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

Macros:
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.

Workouts:
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 Ben 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!

Progress:
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? 

Workout Wednesday: IIFYM Week #6

Happy Hump Day! Time for our weekly fitness update. How are you liking these, by the way?

Workout Wednesday

Macros:
I was actually very consistent with my macros last week, until I hit the weekend. For the most part, I still stayed within my calories (apart from Friday since I had a couple of drinks) but I was pretty good! We’re thinking about messing with my macros a bit so I have more room to “play” on the weekends since I have so many friends coming to visit in the next few weeks. Ben is also finding it difficult being a coach AND a boyfriend. He made me pancakes for breakfast on Sunday and they’re not exactly macro-friendly, but he wanted to do something sweet for me. I’ll take pancakes from the BF over abs any day. 😉

Workouts:
I did alllll of my five workouts last week – yay! I was extremely sore after my workout last Tuesday, but still managed to push through. My lower back is still slightly irritating, but so far no injuries (fingers crossed).

How it’s going:
So much better! I feel much stronger this past week plus motivated to keep at it. I’ve been trying to separate work and my workouts (since I workout at work) and that’s been helping. Remembering I LOVE working out, and it gets me away from the painful day for a little bit.

Progress:
I weighed in on Friday and I was feeling lean. I lost about a pound, which is pretty good. Hopefully I am able to shed some lbs this week, too, especially after a crazy weekend! Still trying to figure that part out.

What’s your favorite healthy food? Unhealthy food?

Trader Joe’s Haul!

After a small haitus with videos, I’m trying to get back into the swing of things. Of course, I filmed this Trader Joe’s Haul, did a beautiful thumbnail and then forgot to upload said thumbnail so now you get my dumb face … BUT it’s a fun video, I promise. It includes most of my staples from TJ’s and a few fun things I bought!

I’m so happy that I’m close to a TJs again!

Are you a Trader Joe’s fan?
What are some of your faves?

Workout Wednesday: IIFYM Week 4

Happy Wednesday! This post is up a *little* late today, but it’s up!

Workout Wednesday

Macros:
Ooooh boy, I was on until about Sunday. The last three days have been filled with small binges and overeating, which is never good. Lots of stress + bad self-confidence this week = some eating issues. But I’m getting back on track!

Workouts:
These have been a little scattered. Basically the last two weeks I’ve only been out in the suburbs 1-2 days per week and since I don’t have a gym in the city (I workout with Ben at his, but it’s not an “open gym”) it’s been a little bit of a struggle. I’ve still been getting in at least three workouts a week, though, and I tested my upper body maxes with Ben last Friday (woo!) and then lower body (well, deadlifts) on Saturday which I talked about in my weekend recap.

While this isn’t a workout, I’ve also been walking to work when I work downtown. It’s about a 4-mile walk today (2 there, 2 home) so it’s some nice activity since I usually sit all effing day + in the car!

How it’s going:
Super well, minus the lack in workouts. I’m so proud of how strong I’ve become. I honestly thought it’d take me all year to be able to pull over 200# on deadlifts and here I did 3 strong pulls at 205# and 1 pull at 215# this past Saturday. It’s so crazy! I will say I wish I had a gym membership in the city because I hate working out at my work, but it’s a cheap membership and it’s convenient for now. When I’m based mostly in the city, I’ll have to figure out a gym then. For now, I’ll just have to take what I can get!

Progress:
I actually haven’t weighed myself yet this week, but I know I’m up. My thyroid still isn’t quite regulated yet (though I am starting to feel slightly better) and I had a few small “binges” (I hate using that word…). I’ll probably weigh myself on Friday just to get a reading on where I am, but I’m pretty frustrated with myself. STRENGTH-wise, though … I’m feeling so strong! SO grateful to my boyfriend/coach for pushing me otherwise I probably would’ve never thought I can lift as much as I have been … even if I do pout every time he ups my weight (I’m the worst client ever).

What did you do to stay active this week?

Workout Wednesday: IIFYM Week 3

So I’m officially through with IIFYM Week 3 and it.was.a.struggle.

Workout Wednesday

Macros:
I actually stayed pretty on track with my macros this week, minus a “treat meal” on Friday night. I did have a few slip-ups, but mostly stayed within my calories. Unfortunately, I think we’re going to have to knock down my calories. I’m not a “lucky one” who can diet on 1600+ calories a day. BOO.

Workouts:
I was pretty on track all week and only missed one HIIT workout. My Saturday workout was a bit short (as you read about in my Weekend Recap) but I got it in. Everything felt good, minus the back pain on Saturday so I did have to go a little lighter. HOWEVER, Friday’s upper body workout with Ben … he upped all of my weight and I’m stronger than I thought. Imagine that. 😉

How it’s going:
It’s all going well! Unfortunately we really thought we’d be able to get my metabolism under control so I didn’t have to cut calories much to diet, but I kinda knew that wouldn’t work in the back of my mind. Don’t worry – dieting won’t be forever. I just want to get back down to a more comfortable weight before summer. Remember, I’m 5’1″, so even 2 pounds on me feels like 7 on a normal human.

Progress:
I actually gained another .4 lbs this week. Not too worried about it. I do actually feel a tiny bit leaner in my upper body, though. My stomach is holding on the bloat like a fiend, but I’m hoping things will even out soon. I’m feeling super strong!

What is your favorite workout?
Do you diet? What do you do to lose a few pounds (or gain)?

Weekend Recap: A Crappy Attitude

I like to think of myself as a positive person, but in attempts to always keep this website truthful, the last few days have been surrounded with self-doubt and just an all-over crappy attitude about some things. Sometimes that happens and I’m just trying to move past it!

So working downtown on Thursdays + working from home on Fridays has been a GODSEND. Thursday I took a Lyft to work because it was pretty cold, but I walked home that night. Threw in some headphones and listened to “You Are a Badass” (<— If you read my March goals, then YES I FINALLY DOWNLOADED AUDIBLE).

Chicago, Illinois

Friday I woke up at Ben’s apartment at about 7:50, stumbled out into the living room and started working at 8. He was already at work with his clients, so I had the morning to myself at his place to get some laundry done while working (since my w/d at my apartment STILL hasn’t been installed)!

I took my lunch around 12:30 and headed to the gym for Ben to train me. It was an upper body day, which I haven’t done with him yet. Of course, he made me bump up my weight in almost everything so I was definitely feeling it. The rest of the afternoon I worked from Ben’s couch while he finished some work as well.

Working from home

We shut down right at 5 and headed down the road to eat at Sushi X. If you follow me on Snapchat (JustJessie23) or Instagram stories, you would’ve seen the epic treat meal that went down, but here’s a little preview …

Sushi X - Chicago

SO GOOD. Plus, our server was awesome so that makes the experience even better. But yes, I’ve found a man that will go to eat at Grandma time with me. 🙂

After sushi, Ben wanted to take me to frozen yogurt because I’ve been talking about it for EVER. We walked about a mile and he got ice cream at Jeni’s, which was right next door to Red Mango. I took my frozen yogurt to-go because my stomach was feeling pretty angry after shoving 2.5 rolls of sushi down my throat an hour earlier. Don’t worry, I ate it later.

We walked back to Ben’s apartment and both fell asleep watching Minions at like, 11 p.m. #OldPeopleStatus #TheBest

Saturday morning Ben had to train, so he went in and I sat around on his couch catching up on YouTube videos. I noticed myself picking my body apart more than normal (I was still bloated from the night before) and I got this “you’re not going to make it” mindset stuck in my head. Does this happen to anyone else? I figured a nice, hard workout at the gym would make it better!

It didn’t.

In fact, Ben spent a good chunk of the workout trying to talk me out of crying out of frustration. I feel like I’m just starting to get strong and my back starts killing me and I have to cut down my weight. PLUS, you trying wearing spandex around OTHER beautiful women wearing Lululemon when you’re already in a bad mood about how you look. Just wasn’t a good workout for me!

(P.S. I’m writing most of this blog post on Sunday afternoon and my computer has shut down NO LESS than three times so far due to who-knows-what … so this weekend is just not loving me).

After the workout, Ben and I headed back to his place, ate and watched Human Planet for a few hours. He made me dinner (chicken and pasta – woooooo!), then we started watching more Netflix and I fell asleep on the couch before he woke me up to move to bed. Such a sleepy weekend – crappy attitudes make me tired!

Sunday Ben got up to meet some potential clients and I laid around in bed for awhile before getting up to clean up his place for him a bit. I figure if he’s feeding me and basically letting me stay there every hour of the day this weekend, the least I can do is make his bed and clean up his kitchen!

We moved over to Starbucks around 1 p.m. to get some work done. I’ve been working on this blog for almost two hours because the computer I’m working on keeps shutting down and losing everything I’ve done. (Speaking of that, time to save …)

Starbucks Weekend

The rest of the afternoon we spent watching more Human Planet (ADDICTING) until we transferred over to my apartment while Ben worked and I meal prepped some stuff . Nothing crazy!

How was your weekend?

Linking up with Katie.

Workout Wednesday: Week 2

So, I gained weight this week. BOO. Which is understandable if you read my post from this weekend where I went completely off my macros for the entire weekend basically …

Workout Wednesday

Macros:
Like I said above, my macros weren’t spot on this week, though I did well during the week. Ben did up my calories this week, but I doubt that’s why I gained weight. I’m going to guess the alcohol, restaurant trips and cake might have done that. 😉

Workouts:
I did all but one. Last Friday I was approved to work-from-home but since Ben has to be with me when I workout at his gym, he wasn’t available on Friday. WE BLAME HIM! 🙂 My workout with him Saturday was frustrating because my lower back is killing me. Hopefully that goes away – I just sit WAY too much between my job and my commute.

How it’s going:
It’s going well, minus the little bumps I told you about above. We’ll get there!

Progress:
I gained 1 lb back this week, but I did go up to 175 in deadlifts (which I just realized now looking at the above photo … I added two more 10#plates instead of 5# – whoops) I’m not really seeing any changes in my body yet, but it’s been two weeks where I’ve been back on track so I’m not surprised.

What have you done to move your body this week?

Weekend Recap: A Very Potter Birthday

Birthdays and weekends are the best, aren’t they?!

So we’ll start with Thursday, only because I feel like that’s when my “weekend” began last week. On Thursday my company laid off about 130 people in corporate. I had been hearing whisperings of it for awhile, but we weren’t sure what was happening. Thankfully I was not one of those cut at this time, but it’s definitely not something I want to go through again. One really great thing about Thursday though is that I got to work downtown AND I got approved to work from home on Fridays. Three-day commutes are NOTHING in comparison to five!

Friday I was able to sleep in a bit and then plopped myself on the couch to work in the morning. I worked until about 12:30 before I moved myself over to Starbucks. As much as I want to work-from-home entirely someday, I still need some human interaction so SB it was! My favorite person met me over there around 3.

Starbucks Date

Any guesses what the guy in the background of that photo is doing??

We worked a little past 5 and then headed out for an early date night. Ben and I are both trying to save money, but he mentioned chips and salsa and I’m easily swayed from saving. 😉

Flo Chicago

Apologies for the poor lighting + Snapchat (JustJessie23 #shamelessplug) pics, but the lighting was badddddd.

We went to a place called Flo in West Town. It’s technically a New Mexican restaurant. My chips/salsa and margarita were spectacular and Ben loved his food. I didn’t love my main dish, but I had gorged myself with so many chips that I wasn’t into a heavy meal. Definitely would go back!

Flo Chicago

We stopped at a little wine bar on our way home for a glass of wine … It was a fun place, but our server was kinda cranky. I did not like my wine – apparently I was in a cranky mood toward food/drink on Friday!

Wine Date Night

Saturday morning I got up with Ben and headed to the Starbucks by his work while he trained his clients. I spent the entire morning basically watching Gary V motivational videos, trying to figure out how to change WordPress themes (any advice on this? Do I need to back up all the things first?) and spying on dogs.

Starbucks West Loop

Starbucks West Loop

Ben met me for another hour of work before we could go back to workout. I, of course, have no photos of our workout. WHY DOES THIS ALWAYS HAPPEN?

After our workout, we both went back to our own apartments to get ready for a quick trip to Milwaukee for Saige’s birthday! She had THE BEST Harry Potter cake.

Harry Potter Birthday Cake

The night was so much fun. There were about 15 of us there and we had a fun game night. Ben and I ended up driving back to Chicago late because we had plans on Sunday plus were boring/old and were falling asleep by 11!

Sunday we slept in a bit since we didn’t get in bed until 2 a.m. the night before, then I got ready for brunch with Marette!

Only brunch with @jessiedeschane could pull me back out of hibernation!👯👯❤

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We went to this awesome place called Tuco & Blondie, which I loved! Apparently I was in a Mexican food mood this weekend.

Tuco & Blondie

Tuco & Blondie

Always have such a great time catching up with her!

After brunch, Ben, his sister and I all headed out to the suburbs with dinner/hanging out with his family, which is always a nice time. We got back to the city around 10 and bummed around on the couch for the rest of the night before calling it quits.

P.S if you read my post on Friday, the lie was #1. Tricked you! I’m not actually from Green Bay, though I was living there for 2.5 years before I moved this January. 🙂

How was your weekend?
Are you a brunch person?

Linking up with Katie!

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!

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!