Fitmark Ambassador Jessie Hilgenberg is a busy mom, wife and business owner. She’s also an amazing athlete and an inspiration to countless women everywhere. With a no-nonsense kind of attitude, she makes balancing life, health and fitness look easy, not to mention fun and enjoyable. Her online training programs and bootcamps are having a positive influence on thousands of women that she calls, Jessie’s Girls.
My current goal is to show my daughter and women everywhere that you can and should love your body at every stage. Eating to fuel your body to have badass workouts and living a “normal” life with balance is the only way to stay fit for life! ~ IFBB Pro Athlete Jessie Hilgenberg
Food is Fuel
Eating to fuel your body is a new concept to some people, especially those who are trying to lose weight and tone up their bodies. Jessie finds that way too many women don’t eat enough in a day. They are always surprised when they find out how much she eats – 2,200 calories on a regular day, sometimes 2,400! Gone are the days of starving yourself to stay fit and trim. If you want to sculpt your body and build strength in the gym, then you need to fuel up and feed those muscles!
For Jessie, it took some time and a lot of experimenting before she found the perfect combination of training and nutrition. It’s different for everybody. That’s why people get so discouraged when they first start. But counting macros and following the #IIFYM (if it fits your macros) philosophy is one of the best ways to keep track and stay on target.
The Fitness Journey
It’s certainly worked for Jessie. As an IFBB Pro Athlete, fitness model and published fitness writer, she’s become something of a household name. She grew up in an athletically fit family, who were keen on gym workouts and running marathons. Following in their footsteps, Jessie forged a long relationship with fitness. Her first love was Taekwondo. She was passionate and committed, and the sport really brought out the competitive athlete in her. She earned her black belt at age 13.
But it was her love of sports, especially softball that brought her to the gym on a regular basis. She loved the strength it added to her sports performance, and though bodybuilding was just a distant whisper in the future, the seed had been planted.
Fast forward past a few years of college life and bad eating habits, and Jessie is in the audience of her first NPC bodybuilding show, munching on a hotdog. She’s there to support her friend (and future husband), Alex, an NPC bodybuilder. What she didn’t know at the time was that this would be the turning point of her life. When the women walked out on stage in all their glitter and sparkle, she knew she wanted to be part of this world. Now she’s sharing her knowledge and expertise with women everywhere in the hopes that it’ll change their lives. She says:
Being a leader for my Jessie’s Girls and my fans all over the world is a top priority for me – I want to show them that you can be a busy mom, wife and successful business owner and still make time to eat well, lift with intensity and change your life!
Nutrition and macros play a big part in Jessie’s Girls training programs, as does meal preparation. She packs her meals every day in her trusty Fitmark bag, so she’s never without her meals at the office.
What’s In Jessie Hilgenberg’s Fitmark Shield?
- 2 NLA For Her Whey Protein Shakes – Vanilla Cupcake and Chocolate Eclair
- 1 bag frozen, organic broccoli from Costco
- 30g cheese
- 2.5 oz avocado
- Baked white potatoes in skin with salsa
- Ground turkey, spinach, avocado, black beans, fat-free ranch dressing
- 4oz grilled chicken breast
- 1/2 cup cottage cheese + black pepper
She makes sure to count her macros and weigh everything out for each meal, and tracks everything using her FitnessPal phone app:
- Calories: 2200
- Protein: 180g
- Carbs: 225g
- Fat: 60-65g
- Fiber: 30-35g
- Sugar: under 15g
Counting your macros may sound complicated, but Jessie makes it look easy in her vlog called, A Day In My Macros. We’ve got a breakdown right here:
Meal 1 (Breakfast) – 445 calories
- 1 tbsp organic peanut butter
- 1 cup 27g Rice Chex
- Protein milk – 1 cup almond milk (vanilla, unsweetened) with 1 scoop NLA For Her
- Cup of coffee with 1 tbsp half & half
Meal 2 – 274 calories
- 2 cups raw spinach
- 2 tbsp fat-free Ranch dressing
- 3 oz lean ground turkey
- 1 oz avocado
- 2 oz black beans
- 1 cup cooked Jasmine rice
Meal 3 – 442 calories
- 4.5 oz baked white potatoes in skin
- 2 tbsp salsa
- 4oz grilled chicken breast
Meal 4 (Post-Workout Meal) – 331 calories
- 3 white corn tortillas
- 3 oz grilled chicken breast
- 1 scoop NLA For Her Whey Protein chocolate eclair
Meal 5 – 237 calories
- 1/2 cup 2% cottage cheese
- 1.5 oz avocado
- 6 oz organic broccoli florets (steamable bag)
Meal 6 – 461 calories
- 1/4 cup 4 cheese mexican cheese
- 3 oz grilled flank steak
- 1 cup cooked white Jasmine rice
When you know how many calories you need in a day, it’s easy to figure out your macronutrient breakdown. By dividing your total macros into 5-6 smaller meals a day, you’ll never go hungry, and even better, you’ll be less likely to snack on unhealthy food.
You can watch the full video on Jessie’s Weekly Vlog and learn more about Jessie’s Girls online training programs at jessiefitness.com.
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The Fitmark Team