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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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