SparkPeople Jamie Eason's LIVEFIT 12-Week Trainer Challenge Team Messageboard This is a FREE 12-week Body Transformation program created by spokesmodel Jamie Eason. For program details and instructions click the image to the right. SparkPeople Jamie Eason's LIVEFIT 12-Week Trainer Challenge Team Messageboard Did anyone skip Phase 1 and start at Phase 2? Hi everyone.....I have been doing the beachbody workouts and am wondering if anyone has skipped Phase 1 of Livefit and started at 2? If so, what was your experience like? Tue, 20 Jun 2017 07:18:23 EST Food for Phase 1 Can someone help me find the info on food for Phase 1? I have no idea what or how much I should be eating?? Mon, 2 Mar 2015 07:29:34 EST Body Beast I'm thinking of ordering Body Beast-has anyone tried it? Fri, 8 Aug 2014 07:33:51 EST Introduction Hello, everyone. I will begin Phase 1 on January 13, 2014. It will be great to be able to interact with others who are doing the same program. Good luck on achieving your goals! Mon, 6 Jan 2014 16:55:52 EST Update I'm am entering week 4. My workouts have been spot on, my eating on the other hand, not so much. With the holidays mixed in, I have done the best I could do. Working out has never been my issue, I really enjoy working out. Although, I have not pushed myself this much with weights. Eating has always been my struggle. Yes, I eat bad sometimes, but overall I would consider myself a healthy eater. What I do is overeat, even on the good stuff. Now with the holidays over, I'm hoping my eatin... Sun, 5 Jan 2014 15:55:15 EST 2014 looking for skinny me soo excited <em>9</em> Wed, 1 Jan 2014 09:27:09 EST Dry Roasted Chickpeas Does anyone tried and know if allowed having dry roasted chickpeas for a snack. I admit, I'm salty and crunchy junky and thought this would be good idea for those cravings. Any thoughts? Sat, 28 Dec 2013 11:57:32 EST Jamie Eason Fat Loss I attempted the live fit program several months ago but was unable to complete all of the exercises properly or commit the time- so as i restarted three weeks ago- I found another one of her plans on body called the 12 week Fat Loss plan. I was wondering if anyone on here has tried it before. I am hoping it will get me more ready to complete the live fit program. Wed, 9 Oct 2013 10:06:23 EST buddy Hello- I will be starting the program most likely tomorrow or Wednesday. Is anyone looking for an accountability partner? If so send me a message! Mon, 22 Jul 2013 22:20:22 EST Not as sore, need to up the weight?? So today was day 11 for me, which is the last workout of week 2. I noticed that this week I didn't feel sore, but week 1 I definitely felt it. Should I have upped my weight more? I did go up in weight on some of the exercises and others I couldn't... but either way, I felt like all of the exercises were still challenging. Anyone have any idea what the deal is here? Otherwise, everything is going well! Tue, 9 Apr 2013 20:55:58 EST Glutamine??? Does anyone else use glutamine? What does it do? Has it helped you? When is the best time to take it and where can I get it? I heard Jamie mention it in one of her videos but I have not heard much else about it. I would appreciate any info or feedback that you might have. Thanks:) Tue, 9 Apr 2013 08:05:34 EST Supplements- Live fit stacker- question OK so I found Jamie's program on I have always been confused about supplements so I went ahead and bought the stacker on there that Jamie says she uses- for those of you who do not know this is what it includes: <BR> MRM 100% whey protein powder (2 lbs) <BR> OPti-Women Optimum capsules (multi vitamin) <BR> BCAA (Branch Amino Acids) <BR> MRM smart Blend (healthy fats- fish oil included) <BR> So here is my questions- besides the multi vitamin none of them tell me when to take ... Thu, 4 Apr 2013 07:57:47 EST HELP- Cardio OK so I want to try the Live Fit trainer again (didn't make it past week 5 last time)- my dr said it looks like a good plan because of the heart attack I had in September I need to be doing 30 min of low/moderate cardio 5 times a week... I know that Jamie says not to do cardio- what are everyone else's thoughts. I was thinking I could split up the sessions and do my weights in the evening and my cardio in the morning or vice versa so that it isn't too much. What do you think? I want to sta... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 09:25:46 EST Just started! Hi everyone! I just joined this team because today I'm on day 1 of Jamie's program! I'm excited and I hope to see some real results come from this :) Sat, 30 Mar 2013 15:41:23 EST new to the group- cardio question I am new to the group and I start phase 2 next week. My question is that I work out at home, so I was wondering can I do other cardio because elliptical? And should I still keep it at the 30 minutes? <BR> <BR> Bev Thu, 21 Mar 2013 14:13:11 EST all sets at once or circuits? I'm on the first day of week 3 and realizing that I may be doing the exercises incorrectly. <BR> <BR> I have been doing all of the exercises in a circuit, moving from machine to machine and then going back to the first machine. Am I wrong? Can't find a straight answer on Jamie's site. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 21:22:00 EST Phase 1 Questions - Timing, Calories, Hunger, Sore I just started phase 1 Day 3 <BR> after my initial test days when I signed up for this Spark team. <BR> <BR> Lessons learned so far: Need food prep day and snacks sitting near by to hit the meal 2 and meal 4 and I didn't know what my max rep is on ANYTHING and don't know what 60% or 80% of my Max is so am having to play with weights this first week to get baseline. <BR> <BR> Questions: <BR> Timing: <BR> I always hear about people working out in the morning. I work out at night, Post wo... Wed, 30 Jan 2013 16:34:13 EST Anyone else starting (or RE-starting) next MON? If anyone's starting over (or just starting!) and wants to have the same beginning date to go through it together, let me know! Myself and two other girls I met through Spark are starting on FEB, the 4th! <BR> <BR> I was thinking of having a separate small group possibly a private group on Facebook (not to be exclusive, private just meaning not a public site for all to see but anyone could join in from the sparkgroup!), because unfortunately I'm having a lot of trouble with Sparkpeople Group... Sun, 27 Jan 2013 23:33:34 EST hello Hello, my name is Adrianna and I am on day 2 of the live fit program. Are there any meal plans on sparkpeople layed out like the sparkpeople meal plans are on the food log? Tue, 15 Jan 2013 10:30:53 EST lets do this hi i am sooooo glad i came across this team. i checked out jamie's videos and i'm so glad i did. i am newer to Spark, so hello to everyone . feel free to stop by my page or friend me :) <BR> lets go team!!! <BR> let me know if i can be of any support to anyone, were in it together right??? <BR> <BR> keep pressing and pushing, trust the process, take care and nice to meet you :) Thu, 10 Jan 2013 11:36:51 EST Starting Over Hi Everyone! I'm Victoria- I'm starting day one today and this time I think I will be able to stick with it. I've spent the last 2 months improving my diet and ditching the junk/processed food. Lost 20 lbs drinking green smoothies and cleaning out sugar, dairy and processed foods. I have been following Dr. Furhman's Eat to Live Plan and it is working! Since I have more energy now, I thought it was the perfect time to add weight training. Looking forward to the transformation, improved s... Fri, 4 Jan 2013 15:40:35 EST Restart SO starting in 2013 I will be restarting the 12 week program- I slacked off of the food in most of the second phase and I got behind in workouts on week 6/7- so with the holidays and trips, and general bad eating- I just sort of gave up. So I am restarting tomorrow at the beginning of the new year with a new drive and motivation. I will be taking my weight and measurements tonight. I hope that things go as well as they did the first time- I went to the store and got my healthy food but I a... Mon, 31 Dec 2012 16:19:07 EST No changes I just finished week 5 of the program. In the first phase I lost 7 pounds and I thought for sure I would see some more good numbers in the second phase when I added in cardio. I followed the plan exactly except missing one cardio session due to scheduling problems this week- but I did not see the scale move at all. Has anyone else had similar results? Any suggestions on how to get the scale moving again? Mon, 3 Dec 2012 11:49:38 EST Hi Everyone- I just joined I am new to the group. I am old to spark- it helped me loose 60 pounds about 18 months ago but some crept back and now I want to get in better shape- more athletic. I started the Live Fit program just about a month ago. I am on day 30 today. I had good results in the first phase (lost 7 pounds and about 7 inches all over). I am on the second day of the second phase and still very motivated. This is possibly the first time I have stuck with a specifically structured program for so long. ... Tue, 27 Nov 2012 14:20:37 EST First Week So far so good. I talked myself into going to Body Pump class tonight even though my knee is injured and did the work up to lunges and then left the class. Got in my 30 day workout and didn't sit at home on the couch. So proud of me! Day 2 on the eating plan. I feel bloated. Is this normal? Mon, 26 Nov 2012 20:25:55 EST PHASE 3 - SPRINTS ANOTHER QUESTION - doing 30 mins straight of sprints seems daunting to me. I have been doing 15 mins in the beginning of my workout then finishing with 15 minutes of sprints. DO you think that makes a difference? Tue, 20 Nov 2012 09:33:13 EST Going to try this again... I am preparing to start the trainer after Thanksgiving. I'm currently rersearching better clean eating meals for myself since I feel this is what hurt me the first go-around. <BR> <BR> In addition to that, I am also eyeballing the supplements. The first go-around, I only did the whey protein (a GNC brand) with shakes and occasional pancakes (my own concoction) along with a daily vitamin. I didn't add anything else like the BCAA tabs. I've seen where Jamie has a 'special' on the bodybuil... Thu, 15 Nov 2012 15:21:38 EST ABOUT TO START PHASE 3 Has anyone started phase 3 yet? I am wondering if people have some good ideas for recipes? Also, on the days where you are required to do sprints, it seems the workouts are EXTREMELY long. Is it ok to do the weight workout in the AM and then do the sprints after work at night? <BR> <BR> I am VERY intimidated by Phase 3....anyone in it now? :) Mon, 12 Nov 2012 12:23:53 EST Life After LiveFit Jamie posted this audio about What to do after the 12-week LiveFit trainer program: <BR> <link><BR>-do-i-do-once-ive </link> Thu, 8 Nov 2012 20:18:17 EST Hello Everyone! I'm currently in week 5 of the program and I feel great! I'm defiantly stronger than I was on day one. I joined the group so that I will have others to share with as I go through this program. I'm starting to see my body change. Let's Live Fit! <em>198</em> Thu, 1 Nov 2012 14:39:42 EST Serious side/ab pain! Today I started week 2. I began with push ups & as I went down I had a sharp pain on my lower right side. It hurt enough that I compensated by doing push ups on my knees. It still was sharp each time I lowered. Next I did dumbbell presses on the bench. Sitting up from the bench was insanely painful, to the point on my final set I literally rolled/slithered off the bench to avoid it. I went easy for the rest as any lifting hurt. Later, I sneezed and felt like dying & curling up. Did I rip some... Thu, 1 Nov 2012 02:07:38 EST workouts ok question... do any of you guys combine some of these workouts? Like for example instead of doing weights 5 days a week combine legs & shoulders? It's going to be next to impossible for me to get to the gym 6 days a week. Cardio I can always do at home, but weights I have to actually go to the gym.. does anyone else do this or see why it would matter as long as it's two sep body parts and I'm still doing the complete workout just condensed? <em>40</em> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 09:08:27 EST hi everyone hi! i'm kerrie and i decided to start this program after seeing how well one of my best friends is doing on this program so far. i'm excited to do this and i know i'll need lots of support. <BR> <BR> bring it on Mon, 15 Oct 2012 11:08:15 EST phase one I'm only on day 4 of phase 1, but anyone else who had been working out prior to starting this program feel that phase 1 is a bit easy? I've been adding excercises, but I also don't want to overtrain. I feel like all I do is eat and no cardio is scaring me I'm trying to trust in the program.... <em>4</em> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 00:52:57 EST Clean eating Hello LiveFit Friends! <BR> Anyone here make the muffins that are in the eating plan? I'm feeling confident about working out, now I'm focusing on what I eat. I'm not sure I can handle ground turkey, do you think I could substitute low fat high quality ground beef? <BR> Thanks!! Wed, 10 Oct 2012 18:00:05 EST started today Hi guys! My husband, my daughter and I just started live fit today. I'm excited. I've been eating pretty clean and working out for a few months now and recently lost about 30 lbs. I was stuck in a rut and needed a change. I really wanna see definition and hoping this will help. The no cardio is hard to swallow. I understand the necessity though. I added a few more exercises to phase one since we have been working out this workout was too simple. I also started taking the supplements she sugge... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 20:14:51 EST started today Hi guys! My husband, my daughter and I just started live fit today. I'm excited. I've been eating pretty clean and working out for a few months now and recently lost about 30 lbs. I was stuck in a rut and needed a change. I really wanna see definition and hoping this will help. The no cardio is hard to swallow. I understand the necessity though. I added a few more exercises to phase one since we have been working out this workout was too simple. I also started taking the supplements she sugge... Mon, 8 Oct 2012 20:13:03 EST Starting October 1st Hello all, I'm Mary, I'm 28 (for 2 more months) and I will be starting this program a week from today. On the 1st my husband will be leaving for at least 90 days, so it seems like the perfect time to commit to a longer program! I'll be modifying it to be done in my home gym, and I'm really looking forward to getting started! Mon, 24 Sep 2012 18:39:50 EST New LiveFit Recipes! It seems has posted some new LiveFit-approved receipes this summer: <BR> <link><BR>son-7-delicious-livefit-recipes.html </link> <BR> <BR> They include 30-Minute Spaghetti, Blueberry Protein Pancakes, Death by Garlic Roasted Asparagus, Easy Salsa Chicken, Frozen Spinach Cups, Lime and Curry Tilapia, and Strawberry Banana Oatmeal Protein Bake! <BR> <BR> I think I will try the blueberry protein pancakes first! If any of you try any of t... Mon, 10 Sep 2012 17:52:50 EST Working the plan only 3 days a week I am able to make it to the gym on 3 days a week, maybe a 4th every once in would you work the plan with this limitation? <BR> <BR> TIA for your input! Sun, 2 Sep 2012 11:58:11 EST Motivation I, along with many of you, have had some bouts with "losing" my motivation. I've been reaching out and reading up, hoping to get that Spark back... <BR> <BR> Today I read the following passage in a Spark article that resonated with me: <BR> "Your motivation will be as strong as the amount of effort you put into making your own decisions (regardless of what they might be) with conscious awareness. Your motivation will be weak when you consider yourself to be helpless against your own urges, ... Thu, 30 Aug 2012 14:26:02 EST missed a workout so i'm writing this here mainly so i can stay accountable to myself. <BR> <BR> leg workout - week 3 - monday. i am STILL feeling the burn...worse than yesterday. i feel it in both good and bad ways. i think i may have overdone my legs workout...though it felt SO good at the time. last night, i didn't work out. i have no excuse, it was an upper body workout, i should've been fine...but i went home and being exhausted, went to bed at 7:30pm. <BR> <BR> tonight is another upper body workou... Wed, 29 Aug 2012 06:28:07 EST EGGS!!!! OK so Im not a big fan of eggs, but I know they are healthy. I like them like cooked hard.. but thats about it..maybe in an omelet.. anyone have any ideas for eating them... EVERY MORNING. 5 egg whites is soo filling too.. Fri, 24 Aug 2012 11:35:15 EST just started!!! So glad I thought to look for this team on SP!! I just started the challenge.. I'm on day 5. SO far so good!! Really trying to figure out the calories needed for me to loose weight, but I love the sore muscles the day after the workout! :) Hope I can get all my questions answered here! Wed, 22 Aug 2012 09:24:10 EST Salmon ok? I realized that the tilapia was causing me some severe migraines/cluster headaches. Three days in a row after eating them, so I'm going to finally take the message from my body! <BR> <BR> When I originally lost 15 pounds through tracking, I ate one of these cut up into my salad every day:<BR>trition-calories/food/whole-foods/wild<BR>-caught-alaskan-salmon-burger/ <BR> <BR> I don't see salmon listed on Jamie Eason's allowed foods list, but I'm wonde... Wed, 15 Aug 2012 15:02:22 EST Success Hi, I am thinking of starting this program. I have gained 30 pounds in the last year. I think I am in "starvation mode" and read that increasing my muscle mass can increase my RMR. I think I lost a lot of muscle and gained a lot of fat. Just curious if this program is also good for losing fat as well as building muscle? I don't want to build muscle and not lose the fat ;-) <BR> Any stories/comments would be very helpful. <BR> <BR> Thanks so much. Wed, 15 Aug 2012 12:20:58 EST new to the group hey all, <BR> <BR> i started jamie eason's livefit program on monday (AUG13) and am excited for leg day today. it's my second attempt to the program...last time i got 6 weeks in and life fell apart, so i'm giving it another go. <BR> <BR> looking forward to getting to know all of you. <BR> <BR> ~d Wed, 15 Aug 2012 08:31:32 EST 210 grams of protein??? Hi Everyone, <BR> <BR> I just started this today and usually calculate my food so kept the habit. <BR> I am a 28yo female, 5'7 and 150 lbs. <BR> <BR> In following the meal plan on day one, it has me clocking in at 210 grams of protein, 1500 calories, 23 grams of fat, 117 carbs. <BR> <BR> This is more than double the amount of protein I usually take in, and these macros seem to go against everything I ever learned about eating right. Maybe I was way off base? Am I right here? Is this he... Mon, 13 Aug 2012 18:01:58 EST cant get ANY of jamie easons pages to load!!!!! I'm on day 4 week one workout and cant anything on bodybuilding to load!?!! Cananyone tell me what workout I'm supposed to be doing today? Wed, 8 Aug 2012 09:49:09 EST "Egg white muffins" I HATE eating egg whites but this is YUMMY! <BR> 8 egg whites <BR> 1/8 C water <BR> 1/2 lb chicken <BR> 2 C veggies (I used broccoli, shredded carrots, and shredded onion) <BR> Salt/pepper to taste <BR> <BR> Mixingredients, put in liners and pour into muffin tins. Bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes. Tue, 7 Aug 2012 08:49:17 EST What are YOUR results? I'm new to the group, Just started this week, and have been poking around the posts. I see that there are some that stick to the plan pretty well, and others that don't really follow it so much. Either way, I'm curious if you all are seeing results, and when you saw those resutls, for example, "Phase 1, lost xx inches/pounds/boday fat %, and followed the training/eating plan religiously but didn't supplement. Phase 2, added supplements and lost/gained xx inches/pounds/BF. Pase 3, completel... Fri, 3 Aug 2012 12:36:57 EST cardio crises I cant find the post in general aboutcardio and the facebook link didn't work. Please help! Ive been out of shape for 15 yoears and havbeen working my butt off the past one and a half months and am FINALLY starting to be able to do bootcamp and interval without feeling like I'm dying. I cannot 100% give up cardio. Will this work? <BR> Add extra calories andcut back on cardio from 7-8 hours a week to 2-3? Fri, 3 Aug 2012 08:02:06 EST Supplements safe while breastfeeding? I am about to start the program and was wondering if the supplements that are suggested (mostly BCAA and Whey Protein shakes) are safe while breastfeeding? I haven't been able to find any scientific evidence to support a decision one way or the other, so the default answer is typicall NO. But I'd like to hear from anyone that has first-hand knowledge about it. <BR> <BR> I'm still nursing my 5-month old and will continue until he's 1 year, and I'd like to do the plan as close to her guidl... Tue, 31 Jul 2012 17:12:08 EST Casein Protein I searched to see if anyone posted on this before and didn't find anything, but my apologies if it has already been covered... <BR> <BR> Is anyone incorporating a before bed *snack* of casein protein while on this? It's something I have been eyeing but I am never usually hungry after dinner and I don't want to open up a can of worms and start craving it (something I read on about happening) or spend the money if it's not entirely worth it. But at the same time, I would also LOVE to ta... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 15:38:27 EST Thinking about doing this but unsure For those of you that have been doing this awhile, what do you do when you get to the end of the challenge? Just start all over? I'm thinking about doing it because I'm ready to get more focused and would like a plan that's clearly laid out for me. But I'm worried about my ability to sustain it. I definitely have shifted more to a clean - eating "real food" lifestyle and want to continue with that but i dont know that i could keep eating like this challenge suggests for the rest of my life... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 16:16:55 EST Phase 2 workout Question I try not to go over 3 days at the gym - helps me balance out my home life. My work and gym are 45 min from home (lots of driving time in 1 day). <BR> <BR> Has anyone ever combined 2 days with of lifting into 1 day? I used to have a set lifting routine till I started Live Fit. I could do some of the workouts at home but I prefer going to the gym. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Thu, 12 Jul 2012 13:03:50 EST Maintain after 12 weeks... I've noticed that some people do another round after the first go. I began this program being only 5-10 pounds from my goal weight and wanting to get back into my size 8's. Well, here it is week eight and while I haven't dropped that much weight, I am able to comfortably wear my 8's I couldn't get into before; clearly I've lost inches and that's a huge success for me. <BR> <BR> What has anyone done or can recommend for maintaining after the initial 12 weeks? I'm thinking I can do each m... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 09:02:38 EST What day are you on and what did you work? Progress time! <BR> What day are you on in the challenge? <BR> What did you work? <BR> How did it go? Wed, 27 Jun 2012 08:30:39 EST Question to those already on the program I am coming off the Jillian Michaels Body Revolution program next week and am looking to my next big thing. I wasn't terribly successful with Jillian because my diet is not on target quite yet. <BR> <BR> In Jamie's program she has a meal plan. I am thinking of starting to eat clean first AND then start on her program. I just feel that if I jump all in, I will fall into the same rut I did with Jillian, so instead of losing inches and pounds, I bulked up. <BR> <BR> What are your thoughts... Fri, 22 Jun 2012 18:37:27 EST Ending Phase 3, Ready for Round 2 I am in week 12 this week! I can't believe I am finishing the program! <BR> <BR> I'm planning on starting Phase 2 again next week. I'm really excited about going through the program again and hopefully increasing my weights this time around. <BR> Tue, 19 Jun 2012 07:19:37 EST supersets phase 2 Okay, I need someone to please spell this out for me in crayon. I'm sure it's very obvious to others since I didn't see it posted on here yet; but I'm having trouble, lol. I have read it slow, read it fast, slow and fast and I am still not sure what Jamie means by "do each in succession and THEN rest at the end of the grouping. Having done so, go back and repeat the same sequence. Continue in this fashion until all the sets of those exercises are done." <BR> <BR> For instance 3 sets of 8... Sat, 16 Jun 2012 12:52:10 EST New and not sure where to start! Hi, I'm new to the team. I plan to start the 12 week challenge in about 2 weeks. I'm just finishing up the Supreme 90 Day challenge and need a week or two between such regimented programs. I will still be exercising 60 or more minutes each day but am looking forward to doing just my own thing in between. When I visit the website it is just so overwhelming that I don't know where to begin. I work out at home thus have no gym equipment. Can any of you suggest where to start? <BR> I'm look... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 17:38:16 EST Meal Plan Question Hey guys! <BR> <BR> Today is day 2 for me and I have a question about the meal plan. The last (6th meal) of the day says 5-6 egg whites and veggies. Considering that I just had 5 for breakfast, 10 per day is a lot to stomach. Is there a good substitute for the egg whites for that last meal? Would another protein shake be out of the question? <BR> <BR> Thanks for your insight! Tue, 12 Jun 2012 10:13:35 EST Hey Everyone Hi everyone! <BR> <BR> Toady is my first day on Jamie Eason's LIVEFIT. I am super excited to get started and to get back into shape. I will look forward to being a part of the community and to motivating each other along the way. <em>249</em> Mon, 11 Jun 2012 09:06:58 EST Rest days So my brief trip to NY has thrown off my LiveFit schedule a bit and Im trying to figure out how best to stay on track. I know rest is important for recovery and growth so here is my dilema. <BR> I got back from NY Monday night and had tuesday as a rest day, but I only managed to get cardio in on Monday along with a 10 hour basically 2 rest days in a row (Im in Phase 2, meaning 1 rest day a week). <BR> <BR> I have been on track the past 5 days strength and cardio all days, tomor... Sun, 10 Jun 2012 07:41:08 EST Looking ahead to carb cycling So in an effort to always be prepared food wise (those who have read my blogs know this is a must for my personal sanilty), I was reading up on carb cycling. I looked at what was going to be my new macronutrient breakdown and compared it to what I am currently getting. I have been very conscious of the protein levels to make sureI get enough for muscle growth but looking at my carb intake im now worried. <BR> <BR> My issue....splenda and truvia. Oh my. What am I going to do? I will basicall... Sat, 9 Jun 2012 07:57:44 EST Hello! Excited to be a Co-Leader Hi everyone! I was just added as a Co-Leader and am very excited to add my support, advice and general comments to this wonderful team. I wanted to introduce myself so everyone would know a little bit about me when I pop up on your blog or wall with a comment. <BR> <BR> I am 35 a SAHM of 2 girls (2 and 4). I am currently on day 44 of Live Fit and am seeing great results. I do all my workouts at home with dumbells and resistance bands. I am learning a lot about strength, my body and nutritio... Fri, 8 Jun 2012 06:30:08 EST Phase 1 complete but weight gain Hi everyone! I just found this forum and so glad to get the support. I just finished phase 1 and I do feel stronger but I gained 5 lbs and only lost about 1 inch combined. I don't follow her meal plan because I am Paleo. I cannot eat gluten or diary of any kind. I eat really good and clean, all fresh vegetables and grass fed beef, whole chickens and very little pork. I supplement with D3, woman's food based multi, BioAstin, Krill Oil, calcium. <BR> <BR> Do you think the weight gain is nothi... Sat, 2 Jun 2012 10:19:18 EST Newbie Question : Planning on starting program I am planning on starting the program in about 30 days. I have heard awesome things about it. I am currently do the Supreme 90 program - all I need for this program is dumbbells and a stability ball. I have heard I need to join a gym with machine to do this program justice is this true? <BR> <BR> Sun, 27 May 2012 17:30:44 EST Protein powder? I currently have Designer Whey Protein and am happy with the taste-no chalky after taste! I simply just add it to plain rice milk. BUT the cholesterol is a little high 60mg per scoop. <BR> <BR> What does everyone use? Wed, 23 May 2012 08:59:44 EST Phase 2 Question I begin phase 2 tomorrow :) <BR> <BR> Looking at the website it seems like I would do cardio after weights... <BR> <BR> Is this right? <BR> <BR> Also, why am i stepping down to 8 reps on some of the exercises? Sun, 20 May 2012 15:32:15 EST newbie question-type of & amount of weights I did my intro but I have some questions. I workout at home and from reading other posts and checking the info, I have no doubt I'll be able to modify without any hangups. My issue is that I currently only have a stability ball and 5 lb weights (I've been doing mostly circuit/aerobic DVD's). I know I need to add to my arsenal of weights but what is the best option? I've checked out the adjustable dumbbells and I initially believe I want to go with those...if the practical... Sat, 19 May 2012 12:39:26 EST Second Chance! HELP! am in week 9 of the program. However, I have a confession....I haven't really followed the diet that Jamie gave us. While I have seen improvement I am now ready to start eating according to plan (I know, I know, I should have just followed plan to begin with :(...) Can someone please tell me if I should start the program all over with the diet or just pick up the diet with the Phase 2 workout? Tue, 15 May 2012 07:53:20 EST Pre-workout energy booster? I find my energy slumps mid workout and try as I might I have not been feeling like I am performing to the best of my bodies ability <BR> <BR> What do you do for an energy boost before a workout? <BR> How soon after do you begin your workout? <BR> <BR> Thanks for the advice :) Im focused on my goal, just tweaking things a bit to get my personal best! Sat, 12 May 2012 06:36:22 EST Travel Hi ladies I am going to be doing a little traveling in the next few weeks and I want advice on the best way to handle the workouts without having to lug my dumbells along. I will not have access to the internet, but plan on printing off the information from the website for at home day. <BR> <BR> Also which food do you find travel best? I want to bring as much of my own prepared foods as possible to maintain control. <BR> <BR> My first trip will be an overnight stay in LA. Fly in in the ev... Fri, 11 May 2012 11:47:54 EST Starving then crashed I finished my workout at 10:30 and by 11 I was ravenous!!! I had eaten my snack at 8:30 so it was only a few minutes before I was scheduled to have lunch. I could not get enough food in my mouth, I was so hungry. I had my salad, a banana, and added more veges to compensate for my insatiableness. Then about 12:30 I crashed! I literally had to lay down. It was exactly like a sugar crash, but the only sugar I ate was the banana, which are supposed to be good after a workout. Any insight, help wo... Wed, 9 May 2012 14:26:52 EST workout order ? I am in Phase 1 and the first 2 weeks I was doing each of the strength exercises 1X and then moving on to the next, almost like a circut 3X's. But yesterday I did each exercise 3X back to back before moving on to the next. I think I felt yesterdays more than the other, but i am not sure which is more productive. What is the best way? What did/do you all do? Wed, 9 May 2012 06:53:03 EST Question of the Week: Embarrassing Exercise storie Okay team, time for a new question. <BR> <BR> What's the most amusing, laugh at yourself, embarrassing moment you've had exercising? <BR> <BR> <BR> I'll start... I've had more than a few this year and fortunately I only have to laugh at myself and not wonder if anyone else saw me- like sliding off the side of the decline bench because I can't get up, bashing my head on the barbell after bending down under it, breaking my little toe walking through the gym barefoot and kicking the weight b... Sun, 6 May 2012 21:33:04 EST Thanks and Hugs Typical misty-eyed Kristin here. So, I take a moment every day to list things I am grateful for. You are all on that list! The last few days I have been sorta...well... out of sorts, not feeling well. Usually those are the kind of things that derail all effort. Well, not this time. Large part due to all of you. It is a daily dose of sunshine to log on here. Helps to pull me out of a funk and inspire me. <BR> <BR> I love our team (think it's pretty darn special) and most of all, love all your... Fri, 4 May 2012 11:59:30 EST Calorie count of the turkey muffins There is no possible way the website is right that each one has 80 calories.... <BR> <BR> turkey (220 for 4 oz) 2lbs=1760 <BR> oats 1 cup= 616 <BR> egg whites= 51 calories <BR> veges=50 <BR> total=2477 <BR> <BR> divided by 12=206 each! <BR> <BR> What am i doing wrong here ??? <BR> <BR> Thu, 3 May 2012 08:13:37 EST Protein powder recipes (not shakes) I wont promise that all of these are lean and clean (I think I saw a burger!) but my yoga instructor shared this link and there are some great ideas in here (the peach thing look great!) <BR> <link><BR>20-delicious-protein-powder-recipes-th<BR>at-are-not-shakes/?utm_source=articleb<BR>ottom&utm_medium=1#slide-1 </link> Wed, 2 May 2012 02:06:07 EST How do you warm up? In the first phase of this amazing journey and just thought i would ask how do you warm your bodies up before the weights? Mon, 30 Apr 2012 13:40:41 EST Not feeling the abs I just finished week 1 of exercises (rest days begin today) and my abs are not hurting. Shoulders yes, abs no. <BR> <BR> I desperately want my abs to hurt, i need core strength to improve. <BR> <BR> I didnt feel pain(or discomfort) during the 2 ab exercises either. My problem, i cant do them, i cant lift my shoulders off the floor to bicycle. I did the best i couuld but im starting to think i have no ab muscles....ugh Sun, 29 Apr 2012 06:49:51 EST Revamping the turkey muffins I just made a batch of the turkey muffins and they were a hit with everyone! (i didnt add the spice because i cant do heat). But i was refluxing cumin for the rest of the day! Ack! <BR> <BR> Im going to tweak the recipe and do a curry/tumeric turkey muffin! <BR> <BR> I want to substitute the oats for quinoa. Does that seem OK? Quinoa is loaded with protein so i think it is a good substitution, i would just cut the quantity back. <BR> <BR> OK ill let everyone know how it turns out....even... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 06:08:40 EST just realized, whoops I made the carrot bars last night and had them on hand & portioned since i was on the go at eating time. But i made a booboo, i was supposed to eat 4 and i only ate 2. OK, Ill remember for next time! <BR> <BR> FYI, I didnt have pureed carrots on hand seeing as today was grocery day and i dont keep baby food anymore, but i substituted butternut squash and YUMMO!! Fri, 27 Apr 2012 13:31:32 EST am i doing this right? So I just complete day2 exercises and they take me about 45 min (im at home), fine. <BR> <BR> But i'm not sweaty. I can feel the burn, my arms are shakey for sure. I guess im used to the heavy breathing of cardio to feel like i am accomplishing something. <BR> <BR> Also, I tried to click on the link (FB JamieEason explains why no cardio) but it took me nowhere... <BR> <BR> does cardio hurt, feel like a good 20 min on my elliptical would mentally help... <BR> <BR> thanks <BR> Tracie Thu, 26 Apr 2012 11:14:40 EST edamame? I love edamame but dont see it listed anywhere on the list? Is it allowed? I thought it would be a great source of protein but the beans are listed confused about that also! Thu, 26 Apr 2012 05:39:47 EST Ideas for adapting for SAHM Hi all started Day 1 today....Im a SAHM with no gym access and no excusses!!!. I have a few weights. Does anyone have any way to adapt the gym equipment exercises to at home? I have figured out a few for day 1. <BR> <BR> Would love advice! <BR> <BR> Also stretching before/after cant find a good routine for this....trying Wed, 25 Apr 2012 11:17:59 EST Who inspires you on this journey? Who inspires you to reach your health and fitness goals? Family, athletes, people who have overcome great obstacles... Share them here:) Sat, 21 Apr 2012 09:37:24 EST Question to those in phase 3... I saw that in her workouts she incorporates sprints. Do any of you guys do this? I HATE running, let alone sprinting! I would have to kill myself! lol Fri, 20 Apr 2012 11:27:12 EST Supplements Hi All <BR> <BR> So I finally have been doing some more supplements. Taking the BCAA's and glutamine. BF and I switched to a protein powder we found at a good price (Costco) and I love it. I have been doing my soy shakes and was getting a bit nervous about consuming so much soy, also whey usually causes major stomach issues with me. This is a thinner shake, making it easier to consume more and no stomach issues. Yay! <BR> <BR> The results are I feel much better:) Stronger and lifting heavi... Thu, 19 Apr 2012 08:43:19 EST Alternatives to Hanging Reps Okay, so I'm about to start Phase II next week, and I need to find some good alternatives for the following exercises. Because of my weight, it's just about impossible for me to lift that much body weight with just my arms/shoulders/abs/whatever. <BR> <BR> Wide Grip Overhand Pullups <BR> (works lats, biceps, middle back) <BR> Knee/Hip Raise on Parallel Bars <BR> (works abs) <BR> Hanging Leg Raise/Roman Chair <BR> (works abs) <BR> <BR> I know we have an assisted pullup machine, but I have n... Wed, 18 Apr 2012 11:16:09 EST Clean Eating Books/Sites If anyone has any great clean eating recipe books or sites, please share! I'm about to hit Phase II and I know that one thing that might trip me up is lack of variety. I've already been through most of Jamie's recipes, so I'm on the hunt for things that fit the macro plans but provide some variety in my meals. Wed, 18 Apr 2012 10:55:54 EST Phase 1, Week 4 (second try) Hi - <BR> I just joined Sparkpeople and this team to get the support. <BR> I am doing Jamie Eason Live Fit, am at Phase 1 - Week 4. <BR> Doing Week 4 a second time because I was a slacker on working out. <BR> <BR> Some background info: <BR> Name: Anita <BR> Age: over 40 <BR> My goal: reduce inches around waist and get into habit of meal planning & the "addiction" of working out <BR> <BR> My motivation: "If not now, then when?" <BR> I was diagnosed 4 years ago with breast cancer and got tre... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 02:22:34 EST Question of the Week: What's your Favorite lift? Which lift just makes you feel powerful, like you OWN it? Mon, 16 Apr 2012 00:33:40 EST SparkStreaks Feel foolish. I finally figured out how the streaks work. Was wondering how come they weren't registering in the streak info. Didn't realize that I had to check them off daily. Somehow thought Spark "magically" knew:) <BR> <BR> The race is ON! Kristin is a STREAKER and they ain't gonna catch me:) Wed, 11 Apr 2012 11:01:37 EST Quitting drinking- Dealing w/ social events I have recently started the program and I'm loving it so far. However, my friends and family are not very healthy. For example, just last Friday I helped some friends move and they had the typical beer and pizza (large quantities of both.) I would normally drink all night with them and have about 3 pieces of pizza and some bread sticks. I decided to have one piece of veggie pizza and no beer all night. Believe me, it was a LONG night. Many "friends" looked at me strange when I said I wasn't d... Sun, 8 Apr 2012 21:11:28 EST Alternate Exercises using Bands Valerie from LiveFit Journey has some great demo's of alternate exercises if you have access to exercise bands: <BR> <link><BR>ney </link> Tue, 27 Mar 2012 21:20:16 EST Confession Didn’t know whether to post this under Help! or under Woo Hoo! <BR> <BR> I have been eating clean for about a month now, finally joined Sparkpeople about a little over a week ago and started this program about a week ago. Well, I had my first cheat meal last night. It was not pretty. I was sick immediately following the ½ eaten, carryout meal. Headache, horrible stomach cramps and throwing up. <BR> <BR> Not sure why I did it. Think it was the stressful week at work and the fatigue I felt ... Sat, 17 Mar 2012 11:08:26 EST What's your favorite new/improved muscle? Ok, everyone's working hard and hopefully been seeing some visible differences in their bodies... So what muscle has given you added encouragement? A new muscle peeking out? An improvement in one you wanted to make? <BR> <BR> So far (week 6) I just have a couple of noticable ones ( biceps are nice since I can easily show those off in casual conversations), but my upper back is probably exciting me now-- I just noticed it! Very cool definition starting above my shoulders. <BR> <BR> How abo... Wed, 14 Mar 2012 09:56:24 EST Carb Cycling - Week 10 Wow!! I'm on day 68. This week was the beginning of carb cycl. <BR> <BR> The first three days (mon, tue, wed) went great which were low carb days, Then came the high carb day. I was excited to switch out my egg whites for protien pancakes!! But I had a hard day with cravings. <BR> <BR> Fri (low carb) I woke up and felt sooo horribly exhausted (after having a good nite sleep). I could not get in my workout because my life got in the way :(. ALL day I had to keep reminding myself that I tire... Sat, 10 Mar 2012 08:34:40 EST Week 9 almost done!! Hello! Im one day away from completing week 9! My weight is the same but I have lost inches!! Starting next week is carb cycling and Im excited to see if that will bring on my weight loss! :) Sat, 3 Mar 2012 10:40:42 EST General Check-in/ Team Round Up Hey all-- I'd love to hear from everyone who is doing the program-- let us know where you are (Phase/day), how you're feeling about the program, and what results you are getting (measurable or not). <BR> Do you need help with anything or accountability set up? <BR> <BR> I'm in Phase 2/Week 5. I am challenged with time. I also struggle with the diet as I'm finding I often don't get enough of something (often Fat, sometimes carbs or protein). Not sure how to balance better. <BR> It helps m... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 02:57:16 EST Day 3 completed! Hi I'm Vickie. I just started this program and I really like it. My upper body and arms are so sore from the first 2 workouts. Just finished the leg workout for day three and I'm sure tomorrow will bring new aches and pains. The good thing is I feel like I am finally doing something. My muscles are working and I'm sure I will get results. My goal is to loose 50-60 lbs and feel more energetic. I'm using a total gym and hand weights for the exercises. Wed, 29 Feb 2012 20:08:30 EST The Workout When following the workout, are you treating it like a circuit? Doing etch exercise repetition once and moving from one to the next and doing the circuit 3 times, or are you doing a set, resting, doing the second set, resting, third set, rest and then moving on to the next exercise? <BR> <BR> Thanks! Fri, 24 Feb 2012 16:18:19 EST Anyone up for Round 2 Ok, I previously did (back when we all first started) Phase 1 & 2. I decided not to do phase 3 because it was to time consuming for me . <BR> <BR> But I am ready for round 2. I need something to get me focused and be accountable. I havent worked out in so long, due to neck injury and cold etc. Now Im fully recovered from both. <BR> Is anyone else starting this challenge again (up for round 2)? If so when are you starting? Im waiting til my in laws move out and I can dedicate more ME time. T... Mon, 20 Feb 2012 13:40:35 EST Help! Need an Alternate Exercise I have back and balance issues and found that I can't really do the One-Legged Deadlift (Barbell/Dumbbell/ or Kettlebell). I can barely do this move (balance wise) without any weight and with weight I can tell I end up using my back inappropriately (its supposed to be a leg exercise!) <BR> <BR> Can anyone suggest an alternate exercise that is less impactful on the lower back? <BR> <BR> Sun, 19 Feb 2012 13:06:13 EST calorie question. How many calories should I be eating (approximately) each day while I'm in phase one? I just read a comment that said 'if you're not eating enough cals, then you won't see results'. Now i'm worried that i'm not eating enough! I thought we weren't supposed to worry about cal counting in phast one! <BR> <BR> (I'm eating every 3 hours but I get up late most mornings so my first meal isn't until 9am. So I only typically have 5 small meals rather than 6.) <BR> <BR> Is there any info into how m... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 23:39:58 EST calorie question. How many calories should I be eating (approximately) each day while I'm in phase one? I just read a comment that said 'if you're not eating enough cals, then you won't see results'. Now i'm worried that i'm not eating enough! <BR> <BR> (I'm eating every 3 hours but I get up late most mornings so my first meal isn't until 9am. So I only typically have 5 small meals rather than 6.) <BR> <BR> Is there any info into how many cals i need to be eating? Does it matter? Please help anyone... Tue, 31 Jan 2012 23:36:13 EST Wanting to start soon, but confused I'm excited about this program, but can't afford to join the gym until I get paid again in two weeks, so I'm planning on spending the next two weeks learning about the program and getting mentally prepped. I've been looking through the site and a group I joined on facebook, but I'm still confused about the meal plan - can someone give me or direct me to a good summary of the meal plan? I found the food list on, but not the meal plan. Also, if anyone else is thinking of... Sat, 28 Jan 2012 11:13:09 EST hello - newbie here! Hey everyone - I'm new here. Just started the challenge last week. My sister and I are doing it together. We're on day 5. I was supposed to do my shoulders and abs yesterday but I have strained a pec muscle so I'm just trying to get that rested - so frustrating. Hopefully today it will be okay. <BR> <BR> Are any of you really tired? I'm finding myself really really tired these last couple of days. I know we are supposed to be having 6 meals a day but today for example I only woke up at 9am ... Thu, 26 Jan 2012 18:10:46 EST confused about a couple of things...please help! So my sister and I have just started this. We are on day 4 today and are loving it. But we are confused about a couple of things. Can any of you out there please answer or clarify the following: <BR> <BR> 1. The food. She says you can have fruit (preferably in the morning) but on info on the site it says for breakfast - 'starch, protein, unlimited veges'. So where is the room for fruit in that? We don't understand... <BR> <BR> 2. Is a protein drink consided a 'small meal' or not? Or is it o... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 18:09:41 EST Confused about a couple of things.. ..please help! So my sister and I have just started this. We are on day 4 today and are loving it. But we are confused about a couple of things. Can any of you out there please answer or clarify the following: <BR> <BR> 1. The food. She says you can have fruit (preferably in the morning) but on info on the site it says for breakfast - 'starch, protein, unlimited veges'. So where is the room for fruit in that? We don't understand... <BR> <BR> 2. Is a protein drink consided a 'small meal' or not? O... Wed, 25 Jan 2012 17:54:46 EST Too fat for the program to be useful? I'm following the program, almost to a 'T', but I'm a little bothered by doing only ST at my weight. I am 220 lbs, and doing only ST just seems silly at this point. I'm considering continuing to follow the plan but add cardio in the first phase. I'm simply too large to be able to justify this to myself. I look at most of the people who are doing the program and for the most part everyone is already in shape somewhat. I am not. I am starting from a pretty high weight and body fat percent... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 09:10:07 EST Livefit progress Picture challenge Hey ladies, <BR> <BR> I am going to be using this thread to post my progress pictures on here for the next 12 weeks. I would love it if other ladies decided to do so:) Fri, 30 Dec 2011 19:44:32 EST Livedfit pProgress Picture challenge Hey ladies, <BR> <BR> I am going to be using this thread to post my progress pictures on here for the next 12 weeks. I would love it if other ladies decided to do so:) Fri, 30 Dec 2011 19:40:12 EST Workout Partner! - Kitchener -Waterloo Hi! <BR> <BR> I am looking for someone in the K-W, Ontario area who would be interested in being gym buddies through the 12 week trainer? I can join whichever gym you attend as long as it isn't tooooo far from me :) I am just finishing up Insanity and hope to start this soon! <BR> <BR> Let me know! <BR> <BR> Danielle Wed, 28 Dec 2011 13:06:47 EST totally screwed up with eating lately.. help! ok ladies i feel totally worthless right now. Ive had a major overeating that continued for the rest of the day. Its sunday, i didnt train. <BR> <BR> Lately ive been struggling with the program food-wise. At first i was becomming a bit psycho and secondly i wasnt sure how all this protein was affecting my body. To my opinion my legs were getting too big, but i must admit ive experienced overall weight gain. <BR> <BR> But basically its this; im experiencing overeatning and binges more frequ... Sun, 4 Dec 2011 17:27:45 EST Do I Have to start with Phase 1?... I was wondering if starting at the very beginning makes a big deal. I already do cardio and thought I could go ahead and start on week 2. Sun, 27 Nov 2011 16:07:04 EST day 1 starts tomorrow I like to think of myself as being in somewhat decent shape, but here lately I've let my fitness and nutrition fall to the wayside. My goal is to lose enough weight that I'm 14-15% BF again and maintain it through the winter. I have to have a goal, and hope this works. :-) Sun, 27 Nov 2011 04:46:49 EST Just starting Hi, Im just starting Jamie's Live Fit Trainer Program offically, I was going to start last week but I noticed I didnt have all the equipment in her videos to do them at home. So I did further investigation and found that I can do this at home too. So glad. I did however start lifting weights 3 days a week and yoga 1x/week two weeks ago. So I do have a head start on this program. I use Shakeology for my protein powder, I aso take, CLA, fish oil, Flexamin, and a multivitamin, I need to get glut... Sat, 26 Nov 2011 12:17:12 EST Program Modified to be Done at Home? Was anyone able to modify this program or able to do it at home? <BR> <BR> I workout at home and have dumbells a bench and an elliptical. As the program revealed it self I found it difficult to follow at home, so I stopped. But I think it is an amazing program and I was wondering if anyone did the program by working out at home the whole time? <BR> <BR> Thank you!! Wed, 23 Nov 2011 12:16:03 EST My Woo Hoo This Weekend My massage therapist told me I had baby skin. Excellent muscle tone and elasticity! Maybe she was just looking for a big tip, but I'll take the compliment since I'm 43 and not getting any younger! <em>246</em> Mon, 14 Nov 2011 10:05:19 EST ST Milestones during FIT Moved up two levels on stair climber...started climber on day two..only 10 minutes a day BUT still noting positive changes! <BR> <BR> I am picking up cadence and thinking I was able to lift faster yesterday. <BR> <BR> Lunges are getting easier! Today they were smoother, easier controlled, still good form and deep but faster. <BR> <BR> Working toward cuting ST time to under 90 minutes. Thu, 10 Nov 2011 22:30:37 EST note positive body changes Since Day One on the JE program my....... <BR> calves are showing definition Thu, 10 Nov 2011 21:57:42 EST WOW! Phase 3 So, yesterday was my first day of phase 3. Can you say whipped and light headed. I had to take a few seconds a couple of times because I was sure I was getting sucked into the darkness. Man, that was out of control crazy. My question is this..I am supposed to do this workout and THEN do 30 minutes of cardio? Is she crazy? I burned, according to my Garmin, over 900 calories with that workout. <BR> <BR> Anyone else care to share their experiences with Phase #3? Wed, 9 Nov 2011 10:25:09 EST Is the first week supposed to feel like this? I used to take a weight training class 3 days a week for almost 2 years, and I always left the class feeling sore and exhausted, but I've been only mildly sore and this is day three. I don't feel like I'm doing this right. I mean, I'm trying to pick a good weight to lift at so I can fail by the end of the last set (and there's still some trial and error with that - I need to find my max so I can work on that) and I'm not wimping out on the plan but I feel like I should be completely burnt aft... Tue, 8 Nov 2011 10:58:41 EST Leg training twice a week? I dont want bulky legs! Hey all, <BR> <BR> Im just finished with week 5 and starting week 6 tomorrow. Ive been able to keep up with the workouts so far, but my diet could be a lot tighter- working on that! <BR> <BR> Im kind of struggling with the heavy lift leg workouts, twice a week. Ive gained since i started the program but im just keeping in mind the fat will go down again with the coming cardio sessions. I am really scared my legs will get too bigfor my liking though, i want smaller legs! I have a strong buil... Sun, 6 Nov 2011 04:31:56 EST Almost through week 1! Hi!! <BR> <BR> Any one else just starting the program? I'm almost finished week 1 - omg SORE!! lol. I've been away from the gym for a month, and its amazing how quickly you lose your strength! I hope to be back to my pre-honeymoon weight - which was a month ago - by the end of the program. <BR> <BR> Just posted a blog with "before" pics. Can't wait to start seeing results :) Thu, 3 Nov 2011 21:14:32 EST already in week 5, finally an introduction! Hey all, <BR> <BR> I already signed up with sparkpeople a while ago but never got to post something in this team. Im heading to the gym as of now so ill have to keep it short! <BR> I am on day 32 already and have been keeping up with it so far. An exception was in week 3 where i gcaught the flu and got really sick-nauseous, bodycramps, cold ect.. so i did only 2 workouts that week but did combine a few days to try to catch up ( got sicker again after so decided to stay home and recover for t... Thu, 3 Nov 2011 04:37:46 EST Babyfood Protein Bars I've been experimenting with her Carrot Cake Protein Bars <link><BR>-eason-carrot-cake-protein-bars.htm </link> just adding a different baby-food and or spice combination. So far my favorite is sweet potatoes and dropping all spices but the cinnamon. I also am using Ideal Brown and Egg Beater Whites. <BR> I've also tried banana babyfood without any spice and it is just okay...needs a little something... <BR> I have a couple of other flavors I will try ... Wed, 2 Nov 2011 07:58:02 EST Thoughts As I'm entering week two, I notice that I'm still not able to get all reps and sets in...just wondering if it may be a smart idea to stick with Phase 1 until then...but I may be over-thinking... Wed, 2 Nov 2011 07:48:37 EST No Power Well, I had been doing great with the Livefit program up through week 7, which was last week for me. I missed the last two days of week 7, Friday and Saturday, because I was prepping for my Halloween party, but I was continuing to follow the eating plan and was going to double up at the beginning of week 8 to make up the workouts. Then the unexpected snowstorm hit! I live in Connecticut, and we got clobbered Saturday night with a foot of snow. The power went out in the middle of my party. ... Tue, 1 Nov 2011 17:04:22 EST Beginning Questions? Okay, first question; Which is better, flax seed or fish oil? Should I just take both and leave it at that? <BR> <BR> Second, what is the best way to find my max (or fail) weight? Going around lifting various weight until I pass out sounds like a waste of time but I don't know a systematic method to figure it out. Tue, 1 Nov 2011 14:55:48 EST Advice for a LiveFit Newbie? I recently heard about Jamie Easons' LiveFit program, and as I've been looking for an exercise program I decided to look into it. I watched the introductory video and as I watched it I was ecstatic to learn that the program focuses exercise-wise on weight training (I hate cardio too!!), but I wondered, for the people who have already started and been on this program for awhile, do you have any tips or advice for us LiveFit newbies? The program seems like it would be right up my alley and I'm ... Mon, 31 Oct 2011 15:16:51 EST Any Vegetarians/Vega ans/Pescatarians doing this? I have been really struggling with getting in enough protein because I only eat seafood as a protein source. I do have a Brown Rice protein shake in the morning following my workouts, but other than that I have been failing dismally to get in enough protein on a daily basis. <BR> <BR> Next month, I am making a consorted effort to get it all in. According to one of the fitness sites for my calorie range: 1200-1700 at a 40-30-30 ratio (carbs-protein-fats) I need to eat 90-127 grams of prot... Thu, 27 Oct 2011 15:58:14 EST Pork fried "rice"- A great Phase 2 dinner! I decided to look up some Paleo recipes since they don't do dairy or starch and found this: <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ied-rice </link> <BR> <BR> It is AMAZING! I never would've guessed chopped up cauliflower would be a good stand in for rice! :) If you make it, please stop by my page and let me know what you think! Tue, 25 Oct 2011 21:00:24 EST Phase 2 Week 8 Oh my these workouts are getting harder and longer. I plan to hang on as long as I can. Last nights workout was almost 1.5 hours. I am not seeing much movement on the scale, but that is ok. because I feel better and my clothes fit better! Have fun with it! Tue, 25 Oct 2011 16:42:18 EST Acne Has anyone else experienced increased acne while on this program? I know it's gross, but I have and it wasn't until I read a Women's Health article that I put it together. They say that weight lifting increases testosterone and that increased testosterone can cause acne. What a bummer, my skin is a mess and I'm still too fat to see my muscles!! Sun, 23 Oct 2011 23:04:40 EST Accountabi lity/Other technology I'm never on this group much but I'd love to keep in contact w/ you. Feel free to add me on myfitnesspal (alyssa75) or twitter (alyssac2010) so I can interact & be accountable w/ you all! Sun, 23 Oct 2011 13:56:53 EST Phase 2, Week 6 I originally started September 6 but between shifting by a day and repeating a week, it seemed easier to track under the specific phase and week. <BR> <BR> Feel free to join in so I don't look like I'm talking to myself! Thu, 20 Oct 2011 12:56:13 EST Who's out there still? Hey Sparkfriends! <BR> <BR> I'm just curious, who is still out there? Where are you at with the program? Have you made modifications? Have you been seeing results? I've noticed a lot of people have decided to modify the program to what works for them or dropped out completely. I'm still trying to trudge through, but I'm far from following the program to a "T". Thanks in advance for replying! If you're still here, add me as a buddy and we'll cheer each other on! <BR> <BR> -Keri Wed, 19 Oct 2011 22:02:51 EST Starting October 17th Just wanted to say good luck to those of that are starting Phase 1 today ... and keep up the good work to anyone that is on any other phase. <BR> <BR> I did a massive food prep this weekend (8+ hrs cooking - between me and the family). I now have lemon bars, chocolate bars, turkey muffins, pre-cooked chicken, pre-cut fruit and veggies and a few prepped breakfasts! Looking forward to the challenge! <BR> <BR> Good Luck Everyone! :) <em>306</em> Mon, 17 Oct 2011 13:27:51 EST Early Morning bf workout meal I get up at 5am to drive to the gym and am working out by 5:45.... Should I eat something before I workout? I'm afraid I will be too sluggish and nauseated. I am on the 3rd week so no cardio - how will I be able to eat then do cardio, blech. <BR> <BR> How is it working for you? What do you eat before you workout? How long do you wait? Wed, 12 Oct 2011 16:35:48 EST Starting Oct 9 I'm starting phase 1 On October 9 I was wondering if anyone else is starting around this time. Thu, 6 Oct 2011 13:31:21 EST Full Phase 3 Released! HOLY SH!T! <BR> Good luck everyone <BR> <BR> <link><BR>s-livefit-phase-3.html </link> Thu, 6 Oct 2011 10:52:24 EST Thai Coconut Peanut Shrimp (fast!)<BR>hai-Coconut-Shrimp-with-Brown-Rice-Pas<BR>ta-.aspx <BR> <BR> I've made this with brown rice and with pasta- it's great either way, especially if you like a little heat and a lot of flavor. Enjoy!!! Wed, 5 Oct 2011 21:05:15 EST On Phase 2 just JE spark team! Well after six weeks and 9 lbs heavier (uggggg) I am trying to stay positive and hope that this weight gain can be the result of building muscle. I am excited to see the changes in the next 5 weeks. This has been one of the best programs I have ever been on. I am an advanced weight lifter, and have searched for something to challenge me. I am not overweight, but after years of excessive cardio and lack of proper nutrition (too much low carb dieting) I have most definetly lost lean muscle ... Tue, 4 Oct 2011 11:28:45 EST Phase 3 Posted on FB! Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> In case you don't have Jamie Eason on Facebook, she posted a note giving a quick sneak peek of what Phase 3 will look like and said it should be on soon! It looks INSANE, but insane in a great way! <BR> <BR> What we have to look forward to: <link><BR>writer-jamie-eason/livefit-12-week-tra<BR>iner-phase-three-weeks-9-10/269198616446351 </link> Mon, 3 Oct 2011 18:22:52 EST Sneak peek at weeks 9 and 10 Jamie has posted a sneak peak on her facebook. It is going to be getting even more intense!!!!!! Mon, 3 Oct 2011 16:20:00 EST Jamie Eason's Lemon Protein Bars...... ..question What are you all using for the lemon ingredient. I know Jamie Eason is using a Crystal Light tub. BUT her recipe says one with No Aspertame..........I checked the label at the store and all the ones on the shelf including crystal light has aspertame. What are you all using, because I am confused? Mon, 3 Oct 2011 10:49:18 EST So excited to start the program with you all!! I've just got home from my honeymoon in Maui. We had a fabulous time - healthy breakfast, swim, adventure, lunch, swim, dinner repeat! Before that I followed a dietitian designed meal plan for 4 months and a circuit / HIIT routine. I went from 145lbs to 132lbs but I couldn't get as lean as I wanted. My goal for the winter is to add some muscle and lean out for spring. I'm hoping the added muscle will allow me to get leaner next time around. I'm going to stretch phase 1 to 4 months instead of ... Mon, 3 Oct 2011 00:19:50 EST Feeling like ditching the program so.... I 'm feeling a bit discouraged this mornning!!! I have been doing the program for 4 weeks. I have made it to the gym for every workout and have stuck to the eating plan 90%. I havent lost any weight!!! I havent stepped on the scalee but I can tell. My jeans our snug and usually thnis far into a program they our loose. I feel like ditching the program and just eating around 1200 calories and hitting the cardio hard!!! <BR> <BR> I feel stronger but I dont feel lke I'm loseing, im soooo... Sun, 2 Oct 2011 17:53:50 EST Stomach issues with xylitol Anybody else having stomach issues with xylitol? I love JE's pumpkin protein bars but the xylitol leaves my stomach slightly upset and nauseated. Does this get better? I've only been using it for about 10 days... I really like having the sugar alternative and don't want to give it up but ugh! :( Sun, 2 Oct 2011 12:04:43 EST I worry that I am eating too many calories So, I haven't really been counting calories because I read if you are clean eating and sticking to portion sizes with proteins and starches then you should be fine. Since I gained a half pound last week to this week I wanted to make sure I wasn't eating too many calories without realizing it so I tried counting up today's totals. It seems like I am eating between 1800 and 2000 calories! This seems like way too much when I used to aim for 1200 to 1500. I am looking at my meal plan trying to se... Tue, 27 Sep 2011 22:16:11 EST Amount of weight and being injured! I was hoping someone might be able to give me some advice here! I have two questions: <BR> <BR> I plan on starting the program on October 1st. Here's my first question: I had worked myself up to running a 5k a couple weeks ago when I injured something--possibly a hip flexor strain or something. I feel a lot better, but it isn't 100% yet. I'm hoping that it will be 100% by October 1st, but I was wondering if anyone could tell me if I can handle this program without hurting my hip flexor again... Tue, 27 Sep 2011 10:57:41 EST Dark Chocolate Zucchini Protein Bars?? OHHH YES!! Hey team-- <BR> <BR> I wanted to share a little variation I made of Jamie's chocolate protein bars recipe that turned out FABULOUS! I was a little unimpressed by the "chocolatey" flavor (lack-thereof) of Jamie's recipe, so I wanted to take my own spin off it and use up some harvest massive zucchini I had on hand. <BR> <BR> I added a bit of extra chocolate and cocoa powder to the recipe, but it's still very low in sugar, calories, and fat. I'm not sure where/how the nutrition stats were cal... Mon, 26 Sep 2011 09:29:04 EST Ladies only please Have any of you experienced a change in your monthly cycle since following this routine? I worked out a ton prior, just mostly cardio. Would a drastic change in routine like this cause my cycles to change? The last 2 months I had a 36 day cycle compared to my normal 30 day cycle. Mon, 26 Sep 2011 07:25:51 EST Phase 1 DONE, Enter PHASE 2!! HEY TEAM! <BR> <BR> For those of you who started with Jamie at the release of the program, we should be one week into Phase 2 so far. <BR> <BR> How are things going? Are you still sticking with the challenge? Have you fallen off, and need some encouragement to get back at it? Don't quit-- just make changes as you need to find YOUR OWN PERSONAL SUCCESS!! <BR> <BR> There is no cookie-cutter road to success for every single one of us. Sure, we face some similar challenges and struggles, but ... Sun, 25 Sep 2011 15:32:15 EST Healthy Fat/Fruit Hi All <BR> Where do you all incorporate fruit and healthy fat(EVOO or Peanut or almond butter etc) into Jamie Eason's challenge? <BR> Thanks! Sat, 24 Sep 2011 18:22:57 EST Confused About Supersets Anyone else confused about which exercises should be done as supersets? I thought it was only the 2 below where it says "supersets", but there is no space between the exercises to differentiate between supersets and regular sets. I've just been doing all the exercises under "superset" as supersets. Am I right or does it really matter? Fri, 23 Sep 2011 08:55:32 EST Sweet Treat? I am doing great with the clean eating the past two weeks that I have been doing Livefit. Where I long for something sweet the most is after I have finished my lunch meal of salad and chili. I am at work and in the past I would have grabbed a 90 calorie fiber one brownie to satisfy my sweet tooth, but that is obviously not clean so I need something legal. Any ideas for a low cal - clean eating sweet treat? I was thinking some kind of cookie. I see Jamie has an orange almond biscotti cookie r... Thu, 22 Sep 2011 13:24:14 EST Exercising Your Self-Control 'Muscle' (Article) As we all work on exercising our self-control and willpower "muscles" with our physical bodies, I found this article to be extremely interesting. <BR> <BR> "Resistance Training For Your Willpower Muscle" <BR> <link><BR>istance-training-for-your-willpower-mu<BR>scles?sc=fb&cc=fp </link> <BR> <BR> The article discusses how, like other muscles, your self-control 'muscle' gets fatigued with extensive use. Self-control is actually the same type of effort ... Sun, 18 Sep 2011 14:43:29 EST GREAT DEAL ON OXYGEN MAGAZINE ONLY TILL MIDNIGHT!<BR>gazine-for-4-99-save-54 <BR> <BR> coupondivas is giving out a coupon code you can use at the oxygen magazine website to get a year's subscription for $4.99 or 2 years for $9.98! I just did it and it worked for me. <BR> <BR> The code is only good till midnight apparently on 9/16/11 <BR> <BR> Just thought I would share Fri, 16 Sep 2011 21:23:36 EST JE's Chocolate Protein Bars Hello everyone! <BR> <BR> Has anyone tried to make Jamie Eason's chocolate protein bars, link here: <link><BR>-eason-chocolate-protein-bars.htm </link> <BR> <BR> While I like the pumpkin bars I think it'd be nice to add some variety. I am also wondering if I could replace the blueberry babyfood with blueberries somehow? I'm thinking I will just add pureed blueberries in the same amount. <BR> <BR> Thanks! :) <BR> <BR> Edit (and update): I tried makin... Fri, 16 Sep 2011 13:10:51 EST How heavy are you lifting in phase 1? I'm trying to get a perspective on how much weight is acceptable to be lifting in phase one. I know everyone is different because we are all at different levels of fitness, but I am just interested to know. When I am doing the moves that include dumbells I am lifting between 15 and 20 pounds depending on the exercise. Arms and back on the machines have been between 50 and 70 pounds. Legs I was doing between 60 and 90. I felt like I should be doing more with legs, but I am scared of injury.... Fri, 16 Sep 2011 12:41:11 EST Cardio for phase 2 What kind of cardio are you all going to be doing for Phase 2? Since I workout at home, and I dont have the room for an elliptical (etc), I have to rely on workout dvds. So I may do a kickboxing video, Jillian Michaels BFBM or go for a jog outside. Are you going to be sticking to the 30 mins of cardio rule or going longer? Fri, 16 Sep 2011 09:36:03 EST Who's ready for phase 2?!?!?!?!?!?! ME ME ME ME ME ME ME!!!!! <BR> I haven't seen much progress this month but I am working hard to not get discouraged. I have done s/t for a long time so Im sure my muscle building was not as much as someone who hasn't done any. I really hope the inclusion of cardio will help jumpstart the fat loss!!!! <BR> <BR> As for home modifications the decline/incline may be a little tricky. I have been using my stability ball for the incline chest press and flys. I don't know how I would do a decline... Thu, 15 Sep 2011 18:55:35 EST DOMS sapping my motivation. Help! Okay girls. I'm new to this. I'm only on day 4 and I am so sore all over that I want to quit. <BR> <BR> I am a stay at home mom of two little kiddos. Which means that I spend about 12 hours a day in constant up and down, climbing stairs, lifting and carrying 30 lb children, picking toys off the floor, etc. etc. And I am so sore that it makes it nearly impossible to do all these things that need doing. <BR> <BR> It's a catch 22. I want to build strength so I can do these tasks and play with... Thu, 15 Sep 2011 15:58:40 EST Should I Repeat or Continue? Hey friends... I would love your input on how I should work around the mix-up in my workout schedule with my Half Marathon I just completed Sunday. <BR> <BR> Last week, I "only" did 3 of the 5 workouts planned for week 3 in the plan. I did day one Legs, then Back/Biceps, and Chest/Triceps. I skipped the second day of legs (since I was practically crippled with DOMS from the first, AND I had a long race on Sunday), and I skipped shoulders/abs. <BR> <BR> This week, I was hoping to hop back in... Tue, 13 Sep 2011 09:20:47 EST Question about tracking weight during Phase 1! Hello everyone, <BR> <BR> I'm new to Sparkpeople AND new to the program - completed my Day 1 today! <BR> <BR> I'm excited to start Phase 1 but noticed it's mostly focused on building muscle. Therefore, should I really be tracking my "success" as how much weight I lose, since inevitably I may gain weight from gaining muscle? Or should I be more focused on inches? Before this program, I was doing a TON of cardio with light weights, so it was pretty easy to track my weight and attribute it to... Tue, 13 Sep 2011 00:43:01 EST Does anyone use Resistance Bands I do the workouts at home and was wondering if anyone uses resistance bands in addition to weights. I was looking to increase my weights but I figure it is more cost efficient to buy a set of bands. I am looking at a few on Amazon. The one Im interested in has the wrists straps, ankle straps and a door anchor. If you are using the bands how do you like them and what name brand are you using? Thanks in advance. Mon, 12 Sep 2011 15:14:25 EST Turkey Meatballs w/Wheat Pasta, Ricotta, Spinach This is an interesting/tasty way to use the Jamie Eason Meatloaf "Muffins" (Meatballs-- I don't get why she calls them muffins?!). <BR> <BR> I found this recipe in my Clean Eating cookbook. I won't type it out exactly, but you can easily improvise a similar dish using 8 oz. whole wheat pasta, 3/4 cup low (or fat free) fat ricotta cheese, 2 cups rough chopped fresh spinach, and the zest of one lemon + 1-2 T. juice. Assuming you have the meatballs ready, cook pasta til done, reserving 1/2 cup ... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 22:04:44 EST A Schedule of Suppleme ntation? Hi! <BR> <BR> I will be introducing myself shortly on this board but I had a few questions before I start this challenge. <BR> <BR> The biggest question I have so far is about how one goes about working the protein shakes and the vitamin supplementation into your everyday routine. What sort of schedule to you adhere to? Is the shake something you just drink after a work out? Or during? <BR> <BR> I can tell that everybody has their own solution based on their lifestyle so I really welcome... Sun, 11 Sep 2011 11:38:28 EST Starting Tomorrow, Sunday, September 11th! I am finally starting LiveFit tomorrow! I am so excited. I have been studying the program and watching the facebook page as well as this group to learn from everyone who has already started and now it is my turn. I am a bit overwhelmed, especially by the food part, but I intend to follow the program as close to 100% as possible. Over the past week I have been building my first week meal plan, and today I went to BJ's and the regular grocery store to try to get everything I needed. After sp... Sat, 10 Sep 2011 23:02:21 EST Exercise Question... On Week 3 for the ab exercise ( I think its the Emperor Chair or something like that)... by the time I'm half way through the set my shoulders are shrugged and I'm sinking, lol. Is this something that will imnprove with core strength or is it an upper body strength issue?? I looked like a stuck turtle. Fri, 9 Sep 2011 11:23:37 EST Post your RECIPES in THIS forum! Hey Team, <BR> <BR> It was suggested to me by FIREFLYBRIDE (Holly) that we add a forum specifically for recipes/food ideas, since they are very popular threads in our general forum. <BR> <BR> So, I started this forum for us to share individual recipe ideas. If you have a new recipe, please create a new topic with the TITLE/name of your recipe as the Topic, so we can all easily access and find them later! If you've added the recipe to SparkRecipes, or are finding it from a different online s... Thu, 8 Sep 2011 20:42:36 EST Egg whites in bulk? Has anyone found a place that sells egg whites in bulk? Or at least in greater than 12oz cartons? Buying all of these cartons of All Whites is starting to get expensive! I'm starting to wonder if just buying a crate on eggs and separating the yolk & whites myself would be worth it, lol. Thu, 8 Sep 2011 11:32:34 EST R U Following the Program to a "T"? Most of us are not fitness models or fitness professionals. We have careers and families and stuff that sometimes gets in the way of clean eating and regular exercise. While I try to do as much as I can I admit that I fall short, especially in the clean eating area. Jamie has been tweeting about people who are only using portions of the program when it was designed as a cohesive program and by doing so you only get what you are willing to put into it. I'm curious how many of you are fol... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 13:57:13 EST Early Joiner, but late starter! Hi all! <BR> I won't be able to start the program until October, as I'm training for my first marathon and cutting out cardio and lowering carbs wouldn't be great for my race performance! <BR> I'm joining the team now, though because I want to really educate myself on the program and learn from your experiences so that I will be the most successful that I can. <BR> I want to do the challenge because I am terrible at getting my strength training in and because my diet needs a HUGE overhaul. A... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 11:26:01 EST Further incentive to EAT CLEAN... Hey LiveFit Team, <BR> <BR> I came across this article (link below) and wanted to share it with you all. Be warned-- it's pretty nasty, but the reality of our country's fast food industry. Just goes to show how much GOOD we're doing for our bodies by fueling them with clean, whole foods rather than chemically processed concoctions from fast food restaurants. <BR> <BR> I was really shocked by a lot of these, particularly the QUANTITY of ingredients. Keep in mind that most "clean" foods have... Wed, 7 Sep 2011 11:12:50 EST Grocery list and eats, advice please... Hi All, <BR> <BR> Trying to tweak this eating for life program so it works long term for me. <BR> <BR> Can you please look at my list and what I eat and let me know if it looks very clean? <BR> <BR> This is what I eat typically in a day... <BR> <BR> oatmeal <BR> almonds <BR> apple <BR> egg whites <BR> hard boiled eggs <BR> salad/veggies <BR> carrots <BR> greek yogurt <BR> strawberries mixed with protein powder <BR> fish <BR> broccoli <BR> air popped popcorn <BR> boca vegan veggie burgers ... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 22:05:04 EST alternative to egg whites? I am honestly trying to like egg whites, and she has a lot of them down on her food plan, but I just can't do it. Does anyone have any alternatives to egg whites? I was making a veggie egg white omelet, and I just am coming up empty with a clean protein with veggies to substitute. I like cottage cheese and greek yogurt, but what kinds of veggies do I pair with that, or can I just skip vegetables for breakfast? I'm confused! Except that I do know I am having a hard time eating the egg whit... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 16:01:47 EST Anyone else super tired lately on this plan? I have been super super tired since I started these workouts. <BR> <BR> I feel energized mostly with my food when I get up to workout in the morning.... but my body is soooo worn out and tired by the end of every day, and I get enough sleep, too!! <BR> <BR> Each night I am in bed by 9:30 or 10 at the latest. I get up most mornings at 4:45 a.m. <BR> <BR> Has anyone else found themselves EXHAUSTED with all this strength training? I'm wondering if it's just my body not used to all the work, ... Tue, 6 Sep 2011 12:04:56 EST Split Pea Soup - Question! Hey all-- <BR> <BR> I made this wonderful split pea soup yesterday to have with my meals this week. I'm wondering though if I should count it as my STARCH or if I can count as a veggie serving? <BR> <BR> I know on Jamie's list, peas are a vegetable.... but listed as a serving of STARCH (like lentils and edamame). However, in this soup, they're made with vegetable broth, celery, and a large onion. <BR> <BR> So, should 1 cup of soup be a starch? Or part vegetable?? What do you think?? Tue, 6 Sep 2011 10:55:42 EST Caliente Kelly from our Nation's Capitol Hi there, my name is Kelly. I'm a 47 year old mom, with a married daughter (26) and a son who started his junior year in high school last week. I'm not new to lifting weights, cardio, and eating clean. What is different is that I've been away from a healthy lifestyle for the last 3 years and my body is not responding as fast as I would like it to. The old metabolism is slowing down a bit more, so it means eating clean is even more important than ever. <BR> <BR> Me as a person, well, I ... Sun, 4 Sep 2011 20:36:46 EST cinnamon swirl protein bread recipe? I feel like I have searched for this recipe, but can't find it. Can anyone direct me to it? I looked at JE'S site too. Maybe I am not looking in the right places. Thanks! Sun, 4 Sep 2011 17:22:19 EST Oat Flour I've noticed comments from some of you that you have not tried some of the recipes because you can't find oat flour. Oat flour is nothing more than ground oats. I make mine by throwing some rolled oats in the food processor or blender until it starts to resemble flour. Try it! <BR> <BR> For those who are skeptical, here's a link: <BR> <link><BR>-oat-flour </link> <BR> <BR> Happy baking! Sun, 4 Sep 2011 15:01:42 EST PB2 Thinking of getting some PB2 to use to add flavor and a little extra protein to things like greek yogurt and protein shakes. Is PB2 clean eating? Sun, 4 Sep 2011 11:38:44 EST Need Help with meal plans Hi everyone! So I have been doing research today and am feeling a little overwhelmed! Does anyone have any meal plan ideas for the week? I am starting day one on Monday and want to prep and cook tomorrow but can't seem to find a solid food list / menu plan. Any suggestions?? Thanks!! Sat, 3 Sep 2011 22:29:39 EST ICE CREAM! Ok, so, ice cream is my absolute favorite, and I dread giving it up entirely for life. Is there any clean eating ice cream sold in stores? Is that even possible? Has anyone created their own clean eating ice cream and want to share their recipe? P.S. is dark chocolate clean? Sat, 3 Sep 2011 15:54:26 EST Kitchen Equipment for Clean Eating Attention all Clean Eating Experts/Cooking Superstars, <BR> <BR> I am neither of these things, and I could use a lot of help before I get started on Sept. 11th. If you were to set up a basic clean eating kitchen including appliances, utensils, cookware, baking wear and any basic food prep items for the mainstays of clean eating like cooking sprays/oils, spices, sweetners, etc, What would you buy? <BR> <BR> At the moment I have access to a microwave, toaster oven, regular stove/oven, and ... Sat, 3 Sep 2011 15:50:51 EST Phase 2 Um...I looked at the exercises and they scare me! Fri, 2 Sep 2011 21:36:27 EST Too large for breakfast? SO I'm doing my menu for next week (sunday is my prep day) & I'm going to try some oat waffles. I want to have it with a couple egg whites & spinach but then it seems like a HUGE meal. <BR> <BR> Whatcha think? <BR> <BR> this is the waffle batter recipe <BR> <BR> 1/2c oat flour <BR> 1 scoop protein powder <BR> 1/2c almond milk (calls for cottage cheese but I'm swapping it out) <BR> 1/2c egg white <BR> 1/2tsp baking powder <BR> cinnamon & vanilla <BR> <BR> I have no idea how many waffles th... Fri, 2 Sep 2011 16:08:16 EST I don't want to eat anymore! I think the sky if falling and pigs are flying. I do not want to eat anymore! I'm so sick of eating and my jaw hurts from chewing. Anyone else feel this way? Anyone turning to protein shakes instead of real food. I NEVER thought I'd have this problem! LOL! Fri, 2 Sep 2011 11:54:57 EST Hair, skin, & nails Is anyone else noticing that theya re looking better? <BR> <BR> This may be all in my head since its only day 5 for me.... <BR> <BR> But I swear my nails seem stronger & skin looks better....I even think my dark under eye circles are getitng lighter. <BR> <BR> Is that even possible already? <BR> <BR> Even if its in my head...I'll take it haha <em>334</em> Fri, 2 Sep 2011 11:09:30 EST Hi! Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> My name is Brittany and I have been following Jamie for a while now. I started a facebook page and blog dedicated to eating clean and focusing on fitness and it has been far more successful than I could have ever imagined. If you're looking for a great resource along this journey, please feel free to visit!<BR>4220079936865 <BR> <BR> I'm hoping to build more muscle during these 12 weeks and have great ab definition by the en... Thu, 1 Sep 2011 22:31:13 EST Protein shakes on rest days? Are you still having protein shakes/bars on rest days? Is this still helping build muscle ? I just don't know if too much protein is a good thing if I don't need it Thu, 1 Sep 2011 21:48:00 EST Starting September 6 I didn't have a chance to prep adequately for the challenge so my plan is to start September 6 and use Labor Day to plan. <BR> <BR> Let me know if anyone else is too - we'll cheer each other on! Thu, 1 Sep 2011 13:02:52 EST Home workout: what have you been doing to modify? I'm interested to know what those of you who have been working out at home have done to modify each exercise that requires cables, gym equip., etc.? Also, how heavy are the dumb bells you are using? Wed, 31 Aug 2011 19:15:48 EST Headache anyone? Geesh, I have had a headache for 2 days now. Could I not be eating enough carbs? That's my only thought, other ideas? I have 2 bread servings 2 fruit. Limiting my sugar as well. Wed, 31 Aug 2011 17:22:04 EST GoodBye Scale!!!!!! So I put the scale away!!! EEEKKKKK. I am at 144.5. Hopefully in 4 weeks, I will be below 140. If, so, this will be 1.5 years since I was below that. I need to do this. I get on the scale EVERY stinkin day. It determines my mood, so thats not healthy. If I manage to meet my goal, I am treating myself to a massage :) Wed, 31 Aug 2011 15:37:12 EST Rest Days Hey guys! I checked out phase two (although I'm still on my week one until Saturday as I was behind) and I saw how we have less rest days. As of now my rest day is Friday, but I'd rather it be maybe midweek with school because I'm done with classes on Friday by 10am so I was wondering if it'd be a big deal if I switch my rest day as long as I don't work two muscle groups back to back? I'd switch it starting phase two. okay thanks!! Wed, 31 Aug 2011 14:40:40 EST Whats after the 12 weeks? For me I think I'm gonna start it over again. <BR> <BR> Its only day 3 but I'm loving clean eating, totally want to stick with that. <BR> <BR> & I have so much weight to lose I know I cant dump it all in 12 weeks Wed, 31 Aug 2011 10:20:26 EST Phase 2 Did you see it? <BR> <BR> I can't wait but a little nervous. <BR> <BR> I know I can modify it, but I've NEVER done a pull-up <BR> <BR> cant wait! Wed, 31 Aug 2011 10:19:14 EST Oatmeal and Eggs Ok, so I am new to this cleaning eating thing, and I want to make sure I get it right. First question is, I see a lot of people are eating oatmeal. The only oatmeal I eat is Nature's Path assorted flavors oatmeal. I'm going to assume this isn't the cleanest, so what do I do for clean, quick oatmeal? What do I look for in the store and how do I make it? <BR> <BR> Also, I see that the meal plan calls for an extensive amount of egg whites. I've only ever eaten eggs before. I've seen cartons of... Wed, 31 Aug 2011 09:31:07 EST Cleanest Protein Powder/Protein Bars I am trying to figure out which protein powder to purchase for shakes and homemade protein bars. I want it to be as clean as possible, but I also want it to taste good! Any suggestions? What brands, flavors are you using? <BR> <BR> Also, what protein bars are clean enough to buy, rather than make from scratch? Wed, 31 Aug 2011 09:24:26 EST Small meal / regular meal Whats the difference between the two, is it just the starch serving? <BR> <BR> The reason I ask is that I really want to try out a protein shake tonight but can't have it as my late small meal since it has blueberries in it, but as itself is too small for a regular meal <BR> <BR> Would a shake & a piece of Ezikial bread be a full meal? <BR> <BR> Shake has <BR> 1c ice <BR> 1c blueberries <BR> 1c unsweeetened almond milk <BR> 1-2c spinach <BR> 1 scoop whey protein Tue, 30 Aug 2011 14:07:35 EST Starting September 4 Anyone starting on Monday, Sept 4th? I am getting prepared this week for a good start. The key in the beginning is being prepared and trying to get the right meals put together. Getting off the sugar will be my biggest hurddle but I'm sure with all you other Sparkies we can do this. It is just the jumpstart I need for eating clean and living healthier. Bought whey protein and cold milled flaxseed today... <em>334</em> Tue, 30 Aug 2011 13:45:55 EST Calories? Are you still tracking your calories? Or, are you eating the recommended foods and listening to your body? I've been struggling for 2 years to get this weight off and not tracking calories seems a little scary for me. Also, if I do track, would I still go with SP's recommended range of 1400-1600? Tue, 30 Aug 2011 08:15:55 EST Pilates or yoga Are these still ok to do on rest days? Mon, 29 Aug 2011 22:49:37 EST Bloating Oh my goodness, my tummy is so bloated since starting this program. I would love to say I look better since starting but I am not sure at this point that I do! I FEEL better, more energy and all that stuff but I feel fluffy!! <BR> <BR> I already ate pretty clean before this plan but I am consuming a lot more protein than I was before. I was most likely in the 70-100 grams per day range before and after tracking for a few days(just curious) I am eating about 130-160 grams of protein per day. ... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 17:41:00 EST That Last Meal Is everyone doing the eggs at night? I can't seem to get this last meal in. I'm never hungry and all those egg whites just don't sound good. What are you eating for your last meal? Mon, 29 Aug 2011 16:08:20 EST What's your goal? I know everyone here is trying to be fitter or healthier or lose weight. But is there something you are trying to get from this? Be it physical or emotional / mental thats specific? <BR> <BR> Like my goal for this program is to get rid of my back fat, hate it sooo much. & to be healthier <BR> <BR> Whats your goal? Mon, 29 Aug 2011 15:21:33 EST Sweeteners Hi everyone! <BR> I don't like the no-cal or artificial using regular organic sugar or maple syrup really going to make or break this plan? <BR> What are some of you using? Mon, 29 Aug 2011 14:05:31 EST What are you all drinking on the Plan? What are you all drinking on the Plan? Are you sticking strictly to water & whats reccommended on the plan? I like having a diet soda a day. Mon, 29 Aug 2011 13:38:41 EST Exercise Substitution So, I just finished my day 1 workout and I was totally pumped to do it all *perfectly*. I watched all the how to videos to be sure I had it right, then went off to the gym with my worksheet and notes. However, I could not for the life of me manage to set up for flat bench cable flies. The two cable machines are way across the room from each other and I couldn't get it to go on one machine (spacing/angle were all wrong) so I substituted the upright chest press machine instead because it ha... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 13:01:18 EST Small meal protein shake Would this work for a small meal? I don't see why not but wanted to check <BR> <BR> 2 cups of Spinach <BR> 1 cup of Blueberries <BR> 1.5 cup of unsweetened almond milk <BR> 1 cup of ice cubes <BR> 1-2 scoop of whey protein Mon, 29 Aug 2011 12:24:20 EST What is the hardest workout or exercise for you? Just out of curiosity, I wanted to check to see which workouts and exercises have been hardest for you all so far on the plan (if you've completed week 1). <BR> <BR> For me, after doing all four workouts and feeling the burn after (LOL), I've decided that the hardest/worst is DEFINITELY Chest/Triceps. It's a good thing it's after rest-days, since I think I wouldn't be able to DO some of the exercises if I had sore muscles starting it! I've done this workout three times now (with my test-run ... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 12:06:47 EST Low In Fat? OK, I know we aren't supposed to be concerned about calories etc on this, but I'm tracking everythign more out or curiosity then concern. I know its only day 1 but today is really low in fat like 23 grams. <BR> <BR> I'm taking 2-3 fish oil, a multi w/ calcium, & a B complex as supplimentation. <BR> <BR> The reason the low fat is a concern to me is that the last time I was dieting & successful it was also low fat, & I lost a lot of hair, like an almost an embrassing amount. Although my hair ... Mon, 29 Aug 2011 11:27:44 EST 8-29-11: Who's ready to rock this? For those of us who are starting tomorrow (8-29-11), let's make this a great first LiveFit week! <BR> <BR> Do you have your meals planned & prepped? <BR> What days will you be working out? <BR> Are you going to keep on with the cardio during phase 1 or no? <BR> What do you think your biggest challenge will be this first week? <BR> <BR> We need to keep each other accountable & supported during this first phase especially. Old habits die hard & I'm sure we all have some bad eating/exercise ha... Sun, 28 Aug 2011 20:16:51 EST Which food scale? I've been wanting to get a food scale for a while now, but I haven't. I don't need lots of bells & whistles, just an accurate scale to do the job. <BR> <BR> What food scale to you have? Do you like it? What are its pros and cons? Would you recommend it? Thanks!! Sun, 28 Aug 2011 18:19:40 EST Planned Cheat I know that Jamie does not necessarily allow a cheat meal on this program but I have decided to let myself have one SMALL cheat per week. I am still going to be eating 99% clean and following her program to perfection the rest of the time. I certainly do not advocate cheats here and there just because they can really add up and I do believe in self control and willpower but in order to make the 12 weeks work for me, this is something I feel I need. <BR> <BR> I am also part of a Facebook foru... Sun, 28 Aug 2011 11:17:45 EST Post Work Out Nutrition Hey gals, <BR> <BR> I'm trying to figure out here.....I see 3 meals, 3 snacks ....but what about our post workout protein/fruit? I read about the window of time to get that protein into you so your muscles can exploit it..... <BR> <BR> Is that one of the snacks or should it be in addition to all the food we eat through the day? <BR> <BR> Sat, 27 Aug 2011 21:28:56 EST Cardio Hi Whitney, <BR> <BR> I just wanted your opinion on cardio/running during this program. I'm training for a 5k in a few weeks, and I noticed on this plan you don't add any cardio (at least the first two weeks). I'm considering waiting until the race is done... What do you plan on doing with your running schedule during the program? <BR> <BR> Thanks, Angela Sat, 27 Aug 2011 17:52:33 EST Evening Snack/No carbs Hey! So I was just wondering, if I was bored of egg whites in the evenings, would greek yogurt be an okay option? I think it has somewhere between 5 to 9 carbs something along that lines. Or a protein shake? I wasn't sure how that works. Sorry! I'm really new to cutting carbs at night. Jamie says to stop past 7 but such a low number like 5 I wasn't sure if it mattered. okay thanks!! Sat, 27 Aug 2011 10:11:51 EST Jamie's LiveFit Combo Did anyone buy Jamie's LiveFit combo of supplements and protein powder advertised on her site for around 53 dollars? I am starting the program Sept. 11, and I want to make sure I have everything I need. If you did, what do you think of it? Is it worth it? If you didn't, what supplements and protein powders are you using? I want to do this as perfectly as possible for maximum results. Sat, 27 Aug 2011 09:20:14 EST Gym Problem Too many of you, you won't find getting to a gym a problem. But I do. There is a gym I can get the bus too and have a 15 minute walk once I get off, but that isn't the problem. <BR> <BR> The problem is the price. In order to use the gym closest to me, I need to join and pay monthly. I only work part time so affording the gym with everything else I have to pay I just can't afford to go, I have no idea what to do for the exercises that clearly need gym equiptment, so for now, instead of doing... Sat, 27 Aug 2011 06:55:14 EST Another meal timing question I don't know why I'm having such a brain fart trying to figure out meal timing, but I'm just not getting it. I posted yesterday about not eating before I work out as I have to wait an hour after I take my morning meds to eat and I like to work out first thing in the morning. Well, I got a couple good suggestions I'm going to try so now comes my dumb question - if I eat before I work out, but then I'm supposed to eat again withing a half hour of working out, then I'll be eating twice within a ... Fri, 26 Aug 2011 17:56:19 EST Sample Day - Please help OK so I'm not starting until Monday & I've looked at everyones menus but wanted to run a sample day for me past everyone... <BR> <BR> Hows this look? <BR> <BR> This is for a gym day <BR> <BR> 5:30- 2 lemon protein squares (small meal) <BR> 9:00 - 2-3 egg whites with veggies, 1 slice Ezekiel toast, 1/3c ff greek yogurt with 1 serving of berries (breakfast) <BR> 12:00 - shrimp stir-fry with veggies & brown rice, apple (lunch) <BR> 3:00 - 2 turkey meatloaf muffins, sliced cucumber (Small meal... Fri, 26 Aug 2011 11:54:33 EST Post your progress photos and measurements HERE! Hey team! <BR> <BR> As we move along in the program, I'm sure many of us will be taking more progress photos (definitely recommended), either every week or every other week. <BR> <BR> So, I wanted to start a thread to celebrate each of our stages in progressing through this program! <BR> <BR> Use this thread to post links to blogs with progress photos (if you're sharing), to post your updated measurements (inches fat lost or gained in muscle), <em>7</em> weight lost or gained (if that's ... Fri, 26 Aug 2011 09:15:13 EST WARNING About Jamie's Protein Bar Recipes... Hey Fit Friends! <BR> I just wanted to give a heads up about the protein bar recipes that Jamie lists. <BR> <BR> First, they're delicious. Very much like moist cake. I've tried the chocolate ones, lemon, and carrot cake ones, and my favorite so far are the lemon bars (even though I'm a chocoholic!). <BR> <BR> However, based upon my experience, and fellow Sparker FITBUG78 (Heather), we wanted to warn you of the following: <BR> <BR> **CONSUME ALL BARS WITHIN 3 DAYS, OR FREEZE IMMEDIATELY.** ... Fri, 26 Aug 2011 08:27:55 EST Food Questions I have not offically started the plan, I am going to start on Monday. However I did eat the foods yesterday. Here is what I ate yesterday: <BR> Breakfast: 3 egg whites, mixed with mushrooms, spinach, and 2 pieces of ezekial bread with earth balance soy free butter <BR> Mid-morning snack (3hrs. later) 1/4 cup of almonds and apple <BR> Lunch (2hrs. later): brown rice tortilla, spread with olive oil, daiya cheese, spinach and mushroom. Made it to be a pizza. <BR> Mid-afternoon snack (3hrs. late... Fri, 26 Aug 2011 07:36:07 EST Questions Before Starting the Program Hi - I'm looking to start this program on Monday and have a few questions. First, I want to work out at home and there are some exercises I don't have the equipment for. Is there a site where I can enter the exercise listed and it will give me alternatives I could do? Second, I prefer to work out in the morning - to be honest it is just too easy to get off track if I don't. I read that I should eat before I work out, but I take thyroid medicine when I get up and I'm not supposed to eat for an... Fri, 26 Aug 2011 06:31:44 EST Easiest Method of Tracking /Logging in SparkPeople What is the easiest or simplest way to log the workouts in SparkPeople? Thu, 25 Aug 2011 17:38:54 EST Interesting read from Yahoo - Diet Myths So I really wasn't questioning what Eason is telling us to do in this program, but just happened to come across this article on yahoo. <BR> <BR> Really says almost everything she does. <BR> <BR><BR>loss/photos/8-calorie-burning-myths-de<BR>bunked#0 Thu, 25 Aug 2011 16:23:17 EST Anyone starting next week? Hi, I just found out about this program today. I'm thinking about starting this coming Monday, the 29th, so I can do a lot of food prep (and mental prep!!) this weekend. Is anybody else starting next week? Wed, 24 Aug 2011 22:37:05 EST Eating schedule I am having a REALLY hard time fitting in six meals every 3 hours apart. How does everyone get it in? <BR> <BR> My first meal is 7:30a.m., and mathematically, if I ate every 3 hours, my last meal would be at 10:30 at night. Most days I squish it to 2.5 hours apart, but still don't get in a six meal. I pretty much dropped the 5th meal. Tips on how to get 6 meals a day? (I have been doing 5 for so long I think I am just used to that) Wed, 24 Aug 2011 09:15:14 EST Resting period Ok Im a little confused. Are we to rest after each set of reps or after the 3rd set of reps (before the next exercise)? Thanks! Tue, 23 Aug 2011 15:39:19 EST Music Inspiration for You! There are some times when I just need to listen to a song to help get me out of a slump. Yesterday, I was listening to a playlist of mine and thought, "oh this song is PERFECT!" <BR> <BR> This song is a favorite of mine to listen to in the morning, or when I've been going through a struggle. May it bring you hope and inspiration like it does to me! <BR> <BR> "Brand New Day" by Joshua Radin <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Another great song I love recent... Tue, 23 Aug 2011 11:41:28 EST Holy Soreness! I started on the leg workout yesterday... holy moly, I am so sore today! I'm not complaining, but I never realized how much we use our leg muscles for mundane things like sitting to pee or even just straightening my leg. No pain, no gain ;o) Tue, 23 Aug 2011 07:01:50 EST Jamie's Facebook Page I'm not sure if this has been brought up yet, but Jamie Eason has a super helpful Facebook page. She's personally answering questions and they relate to some of the questions that have been asked on this team's discussion. Here's the link: <BR> <link><BR>ieEason </link> Mon, 22 Aug 2011 21:48:53 EST WOO HOOO!! Moment of the Day! Hey team! <BR> <BR> This thread is for sharing your VICTORIES and successes with this program each day. Post here when you have accomplished a goal, be it planning out your food, completing your workouts, or having a positive pep-talk in the morning. <BR> <BR> Whatever you are proud of, share it here so we can CELEBRATE with you!! <BR> <BR> WOOO HOOOO!!! <BR> <BR> My WOO HOO today? Getting up early to do Day 1 of Chest/Tris, and staying on track with my clean-eating so far today! Mon, 22 Aug 2011 17:22:10 EST Game plan for social events! Hey guys!! So, I plan to follow Jamie's plan exact. However, sometime life does intervene. My cousin was married once she entered the air force and so this sat they are holding a little reception/party for her and her husband at my aunt's at 7. So, I was planning to eat dinner before I leave. I'm not worried about temptation at this point because I'm so focused now I know I won't let myself cheat. might be hard to pack 6 egg whites ;). Do you think any no carb snack would be... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 16:36:41 EST What did you eat today? I find it is sometimes difficult to come up with new meal ideas. I think if we all share what we are eating we can make things easier for ourselves!!! <BR> Today's breakfast is the same thing I eat every morning I just upped the eggs: <BR> 1 whole egg and 4 whites on rye bread with cheddar cheese, and a peach <BR> <BR> Lunch: <BR> chicken breast and black beans over chopped up peppers topped with homemade salsa <BR> <BR> Dinner: <BR> Pork sirloin, roaseted red potatos and zucchini. <BR> ... Mon, 22 Aug 2011 11:08:03 EST Cheat Sheet (excel spreadsheet) for Phase 1! Hi all! I compiled the approved foods list, female carbs/starch list, female "small" meals list, meal options, and phase 1 tips into an excel spread sheet that you can download, save & print for quick reference. The document is 5 pages (you will want to select the option to print all pages in workbook when you go to print). <BR> <BR> Copy this URL into your browser: <BR><BR>c69fc4bb3044816ee0ecfcce7f31c9?cid=tx-<BR>02002208350200000000&s=19105 <BR> <... Sun, 21 Aug 2011 17:28:17 EST Questions... Hi friends, I have a few questions about the program and thought some of you might have answers or advice. <BR> <BR> 1. Are we really going to be eating all of those egg whites? Wow! <BR> 2. What about fats? I see that they're on the approved foods list, but I'm just wondering how to count them. Salad dressing, sauce for chicken, etc. Do we just try and keep them in moderation? <BR> 3. Are the snacks meant to be post-workout fuel or is are they something different? Jaime mentions eating a ba... Sun, 21 Aug 2011 08:46:53 EST Getting to know you! 50 Questions!! I took this from one of our team member's blogs.. I thought it would be a great way to learn a little more about each other... <BR> <BR> 1. WERE YOU NAMED AFTER ANYONE? <BR> Yes, my mom's sister <BR> <BR> 2. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CRIED? <BR> yesterday- stupid hormones. <BR> <BR> 3. DO YOU LIKE YOUR HANDWRITING? <BR> strangly, yes. <BR> <BR> 4. WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE LUNCH MEAT? <BR> honey smoked turkey <BR> <BR> 5. DO YOU HAVE KIDS? <BR> no <BR> <BR> 6. IF YOU WERE ANOTHER ... Sat, 20 Aug 2011 20:25:11 EST 30+ pounds to lose ? I can't help but notice alot of people on this challenge have lost the majority of their weight and are using the program to tone. If anyone who has a significant amount of weight to lose is doing the challenge let me know if you want to partner up for some extra accountability! Sat, 20 Aug 2011 12:23:57 EST Anyone else doing this at home? Hey everyone! <BR> <BR> Just wondering if anyone else is going to try and do this at home and if so, what kind of modifications are you making (i.e. leg presses). Also, what # weights are you using? <BR> <BR> Thanks!! <em>41</em> Sat, 20 Aug 2011 12:02:52 EST Phase 1 Shopping List Has anyone come up with a shopping list for the first 4 weeks? Sat, 20 Aug 2011 10:16:53 EST Is this like brand new? I definitely want to do this plan. I think I might wait until my current program is done. I am doing Supreme 90 Day and it's kinda like Strength Training and HIIT. <BR> <BR> Will it be around in October. Like can I start in October? \ <em>24</em> Fri, 19 Aug 2011 23:49:55 EST Struggling? We're here for you! Hey friends-- Let's use this forum/thread as an EMERGENCY HELP button, or for questions you have along the way as you're dealing with new challenges. <BR> <BR> If you're ready to throw in the towel, feeling frustrated, or just wanting to know you're not alone in your soreness or sugar-cravings, we're here to help you stay on track and motivated! Fri, 19 Aug 2011 21:15:25 EST RECIPES for Jamie's Nutrition Plan Hey All! I thought we could use this thread to share creative recipe ideas that fit WITHIN the outline of Jamie's nutrition plan for the next 3 months. <BR> <BR> If you are a creative cook and come up with something great, please share it here! <BR> <BR> If you love finding and trying new recipes (which I do), please post links (if available) to the original recipes, and/or if you have time, add them to SparkRecipes (with links) for easy sharing/saving/tracking. <BR> <BR> One of MY recipes... Fri, 19 Aug 2011 21:11:00 EST To weigh or NOT to weigh.... THAT is the question! Hey ladies... (I think all ladies yet, yes?) <BR> <BR> How often do you plan to weigh-in during this challenge? <BR> <BR> I'm not aiming to LOSE weight during this challenge, but have been weighing semi-regularly in maintenance (every other day or so). Lately, I'm on the high side of my comfy-maintenance range, and I've seen over the last two days of ST I actually went UP 2 pounds while eating relatively well. (I KNOW it has to do with DOMS and water retention and TOM showing up this week! ... Fri, 19 Aug 2011 14:56:29 EST Introducing Jamie Eason (in her words) I found this on Jamie Easons WebPage. It explains how she got started in the fitness industry. I thought some of us would find it interesting to see where she started. <BR> <BR> So here it is: <BR> <BR> After college I held a few jobs in Human Resources and in Marketing, but it wasn’t until after I went to work for my grandfather at his roofing company that I knew I didn’t want to spend my lifetime confined to a desk. Managing a crew of men was hard work but it taught me a lot about runnin... Fri, 19 Aug 2011 11:55:57 EST Personal Hurdles to overcome Some of you have mentioned different issues that might affect your success with this 12 week plan. I thought we could use this thread to discuss those hurdles and maybe we could come up with ways to overcome what's holding us back. So far I have read things like: <BR> "I'm a vegetarian and might find the eating plan difficult" <BR> "I have a very hectic schedule and don't know if I can stick to the plan" <BR> "I am training for another event and it interferes with the ST plan" <BR> "The meal ... Fri, 19 Aug 2011 10:20:26 EST How will you be scheduling your workouts? Looking over the workout schedule with 4-ST splits workouts, I'm curious as to how everyone is planning on scheduling their workouts? <BR> <BR> Will you be doing all four in a row? Every other day? Two days, one rest, then two days? <BR> <BR> I think with my schedule I'm going to plan like this: <BR> Monday- ST @ gym, 5:30 am <BR> Tuesday- Short Run HIIT (until HM is over) @ 5:00 am <BR> Wednesday- ST @ gym, 5:30 am <BR> Thursday- ST @ gym, 5:30 am <BR> Friday- ST @ gym, 12:20 pm <BR> Satur... Fri, 19 Aug 2011 08:36:23 EST The Cardio Question I know a lot of us are concerned about there being NO CARDIO included in the Phase 1 workouts and there have been a lot of questions regarding this. <BR> <BR> I trust Jamie's program and that after years of looking amazing and being a fitness model, she knows what she's talking about in terms of reaching success and health. <BR> <BR> However, at this point I'm currently training for a Half Marathon on Sept. 11, and so I plan on continuing my running on "rest days" in the ST program until th... Fri, 19 Aug 2011 08:26:30 EST Recipes I was looking at some before/after inspirational pictures on Jamie's Facebook page and came across a picture. I can't post it on the forum, but I will post it in my blog. It's a cored apple sliced thinking width wide and she made a sandwich with the apple as bread and put peanutbutter and chocolate chips in it... it looks REALLY good and would probably be very suitable for a small meal option. Fri, 19 Aug 2011 08:22:58 EST The most DELICIOUS protein powder, EVER! Protein shakes can taste super gross if you don't have a good protein powder. One of my sparkfriends suggested one for me and I have to tell you I absolutely love it! It's so good!!! She's a chocolate girl; I'm more vanilla. The vanilla, when mixed with soy milk, tastes just like a Chik-Fil-A milkshake... I kid you not. Milkshakes are nothing to joke about, my friends! <BR> <BR> The protein powder that I use is called Syntrax Matrix 5.0. It's a 5# bag of sustained release protein powder and ... Thu, 18 Aug 2011 15:24:52 EST SUPPLEMENTATION The program's core structure is based off of T.N.S. <BR> T=Training, N=Nutrition, S=Supplementation. <BR> <BR> If you watch the video in conjunction with reading the text on Jamie says that she "doesn't believe you can attain desired results without supplementation." I see her rationale here, but I also know that supplements are a touchy (& expensive) topic! From what I understand supplements are very calculated and catered to fit an individual... not a generic endeavor. <... Thu, 18 Aug 2011 15:12:31 EST What day are you starting ?? I know Jamie is doing the program along with her fans and is starting Monday. I was planning to cook and get everything packaged up on Sunday for a Monday start (Tuesday will be first day at gym). Thu, 18 Aug 2011 13:58:46 EST Protein Bar option I am not a huge fan of the pumpkin or carrot protein bars that are posted for the challenge on the website. I have another one of Jamie's recipes from a magazine last year that are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. You ready for this? Are you reeaaaallly ready? Chocolate Protein Bars... I'm not sure if there is a taboo ingredient, but it is one of her recipes and nothing is jumping out at me so I figured I would post it. <BR> <BR> Jamie's Chocolate Protein Bars <BR> <BR> 1 Cup Oat Flour... Thu, 18 Aug 2011 13:56:11 EST Nutrition / Meal Plans Phase 1 Diet Tips: <BR> <BR> * Eat first meal within an hour of waking. <BR> <BR> * Plan ahead! Designate a food preparation day. <BR> <BR> * Measure and weigh everything whenever possible. Purchase measuring cups and a kitchen scale. <BR> <BR> * Eat every three hours (usually 5 or 6 times a day, depending on when you wake up)! It's the secret to speeding up your metabolism. Be on time! <BR> <BR> * Drink lots of water! May have coffee & tea with Stevia or a no-cal swe... Thu, 18 Aug 2011 10:58:12 EST Workouts- Weeks 1 & 2 *Information from Jamie Eason's facebook page Notes* <BR> <BR> LiveFit 12 Week Trainer (Workout) <BR> <BR> Week 1 & 2 - <BR> This is the muscle endurance phase, based on a traditional split. The goal is to prep your muscles for a strength training program that will promote muscle growth. The recommended reps and sets for this phase are 3 sets of 12 repetitions (3 X 12), with about 1 minute rest in between each set. The intensity level (i.e., the amount of weight you should aim for) is... Thu, 18 Aug 2011 10:50:54 EST Progress Pictures: "BEFORE" This thread is place to post your "before" pictures for the challenge! It will be important to take progress photos at least every other week to truly gauge your progress overall. Jamie notes that particularly in Phase 1, changes will be more about body composition rather than pounds on the scale. <BR> <BR> If you are comfortable posting links to your before photos (blogs), please share them here! <BR> <BR> If you are not comfortable, no pressure. Take photos for yourself-- you do not nee... Thu, 18 Aug 2011 10:46:12 EST **PROGRAM INFORMATION** Please note that neither nor I (Fit-Whit) own any rights or authorship to this program. It has been released by and created by Jamie Eason. <BR> <BR> The program is completely FREE. Please go here to view the full description, as well as videos explaining how it is set up: <link><BR>s-livefit-introduction.html </link> Thu, 18 Aug 2011 10:24:52 EST