Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Bizzy Diet - Day 3 (Rest Day)

Being slightly rebel like, I decided to make Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday my workout days for this plan.  I plan to do a quick walk today after work, so I can achieve my active rest and rack up those steps for my FitBit. 

So this workout was recommended with a shitload of supplements.  For the women, it would have been a little over a $100 with tax.  The men's supplements was almost $150, if I could remember.  As I mentioned, I decided against getting the recommended supplements on the reason I didn't want to break the bank again for this three-week program.  I was okay with cutting out carbs and even my daily coffee, just green tea if I wanted my caffeine fix.  I am taking supps and they are definitely cost-effective.

AM before breakfast - Carlson Labs Norwegian Cod Liver Oil, 2 tbsp


Not as gross as one would think.  Its oil that tastes like lemon.  Rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin D3, EPA and DHA

AM with breakfast - Costco's brand Performance Multi Energy Formula


I feel the same when I spent a few hard earned nickles on the recommend supplements on my last plan and it cost less and has way more product that will go a long way for me. 

Mid-morning/Pre-workout - Trader Joe's Super Green Drink Powder 

I have this with a glass of plain, unsweetened almond milk and it has become a great substitute for actual solid products.  I drink this usually an hour before my lunch-hour workout.  It tastes great and I definitely like the benefits it offers. 

Post-workout - BSN AminoX Post-Workout Recover Powder


Unfortunately, I am down to my last scoop.  BCAA is definitely great for doing a workout that involves HIIT (high-intensity interval training).  I still have my whey protein, which I can drink to feed my muscles.  

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Bizzy Diet - Day 2

Aren't these thee coolest tanks?! I purchased them from a website called Look Human.



I love the "Hot Mess to Wedding Dress" (obviously).  Crazy story, I was already stopped by a woman on the street who asked what my tank meant and it turns out she was a event coordinator.  The odds were ever in my favor for that moment!

Okay onwards ...

Tuesday: Day 2 - Workout B

Breakfast
  • One egg
  • 1/2 tsp of sriracha
  • 1/4 c of spinach
  • Two strips of turkey bacon
  • 1 oz soy 3-cheese shredded (after cooking)
  • Cup of jasmin green tea
Mid-morning
  • One scoop of Trader Joe's super green drink with 1½ c of almond milk (plain - unsweetened)
Workout

20 minutes of elliptical machine with alternate one minute low and one minute high intensity

2 sets 
  • Body squat, 20 reps
  • Dumbbell squats, 15 reps per leg
  • Standing dumbbell calf raise, 30 reps
  • Crunches, 30 reps
  • Tuck crunches, 30 reps
10 minutes on treadmill, five minutes of fast pace walk and five minutes of running

Repeat 2 sets of workout

Lunch (post-workout)
  • 4 oz, roasted b/s chicken breast marinated in Trader Joe's Island Soyaki
  • 1 c cucumber, raw
  • 1 c organic spinach, raw
Mid-Afternoon - at this point, my body was starving, so I gave it more protein and of course drank tons more water to feed the body
  • 2 oz of trail mix
  • Medium-sized banana with 1 tbsp of all-natural peanut butter
Dinner
  • 4 oz, Wholefoods deli chicken cutlet
  • 1 c organic spinach, raq
Last Meal
  • 1/2 c low-fat cottage cheese with ½ tbsp of honey

Monday, July 14, 2014

"We'll Try This One For Now...."

I found a pretty easy workout training for the next three weeks on BodyBuilding.com. I read a lot of the comments, most people were not happy with the need to buy all of the supplements in order to get the "achieved results". I went a different route and decided to purchase simple supplements and plan out accordingly what I want to eat or take to maintain a not-on-point nutrition plan but enough to follow that I am productive 

The bizzy diet is simply two workouts - Workout A (upper body) and Workout B (lower body).  You get three rest days, with at least 30 minutes of active rest - anything that moves and grooves you that isn't intense. 

Monday: Day 1 - Workout A

Breakfast             

I microwaved in a glass container 
  • One egg
  • 1/2 tsp of sriracha
  • 1/4 c of spinach
  • Two strips of turkey bacon
  • 1 oz soy cheese shredded cheese (3 cheeses) after microwave
Mid-morning
  • One scoop of Trader Joe's Super Green Drink with
  • 1½ c of almond milk (plain - unsweetened)
Workout 

20 minutes of sit-down bike machine with alternate one minute low and one minute high intensity

2 sets of 20 reps - weightlifting
  • Dumbbell Press (on flat-back bench)
  • One-Arm Dumbbell Row
  • Standing Military Press (with dumbbells)
  • Dumbbell Curls
  • Tricep Dumbbell Kickbacks
10 minutes on elliptical with five minutes of low intensity and five minutes of high intensity

Repeat the 2 sets of weightlifting 

Lunch (post-workout)
  • Chicken of the Sea, one 7 oz can - drained
  • 2 tbsp Trader Joe's Spicy Hummus Dip (mixed in tuna)
  • 1 c steamed broccoli
  • 1 c raw organic spinach
Mid-Afternoon

No meal 

Dinner
  • Oven-roasted turkey breast (98% fat free) deli meat, 4 oz
  • 2 c organic spinach, raw
Last meal
  • 1/2 c low-free cottage cheese with 1 tbsp of honey
  • Half of a Swiss dark chocolate <--- not recommended but this left me with  674 calories left on MFP

Day 1 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Belated First of the Month Measurements and Misc.

I have completely went off on my progress path.  Not as bad as the three to four (five, six ...) month that I did after I moved.  You would think I would get super serious knowing I would be wearing a bikini or bathing suit for a week.  I guess a part of me just said "blah!".  I have however been pretty awesome on just walking and moving about alone.  So something counts!


Well here is my progress.

2013


Month
Weight
Arms
Waist
Hips
Thighs
July
152
12.3”
31.5”
37.0”
23.0”

vs.

2014


Month
Weight
Arms
Waist
Hips
Thighs
July
150
12.0"
31.0"
37.0"
23.0"

Ha! The only difference is my weight, arms, and waist.  My hips and thighs will always be the same for a long period of time.  I am wondering if going back to rogging (running/jogging) should be a consideration again.  My knees have been achy and breaky ... but that is because I sit completely un-ergo.  Let us see what the next month will bring.

LOL ... we will just see. 

Monday, June 2, 2014

LiveFitTrainer | Reboot or Restart? + FOTM Measurements

Decisions, decisions.  

Should I reboot Week 6 or Restart the Livefit program later? 

A lot occurred last week and I have to ask, how did others do this consecutively?  I did so well the first month, going everyday and not missing a week, but with all these inserts of life - how does one just "stick with the program". 

I found a three week program on my Bodybuilder app, BodySpace called Sweat for the Dress.  Cardio and weight training that is low key from Jamie's program.  Although I really liked the LiveFit program, I like to be consistent to a point in that, if I can focus on losing fat first then transforming my body I can key into why I the last month and a half I haven't even lost a pound or inch. 

I have my third session with my PT on Friday and I hope that he can shed some light on why I have plateau.  Even stranger is that when I stopped eating the five-meals-a-day and went back the normal stuff I eat, but reduced, I would lose half a pound or even a pound of weight!  It was frustrating because I would lose it after a long day of walking.  I was thinking, is it really quality over quantity? 

I have to remind anyone that may read this blog while researching reviews about the LiveFit program, it is for everyone.  However, you can be strict and stick with it or if you are already on the right track, then the workouts are suffice.  It is about finding the balance in your life and your workout routine to make it work.  To me, I think the underlying issue I found was the no cardio in Phase 1.  I realized that I did lose a lot of my weight with walking and jogging last year while changing my diet, not significantly, but conscious of what I was eating and trying to eat well to feel well. 

If I shift my focus on cardio and doing what I am doing, I may see the results I want to see.  I will always ask the questions, I need to ask and of course do what I am comfortable with for myself and my health.  

First of the Month Measurements

June 2013

Month
Weight
Arms
Waist
Hips
Thighs
June
152
12.5”
31.0”
37.0”
23.3”

June 2014

Month
Weight
Arms
Waist
Hips
Thighs
June
151
12.0"
31.0"
37.5"
24.0"

Weight: -0.1 lb.
Arms: -0.5"
Waist: No Change
Hips: -0.5"
Thighs: +0.7"

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Jamie Eason's LiveFitTrainer | Phase 2 Week 5

Phase 2 is definitely my favorite phase!

Getting used to the six days is a little tricky, but I like it.  I feel ah-mazing afterwards. 


We going in on both weight training and cardio, I can say that my body is working harder than before.  I am at a plateau, but I am not too fazed by it.  I enjoy some of the subtle changes since I started a month ago. 



I never seen my muscles like this before.  I know I have to train a little harder on the cardio.  I miss my FitBit, where it would tell me how many steps I completed and made me so much more aware than having to time my walks to the gym and home.  

In outside news to my project, yesterday was the celebration of my second year of celebrating 30 years old.  Having a three-day weekend for my birthday always brings time to relax and enjoy.  I never made a big deal of my birthdays because I prefer the simplistic celebration of my life.  

However, my daughter wanted to hang out with me this Saturday.  I won't lie, I really didn't want to drive and to be honest I knew I would be paying for our lunch together (LOL - hey isn't this my birthday?).  She said she got me a present and it was a little expensive, which slightly unnerved me because I didn't want my daughter spending her savings on me.  We had a great lunch and then got her cleaned up and refreshed.  We drove to the next time over and during this entire time she was on her phone texting.  I wasn't too annoyed because she said it was in communications with my Mom, who would tell her when her present has arrived.  

We walked down to the main street park that has this gazebo.  I knew she mentioned that her friend wanted to come by and say hi, but something deep down told me that his was something a little different.  My daughter tried to engage me in a conversation, but I think her topic only allowed a short answer from me because she knows how everything is going with me (LOL).  I happened to turn around and I see a guy walking to the gazebo with a blazer on and has flowers.  Then I turned back again and noticed that it was Ben.  I was like "Baby, what are you doing here?" as he was walking up to the gazebo.  

We aren't the romantic type couple, I might add.  When I get flowers, I fear I won't keep them alive long enough because of my black thumb.  But seeing my boyfriend looking so handsome and carrying me flowers, my favorite - tulips!, and a card was a great birthday surprise.  

We kissed hello and he gave me my beauties.  He hands me the card for me to read and open.  And I see on the front written, "Will you ..." and it took me opening the card to see his drawing of my Bear (he has a specific version he draws for us) with the words "Marry Me?" above his head.  


I burst into tears, he did it!  He asked me to be his wife!! I couldn't be more happier and I believe I managed to say, "of course I will!".  


Now even greater motivation to get "fit for the dress".  I am just beyond thrilled that we are starting our new chapter together to become husband and wife.  Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh! I love it, he's my fiancĂ© now!!!

Definitely one of the best weeks for fitness and live and LOVE!!!

Weight

My beginning weight on Monday, 5/19 was 150.4 lb and ending weight on Sunday, 5/25 was 150.8 lbs.

Monday, May 19, 2014

Jamie Eason's LiveFitTrainer | Phase 2 Reboot

I will need to restart Phase 2 tomorrow.

I went on my first business trip and I was only able to do two days of fitness and after that I wasn't able to complete anymore training due to my obligations.

Looks as though I'll be doing some early morning kick ass exercises on Saturday and Sunday for my six day sessions.