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!
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.
Dinner time: (pictured above) 4oz of baked chicken, 1/2 cup of broccoli and a salad with strawberries, avocado and walnuts. Delish!
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.
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!
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.
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.
If you ever get a chance to do a Bubble run! I highly recommend it!
Workout Recap for Week 8
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Woo HOOO! BRING ON PHASE 3! Only 1 month to go!