey League Game

The game let out around 9:15, so we headed back to the city to get ready for the next day. And that was my weekend!

How was your weekend?