O My Gosh week 11 Done! I Can’t believe it, only one more week till I’ve completed Jamie Eason’s program!!
I’ll talk more next week about ALL the changes I have seen and made in just 3 short months, above and beyond losing weight. I feel like a completely different person and I have really changed my mindset when it comes to food and the gym. I ENJOY it now and look forward to my “time” at the gym! I can get all my stress out and really focus on myself, which is something that I haven’t done in a LONG time! You can read more about my decision to start Jamie’s program HERE.
Okay so after last week’s whopping amount of ZERO pounds lost I was totally having a pity party for myself! HA I have worked SOOO hard and the carb cycling is SUPER intense and I really thought it would be falling off more… AND then guess what! This week I am down 2 pounds! YAY that makes 24 pounds so far! It feels so great! My goal is to lose one more pound for week 12 making it a total of 25 pounds lost since starting Jamie Eason’s program. If someone had told me 3 months ago that I would lose 25 pounds over the next couple of weeks I would have shoved them and said NO WAY! That goal seemed SOOOOO far away and not attainable, and yet here I am. It has been ALOT of work but it has been so worth it. I have proven to myself that I CAN stay focused and determined and I CAN reach my goals ALL while continuing to carry all of life’s other tasks. YES I still work full time, I still do my Etsy business on the side, I still make my marriage and my relationship with God a priority, I still make sure the house is clean and dinner is on the table. I am HONESTLY busier than I have ever been BUT I am less stressed than I have ever been.
I give GOD all the credit, without him this would NOT be possible! You see this isnt my first rodeo when it comes to going on a “diet” or trying to lose weight. I have done weight watchers, gave up bread, no sweets for months, not to mention the 10 day Juice fast I tried that left me feeling SOOO tired and hungry! And every time I just couldn’t stick with it. It wasn’t until I brought my “fitness and health” to God, prayed about it and talked it over with my husband, that I could really see this being a lifestyle change for me. When I stopped trying to do it all on my own and relied on God to give me the strength and determination to continue is when it didn’t seem so crazy! I have just taken it day by and every morning I pray to God to continue to walk me through this, and he has. My Faith has played a HUGE part in my “weightloss” journey and I am not ashamed to say that. I know some people will not understand and that is okay. For ME this is how it has been and I am sooo thankful I was introduced to Jamie Eason’s program and decided to try it!
So Week 11 has actually been not that bad! I am still continuing the carb-cycling that I started last week, with the food.
Below is the break down of my food each day:
LOW CARB DAYS:
20% of your food intake should be CARBS
HIGH CARB DAYS:
For my LOW carb days I ate the following: (PICTURED ABOVE)
meal 1 – 2 egg white muffins & 3/4 cup of chickpeas
meal 2-Protein Shake with Almond Milk
meal 3- 4oz. of chicken and 1/2 a cup of string beans
meal 4 – 2 Turkey Meatballs
meal 5 -1 chicken breast or tilapia, 1/2 a cup of steamed veggies & salad (or avocado as pictured above)
For my HIGH carb days I ate the following: (PICTURED ABOVE)
meal 1 – 2 egg white muffins & 3/4 cup of chickpeas
meal 2- 1 Sweet potato steamed
meal 3- 4oz. of chicken, half a sweet potato and a salad with strawberries and walnuts
meal 4 – 2 Pumpkin Protein Bars
meal 5 -1 Chicken breast OR tilapia OR Ground Turkey, 1/2 a cup of steamed veggies & 3/4 cup or brown rice or beans
Again I PREP all my meals for the week on Sunday, EXCEPT dinners. I make those every night for my husband and I.
One night I made Hummus crusted tilapia (just 2 TB of hummus & pesto placed on Tilapia then baked at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.. then Broil for 4 minutes). I also made Mashed Cauliflower & hummus stuffed mushrooms.. MMM delish! And added a side of string beans. It’s finally “cooling” down just a teeny bit in Florida to have dinner outside.
MMMM Pumpkin! On Saturday morning I made Pumpkin Protein Pancakes…. OMG my new FAVE! I know I say that with every recipe, but really guys, these are AMAZING! Jamie Eason has a pumpkin pancake recipe but it makes ALOT of pancakes, and it was just me so I kind of made my own up. I’ll be posting the recipe later this week 🙂
O did you want to talk Chocolate?! Okay if I must! As you know I try out a new CLEAN treat recipe every week. And I limit myself to ONE per week. In the past I had a tendancy to… I dont know maybe be a sugar addict?! HAHA But I now know I don’t have to eat a dessert every day. I have learned what “in moderation” means and have learned to create new healthy desserts at home! SOOO this week I made Chocolate Date balls. And Boy O Boy did they deliver!
I don’t know about you but sometimes Dates get a bad rep, like what is it?! They kind of look like prunes and just remind me of food that old people eat (sorry!) But after seeing a couple date recipes on pinterest I decided to give these bad boys a try. I will be doing a blog post later BUT its basically 10 dates (pitts removed) 2 TB of unsweetened cocoa powder, and 2 TB of all natural Peanut Butter ground up in a blender or food processor. This makes a LOVELY paste, that you roll into balls and then roll into whatever topping you choose. I rolled some of mine in crushed Pistachios (for my husband! I am NOT a pistachio fan) some in cocoa powder and some in PB2 powder. They were SOOOO sweet! I couldn’t get over the fact that you didn’t need to add honey or any sweetener to these!
In other FUN news: HOLY COW!!! This week I received all this awesome swag from Bodybuilding.com!! Over $250 worth.. The marketing coordinator (who sent me the first package) has been keeping up with my blog.. and wanted to say CONGRATS on my progress!!
I can’t tell you what a huge BLESSING this is! I totally cried when I opened the box. Just three months ago I was sooooo nervous / scared to go “public” and BLOG about my weightloss journey. What would people think?! What if I didn’t lose any weight?! “What if I couldn’t finish it?! “What if it was too hard?!
And NOW with only one week to go (and down 24 pounds!!), I am BLOWN away by the encouragement and support I have recieved, from family friends, facebook groups, other fitness inspirations!! And even Bodybuilding.com! Starting this whole process was such a HUGE step of faith & I can honestly say God has been with me every step of the way!
THANK YOU THANK YOU BodyBuilding.com for your support and for supplying Jamie Eason’s Workout program for FREE!! It has literally changed my life.
Work out Time! So workouts for week 11 really weren’t too bad. I was getting kind of used to the sprints BUT now you just do 30-40 min of medium intensity cardio (along with your weights). The reps are higher so on leg day you do 3 sets of 30 of each exercise BUT you do them in a circuit (so If you have to do squats, then lunges, then leg press,) You would do 1 set of 30 of EACH then you rest, THEN you go back and do 1 set of 30 again. You repeat this “circuit” 3-4 times. So at first when I saw this I was like “O I got this!” UM then I started the workout and I quickly got my butt kicked! The higher reps are intense and because you are doing everything back to back it is very exhausting. I am really enjoying week 11’s workouts. PLUS Saturday was only 1 hour of cardio! Felt kind of like a treat 😉
I’m SUPER excited to share EVEN more progress pics next week BUT here’s a sneak peak! WOW 24 pounds down!! Feels so great! I might add I used to only wear OLD shirts to the gym I NEVER wanted to workout in a tanktop because I felt SOOO uncomfortable and insecure. NOW I enjoy working out in cute clothes, it makes me feel more confident in the gym. I still have my shorts in my gym drawer I just might break those bad boys out Next week!! EEEEKK I have NOT worked out in gym shorts in literally almost 3 years!!
O & I also thought I would share a NON scale victory from this week! To celebrate all my hardwork David and I going to Ruth’s Christ Steakhouse next weekend, so excited for a romantic date night with my LOVE! And I of course wanted a new dress to wear. I went this past weekend with my mom and sister on the hunt to find the perfect outfit. NOW might I remind you that just three months ago I DID NOT enjoy shopping, everything looked better hanging up than it did on and clothes were just too tight. So I basically wore black every day! HA it’s slimming right?! Well I was a little hesitant in the store.. I wasn’t even sure what size to grab but I started with a couple dresses in a medium / 10. When I started this process I was a 12/14 (Large/ Xlarge) I almost didn’t even want to look when I tried the dresses on! I was soo nervous, and wasn’t sure if they would fit. I was so used to grabbing a bunch of choices and having to put them ALL back because they just didn’t fit my shape / curves.
WELL *deep breath* I sucked it up and sucked it in! HAHA and tried on a couple dresses my mom and sis picked out AND **Drumroll please** The mediums were too BIG!! AH I seriously almost cried when EVERY dress I tried on was too loose! It is such an amazing feeling knowing all my hard work is really paying off. I ended up buying a dress, that yes my mother picked out! It’s a little outside my comfort zone and Its NOT ALL BLACK! Well just white & black 🙂 And guess what it’s a size 8! WOW I can’t believe I’ve gone from a size 14 to a size 8 in just 11 weeks! I even pulled out a pair of size 6 jeans from my closet this week, I had to dust the cobwebs off of them! 🙂 I Still have a LONG way to go, I am no where near my goal, Im really shooting for that flat stomach! BUT I am way further than where I was. You guys will just have wait till next week to see my dress 😉
OMG only 1 more week to go! Stay tuned for more exciting progress pics next week!
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