Jamie Eason FINAL recap {Week 12}

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WOOO HOOOO!! Well I did it folks! Completed [Jamie Eason Live Fit] ‘s 12 week program!! I can’t even begin to describe how amazing it feels!! I have learned SOOOOOO much and feel like  a completely different person. I am so proud of myself for sticking to it! I didn’t have one cheat meal or miss one workout. It was not easy BUT I am so glad I stuck with it. This really was a LIFESTYLE change for me. Like I have said before I considered myself a pretty healthy eater And I completed my 5th Half Marathon in February. I was running my butt off 4 days a week for (13 weeks) and only lost 5 pounds!! But now after doing Jamie Eason’s program I know how much Lifting weights and eating clean can really change the shape of your body. This was not just about losing weight, this was about putting myself first in health and fitness and learning how to prioritize multiple areas in my life. You can read about the reason I started Jamie’s program here: Jamie Eason Challenge.

Before I wrote this week’s post I went back and read all of the past 12 posts. OMG it’s so funny to see how much I’ve changed. The workouts that I thought were sooo tough were nothing compared to Phase 3! I am so glad I wrote the weekly recap, It really allowed me to be accountable to myself but also to help others! When I made the decision to blog about my journey I was SO scared & nervous! But now I know it was the best decision for me! I have met some amazing women through this and have connected with sooo many people! My blog went from averaging 30 views a day to almost 1,500 a day!!  And it’s not just about O look at me, by any means! It’s about connecting with other people & supporting eachother. I think people can relate to my story because I don’t sugarcoat anything. This has NOT been easy for me and I have been very honest about my struggles. I also think there is a HUGE misconception that people who are overweight are lazy or just don’t try hard enough. And that is just not true. I was working 70 hours a week between my full time job and my side business, I just had my priorities out of line and was putting myself last.

I realize now that by putting my health and fitness first, it really does overflow into other areas. I have become a better employee, wife, friend, etc. I am able to balance multiple areas of my life and NOT be stressed out. I have a tendency to stress easy and be overdramatic (just ask my husband! HAHA) But now it’s different! I don’t get stressed out anywhere NEAR how I was.

And some very EXCITING NEWS!! Through these past 3 months I got PROMOTED at work!! I am now the “Head Designer” for Product Development at Natural Life. It was so awesome to know that I can give 110% at work BUT ALSO in my eating and working out too! This was something I ALWAYS struggled with! I would go 110% into school or work and then everything else would just fall to the wayside. I would get home from my job and literally have no energy left. BUT NOW I am recharged after my workout and am able to come home cook dinner, finish an etsy order and have a nice evening with my husband.

My meals for week 12 were literally the same as week 11. The carb cycling was not too bad but I am def glad it’s over! HA Not really for me.

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For my LOW carb days I ate the following: (PICTURED ABOVE)
meal 1 – 2 egg white muffins & 3/4 cup of chickpeas
meal 2-Protein Shake with Almond Milk
meal 3- 4oz. of chicken and 1/2 a cup of string beans
meal 4 – 2 Turkey Meatballs
meal 5 -1 chicken breast or tilapia, 1/2 a cup of steamed veggies & salad  (or avocado as pictured above)

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For my HIGH carb days I ate the following: (PICTURED ABOVE)
meal 1 – 2 egg white muffins & 3/4 cup of chickpeas
meal 2- 1 Sweet potato steamed
meal 3- 4oz. of chicken, half a sweet potato and a salad with strawberries and walnuts
meal 4 – 2 Pumpkin Protein Bars
meal 5 -1 Chicken breast OR tilapia OR Ground Turkey, 1/2 a cup of steamed veggies & 3/4 cup or brown rice or beans

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I of course had to throw some pumpkin pancakes in there this week! THESE ARE SOOO GOOD!!

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So to celebrate my COMPLETION of the program, David and I went to Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse. It was sooo great to get dressed up and have an amazing night out with my husband! I had talked last week about my fancy new dress I got this past weekend BUT bummer I tried it on again and it had a black mark on it!! UGH so I had to last minute rush and find something else to wear! BUT YAY I found this dress in the back of my closet that I haven’t worn in a couple years and it fit! It wasn’t my original plan BUT I was still really happy that I could wear an old dress of mine and feel good in it! Instead of feeling like I’m squeezing out of it or having to wear a cardigan over it to cover up my arms. Let me tell ya it could be 100 degress out But there was NO way I would be wearing a sleeveless dress! HAHA It’s crazy the things you do to make yourself feel better. BUT NOW even though I still have some more toning to do and I still want to lose a couple more pounds, I felt really proud of how far I have come!

On a sidenote I just have to give a HUGE shoutout to David! Through this whole process he has cheered me on, supported me, ate pumpkin pancakes right along with me! And has embraced this lifestyle too! He has always been SUPER healthy and has seriously had a six pack since he was like 15! HAHA I would know, we started dating when I was 14. And after 11 years of being together and many of life’s ups and downs I AM SO BLESSED to have this amazing man by my side! We have grown closer through this process and he has been just as excited when I reach a new milestone. Whether its a spouse, a friend or even someone from an online community I cannot stress how important it is to surround yourself with people who want to see you succeed in your weightloss journey! It has made ALL the difference for me!
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Funny note about this picture.. David said “Do a sexy pose!” UM do I just smile?! I don’t know what that means?! HAHA After David took the picture I of course wanted to see and at first I was nervous..I was so used to thinking I look cute or my hair looks good and then seeing a picture of myself and all I would see is a double chin or how round my face looks and think “O GOD! That can’t be accurate?!” HA its crazy but true! I would always have to “approve” a picture before it was posted, in fear that I needed just the right angle to hide my curves!  I now know how silly all of those things were and when I looked at the above picture my first though was “WOW! Not too shabby!” HAHA it felt good to actually see myself instead of pick myself apart! Of course I thought about the things I still want to improve on BUT I didn’t nitpick every flaw. I saw a beautiful woman who has worked her BUTT off (literally) and should stand tall & proud of how far she has come! I find myself sometimes being my own worst critic, and I have to get in the habit of stopping that. I always want to continue to push myself and improve BUT I also need to encourage myself too!

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We had an AMAZING mouthwatering dinner at Ruth’s Chris. Filet Mignon with mashed potato’s, sauteed mushrooms and chocolate cake! It was so delicious! And at dinner I thought, this is how it should be, a nice treat meal every couple of months or a couple times a year NOT every day! Not that I was eating filet every day HAHA BUT if it was Friday or if I had a bad day at work or it’s raining?! I used any excuse to have a treat meal. I never thought I could go 3 months without a cheat BUT that’s because I learned NEW recipes, made clean desserts and most of all learned how to eat well balanced meals that I actually enjoyed! I had to retrain myself on how to eat food. It’s no longer a support system or even a coping method, it is my body’s fuel, and I need to feed it properly.

So who wants to see some progress pics?!
WEIGHTLOSS UPDATE:

So *drumroll please* I lost a total of 26 pounds!! My original goal was to lose 30 pounds by February, and I ending up losing 26 by November!! I was blown away by how close I came to 30 pounds!  I would still like to get there by at least New Years. I went from a size 12/14 to a 6/8. I even went through my closet this weekend and donated 3 huge bags of clothes that are now TOO BIG for me! WHAT?! I can’t believe it, in just 3 months!

I have had alot of people ask what my specific weight is so here goes: I was 175 lbs when i started and now I am 149 lbs! I don’t want to focus so much on the numbers because it really is about having a healthy lifestyle and feeling good about myself. BUT seeing the numbers go down every week is an amazing feeling!


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I totally look like I’m 12 in the after picture! LOL But I was SHOCKED When I did the final comparison! I cannot get over how different I look in just 12 weeks. And I have mentioned this before but one of my secret goals was to wear shorts to the gym. I literally have not worn workout shorts in literally probably 3 years! I always felt like my legs were huge and cellulite city… SO for week 12 I broke out those shorts and wore them proudly at the gym! I still have ALOT more toning to do BUT it felt great to finally meet a HUGE milestone!

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So yep I wore my “shorty-shorts” as my sister calls them ;) And I was proud to see how far I have come. The first week I would have NEVER worn shorts and a tank top to the gym!!

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I also rocked my [BodyBuilding Purple Tank]   top this week! You can read about my post last week when the AMAZING marketing coordinator sent me a follow up Congrats box!! I have to say A HUGE thank you to Allie at Bodybuilding.com She believed in me and encouraged me when I was only at week 3! And since then we have stayed in touch and she has been a HUGE encouragement and motivation! 

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I also bought some new workout tanks from Cross Training Couture this past week! I LOVE their scripture based tanks! I have said this before BUT I made a decision to give my Health & Fitness to God when I started the 12 weeks. I pray about my marriage, my finances, etc.. Why wouldn’t I pray about my fitness?! I have tried SOOOO many times to lose weight before and NOTHING stuck. I was always tired or hungry or just bored with it. BUT this time I asked God to give me the strength and determination to stick with this, and he truly has! Cross Training Couture makes adorable workout clothes with powerful messages! The grey shirt is based off 1 Corinthians 6:19: “Because my Body is a temple.” This really struck home with me, God has given me this body and I should continue to nourish & strengthen it! This isn’t some weird thing, this is simply treating my body the way it deserves and for me the way that God intended.

So don’t worry body, I’m guna treat you right! 

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So my final thoughts on Jamie Eason’s program:
This is for ANYONE! Whether you are a gym rat or never lifted weights before, you can learn something from this program! I learned A TON about myself and how much I can accomplish when I put my mind to it. This program is amazing because the workouts are layed out for you. I brought my notebook with me EVERYDAY and checked off the exercises. I was not very comfortable with weights so this taught me gradually how to work the different muscles.

I truly think of this program as relaying a foundation of “healthy eating” and “working out.” I THOUGHT I was a healthy eater but when I realized how much processed foods I was eating it blew me away. I shop at the store differently, I cook differently, we literally don’t even have butter in our house anymore! HA I used to just use a little here and a little here at dinner and before you know it.. It was like Paula Deen made chicken stir fry! HA  I buy different brands now, and look AT EVERY label & ingredient before buying or even using it. I look up a restaurant’s menu before going out to eat, and I always drink water with dinner instead of ordering a sweet tea. What I’m trying to say is in just THREE months I have retrained myself how to eat food. I have created NEW healthy habits that I will continue to do in real life. This is NOT a diet, it truly is a lifestyle change. And if I can do it, anyone can do it!

I learned how to put myself first in health and fitness. And it felt good to prove to myself week after week that I could really stick with this. As I got stronger and the weight started coming off more it just made me want to try even harder! I HIGHLY recommend Jamie’s program. I learned SOOOO much in just 12 weeks! And I am so proud of how far I have come!

Here’s some frequently asked questions I have gotten over the past couple of weeks:

So What’s NEXT Alesha?!
I’m so glad you asked :) For two weeks I am going to do phase 2 workouts & continue to eat clean. I LOVED phase 2 the best and felt like it was the most applicable to my life. I will in fact have some mac n cheese and turkey on thanksgiving! BUT I will NOT spend the next two weeks eating chick fil a & Krispy Kreme donuts! HA I have worked too hard and have too many goals to pursue to binge on junk food. AND THEN I am going to do the program ALL OVER! Yes start back at Phase 1. I know that this second round will really be where I see the toning and muscle definition come in. I only want to lose about 5-10 more pounds, but even if I did not lose anymore weight and had more muscle tone I would be happy with that.

How can I start this program?
You can find the series plan and more info about Jamie Eason’s 12 week program here: [Jamie Eason Live Fit] CLICK HERE.[/xyz-ihs snippet="JamieeasonLiveFit"]

How much does it cost?
Put that checkbook away! It’s FREE!! YES free! Won’t cost you a dime! Just download the approved foods list (or my Grocery list:  Alesha_FOOD_list_09_28 & example meal plan) and print out the workout sheets (see bottom of post for workouts)

Can I still get results if I do the workouts but don’t eat clean?
So I can only speak from my personal experience and I think that the workouts are AMAZING but you will not see the results that will come from clean eating too! I think this is SOOO crucial to losing the weight. I think any aspect of this program could be a huge benefit but I highly recommend doing both aspects and going at it 110%!

How do I stay motivated for 3 months?
For me, it was blogging about my progress. I put it out there so I knew I had to stick with it! I also follow a TON of women on instagram, facebook & pinterest who inspire me! These are not perfect models who are not relatable, these are real women, who have full time careers, or are single moms, they have lost 20 pounds, or maybe even 100! They inspire me and make me want to try harder! I suggest finding someone or something that will encourage you! Surround yourself with positive people and friends and family that want to see you succeed and will do this with you! And most of all, don’t give up!! You are WORTH it and deserve to be happy in your own body.

So are you convinced to give it a try yet?! I’ll be right along with you!

Click the Links BELOW to download the PRINTABLE workout sheets for each phase!
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Phase 1 PDF                         Phase 2 PDF                        Phase 3 PDF

 

50 Responses to “Jamie Eason FINAL recap {Week 12}”


  • Congratulations on your success. You look amazing. I started the program but fell off for a bit. I really want to get going again because I love how I feel after lifting. My weight hasn’t changed much but my body has and I’m ok with that.

    • Thank you so much! It is not easy to stick with it, but I hope you try it again :) I am already looking forward to a second round! And I agree, I know this second round I prob wont lose alot of weight but as long as I get more muscle that is totally fine :)

  • Congrats! Congrats! Congrats! I’ve loved reading all of your updates! :) …and I need to try these pumpkin bars!

  • I started following your blog a few weeks ago when a picture I pinned on Pinterest led me to it. I was wanting to start eating clean but didn’t quite know where to began. Your blog has given me so much insight and made clean eating seem alot easier to do. I have been prepping my meals based on yours and I am so happy I found your blog! You have given me so much motivation to keep up with eating clean and working out. You have truly inspired me and I love that you have put God first through it all. Congrats on the weight loss, you look fantastic and beautiful :) Please continue to blog your journey, I love reading it each week. It helps me stay focused on mine. God bless!

  • Congrats! You’re so inspiring and you look fabulous!

  • You look amazing! congrats on sticking with it! :) I have been looking at her program for awhile thinking about trying it. I have a question though, where did you find the meal plan? I see a list of acceptable foods and everything but how do you know what to eat for each meal??

    • Thanks so much Suzanne!! If you click on each day there is a suggested meal plan.. its pretty generic though.. BUT she does say what each meal should consist of “like 4 oz of chicken, 1/2 a cup of veggies.. etc” SO I just made my own based on her suggestions.

      I also used Pinterest to get Clean Eating ideas! There are a TON of recipes on there.. and the website http://www.heandsheeatclean.com has alot of awesome food ideas too!

      Hope that helps!

  • Congrats!!! I really enjoyed followign along with you while on Live fit, I am 1.5 weeks behind you, but it’s been great to see someone who has given us regular weekly recaps, I don’t think I was able to find another blog who did the same.

    • Thank you!! And Congrats to you too!! It is not easy finishing this program! You are soo close!

      And I know! I looked for a blog who had weekly recaps and couldn’t find it, since the program changes so much week to week I thought it would be good to talk about my own experience.. and now I am so glad I did!

  • Wow!!! What an awesome post. So inspiring and motivating! Thank you SO much for sharing!!! I started this a couple of times, but never pushed through. I think you’re results have pushed me to give it another try!!! Thank you for posting! Congratulation on your amazing success!!!!!

  • way to go! I’ve found your blog SO inspirational. I am finishing up another workout program at the end of this month an plan on starting livefit on dec. 1. so excited to get toned!

  • oh p.s. how tall are you? thanks!

  • I am so glad you found my blog today because I was looking just last week for someone else doing Jamie Eason’s program. Your results are awesome! Way to go!

  • Merph… I hate when you write a comment and then is disappears to lalaland…. okay doing this again….

    WAY TO GOO!!!! you are a rockstar and I am so proud of you for finishing this program with avengance! You have made such an amazing impact to your life and all those other readers! I seriously cannot believe its already been 12 weeks, I seriously feel like you just were talking about your nervousness starting the program & now you’ve finished it like a serious rockstar! Way to show those weights whose boss!!

  • Alesha!! Wow! You go girl! Your legs look amazing. (In reference to your Ruth Chris pix

    • Aw thanks sooo much!! Your so great! I know this program is NOT easy and it takes alot of discipline and determination, but you are already doing so great.
      Thanks so much for your sweet words!!

  • Alesha, I’ve said it before and will say it again right now that I am soooo proud of you! You are such a blessing in my life, and I cannot tell you how happy I am that you are married to David! I think this time has been great for him as well, and I know he is so proud of you too! Stay with those lifestyle changes, and your temple will prosper!
    Love you,
    Joyce
    PS Miss seeing you, and Super Congrats on your Promotion at work!!

    • AW thanks sooo much Momma Haley! Means the world to me! I am so blessed to have you guys as my family too!! Dave and I have both grown closer through this and we have learned so much. It has been awesome. Miss you guys!

  • Great job, Alesha! I have done JELF before and it was my favorite program, but kept trying new programs. After seeing your post on the FB group, I read through your entire journey and I am more motivated than ever to stick with it (I restarted and am in week three now. Repeating phase one until the end of the year due to traveling.) I will admit that once I recognized some of the event names, I really wanted to keep reading (I grew up in Middleburg, FL!) I even showed your progress photo to a coworker and told her that you did the same program and her first question “And what is the name of this program again?” Such a motivation, keep up the great work!

    • Okay first I have to say is your first name Leeasha? Thats so funny, my nickname is Leash or Leasha! HA And thank you sooo much for taking the time to read my blog. I hope to inspire others with my journey, I am still in progress and have goals to reach but I am very proud of how far I have come.

      And great job! I am not looking forward to the no cardio in phase 1 again HAHA But I know it will fly by a second time.And its such a small world being from Middleburg :) Thanks so much for your sweet words!

  • So glad that you made it! I’m halfway thru week nine and feel pretty good, but I have not been following the diet very closely. Your amazing results have inspired me to take a closer look at my daily menu.

    • Aw thanks so much!! I think the food made such a difference for me. And meal prep is something that is normal now and allows me to eat healthy food that I can grab n go. Something I was NOT used to before.

      Week 9! You are sooo close!! That is so awesome! Please keep me updated on your progress :) I LOVE meeting other people who are trying Jamies program too!

  • Amazing job!! I have a question for you – did you measure yourself before you started? I’m just curious to know how many inches you lost in total (you look fantastic and as if you’ve lost quite a bit). I am just finishing phase 1 (today actually) and love it although I’m not seeing the scale move much at all but I have lost some inches already.

    • That is the one thing I did not do! I am kicking myself because I did not measure the inches, so I have no idea how many inches I’ve lost. BUT its a couple of weeks out and Ive lost 27 pounds.. and Im in about a size 6/8 jeans.. and started out in a size 12/14.

      But YAY your already finished with phase 1! I really noticed the changes in phase 2 the most.. Some people say phase 3 really slimmed them but I honestly lost the most weight in phase 2. Please keep me updated on your progress! Youre doing great!

  • Congrats girl!! That is such an amazing accomplishment and you look fantastic. You can tell that you feel fantastic as well….it really shines through!!

  • This is fab. I’ve just spent the last hour reading this as I’ve been considering doing it for some time, and whilst it doesn’t look easy, it’s do-able.

    Thanks for the blog as it has seriously motivated me to give it a go.

    Keep up the good work, you look amazing xx

    • Aw thanks so much Laura!
      It is alot of work and dedication, but if i can do it, you can totally do it!! It is soo worth it!

      I have learned so much about myself in just the past 4 months and I can’t wait to give Jamie’s program a go, a second time! I know you will LOVE it!!

  • Congrats on your success! I just started day 1 today. I must have done something wrong at breakfast, I made the egg muffins you recommended and ate two of them in a burrito with lettuce and pico, 1 1/2 hours after breakfast, I was starving. I needed up eating the mid-morning snack 2 hours after breakfast. Any suggestions?

  • Thank goodness i stumbled upon your blog!
    I have been wanting to do this JE Live fit for a while now so now that I have read each and every one of your weekly posts I think I am ready. Thanks for breaking it down and sharing your Journey.

    ~Diana

  • This was such a blessing to read! I started a weight loss journey and blog, but now I’m stuck. I’ve been wanting to start JE’s program, but I’ve been SO SO scared. My husband just joined a weight loss challenge at work to start on January 6! It was such an answer to prayer. I’m glad you talked about your tank top too bc I’m gonna order me one to remind me WHY I want this so bad. I want more than anything to honor God with my life and that includes my body. Thanks for your transparency and for being on Pinterest!! Ha! I’m certainly glad I stumbled upon your blog!!

    • alesha_haley@yahoo.com alesha_haley@yahoo.com

      Aw thanks so much for your sweet comments! I know exactly how you feel. It can be overwhelming at first, BUT I promise it is worth it!! Jamie’s program is AMAZING and I am getting ready to do it a second time. I LOVE how every phase builds on the last and she really thinks about what your body needs. I feel so blessed to meet so many amazing people through this journey too!! PLease keep me updated on you & your husbands progress. I know you will do AMAZING!!

  • Wow! Just found your blog and I am so motivated. I am about halfway through livefit. Props for being so diligent with your workouts and diet! Awesome results!

  • So..I’m lying here in bed at 1:50am on a Sunday night reading your blog that I somehow “stumbled” upon (thank you Holy Spirit!!) and I’m crying. I truly believe He just sent me to this page to read your final words about Jamie’s program and life in general. I will turn 30 in September, I’m 5’2, 175lbs and desperate to get healthy. I have tried everything imaginable and would lose weight then would gain it all back. I related to every single word you wrote, truly believe it is Gods appointed time for me (us!) to begin this “clean temple act!” Ha!
    Just felt like sharing that your words made a difference to me ;)
    Be blessed and stay lean!!
    Whitney

    • alesha_haley@yahoo.com alesha_haley@yahoo.com

      WOW!! I want to cry Whitney reading your response!! That means so much! Thank you for your sweet words. It has been challenging for me to put my health first and to actually take ownership. But it has been AMAZING doing so!! I can honestly say it’s a lifestyle change not a diet! I have changed in my mind, body and spirit! And God has amazing things for us, sometimes we just have to work at it. I heard my pastor say when Order is restored, Blessing is released! And that is so true, I had to get my priorities right and then i was BLOWN AWAY by God’s blessings in my life! I formed amazing new friendships and healthy habits and my marriage is even in a better place! I hope that you will LOVE Jamie’s program as much as I do.

      I started a facebook group that now has over 500 women who are joining in on Jamie’s program! I hope you will join, it makes such a difference to have a support team :)

      https://www.facebook.com/groups/573567646070962/

    • Hey Whitney – Have you started the program yet?? I’m planning to start Monday. Wondering if you wanted to do this together and keep in touch throught the journey!! Let me know.. you sounds just like me. I start – stop – start – stop and I’m fed up. I’ve cried and cried because I don’t know what to do to get this going. I want to start this program – I just have no one to start it with. Wonderng if you’ll start it with me and we can keep in touch while doing this program. Let me know.
      Amanda

  • hi! read every weekly recap and LOVED every part of it! found a pin on pinterest with week one and week 12 before and after and it’s one of a few pins I’ve actually clicked on! ha thank you for inspiring me! just have a quick question after researching the whole program and meals and such…it says that veggies are unlimited on the program, just curious why you kept veggies portioned out? I’m starting the program next week!
    blessings, andrea

  • also, did you take all the suppluments that’s suggested? If so, which ones and where’s the best place to get those for a reasonable price?

  • OMG! You look amazing! I can’t believe you stuck through the program without even a “cheat” day! You are super strong. You are the motivation I needed. On the weeks where you said you only lost a pound, or none, you could def. still tell you were losing inches :) congrats!!

  • Did you use the supplements she recommends? I know they sent you some a few times, but you never seemed to mention them in your posts and I’m just wondering if you were consistent about that part of the program too. Thanks! You look great and your journey is definitely inspiring!

    • alesha_haley@yahoo.com alesha_haley@yahoo.com

      I am pregnant now, so I do not use the supplements anymore BUT I did the first round of Jamie Eason. I used the Jamie Eason Live Fit Stack. BCAA’s, protein powder, multi vitamin, & fish oil. I really think the BCAA’s helped with muscle soreness. Hope that helps :)

  • A friend of mine did this trainer a couple years ago and she absolutely loved it , I really wanted to try it, but was super intimidated. But after seeing your posts about the whole 12 weeks, I think I can do this!! You’re such an inspiration, thanks for sharing, I think this starts Monday for me :)

  • Wow girl. Im impressed. I am always looking for inspiration for this program. You are it!
    I start today! Planned all my food this weekend and eating little turkey muffins like crazy. Sweet potatoes and asparagus.
    Excellent.

  • I am IN LOVE with your blog! I am starting week 4 in a few short hours and I was getting really discouraged, so I went looking for some inspiration. I found YOU and I’m so glad I did. I have been pairing my Advocare products with mostly clean eating (a few cheats here and there) and the workouts. The first two weeks, my pounds were melting off and I was very encouraged. For some reason now, my pounds are dropping and I’m getting discouraged. There are a few things I’ve done different from the plan and I’m worried I’ve messed it all up. 1) I was worried to death about waiting until Phase 2 to start cardio because I didn’t think I would be able to go straight to 30 minutes of cardio, so I’ve been doing about 12-16 minutes of light cardio every time I go to the gym. 2) I didn’t realize until I read your blog that I have been lifting enough weights at all. If it were not for my cardio, I don’t think I would even be breaking a sweat during my workout. Now I feel like I’ve messed it all up and I’m wondering if I should start over at week one or just fix my mistakes this next week and start fresh with Phase 2. Thoughts? I can’t stress enough how much your blog has encouraged me! Thank you and you look amazing!! Congrats on the baby girl btw. ;)

    • alesha_haley@yahoo.com alesha_haley@yahoo.com

      Hi Ashley!

      Thanks so much for your sweet words! Im so glad my journey could help :) I think I would just continue on to phase 2. And honestly alot of people still do cardio in the first phase. I think you can taylor this program to fit your own lifestyle. And I wasn’t lifting very heavy at all in the first phase. I didnt even break a sweat most days, so your not alone. Phase 2 and 3 definitly bump it up a NOTCH!

      You’re doing great and just remember its a lifestyle not a diet, so its going to take time.

      And thank you for the congrats.. we are soooo excited to meet our little girl :)

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