Workout Wednesday: IIFYM Week #10

Workout Wednesday time!

Workout Wednesday

We did bump my macros down (about 100 calories a day) and I’ve been on track for part of the week … and then Thursday-Sunday, I fail. πŸ™ I’m working on it! So far this week has been okay.

My workouts have been a little all over the place. I’ve had to work-from-home a few times (so I don’t have access to a gym) and I was sick to my stomach last Friday so I walked to the gym and then Ben and I decided it was best I didn’t workout anyway. But the workouts I have gotten in have been amazing! I can’t wait to get my OWN gym in the city (meaning a gym that’s not associated with my job OR Benjamin’s job) – soon!

How it’s going:
It’s going pretty well, actually! I feel like my body image issues are getting a little better. It helps having a boyfriend who is extremely fit, yet still finds me incredibly beautiful. It’s hard to be so down on myself when he’s constantly telling me how beautiful I am. So… props to the boy. πŸ˜‰

As far as workouts/food, I’m still working on it. But I’m getting there! It’s been stressful since moving to Chicago and finding out the job I’m working in just isn’t the right fit. That negativity just leaks into other parts my life.

I actually was up about a half pound again last week – grrrr. I’ve been really struggling with digestion, which obviously doesn’t help. Even if I’m eating well, if nothing is … coming out … (I’M SORRY, TMI) then I’m not exactly going to lose any weight. I’m still hoping that I’m under 130 lbs by June 1. That seems to be a big plateau for me. I know weight isn’t everything so I’m not focusing on that entirely, but the weight I’m in is a little to uncomfortable for me!

How’s your workouts/eating going this week?

Weekend Recap: Games & Brunch

Happy Monday! I can say that because this has definitely shaped up to be a pretty amazing Monday. πŸ™‚ Even so, let’s take a quick look back at the weekend.

Friday I worked from home (and wrote a sneaky little blog post) for the day. I walked to the gym to workout with Ben over lunch, but my stomach was killing me so we just ended up walking home. Hey, at least I got in a walk?

The rest of the afternoon I spent working and logged off around 5. I got ready, headed over to Ben’s and we took off for a night in the city with one of our favorite couples, Frank and Draco. We had some drinks and sushi atΒ Niu Japanese Fusion LoungeΒ before heading to FTW – an arcade bar downtown. I had SO much fun! And Ben loved his super girly drink. πŸ˜‰

FTW Chicago

FTW Chicago

After a few hours of games, Ben and I headed home and were all tucked in before midnight. YES.

Saturday I actually slept in until 11 – what?! Ben had left around 7:30 to train his clients, but I just kept on sleepin’.

I met up with Ben at the gym around 1:30 for our own workout. I was not in the right mindset, but I still got through.

Once we got done, we headed to Big & Little’s to try out some tacos. I didn’t realize how popular the place was! It was pretty good, but if I’m honest … I’ve had better tacos in the city.

Big & Littles

Big & Littles

Once we were all stuffed, we headed back to Ben’s and pretty much chilled all night, watching a Netflix show and then some Harry Potter. Amazing Saturday!

Sunday we woke up pretty early (well, for us on a weekend at least) and after taking our time getting ready, we headed over to Whisk for brunch. I’ve been to Whisk before and I love it!

Whisk Chicago

We walked there since it was so beautiful out, and had a small wait so we stood outside.

I got the Buffalo Chicken Hash (which is what I got last time) and it was amazing again! Highly recommend.

Whisk Chicago

Ben got the Steak Hash and loved it, too! P.S. I just think he’s the most handsome date ever … πŸ™‚

Whisk Chicago

I was feeling a bit anxious all day, so after brunch we walked home, grabbing a few cake balls from West Town Bakery (no pics, but the french toast one was SO GOOD)Β on our way. Once home, Ben changed and we headed out to the dog beach again. We both have such crazy dog fever it’s not even funny. Ben was so sweet trying to keep me occupied all day so my mind wouldn’t get the best of me.

After the beach, we went to a park over by our apartments before I headed home to shower/eat quickly. Unfortunately the tortellini I ate made me extremely sick, so Ben and I watched a movie on the couch the rest of the night. Feeling much better this morning, though!

How was your weekend?

Linking up with Katie!

Friday Thoughts, Unicorn Drinks & Stuff

Good post title, huh? πŸ˜‰ I’m TOTALLY rocking this blogger SEO stuff.

So, this week has been crazy. Crazy in my mind, at least. Monday I worked from home and had a meeting downtown. Tuesday and Wednesday I was out in the suburbs and yesterday I was downtown again for work. Thankfully Fridays I work from home, so today will be pretty chill. Obviously I’ll be working, but I’ll also be getting in a workout and laying around on my couch. Fun plans tonight with Ben’s clients!

So in other random news… I got the Unicorn Frapp and didn’t die!

Unicorn Frapp

I honestly liked it. It was super sweet, but I like super sweet. No, there’s no caffeine and it’s full of sugar, but it’s fun and LOOK, PRETTY PICTURE. ^^

It’s been a pretty stressful day between work and other projects I’m working on, so I’ve been trying to stay in a positive mindset by reminding myself what I’m grateful for and not focusing on negative things. My body insecurities are still at an all-time high, but I’m working on it and it’s all I can do.

With that, I went to get a drink (or two) with colleagues last night and my friend snapped this seriously candid photo of me. It made me realize how happy I really am here in Chicago and how grateful I am for it. Of course, I’d love to be working downtown, but I know that’ll happen soon. So in the meantime, I just need to focus on being as happy as this girl is.

Jessie in Chicago

Cuz she’s pretty damn happy. πŸ™‚

How has your week been so far?
What do you do to stay in a happy and grateful mindset?

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Workout Wednesday: IIFYM Week #9

Back at it with another Workout Wednesday – can’t believe I’m on week 9.

Workout Wednesday

I was pretty on point until Saige came to visit, which I assumed would happen!

With that said, Ben did cut my macros by 100 calories. Doesn’t seem like a lot, but it sucks at 9 p.m. when I’m looking for a snack and realize I can’t have one. Have to just rethink some of my meals, since I pretty much eat the same thing every day with little variety – only because that’s what I like. So basically a lot of rice and like, zero vegetables and fruit. πŸ˜‰

Same as the macros! I did a strong workout Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, but missed Thursday-Saturday. That’s okay, though. Life happens!

How’s it going:
Pretty well! I’m still working on my body image issues, but I’ve been feeling better the last couple of days. I will say, I was trying on clothes in the Zara changing room and started crying because I hated the way I looked. DUMB but true. So I’m trying to change my mindset.

I’m up another .2 lbs as of last Friday (which is when I weigh myself) but … I wasn’t surprised I wasn’t on track as much as I should’ve been and my body just isn’t catching on to dieting on 1600 calories unfortunately. So we dropped calories and I’m trying to stick to it as much as possible. We’ll see what this Friday brings us!

How’s your week going?

Weekend Recap: Girl Friend Time!

Goooood morning and happy Monday I just wrote Sunday!Β  It’s so beautiful out today and all I want to do is hang out outside!

I had a fantastic weekend and I’m so sad it went by so quickly! My friend Saige from Milwaukee came to visit Friday-Saturday and it was so much fun.

Friday we worked from home for awhile together, then she went out around lunch to meet up with her family. We met up again around 5, got ready at my place and headed to a little restaurant/bar called Charlatan near my apartment for a drink.

Drinks at Charlatan

We met up with “da boys” – aka Ben and her husband, Joel around 7:30, put in our name at Yuzu Sushi for dinner (hour and a half wait, come ON Chicago) and then headed over to Roots for a drink while we waited. Saige and Joel have met Ben, but it was in a huge party setting so this was the first time we all got to sit down and hang out. Also, it was my first “double-date” in like 5+ years?

Yuzu texted us awhile later and we headed over to grab out table. We shared a few apps, a bottle of wine (the restaurant was BYOB so Ben brought some over) and then got some sushi!

Yuzu Sushi

After dinner, Joel had to head out to his brother’s so he dropped Saige, Ben and me back off at Charlatan where we had ANOTHER drink. Let me just say – all three of us rarely drink, so it was a bit more than we were all used to.

Saturday morning was a slow start for us, but Saige and I took the time to do some face masks and then get ready slowly. It was GORGEOUS outside, so we headed out to Tuco & Blondie for a late lunch.

Tuco & Blondie

Tuco & Blondie

Our food was fantastic, plus it was so light and airy in there!

Tuco & Blondie

After lunch, we headed downtown to do a little shopping. We only got through Zara and half of H&M, but I managed to buy a few things. I’ll do a haul soon!

Saige ordered an Uber once we got home and headed out to spend time with her fam. Ben picked me up and we headed out to the suburbs. We watched the Blackhawks game (boooo) at Buffalo Wild Wings and then headed to his hockey game. Neither team won, but Ben was hilarious to watch… only because he got a penalty within the first 10 seconds of the game. He then managed to get out of the box and immediately score a goal. Fun game!

Sunday Ben and I got up and went to do some work at Starbucks. Do to unforeseen circumstances that hopefully I can tell you more about at some time (grrrr, why do I always do that?!) I didn’t go to Easter with my family or his. I did manage to step out of the apartment a little bit, though.

Chicago, IL

Chicago, IL

And now it’s Monday! I’m working from home today, but thinking about taking a walk to Starbucks here soon. Haven’t decided if it’s just to get a coffee, or to get some work done there for awhile. We’ll see… either way, back to the suburbs tomorrow!

How was your weekend?

Workout Wednesday: IIFYM Week #8

I skipped over this weekly post last week when I had the stomach flu, so it’s time for a workout update!

Workout Wednesday

These were obviously off all last week. I was on track on Monday, then it all went out the window when I got sick on Tuesday morning. I didn’t start tracking again until this Monday.

I actually didn’t workout for a WEEK which is crazy for me. I worked out LAST last Saturday with Ben, which you can see in that weekend recap, but Monday I was feeling so exhausted (the preview to my sickness) so I skipped. Then Tuesday-Friday I obviously wasn’t getting in any workouts. Saturday Ben and I finally got in a workout (did I mention he had the same stomach flu?!) though I just lifted “light” deadlifts and did some sumo squats. Still felt good to get back into it, though!

So far this week I’ve been on track. I’ve started more of a hypertrophy section to my coaching with BenΒ which I’m enjoying so far. Monday was an upper body (strength) workout, yesterday was lower body hypertrophy and today is an upper body (pull) day. Hoping I can get that in over my lunch break today!

How’s it going:
It’s going. The sickness definitely set me back. I ate what I could and then by the weekend when I was feeling better, I ate ALL the things. I definitely need to nip things in the butt. Ben and I were chatting about cutting my calories last night and being more strict with treat meals, at least until I get to a more comfortable weight for my height. My best friend from Milwaukee is coming into the city tomorrow night – Saturday, so I won’t be tracking or working out strictly then, but there’s no excuse after that! I want to be feeling my best for summer!

I’m actually down about a pound as of Friday, but that could’ve been from the lack of good food besides rice and crackers. I’ve been feeling extremely bloated the last week and we’re still trying to get my thyroid medication figured out. I’m also trying to cut back caffeine to once per day, then hopefully to only once or twice a week as a treat. I’m about 3.2 lbs since we started this 8 weeks ago and while I know weight isn’t the only progress-checker, I don’t feel any better. I don’t see muscles peeking through. I still feel like I’m at an uncomfortable weight. So, tiime to kick it into high gear! I don’t have an exact goal, but we do have a wedding in early June in Nashville and I’d like to AT LEAST be feeling a bit more comfortable with my weight and beat the bloat by then.

What have you done to move your body this week?Β 

Five Reasons I Pay for a Life Coach

Hey friends! Today I want to chat about my life coach, Amy Young, and why I have chosen to spend a good amount of money and time on a life coach for the past 8 months (and signed up for 4 more)!

5 reasons i pay for a life coach

  1. She provides me with tools to reach my goals.
    I’ve always been a goal-oriented, driven human. But I’m exactly that – a human. Sometimes I get overwhelmed with my goals, worry about everything that I’m not doing what I need to and just lack general direction. Amy has given me tools, exercises (for on and off our calls) to focus my vision and get where I want to be. It’s crazy to think the amount of things I’ve accomplished in the last 8 months – Got out of a crazy emotional funk, went on a solo trip to Chicago, fell in love with Ben (<— something I thought would never happen for me), MOVED TO CHICAGO. I’m proud of myself for how much I’ve accomplished and Amy was a huge part of helping me get there as sanely as possible. πŸ˜‰
  2. She always, always, ALWAYS has my back.
    One thing you’ll find out when you’re trying to make big changes in your life is that not everyone will have your back. Everyone will have an opinion about what you’re doing. Hell, sometimes even YOU will not always have your own back. But Amy a-l-w-a-y-s has mine. Whether I need someone to just say “I’m here for you, girl” OR call me on my bullshit, she does it. Not only does she feel like a coach and mentor, she also feels like a friend.
  3. She’s flexible with her coaching.
    Back in early 2016 when I started working with Amy, I actually thought my coaching would be focused on dating. That is what pulled me into her coaching in the first place (her YouTube videos are amazinnnnng, especially for single ladies). We definitely have spoken about relationships, how I feel about relationships (<— fear tends to be a big underlying issues for me in many of the parts of my life I’m working on) and if I’m open to one. I was definitely cut off from men in general and had no interest in letting one in. Thankfully I started working with Amy and I was in a much better place when I met Ben.But, to my surprise, most of my calls weren’t focused on boys, relationships or any of that jazz. Instead they turned to my interest of wanting to be an entrepreneur, my relationship (or lack thereof) with money and wanting to get out of Green Bay where I felt very stuck. We worked through my fears on all accounts, and after lots of work – look where I am now! Living in Chicago with a new job. No, I don’t love my job, but it’s given me the opportunity to live in this amazing city and find out how much money I’m worth. And now I’m in a position where I can make connections in this wonderful city, continue to strive towards making my side hustle my WHOLE hustle, be within walking distance of my love, be active in a city that makes me feel alive, etc. etc. etc. That’s some cool shit.
  4. I felt connected to her.Like I said in #2, not only does Amy feel like my mentor and coach, she also feels like my friend. She has gone through a lot of the same things as me, so I feel like she understands where I’m coming from. She’s a thriving entrepreneur, which is what I’m striving for. She has imperfections, she’s got a crazy fun personality, and she doesn’t try to convince people she’s anything but what she is. I appreciate that realness because I feel I try to live my life as authentically as possible.Also, on a coaching level, she’s available to me. Granted, I’m not one of those clients that expects my coach to get back to me RIGHT NOW, but she texts me back, emails me to check-in, reads my blog occasionally, follows me on Instagram. I don’t feel like she gets off the call with me and then never thinks of me again until our next. I remember having a defining moment in Chicago on my solo trip last October (which she pushed me to do!) and I texted her before anyone else as I was crying on the patio of a random restaurant in the city.
  5. I want to better myself.
    Apart from Amy, I think life coaching in general is amazing. I’ve had fitness coaches for over a year that I’ve loved and have helped me achieve my goals. I love watching Ben coach people every day toward their goals. I truly think any type of coaching can be helpful. For me, an all-around life coach was the best option. In fact, there’s been plenty of months where I didn’t have the money for coaching, but I figured it out. I cut out my $5.50 Starbucks drinks. I quit with my fitness coach. I worked three jobs and put some of that money toward coaching. I’m at a point in my life where I know I want to take care of ME and push myself forward, and I life coaching is something I’m very grateful for.

Okay, okay. I could gush about my love for life coaching and Amy all day, but I’ll stop now. Let me know of any questions/thoughts in the comments below!Β 

Weekend Recap: IT’S SO NICE OUT!

And it’s Monday again! Time to go with the weekend recap. I did try to vlog a bit this weekend, but I’m not sure I got much footage so we’ll see. πŸ™‚

Friday I worked from home. I had a few conference calls and a few Dropbox emergencies (which is how we get my “client” their work…). Thankfully my stomach was much better on Friday, so I think the flu is finally over!

After work I spent a bit cleaning up my apartment and went over to Ben’s apartment around 7:30 p.m. to eat some random stuff we got from Postmates (it was good, but I only ate about 2/3 of it) and watch Harry Potter. SUPER exciting Friday night. πŸ˜‰

Weekend Recap: Postmates Food

Saturday we woke up around 8:30 and headed to Starbucks by Ben’s gym around 10. We worked together until he had to leave for his only client at 11:30 and I met him there for our lower body workout at 12:30. We took it slow and light (#tyss haaaaa) since we both hadn’t worked out much the whole week prior due to the stomach flu.

Lower Body Workout

After our workout, I went back to my apartment to cook up some lunch, shower and change.

You Better Have Tacos Door Mat

A couple hours later I headed over to Ben’s and we watched an episode or two of a documentary before we headed out to Ben’s friend’s birthday party at a bowling alley.

I haven’t been bowling in at least five years and it was so much fun! I even got a strike – wooooo. On accident, though. I have absolutely no form.

Sunday we got up, Ben made me breakfast πŸ™‚ and we headed to Starbucks for some serious work. I had to get a ton of work out to someone and Ben had a bunch of new client programs to write. It was so hard sitting next to the window, looking at people running around outside in the nice weather!

After Starbucks, I ran home to eat and change quick.

Trader Joe's Meal

We headed out to a beach (Montrose Beach, I think??) to sit by the water (favorite thing #1) and watch the dogs on the dog beach (favorite thing #2). It was soooooo amazing. The weather was gorgeous, Ben and I laughed at all the dogs (and contemplated stealing some) and then we took a walk around. We were out there for a good 1.5 hours or so, and it was so relaxing. I felt SO happy afterwards.

Montrose Beach

After the beach, we headed over to Cone for a pre-dinner ice cream snack.

Ben had Cookie Monster (the blue one, which turned his lips bright blue which I thought was HILARIOUS) and I got Birthday Cake. Both were SO good, but so rich, so I spent the rest of the night with a bloated, pregnant-looking stomach. Yay, dairy intolerance!

Once we got back to Ben’s, he did some work and I played around on my phone. We ate quick and spent the rest of the night watching Harry Potter. Seriously, the best Sunday ever! Can’t wait for many, many more. πŸ™‚

How was your weekend?

Linking up with Katie!

What are YOU looking for?

Happy Hump Day! Or, for me, happy sit-on-the-couch-sick-day!

Sorry I’ve been so absent this week on any form of social media and this blog, but the BF had the stomach flu earlier this week and ever so nicely passed it on to me yesterday. Oof.

With that said, what would YOU like to see on my blog? Are there any posts that resonate with you or maybe posts you tend to click off when you see them on my blog? No hard feelings here. I feel like I’m not always providing value with my posts. I know some of them may be entertaining and welcoming (like weekend recaps), but let me know. Fitness? Weight loss? Life in Chicago? Debt-problems? Hypothyroidism? Dealing with a bad job? Trying to start “your own thing”? I’d love to hear from you!Β 

In the meantime, I’m back to laying on the couch. I ate some crackers and felt fine this morning, so tried to get in some rice and chips. Bad idea apparently. πŸ™

Weekend Recap: Margaritas, Hangovers & Sick Boyfriends

I feel like this weekend literally flew by. Not fair!

In an attempt to make it seem like it’s still here, here’s my weekend recap.

Friday I worked from home, got in a workout with Ben and signed off as soon as the clock hit 5 p.m.

Weekend Recap

I met up with Ben and his cousin around 7:30 before heading to Big Star to get food with Ben’s friend and his new gf. Unfortunately there were FORTY parties in front of us, so we headed over to another Mexican restaurant nearby for food and margs. Honestly, it was okay but I don’t even remember the name of the place, so obviously not that memorable!

Weekend Recap

On Saturday I woke up feeling disgusting. After a few margaritas and not enough food, my body was not happy with me. I walked to the gym in hopes that the fresh air would make me feel a bit better.

Chicago in April

IΒ did get in a few deadlifts with Ben before we headed to Portillos for a late lunch.

Portillo's Chopped Salad

After Portillos, we walked to the movie theater and saw Beauty & the Beast which we both loved. Thankfully it was nice enough out that we were able to comfortably walk back to Ben’s gym (where the car was parked). Unfortunately by that time, my dull headache had turned into a migraine so the rest of the night was spent recovering from my migraine pill (kicks my buttttt) and falling asleep on the couch.

Sunday I woke up late-ish before heading to brunch with Brooke and her fiance at RL. We had a couple of drinks + quiche and chatted for about an hour before I headed back home. It was nice enough out at that point that I walked the ~50 minutes back.

Weekend Recap

I was almost back home when Ben texted me that he was feeling super sick, so I stopped at Subway to pick him up some soup and swung over there. After a bunch of Netflix, we settled on the couch to work the rest of the night (well, I applied for jobs, he actually did a little bit of work before the sickness took over again).

Pretty chill weekend that went by WAY too fast. I contemplated playing hooky today just to get things done (AKA cleaning, laundry, everything else that I’d rather be doing than commuting to my job) but looks like I didn’t do that. I hate wishing away days, but here’s to hoping that Monday-Wednesday aren’t too rough and Thursday-the weekend show up soon!

How was your weekend?

Linking up with Katie!