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August 25, 2013

Jamie Eason Live Fit Challenge {Week 2}

This is a recap of the end of my second week of doing  Jamie Eason’s Live Fit Challenge.

So far so good! I think I’m gettin the hang of this thing! I’ve lost 8 pounds so far! Woo Hoo!
Which is more than I thought I had, it feels really good to know my hardwork is paying off!

The clean eating is going good! I think spending 5 hours on Sunday meal prepping makes all the difference! It makes it sooooo much easier during the week. And honestly I’m getting used to straight up coffee with just one stevia packet.. which is sooooo not me! I usually like my coffee WHITE with creamer before I drink it! HA But with this program I have to give up my beloved carmel machiatto flavored creamer.. sigh. The first time I drank the coffee without creamer I almost couldn’t drink it! HA its a big difference and sometimes I add a little unsweetened almond milk so that seems to help. But after reading the ingredient label on my coffee creamer Im glad I switched! 15 ingredients in coffee creamer, half of which I couldn’t pronounce.. Um no thanks!

I think that’s my biggest lesson so far, really knowin and being aware of what I’m putting in my body. There’s no more just grabbing stuff and eating it, I now look at everything and think ahead before I eat it. All my meals for the past two weeks have been all homemade and when I knew we had a family dinner on Saturday night, I ate before I went and then just had a small side salad. UGH it was soooo hard to turn down shrimp & grits, sweet tea and birthday cake! Im a Southern Girl yall and um those are my faves! I know that this is lifestyle of really eating healthy and I could have ordered something to eat at the restaurant, but these first couple of weeks are so crucial and I really want to stick to the program no matter what! And I realized after the dinner that it was really about being with family and it didn’t matter if I had cake or not, I still had a great time just being with the people I love. And the best part, I didn’t feel overly stuffed or guilty for eating too much! I was really proud of myself for sticking to my plan! It’s hard but I’m really determined and don’t want to stop now.

Let’s talk Clean Eating Meal Prep shall we?!

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So for the first week I got the majority of my ingredients from Costco which was sooo great! OMG we saved so much money, and then a couple items that I only needed a little bit of, I went to publix. Now on week 2 I still had a good chunk of my food ingredients from the first week, I only needed a couple more things, like veggies and stuff.

So for ALL my meals on week 2 –  I only spent $40.00!
This includes my 6 small meals a day PLUS dinner for me and my husband! I think thats a great deal! 🙂

If I go to Costco once a month (spent about $100), I will only need to spend about $25-$40 per week mainly on fresh produce!
I’m sure you could buy in bulk more at Costco.. but there’s some items I just prefer to buy at Publix.
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For this week’s lunches I had, steamed brussels sprouts, steamed sweet potato, baked chicken and tomato.
I also added a little quinoa on three of the days this week.
I also made my egg white & spinach muffins for breakfast too! Placed a small handful of spinach or brown rice and the eggs on top, easy peasy and delish!

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I have to say though after eating Brussels every day for 7 days I think I’m over them! HA I will have to spread them out next time.

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Week 2 – Meal Plan

Meal 1 – 2 egg white muffins with 1/2 a cup of brown rice
Meal 2 – Jamie Eason Turkey Meatballs (I make these at home but follow her recipe) with a handful of spinach
Meal 3 – 4oz of baked chicken, half a sweet potato, half a tomato, and however many brussels I can fit in the tupperware!
Meal 4 – 2 of Jamie Eason’s Chocolate Protein Bars (I make these at home but follow her recipe)
Meal 5 –
Protein Shake (preworkout)
Meal 6 – Dinner, basically whatever I have on hand, this week was alot of baked chicken, brown rice and veggies. I mix up the dinner meals though, I don’t want to get sick of the food!

Meal 1 – 2 egg white muffins with 1/2 a cup of brown rice

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Meal 2 – Jamie Eason Turkey Meatballs (I make these at home but follow her recipe) with a handful of spinach
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Meal 3 – 4oz of baked chicken, half a sweet potato, half a tomato, and however many brussels I can fit in the tupperware!
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Meal 4 – 2 of Jamie Eason’s Chocolate Protein Bars (I make these at home but follow her recipe)
Im going to have a blog post on these soon.. I added greek yogurt and apples to her recipe and OMG I love them! Now they are no double chocolate brownie, ha… but they’re a great source of protein!
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This was dinner one night, Quinoa crusted Chicken on a bed of spinach with (you guessed it) brussels and a sweet potato. So one thing that I’m also getting used to in the kitchen is not grabbing my panko breadcrumbs for every meal. HA Im so used to putting them on everything.. they add such a nice crunch! And although thats probably fine I know there’s a healthier way so I decided to use my already cooked quinoa to create a nice crust on the chicken.. UM it was delicious! I’m def going to be doing this more often.
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I topped the chicken with mashed avocado, and drizzled with Greek Yogurt + Ole Bay spice! UM it was amazing, I accidently layed the sauce on a little thick. HA But the spinach makes up for that right?! 🙂
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Another night my husband and I made Turkey Lettuce Wraps. We used extra lean ground turkey, onions, corn with tomatos and avocado and a side of black beans!

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Okay enough about food.. what about the workouts you ask?

They are still only about 30 minutes a day, 4 days a week (Monday – Thursday)
So on week 1 I really wasn’t sore but um ya I def was this week! I upped my weights (according to what Jamie recommends) and it felt great! I was soooo sore after Leg Day! But I can already tell I’m getting just a little bit stronger! I’m guna be honest the whole no cardio thing is soo hard! I really want to break a sweat and be drenched when I leave the gym (for some reason it makes me feel like I did more) But this whole program is really about easing your way into lifting weights and from what I’ve read on Phase 2 (when we start adding cardio in), Im def going to get my wish! I know the workouts are only going to get more intense.

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O don’t mind the blurry pictures, my hands were just shaking after my workout. HA! 😉
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Bring on Week 3, Im ready for ya!

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22 Comments

  • AllisonInWellnessLand

    GREAT JOB!!! the hardest weeks are over!! I completely agree with you that breaking a sweat definitely makes it feel like you did more, but TRUST ME your muscles screaming will soon tell you different!! Cant wait to hear how week 3 goes &&& how you changed the protein bars, definitely need to add those to my prep plan!

    August 25, 2013 at 11:22 pm Reply
    • aleshahaley

      Thanks so much!! I know! I think its really becoming more of a habit now. I look forward to my workouts to see how much stronger I’ve gotten. The food is really becoming easier and easier each day. For me the hardest part is I tend to be a social eater, and we’ve had about 5 birthdays at work with cake, and I’ve had two parties, but I ate ahead and just picked on fresh fruit. It’s easier for me to plan ahead. 🙂 And im new to the whole meal prep, but I’m loving it so far! How long have you been meal prepping?

      August 26, 2013 at 9:53 am Reply
      • AllisonInWellnessLand

        AHH SORRY I JUST SAW THIS!!! I have been prepping since probably last August but it has had its moments of being productive and weeks of being NOT so productive. You’ll learn to tailor and make your prep the most beneficial… SOCIAL eating kills me too!! UGH especially the holidays & now football season. Don’t beat yourself up over it, you’ve gotta live life & ENJOY it right?! 🙂

        August 31, 2013 at 9:09 pm Reply
  • paigengrimball

    Congrats! It really will get easier and seem like less of a task over time because your body adjusts tremendously. You should try roasting the Brussels sprouts! They’re absolutely phenomenal roasted with bacon, but some olive oil spray, garlic powder and cayenne is delicious as well.

    September 2, 2013 at 12:10 am Reply
    • aleshahaley

      Aw thanks so much Paige! It is going really well so far! I will def have to try them roasted with bacon! Sounds so yummy!!

      September 4, 2013 at 10:26 am Reply
  • Amy

    Where are you getting your recipes from?

    September 22, 2013 at 11:53 pm Reply
  • Amy

    I am trying to plan a shopping list and I am stuck

    September 22, 2013 at 11:54 pm Reply
  • Nekohl

    Hi Alesha,
    Here goes the start of week 2 for me and my cousin. We are loving it so far. May I ask where you got the fitness log from? I think you are totally right about writing things down! I am headed to the gym and have to figure out what amount of weight I did for each exercise.I can’t thank you enough for all the info you have on here! You are such an inspiration. I think I refer more to your blog than the actual Livefit site. They should put you on their payroll! You look amazing btw.

    Thanks again,
    Nekohl

    October 7, 2013 at 10:33 am Reply
    • aleshahaley

      Aw thanks Nekhol! You are too sweet!! I am so glad you and your cousin are loving it!! It will FLY by, cant believe I am already on week 9.

      I am actually a part of a facebook group that had the printable pages, but you can download something similar from BodyBuilding.com when you click the individual day. There is a printable PDF with the days exercises & checklist 🙂

      I will add the printable workout pages, to my blog post next week! So everyone has easy access!

      October 7, 2013 at 11:26 am Reply
  • Serina

    Sorry to sound dumb but do you make lunch for the whole week and just leave it in the fridge? Just making sure it would last ok

    February 7, 2014 at 4:19 am Reply
  • Tori

    What protein powder do you recommend? I am currently doing Jamie Eason’s 12 week program too.

    February 13, 2014 at 6:34 am Reply
    • alesha_haley@yahoo.com

      I like Muscle Milk or MRM chocolate flavor 🙂

      February 23, 2014 at 4:15 pm Reply
  • Victoria at Bienvenido Adventure

    My husband and I are about to start a much-needed lifestyle change. I’m starting the Live Fit program and he’s doing his thing, but I’ll be prepping meals for both of us and your site, meal prep pictures and ideas, and recaps are so helpful!! I’m really excited to begin. Thanks for sharing and your inspiration!

    March 8, 2014 at 12:52 pm Reply
  • Kelli

    I am on week 2 and have lost 5 lbs. I am so happy I found your blog before starting the program. It has helped to give me motivation to stick with the process. Congratulations on your exciting news! I recently had a baby also and worked out through my whole pregnancy…I definitely recommend continuing eating right and working out! Thanks again for paving the way through this twelve week program!

    March 21, 2014 at 10:19 am Reply
    • alesha_haley@yahoo.com

      YAY! You go girl!! Thanks so much for the sweet comment 🙂

      March 21, 2014 at 10:40 am Reply
  • D. Nicole

    Hi Alesha,

    I started this program on March 16th and was so happy to find your blog a couple days later. Did you do anything other than what she recommended ? I’m eating the meal plan and doing everything in her workout plans plus abs everyday but I haven’t lost a single pound… I am 5″4 and 170 lbs so I feel like i should be losing some weight by now based on everyone else’s results.. Anything you would recommend? I’m starting to feel discouraged.

    March 26, 2014 at 9:33 pm Reply
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  • Holly

    Hi! I just found a ton of your LiveFit posts through Pinterest and I just wanted to thank you!! I have been stuck in a rut with my food routine and your posts really helped a lot. Thanks so much!!!

    June 16, 2015 at 11:47 am Reply
  • Jenna

    Hi there! I just came across this on Pinterest as well. I really appreciate you taking the time to write up about this. I love her program!! Keep up the great work, wishing you the best in your fitness journey 🙂

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