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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 – which happens to be right on the edge of OBESE by the way. I’ve never thought of myself as obese, but it’s what the charts say so that’s what I am.

But what’s interesting is that I have 125lbs of LEAN body mass (bone, cartilage, tissue, water, muscle, etc.). That’s pretty darn high. So it’s crazy to know that I’d be 125lbs if I had 0% body fat. Because of that, my ideal body weight is 160! I hate being 160! I’m thinking that since I’m still breastfeeding, I’m 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 Eason’s LiveFit 12-Week Trainer. He said that’s a good plan, but not for someone like me whose got a lot of fat to get rid of. It’s geared more toward those that just need to shed a little bit of fat and increase muscle mass. Now, he didn’t try to sell me HIS services, but the more we talked about nutirition and supplementation, I knew that I needed HIM. So I asked, “Do you think you can get me into navy standards (lose ~30lbs) by 1 NOV?” Without hesitation he replied, “Absolutely.” It’s gonna take hard work and dedication, but as long as I’m along for the ride, he’ll 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 “functional training” 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, I’m pretty darn strong and I have a great attitude.

After the second session, he provided me a meal plan – which doesn’t 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. I’ll 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 – none of which are “fat burners.” I take calcium, multi-vitimin, Chromium Picolinate, Venadyl Sulfate, and a digestive enzyme to keep my pipes clean.

I’m super excited to go on this Journey with Justin and see where this type of training takes me. I really really hope that it’s worth it!

(P.s. After 1 week on the plan, I lost 5lbs!)
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    Hi!!!! Great to hear you found your trainer and the new plan. I have no doubt you will reach your goal and completely rock it! WTG on the 5 pound loss. Keep me updated on how it goes. I am mixing my plan up again. Pretty much a balance of cardio and ST. Trying it out for awhile.

    You got this! WOOHOO:)
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    2113 days ago
    Ahh I forgot you have the weight restriction for work. That is a lot of pressure.
    I am pulling for you-- I know you can do it!

    2114 days ago
    Thanks! I'll most likely return to the program after I'm done with my trainer. Her plan is much more affordable! I forgot to mention that my job is on the line, so I NEED to get down to 156 lbs by November or I can kiss any chance of promotion goodbye. Desperate times call for desparate measures.
    2114 days ago
    Hmmm. I am having a hard time with a positive response other than I am glad you are very excited about this new program. I am Always sad to hear someone STOP a program that's obviously working for them. I hope your energy keeps up, you enjoy the workouts, and that you don't catabolize all the muscle you built up in the first month of LiveFit by eating such a low calorie range.

    FYI, I used Jamie's program to go from 37% body fat to 29% in 12 weeks, so I think it works just fine for people of all shapes, not just people who are fit already. Not being able to look like Jamie Eason in 12 short weeks is not a measure of success as no program could do that when you start out as high body fat as I had.

    Keep it up, no matter what you choose-- every day closer to a healthier you!

    2114 days ago
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