I haven’t been on the blog or social media much the past few days because Claire has been pretty sick. She has a fever, bad cough, and a runny nose. That paired with DST over the weekend was a recipe for a rough couple of days for us both!
Anyway, I finished Phase 2 of LiveFit Trainer over the weekend so I wanted to share my results from the last 4 weeks. My review of Phase 1 is here in case you missed it.
While I certainly enjoyed Phase 1, Phase 2 was definitely much better. I finally learned my way around my gym’s weight room and know how to use all the machines correctly so I could hop to it a lot easier. I also seemed to figure out what weight to use and started not fearing heavier weight but increasing them slightly. I am definitely not bored with this program at all.
happy hour at the bar
Phase 2 incorporates cardio. It honestly just felt really weird to do no cardio in Phase 1. I did do a few runs and lots of walking in Phase 1 but no actual gym cardio time. I used to really dislike cardio, being on the elliptical and such, but I’ve really enjoyed the addition of cardio along with the weight training in Phase 2.
The workouts usually call for 30 minutes of elliptical trainer at the end of a weights session a few times a week. I cut it short to 25 minutes most the time because I like to only leave Claire in the day care center for so long. The strength workouts are definitely taking longer too, so I could easily spend an hour and half at the gym now.
Phase 2 Results
My results from this phase were less drastic than Phase 1, at least in terms of measurable numbers. But I think I got much more noticeable results in the past 4 weeks because of the addition of heavier weights for a consistent period of time. I can SEE my muscles now. And possibly the addition of cardio helped, but I don’t think I truly did enough cardio to “lean out” as much as I could have. I’m sure my results are a combo of both.
My results from Phase 2 were:
- NO change in the scale at all, maintaining that number like it’s my job
- gained another .5 inch in my biceps
- lost 2 inches from my waist
- lost .5 inches from my calves
Although the numbers aren’t showing a ton, I see and feel change that isn’t able to be measured in numbers. I know my biggest hold up with seeing more change is in my diet, though. Like I said in Phase 1, I’m not following the prescribed diet plan to go with LiveFit Trainer.
I keep telling myself I want to track my macros, because I know that if I ate the right portions of fat/protein/carbs, that could make all the difference. It’s been a huge adjustment to go from working out at home to going to the gym sometimes 6 days a week now. The diet part will come but too much change at once never works well for me.
I made the addition of Jamie Eason’s Lean Body For Her products in this phase. I thought they would motivate me to clean up my diet more. That didn’t really work 😉
Lean Body for Her Supplements
I got a bundle with two protein powders, multivitamins, fish oil pills, and an anti-bloat pills. This is my new favorite protein powder for sure. It is literally the best tasting protein ever. No chalky or gritty taste or weird aftertaste. It uses REAL sugar (only 4g per serving), which I like because I don’t want anything fake and stevia tastes like barf to me.
The chocolate one tastes like an actual chocolate milkshake and I like combining the vanilla one with PB2 that tastes like a peanut butter milkshake. #notkidding So I will definitely be keeping the protein powder in my regimen.
As for the other supplements, I like the vitamin and fish oil. It’s the first fish oil I’ve taken without the nasty fish burps after! The anti-bloat pill is interesting. It’s mostly ginger and herbs, so part of me is like, why bother with something with a higher price tag if it’s “just” herbs. But the first night I took this, I literally woke up and was like My stomach is FLAT. No, this is not a miracle diet pill. But I have noticed that if I’m already eating clean (it has to start with diet!) then taking these REALLY helps with bloat and makes my midsection feel flat.
Onto Phase 3
I’m definitely going to finish the program, but Phase 3 is already off to a rocky start. I wasn’t able to go to the gym this week yet since Claire is sick. And over the weekend we are taking a trip and possibly traveling next week too, so I’ll once again be without a gym. I’m just going to resume it as soon as we get back and do as much at-home on-the-go workouts as I can while I’m away.
Phase 3 incorporates 30 minutes of sprinting for cardio at the end of 3-4 workouts, which I have to say I’m probably going to skip or modify and do HIIT on the elliptical instead. Sorry, I just HATE treadmill running, especially sprinting. The workouts also incorporate a lot more cardio-based moves like mountain climbers, jump squats, etc. I’m excited about that addition. For the diet plan, you are also supposed to carb cycle. At first, I was like no way am I going to do that, since I already wasn’t following the diet plan. But I’d really love to finish this program with a bang, especially since that’ll be right before I arrive in Hawaii. If I can get my crap together when I get back from our travels, I think I’m going to give a try but modify it and not include so many low-carb days (sounds too drastic for where my diet is currently at).
I’m excited to finish it out strong, regardless of how that works into my schedule. Next review I’ll try to show another before/after shot and recap the program as a whole.
Questions for You:
- Have you ever taken your measurements and compared before and after?
- Have you tried supplements before? If so, do you have any favorite ones?