A Few Clean Eats / Talking Yourself Out of Cheats

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My #1 struggle, and I’m sure we can all relate: controlling what goes on the plate! I have no issues getting to the gym and loving my workout, but staying on the clean eating train is not easy! My biggest down fall is seeing something and not having the willpower to say no. Cheese, chocolate, you get the point. Sometimes I’ll just go for it, but others I’ll contemplate and talk myself out of it. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for indulging here and there, but definitely not all the time.

Some thoughts that run through my head in the “contemplation stage”:

  • Don’t waste that workout on something that will be satisfying for .2 seconds.
  • Think about where you’ll be if you have no cheats for the next how many days.
  • I don’t want to feel guilty, I want to feel satisfied!
  • I want my dang abs to show through, and these cheats will not get me there.

Question: Are you able to talk yourself out of cheats? Or is this something you struggle with?

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Chicken & Veggie Casserole: I came across this AMAZING recipe from Little B’s blog and had to try. It is seriously so good, and even one of my boyfriends favorite things I’ve cooked. Get the recipe here.

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I over-did it on the cheese, but that was mostly my boyfriend’s side. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Also- best to use a glass pan. I don’t have one so used a baking sheet, surprisingly it still turned out great.

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Love, love, love visiting my parents for a yummy BBQ. As you know, we have no sun here in San Francisco, so heading to Sonoma once in awhile is essential, and love that my mom is all about clean eating also. Here are some of our dishes:

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Hope you all had a great weekend!! We just got back from Napa. Jeff surprised me with a weekend getaway of wine tasting, sun basking and spa treatments for my birthday! So much fun, but back to reality. New job, trying to get back into a routine, working my butt off in the gym and TRYING my hardest to eat clean. It’s a new week peeps, we can do it!! xo

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#TheMessyProject Anniversary Edition!

Hey everyone!! An amazing gf of mine has one of the top fashion blogs, Messy Dirty Hair, which I am SO proud of her for! She has taught me how to blog when I wasn’t pulling my hair out trying to figure it out on my own. It happens to be the 1 year Anniversary of the infamous #MessyProject which Kelly is known for.ย  Happy 1 year to The Messy Project!! Kelly asked me to participate this time around which am I am thrilled to be a part of!

messy project annIf you’ve been following my blog since the beginning you may recognize this, but here’s what it’s all about: 1 item of clothing given to 5 girls. Then it’s up to them to style it their own. So with this particular project, Kelly chose this dress and it was up to us to have a little fun with it.

“One of the main reasons I love fashion is because you can make it your own. Everyone can have the same exact clothes but the way you style & wear it, is your choice. It gives you a chance to express your inner fashionista. A plain white tee can be looked at as boring & same olโ€™ same olโ€™ but think about all the different ways you can wear it. All the different accessories you can add to it. The layers of clothes you can put on it. So this plain white tee isnโ€™t so plain anymore. Youโ€™ve made it your own.” -Kelly

So here we go, me trying to model and tying the knot. ๐Ÿ˜‰ hehe

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Dress: via Kelly / Boyfriend shirt: GAP / Shoes: Shoemint

Yes, I do get out of gym clothes once in a while. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Pics compliments of my amazing boyfriend. Thanks Jeffer!

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So now you have to check out the other amazing ladies who took part as well!!

Jessica of Jessica Who?
Thanks for reading!! And a big thanks to Kelly for letting me participate! xoxo

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Napa to Sonoma 5k / HUGE new goal!

Hi loves! Sorry for my lack of posts lately, I have been a busy bee! New beginnings, change and exciting transitions are a good thing, right? Anyways, I do have some exciting news. Well two things, fitness related. First off, I placed 10th overall in the Napa to Sonoma 5k this weekend! 7th place female! It’s so exciting to make progress! If you follow my Facebook page, I talk about progress all the time. Little progress is better than no progress at all! Shaving time off my runs, seeing huge changes in my body and feeling overall very happy! Doesn’t get better than that. ๐Ÿ™‚

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This course was absolutely beautiful! I regret not running the half marathon, but will next year! People come from all over to visit the wine country which happens to be my home town. It’s really eye opening to return and realize how beautiful it really is! I may be a city girl, but Sonoma will always have my heart. ๐Ÿ™‚

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ย Such a fun event!! They had tons of wine tasting after and I saw a cute shirt that pretty much sums is up:

“Run a lit, Wine a lot”. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Next goal…maybe top 5? Hmmm… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Exciting News #2- Sooooo, I sat down with a girlfriend of mine the other night who happens to be a photographer. We chatted a little bit about my fitness goals and you know what I realized? I don’t have one! So with that said I have decided that I really want to do a fitness photo shoot in 3-4 months!!!! I am so nervous to announce that and have been majorly doubting myself but after talking to others about it, why the heck not?! I need a goal, why not make it a big one. To be photo shoot ready to me, means getting in the best physical shape I have ever been. BUT doing it all on my own. Not using a nutritionist or trainer, but being my own motivation. I want to share the journey with you guys and see how I progress. Why the heck not, right? So I have yet to set a date, and SO nervous to commit but with this post, I think I just committed!! YIKES. I will need to believe in myself more than I ever have before! So stay tuned peeps!

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Find your passion and the sky’s the limit! xoxo

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FITzee Meals Arrived / Chest & Tris Workout

Woohooo it was a good week! My workouts have been on point and my FITzee meals came in the mail! (THANK YOU SO MUCH FITzee!) I’m seriously obsessed with FITzee foods. If you don’t have time to meal prep, you just throw one of their meals on the stove and bam there it is, a healthy and delicious meal. FITzee is gluten-free, non-processed food with extra attention given to fitness peeps and their nutritional needs. Tons of protein, veggies, and complex carbs. NO JUNK! They are so engaged with the fitness community and even host yoga classes near their store in San Diego.

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Here’s what my box consisted of this time:

  • Black bean breakfast bowl (LOVE)
  • Breakfast pita pizza (can’t wait to try)
  • Paleo Thai Coconut Curry Chicken (delish)
  • Red Mole Chicken (yum)
  • Paleo BBQ Salmon with steamed brocoli and carrots (can’t wait to try)
  • Red Chicken Enchiladas (one of my faves)
  • Green Chili Chicken Enchilada Bake (another fave)
  • Shredded Chicken mac n’ cheese (can’t wait to try)
  • (and I’m missing a bunch because they have already been eaten!)

If you order anything from www.fitzeefoods.com make sure to tell them Jenna sent you!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Now for my chest and triceps workout:

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Remember to lift heavy! I am using 15lbs in the pic, but the weight depends on your strength. Some days I do more, some less. You can also use more weight, less reps on the last set to give you an extra pump. But don’t compare, set your own goals!

Enjoy your week!

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Barbie’s New Look – What Do You Think?

Did you play with Barbie as a kid? I was probably her biggest fan and carried her absolutely everywhere! There has always been that debate about her body type and whether or not it creates the incorrect body image for young girls. It’s pretty interesting to hear either side.

I came across this article from a Pennsylvania researcher and artist Nickolay Lamm“What would Barbie look like as an average woman.” Using measurements of an average 19 year old girl, Nickolay created this 3D model and compared directly with Barbie. I wanted to share the images with you.

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(It looks like Barbie finally squats!! ;))

First and foremost, I don’t believe in criticizing any body type, shape or form. It is important to live a healthy lifestyle and take care of your skin, body and well-being, no matter what shape that may be. We all have different ideas of “the perfect body” and should never criticize or look at someone differently because of their shape. We need to learn to be comfortable and confident in our own skin and that’s what matters most.

Lets discuss! What are your thoughts on Barbie’s makeover to reflect the average woman?

Do you think Mattel’s view of Barbie gives an unrealistic image for young girls? Do you think they should produce this version of the “real” person? Let me know if the comments!
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July Squat Challenge

Here it is!! The much anticipated July Squat Challenge! Want a firm, tight, booty? Well this is how it’s done. Squats, squats, squats will do wonders for your butt. Be sure to take before and after pics so you can track your progress. Pictures are the most efficient way to do so, so don’t be shy! At the end of the month you will be happy you did.

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The most important thing about squats is proper form:

  • Shoulders up
  • Chest up
  • Eyes Forward
  • Knees behind toes
  • Weight in heels
  • Hips back
  • Abs tight
  • Glutes engaged

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Use this pic as inspiration! I mean, seriously this is some major motivation! (photo via Pinterest, sorry I don’t know who this woman is to tag her!)

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Who is joining me ??!!ย  Let me know and we can update each other on the Facebook page!

Have a great 4th of July!!

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Live Ultimate Run and Tips to Fuel for a Race!

We did it again! This past Sunday we ran the Live Ultimate Run San Francisco. I know, you probably think I’m crazy for running another race right after my big marathon but, I’ve definitely have that runners high! Here are some photos:

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New kicks! I decided to add more color to my life. ๐Ÿ™‚ These Asics Gel-Noosa’s had the best reviews so I went for it after days of visiting every running store in SF and reading every single review of each running shoe! These are SO comfortable, give you tons of support and are so fun! Highly recommended!

This run was awesome! Well, minus the fact that I made a major mistake of running on an empty stomach which gave me zero energy, but we can talk about that later. The weather was absolutely beautiful, a little hot, but can’t complain about running with gorgeous views of the golden gate and SF bay. My friend and I both got our best personal times! It was a Quarter Marathon, 6.55 miles, 59 minutes, with a 9:02 pace. We kicked some major butt out there and am really excited to cut some time off for the next ones. Some negatives, (attention Live Ultimate Crew): the course could have been a little more planned out rather than running in a circle twice. Maybe it’s because I run that same route everyday, but we could have gone over the bridge or down to Fisherman’s Wharf rather than running the same route twice. One other minor issue, the water stations were poorly maintained. They had zero water ready and then the next time around gave us cups to fill up on our own! Water and fuel is SO important to us runners (and so is time) and to have that water ready is key! Other than that, this race was AMAZING! I would recommend it to others next year. There is no better way to start your morning with a huge accomplishment of finishing a run before 10am! The medals were the best I’ve seen, and the post race snacks were awesome! Tons of food to fuel (which is THE most important thing), water, green teas, photo stations, the post run area was fantastic. Thanks Live Ultimate Crew for making this happen!

Fueling before and after a run is one of the best things you can do for your body. I put together some tips on how to fuel, so you don’t make the same mistakes I have. ๐Ÿ™‚

Before the Race:

  • Make sure to carbo load the night before. You want to eat enough carbs to give you energy for the morning, but no heavy sauces. My fave is a simple bowl of whole wheat pasta with a little butter and olive oil.
  • Avoid alcohol. Trust me, I’ve made this mistake in the past. The last thing you want to do is run hungover. It’s not fun and you will hate yourself for it. Plus it depletes all your hydration which your body needs!
  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! This is SO important. Before runs, after runs, or even if you’re not running. You should be drinking up to a gallon a day. Your body needs it, as simple as that!
  • Eat a light breakfast an hour before the race, but nothing that you haven’t eaten before. You don’t want to throw your body off by trying something new. Go for a whole wheat piece of toast with peanut butter or a protein bar to give you energy.
  • Drink your normal cup of coffee (if that’s routine for you). Don’t try something new if you don’t drink coffee, but personally I know I need to wake up!
  • Drink a glass of water to hydrate, but make sure to use the restroom before you run! ๐Ÿ™‚

During the race:

  • Water stops are your friend. I usually stop every single time because I know my body needs a lot to hydrate.
  • GU gel is the best thing ever! Take some before you start and during! This stuff gives you a boost of energy which you will need! I personally love the gel to start and the drops during.

After the race:

  • Sprint to the end and grab that H2O! Coconut water is also my fave. Or any post race drinks.
  • Don’t forget to eat. I have also made this mistake before. I’m not a fan of bananas but love them for right after a run. You need to refuel your body and replenish of all that it lost during the cardio. Without food I have felt like I was going to pass out. Food, water, food, water. That’s all I can think about after a long run.
  • Take lots of pics, and enjoy the post race festivities!

When is your next race? Mine is the Nike Women’s Half Marathon in October! (3rd year in a row woohoo!!)

Thanks for reading!!!

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