My Journey

Manifesting Goals


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Most people overestimate what they can do in a year and underestimate what they can do in a decade.

A little over a month ago I turned thirty years old. As I reflect back on these past thirty years of my life I realize that I have accomplished a great deal. I have surrounded myself with amazing family, friends, and coworkers. I have traveled, explored, journeyed, and set my eyes upon some of God’s beautiful creations in this world. I have grown to be a strong, confident, independent woman. I have ran nine Spartan races, joined two salsa dance teams, performed at a salsa festival in New Mexico, learned to pole dance, performed in a pole dancing show and will be performing in another. I have dealt with adversity and risen above every challenge thrown my way. I have had heartbreaks, great loves, and learned that the greatest love of all is self-love. I have done all of this and so much more, yet I’m not even half way through my life. At thirty years old I have a lifetime of chances, opportunities, moments both big and small to make my dreams come true. 

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At the end of July I came across a podcast episode of Ed Mylett interviewing Julianne Hough and Brooks Laich. Since I follow Jules and Brooks on instagram I decided to check it out. At the end of listening to the three of them speak I felt a small spark inside of me ignite into a flame. Whatever had shifted inside of me since coming back from Costa Rica wanted me to sit and listen to it. So I sat in silence and asked myself what I truly wanted. Over the last month I have been listening to more of Ed’s podcasts, meditating, and reading a lot to dig down deep and discover my sole purpose in life.

There are two big concepts that Ed talks about in his podcasts that resonate a lot with me. The first one is that he wants to be having a “life crisis” every year of his life. I loved the idea of this and I believe I already live it, but not fully. I don’t want to be the same person I was at 29 now that I am 30. This past weekend when my sister and I were on a road trip she mentioned to me that she’s seen a change in me. I’m usually someone who is easily triggered with anger, but as of late I’ve been more calm and carefree about things. I am a person who wants to grow and become the best version of myself, this can only happen if I aim to not be the same person I was a year ago.

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The second concept that Ed talks about is that when he dies he believes that when meeting our Maker he will also meet the man he could have been. When Ed meets that man he wants to be staring back at his twin. How profound is that? When I die I want to come face to face with the person I was made to be and meant to be on this earth. I want to be staring back at my twin. I want to look myself in the face and for her to say back to me, “you did it. You not only made your dreams come true, but you changed the lives of so many. I am proud!”

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If I am to grow year after year and eventually meet the person I am meant to be I need to spend the next decade (and many after that) putting in the work. In order to do that I must establish my goals, visualize them, and work towards them on a daily basis. I started this post with the saying, “most people overestimate what they can do in a year and underestimate what they can do in a decade.” I have big goals that I want to reach by the time I am forty, but I recognize that they will not happen over night, nor will they be easy. So what are my goals?

 

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Financial

Before I turned thirty years old I had a goal to make six figures a year. I reached that goal this past year. Some days I wake up and can’t believe that I made it here, especially after the financial setbacks I have been faced with. I am honored and blessed to be able to say that I make six figures, but it’s not enough for me. I want to strive for more, not for selfish reasons, but in order to accomplish some of my goals I will need to be making more money. Because nothing happens over night I split my financial goals into five year increments. By the time I am thirty-five years old I want to be making five hundred thousand dollars. Then by the time I reach forty years old I want to be making a million dollars a year. To some of you this might seem a bit excessive, but in order to accomplish great things I need to dream great things. 

Travel

One of the big things I have always dreamed of is taking a year off of work and traveling the world before I have children. I ultimately would love to travel with my partner, but we will see what God has in store. Exploring is something I grew up doing. My parents instilled in my siblings and I this sense of stepping outside and seeing different parts of the world in order to truly appreciate the life we are given. I want to dog sled under the Northern Lights in Alaska, swim with humpback whales in Tonga, learn about various wild animals in their natural habitats, and meet people along the way to learn their cultures and what makes life beautiful to them. I want to spend time truly getting to know this world and seeing its beauty around every corner I turn.

Family

I want to fall in love with a wonderful, caring, hardworking man. One who supports my dreams in the same way that I support his. A man to walk hand in hand exploring this world and accomplishing our goals one day at a time. With this man I want to build an empire. One where we serve God’s children and help others find the greatness within them and find their own successes in life. Along with an amazing husband I want to foster and adopt children. There are many children out there who don’t get to experience extraordinary love and I want to give that to them. I want to provide a home where they can walk in the door and leave their worries outside because they know that inside they are safe and loved. This home that I raise my family in will be one of inclusiveness where their friends will feel safe as well. Open doors and open hearts. 

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Helpful Hand

Years ago I had gone down to Skid Row and tutored underprivileged children. When it came time to say goodbye to them for the night I remember the looks on their faces. They would tell me that they didn’t know where they would be sleeping that night, or if their parents would even show up to get them. My heart would break to pieces every time. This past year I became involved with the groups #shedoes and The Shower of Hope. Both groups are out their trying to change the homeless issue in Los Angeles. I aim to become more involved with both groups and work alongside them to help end homelessness. Along with that I want to fight the fight against poverty. I don’t know yet what exactly I will do, but I will do everything in my power to fight for these people. One of my biggest goals is to open a shelter where people can come and find a restful place to sleep and have counselors to work with to get them back on their feet. Making a million dollars a year will help me do this. Every single human on this planet deserves to be treated with dignity and to have a fair chance at the life they dream about. My goal is to make that happen for at least one person, but hopefully thousands. 

Fitness

I’ve seen what I am capable of. I’ve lost weight before and I am working on losing weight again. I love my body one hundred percent in every state that she is in, but there is no greater feeling than that of being in shape and being able to have the ability to do anything. As I stand in the shower every morning I run my hands over my curves and tell them how beautiful they are, but I also remind them of the strength they will have when we are at the healthiest version of our self. I recognize that in order to accomplish all of my dreams I need a body that will be able to carry me through each and every moment. In order to do this I must be in tip top healthy shape. So my goal this next year is to get myself down to one hundred and twenty-five pounds. Once I accomplish that then I can focus on my other goal of being a personal trainer. I want to inspire people, show them what can be done and push them to conquer the goals they set out to accomplish. 

The next ten years are going to be filled with many ups and downs, but I know that when I set my mind on something I can see it to fruition. As the weeks, months, and years go by I will be sharing my journey with you on here. I hope that as you read about what I am accomplishing that you work towards accomplishing any goals you may have. Remember, every goal is important so never doubt what you set out to do. You are a masterpiece and a work in progress at the same time, so enjoy each high and be thankful for each low. Go out there and kick ass because I know that I will. 

Love always,

Jess

Recipes

Lemon Pasta w/Broccoli


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Ever since my birthday weekend I have found myself  eating out more and not paying attention to the food I am eating. I got lazy and stopped meal prepping for my lunches and dinners, thus eating out sometimes twice a day. Although I am getting my workouts in I can still feel the difference in my body from eating all of the processed foods. Since coming back from Costa Rica I have been focusing on getting more fruits and veggies into my diet, but these past couple of weeks have gotten away from me, so when I got off work early today the first thing I did was head to the meat market and picked up some food for meal preps. I quickly threw together a veggie pasta tonight before dance. I got the original recipe from The Food Charlatan, but made a few tweaks.

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Here is what I used and did:

Ingredients
11 oz broccoli
1/2 pound of pasta fusilli
2 hand fulls of spinach
2 tbsp butter
2 cloves of garlic, minced
1 whole lemon
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes

Directions

  • Bring to boil a pot of water
  • Cook the pasta until it’s about half way done
  • Add in the broccoli and continue cooking until the pasta is finished
  • Drain the pasta and return to the pot
  • Add in the spinach and stir until spinach becomes wilted
  • Meanwhile, while the spinach is wilting, melt the 2 tbsp of butter and then add in the garlic and red pepper flakes. Saute until the garlic is brown.
  • Once brown, turn off the heat and squeeze in the lemon juice from the whole lemon. 
  • Pour the lemon butter sauce over the pasta and mix together.

The Food Charlatan’s recipe calls for Parmesan, but I am trying to eat as little cheese as possible, so I refrained from using it. Also, if you want a little more sauce on your pasta then make the sauce the way the Food Charlatan does. I am trying to keep my food on the lighter side and didn’t feel like it needed more than I used, but please cook according to your desires. I hope you enjoy!

Love always,

Jess

Fitness, My Journey

Fun fact…


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Back in 2012 I was asked to take over a bootcamp for an instructor who was leaving. The owner of the bootcamp met up with me, talked to me about getting my certification and insurance and we discussed compensation. A couple weeks later the current instructor asked me if I could cover one of the classes because she couldn’t teach. I wasn’t able to cover, so she called the owner and told her that I said I am not able to teach at the normal times and that I would change around the whole schedule when I took over. All of this was a lie, but instead of talking to me the owner sent out an e-mail saying that the bootcamp was indefinitely closed because there was no one to take over. I felt like I was thrown under the bus and man that hurt! Since then I’ve had this passion to train and inspire people to get fit. This passion is what I used to get me in the garage tonight to do my workout. 

Workout

1 mile run: I PR’d tonight with 12:24!
– 0:30 walk to warm up
– 2:00 run
– 1:00 walk
– 2:00 run
– 1:00 walk
– 2:00 run
– 1:00 walk
– 2:00 run
– 0:54 walk

2 sets – 8 exercises – 14 reps @ 4/2/1
– alternating box step ups
– push-ups
– single leg bicep curls (switch legs after 7)
– donkey kick right leg
– donkey kick left leg
– lat pull down
– standing oblique twist right side
– standing oblique twist left side

Love always

Jess

Fitness, My Journey

Booty/Abs/Shoulders


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I consider myself to be one of the most forgiving people and when someone doesn’t forgive me for a small mistake I make it hurts me. For a brief second today I started to beat myself up for what I had done, but the thing I need to do is forgive myself. Instead of putting my energy into beating myself up I walked downstairs to my garage, threw together a workout, asked my sister to join me, and kicked ass. 

Workout

6 exercises in each section, do all 3 sections, repeat 5 times

Booty
1. 14 alternating reverse lunges
2. 14 dead lifts (I used 2 8 pound dumbbells)
3. 14 ski hops (each side counts as 1)
4. 14 quadruped fire hydrants – right leg
5. 14 quadruped fire hydrants – left leg
6. 14 kneeling hip thrusts

Abs
1. 14 plank jacks
2. 14 bicycle crunches (both sides count as 1)
3. 14 reverse crunches
4. 14 alternating modified Turkish getups (only go to the point of the situp)
5. 0:30 left side plank
6. 0:30 right side plank

Shoulders
1. 14 lateral flies
2. 14 forward flies
3. 14 upright rows
4. 14 clean and press – right arm
5. 14 clean and press – left arm
6. 14 bent over rows

Love always,

Jess

Fitness, My Journey

Visualization


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This past weekend I celebrated my 30th birthday, so I spent my time with family and friends walking around DTLA and enjoying some delicious food. More often than not when you talk to someone about turning 30 you often hear a sigh and then a list of regrets or things they didn’t accomplish before they were 30. Instead I’m extremely thankful and blessed for each day that led up to my 30th birthday. As I look back on the past 30 years I hold nothing but a smile on my face. A smile that I am going to take with me into the next decade of my life. One of my biggest goals is to get back to my fit and healthy self. That begins with visualizing where I want to be and determining the necessary steps to get there. Tonight’s exercise was one of those steps.

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Birthday in DTLA. PC: my best friend Bhanuja

Workout

Tabatas 0:40 on/0:10 off – 4 rounds

1. Sprints up and down driveway (doing this with your dogs chasing you adds laughter)
2. Jump rope (I don’t know about some of you, but I struggle with this one because jumping makes me have to pee, and so I had to take a bathroom break part way through the third round.)
3. Push-ups
4. Curtsy lunge to a 180° squat jump – begin by lunging your right leg, at an angle, behind your left leg (like doing a curtsy). Come up to neutral stance, squat and jump while doing a 180° twist. Once you land do a curtsy lunge with your left leg behind your right and do another 180° squat jump.
5. Crunches
6. Parallel bar jump overs (I used 13″ parallel bars)
7. Reverse crunches
8. Overhead twisted ball slams – Begin with legs hip width apart and a medicine ball in your hands. Lift the medicine ball over your head, rotate your upper body to the right and slam the ball to the ground. Picking the medicine ball back up, lift the ball over your head as you rotate to the left. Slam the ball to the ground. Repeat this sequence through the remaining time.
9. Football shuffle to plank burpee (count to 5 in your head while you shuffle before you drop to the burpee)
10. bicep curl to shoulder press (I used 6 pound weights)

 

My goal during this workout was to get my heart rate up in a short amount of time. Overall I was able to burn 475 calories in under 40 minutes. By the 4th round I was tired, but I didn’t want to give up on myself, or my goals. Always focus on what your vision for your future is when you’re at the point of quitting. It’s that reminder that gives you an added push to finish what you set out to accomplish. 

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Love always,

Jess

Fitness, My Journey

Sisterly Fun


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It’s my birthday weekend and I spent today being celebrated at work. They decorated my cube with confetti, bought me fruit for breakfast (yay for being healthy!), and had a bundt cake for dessert. I know that I am going to be enjoying some delicious food this weekend so when my sister asked me to workout with her tonight I said of course! Tonight’s workout is brought to you by Carissa, enjoy :). 

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Workout

Part 1 – partner rotation

For each letter grouping you will do 8 rounds of 0:30 on and 0:10 off. At each resting point you will switch exercises, doing each letter 4 times each. Between each grouping of exercises you will take a recovery period of 1:00, at which time you will do your burpees (i.e. 5 burpees, 0:30 on 0:10 off of A, 0:30 on and 0:10 off of B, repeat A and B 3 times, 1:00 recover and 4 burpees, then move onto C and D).

5 burpees
a) battle rope composers: with your arms straight in front of you, lift the battle rope up and down. Next as you lift your arms up circle them out and bring them back together at the bottom. Repeat the two movements for the 0:30.
b) bicep curl –> overhead press

4 burpees
c) funky T’s –> Frankenstein: with arms straight out to the side (like a T) lower one arm down and bring it back up (single arm fly). From the T position bring arms together in front of you and then back out to the T position. Do a single arm fly on the opposite side and then bring your arms back together in front of you. Repeat the sequence for the 0:30.
d) alternating single arm row

3 burpees
e) triceps dips
f) 90° fly –> superman: Place your elbows at your sides, arms bent 90° (halfway point of a bicep curl). Leaving your arms in a 90° angle lift your right arm laterally at the shoulder (elbow is in line with shoulder) and lower back down. Straighten both arms out in front of you at chest level, palms down. Bring elbows back down to your sides with arms bent at a 90° angle. Lift your left arm laterally at the shoulder (elbow is in line with shoulder) and lower back down. Straighten both arms out in front of you at chest level, palms down. Bring elbows back down to your sides with arms bent at 90° angle. Repeat sequence for the 0:30.

2 burpees
g) scaptions
h) chest squeeze to alternating shoulder press: Arms begin in a goal post position. Bring arms together in front of you (squeezing elbows together). Taking arms back to goal post position lift right arm in a shoulder press. Squeeze arms together again and once back in goal post position lift left arm in a shoulder press. Repeat sequence for 0:30.

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Part 2 – Pyramid of core & buns

Each exercise in this section has a specific number of reps associated with it. Beginning with the exercise that has 10 reps you will work your way down to the exercise with 1 rep. As you move on to each exercise you will repeat all of the exercises before it (i.e. 10 SL dead lifts; 10 SL dead lifts, 9 squats; 10 SL dead lifts, 9 squats, 8 pike toe taps; etc.). Once you make it all the way down the pyramid, do one round of the pyramid backwards, so start from the exercise with 1 rep and finish with the exercise with 10 reps.

– 10 alternating single leg dead lifts (5 each leg)
– 9 wide stance squats on tippy toes
– 8 pike plank toe taps: starting in plank position on your hands bring your right hand to your left toe and return to plank position (this counts as 1). Repeat with left hand to right toe.
– 7 reverse crunches
– 6 lunge extravaganza: On your left leg do a reverse lunge, a curtsy lunge, a reverse lunge, and then a squat (this counts as 1). Be sure to balance through the entire sequence. Repeat on the right side.
– 5 varying jump squats: Starting in a closed foot squat, jump out to a wide squat and back to a closed foot squat. Each time you bring your feet back together this counts as 1.
– 4 archers: Begin in bear crawl. Rotate your body to the left, bringing your right leg under your body and extending out in an L in front of you. Stabilized on your right arm pull your left arm back as if you are an archer pulling a bow (this counts as 1). Return to bear crawl position and repeat on the opposite side. Your extended leg should be flexed and at a 90° angle at your hip.
– 3 box jumps
– 2 mercy bicycles: With your legs straight and hovering an inch from the ground, bring your right elbow to your left knee for a bicycle crunch. Hold for 2 seconds and bring legs back to hovering (this counts as 1). Repeat on the opposite side.
– 1 “I’m a Star”: jump in the air with arms and legs out like an X.

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Happy partner workout!

Love always,

Jess

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Workouts don’t always go as planned


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I had a plan today. I was going to get off work at 4:30, go home, workout and have dinner with my family.

Then life happened.

I left work at 4:30, got in my car and as I was turning out of the parking lot I remembered I had dinner plans. Crap! The questions started bombarding my brain, do I call and see if we are still on for dinner? Do I go home and then message her and say oops? Do I not say anything? Did she forget too? I ended up calling her and we decided to meet up for sushi. 

Once I arrived home I said hi to my family and then began cranking out my workout. Half way through my sister came into the garage and told me that her and my dad needed help with our dog. Kalen, our male golden, is currently suffering from an infected wound on his balls and they need help holding him down while they cut the hair around the wound. Again, life happened and I had to roll with the punches (maybe while being slightly annoyed). After all the hair was trimmed I jetted back to the garage and finished up my routine. 

I could have easily thrown in the towel from the moment I realized that I had dinner plans. Knowing that I still wanted to get my workout in I didn’t eat a lot of sushi and we kept our roll choices on the lighter side. I could have also ended my workout when my sister asked for help, but I decided that finishing my workout was more important to me than the time on the clock. 464 calories later, I am proud of myself for not giving up on my goals and what I said I would do. 

Workout

Run: 1 mile finished in 14:20
– 7:00 run
– 7:20 alternating between 1:00 walk and 1:00 run

4 Rounds with a 1:00 break in between each round
– 20 crunches
– 12 push-ups
– 20 crunches
– 12 alternating reverse lunges
– 20 crunches
– 12 plank jacks with knee tucks
– 20 crunches
– 12 bicep curls (6 pound weights)
– 20 crunches
– 12 plie squats to releve

 

Now time to meditate.

Love always,

Jess