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September 30, 2013

Jamie Eason Live Fit Review {Week 7}

 

Yay! Seven weeks in & I feel great.  I have really seen the most changes in my body/workouts from this past week, it’s like all of a sudden I can really tell I have lost weight.
I am down 16 pounds!! Yep 16 whole pounds.. OMG feels so great!! I am really proud of myself. I haven’t had one cheat meal in 7 weeks! The food is very normal to me now, and all of my cravings for junk food have faded. Every now and then I’ll want chocolate or dessert, and I just make a healthy protein muffin or drink a protein shake. Again as I said in last weeks post.. this is a lifestyle for me, NOT a diet.

I am rediscovering / retraining my body how to eat food and make smart / healthy choices! I want this to be sustainable and a permanent change, not a quick fix. Because I am eating so frequently and eating well balanced healthy foods, I am never starving. Which is why I don’t want a cheat meal, I really like how I feel so far just from eating clean and I don’t have the desire to go out and have a Big Mac. At the end of the 3 months, David my amazing husband 🙂 is taking my on a date night to Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse (A fancy schmancy restaurant). And I am going to have a BIG Ole Steak and definitely something chocolate and amazing for dessert!

I am counting down the days for that amazing dinner!! But what I think I have realized is, it’s about consistency and here I am almost 2 months in of clean eating and I don’t miss any of my old habits.

I have stuck to the plan and guess what.. I didn’t die?! HAHA Sometimes that’s my mindset, if someone had told me 2 months ago (and they actually did) to try coffee without creamer, I would have laughed and said NEVER!! But here I am drinking coffee every day with just one stevia packet and NO creamer! And guess what, I actually like it! I drink my coffee and then I move on. It’s amazing how once you change your thinking you can really do anything. Something as simple as not pouring a gallon of sugar filled creamer in my coffee has helped me to become healthier and more disciplined. It’s all those little decisions that really add up.

And for all my little decisions I have made for the past 7 weeks, I am really proud!!

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Meal Prep: WEEK 7

So I am sure all my meal prep images are starting to look boring! It’s all the SSAAAAMMMMEEEE. But it just really works. And I like the food, so why change it.
I cook chicken every week and have had a couple people ask what kind of seasoning / marinade I use. For my meal prep, I just simply pour about 1 TB of Newman’s Own Balsamic Vinaigrette on top (first I use a fork and poke holes in the chicken so the dressing seeps through, and then sprinkle with a little Mrs Dash seasoning (Garlic and Herb). Thats it! Then I baked in the oven at 350 for about 30 minutes. And the trick is, if you want juicy chicken, after its cooked let it sit for about an hour in the juices, the chicken will absorb the juice and be really tender!

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This weeks lunches were broccoli, sweet potato, and baked chicken.

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For Dinner I mixed it up a little, this was (pictured above) Hummus Crusted Tilapia, with rice pilaf and a salad. OMG it was soooo delicious!! The fish just literally melts in your mouth.

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Okay I know this looks pretty boring, but don’t let it fool ya, this meal was packed with flavor! Baked chicken, sweet potato and sautéed mushrooms, onion, squash and zucchini. Sometimes the simplest meals can be perfect!

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Time for my weekly baking experiment! I decided to have wishful thinking and pretend its actually Fall here in florida, so carrot cake (pictured above) sounded yummy! I followed Jamie Eason’s Carrot Protein Bar recipe. I baked them as “muffins” and then topped with Greek Yogurt and Cinnamon mixture. Easy and delish! A miniature little deceptively healthy carrot cake.. yes please! I’ll be posting the recipe later next week.

Workout Time!

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Week 7 Workouts, were intense, no suprise there! I was very proud of myself, I finally used 30 pound dumbbells for my squats!! The first week I could only squat using 8 pounds.. WOW!! It’s so awesome to see the changes (literally I can look back through my notebook). Like I said earlier, I really feel like I have noticed the most changes from this week.

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When I look back at the first week picture.. Its shocking!! I am so excited that you can actually see a difference! I took this picture on Wednesday, and it is crazy it is only a  16 pound difference. But I feel like it even looks like more than that, I am really gaining muscle. I feel so energized after my workouts! My goal is to lose 30 pounds by February. I am already down 16 pounds in just 7 weeks!! I am right on track to my goal and I think I might even reach my goal before then. 😉  We will see! I think what’s great is I am establishing HEALTHY HABITS, instead of a quick fix weight loss trick. Working out consistently and eating healthy consistently is going to be sustainable and something I WILL continue doing in the future.

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EEEEK! I can finally see more muscle in my arms! YAY!! Its crazy to see the difference from week 1 in my arms. Just in finishing week 7 I am already excited to do this program all over again. I will be taking a 2 week break (still going to workout and eat healthy) and then START the program all over again! I am so excited for the changes by February, that will be 6 months of clean eating and working out! I am doing the Donna Hicken Half Marathon (this will be my 6th half marathon!!) BUT I want to be in the best shape! I have done the Donna Hicken Half the last two years, and it’s a great 13 mile run! BUT even though I could go out and have great endurance, having a consistent workout schedule was never in my daily plan. NOW I enjoy going to the gym, its my time to destress and get in the zone!

I’m guna get deep for a second.. ya’ll ready?!

I have had so many people ask how I stay so consistent & motivated?

“Wow, you haven’t had one cheat meal?!”

“O I could never do that!”

“I don’t have time to work out.”

I used to say those same exact things, FOR YEARS!

Until I decided to make a change.  At the beginning of this journey I made a decision & gave my health and fitness to God, I know this might sound crazy to some! But I really prayed about it and knew this was an area I have struggled with and just didnt make my health & fitness a priority. I was working 70 hours a week between my full time graphic design job and my etsy shop. I was burnt out, tired and had no energy! I KNEW I could not do this alone, and everyday I continue to thank God for all he is doing in my life and for giving me the strength and determination to continue! He has not let me down and I truly believe he has taught me a new mindset. He wants to see me at my best and through the past 7 weeks I have grown closer to him. I truly believe that what was once an area of my weakness will be an area of my strength! It’s all about changing how you think. And that has been KEY in my journey.

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

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I also hit another milestone this week. Because I was down 16 pounds, I wanted to treat myself for all my hardwork. Instead of binging out on junk food, I went workout clothes shopping. To my suprise I had to go down a size!! WHAT?! OMG feels so great to have those kind of victories! I only really have like 3 workout shirts and I just rotate them, HA. But now I have a couple more cute gym clothes and I don’t have to wear old tshirts! I totally did the Happy Dance in the dressing room. I cant wait to start Week 8 so I can wear my cute new workout outfits 😉

I have had so many people ask what my grocery list looks like. So I have put together this handy dandy word document of my grocery list, example meal plan AND my chocolate mousse recipe. Feel free to use it and let me know what you think!

Alesha_FOOD_list_09_28 <—— CLICK here to download the Word Document
Alesha_FOOD_list_09_28 <—— CLICK here to download the PDF Document

EEEK! Just one more week of Phase 2, then it’s on to Phase 3, The Home Stretch!!
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Phase 1 PDF                         Phase 2 PDF                        Phase 3 PDF
 

 

 

 

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19 Comments

  • Vandra Harris

    I think it is great how you have made God a big part of your fitness journey. I think many christians (myself included) forget that we should treasure each and every one of His blessings and having an able body is blessing and we shouldn’t beat it down and fill it with poison.

    You look great by the way!

    September 30, 2013 at 6:41 pm Reply
    • aleshahaley

      Thank you so much Vanda!! It’s so true, I have never really thought about including God in my fitness.. seems so silly sometimes. But I pray about my finances, marriage, work, why wouldn’t I pray about my health?! Thank you for the encouraging words 🙂

      October 1, 2013 at 9:59 am Reply
  • Morgan

    How long do you spend in the gym doing this workout? I want to start it and do it at lunch but don’t know that it’s truly realistic.

    October 1, 2013 at 12:31 pm Reply
    • aleshahaley

      Hi Morgan! The workouts take me about an hour, it’s not too bad. The first month the workouts are only 30 minutes.. And the last month they are probably going to take a little over an hour 🙂 I know a lot of women who do these workouts on their lunch break.

      October 1, 2013 at 12:34 pm Reply
      • Morgan

        Thank you!! I just might try it. 🙂

        October 1, 2013 at 1:11 pm Reply
        • aleshahaley

          Let me know if you do!! I LOVE to hear how other people are doing on Jamie’s program!

          October 1, 2013 at 2:28 pm Reply
    • Amelia Maria

      I’ve being doing my livefit workouts at lunch, I found as soon as phase 2 started, when the program adds cardio, that I don’t have enough time to get in the weights and cardio in the hour (I have to factor in changing and getting ready for work again), but I have been doing cardio in the evenings, and it’s only 30 minutes right now which is easy enough I think.

      October 2, 2013 at 9:32 am Reply
  • Laura

    Girl, you were Jesus for me today! I had strep throat last week so decided to start phase 2 from the beginning this week. Your blog is soooooo inspirational. I’ve been struggling with a lot in my personal life and it has set me a bit off track with my eating. But reading your blog and how much you’ve used it as not just a personally journey but a journey with God is amazing!!! I can’t even believe how awesome you are Doing with your eating! That’s so incredibly inspiring! I need to snoop around your blog a bit more and theft some of your recipes!! 🙂 keep it up lady! You should be so proud! You are truly an inspiration!

    October 3, 2013 at 8:50 pm Reply
    • aleshahaley

      WOW! Thanks so much Laura!! I LOVE hearing other peoples experiences with Jamie’s program. It is ALOT of work, as you know, and everyone has days you don’t want to keep going, but I find that’s when I need it most! You are already in Phase 2, not too much longer 🙂

      I absolutely believe my relationship with God has been strengthed in the past two months. I have relied on him and pursued this program with everything I have, and everyday I wake up with a new determination. I have never had very good self control when it comes to my eating, but for some reason I have stuck with this for 2 months with NO cheat meals. The desire to eat junk food is just not there anymore, and I pray every day for God to continue to give me the passion & consistency for my health & fitness.

      Please keep me posted on your progress! Your doing great!!

      October 3, 2013 at 9:15 pm Reply
  • Cyanne (RunStretchGo)

    You look amazing! I’ve been changing my eating habits and am so surprised how quickly my desire for sweets went away. Don’t get me wrong, I still have my weak times, but I answer them differently. My fav is frozen banana slices with a few dark chocolate chunks.

    October 4, 2013 at 8:13 pm Reply
    • aleshahaley

      Aw thanks so much Cyanne! I totally agree, I am the same way! I still have those cravings for Chick Fil A, but instead ill eat a sweet potato 🙂 It really is a lifestyle change. Are you doing Jamie Eason Live Fit?

      October 5, 2013 at 6:03 pm Reply
  • Roshni Patel

    Do you have a recipe for your hummus tilapia? I would love to see how you make it?

    October 25, 2013 at 7:39 pm Reply
    • aleshahaley

      I usually just add about 1-2 TB of Sabre Brand Hummus to the top of the tilapia filets.. and then about 1 tsp of pesto.. and bake at 350 for 30 minutes.. then Broil on HIGH for about 3 minutes, till the top gets crispy 🙂

      October 28, 2013 at 9:33 am Reply
  • Tiffany

    You’re doing a great job! Your blog is actually helpful too! I kinda got off track wheh my grandma passed away (2 months ago today) and I can tell I’m gaining weight back. “/ but I’m ready to get back on the ball and go even harder! 🙂 My biggest problem is that I’m honestly not educated enough on how to exactly eat “clean food”. I would love to try the whole “meal prep” thing out. I think that would help tremendously. So if you have any tips at all I’d appreciate them. Thanks!

    November 20, 2013 at 3:50 pm Reply
    • aleshahaley

      Aw thanks so much Tiffany!!

      I am so sorry about your grandma. Mine passed away in May of this year and it still doesnt seem real. I know how hard of an adjustment it is!

      And I was the same way about “eating clean.” Its basically eating 6 small meals a day (every 2 -3 hours) of food that is closest to its natural state. So no processed foods! That was huge for me! No more frozen dinners, or fast food 😉 I LOVE the website http://www.heandsheeatclean.com

      They go over the basics of eating clean, and have a TON of recipes! Also “Chocolate Covered Katie” is an awesome website of clean desserts!!
      It can be overwhelming at first, it was for me. But it is totally doable 🙂

      Hope this helps!!

      November 20, 2013 at 4:05 pm Reply
  • Christina

    WOW!! I just had a baby 4 months ago and I am ending week 1 of live fit trainer this sunday. thank you for all the healthy tips and recipes!! you are keeping me motivated…you look FAB!!!

    January 3, 2014 at 3:00 pm Reply
    • alesha_haley@yahoo.com

      Go you!! That is awesome!! I am getting ready to start Jamie’s program a second round next Monday. Cant wait to see more results! Your doing great, CONGRATS on the little one!

      January 3, 2014 at 4:52 pm Reply
  • Jennie Gift

    Hello I found you view a review search. I am getting ready to start the Live Fit program and your results are AMAZING!!! I was wondering if you would share you egg white muffin recipe or if you have point me to it. I am having a hard time with the programs nutrition information on line. I know in phase 2 you need to change you eating habits but were do you find that at?

    April 9, 2014 at 12:01 pm Reply
    • alesha_haley@yahoo.com

      Hi there!

      Yes it is on my blog under Recipes..
      http://aleshahaley.com/2013/08/30/egg-white-muffins/

      I just ate two this morning 🙂 LOVE THEM!
      And Phase 2 on Bodybuilding.com under Jamie Eason Live Fit she breaks down the food changes for Phase 2. THe main change is limiting your carbs to earlier in the day.

      If you look at my weekly recaps I list what I ate in each phase.
      Your going to LOVE it!

      April 10, 2014 at 9:37 am Reply

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