I did it y’all!! WOOP WOOP Second Round of Jamie Eason Live Fit Complete!
Okay you guys have waited LONG enough! Sorry! I have been so busy with my Etsy that I haven’t been blogging as much as I should. So here it is, I finally got around to posting my final recap for Jamie Eason Live Fit. If you follow my blog you know that I lost 30 lbs the first time, back in 2013. You can read my full Round 1 Recap HERE. Because I had such great results last time, I was super excited to start round 2, after having my daughter!
So round 2, I know you want to know my TOTAL weightloss?
I lost 22 lbs this time! I’m actually really happy with that number! I wasn’t sure what the program would be like doing it a second time, especially being a new mom. And even though I had a completely different experience, I still learned so much!
Okay so I have to tell you I was SO EMBARRASSED the first day when I took the picture on the right. I couldn’t believe how much muscle tone I lost after having my daughter. Honestly I didnt lift weights a whole lot after I was about 6 months pregnant. I did a lot of swimming and prenatal yoga, but didn’t worry about going to the gym all the time. AND so after I had my daughter, I waited till I was about 12 weeks post partum before I started working out again. so it has taken ALOT of busting my butt to get my muscle back. And I still have SO FAR to go.
Of course to celebrate I had to enjoy some Protein Pancakes for my weekly Pancake Saturday! LOVE me some AB Protein Pancake mix!! You guys this stuff is SO GOOD! Topped my pancakes with peanut butter, honey and banana. YUMO!
I also made some Zoodles, (Zucchini Noodles) with my Veggetti Spiralizer, they are my new fave!! OMG if you don’t have a Veggetti, than you need to get one! Best $15 I have ever spent! I cooked mine with lime, chickpeas and tomatoes, topped with greek yogurt & quinoa.
Also after finishing Jamie Eason’s program I was asked by the Company ElliQuark to participate in an Eat Clean Showdown! Will post more about my entry and recipes for that showdown later. But here was my final entry!
Baked asparagus fries with lemon & garlic dip. Roasted garlic artichokes with corn dip. And Sweet potato & beet chips with peanut butter and cinnamon dip, OMG what a feast! Everything was so tasty!
*Spoiler alert: I didn’t win the showdown, BUT I was so happy to even just participate!
It’s funny when I think back to that first day of Round 1 not knowing what the future would hold, not knowing if I could even finish the program, or if I would lose any weight. AND now 2.5 years later, I was able to get pregnant naturally after struggling with infertility for 3.5 years, participated in an Eat Clean showdown, hosted my FIRST Clean Eating workshop, host a Jamie Eason Facebook group with over 1,500 women in it! I am absolutely BLOWN away by the blessings that have come from taking that leap of faith and stepping out of my comfort zone! This Fitness Journey has not just been about weightloss, it’s about learning who I am, striving for excellence, and learning life’s balance. I have made clean eating and working out a lifestyle, and I love to teach it to people! I am so passionate about clean eating because it has LITERALLY changed my life! And for that I am BEYOND grateful to Jamie Eason and BodyBuilding.com for offering an amazing program that I have been able to complete twice!
So for my FINAL week I asked my dad if we could go on a dinner date Saturday night! It just happened to fit perfectly that, that day was my FINAL workout of Jamie Eason program! I’ve talked about my family before, my dad and mom both have run half marathons, 5ks, 10ks. And my mom does Zumba and lifts weights regularly! My dad has done countless marathons and still wants to do an Ironman! I love my parents for installing in me a love of being active, and for always dreaming big and pushing yourself. They are both such an amazing example of putting your health & family first!
I had an amazing dinner date with my dad! If you read my previous WEEK 12 recap, you know that my husband and I went to a celebratory dinner too! So it was so nice to celebrate finishing my second round with the other amazing man in my life! My husband and dad both are such a blessing in my life and both cheer me on and bring so much support! We went to a local restaurant, I had the fish tacos and he had the chicken curry and we had a vegan brownie and ice cream for dessert! YUMO! I’ve said it once, but trying to lose weight or just make your health a priority really requires SO MUCH support! Whether thats your family or friends or just an online group, you NEED to have people surround you to lift you up! And I am so very grateful for my amazing family!
I wanted to spend this FINAL recap not talking about just the workouts or my food, I feel like I’ve covered that in my last recap. But I really wanted to just overview some of my favorite aspects of the Jamie Eason program & answer some common FAQ’s about the program. You can check out my TOP 5 TIPs for the Jamie Eason Post HERE.
So one of the most common questions I get is:
#1: Do you really do NO cardio the first phase?
YES YES YES NO CARDIO. ALOT of women think they are already in good shape or are not a beginner so they just need to skip that little suggestion. Well in my opinion I think it is SO important to stick to the Jamie Eason PLAN just as it is laid out. The first phase is really about building muscle. And there is no cardio for a reason. Even doing the program a second time, I still started back at the very beginning.
#2. Do you follow the meal plan to a “T’?
YES. Again I cannot stress just how important it is to follow the meal plan. Not just eating healthy but really looking at the approved foods list, and following the portions that Jamie gives. I will say my first round, I followed it to the “T’ and didn’t CHEAT once! And I got great results. This second round, I went on vacation one week, had a sinus infection another week, and was just a tad more flexible with the food, BUT overall I still followed the meal plan. That being said I got BETTER results the first round when I was more strict. So I suggest trying as hard as you can to follow the meal plan and to meal prep!
#3. Can this program be done from home? Without a Gym Membership?
The answer is YES dependent on IF you have some free weights at home. I used our community gym, BUT didn’t have all of the machines, so I did ALOT of the exercises with just dumb bells, and it still worked. There was also a couple of days when I couldn’t get to the gym so I did Jamie Eason’s Emergency At Home Workouts.
#4.How many calories did you eat to lose the weight?
Okay so I’ve never been a big fan of calorie counting, BUT you do have to start counting calories in the second phase. I use the FREE app. My fitness pal, so it makes it SUPER easy. Doing the Jamie Eason program the first time I averaged about 1800 calories a day, and this second time, I averaged about 2,100 calories. Now I am still nursing my daughter so I added a couple hundred to take that into account. BUT I think there is a misconception that you have to eat lower calories to lose weight and even though that is true, that is not the only way to lose weight. I ate ALOT, every 2 hours and was still able to lose 22 lbs! It’s more about what you’re eating, than the calories. I believe in clean eating, and filling your body up with healthy foods every couple of hours.
#5. Do you recommend taking ALL the recommended supplements to get great results?
So I did a recent blog post on all the supplements I take and WHEN (I am still nursing too, so I cover alot of breastfeeding questions), you can read that BLOG POST HERE. But here’s the deal I did take the Jamie Eason Live Fit Combo pack BOTH times doing the program AND obviously I lost over 20 lbs each time. BUT I don’t think you NEED to take the supplements to get great results. I do recommend a good BCAA (Bio Chain Amino Acids) capsule and Amino recovery to help with muscle soreness, because trust me YOU WILL BE SORE with these workouts.But the reason I don’t say ya go out and buy all the supplements at first, is because I would hate to see people spend ALOT of money and then only stick to the program for 2 weeks and wonder why it didn’t work? It takes time people and if you are serious YES buy the combo pack. But maybe you’re dedicated BUT you’re on a budget? I would recommend just starting with the Protein Powder and a good multivitamin. As Jamie Eason says, protein powder is like muscle fertilizer! I think it is absolutely KEY in seeing your muscles grow.
I could go ON and ON with lots of tips, but I’ll save them for another post. Hopefully I have inspired or at least intrigued you to give the FREE Jamie Eason Live fit program a try! I highly recommend it!
#6. What are you going to do now that you’ve completed the program a second time?
So here’s the thing, I absolutely LOVE the Jamie Eason program and it will always be my GO TO workout. It allowed me to set a healthy foundation of working out and eating healthy. But one of the MAJOR struggles I had this second round, was fitting in the gym time being a new mom. I work from home and so does my husband. So he has to be able to watch Annabelle so I could go to our community gym, which was totally fine, up until Phase 3. That’s when it got just a bit overwhelming. The workouts in Phase 3 are 6 days a week, an hour and a half and boy are they INTENSE! I knew what to expect having done the program before BUT I didn’t realize how exhausting it would be. Our daughter is still up ALOT during the night and like I said I am still nursing, so found myself just absolutely exhausted during the day, and I had to balance my Etsy store, being a stay at home mom, working out, my blog, and my Jamie Eason Facebook group. I found myself getting REALLY overwhelmed. I realized after I finished the program that I just needed a break and I needed to find something that fit a little better with my schedule. I will talk about that choice more and the program in an upcoming post. With all that being said I absolutely STILL recommend the Jamie Eason program! It’s an amazing workout program will give you the tools to eat clean and lift weights!
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