Monday, October 27, 2014

LiveFit Week 2 Complete!

I've completed two weeks of Jamie Eason's LiveFit program, and am feeling good and energetic! It's such a blessing that my sister's doing it with me, too, and before I get too into my own recap, I want to give her a shout out congrats on the 11 lbs she lost while doing LiveFit and a Body by Vi challenge!

I'm tempted to join her challenge, but I'd really like to follow Jamie's eating plan as well as possible, and maybe before I start my next LiveFit challenge I'll do Vi.

Here's how these first two weeks worked:


The first week, I only used 5 lb weights, because last time I started, I used too heavy, and felt like I was physically injured afterward. Using 5 lbs as a base, I decided I could easily go to 7.5 during week two. Now, I'm thinking I'll try for 10 lbs next week. It's all about seeing what you can do, and how far you can go. Building strength.

I didn't have a hard time with actually working out, but I definitely did have to talk myself into going to the gym after work (a morning person I am not!). I reasoned that since my systems at work had been down, and I'd become antsy, I really deserved to go to the gym, and move my body. Working out beats sitting at a computer doing nothing any day!

As for food, I tried really really hard to eat clean, and get an even percent of carbs, fat, and protein into each day. Last week on payday, I bought groceries and got to work (kind of). I made Egg White cups, a la Alesha Haley, which I also paired with chickpeas and Mrs. Dash Garlic and Herb seasoning (salt free).

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These were my lunches for most of the week. Next time, I might actually mix the beans into mine, like Alesha did. More compact that way.

I also included Jamie Eason's Cinnamon Swirl Protein Bread, which I paired with steamed eggs for snacks.

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Another cool trick/recipe is using Greek Yogurt as a base, and added onion soup mix to it for a healthy, protein filled onion dip for carrot chips, or other veggies. Needed salt, and tasted a wee bit watery (whey sometimes separates from the yougurt, but just stir it back in), but otherwise, I think it'll make a great substitute. 2 cups of plain greek yogurt (I used Chobani) and one packet of onion soup mix (I used HyVee brand). I've used it as a dip, and also as a substitute to mayo in tuna salad, though I can't stress enough that it needs sea salt.

As for weighing myself, I haven't stepped on the scale since before the challenge started. The night before it started, I did take my measurements, and recorded them on Bodybuilding.com, on my BodySpace profile. I'm using BodySpace for ideas and support more now than I did in the past, and I'm hoping to continue to experiment with great recipes as the weeks progress.

Here's what my meals looked like almost every day this week.

Breakfast: Oatmeal and Coffee
2nd Breakfast: Cinnamon Swirl Protein Bread, Steamed Egg
Lunch: Egg White Cup with Spinach and Beans, Protein Bread
Snack: Carrots and Onion Dip
Dinner: Whatever my parents were having
Evening Snack: Casein Protein and Almond milk, but only if I was hungry.

I do think that while the egg cups and steamed eggs were delicious, I do need to find more options for protein snacks. This week, I intend to make protein smoothies for when I drive to work (Using my sister's Vi recipes and my own protein powder), and have my oatmeal be 2nd Breakfast. I keep oatmeal at work, which makes it convenient, but I also made Jamie's Pumpkin Protein Pancakes this morning, and it made a LOT of them (13, as opposed to the 10 that the recipe stated), so I inadvertently prepped for breakfasts instead of oatmeal this week. Win!

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Preparing is what helps you achieve your goals. Not everyone is lucky enough to succeed without even trying. Hardly anyone is. Making sure you have ready-to-eat things available, especially on work days, That has been one of my biggest downfalls in this program in the past, not being prepared. I'm super prepared this time, and will be prepping more food all weekend long.

Since I started eating clean last week, I've lost 3.1 lbs. I'm super excited about it, and can't wait to go to the gym this afternoon.

(I didn't know about my weight loss when I took this post-workout pic)
In it to win it! Good luck with anyone else following the program! I've got Turkey/ Chicken Meatloaf Muffins cooking in the oven, and will be making Pumpkin Protein Bars when I get home from the gym.

2 comments:

  1. Found your blog via the link on Sarah's fix-it friday post, and just wanted to say congrats on sticking to the program and for the weight loss! You are doing amazing. I've been thinking of blogging to help with post pregnancy weight loss as I love the level of accountability and support it provides. Best of luck as you continue on with the program!!! You might want to check out dietbet.com too as it's a fun way to make money and lose weight. I did it last year and plan on joining again in 2015!

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    1. I love blogging for accountability. It's been fun. And you can start a blog for no money down, which is a big help.
      I actually did do DietBet this past summer, but didn't keep up with it. I might do it again once I've gotten into a total habit of working out, but I wasn't at a place to keep up with it at the time. I did make some good friends through it, though. Good luck on your weight loss! Let me know if you start your blog!

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