striving for progress

striving for progress || Journey for JessiMany of you who follow me on Instagram, know that I have made some significant progress mentally and physically to my overall health and wellness.  Yes I have made progress: I am happier, healthier, fitter and living in the moment more, but I still have room to grow and improve on myself.  That is why this is my journey and not my destination.

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trader joe’s in foco

trader joe's in foco || Journey for JessiIt was a pretty exciting day yesterday.  I have a thing with grocery stores.  I absolutely love them.  Grocery shopping is one of my favorite stress relievers.  Call me weird–I already know.  So this weekend, my town opened up their first Trader Joe’s!  It is the equivalent of Disneyland opening to me.  Of course, I had to visit opening weekend!

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blueberry muffin protein smoothie

blueberry muffin protein smoothie || Journey for JessiThis smoothie was spot on!  I made it a few weeks ago and have made it a couple times since then.  It really does satisfy that fix for a huge, crumbly blueberry muffin bursting with blueberries (and loads of sugar).  This smoothie, however, does not have all that processed, added sugar.  What it does have, though, is filling protein.

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spinach mushroom quinoa

spinach mushroom quinoa || Journey for JessiThis is such a simple, yet filling clean meal to cook.  I have been making A LOT of quinoa dishes lately, mostly because quinoa is a great vegan protein source and fills me up!  It is also so easy to make on my meal prep Sundays and store for the week.  Sometimes (a majority of the times), it is difficult for me to get a good “after” picture of my recipes.  This is attributed to my tendency to take tastes (eat the entire thing) before I snap a pic.  That just means it’s that good right?

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snacking on the go

snacking on the go || Journey for JessiYesterday was busy, busy for me.  I woke up at 5:30am to get to my cycling class at 6:30am (it is 100% worth it to me), and I did not get home until 7:30 PM!  Eep!  Thankfully, I am such a planner and I knew it was going to be a looong day on campus, so I was able to pack accordingly.  When I say “pack,”  I, of course, mean food and snacks to keep me going.  I usually like to sit down and enjoy my food without distractions, but sometimes, a girl has to multi-task.  

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hearts, hearts and more hearts

hearts, hearts and more hearts || Journey for JessiI have been both single and in relationships for Valentine’s day, so I speak from experience when I say that Valentine’s Day is a very weird holiday on both parts.  V-day has always just be eh for me.  I don’t hate it, I am not its number one fan.  In my opinion, it is just a holiday in which everyone gets all stressed out and–more often times than not–just straight up sad on the 14th.  Please people.  Calm down.  If you have a significant other, just relax.  Spend the day together.  Do not build these huge expectations of grandeur.  My best Valentine’s day with my boyfriend at the time was a night spend at home making dinner together and watching Scrubs.  If you are single, oh my gosh!  Enjoy it!  Once I embraced being single (and happy) this Valentine’s Day, I am more in favor of this day of love than I used to be.

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stuffy sleepy and sick

stuffy sleepy and sick || Journey for JessiI admit it.  I was sick last week.  Despite ALL of my precautions and sanitary behavior the week before, like my uptake in vitamin C for example.  I guess it is difficult to fight a college community teeming with infection.  It did not turn out to be the flu, thank goodness, although Wednesday (at my worst) had me worried.  I am feeling way better now, though still runny nose, my lethargy and head congestion are fading.  So how did I beat this week?  Here are my tips to take care of myself while staying on a fitness program.

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