Bodybuilding.com Information Motivation Supplementation
in:
ammiee622
27%
bf
174 Lbs.
wt
5'7"
ht
BodySpace Member
ammiee622

Week 1 of Jamie Eason's Livefit Trainer

I decided to start Jamie Eason's Livefit Trainer on April 2.  It was prefect timing, because my personal training sessions had come to an end, and my cousin would be arriving from Korea on Day 84 June, 24th.  That will be a perfect time for me to take a week off after such intense training.


I have to say I was one of those people who was skeptical about the no cardio thing, but I decided I was going to at least follow the whole thing from start to finish at least one time.  I want to test the science of what she put together.   The only "cardio" I did week 1 was a cardio tease class that did not even raise my heartrate or make me sweat at all.  It was just a fun girls night out. 


Unfortunately, 8 days into the program and i have not stayed to the eating clean rule for 4 of those 8 days.  I need to get on here more and utilize the support and really take advantage of the free program.   need to blog more, and I need to hold myself accountable.


I know I can do anything that I set my mind to, and I fully intend to do it..


This is a written in computerland promise to myself that i will stay compliant until day 84 from this day forward.


-Amie

Face of Fitness Magazine

http://photos.fitnessmagazine.com/face-of-fitness-contest/15/2011/53

» View Full BodyBlog Post

My Story...

Not every person is the same, and what works for one person may not work for another.  This is not the end of my journey.  It is just the beginning.


 


 I have been overweight, unhealthy and unhappy most of my adult life.  I'm pretty sure that I've experimented with every diet and exercise routine that I could get my hands on. I joined Curves with my mom, took metabolife, did the lemonade diet, vegetable soup diet, went vegetarian, walked/ran 6 marathons.  All of those things worked for a short time, but then I would get bored, starve myself,  get in a fight with a friend/family member or the race was over.  I would go right back into my old habits of emotional eating and gain more weight than I would lose.


 


At the end of 2008 , I tipped the scales at a grand total of 225 lbs, my size 18 pants were getting tight, and I knew it was only a matter of time before I would have to go up another size.  I would be turning 30 in 2010, and decided to give myself until  then to hit my goal weight of 150.  I had already been going to a gym with my friend Melissa Johnson.  I told her of my goal, and she agreed to take my pictures and measurements every month until I reached my goal.  Although, that only lasted till about July of 2009.   We started attending classes regularly together.  We alternated between RPM(spin), Bodypump, Bodyflow and our favorite Ab Blast class.  We also did a lot of cardio, we ran around her neighborhood every once in a while. Doing all of this, as well as trying to eat healthier I was able to lose about 25 lbs.


That March, she decided she was going to join this boot camp that the gym was putting on.   She asked me to join it with her, because she didn't want to do it alone.  I decided that all I had to lose was weight, so why not?  I weighed in the first day at 199.  I'm not really sure what I weighed in the last day of boot camp, but I'm pretty sure it was somewhere around 180.  It is kind of funny that the reason we joined is so that we could do it together.  We were at opposite ends of the fitness specturm, and  they seperated us all by "slow/medium/fast" groups.  I was always in the slow group, and she was always in the fast group.  I am thankful that I was in the slow group, because that is where I met my trainer, John Williams. If you are my friend, and you are reading this, that's The Hawaiian Lion.


 


I know for a fact that I would not be where I am today without him.  We became friends over the course of the year, and I took several more sessions of boot camp with him.  He knows when I need to be put in my place, my body needs a break, when I need support and when to disagree.  He is a hardass when he needs to be, and with me that's a lot! Honestly, he is one of the nicest people I have ever met.  He has stood by me, and believed in me when I didn't believe in myself.  At a time where I was lost, he knew that I had the heart and desire to finish my journey and reach my goal. 


 


I took his boot camps till about the end of 2009, and was able to get down to about 165 lbs.  At that time, I started taking classes at the gym again, and doing hours of cardio at a time.  I was not watching my diet and started to gain all of the weight that I worked so hard to lose back. I think I gained at least 10 or 15 of those lbs back.This was just a bump in the road.  I don't think anyone's weight loss journey is ever smooth sailing.  If they say that it is, they are probably lying.


 


In January of 2010, I decided to try the Body For Life Challenge.  It is a 12 week program to jump start a healthy lifestyle. You alternate between weight training, and 20 minutes of High Intensity Interval Training 6 days a week.  You also change your diet.  You eat a carb and a protein at every meal.  The portion sizes are the size of your fist and your palm.  I did that challenge from week one to week 12.  Logged every meal, every workout, and every supplement taken.  I was able to get back down to 160lbs.  This is probably the only thing that I did throught this process without John's help. Eventhough I was not working with him directly, I knew that he would always be there with an encouraging email, hi five or pep talk if I needed one. 


 


After the 12 weeks, I started to feel myself going downhill again.  The challenge was over, and I started to get bored.  John encouraged me to take this class that he was going to start teaching GPT.  I took the class, and realized it was way too long since that last time I did those bootcamp type exercises.  He worked with me one on one to get back into the swing of things.  We worked on my technique, and made some tweaks in my diet.  Things like making sure I eat right when I wake up, and taking a multivitamin.


Everything seemed like it was on the right track, I was not losing weight but my clothes were fitting better.  My form was improving, and I was feeling a lot better about myself. Until one day, I started to feel this sharp throbbing pain in my left side.  My doctor sent me for an ultrasound, and I was told I had 2 cysts in my left ovarie.  One of the cysts was a normal clear cyst, and the other was a dark colored cyst.  They were worried about the dark cyst, because they thought it might be cancer.  I was sent for blood work, and another ultra sound 2 weeks later.  The second ultrasound showed only one cyst, the dark one, but the blood worked showed no cancer. 


Anyone who has ever gone through an experience like this knows the toll it takes on you both emotionally and physically. I was put on a low dose birth control, and sent on my merry way.  They would watch the cyst every few months to see if it has grown or disappeared.  It has not grown, or disappeared as far as I know. I still was not losing any weight, and not feeling any better about myself.  Everything I researched on cysts, or poly cystic ovary syndrome in particular recommened the following things: cut out dairy, alcohol, and sugar. Eat clean whole foods and Exercise.   I tried all of these things for a while, and of course I'm sure something irrelevant happened and made me start to slack off again.


Before Christmas, I got an email from Bodybuilding.com.  They were having a challenge much like body for life.  They provided me with all the tools I needed to lose fat, a diet/supplement plan and exercise routines weekly.  The diet was Eat clean whole foods, cut out sugar, alcohol and dairy.  Sound familiar?  I had already signed up for training with John in December, and knew that with his help and GPT I didnt really have to follow their lifting/cardio program to get to where I wanted to be. I worked hard for 12 weeks and I actually surpassed my goal and my final weigh in was 149 lbs.  That is a pound more than the goal that I set for myself!




After a "week off", OK I totally cheated and I ran 3 miles at least 4 times during that week off.  I think that's called active rest? I am still following the meal plan, but I do allow myself a cheat once a week We are now training for the Warrior Dash on April 30. After that, I'm not quite sure where I'm going to end up or what my next goal will be.  The only thing that I do know is that I am a stronger, happier, healthier person.  I now know that with hard work, discipline, and dedication I can and will do anything I set my mind to. 



“To get through the hardest journey we need take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping” -Chinese Proverbs

» View Full BodyBlog Post

2011 Transformation Challenge, Complete!

I'm very excited to say that I stuck through till the end.  Although, I didn't reach the initial weight loss goal of 20 lbs that I set for myself. I lost 10lbs, and gained a healthier happier outlook on life.  I entered this challenge, because I knew if I offically entered a weight loss competition it would help me stay motivated.  I wanted to start off the new year off on the right foot with clean eating, and pushing myself to my limits in the gym.    


My workouts consisted of weight trianing Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and cardio Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.  My training consisted of a 45 minute weight trianing class called Group Personal Training, and then 1/2 hour liftingroutine alternating between back, arms, and lower body. 


My nutrition was pretty much everything that was suggested on the list that was provided on the Fat Loss program. Along with Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey protein, Optimum Nutrition Amino Energy, Tolin CLA, and Oxyelite Pro Fat burner.  I have to say that I love the Amino Energy, because it gave me the energy I needed to get through those grouling training days.  I was walking around the grocery store with a mental shopping list of all the approved foods, and realized that this was not just temporary challenge, but a lifestyle change.


I'm also a whole new person on the inside.  I had been going through a lot of things in my personal life. This challenge was a way for me to stay focused on myself.  There were many times that I wanted to give up, or people would try to convince me it was not worth it, but I'm glad that I listened to that voice within. For the first time in my life I am putting myself first.  I am walking away from this 12 week challenge a happy, healthier, confident, independent person.  For that I will always be grateful.


The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.



Frank Lloyd Wright





» View Full BodyBlog Post

2011 Transformation Challenge, Complete!

I'm very excited to say that I stuck through till the end.  Although, I didn't reach the initial weight loss goal of 20 lbs that I set for myself. I lost 10lbs, and gained a healthier happier outlook on life.  I entered this challenge, because I knew if I offically entered a weight loss competition it would help me stay motivated.  I wanted to start off the new year off on the right foot with clean eating, and pushing myself to my limits in the gym.    


My workouts consisted of weight trianing Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and cardio Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.  My training consisted of a 45 minute weight trianing class called Group Personal Training, and then 1/2 hour liftingroutine alternating between back, arms, and lower body. 


My nutrition was pretty much everything that was suggested on the list that was provided on the Fat Loss program. Along with Optimum Nutrition 100% Whey protein, Optimum Nutrition Amino Energy, Tolin CLA, and Oxyelite Pro Fat burner.  I have to say that I love the Amino Energy, because it gave me the energy I needed to get through those grouling training days.  I was walking around the grocery store with a mental shopping list of all the approved foods, and realized that this was not just temporary challenge, but a lifestyle change.


I'm also a whole new person on the inside.  I had been going through a lot of things in my personal life. This challenge was a way for me to stay focused on myself.  There were many times that I wanted to give up, or people would try to convince me it was not worth it, but I'm glad that I listened to that voice within. For the first time in my life I am putting myself first.  I am walking away from this 12 week challenge a happy, healthier, confident, independent person.  For that I will always be grateful.


The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.



Frank Lloyd Wright





» View Full BodyBlog Post

Week 10

So this is the end of week 10 of my "challenge." I am sorry I have not blogged this entire journey, but between workouts, parental visits, and making sure i am eating at all the right times.  I rarely have time to sleep nevermind blog.  I promised myself during my friday training session that I would start to blog more. I have not lost any weight since my parents came to town to visit.  Actually, that is not true.  I gained 6 lbs when they were here, and I lost all of that.  So techniquely I am back to where I started.  It was a true wake up call.   Stressing out over stupid stuff really does effect my weight.  There is a lot of addiction in my family, and food is clearly my addiction.  I am learning a lot about myself during this challenge and I honestly can't wait till it's over.  The truth is that it will never truly be over.  I intend to continue to eat clean and exercise regularly. I still have trianing sessions until June.  I plan to only continue with trianing and GPT until then.  At that time, I will start to save my money and eventually will move into a place of my own. That's it for now... I'm too tired for this.

» View Full BodyBlog Post

WEEK THREE

So it's the end of week three. I've lost 8 lbs so far, and finally signed up for the warrior dash!
My training was ****ght, I did GPT Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I "sort of" trained on Monday, but my trainer did not like the way I was acting and got really upset with me. I may have given him a bit of an attitude. I think it's just built up resentment from a lot of things. He said I had been acting weird the last couple of days like I didn't want to be there. I would not tell him what was bothering me, and now he will probably have a hard time trusting anything I say... I ended up sending him a message later apologizing of course. I was trying to keep it professional, and didn't think that we should get that personal. He saw it differently, because it was effecting my work outs. Sometimes being a person that wears your heart on your sleeve is a curse sometimes it's a blessing. People can always tell when I am thinking about other things... I just have to learn to take it out in my workouts. GAME FACE. He wants me to stay after GPT, and workout on my own on the days that we don't train together. So on Wednesday I worked on my legs. Thursday night, I did a 1/2 hour of cardio, and Friday we trained again. I sent him a text Thursday night stating I promised to have my GAME FACE on. So everytime I got that "What are you doing?" I said in my head "game face" and refocused. Hopefully, I did better this time. He had me do cardio today, so I did 30 minutes on the stairs.
I also got a lovely total body massage tonight, and the therapist asked "What brings you here tonight?" and I said "Well, my trainer basically said I need to stop stressing out over everything and relax...So I'm doing this before he kicks my butt." then the Therapist asks who my trainer was... and apparently he knows my trainer. Nice. I go back in two weeks for more, but right now i need to rest because my neck is killing me.
Can't believe I made it to week 3 already... only 9 more to go. :)

» View Full BodyBlog Post

3lbs away

I am currently 3 lbs away from a goal that I set for myself 3 years ago. I

» View Full BodyBlog Post


Give Us Feedback:
Report A Problem
Site Feedback
Follow Us:
Twitter
Facebook
RSS Feeds
Bodybuilding.com Newsletter

Receive exciting features,
news & special offers from Bodybuilding.com