During my last couple weeks of X2 I began researching other programs. I wanted to have a plan ready for when I finished. By this point Justin had stocked our garage with barbells, dumbbells, plate weights, a bench and had made his own squat rack. He had been trying for weeks to get me to workout with him, but I always refused…pretty adamantly in fact. I had no desire to lift weights, after all, I didn’t want to look like a man, I just wanted to be toned and fit looking. I wanted to be sexy again, damnit! I noticed that Justin was often on www.bodybuilding.com reading articles and looking at success stories so I decided I would check it out. To my surprise, I found that there were several beautifully cut women that lifted weights and didn’t look manly. I used the Find a Plan tool and that’s when I came across Jamie Eason LiveFit 12 Week Trainer. It had all the components I was looking for…meal plan, workout schedule, instructions and results. As an added bonus (for Justin) it would mean that he would get his wish; I would have to work out with him in the garage.

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After the first couple of days, I could hardly walk. Everyone at work was asking if I had re-injured myself. I hadn’t, I was just that sore! I could barely sit on the toilet, lift my arms, get into bed….It was fantastic. I’m all about good pain, good pain means progress, and progress gets me that much closer to my goal! The meal plan was easy enough to understand. The food was simple, clean and there was plenty of it. I seriously felt like I was constantly eating and thought that I had to be reading the portions wrong! It wasn’t long before I reached the realization that Justin was right….in order to be fit, you have to eat. Food is fuel, but you have to be smart about it and make the right choices. Yes, I said Justin was right, I realize this is documented for all to see, but that’s okay….just this once!

I was a bit leery about no cardio during the first phase, but I also knew that my ankle could use the break, so I restrained myself from trying to run. Jamie considers this the muscle-endurance phase. Generally speaking, you do 3 set of 12 reps at medium to heavy intensity. This is so you can prepare your muscles to endure what you are about to conquer in Phase 2…the intense building phase.

Phase 2 is meant for you to gain as much muscle as possible. This means heavier weight, some serious intensity and the addition of cardio. I was so ready for cardio at this point. I was really worried I had waited too long and forgotten how to run again! Luckily, my feet could still carry me 3 miles without any near-death experiences, so all was well.

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Phase 3, Jamie’s cutting phase. This was my favorite and least favorite phase. Favorite, because I loved the workouts. They were fast-moving, fun and intense! My least favorite part was the carb cycling. Wow is that hard! I love my carbs, a lot, but I don’t think I realized how much until this phase. It is crazy how much it affected my mood too. I felt like the Incredible Hulk at times! I’m really glad I endured the carb cycling because I could really tell a difference in my body composition. As much as I disliked it, I would do it again. For sure!

I have officially completed the program (02.24.13) and although the numbers on the scale didn’t budge, I can confidently say that I feel sexier, more toned, stronger and energized like I never have before. I feel like I can do anything, wear anything and I’m 31 with two kids!

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So what’s next? I’m taking a week off! Well, I say that, but I’ll wake up at 4 like I do every morning and indulge in some much needed yoga. I can’t wait! In the mean time, I plan to create my own 12 week program that incorporates weight lifting because I’m officially hooked.

Looking back, it has been an eventful year for me. I can’t believe how far I’ve come and how much I have learned about fitness, food and myself. I am excited to continue this journey to combine my new found passion for fitness with my long time love of food and hope to inspire and be inspired by a few people along the way!

What’s Next for Mrs. Hess…

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