Thursday, September 06, 2012
In August, I started Jamie Eason's 12-week LiveFit Trainer. I think it's a fantastic program and really enjoy it. I haven't focused on weight training in many many years. I've always been fighting the fat and put weight training on the back burner. I know that muscle burns more calories than fat, so building muscle would only benefit me. But I put my priorities on cardio.
So far I've been successful in my post-baby #2 weight loss journey and turned to Jamie to help me get the rest of the way. After only 1 week on the progam, I lost weight and inches. I'm sure it was mostly water, but that IS part of the weight loss battle. So I was happy.
I bought a new pair of skin fold calipers to help me better assess the amount of body fat I'm carrying around. But the measurements I got seemed to be a bit underestimated. Then one day I thought, "Hey...why not get dunked?" So I set out on my search for a place that does hydrostatic body fat testing. That's the gold standard, so why not check it out. It didn't take me very long to find a local place that does it. And it only cost $60...I can do THAT!
So I made an appointment and the next day I was getting dunked. My husband thought I was 37% and I thought 32%. Well, my intuition was almost spot on. I came out at 32.45%! I can't believe that I had even one positive thought about being 32% body fat Ė which happens to be right on the edge of OBESE by the way. Iíve never thought of myself as obese, but itís what the charts say so thatís what I am.
But whatís interesting is that I have 125lbs of LEAN body mass (bone, cartilage, tissue, water, muscle, etc.). Thatís pretty darn high. So itís crazy to know that Iíd be 125lbs if I had 0% body fat. Because of that, my ideal body weight is 160! I hate being 160! Iím thinking that since Iím still breastfeeding, Iím holding on to quite a bit of lean mass.
After I got dunked, Justin, the guy that did the measurements, provided me a whole stack of papers and we talked about nutrition and such. I told him that I was on the Jamie Easonís LiveFit 12-Week Trainer. He said thatís a good plan, but not for someone like me whose got a lot of fat to get rid of. Itís geared more toward those that just need to shed a little bit of fat and increase muscle mass. Now, he didnít try to sell me HIS services, but the more we talked about nutirition and supplementation, I knew that I needed HIM. So I asked, ďDo you think you can get me into navy standards (lose ~30lbs) by 1 NOV?Ē Without hesitation he replied, ďAbsolutely.Ē Itís gonna take hard work and dedication, but as long as Iím along for the ride, heíll get me there. So I signed him onto be my personal trainer for the next 12 weeks. Thank goodness I just got a bonus.
We had our first session a couple days after the dunk. We worked out HARD. He uses ďfunctional trainingĒ methods, which is exactly what I was looking for. Think of The Biggest Loser type training. We drag mats, flip tractor tires, free weights, machines, etc. We did a combination of body parts because he wanted to see my level of fitness. I actually impressed him a little bit because even though I have a lot of fat, Iím pretty darn strong and I have a great attitude.
After the second session, he provided me a meal plan Ė which doesnít have a whole lot of latitude - I only have 2 options for each of my meals & snacks. I eat between 1300-1500 calories a day, very little carbs but lots of fat and protein. This is called a Ketogenic diet or Keto Run. Think Atkins Phase 1. Iíll only be on this for a few weeks so that my body is trained to use fat as fuel instead of carbs. I am also taking a few supplements to help with the fat burning Ė none of which are ďfat burners.Ē I take calcium, multi-vitimin, Chromium Picolinate, Venadyl Sulfate, and a digestive enzyme to keep my pipes clean.
Iím super excited to go on this Journey with Justin and see where this type of training takes me. I really really hope that itís worth it!
(P.s. After 1 week on the plan, I lost 5lbs!)