Posted by: Jess | June 3, 2011

Recent Workouts & Eats

Hey thereeee!! HAPPY SUMMER 2011!! I’m officially done with EVERYTHING school-related. Hallelujah!

I’ve been taking full advantage of my free time by job searching, socializing, working out, cooking, and blogging. I love being able to catch up on the many blogs that I read and find some fantastic new ones!!

I also just finished watching “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” … YES, this was like 8 years ago. I LOVED it. I love Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie as actor/actresses!!

Some recent workouts…

  • Did some SQUATS on WEDNESDAY Bodypump style with 20 pounds worth of dumbbells on each end of the three pound bar. 3 x 15. Holy. smokes. I am STILL really sore! Tomorrow’s leg day again, so I look forward to doing some more!!
  • Yesterday I tried not ONE, but TWO new-to-me workouts…100_4325


   1. I did Emma of Sweet Tooth Runner’s AB circuit (+ my own ab moves) and WOW, I loved it! Definitely felt the burn. Love the around the world planks, thanks girl!

2. I also did THIS interval workout on the elliptical. TRY THIS!! It was SO effective and really got my heart rate up. I was sweatin’ like crazy.

  • Today I did a 45 (really, 50) minute SPIN CLASS! I’d taken a couple before, but it had been a LONG, LONG time. It kicked my butt, that’s for sure. You think you’re in perfect shape? Take a spin class and get back to me.

Recent eats have included the usual…lots of Greek yogurt, chicken/turkey, and veggies! But watermelon has been making an hourly daily appearance as well. It’s one of my favorite summer foods!!


cucumber, broccoli, chicken, and watermelon

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leftover vanilla Chobani + watermelon + cinnamon

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chicken, sweet potato, and broccoli


vanilla Chobani + Kashi GOLEAN + berries


lettuce + roasted broccoli + sweet potato fries + chicken + ketchup


egg whites scramble with turkey, green bell pepper, and tomato


sweet potato + lettuce + lean ground beef + salsa


turkey deli meat + mustard


WHOLE FOODS FOR DINNER…kale, collard greens, broccoli, marinated skewered veggies, red quinoa, fried tofu, some green Indian mush (not bad!! just don’t know the name..), lemon-rosemary chicken, cherry barbeque chicken, tempeh, and a chicken wing!!

I did NOT like the tempeh! I think it needed to be marinated or something…

But I’m always up for trying NEW foods!!

TOMORROW night is my annual class pool party that my best friend and I host every year!! Should be a BLAST! Open-mouthed smile

ENJOY your night, everyone!! I will be back soon with SUMMER GOALS…

❤ jess


Posted by: Jess | May 29, 2011

Getting stronger IS possible!!

Hey girls! I wanted to share some (not all) of my weight training increases

Strength training is SO fun because you are CONSTANTLY growing and pushing yourself in the weight room Open-mouthed smile

  • Abs
    • 1 minute side plank/side, 1 minute plank –> 1 minute side plank per side, 2 minute plank, 1 minute side plank, 1 minute plank, 1 minute other side plank, 1 minute final plank 
    • 60, 45, 30, 15 Russian twists (4 sets) –> 2 sets with a 10 lb. medicine ball of 60, 50
    • 4 sets of 15 twisting reverse crunches
    • 4 sets of 20 toe touches
    • 4 sets of 30 bicycles
    • 4 sets of 20 captain’s chair (straight legs) –> can now do 5 sets of 20
    • Abdominal Crunch Machine (free motion) 4 sets of 15 (30 lb, 30 lb, 35 lb, 35 lb) –> 2 sets of 30 (70 lbs.)
    • Torso Rotation: 1 set of 15 per side (30 lbs) –> 1 set of 16 per side (40 lbs.)
    • 2 minute plank –> 2 x 2 minute planks
  • Legs
    • Hamstring: 3 sets of 10 (85, 85, 90 lbs.) –> 2 sets of 10 (100 lbs.)
    • Leg Curl: 3 sets of 10 (50, 55, 60 lbs.) –> 2 sets of 8-10 (70 lbs.)
    • Hip Adduction: 5 sets of 10 (190, 180, 170, 160, 150 lbs) –> 4 sets of 10 (210 lbs.)
    • Hip Abduction: 5 sets of 10 (190, 180, 170, 160, 150 lbs) –> 4 sets of 10 (210 lbs.)
    • Seated Calves: 3 sets of 15 (215 lbs) –> 2 sets of 25 (230 lbs.)
    • Standing Calf: 2 sets of 10 (70 lbs.) –> 2 sets of 10 (170 lbs.)
    • Leg Press: 2 sets of 10 (per side) (70 lbs) –> 2 sets of 10 (per leg, 75-80 lbs.)
    • 2 minute wall squat –> 3 minute wall squat
    • pilates moves
  • Arms
    • Row: 3 sets of 10 (45, 45, 55 lbs) –> 2 sets of 10 (90-100 lbs.)
    • Seated Row: 2 sets of 10 (50 lbs) –> 2 sets of 10 (75 lbs.)
    • Assisted Pulldown: 2 sets of 7,8 (50, 55 lbs) –> 2 sets of 10 (90-95 lbs.)
    • Assisted Chin-up: 2 sets of 7,8 (50, 55 lbs) –> 2 sets of 6 (unassisted)
    • Assisted Tricep Dip: 2 sets of 7, 8 (50, 55 lbs) –> 2 sets of 7 (unassisted)
    • Assisted Lateral Pulldown: 2 sets of 10 (55 lbs) –> 2 sets of 10 (72.5 lbs.)
    • Lat Machine (free motion): 2 sets of 10 (40, 50 lbs) –> 2 sets of 10 (40-45 lbs.)
    • Tricep Pushdown: 2 sets of 8 (30 lbs) –> 3 x 2 sets of 10 (32.5-37.5 lbs.)
    • Fly: 2 sets of 10 (30 lbs) –> 2 sets of 10 (55 lbs.)
    • Tricep Extension: 2 sets of 10 (35, 40 lbs) –> 2 sets of 10 (65 lbs.)
    • Bicep Curl: 2 sets of 10 (30, 35 lbs) –> 2 sets of 10 (55 lbs.)
    • Chest Pullback (not the name, I know!): 2 sets of 10 (40, 45 lbs) –> 2 sets of 10 (72.5 lbs.)

I just want to get the message across that NO ONE should be afraid to strength train just because they aren’t “strong enough!” You WILL make increases. And it is SO satisfying Open-mouthed smile

I’m actually recuperating from a SICKNESS. Took yesterday + today OFF from working out to fully heal.

I HATE taking days off from working out (let’s be HONEST) butttt I KNOW they are necessary and sometimes life gets in the way. I KNOW tomorrow’s workout will KICK-BUTT.

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sweet potato + salad w/ spinach, romaine, turkey, green peppers, tomato, chickpeas, and hummus/salsa

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spaghetti squash + broccoli + chicken

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brown rice + chicken + peas + broccoli + chickpeas

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one of the most delicious, juicy mangos EVAAAAA


❤ jess


Posted by: Jess | May 21, 2011

My legs + triceps/biceps workout!!

HEY LADIES!! Thanks for ALL the responses on my last post. Love it!!

I thought I would share my latest legs & bi/tri workouts, mmmmkay?

Killer Legs Workout:

2 x 10 hamstring machine (100 pounds)

4 x 10 hip abduction (210 pounds)

4 x 10 hip adduction (210 pounds)

2 x 10 leg curls (70 pounds)

2 x 10 calf raises (170 pounds)

2 x 10 leg press (100 pounds)

2 x 10 single leg quad machine (20 pounds)

3 minute wall squat

3 x 15 squat machine (90, 100, and 120 pounds)

2 x 15/leg step ups (30 pounds)

Triceps/Biceps Workout:

20 triceps pushups + 10 triceps pushups + 5, 5, 5 triceps pushups

2 x 10 triceps machine (single arm, 40 pounds)

2 x 10 biceps machine (single arm, 30 pounds)

2 x 10 (both arms, 95 pounds) + 2 x 10 (single arm, 45 pounds) pull-downs

2 x 10 upright row machine (not sure if that’s the right name…25 pounds)

2 x 6,7 triceps dips (unassisted!!)

2 x 6 chin-ups (unassisted!!)

2 x 10 rear delt machine (50 pounds)

2 x 10 pec flies (55 pounds)

3 different triceps pushdown cables w/ 2 x 10 (32.5-37.5 pounds)

2 x 10 bicep cable pull-ups (30 pounds)

4 x 10 single arm bicep curls (12.5-15 pounds)

30 triceps dips (with legs on another bench) + 20 triceps dips (with legs on another bench)

I am SO happy with the strength I’ve gained in my legs & arms!!

Some FOOD that has gotten me that strength!!


Kashi Chicken Florentine + HUGE sweet potato

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2 egg whites + 1 egg + chicken sausage + spinach + green pepper
also had some BLOOBS! but I definitely didn’t take a picture…

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Romaine + spinach + 1 tomato + green pepper + lots of chicken + hummus + salsa
I spent my entire day STUDYING…I did manage to hit up the gym & grocery store though.
Priorities, priorities…

Winking smile


Posted by: Jess | May 16, 2011

Update + Progress Pictures!!

HEY LOVELY LADIES!! I’ve been BUSAYYYYY to the max with school ending, soccer coming to a close, EXAMS BEING SO CLOSE…

4 more days of class + 4 days of exams thennnnn I’M DONE!!

I had the BEST workout EVERRR tonight. I’ve been changing up my arms & legs workouts to include HEAVIER weights + LESS reps + new moves and I can already tell how much stronger I’ve become.




On the FOOD front, I’ve been trying to EAT MORE…my workouts are HARD, and they leave me EXHAUSTED if I don’t fuel myself right.


I tried CHIA SEED OATBRAN!! It was good…but I must be honest. It did notttt fill me up AT ALL. I was hungry 2 hours later. NOT okay Winking smile

LOVE YOU ALL!! Be back MORE OFTEN when school’s out—SOO excited. I’m excited to GET A JOB (fingers crossed!!), be able to workout WHENEVER (new fitness classes!!), and cook more Open-mouthed smile

❤ jess


Posted by: Jess | April 30, 2011

What I’m Loving Part II

  • Working out in the mornings between breakfast and lunch…I’ve found this is my favorite time of the day to get my gym on!!
  • New Rules of Weight Lifting for Women…LOVE this book so far.
  • Biochem 100% Whey Protein Powder (chocolate fudge)…used it to create this morning’s breakfast (part of it anyways)!!

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chocolate protein pancake + peanut flour paste drizzle + blueberries

  • Salads…delicious n’ nutritious! I always have lettuce+protein+any extra veggies+hummus/salsa.

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lettuce + tomato + chicken + salsa + hummus + sweet potato

  • My camelbakI am literally drinking like EIGHT times as much water as I used to!!


  • PEANUT BUTTER…enough said.


  • Roasted vegetables…veggies that I LOVE to roast: sweet potatoes, butternut squash, broccoli, okra, brussel sprouts, carrots, and now KALE!! DSC_0436 (2)DSC_0437DSC_0438 (2)DSC_0439DSC_0440 (2)DSC_0441DSC_0443 (2)DSC_0444
  • Fresca…I love this stuff. I’ve decided to TRY and limit my diet soda “intake” to just the weekends.


  • YOU ALL!! Seriously, y’all are the best. Thanks to all the NEW READERS that have been commenting. Open-mouthed smile

Have a fantastic weekend, everyone!!

❤ jess


Posted by: Jess | April 25, 2011

Day’s Worth of EATS!!

HEY ALL!! Happy Monday!! I had today OFF from school, so I took full advantage of my day off…

I woke up around 8:30 after a glorious 9 hours of sleep…in which I dreamt I was pregnant with TWINS. Breakfast was first on the “agenda!”


Organic strawberry Greek yogurt + Kashi Golean cereal + strawberries + blueberries + 1/2 banana + drizzle of Justin’s Chocolate hazelnut butter

After cleaning the BATHROOM (EW), I headed to the gym. Abdominals + Bicep/Triceps + Legs = one SWEATY mess.

I was JUST as sweaty as I would have been after doing cardio!! LOVE it!!

But I did do some cardio YESTERDAY…I was ITCHING to get real sweaty, and it was just what the doctor ordered Winking smile

Upon arriving home, I made my brothers lunch and cleaned up the kitchen. I was looking forward to some ROASTED VEGGIES alllllll through my workout.


Roasted carrots, butternut squash, okra, and brussel sprouts + grilled chicken + granny smith apple

Tried OKRA for the FIRST TIME!! LOVED it!!

I decided to tackle my closet + dresser after lunch. Got rid of a good amount of clothes! I organized it all as well.

Anyone else really enjoy organizing their rooms?!


I also did some reading for SCHOOL…YUCK, the “S” word. Tomorrow. Too soon.


I could NOT decide what I wanted for dinner tonight! My dad was out golfing, so my mom didn’t want to make a meal. I was on my own, which I actually REALLY enjoy!! But literally, NOTHING sounded good.


Kashi Chicken Florentine + LOTS of steamed broccoli


I received this Camelbak GROOVE water bottle from this LOVELY girl’s giveaway!! I LOVE IT!! I’ve drank three today. More than I ever do.

To reward all that water drinking, some FRESCA was necessary. DSC_0472

More snackage that I’m currently enjoying!!


apple + dried apricots + raisins + copious amounts of peanut butter

I’m REALLY trying to FUEL my body ADAQUATELY with enough food and protein!!

I am off to EAT more!! My metabolism is on FIYAAAA!!


Posted by: Jess | April 21, 2011

Spring Break 2011

Praise the Lord for this SPRING BREAK! I had hit a WALL before break; I was tired, cranky, and in DESPERATE need for a break.

I’ve been spending my time watching TV (I barely have time during the school year to watch it!), working out, tanning, playing games with my family, and doing some blog/computer work.

I’ve come up with a workout plan!! I love plans & planning…Google spreadsheets is pretty awesome!


Some FOOD!!

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The last photo was DINNER the other night!! A grilled seafood FEAST consisting of mahi mahi, shrimp, scallops (all dipped in COCKTAIL sauce, love itttt) + collard greens. It was incredible!!

That’s all for now!! I HOPE to have a more exciting post up before I go back to school.

I’m off to do what I do BEST…eat peanut butter Open-mouthed smile

Not kidding.

Posted by: Jess | April 1, 2011

Newfound Freedom!!

Guess what?!



SO nice to be able to DRIVE to the gym, to school, to/from soccer practice and games, to the store, etc!!

I spent my Friday doing exactly what I love to do…

Workout (80 minute soccer game)


Eat good food (whole wheat veggie pizza + yogurt mountain)


Grocery shop (WHOLE FOODS…enough said)



No sugar added vanilla yogurt + peanut butter yogurt + fruit/berries…


And it was a grand total of 17 dollars for FIVE different yogurts. LOVE THAT!!

I also tried BRUSSEL SPROUTS for the FIRST TIME! Roasted in a little pam+garlic powder+salt and pepper…DIVINE!!


That’s all for now loves!! I’ve got an early morning workout planned, but then it’s a pretty leisurely weekend ❤

QUESTION: What should I make with my two new purchases (chia seeds & xanthan gum)?! Help a girl outtttt!!

Posted by: Jess | March 25, 2011

Sweet Sixteen!

Tomorrow is my SWEET SIXTEEN!! I’m PRETTY DARN excited!!

I just finished eating THE MOST delicious dinner.

Cabbage+Pork Chop+Butternut Squash fries+Sweet Potato fries+Ketchup!! I DIDN’T want this to EVER end! Open-mouthed smile


I’ve been trying LOTS of exciting things on the foodie front!!

Including butternut squash fries, purple sweet potato fries, and chocolate protein pancakes. I’ve actually had butternut squash fries and a purple sweet potato before, but it had been a LONGGG time.

As far as the chocolate protein pancakes recipe goes…

I made mine based on THIS awesome recipe!!
  • 1/8 cup Biochem 100% Whey Protein Powder (Chocolate Fudge)
  • 1 tablespoon whole wheat flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • several shakes of cinnamon
  • 2 packets of stevia
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/4 cup skim milk

SO. INSANELY. GOOD. I will definitely make these again. I topped mine with a peanut butter flour drizzle, served with an egg scrambled with a variety of veggies. DSC_0402DSC_0403DSC_0404DSC_0405DSC_0406DSC_0407DSC_0408DSC_0409DSC_0410DSC_0411DSC_0412

I also tried Katie’s VOLUMINOUS oatmeal trick!! The night before I combined 1/3 cup oats+1.5 cups of water. I microwaved it for four minutes, then let it sit in the microwave for another five. I then placed it in the fridge overnight.

In the morning I added:

  • 1/2 container of vanilla chobani
  • peanut flour paste (1/4 cup peanut flour+a little less than the same amount of water+stevia)
  • blueberries

Really filling!!


I arrived at school today to find a LOVELY present from one of my classmates—LOVE her!!

Does she know me or what?!



More food photos!!

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Currently watching UNC DOMINATE Marquette. I hope they continue to do so in the second half!!

As I mentioned, tomorrow is my BIRTHDAYYYY!! I also get my license (if I pass!!) on MONDAY. Where has the time gone?!

Have a LOVELY Friday night everyone!!

❤ jess


Posted by: Jess | March 18, 2011


So, a new


opened up about 3 miles from my house. I’ve been their twice in the past 24 hours. My parent’s wallet is already in so much pain.


I could TRY and remember all that I put in that thanggg. But for your sake, I won’t.

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Clearly, I’ve been hitting the VEGGIES pretty hard lately…and loving it!
I have a CRAZY busy weekend homework-wise. BUT, I see the light at the end of this tunnel.
Birthday countdown: ONE WEEK FROM TOMORROW!!
Will make time for all of your lovely blogs for sure ❤

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