Last Monday I started Week 1 of Jamie Eason’s Live Fit Trainer. For the first week, the workout schedule consisted of four days of weight training followed by THREE rest days. Today was day three of rest for me! I also chose to follow the women’s clean diet and tried out several of the recipes posted on Bodybuliding.com.
The first week of the training program completed a full body workout in four days of weight training.
When starting this program, Jamie recommends lifting 60% of your max weight. The workouts also consist of 6-8 exercises that can be completed in about 30 minutes. Sounds pretty easy, right?
WRONG! By the end of the first workout, my arms were so fatigued that I could barely lift them! Apparently narrow push ups are waaayyyy harder than I expected. In fact, I was so sore from the first day that it hurt to take my coat off the rest of the week!
I did not push as hard the second day because it hurt to move my entire upper body. However after completing my leg workout on day 3, I did not feel that I lifted enough weight so I did an extra set of walking lunges. Jamie proved me wrong, because the next day my legs were so sore that it hurt to sit down.
Because I workout on my lunch break, it was difficult to make it to the gym four days in a row. By Thursday I wanted to take a day off but I was really looking forward to THREE full days of rest. So I celebrated that last set of sit-ups and spent at least ten minutes stretching.
Phase 1 is focused on building muscle, so that means NO CARDIO! I will admit, it felt strange to finish my workout in about 30 minutes and not head up to the treadmill to run a few miles. However, my muscles need time to repair from the weight training!
While the workouts were challenging, I think that eating clean the entire week was the most difficult adjustment. Basically my week consisted of sautéed veggies with egg whites, oatmeal with peanut butter, spinach salad, turkey chili, salmon with steamed broccoli, turkey meatloaf muffins, apple cinnamon protein bars, and greek yogurt with blueberries and ground flaxseed. Let me be clear, eating clean is not the challenge for me – it is the extra time spent prepping and cooking all of those meals! Eating three meals and three snacks a day equals a lot of time in the kitchen.
Even though I was “resting” this weekend, the clean eating continued. However, I do believe in at least one (or two) weekly indulgence(s). So I made a quick trip to Sprinkles on my lunch break Friday! I bought Trey his tried and true favorites, Milk Chocolate and Red Velvet. Then I tried two new flavors, Chai Latte and S’mores. The S’mores cupcake was my favorite of the two, because of the roasted marshmallow “frosting”.
Today was my main food prep day, so I made veggie egg frittatas, turkey meatloaf muffins, cinnamon protein bread, magic mini meatloaves (for the kids) and chicken breasts stuffed with chard, turkey bacon and swiss cheese. After my rest days, I am actually looking forward to going back to the gym tomorrow!