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Losing the Baby Weight - Body After Baby 16 Week Check-In

Body After Baby Series

I've decided to only do measurements every 4 weeks. Since I hadn't taken them since week 12 I'm pretty excited to see the progress I'm making! I'll get to my weekly weight and stats first...

Weight: starting-196 current-191.6
Bust: starting-44.5 current-43.5
Waist: starting-37 current-36
Hips: starting-44 current-43.5
Clothing Size: starting-13/14 current-so close to a 12!

Now we're talking! I definitely feel in a fat loss groove. 

Size 12?!
Forever ago (OK, it's only been a year-ish, but it seems like a lifetime ago), when I reached a size 8, I gave away all of my bigger sizes. I didn't want to keep the 'safety net' clothes. Just didn't seem like a good mindset for me. BUT, I did keep a pair of size 12 jeans that were my 'before Paleo' jeans. Not going to lie, right now I'm so glad I did that. I wore them yesterday (they're a tad tight). Yes, that felt pretty good.

Jillian Michael's DietBet 
I didn't lose as much as I'd hoped this week and have 3.2 pounds left to win my DietBet. That will be a challenge, but I'm going to give it all I've got! Mostly because I want the shoes. Yes, pink running shoes motivate me, who knew? But also because I set a goal with that dietbet and I don't want to give it all I've got.

2013 Year-End Goals
I've mentioned I was making some year-end goals and thought I'd share them here for accountability! 

170 pounds. There's roughly 10 weeks until 2014. My goal is to lose 2 pounds a week through the end of the year. I've been very gentle with myself this first 16 weeks. My main focus has been on letting my body adjust and heal post-baby. While this is a big goal I feel totally up to it. I'm getting sleep, my body is getting stronger (can we celebrate that I did a proper burpee for the first time post-baby the other day??), and I just all around feel ready to kick some butt!

3 miles. Since resuming running post-baby I've only ran a mile non-stop. I can do intervals for 2 or 3 miles, but I want to run non-stop for 3 miles by 2014. No focus on how fast, just RUN the whole 3 miles. I'm actually a little sad that I have to make that goal. I made a goal years ago to always be in shape to run a 5k whenever I wanted. BUT, I am where I am. I WILL get back.

200,000. I don't usually share much behind the scenes blog/business stuff, but I want to share this. I have a goal to hit 200,000 pageviews on FitViews in January. This is a year-end goal because I have to put in the work now for that goal to come to fruition in January. I've never hit the 200,000 mark in a month and want to crush it in January. (Come back and visit in January?)

When the ball drops for 2014 what do you want to look back and be proud of?

Functional Fitness Training: At-Home Kettlebell Workout

Disclaimer: Rage Fitness sent me a kettlebell and Dick's Sporting Goods provided me with the video below.
what is functional fitness

Why do I want to be fit?

The purpose of fitness in my life has evolved quite a bit the past few years. While fitness was once simply about burning calories, it's about much more these days. Yes, yes I'm focused on losing the baby weight right now, but I don't workout simply to get skinny. I workout so that I can run, jump, and play with my kids for years to come. I workout so that I can throw a 50 lb bag of chicken feed over my shoulder and carry it from the car. I workout so that I can haul a 60 lb hay bale across the field and throw it on the trailer. Our homesteading shenanigans demand that I'm able to work hard in my daily life. Unfortunately, since having Baby O, I'm not quite up to par for many of these tasks. Functional fitness can help me with all of that.

Fitness is about keeping up with this guy.

What is functional fitness training?

To me, functional fitness is training for life

Functional fitness training is a total-body regimen that uses multiple muscle groups in an integrated way to challenge the body to work as a whole. Functional fitness has a strong focus on core strength, flexibility, coordination, and balance.

It's basically the opposite of isolation training. Functional exercises tend to be multi-joint and multi-muscle exercises that replicate functional movements. The focus is on training the body to handle real-life activities in real-life positions instead of lifting a certain weight in an idealized posture as a gym machine does. Functional fitness is about teaching our muscles to work together instead of isolating them to work independently.

All of this works together to make us strong and capable for life. It can make everyday activities easier and reduce our risk for injury, and therefore improve our overall quality of life.

Sign me up...

My first venture into training with a kettlebell at-home:

Video courtesy of Dick's Sporting Goods. Special thanks to Chris Lindley!

I did 10 reps of each move to start and whoa, I'm feeling it!

My new toys

Shhh, if hubby is looking for his sledge hammer, you haven't seen it...
Rage Fitness (a local Colorado company, woo!) makes everything you could think of needing for functional fitness training and is available at Dick's Sporting Goods. I do believe these are next on my list:

Pull Up Assist System
(Oh yes, I will get that pull-up in 2014!)

Stackable Plyo Box

14 lb medicine ball

I realize that most people don't have to haul 50 lb bags of feed or 60 lb hay bales, but functional fitness training can help us all in whatever our daily tasks require! Bottom line: it's fitness for living, not living for fitness.

Could you use a little more functional fitness in your life?

Body After Baby - Losing the Baby Weight - 15 Weeks Postpartum Weigh in

Body After Baby Series Week 15

15 Weeks?! Oh. My. 

There may have been a bit of a freak-out in these parts recently. It hit me that 2013 is coming to a close soon and I'm NOT content with the effort I've been putting forth in many areas of my life. I am NOT letting the year close without doing something about that. 

Consequently I've been working on some year-end goals. Goals for my health and fitness as well as for my blog business and some other family goals. Even with the holidays looming there's so much I still want to accomplish before the New Year!

DietBet Update
I weighed in Sunday for an unofficial DietBet weigh in...


Not bad. Progress FINALLY!

When I log on to DietBet it tells me I have 14 days to lose 4.2 pounds. Totally doable.

After hearing Chalene Johnson talk about rewarding ourselves for meeting goals (in her 30 Day Push online challenge) I decided that was something I wanted to try. I've never really done that sort of thing. SO, if I meet my DietBet goal:

My incentive.
THESE will be mine! I've been drooling over these shoes for so so long. Seriously, some of the sizes are selling out. Fingers crossed there are still 9's in 2 weeks!

Lane Shift
I've decided there will be a bit of a lane shift with my workouts. No issues with Body Revolution, I just want to do something different for a while. 

First, as a fitness blogger, I get sent tons of DVDs to review. And since FitViews was originally a play on fitness reviews...well, there needs to be some more of that around here! I will be working on getting more DVD reviews up the next few weeks. I'm also going to start a new series on my You Tube channel called Rapid Reviews. A complete DVD review in under 2 minutes. You know how I love to talk, wish me luck with that!


The awesome folks at RAGE Fitness sent me a kettlebell. I do believe there is going to be more functional fitness in my life. Oh. Yes. More on that Monday.

And third: there needs to be more running. If I'm going to meet my What's Beautiful goal there needs to be more focus on my running. Lately when everything doesn't fall into place perfectly I have skipped runs and done something else.

It's ON
My major epiphany for the week has been this: I have not been giving my best in several areas of my life. No more coasting. It's. ON.

I'm curious, do you set up rewards for reaching your goals?

Paleo-Friendly Halloween Treats: Dark Chocolate Almond Bites

Disclaimer: Blue Diamond sent me the almonds that were inspiration for this recipe.

This is a super easy Paleo treat recipe.

For these Dark Chocolate Almond Bites you will need:

1 Cup Blue Diamond Whole Natural Almonds
2 Bars Alter Eco Blackout
Coconut oil
Candy Molds or waxed paper (I used Jell-O molds I had from the days I used to make Jell-O Jigglers for Halloween)

In your double boiler (or fancy like me and a saucepan filled less than half with water and a mixing bowl on top):

Break up the Alter Eco Blackout chocolate and melt.

Stirring as needed. 

Next, rough chop the Blue Diamond Whole Natural Almonds. (You can chop them finer, but I prefer them really chunky for this.)

Remove the chocolate from heat once melted and stir in the almonds.

Grease your molds with the coconut oil and add in the chocolate mixture. (If you don't have candy molds you can just make 'drops' on waxed paper.) Put filled molds in the refrigerator for about an hour.

And done!

For more Paleo Halloween fun check out my Paleo Pops recipe!

Paleo Pops: Kid-Friendly Halloween Treats

Disclaimer: Blue Diamond provided the almonds that were inspiration for this post.
Paleo-Friendly, Kid-Approved Halloween Treats

What do Paleo families do about Halloween? Well, I can't speak for all Paleo families, but I can speak for mine! 

Our kids do go trick or treating to a few houses of friends and family. They are allowed to keep (and eat) a bit of the very non-Paleo candy as well. However, they are also provided with plenty of Paleo-friendly treats around here. Hubby and I choose to stick to only the Paleo-friendly treats.

OK, enough, chit-chat...

For these Paleo Pops you will need:

2 Cups Whole Natural Blue Diamond Almonds
2 Tablespoons Raw Local Honey
1 1/2 Bars Alter-Eco Blackout Chocolate (use your favorite, but I prefer this brand as it's the cleanest I've found. They are 2.82 ounces)
Lollipop sticks (I found mine at Hobby Lobby)
Parchment or Waxed Paper and a try or cookie sheet

If you choose to decorate you will need:
Plastic Wrap
Black and White Tissue Paper
Black Pipe Cleaners
Wiggly Eyes
String or White Floral Wire

Blend the almonds about 2 minutes on lowest setting in your food processor.

Add the honey and blend two more minutes, or until it will come together to form balls nicely and hold its shape.

Measure out 1 or 2 Tablespoons to form balls. We did 2 Tablespoon size. This will make 12 servings. 1 Tablespoon size will make 24 small pops.

Shape into balls and insert lollipop sticks.

In your double boiler break up the Alter Eco chocolate and melt slowly. Stirring as needed. I don't have a double boiler and so just use a small metal mixing bowl and sauce pan filled less than half with water.

Remove from heat and coat each Paleo Pop with chocolate.

Cover a cookie sheet or tray with parchment paper or waxed paper.

Refrigerate about an hour, or until set.

You can of course serve them just like this.

Oh my, what's that pumpkin? A preview
of tomorrow's post perhaps?!
Or you can choose to decorate. This makes a fun craft to do with your kids. First, wrap each pop in plastic wrap.

For the spider:
Cut the black tissue paper into 6 inch sqares. Wrap the pops with the tissue paper. Then, wrap the pipe cleaners around the stick to form legs. Next simply glue on the wiggly eyes.

For the ghosts:
(If you cut the excess chocolate off your ghosts to form a proper circle they won't have flat heads. I didn't do that.) Cut the white tissue paper into 8 inch squares. Take 2 squares and stagger them, then wrap each pop. Tie with string or floral wire and then glue on the wiggly eyes.

 Delicious and FUN!