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FITTIN’ IN W/TEAM BOMBSHELL JESSICA LEE ANDRADE

FITTIN’ IN W/TEAM BOMBSHELL JESSICA LEE ANDRADE
“Fittin’ In” is a daily fitness segment where Kaboom! Magazine.com receives 5 unique fitness tips and tricks from some of our favorite professional fitness instructor/performer/trainer/model which will help people become more active and healthy every day. Today, we get some incredible fitness advice from Fitness Model/Trainer Jessica Lee Andrade. Jessicais a certified personal trainer and has been competing in bikini physique shows at the national level for years.  Through hard work and proper preparation, Jessica has collected some amazing trophies from these national shows.  Although these trophies may seem impressive, she does not consider them her most poignant examples of achievement in fitness.  Instead, the most profound moment in her life regarding fitness is when she drew a line in the sand and decided to change her life for the better and never look back.  Unknowingly, she would forever change not just her physique, but her general health, her self-esteem and outlook on life. Jessica Lee Andrade Info: Age: 30 Hometown: Miami, FL Occupation: Personal Trainer + Fitness Model Height: 5’4” Weight: 126 Instagram: @Jessica_Lee_Andrade Team Affiliation(s): Team Bombshell + Oh Yeah! Nutrition Favorite Gym: Club Fit Cooper City, FL Years in Fitness: 5 Years as a competitor, 10 personally Favorite Parts of Your Body: Shoulders and Butt Favorite Workout: Smith Machine Booty Kickbacks image3 Invest in yourself I can’t tell you how many clients complain that personal training is too expensive…they always bring up the cost of; the diet requirements, the gym membership, and the supplements. Of course eating healthy does get expensive. A box of mac and cheese is significlly cheaper than buying fresh Veggies. However, when I ask them to tell me how much they are spending per week on eating out, drinking, and buying clothes to fit the body they aren’t happy with. How much time they spend on looking for cover-ups that work as temporary band aids to a permanent problem like; clothes that make their waste appear smaller, legs appear leaner, and buying expensive pants to hide their love handles. Personally I would rather spend money on following a healthy lifestyle than buy a $1,000 purse. I normally spend between 150-200 a week on groceries when I am competing, but off season I can get by for less than that. My diet consist the following staples: Lean Protein is the foundation: Strawberry OhYeah Whey Protein Chicken Breast Egg Whites Lean Ground Turkey Salmon Cod Flank Steak Lean Ground Beef Healthy Carbs: Sweet Potato Brown Rice Apples Bananas Grapefruit Oatmeal Greens: Romaine Lettuce Broccoli Asparagus Zucchini Fresh Spinach Mixed Stirfry Veggies image7 Make yourself accountable …Stay motivated and inspired! It’s no secret that writing lists that itemize and prioritize tasks is a tried and true method for achieving our goals.  Unsurprisingly, this applies to fitness as well.  I comprised a list of several short term and long term goals that I set out to achieve.  Among them was to surround myself with the best people to help me along my journey.  I did my due diligence and found a local trainer who ended up being a great asset to help me realize my initial goals.  I didn’t want to waste my time fumbling around the gym, ultimately doing guess work when I could be much more efficient with my efforts.  My trainer kept me on track and was able to help me achieve many of my goals I put on my list. If a trainer is not feasible due to fiscal constraints, there are many free options to seek out such as fitness websites and Youtube videos.  Just be careful and make sure you are taking advice from reputable sources!  Remember, anyone can post anything on the internet! image4 Balance I realized early on that fitness required a ton of my free time and my energy.  Unfortunately, this ended up making some things in my life that were previously important to me seem less and less worth my time.  I found that going out and eating bad food and drinking alcohol every weekend was no longer going to fit with my new lifestyle.  My friends and boyfriend at the time could not understand this, and thought it was a phase I was going through.  I quickly realized who was understanding of my goals and who felt marginalized and became upset.  It became important to make decisions regarding who I spent my time with and who I would have to separate myself from. I tried to encourage my less enthusiastic and skeptical friends to join me for a few workouts to help them catch the bug…some did and some didn’t.  In the end I was able to keep some true friends that I can enjoy a cheat meal with, and others that would no longer be a part of my life due to different opinions.  It’s important to balance your existing life with your new found passion for fitness and lifestyle, but it’s just as important to realize certain aspects won’t mesh and need to be let go. image2 Support. This goes along with #3…I can’t tell you how important it is to have a good support system during your journey. Having positive people in your life that will be supportive of your goals and your new lifestyle is imperative! My boyfriend inspires me and  pushes me every day to make a career of what I love to do. In return I inspire him with my dedication to fitness. That’s the type of balance, inspiration, and support you will need.  There will most definitely be times when you will be stressed out and worn out and that support will be a lifesaver.  Everyone can use a shoulder from time to time, and it’s good to have one already in place for just such occasions. It’s important to note that fitness can be a consuming lifestyle, especially if you choose to compete, so don’t forget to make time for your significant other, because it has to be a two way street. image6 Diet and Supplements Sweating on a treadmill or lifting weights day after day are important to achieving your fitness goals, but there is no doubt that diet/nutrition can be the ultimate game changer.  Your body needs the fuel to workout hard, and the material to build quality muscle with.  Getting your BMR tested to find out your caloric needs is an important part of nutritional planning.  Also, many websites have free diet plans that are easily accessible, but if you have the money, a coach can usually get you on the right path. Supplements can also be a useful asset to meeting your goals.  Everyone’s needs are different and unique, but doing your research on any supplement that interests you is worth your time.   I usually take a multivitamin, protein shakes, BCAAs, and fat burner.  There are a lot of worthwhile supplements out there to help you along your path.  As a reminder, supplements are not regulated by the FDA and therefore have much more leniency when making claims about effectiveness, so be wary! image9 FOLLOW JESSICA LEE ANDRADE FITNESS JOURNEY RIGHT NOW ON THESE FOLLOWING SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITES: Instagram: @Jessica_Lee_Andrade Facebook: www.facebook.com/JessicaleeAndrade143 Personal Website: www.midtown.com  (Jessica.Andrade@midtown.com)