When we got back from our trip to Europe I was definitely ready to get back into a regular workout schedule. Eating gelato twice per day (yes, that really happened!), numerous Nutella crepes and our daily pasta dishes in Italy were great while we were there, but with summer quickly approaching I needed something to motivate me and get me back in shape.
After the marathon I had kind of lost my motivation to run – I was a little “over it”. Not that I don’t still love it, I was just ready to try something new and needed something to re-ignite my desire to work out. I was in a bit of a funk and wasn’t doing much of anything for about a month.
I somehow stumbled upon this LiveFit plan by Jaime Eason (I realized later that this thing has been around for a while and I’m late to the party..). When I first saw it I was super excited – then realized it was from Bodybuilding.com. Um, so not my thing…this girl had never lifted weights a day in her life so how the heck could she possibly do a whole plan revolving around it?! I looked it over more thoroughly and saw how simple it was. Here’s what really sold me on this specific plan:
- It was female oriented – and planned by a woman. That brought down the intimidation factor a bunch for me
- The exercises seemed basic and like something I could do at home (although it was designed to be done at a gym, we had enough equipment at home that I would be able to make it work)
- The first month had NO cardio. I am by no means scared of cardio, but I thought this would be the best way for me to switch things up and get excited about something new before feeling like cardio was a “chore”
- The first two weeks only required 4 days, with 3 rest days – just what I needed, something to ease me into it! I know that I wouldn’t want to quit after two weeks so having it get tougher after that was perfect for me.
- The workouts were short – I wouldn’t be spending 90 minutes a day working out. Initially it took me about 30 minutes to get it all done which was good for my schedule and kept me motivated to stick with it
- It’s FREE! Score – perfect for my budget ;)
The Meal Plan
She also includes a really great meal plan, but honestly I’m a food blogger – I knew that it was unrealistic for me to follow this plan. I needed the flexibility to do my usual recipe creation/testing. I looked over her plan and tried to follow her general guidelines. This really worked for me since I don’t do well with restrictions and found it was easier for me to make good decisions throughout the week.
I decided to be a little smarter about what I was eating on a daily basis. I started eating breakfast daily (I’ll be honest I skipped it frequently), loaded up on more veggies, and tried to get a little more protein to help build muscle. I also tried to be mindful of my daily water intake – I don’t consume soda regularly or drink coffee so those weren’t a problem for me. In addition, I really really cut back on my sweets + snacking. I have a bad habit of eating stuff when it’s around so I tried not to keep it near me. I started the plan on Easter evening which made it a little harder given the huge basket of Easter candy on our kitchen table haha – you can bet that got taken out of our house as soon as possible.
I debated whether or not to even share this on the blog, but decided that since I had such success with it, others might find my experiences helpful – and that you don’t have to be a super fit body builder to do a plan like this! LiveFit is perfect for beginners. I’ll be keeping a journal of the day to day workouts with my progress , thoughts and feelings (updated at the end of each week) – as well as a recap of what I thought of each phase. You can get all the details here: