Another week down! Only 2 more weeks till I’ve completed Jamie Eason’s Live Fit Challenge!
I can’t believe it, the time has flown by. This week was suprisingly a little challenging with the food.. and NOT so challenging with the workouts!
I mean don’t get me wrong, the workouts were still SUPER intense but it was not as hard as last week. I think maybe because I knew what to expect in the gym? And I am getting used to the sprints.. it was still HARD but totally manageable.
So no weight lost this week. BOO!! I couldn’t believe it!! I have worked sooo hard all week and even stuck to the plan over our out of town weekend. How could that be?! At first I was totally frustrated BUT then I realized that it is not always about the scale. I have come a long way and have learned so much in just the last 10 weeks. I was able to pull out an old pair of jeans from the back of my closet! So I guess that kind of makes up for it! HA I know I am a total party pooper this week! I thought for sure I would have lost another 2-3 pounds BUT alas it just didn’t move at all this week. 🙁
Total Bummer but I am not guna let it get me down. I have worked so hard and lost 22 pounds so far!! I am going to keep pushing through and try to reach my goal of 25 pounds lost by the end of week 12!
Here’s a little snippet from Jamie Eason about Carb cycling:
Carb cycling takes the macronutrients (the proteins, fats and carbs) of your meals and manipulates them to reduce body fat to very low levels, with as little muscle cannibalization as possible. This carb cycle will last only 3 weeks. Any longer and you might lose too much hard-earned muscle.
Week 10 started the Carb cycling that I will continue for the remaining 2 weeks as well. It took me a couple of days of research and plugging foods into My Fitness Pal to really understand what I could eat for my low carb and high carb days.
LOW CARB DAYS:
20% of your food intake should be CARBS
HIGH CARB DAYS:
I’m not guna lie, the Low Carb days were a little rough. I found myself really getting used to eating my pumpkin protein bars.. and MISSING my beloved sweet potato at lunch!
And then what was weird was on the HIGH CARB days I kind of didn’t want to eat the carbs.. I guess I was getting used to the low carbs. By the weekend I was fine and finally felt like I got a handle on the low carb/high carb days for week 11. I feel like just when I get the hang of the workouts or the food. BAM it’s time to change it up. I was REALLY enjoying Phase 2 and then BAM Phase 3 has thrown me for a loop. LOL
I’m going to break down what I ate on each day, hoping that it will take some of the guess work out for other people 🙂
Low Carb Day (Pictured Above)
Meal 1 – 2 egg white muffins with 1/2 a cup of black beans
Meal 2 – 2 Turkey Meatballs (use Jamie Eason’s recipe)
Meal 3 – 1/2 a cup of Sugar Snap Peas, 4 oz of baked chicken, 1 whole tomato
Meal 4- Protein Shake with Almond Milk (not pictured)
Meal 5 – Hummus and walnut crusted Tilapia with a spinach salad & 2 tb of Light Balsamic Viniagerrete
Above is what I continued to eat on all 6 low carb days for the rest of the week 🙂
The FREE app My Fitness Pal is GREAT because you can plug in your foods and it will give you the percentages (20% protein, 50% carbs… etc) And that way you know if you are hitting your goals. YOU HAVE TO BE VERY ACCURATE. You can’t eyeball your measurements, you need to know exactly the right portions for this to work.
High Carb Day (Pictured Above)
Meal 1 – 2 egg white muffins with 1/2 cup of black beans OR quinoa
Meal 2 – 1 sweet potato
Meal 3 – 1/2 a cup of string beans, 4 oz of baked chicken and a whole avocado
Meal 4 – 2 Pumpkin Protein Bar squares (not pictured)
Meal 5 – Hummus and Pesto crusted chicken with 1/2 a cup of quinoa and 1/2 a cup of black beans
Above is what I ate on the only HIGH CARB day I had (Thursday).
Taking a ROAD TRIP reminds me of Chick Fil A breakfast biscuits, sweet tea, doritos, hamburgers, twizzlers… (basically anything horrible for you! HAHA) Talk about sucking the fun out of a road trip.. UGH
BUT I knew I wanted to stick with my plan EVEN IF WE WERE TRAVELING, and these last few weeks are SOOOO critical. I have busted my butt in the gym all week and didn’t want it to go to waste!
David and I went to Georgia to see family, 5 hour drive there (on Friday Night) and then came back on Sunday afternoon. So what did I do all NIGHT on Thursday?! MEAL PREP!
I stayed up late making ALL David and I’s food for the weekend. We packed our little cooler to the BRIM with the following:
-Egg white muffins with 1/2 a cup of Quinoa (breakfast)
-Baked chicken, green beans, and tomato (Lunch)
-Jamie Eason Pumpkin Protein Bars (Snacks)
-Protein Powder and Almond milk (snacks)
It was SOOOOO great to see all my aunts, uncles and cousins! There is something about campfires and how peaceful the woods are that really made it seem like fall.
Even though I didn’t lose any weight this week, I hit a HUGE milestone! NOT caving into my junk food cravings and having all my meals prepped ahead of time, allowed me to stay on track EVEN while being out of town!
IT IS POSSIBLE TO EAT HEALTHY ON A ROAD TRIP. This was a BIG deal for me. I would usually cave into to any of the food and not think twice BUT now I am more aware of what I am eating and really want to stick to my clean eating plan.
It was MORE work BUT I came home knowing I stuck to my guns and continued with my healthy habits.
I had a hard time turning down funnel cakes, “crack brownies” HAHA (carmel, peanut butter brownies), hot dogs, coleslaw and potato salad.. just to name a few little gems from the weekend BUT I didn’t feel pressure to eat it AND I didn’t judge anyone for eating it either! If I wasn’t doing this program I probably would have dived in too! I think if I was at maybe month 6 or so I would have had no problem indulging in some treats over the weekend BUT with this being my first time through Jamie Eason’s program I wanted to stick with what I said I would do.
I have said from the very first week I want to stick to this plan to the “T” all the way through! So no cheat meals for me! It was a tough weekend as far as denying myself all the yummy food BUT I came home satisfied knowing that I didn’t give up and I stuck to my original commitment!
I have to say after the torture from last week I soooooo was NOT looking forward to this weeks workouts. HAHA BUT suprisingly it wasn’t too bad. I mean it still sucked HA But at least I didn’t feel like I was going to die, which is basically my feeling during every workout last week. I think I knew what to expect for week 10 so it was more manageable. And the Treadmill Sprints really weren’t too bad. I even bumped it up to level 9 (last week was level 8)!!
The HIT workouts between the weights is still challenging and it’s safe to say I HATE mountain climbers and burpees! But I know they are good for me… so I guess I’ll just suck it up 😉
Finally seeing some more muscles in my arms. They still have a LONG way to go BUT I can start to see more changes. With only 2 more weeks I feel like Okay Im guna be ripped by week 12 right?! But realistically I know this is going to take alot longer. I have said this before, but I am taking a two week break (going to enjoy my thanksgiving… Perfect timing 😉 And then I am going to start the program up again!
Another progress photo.. I didn’t take too many workout pictures the first couple of weeks because I felt sooo BIG in all my tshirts! I wish I had taken more. I HATED wearing tank tops but NOW I love working out in them 🙂
I have lost 22 pounds so far and excited to see even more changes by week 12!! EEEK only 2 more weeks to go!