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.

Weekend Recap: Work and Coffee

Good morning! Happy (hopefully) Election Day! I’m excited for this day to be over, but also terrified by what could happen. So … let’s move past that.

Last Friday I came into work and got everything under control after a crazy event weekend. By the time I went home, I was wiped, but I still went to the gym.

Forever 21 Gym Outfit

The rest of the night I spent on the couch and going to bed early. PERFECT Friday night for me.

Saturday I woke up and got ready for work at the tennis courts. Once I got there, there weren’t any courts scheduled so I went and did some cardio and then went home. A little Chipotle for lunch and then headed down to Appleton for an afternoon with my friend, Kelly!

Fashion Nova Jeans

Wore my jeans for the first time EVER, too!

Kelly and I got coffee and “worked” (AKA chatted about life) for a few hours and then headed to get sushi. After sushi, we wandered around the mall a bit before I headed back up to GB.

Because I didn’t get much work done all week/weekend, Sunday was all about my freelance position work.

Hashtag Mug

After a few hours on my couch (with a few breaks for food in between), I headed out to Starbucks to meet my friend Gina for some work time. I chatted with her and got through the rest of my work for the afternoon.

Starbucks Date

I had all intentions of going home and watching the Packer game, but as soon as I got in the car, the first play was the other team getting a touchdown. So I drove to the gym instead. 😉

Lifted Crop Top

The rest of the evening I spent doing a bit more work and relaxing on the couch before an early bedtime. Made waking up early to workout pretty easy on Monday. 🙂

Monday Workout

Then again, I tend to make all of my spelling errors when I snap at 5:30 a.m. *eyeroll*

The rest of the day was spent at work and then bumming around Green Bay with my sister. Now we’re on to Tuesday!

How was your weekend?


My Fitness & Weight Loss Story – 40 lbs lost!

Good morning! Since I’m off building lofts for students and making sure the football players bring the pieces to the correct rooms (you’d be surprised …), I figured I’d leave you with a video I made on my weight loss story. Disclaimer: It’s LONG. You know how I like to ramble. 🙂 But if you’ve ever been interested in the whole story of how I lost (and gained) 40 lbs, here you go!

P.S. I’m going to try REALLY hard to get the new link-up up tomorrow that Kelly sparked in my brain – a screenshot linkup! So if you’re interested in linking up, I’ll at least have that part up tomorrow. My goal is to make a button you can use as well, but I just don’t know that I’ll have that ready by tomorrow. It’ll be a work in progress right?


Starting a New Program + IIFYM Haul!

Happy Wednesday! Today is my first day off from the gym and it’s feeling GLORIOUS. I was so worn out on Monday/Tuesday. Today I just have work at my FT job, then my coaching call with Amy and then a “just for fun” catch-up call with Megan. Pretty good Wednesday in my opinion.

So, I started my new flexible dieting program on Monday! It’s been a little hard to get used to, only because I’m getting up earlier and have officially cut my macros (compared to just eating whatever I wanted) so I’m moving a little slower than normal. With that said, I’m really excited to see how my body reacts to this program. It’s VERY different than my last coach’s workouts, but I’ve had a few injuries and this is made specifically for me. I will say – going from 1 rest day / week to 3 / week is going to be difficult for me. We’ll see how it goes!

With that, my program looks like this:

Monday: Upper body + cardio
Tuesday: Lower body + cardio
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: Upper body + cardio
Friday: Lower body + cardio
Saturday: Rest
Sunday: Rest

Obviously the workouts are different on each day and I’m working different muscles, but that’s the jist of it. I honestly have no idea what I’m going to do with myself. 😉

Along with workouts, I have to get back into tracking every.single.thing I put into my mouth. It’s a good time to start, too, because I have a couple of events this month and then next month is NUTS with events/travel. I struggle the most with macros when I’m traveling. I currently don’t have any treat meals worked into my diet, but after a couple weeks I’m going to ask for some. They keep me sane!

I’m going to try to make some videos while I’m going through this diet to 1) keep myself accountable and 2) hopefully help some people out! Check out my first video in the series below (p.s. if you have any good names for this series, I’d love to hear them!)

Any ideas for a series name?
Do you follow a set program or just go with the flow?

Updates: Weight Loss & Fitness

Good morning, friends!

I apologize for the lack of posts you’re probably going to get this week. My car decided it’d be a great time to break (again) and I’m drowning in debt right now, so I’m pretty stressed out … and just not exactly in the best place to write a blog post! With that said, I wanted to give you a few updates on my weight loss and fitness.

Update #1: So, as of Monday, I’ve gained 5 lbs back since my 40 lb weight loss story. Now I get it, most of you are probably like “Jessie, calm down it’s 5 lbs.” but I’m 5’1″ and I can tell when I’ve gained two pounds, let alone five. I wanted to coach myself, but I’m beginning to think that I still need that outside source of encouragement. While I’m a coach for a couple of people, I think that personally I need that other person to be accountable with. With that, I’m pretty sure I’m going to sign up with Lynette, after I find out how much my broken car is going to cost.

40 lb weight loss

Speaking of coaching, update #2 is I’M COACHING – sort of. 🙂 I’m basically offering macro consultations and offering weekly check-ins with a client. I’m still not providing a workout regimen, only because I feel that I need to be certified in order to do that. If you’re interested in hearing more, please email me. 🙂 justjessiedblog@gmail.com (yes, the “d” is not a typo)

Update #3: You’ve probably hear me whining about my injuries here on the blog, but basically I sprained my wrist a few weeks ago and had to completely take off of upper body workouts (and some lower body that included holding dumbbells or a barbell). Last week I got SO excited to try out upper body that I went HAM on shoulders (my favorite upper body part to workout) and guess what? I injured my shoulder. *rolls eyes* Note to self (and others): If you take off three weeks, do not go back into your workouts thinking you’re still just as strong. Ease back into it. I had to cut out upper body for another week and it’s still pretty sore. I’m staying away from shoulder/back workouts, but I have started doing biceps/triceps.

And finally, update #4: I’m thinking about tracking my cut (if I can afford to coach with Lynette) via YouTube and I’m wondering if you would be interested in seeing it! I mean, I’m probably still going to do it, but what do you guys think? I’m thinking of maybe a video a week showing what I’m eating and working out and then maybe another every week talking about my progress and how I’m feeling. Opinions are welcome! I know not all of you love watching YouTube videos, but let me know!

I’m off to work and THANKFULLY I have a life coach session with Amy tonight. My homework this week was to stay in the “positivity basket”, and I’m pretty sure home girl lost the damn basket like the day after my last call. Should be a wonderful session!

Tomorrow I’ll be getting my car fixed (cross your fingers that it’s just a minor problem – we’ll just ignore the fact that it’s leaking coolant like a faucet) and then my friend Amy (not to be confused with my life coach, Amy – though this Amy is basically a life coach to me sometimes …) will be in town tomorrow night after I’m done working my part-time job! We’re heading to Madison on Friday and then have a wedding this weekend. I’m assuming my blog posts will be sparse if at all on Thursday and Friday, but I promise an awesome weekend recap next Monday. 😉

What are your current weight loss and/or fitness goals?
Anyone want to give me a free car and help me burn this stupid Volkswagen I have?

NASM Certification + Online Coaching

Hi friends! I had a few of you ask about my NASM training that I mentioned in my last blog post, so I wanted to tell you about it. 🙂

So, background a bit. I’ve been working out for 5+ years (different intensities), but the last two years I’ve been focusing on weight lifting. I’ve lost a total of 40 lbs. with hypothyroidism and I’m still continuing to better myself every day. But I’m also real – I fall off the wagon, I eat too much Qdoba, I go nuts when I see frozen yogurt.

40 lb weight loss

So coaching: I ended up getting my first coach last September that did not work out for me at all. I actually ended up gaining weight with her and we just didn’t click. She’s a great coach, just wasn’t the one for me. In January, I signed up with my current coach who re-ignited my passion in fitness. With her, I lost about 10+ lbs total (which is a lot for my height). I will say, the 60-Day Challenge I did with her was the best for me, and I’ve actually not had the best experience during my 90-Day Training package. With my trip to Hawaii + my coach’s two-weeks off for her honeymoon, I think it was just bad timing for this program. And actually she emailed me telling me my training was over on Monday, but I thought I had two weeks left. I haven’t heard back.

I think my biggest challenge with her is that I rarely get much of a response from her. I sometimes feel like maybe she has too many clients, because I’ll write her a book and I’ll get the same message back – always very short, very unengaged. Now, I’m not bashing my coach. She’s AMAZING – one of my favorite people – but I honestly think I could’ve done even better with a little more of a personal touch than what I received. Because I personally need a bit more contact and that’s just not the way she coaches. It’s definitely not a bad thing, it’s just not what I need and I’m sure there are other people like me that need more hands-on coaching. Well, as hands on as you can get from an online coach.

So, instead of looking for yet another coach, I’ve decided that this is something I love and it’s something I could do. Why not? I want to start online coaching for IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros / Flexible Dieting), motivation and soon for personal training … enter NASM. 🙂 

So NASM is a personal training certification. I did a lot of research on which certification to go with and I feel like this one is the most respected. I’ll be honest, I’m very nervous. I haven’t done any type of  classes in YEARS and I’ve never been awesome at tests, but I’m so passionate about fitness and health so I’m hoping that I can get past my nervousness. Plus, the end goal is so exciting.

It’s something I can do and grow on the side, and hopefully it’ll become something that’ll take over after lots of hard work. I’ve mentioned this to a few of my friends and they’ve all been so supportive, saying that I would be an amazing coach which just makes my heart smile. I love helping people, listening and problem solving – something a good coach needs to do. I know what doesn’t work when it comes to coaching and what does, plus I’ll learn along the way. So, yeah. I just put that out into the universe, so I guess I can’t chicken out now! 🙂

Linking up with Amanda! 

What do you think? Have you ever had a dream that seems crazy, but you just KNOW you have to try it anyway?

Fitness Friday: Volume 4

Fitness Friday

Saturday, May 21: Shoulders, Abs & Calves
I thought this workout was funny because there was literally one calf exercise, but I still did it! I went in the afternoon and had the place to myself.

Sunday, May 22: Quads, Glutes & Hamstrings
This time the workout STARTED with 200 walking lunges. How is that fair?! I worked from 6:45-2 p.m. this day and then went home for awhile before going BACK to the gym. But it was worth it – though it was kinda busy!

Monday, May 23: Rest
I wasn’t supposed to take a rest day, but I just was NOT feeling that 5:25 a.m. wake up call, so I decided last minute to switch it around.

Tuesday, May 24: Arms, Abs & HIIT
Lots of tricep work today, which I love. Back at it with the early morning workout and ended with 20-minutes of HIIT on the stair master next to a friend of mine.

Wednesday, May 25: Full Body Circuit
This workout took FOREVER and I ended up being late for work. Whoops. Thankfully they don’t mind. I did cut out a few things, but still took forever. Good workout, though!

Thursday, May 26: Hamstrings & Glutes
Oh my gosh the gym was SO humid! I was dying, plus this is probably the workout that makes me sweat the most. I ended up cutting out the barbell hip thrusts and replacing it with kettlebell hip thrusts. It definitely doesn’t work the glutes as much and you can’t do as much wieght, but it’s better than nothing! The weight room was full, and that movement is awkward enough to do!

Friday, May 27: Back & Arms
This workout actually didn’t take much time at all. I ended up running home before work and I still got to work 10 minutes early. Makes up for Wednesday. 😉 I did cut out the cardio portion, though. I think I’ll try to go for a walk after work since I’m done at noon today, but it’s looking like it might rain so … maybe not?

What’s your favorite way to workout?
Any fun plans for the weekend? 

40 lb. Weight Loss

I’ve hinted at this in my last few blog posts, but with the way my body fluctuates in weight, I wanted to wait (ha) a little while to see if I kept the weight off, and I did. So, without further adieu …

I’ve officially lost 40 lbs and hit my “goal weight”!


Yep, that’s 165 lbs. to 125 lbs. (reminder that I’m barely 5’1″, people. 106-129 is considered “normal” for my height range.)

Now, my “goal weight” is in quotes because I still have some work to do on my body, but I remember when I was at my heaviest, in an unhappy relationship and job and thinking “if I only could weight 125 lbs. again” …

Now that I’m 125, I’m like “I still have some work to do.” Isn’t that how it always works?

I could stand to lose a bit more fat and definitely tighten up my muscles. But I’ve noticed that the last few months I’ve been less focused on the number, and more focused on how I feel. I feel REALLY good, minus some bloating issues that I still haven’t figured out. I feel strong, which is the most important to me. I feel healthy, happy, sexy, confident and … well, I feel like me. 

It took me over three years to get to this point and about 150,000 times of falling off the wagon, trying new diets, etc. I was gluten-free, then I was dairy-free, then I was sugar-free, then I was tracking calories, then I was tracking weight watcher points and finally, IIFYM. Trust me, I’ve been a yo-yo dieter on and off for the past three years. I’ve lost 15 lbs, and gained them all back. I’ve had many struggles with binge-eating. But I figured out what worked for me at the time and did what I could. And it took longer than normal, but I’m still dang proud of myself. 

There’s been MANY changes in my life the last few years. Breaking off a four-year relationship, living by myself, being single and a little crazy, losing friends, gaining new friends, traveling, moving back to Green Bay, dating, etc. All of those things have helped me on this journey, which is MORE than just a weight loss journey. It was about finding myself, who I wanted to be, how I wanted to feel. I still don’t have it all figured out yet, but it sure does feel like I’m on the right track. 🙂

P.S. Let me know if there’s anything you’d like me to talk more in-depth about. I’m thinking of making a YouTube video once I can get my thoughts in order.

Have you ever hit a goal and been SO proud of yourself that you don’t even know how to put it into words? Tell me about it below! I’d love to hear. 🙂 

Fitness Friday: Volume 2

Good morning, friends! I hope you enjoyed my fitness post last week, so I’m going to keep it going. I obviously scheduled this post before I went to Hawaii, so I’m hopefully sitting on a beach somewhere with my best friend, lovin’ life. NOT EXERCISING. 😉

Fitness Friday

Saturday, April 16 – 10 a.m.: Back, Shoulders + HIIT
Killer workout, but another one of my favorites. I just love working out shoulders. Probably because of the pump/shoulder vein that pops out. What can I say?! 🙂 Also, have you guys heard of the 28 method for lateral raises? Do it. With light weights. OUCH.
* Macros on point – I was working, so I didn’t really have any temptations around me besides diet soda and gatorade.

Sunday, April 17 – 2 p.m.: Chest, Shoulders and Abs
I really hate working out my chest, for some reason. I was so tired after work that I got in the workout, but then I went a bit crazy with a second treat day. I know, I know.
* Did not follow my macros.

Monday, April 18 – 5:30 a.m.: Glutes & Hamstrings
Leg days are always killer. I was sweating like a BEAST by the end of this baby. Gross! I did not feel well all day, either. I spent most of the day just trying to get my stomach to cooperate so I didn’t’ eat well, because I basically was just eating whatever I could.
* Did not follow macros.

Tuesday, April 19 – 5:30 a.m.: Arms, Abs + HIIT
This was a pretty good workout! I took my time with the workout this morning and then did 20-minutes of sprints/walking on the treadmill. I was SO tired, though.
* Did not follow macros. You’ll notice this is a pattern …

Wednesday, April 20 – 5:30 a.m.: Back & HIIT
I mentioned this in my blog earlier this week, but my back seized up for some reason at the beginning of this workout so I ended up not doing all of it. BUT I still did as much as I could, stretched/foam rolled and did 20-minutes of HIIT.
* Did not follow macros.

Thursday, April 21: REST 
Leavin’ on a jet planeeeeeee, to Honolulu at 7:20 a.m. so my programming is officially on hold! I’m sure Michelle and I will take some hikes, OR we might just be too busy hugging each other and talking that we won’t have time to do any workouts. 🙂

Progress this week: I did not weigh myself. I planned on it, but I didn’t want to make myself feel bad right before I go on vacation. I deserve a break, I think!

Fun fact: I’m actually HOPEFULLY meeting my beautiful, wonderful coach Brittany while in Honolulu. How crazy that she’ll be there at the SAME time on the SAME island for her honeymoon?! Obviously if she’s too busy, we won’t, but I’m hoping we’ll get to meet her! Michelle is a newly converted Brittany Dawn girl, so I think it’d be so much fun! I’ll keep you updated once I get back.

Fitness Friday: Volume 1

Hey friends! Happy Friday! I’ve done the whole “weekly workout roundups” before, though they’ve never stuck around. And I’ve seen lots of people doing them as well (like Megan!) so it’s inspired me to start them up again. Plus, it keeps me motivated. Granted, this might fall by the wayside in Hawaii, but … 🙂

Fitness Friday

The selfie collage might change at some point, but it’s all I’ve got for now. 😉

Friday, April 8 – 5:30 a.m.: Quads, Glutes & Hamstrings
I wrote about this last week, but I was NOT feelin’ it during this workout. My leg curls were so weak, but I got through it! Lots of hip thrusts, squats, etc. BUT I did get up to 105# for 6 reps on my squat, which is exciting for me.
* Hit my macros.

Saturday, April 9 – 10 a.m.: Back, Shoulders and HIIT
This is usually my favorite workout. I love working out shoulders – probably because I get the best pump from it. 🙂 And I’m seeing results, so that makes it exciting. I had to work at 2, so I did this workout in the morning before going back into the gym to work. It was SO busy, which is weird. The 30 barbell clean and jerks at the end and then 20 minutes of HIIT on the stairmaster was NO JOKE.
* Hit my macros.

Sunday, April 10 – 3 p.m.: Chest, Shoulders and Abs
This technically was a rest day in my program, but I wanted to move it to a different day which was a mistake because I worked shoulders two days in a row. Ouchhhh. I love face pulls, for some reason, so I was excited those were in for the day. But I hateeeeee abs – I barely did everything I was supposed to. I’m awful. I also worked this day from 8:45-2:30 at the tennis courts so I worked out around 3 in the afternoon.
* Hit my macros.

Monday, April 11 5:30 a.m.: Glutes & Hamstrings
Dude, front squats ouchhhhhhh. More ouch because the bar bruises my shoulders. Hovering hip adducters were in my program, but I didn’t “hover”. I was just too small for the machine and couldn’t figure it out, so I stuck to the right ones. So instead of targeting my glutes, they targeted my inner thighs (which still hurt, by the way) but I’m not mad about it. Oh, and let’s just talk about the 200 walking WEIGHTED lunges at the end. Oh. My. Gosh.
* Hit my macros.

Tuesday, April 12: Rest
I took this day off work and had a lot going on, so instead of trying to get in a workout, I took this day as a rest day.
* Hit my macros – rest day, so less carbs.

Wednesday, April 13 – 5:30 a.m.: Arms, Abs & HIIT
Why is the day after a rest day so difficult? I could NOT get up in the morning, so I ended up cutting out the ab part (imagine that). Lots of tricep and bicep work today, and then ended with 16-minutes of HIIT on the treadmill. I did 2 minutes walk (at an incline) and then 1 minute sprint (still on the incline).
* Hit my macros.

Thursday, April 14 – 6 a.m.: Back & HIIT
I started later than normal, so I cut my warm-up to only 5-minutes instead of ten on the treadmill. I added in 3 sets of 10 on the low row machine as well, mostly because I love the way that workout makes my back feel. And the renegade rows, burpees and KB swings HIIT session at the end was killer! Thank God for the push at the end.  
* Hit my macros until I got some super stressful news, which … well, then I got a blizzard from Dairy Queen. Whoops.


Friday, April 15 – 5:15 a.m.: Quads, Glutes & Hamstrings
WHAT KIND OF WARM-UP IS 100 JUMP SQUATS AND 100 WALKING LUNGES?! Granted, I did 100 regular squats (I hate jump squats), but still. Then leg extensions. Leg press (3×30). Weighted walking lunges. Sumo deadlifts. Hamstring curls. Glute machine thingy (I’m good at technical terms). Bulgarian pulse split squats.
I THINK BRITTANY IS TRYING TO KILL ME. I was a sweaty, exhausted mess at the end.
* This is going to be my treat meal – and girlllll, I am going HAM (you’ll see it on my Monday blog, I’m sure). Even though I don’t really deserve to go crazy since I had that blizzard yesterday but …. doin’ it.

Friday Workout

My weigh-in this week: Down .4 lbs (not the best, especially since I gained like 3 lbs back over the last month, but it’s better than a gain!)

Whew, that’s it! Crazy week. Let me know if there’s anything else you’d like to know about my fitness routine!

What’s your favorite way to keep healthy?