So, I lied….

So, right after I posted that picture and my last post, I thought to myself, “get your ass down there and do today’s workout!” So, I did!

I thought about it, and if I want to change the way I look, I need to be consistent with the trainer and get to the gym and workout EVERYDAY!!! I need to be accountable to myself. I set this goal to do the trainer, stick with it, and follow it as closely as I can. In order to be successful, I need to actually lift the weights!!!

I’m finding the blog helpful in keeping accountable!!! Thanks to my followers, who hopefully read this. Even if you don’t, I think you do, which in my mind is helpful! Ha ha!!


Post Treadmill Run

Post Treadmill Run

Although I didn’t lift weights today (I took an active rest day from the Trainer, I do get 3 this week), I did get in a 1.5 mile run ont he treadmill. It only took me 15 min of running time, plus 5 min combined of warmup and cool down.

I am finding that I need to find more time. My 5 week old baby comsumes to much of my day, which I am not upset about, but I do find it hard to fit the gym into my day.

Tomorrow is going to be Shoulders and Abs, straight from the Trainer. Then Legs on Thursday.

LiveFit Trainer Week 1 (Post Partum Week 5)

Well, today I officially started the Jamie Eason LiveFit Trainer. I used Sunday (yesterday) to prep my food (rice, veggies, meat, etc) so that I could focus fully on the trainer this week, and keeping on track with my meals and my workouts. 


Some things I noticed today with W1D1 (chest/tris):

– I was disappointed with my strength. Previously, I was lifting much more than the numbers I recorded today. I know that being pregnant and not working out for a few months definitely had something to do with it, but I was very surprised at how much these numbers have decreased. I hope that I can get my strength up to “normal” quickly.

– I need to get use to the “change” of the exercises. I am use to doing different exercises with different weights and different reps and sets. I normally wouldn’t put pushups into the middle of my weightlifting. I would usually use them as a warmup and include a different weightlifting exercise in their place, so when I saw them listed as an actual exercise in the trainer, I thought “Oh, this should be easy.” WRONG!!!!

– Although right now, I have a new baby (5 weeks) and we have nearly a full gym set up in our basement, I realized I need to get to the gym for workouts because there are just too many distractions at home. I am going to try to plan to get up early and get to the gym before my husband goes to work in the morning. The only problem is my baby runs my schedule right now! If she’s hungry, I’m the only one to help her! And, if we’ve had a rough night, getting up early to go to the gym is the last thing that will be on my mind. I’m hoping I can figure out some kind of routine.

Another issue I’ve noticed is that I am constantly feeling hungry. I’ve followed the nutrition guidelines of the trainer pretty closely, but I still feel hungry. I’m thinking it has something do to with breast feeding and the amount of calories I need for that. This is something I need to look in to!

Anyways, so far, I’m on track with the trainer. I will be taking weekly pictures and posting them to keep myself accountable!

Anyone else done or is starting Jamie Eason’s LiveFit Trainer???

Back at it

I’m not quite ready to start the LiveFit trainer yet, but I did get myself back into the gym this past week. I started with some light legs – body weight squats, light weight lunges and split squats, wall sits, light weight single and double leg curls and extensions. Let me tell you – a person gets sore quickly when you haven’t worked out in months. Then I did a light arm workout a couple days later. Yesterday, I went for a morning run with my dog. 37 min and I only stopped to walk once for a short block. I was so impressed with myself. I wanted to quit so many times but fought through it, put my mind over matter and did it! I was so happy when I was done, and I think that is important. Important for your self esteem as well as in your results. Let me tell ya though, in one sore mama right now.

One thing I am finding difficult post baby is getting up every 2-3 hours in the night to feed. I really feel it throughout the day; am tired and ready for bed by 8pm, less energy, and all the other side effects of getting a poor sleep. I wouldn’t change being a mother for anything in the world, but I would sure love to get my sleep back!!!

I think I will start the LiveFit trainer at 6 weeks postpartum which is still 2 weeks away. I want to ease myself into a solid workout routine first – one that fits into my busy motherhood schedule.

After baby, before LiveFit pictures


Well there you have it, my baseline pictures before starting the trainer. The first pictures are from January 24 (3 days postpartum) and the second ones are from January 26 (5 days postpartum). As you can see, there is really quite a noticeable difference between the two sets of pictures. I contribute that to breastfeeding and pumping as both contract the uterus back to its almost original size (this, making my gut look smaller, lol). If I were to take a picture today too, you would again notice a significant difference. My stomach looks almost as flat as it did before baby, without the definition and tone I had before.

I’m using these as my baseline before starting the trainer. I will take other pictures, like arms, back, etc the day I start the trainer so I have baseline pictures to compare to as well. I’m excited to see a difference in these pictures.

I’m excited to start this exciting new chapter of our lives. I’m ready to be a fit mom. I’m ready to get my old body back and make it better. I’m ready to get started!!!!

Catching some zzzzzzz’s

I have been having a terrible time sleeping lately, SO…..I have tried to find tips and tricks to getting a better sleep. These are what I have found.

1. Sleep is not something you really have control of in your life, so stop letting it worry you. The more you worry about your sleeping habits, the more it will drive you crazy and the less sleep you will get!

2. Set yourself a bedtime for every day. Just like you have an alarm to wake in the morning, set aside a time to wind down and head to bed. This will help your body to regulate its sleep schedule. This may be difficult some times (especially with shift work like me) but aiming for the same time to hit the sack every night will help you.

3.  Have a warm bath. Not only will it relax you, the drop in body temperature when you get out will help you to drift off more quickly.

4. Turn all the lights out. Even the crack of light under the door can disturb your sleep. Turn out hallway lights, TVs, computers…anything with a light that you may see while trying to catch some ZZZZ’s.

5. Make the room cool! The cool temperature helps your body to relax and function in a more calm state.

6. Find the pillow that is most comfortable for you and your sleeping style! You may need a different pillow than your partner if you are a back sleeper and they are a side sleeper. Figure out which works best for you! Make sure to find one that is comfortable and supportive.

7.  Avoid caffeine after dinner. Simple.

8. Stop concentrating on what you need to do tomorrow, or the craziness that was life today and just breathe. Take nice slow deep breaths to clear your mind and put your body in a relaxing state.

9.  There is no such thing at catching up on missed sleep. So you only slept for 5 hours last night? Napping isnt your answer, it will only further inihibt your sleep tonight. Keeping your body in a regular sleep schedule is your answer.

Hopefully these ideas will help me to “cure” my insomnia and poor sleep habits that I’ve been having the past few weeks!!!

Just Ate, Still Hungry???

I’m sure all of us have experienced this at one time or another…you’ve just eaten, but yet you still feel hungry. Why? Why does this happen? Some foods trick our bodies into not recognizing when we are full, and in turn, triggers a “rebound hunger” I have come across 7 reasons found on Men’s Health online that could be your culprit.

1. You drink too much soda

  • Sodas and other sweetened beverages contain high-fructose corn syrup. Fructose can trick our brains into thinking we need more food, when in fact, we are full. It works by blocking the bodys ability to use the satiation hormone leptin (the hormone that tells us when we are full)

2. Your dinner came from a can

  • many canned foods contain BPA. Exposure to BPA is knows to cause abnormal attacks on leptin, once again causing our brain to think we need more food.

3. Your breakfast wasn’t big enough

  • researchers found that those who ate just 300 calories for breakfast gained almost twice as much weight as those who ate 500 calories or more for breakfast. The reason: Eating a big breakfast makes for smaller rises in blood sugar and insulin throughout the day, meaning fewer sudden food cravings.

4. You skipped your salad

  • Most Americans don’t eat enough leafy greens. Leafy greens are rich in the essential B-vitamin folate and help protect against depression, fatigue, and weight gain. Research shows that dieters with the highest levels of folate in their bodies lost 8.5 times as much weight as those with the lowest levels. Leafy greens are also high in vitamin K, another insulin-regulating nutrient that helps squash between meal cravings. Best sources: Romaine lettuce, spinach, collard greens, radicchio.

5. You don’t stop for tea time..

  • According to a study in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition, people who drank one cup of black tea after eating high-carb foods decreased their blood-sugar levels by 10 percent for 2 and a half hours after the meal. This means they stayed full longer and had fewer food cravings.

6. You’re not staying fluid

  • Dehydration often mimics the feeling of hunger. Drink a glass of water before your meal, as well as plenty of water during your meal. If you’re still hungry after your meal, try drinking a glass of water first to see if that curbs your hunger.

7. You’re bored.

  • Researchers at Flinders University in Australia found that visual distractions can help curb cravings. To test yourself, envision a huge, sizzling steak. If you’re truly hungry, the steak will seem appealing. But if that doesn’t seem tempting, chances are you’re in need of a distraction, not another meal.Read more: