Note: this is part 5 of an ongoing guest blog series by Jessica Joyce, documenting her preparations on the road to the 2019 Mrs. MN America Pageant. Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.

Hi! I’m back to talk about clean eating, fitness, and pageant preparations. This Saturday I will be taking the stage to compete for the title of Mrs. Minnesota America and am in final push mode!

The past few months have been transformative. I have gained knowledge and acquired skills that have helped me become the best version of myself. I have been able to tap into my passion for nutrition and fitness and have loved documenting my journey!

Clean Start and Fitness

The past month with Clean Start I have been following a carb cycle of two low carb days, one high carb day, repeat. I have been able to maintain my weight and body fat goals this way. I find it easy to adjust my macros when needed by continuing to keep a detailed food journal. My calorie intake has been between 2200-2500 calories. I find my weight consistently correlates to my body fat percentage which is why I am a firm believer in using the scale for daily progress checks. This week I will tighten up my calories and carbs in order to bring my best swim suit body to the stage!

Being consistent with my workouts has played a vital role in my maintenance phase. Lifting weights elevates my metabolism and gives me the toned look I am shooting for. My go to cardio is still the stepper. I must spend a lot of time stepping because I have been nicknamed “Stepper Girl”.  While this competition requires more than looking good in a swimsuit; I believe a fit body represents discipline, vitality, and health!

Professional Skin Care

Let’s talk skin care now! I am always on the lookout for the best skin care products and have tried many over the years. Botox has been amazing for preventive care and reducing fine lines on my forehead! I have certainly enjoyed waking up with a fresh, well rested face. The correct daily skin care regimen is important to achieve optimal skin health and is also a great way to maintain and enhance the effects of my Botox. The past month I have been using PCA Skin CareTM, carried at Riverview Facial Plastic Surgery. PCA Skin CareTM products have a greater amount of active ingredients than over the counter skin care which helps to improve facial skin tone and texture. These active ingredients stimulate your body’s natural collagen production creating younger looking skin. I have enjoyed using PCA Skin CareTM. I am noticing a smoother look and feel to my skin! I will keep up with this skin care regimen and look forward to trying out different PCA products!

I have had fun learning more about the exciting enhancements offered at Riverview Facial Plastic Surgery! Thank you, Dr. Schneider and Amy, for supporting me through this journey. Clean Start progress checks have helped me immensely and held me accountable. I feel confident, calm, and prepared as I go into my pageant weekend. I would highly recommend Dr. Schneider and his team at Riverview to help you reach any beauty or health goal!

I will be back to let you know how it goes this weekend! Wish me luck!!