Week 1, Day 1

This is going to be a short post as naturally I have left everything to the last-minute,  and now its late and I need to go to bed!

So today was pretty good. The back & biceps routine Jamie has outlined for today and next week is pretty straightforward and I was in and out of the gym in about an hour.

The first 2 weeks of this plan are great because I only do weights 4 x week and  will not be doing any cardio the first month. This is so all our calories to go toward building muscle. I really enjoy cardio, so this will be a little weird for me.  I stand and walk on my feet all day, plus I do a light 5-7 minute jog before my training so I’m not worried I will go too crazy. You can read more about the Live Fit plan here, but essentially the first month is about eating clean, and building muscle. In phase 2, I continue building muscle but introduce cardio including HIIT (high intensity interval training) to burn fat. By  phase 3, I have stopped building muscle and instead am focused on carb cycling (explain later) and HIIT to “reveal” all that  hard-earned muscles I developed in phase 1 and 2.  That month will be intense but I’m excited to see the results.

So tonight I made Jamie Eason’s Turkey Muffins.  I basically stuck to the recipe but I added in a large handful of chopped fresh parsley-yum! Cilantro would taste good too. Ok so here were my meals today:

Meal 1: Spinach and egg white (4 whites, 1 whole egg) omelet with Neil Brothers Salsa (no sugar!) and a slice of Ezekiel sprouted bread.







Meal 2: I wasn’t too hungry so I just had a Chocolate & PB Simply Bar (pretty clean ingredients, 160 calories and 16 grams of protein!)

Meal 3: Turkey burger served on Ezekiel bread with humus (had no avocado on hand) and tomato served with a green salad, with side of red and yellow pepper strips. I drizzled my salad with a little extra virgin olive oil and apple cider vinegar and some herbs.







Meal 4: Smoothie: 1/2 banana, some frozen berries, protein powder, green powder, cocoa, ground flax, cinnamon, unsweetened almond milk.Yummy!

Meal 5:

My go-to pasta. I love it! just heat a little coconut oil in a pan, saute sliced onions and  garlic, and add in some red and yellow peppers, shrimp, tomatoes (I might deglaze the pan with a little chicken stock here (white wine is good too :P)  and then I throw in some baby spinach and 1/2 cup cooked brown rice pasta. I turn off the heat and add in 1 oz goat cheese and some fresh chopped basil or parsley. Feta and shrimp is also a great combo. Very filling and great way to add in a lot of veggies!







Ok I really need to wrap things up-good night!




Hey Everyone,

Welcome to my blog! I’m not going to lie, even though words tend to fly out of my mouth, I feel a little nervous posting my thoughts in writing out into the universe!  My purpose of doing this blog, at least for the next 3 months, is to help me stay accountable and motivated while following Jamie Eason’s Live Fit 12 Week Trainer. Along the way I’ll be sharing my workouts, meals, recipes, progress reports, and talking about eating clean, emotional eating, trying to reach and maintain balance in my life, and everything else in between.

Ok so tomorrow is Week 1, Day one of the plan and I’m super excited.  It’s also my day off, otherwise I would have prepared and packed my meals for tomorrow. I know I’m good food-wise as I already have  batches of Jamie Eason’s chocolate and her pumpkin protein bars in my freezer. I will post those recipes soon, along with my recipe adjustments.

So you can read all about Jamie’s Live Fit Trainer that she put together for Body Building.com from the link above. I really like how she literally has every day laid out for you including every workout (with video demonstration), your diet plan, supplements, recipes, and motivational and informational videos. And best of all, its FREE!! I find Jamie very inspiring as we are about the same age and well, let’s face it she has an amazing body! I love how she is muscular while retaining her femininity. Also, from reading her articles, and reading her Facebook page, she just seems so nice and down to earth. Yes I have a girl crush!

Ok I’m going to be honest with you. This is technically my third time starting this workout in the last month. The first time I made it to 2 weeks and then I got stressed and started to emotionally eat, and felt like I lost my drive and commitment. I also went on a girl’s shopping trip to Montreal so I decided it would be best to start fresh after the trip…you know after I ate loads of bagels, and poutine, and chocolate 😛   Round two…I found my motivation wasn’t very high and I was letting life, and stress get in my way again. I’ve also been experiencing some pain in my right elbow for a while now (beginnings of tendonitis?) so thought it best to take a break from weights until I could see my ART (Active Release Technique) guy. I was very worried he was going to tell me I shouldn’t lift weights, but he gave me the green light-yeah! Anyways we are optimistic that this should be cleared up with a few sessions.  So I am feeling better about things, and my motivation is high and I’m really hoping tracking my progress through this blog will help me. I also want to go through with this, not only because I want to reach my body’s full potential and look great this summer, but I want to challenge myself to integrate this training plan in my life, while trying to balance work and life.  I don’t want to just bail on things when life get’s stressful. I need to learn to deal with stress in a healthy way.  I am going to stick to this challenge!