Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Jamie Eason's Live Fit- Week 5

Here's Jamie Eason's Phase One of the Live Fit Trainer Video to get your started!

Today, I started Jamie Eason's Live Fit Trainer on I started on week 5 because I wanted to continue the cardio I have been doing. If you are just starting out, start at week one. To find the best workout for you based on your needs, start at this interactive workout creator. I have used it in the past and it has been great. Each workout includes a meal plan. Now, something about the meal plans, they are a huge difference for anyone who hasn't ever eaten real, clean food. I suggest easing into it, but still, you have got to cut the crap, seriously, cut the junk food out. If not, you are wasting your time and effort.

Now, what I have done in the past and has worked for me, is follow it Monday-Friday to the letter and splurge a bit on the weekend. I suggest just one unclean meal on Saturday and Sunday each. After you have done this for awhile, you will be amazing how much you really don't want that stuff as often. If you absolutely hate eating clean, I would highly suggest letting yourself have this weekend pass BUT this means you have to be very dedicated to your meals during the week.

Today, I completed a 1.5 miles in my hilly neighborhood, which said to say took 18.24 minutes. Then completed day 29, back and cardio, of the Live Fit trainer but with Bowflex Ultimate alterations.

Workout video coming soon!!!

I have got to share Sweaty Betty's video about Sensa and other "sprinkle" products. I use to work with someone who used this stuff in order to curb appetite who desperately needed to loose some weight. This person was unwilling to make food or drink changes, was limited by an injury, and basically embodies most Americans these days. This person was very excited to share her start with Sensa with me, as I was know as the healthy workout girl in the office. I didn't know much about it (thank goodness) so I didn't have much to add to the conversation. Only added my subtle hints of making small manageable changes in diet are the way to go, such as loosing the diet soda. It never sank in unfortunately. I am glad I figured this out before I let my body get out of hand.

Although, for me, its not so much (but kinda sorta its) about my body. I started originally working out because I was tired and depressed all the time. I figured I could release some stress and feel a bit better. I gradually turned into an elliptical monster who was terrified of doing anything else in the gym.

When my husband deployed, I discovered and became obsessed a little with researching food and how to use the equipment. If I had a workout buddy, I may have learned faster, but I made huge changes during that deployment. Lifting became a love! Kettlebells are my jam, just need some for my home gym!! Seriously, you want to tone and pump up your metabolism, use some kettlebells! There are lots of great videos on youtube to help you out.

When we got orders to move, I fell off the wagon a bit. But I kind of went back and fourth between working out and eating right. I was at least balancing a day with some healthy options, but the pizza and beer was hurting me. haha, I love beer! So, I am on my way to figuring out a happy medium to work this into my new life.

Be sure to subscribe to my page and watch me on this journey! I might even post some before and after pics if your lucky!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Workout Entry 8/14/12

So, I said I was going to post everyday about my Bowflex workouts, well, shows you how dedicated I was to posting it!! Needless to say, I got busy with school and my crappy girls softball team. My team named "Pitch Slap" which ironically had crappy pitches and we lost most games due to walks, ended up being last in the league...WHOOO! So in your face!
On the plus side, I got some good exercise playing. Average practices about 2-3 times a week (yep, we still sucked!) and I made the most out of it so it could count for some fitness.
Anyways, I started running outside in my neighborhood. Yes, me who hates running with a passion and avoided all sports and PE classes as a kid so I wouldn't have to run. I figured, look at people who run regularly, they look awesome, I am going to do that and look awesome. So, I got the Nike+ app which is cool cause it tracks how far you run, the pace, the elevation, and other cool stuff. I simultaneously use another app called C25K Free which is an app to help you train for a 5 k. Basically, you run 3 days a week and each week you progress to different intervals. You can play music that's on your phone through the app or play Pandora while the other apps are running. The Nike+ app also lets you pick a power up song to get you motivated. I haven't used it cause I just play Pandora.
C25k app example: Week 1 you alternate between 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for 20 minutes, then Week 2 alternate 90 seconds of jogging and 2 minutes of walking. Sounds easy right? WRONG, unless your awesome. Which I am, but it has been hard for me anyways. My neighborhood has a lot of elevation changes, so its great for building stamina, or so I think, but rough on a beginner runner. The C25k app tells you in a sweet voice when to run/walk. The Nike+ app tells you periodically how the time, distance, and pace you have completed. If you beat your best time or longest distance, you get a cool "Good Job" from Michael Phelps or other athlete. LOVE it, but kind of silly.
I have decided to stay on Week 2 for awhile, cause I am still pretty weak with running. My year of weight lifting and my 30 minutes of elliptical training have not prepared me for running on the ground. I will be honest, it has been rough on my ankles and hips, but the pain is slowly decreasing.
I will be better with the workout blog, so stay tuned. May even post some videos with the bowflex!!