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October 7, 2013

Jamie Eason Live Fit Review {Week 8}

Woo hoo!! 2 months down! I can’t believe I have already been clean eating and lifting weights consistently for 60 STRAIGHT DAYS! This is a BIG deal, guys! HA I usually have a hard time sticking to something for more than 3 weeks, so the fact that I am continuing to follow Jamie’s Program AND look forward to doing it a second time.. IS AMAZING!! I have said this before, but this is really a LIFESTYLE NOT A DIET, for me.

I am learning soooooo much and look at food soooo diferently now! I am like the ingredient natzi at the grocery store, HA. If it has more than 3 ingredients I don’t buy it. I am looking at EVERY nutrition label of EVERYTHING I am eating. Not in an obsessive way, but in a awareness empowerment “way.” Is that even a full sentence?! You get what I’m saying, I am really thinking about what I am putting in my body, instead of blindly following my emotions towards food. It feels great to be feeling better, sleeping better, my complexion is better, and I have WAY MORE ENGERY! What’s not to love?!

And to top it all off.. I am down 20lbs.. YES TWENTY POUNDS!!

OMG I couldn’t believe it when I stepped on the scale. All my hardwork is really starting to pay off. EEEKK! Can’t wait to see even more progress by week 12!

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Okay so meal prep this week was GUESS WHAT?! MORE egg white muffins, sweet potatoes and broccoli! HAHA I just don’t want to veer off from what is working so I am sticking the veggies I like! I also just want to reiterate how IMPORTANT meal prep is, while doing Jamie Eason’s 3 month program. I truly believe it is KEY to getting the results you want. For me it has helped me turn to healthy food, instead of binging on junk food. Because I spend about 3 hours on Sunday prepping all my food, (except dinners) for the week, it is literally grab n go! What could be easier?! So many people say, “O I just don’t have time!” really, you don’t have 3 hours in one week?! We all have the same hours in the day, it takes making it a priority to make it happen! I love the quote:

“Failure to plan, is planning to fail” It’s so true. When you don’t plan ahead, it is SOOOO easy to slip up and eat something bad. Trust me, I was that person for years. I would do GREAT during the day and then at 8:00 I would be craving chocolate & ice-cream!

Every time I get a craving for junk food, it’s usually a sign I am just HUNGRY! It’s my body telling me it’s time to eat, so I grab an apple, or a protein shake and tell that pesky hungry monster to suck it! HAHA okay a little dramatic, but you get the point.

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Dinner time: (pictured above) 4oz of baked chicken, 1/2 cup of broccoli and a salad with strawberries, avocado and walnuts. Delish!

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Dinner (pictured above) Another night I made Hummus crusted tilapia, topped with tomato & avocado, and a side of asparagus and mushrooms. I could seriously eat this fish like everyday! Its sooo good!
So I guess I should explain my dinner choices, Jamie’s program recommends basically eating lunch, then eating lunch (lean meat, with veggies) AGAIN and then having 2 turkey meatballs or a 4 small protein bars. HOWEVER that doesn’t quite work with my schedule, I am married SO my husband and I eat dinner together, and the idea of him having a big ole dinner and my eating a small protein bar just won’t cut it. SO I basically eat a lean meat and veggies for dinner. I limit my carbs to earlier in the day, just like Jamie recommends. I might make brown rice for David and then I will just have extra broccoli instead. Again this is a LIFESTYLE so I don’t want to feel deprived or hungry, so I am still eating a healthy filling dinner.

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Dinner (pictured above) So it was Saturday night, I waited entirely too long to cook dinner and all of a sudden I was SUPER hungry!! I am usually pretty good about having my dinner ready around 7:30. But I got stuck doing laundry and you know time flies when your having fun?! UGH not.. okay anyway back to the food. Since I was in such a hurry I could tell I was starting to crave junk food.. BUT instead I was really proud of myself I cooked a sweet potato, and piled that bad boy on top of black beans & spinach. SOO SIMPLE but seriously delish! It was a hodgepodge of whatever I had on hand.. but it did the trick.

For phase 2, you are suppose to limit your carbs to earlier in the day, BUT I was just so hungry I knew I needed a filling meal. So hey, this is real life, do what works for you! So I ate my sweet potato concoction and didn’t feel guilty!

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Let’s talk dessert shall we?! Every week I spend a little time in the kitchen either following Jamie’s recipes or coming up with my own clean desserts. I limit myself to them about once a week. This week I made  Jamie Eason’s Pumpkin Bars for my mid day snack and LOVED it so much it doubled as my weekly treat! I have them every day around 10:30 am.. OMG they are AMAZING!! So when I wanted dessert one night, I just popped one in the microwave and topped it with cinnamon + greek yogurt! SOOOO amazing! My fave of Jamie’s protein bar recipes so far. And just in time for fall 🙂 CLICK here for Pumpkin Protein Bar Recipe.

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In other fun news, my family and I did a Bubble Palooza 5k this weekend! My dad, aunt, sister, nieces and nephew all participated, it was sooo Fun! Every mile there was a “bubble station” where you have to run through the multicolored suds, not guna lie it was pretty intimidating! HA I felt like we were in Willy Wonka! After my nieces and nephew were terrified for the first mile, HA they ended up loving it in the end. Def a great family run. I LOVE being able to be active with my family and set good examples for my nieces and nephews.

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f you ever get a chance to do a Bubble run! I highly recommend it!


Workout Recap for Week 8
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I have to say I am in LOVE with phase 2! I feel like it is really the most applicable to my daily life. I can totally do these workouts and follow the food list after I finish the program. I am getting so much stronger and am really comfortable with the weights now. I don’t have to watch the tutorial before every exercise! HAHA like literally had to pull up the video on my iPhone when I started phase 1. Now I just read it and know exactly what to do 🙂 Phase 2 consist of 6 days a week of weight training (about 30-45 minutes) PLUS 4 of those days you do an additional 30 minutes of cardio.

It’s sooooo crazy that there’s a 20 pound difference in the photo below! I can’t believe it’s only been two months. I used to HATE working out in tank tops, I was SUPER (and still am sometimes) self conscious BUT I bought some new workout tanks and it honestly makes me feel soooo much better to wear a cute outfit to the gym! I know that I am still “in progress” but I can’t believe how far I have come. In a weird way I feel like “I’m Back!” Im busting my butt in the gym and still able to eat healthy, balance my full time job, my online etsy store, AND be a wife! It’s not easy BUT it is worth it.

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I talked about this last week, but I truly believe the reason I have been able to stick with this program and continue to be consistent is by putting my faith first. I have asked God to give me the wisdom to know how to balance everything & the determination to keep going. And it is SHOCKING that two months in I don’t feel overwhelmed, stressed or even burnt out! I feel calm, energetic AND proud. I continue to pray every day and thank him for all he is doing in my life and for what is yet to come. I know that I am not alone, and I don’t have to carry this heavy burden, this is an opportunity to be the best Alesha that I can be. I am not competing with ANYONE but myself. And yes I am working hard in the gym and eating healthy, BUT I am also learning how to let this just be ONE area of my life.

And I think that is something I have never done before. I have always just put myself 110% into ONE thing, be it school, graphic design, work, running, and then everything else just fell to the wayside. BUT NOW I am prioritizing and balancing multiple things and it makes me more productive. Being organized in the gym rolls over into wanting to be more organized at work & vice versa. Everything ties TOGETHER equally! Instead of ONE area being the main focus. And I KNOW that this would not be possible without help from God. He has truly given me a new mindset and the strength to continue.

Isaiah 40:29-31
He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might he increases strength.
Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.
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Yay for actually being able to see the muscles in my arms! This weeks workouts have been NO JOKE! Definitely intense. Every day is harder than the last,but I can feel myself getting stronger. I can say I was SUPER PROUD when I did the single dumbbell squats using one 35 pound dumbbell! When I first started I could only squat holding a 10 pound, and that was hard!  I LOVE being able to push myself in the gym!

I still want to continue to tone and that is why I am going to do Jamie Eason’s program a second time! That will be 6 months of clean eating and lifting weights. It’s so exciting to think about how far I have come in just two short months, imagine what 6 months or even a year will do!


Printable Jamie Eason Day

I have had alot of people ask where I get the “printable” worksheets from. If you click each day on Bodybuilding.com, under each workout it has a printable PDF BUT its a simplified form. You can use those OR I am in a facebook group where they had the Print Ready files all pretty with matching pictures of each exercise! It’s so great, I just take my notebook with me to the gym and follow step by step.

I absolutely LOVE the community of women I have met through this program. Every email or message makes me smile, it’s so great to know I am not doing this alone! The amazing Brittany Bellair is in my facebook group and uploaded these PDF’s to our group. They make it AWESOME and a super easy checklist.
Go check out her AWESOME transformation… OMG soooo motivating!! She’s done Jamie Eason’s program twice.

CLICK here to FOLLOW her on Facebook.

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Click the Links BELOW to download the PRINTABLE workout sheets for each phase!
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Phase 1 PDF                         Phase 2 PDF                        Phase 3 PDF

Woo HOOO! BRING ON PHASE 3! Only 1 month to go! 

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22 Comments

  • Mary

    I love your before and after shots! You have definitely made progress, especially with losing 20 lbs! Congratulations! 😀 Very proud of you for sticking to it, and staying strong! I, of course, am hopping around Jamie’s program, but it feels better doing phase 2 than it is to do phase 1 for me. I’m not really sure how else to explain it. Anyhow, I love the family picture, too, of you and your family doing a 5k! Very cute! It feels so good when the whole family gets involved in your fitness journey. 🙂 E [my boyfriend] isn’t fully involved, but he doesn’t stop himself from trying my prepped meals and he does go to the gym whenever he can to play basketball. So, either way, it’s nice to not be alone in what you do; keep staying true to yourself! <3

    October 8, 2013 at 12:21 pm Reply
  • Susie

    You’re so amazing! Congratulations on the weight loss! You look great! Have you slipped up at all or just been sticking to the clean eating since day one? I’ve had about three or four “not listed” foods and I usually regret it since now my body’s not use to it it is crazy how gross I feel afterwards. Can’t wait to see after phase 3!

    October 8, 2013 at 1:19 pm Reply
    • aleshahaley

      Thanks soooo much Susie!! I have stuck to all the clean foods. At this point I just feel so good I don’t really want to have a cheat meal. I did go out to olive garden one week for lunch and was really nervous on what to get but ended up getting their minestrone soup, only 100 calories. Other than that, everything else has been homemade. What week are you on?

      I started phase 3 last night! OMG the workouts WAS SOOOO intense! HA it def kicks it up a notch 😉

      October 8, 2013 at 1:26 pm Reply
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  • erika

    I’m loving your recaps on the program! I’m really considering giving the program a try, but it’s hard to imagine committing myself to something for 3 MONTHS! Especially since as a food blogger, I feel like I’ve already committed myself to posting a certain kind of recipe 1-2x a week on my blog. And all the holidays coming up…ahh! Do you think it’d be worth it if I just did a few of the phases?

    October 11, 2013 at 10:26 am Reply
    • aleshahaley

      Erika I TOTALLY hear ya! It is a BIG commitment.. BUT for me it is really worth it! However I think any change would be worth it 🙂

      Even if you just tried phase 2 workouts.. I think you would benefit. I am going to do the program twice, so six months of clean eating and working out consistently BUT I know not everyone can do this. Do what works for you 🙂 But I do HIGHLY recommend Jamie’s program, it is really designed so well and each phase builds on the last! You can do it GIRL!!

      October 11, 2013 at 10:30 am Reply
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  • Michele C

    Thank u Thank u for the PDF links!
    I seriously had a bad past 3 days. My in-laws were visiting so, with my mom in law’s homemade cooking, outings & brother in law’s family over every night, I just couldn’t stick to my meal plan and timing. The family time was great. But, gosh I feel like it was a huge weight loss setback. I was up 4 lbs in 4 days!?! I seriously hate the scale sometimes.
    Anyway, I had to come read your blog for some encouragement. You make me want to stick with this. Thank you!
    And, your description of going 100% on one thing is totally me. I get into these workout routines & I let it consume me. It negatively effects my relationship with The Lord. I know He loves me & even cares about the little things I go through so I should let Him be a part of this weight loss journey, too.
    Continue to let Him use you to touch others through your successes & encouragement!

    October 14, 2013 at 7:29 pm Reply
    • aleshahaley

      Michele!
      O my gosh you are so great!! Thank you so much for your sweet comments.. it is soooo challening to stay consistent and this is something I have ALWAYS struggled with and eventually get burnt out. But once I made the decision to give it to God and really trust him, that has made all the difference!

      It is still hard, it is still work but I know I am not alone 🙂 And seriously don’t sweat the 4 lbs! My scale has gone up and down since starting this thing.. but as long as I know I am moving in the right direction it makes a difference. You are doing GREAT! Don’t give up 🙂

      October 14, 2013 at 10:40 pm Reply
  • kara

    I am so happy I found this blog on Pinterest! You are such an inspiration! I have been waiting to start this program for two weeks now and keep putting off meal prepping and I see completely now how ‘failure to plan, is a plan for failure’, without meal prepping – it is SO hard!

    I now have notecards written out for each workout, a motivation board, and a supportive fiance, I just need to get my butt in gear. I truly believe I found this blog for a reason, thank you so much for posting each week!! Please keep doing so! I love how treating yourself to weight loss doesn’t mean food – but rather shopping – we are such a food orientated country that it is hard to do anything without incorporating food!

    Also, I was wondering what you put on your chicken? You mentioned a greek yogurt sauce with some herbs?! Or the frosting on your carrot cake bars?! I found Livefit Challenge on bodybuilding a few weeks ago, so I know all of the recipes but you make them look delicious with those clean sauces.

    Thanks for being a great motivator!! 🙂

    October 15, 2013 at 4:16 pm Reply
    • aleshahaley

      Hi Kara!

      Aw you are sooo sweet!! Thanks so much!
      Meal prepping is sooooo important! And is something I have never really done or stuck with before, BUT it is a HUGE help!

      I LOVE that you have an amazing support system and a motivation board 🙂 That is HUGE!! It makes a difference to have people who can help and motivate you!

      And I use Mrs.Dash (salt free garlic & herb) seasoning on the chicken & a little balsamic vinaigrette .. I talk about it in week 7’s blog post http://aleshahaley.wordpress.com/2013/09/30/jamie-eason-live-fit-review-week-7/

      And YES all the sauces are based off Greek Yogurt! SOOO EASY and Delish! I give the recipe for the “frosting” in the pumpkin protein bar post:http://aleshahaley.wordpress.com/2013/10/09/pumpkin-bars-clean-eating/

      It’s basically greek yogurt, honey or stevia, vanilla protein powder and cinnamon! So delish!

      I know you will do GREAT at Jamie’s program!! IT is very intimidating at first and I was totally overwhelmed! BUT now I LOVE it and have learned soooooooo much along the way, cant believe I am already on week 10!

      October 15, 2013 at 4:42 pm Reply
  • Megan Bower

    Girl you are making awesome progress! Quick question: which jamie eason livefit Facebook group are you in? There are several and I’m want to join one that’s still active 🙂

    October 21, 2013 at 7:17 pm Reply
  • Jessica

    Congratulations!!! I am starting my first round with Jamie Eason’s LiveFit. I’m excited and nervous. I think learning how to eat clean will take the most adjustment.

    What size notebook do you use?

    October 30, 2013 at 10:47 pm Reply
  • Elizabeth

    So crazy that you know Brittany! I went to school with her, and she’s a super motivator!

    Sorry to blow up your blog today, but I’m loving it!

    November 5, 2013 at 5:08 pm Reply
    • aleshahaley

      HAHA I guess I should clarify I dont really know her LOL just know her from facebook.. and we’ve been staying in touch throughout my Jamie Eason challenge but I have never met her in person..

      BUT she is AMAZING! And has been super encouraging 🙂

      November 5, 2013 at 5:10 pm Reply
      • Elizabeth

        HA! Actually, I meant virtually. Her FB has really blown up. Are you going to repeat the 12 weeks?

        November 5, 2013 at 5:15 pm Reply
  • Angela Stafford

    Hi! I absolutely love your blog. It’s very motivating. I am trying to compile a meal plan to follow the program. Do you have all of your meals for each day in one place so that I can easily print them off and prepare them? I would really appreciate it! Thanks!

    November 18, 2013 at 4:09 pm Reply
  • Miranda

    You have the most comprehensive review and documentation os Jamie Eason’s LIveFit on the web (that I can find). Thanks so much for your recipes and meal ideas. You rock!

    January 9, 2014 at 1:03 pm Reply
    • alesha_haley@yahoo.com

      WOW! Thank you so much!! It really helped me stay accountable to write about every single week. Are you enjoying Jamie’s program?

      January 10, 2014 at 12:04 pm Reply
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