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Here's me, jumping on the bandwagon...

As I've said before, I don't usually do New Year's Resolutions because it seems like they don't mean much. You make a resolution, make a big deal of it, then completely break it a week later. But this year, what the heck! I am however structuring them as doable, workable goals, with actions I will take to achieve them. Here goes, my 2010 Resolutions in true geek style they are in outline form:
I. Lose 40 lbs
  A. I will consistently track calories consumed
  B. I will workout 5 or 6 days every week
  C. I will keep blogging for accountability
II. Improve my 5k time
  A. I will incorporate more speed workouts in my routine
  B. I will run 2 or 3 times every week
III. FINISH a writing project
  A. I will try working from an outline :p
  B. I will write at least 3 days per week
IV. Improve my Japanese
  A. I will continue taking Japanese with my oldest son
  B. I will practice, practice, practice.
V. Get rid of the rest of my packrat tendencies
  A. I will continue giving away ANYTHIN…

2010 Here We Come...

I hope everyone has fun plans for New Year's Eve. My 6 year old has announced he is going to stay up 'til midnight! So we are having a mini New Year's Eve party with our little boys and taking bets when they crash, lol. Most likely will be me and hubby ringing in the New Year, but that's just fine with me.
Just a note: One of my primary goals of this blog is to tell you about the products out there to help you avoid flushing money down the diet toilet. So, as this time of year is often people's new beginning with their weight loss/healthy lifestyle goals I will be bumping up the review postings for about a week. I hope you enjoy and find them helpful.
I'll be back later with my resolutions for 2010. I don't generally make those, but what the heck.

It begins...

I was sitting watching TV last night and realized, it has begun...the whole New Years Resolution, Weight Loss/Fitness Products Media BONANZA.


This time of year always makes me smile. We all get inundated with commercials for Special K, Weight Watchers, diet pills that claim you can sit on your butt and take this pill and the fat will melt away, and the fitness gadget of the moment. You name it, it's got an infomercial, TV commercial, newspaper ad, or store display. TV shows begin showing special segments on fitness, weight loss, living healthy, etc. even the news will jump on the bandwagon.


It makes me smile because it is funny to me that everyone will spend a short time uber focused on things I work hard to focus on all year round. The media gives this huge push, to sell products I'm sure, to get everyone going on this whole emotional high. "let's all do this!" But that wears off. And the media attention fades. And the commercials become sparse. The prices of Sp…

Frustration

Got up at 5 am to try a new workout I'll be reviewing on here. Jari Love's Get Ripped 1000. Now, I always try workouts through Netflix before I buy them. Been burned a couple times and even if it's $10 I hate feeling like I just threw it out the window. The only drawback to this system is that sometimes the DVDs are scratched. Which was the case this morning. About halfway through the workout my DVD player began spitting out the DVD. No matter what I tried I could not get it to play the rest. I'm not so much frustrated that my workout got cut short as I am that I don't know how I'm going to review the workout. It's $12.49 on Amazon I think. Maybe I'll bite the bullet and buy it. It does look like a workout I'm going to like. Sort of rambling here, lol. So my workout log will reflect half a Jari Love workout ;) and I will figure the rest out later. Have a great day!

Don't you ever let 'em tell you you can't!

Because you can!
Just because you are overweight does not mean you can't. I am so tired of hearing that! Let me tell you, for one thing, you can work out. Hard too. I know there are health considerations, etc. And, yes always check with your doctor. But if you are basically healthy don't hold yourself back or let someone else hold you back! Be careful, get educated on how best to do things: strength training, exercises, race training, etc. But let me tell you, I ran a marathon last May. Yes, chubby me RAN a marathon. That's 26.2 miles baby! I trained for months and I did it. I only lost 10 lbs during training, but so what?! I ran a marathon. That is something I will always be proud of. I will probably try to run another one sometime for a better time :) My point being that dangit, you can do anything you set your mind to! You might get there quickly or gradually, but set your goals and let's go!
I don't say any of this to brag, or say I'm so great, but as an exa…

Like a Battlefield

You know that Jordin Sparks song Battlefield? I was listenning to that this morning thinking, weight loss is like a battlefield.
Watch out for those cookie mines...look out for that chocolate...sneak past the caramel macchiato to get the skinny latte...take cover, it's mom's cooking...uh-oh the holidays...bring in reinforcements...pms time, retreat!
There are times it feels like less of a battle, but those times always seem to go and the battle returns. I had a relatively easy time through the holidays, but then pms hit and I needed chocolate to soothe that beast, lol. I got up early this morning to workout and didn't. So now I need to battle myself to the treadmill. I've skipped too many days around Christmas not to. I ate too much last night and again this morning. Gotta battle myself to start logging those calories to keep me in line.
It is a battle worth fighting, and a battle I will win, but a battle nonetheless. I've been reading a few blogs on people in main…

UGH...when will I learn?!

Just ate past full. I have not done that in a while, but ugh it feels terrible! I ate two burritos because I'm USED to eating two burritos. Not because I was that hungry, or even really wanted them. And now I have that yucky, bloated, uncomfortably full feeling. ICK. OK, deep breath. Live and learn. Icky stuffed full feeling, bad. Pleasantly satisfied full feeling, good. Will work on that.

The Biggest Loser: The Workout - Last Chance Workout Review

This DVD gets 4 stars from me. It is a great workout! Definitely a workout I'll be doing for a while.

For this workout you will need:
A set of handweights (beginners use lighter weights, more advanced exercisers can use heavier weights)
A mat if you're working out on a hard floor.


This latest installment from The Biggest Loser: The Workout series is lead by Jillian Michaels. The Last Chance Workout section of the DVD is 'HIIT' or high intensity interval training. In circuits you will move from a strength move (such as hammer curls standing on one leg) for about 30 seconds to a cardio move (like jumping rope) for about 30 seconds. It is a tough workout, it moves quickly from one move to the next with little lag time. You will sweat and burn those calories. There are no ab only exercises such a crunches, Jillian seems to prefer engaging the core throughout the workout; utilizing plank type moves, etc. 

The Upper Body Sculpt and Lower Body Tone sections are mostly strength mov…

Merry Christmas

Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas!!
My holiday strategy since Thanksgiving has been this: I work out more often and at a higher intensity the 2 weeks prior to a holiday. I also try to watch my nutrition carefully. I work out as much as I can through the holidays. But I also allow myself what I want at special occassions. Not a pigout fest here, but I pick the things I really want and that I really enjoy and skip the rest. If I really want waffles with whipped cream at the family breakfast, that's what I have. But I skip the sugary juices and bacon, etc that isn't that big a deal to me.
Usually I can get through without a gain. Feeling deprived is the beginning of the end to me, and this avoids that completely. Hope this is helpful.

Sparkpeople.com review * * * *

Sparkpeople.com as well as Sparkpeople mobile gets four stars from me. LOVES this site. The best part? It's completely free! No dollars flushed down the diet toilet here.
Basically, you can go to http://www.sparkpeople.com/ and sign up ( for free, lol) and they will customize a weight loss plan for you. They focus on gradual, healthy weight loss, no crash diets here. You enter your weight and weight loss goals, how much you want to work out, etc and they spit out all the numbers for you.
The nutrition tracking is very thorough. You can have them suggest a menu for you, or you can set up your own menu staying in the calorie range they suggest. I go with my own food plan and enter the complete nutritional information on the foods I eat and save them to my Favorites for easy access later. One of the reasons for a missing star in my rating is that I have noticed some of the nutrition info is a bit off.  If you just want a rough estimate of your calories that is great, but I want to kno…

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KETO Cocktails: The Lemon Drop

I love a good glass of red wine now and then, I mean it's practically a health food, right? ;) But sometimes I just want a cocktail. I'm all for moderation and having a drink now and then, but I'm just not down with the calorie, carb, and sugar counts of some of my favorites. Seriously, have you ever looked them up? Eek. So, I've set to work at converting my favorite cocktail recipes to be more keto diet friendly!

The first cocktail recipe I'm tackling is the keto lemon drop. I used to love these, but haven't had one in years because of the sugar in them. In my early twenties I had a friend who used to make them for me all the time. We would have a shaker full of these, a good dinner, and a chick flick on a weeknight, it was kind of bliss. Her recipe called for so. much. SUGAR though! Looking back I think she may have used a wee bit more sugar than most, but they were really good.





I think my keto-ized recipe comes pretty dang close to those delicious memories! It…

Paleo Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamer Recipe

It's just not the holidays for me without a Starbucks peppermint mocha (or white chocolate peppermint mocha, mmm). I generally splurge once or twice during the holiday season with the real thing. Since going keto paleo, however, I'm not sure if I will. Sometimes the sugar just isn't worth it!


Problem is I like them, miss them, and would really enjoy them all season long!
So..... I decided I wanted to tackle the peppermint mocha and come up with Paleo-friendly version. With this simple recipe, I can have a peppermint mocha anytime.


Not only is this recipe Paleo, but it's also Whole30, gluten-free, vegan, primal, and 100% junk-free. Paleo Peppermint Mocha RecipeIngredients:
1 can Organic Canned Coconut Milk(Regular, NOT light. Seriously, ew.)
1/3 cup Organic Cocoa Powder
2 to 3 Tablespoons Organic Grade B Maple Syrup (Optional, leave out for keto or Whole30.)
1/2 to 1 teaspoon Organic Peppermint Extract(Depending how pepperminty you like it. I do 1/2 teaspoon)
1 teaspoon Organic …

Keto Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamer Recipe

It's just not the holidays for me without a Starbucks peppermint mocha (or white chocolate peppermint mocha, mmm. Swap recipe for that coming soon ;) In the past I've splurged once or twice during the holiday season with the real thing. However, now that I've been keto for over a year I know that the sugar load will likely have me not feeling great post-mocha. Is it worth it? I don't know...

Plus, I really, really like them and would love to have them all season long!

Hoping for a solution I picked up some ready made sugar-free peppermint mocha creamer at the grocery store, shuddered at the ingredient list, and promptly put it back down. Yuck. So I decided I wanted to tackle the peppermint mocha and come up with a dairy-free, sugar-free, Keto friendly version. It took some trial and error, but I think I've got it! Now I can have a keto peppermint mocha anytime.


Not only is this recipe Keto, but it's also paleo, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and sugar-f…

Jillian Michaels BodyShred Full Review

I have to say my two months of BodyShred flew by! It seems like I just started yesterday. Ah, time flies while you're having fun. Right? OK, in this full review post, I hope to give you a good overview of exactly what the BodyShred program is as well as my thoughts and opinions on the program. So, is Jillian Michaels BodyShred hype or help? Let's chat...



Jillian Michaels BODYSHRED is Jillian's latest total-package fitness program. This set includes:


What's in the box:BodyShred Fitness Guide
BodyShred Meal Plan
BodyShred Rotational Calendar
BodyShred "Let Them See You Sweat" Workout Towel
DVDs-
     8 - Shred Style Circuit Workouts
       1. Launch
       2. Rise
       3. Amplify
       4. Escalate
       5. Conquer
       6. Triumph 
       7. Zenith
       8. Apex
     2 - Straight Cardio Workouts
       1. Fire Up
       2. Ignite
    Plus, bonus workout Opus and a disc on the cast and teaching the moves. So, a total of 12 DVDs are included in this set.


The BodyShred Workouts

KETO Pumpkin Pie Cream Cheese Pancakes

I have gone back and forth with low carb since I was 24. I feel better when eating keto and I definitely have good progress with weight loss when I eat that way, but it can be a challenge to stick with. As I get older I find that the feeling better part of being low carb has become my driving motivation for sticking to it. I'm completely committed to keto now and that has me finding new ways to stick with it!

Ways such as keto pancakes. Say what-what? Yes. Low carb pumpkin pancakes no less. And? They're pretty darned yummy...

Whether you're seriously bored with your egg fast or just a low carb or keto style eater these Pumpkin Pie Cream Cheese Pancakes are for you! With only 5 grams of carbs for the ENTIRE RECIPE they'll fit nicely into your plan. They're a quick and super easy breakfast option. Plus, yes, they're delicious! And oh so appropriate for pumpkin spice season. Oh, who am I kidding, I eat them year-round.

This recipe makes 3 or 4 decent sized pancakes a…

Easy Paleo Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Growing up the only encounter I had with sweet potatoes was at Thanksgiving dinner. I hesitate to even call them sweet potatoes though. They were more like sugar coated sugar, with a side of sugar. Seriously!
The recipe was to coat a baking dish in margarine, add diced sweet potatoes, top with more margarine and a healthy heaping of brown sugar. Bake. And then? At the end you top the whole thing with a bag of marshmallows and bake again.
Blech! Needless to say I was never fond of sweet potatoes.
When I first went paleo I decided to reacquaint myself with sweet potatoes. They’re a great paleo-friendly carb source. I must confess the thought made me shudder, but I persevered. I tried them simple. Baked. I was so shocked. They're so good!
Now, I love sweet potatoes. They’re a go-to side dish for family dinners. Not only are they delicious, but they’re good for us and easy to make. The funny thing about sweet potatoes is they taste amazing all on their own. When it comes to sweet potato r…

KETO Hot Cocoa Pancakes

OK, I know I've been on quite the low carb pancake tangent lately, but THESE! Seriously, these are yummtastic. Yummazing? Ya, they're really good. They just might be my favorite recipe I've ever done. Ever. OK, that might be my paleo apple crisp recipe, but that's not low carb...ooo, I wonder if I could tweak that low carb...

That would be brilliant!

You know, bloggers area always talking seo this and seo that (seo stands for search engine optimization if you're not a blogger) and I'm just over here yammering. I'm pretty sure when google's spider crawlers (anyone shiver at that word picture? eesh) get to FitViews they just think, "Yeesh, move along. Nothing to see here." Ha ha ha!

Anyway, pancakes. KETO Hot Cocoa Low Carb Pancakes no less. So good. 


As I've mentioned before I'm back to low carb (keto actually) and developing new recipes to make it easier to stick with. I find I just plain feel great when I eat ketogenic, and I definitely h…

Cinnamon Vanilla KETO Coffee Creamer Recipe

There are tons of keto coffee creamer products flooding the market right now. Some are fantastic options. Some chock full of nasty ingredients. But most of them are on the pricey side.

I decided to work on some clean, more budget-friendly, keto coffee creamer recipes we can easily make at home! (Check out my Keto Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamer too.)⠀

This dairy-free Cinnamon Vanilla Keto Coffee Creamer is definitely one of my favorites. I just love cinnamon coffees. They're delicious. Plus, cinnamon is supposed to be good for blood sugar control. Win-win.


Keto Cinnamon Vanilla Coffee Creamer ⠀⠀☕☕☕ ⠀

INGREDIENTS⠀⠀1 can (13.66 oz) Canned Coconut Cream
2 teaspoons Organic Saigon Cinnamon⠀
2 teaspoons Organic Pure Vanilla⠀⠀
Low Carb Sweetener to taste, generally 5 to 10 packets OR 5 to 15 drops monk fruit (optional)⠀ ⠀
DIRECTIONS⠀⠀Add all ingredients to your blender. Blend, just until combined. About 30 seconds, scraping the sides if you need to. ⠀
Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 to 7 d…

30 Easy Prep and Pack Whole30 Lunch Recipes

The Whole30Program is amazing. I highly recommend it. Every time I've done a Whole 30 I have felt AMAZING by the end. It's a very empowering experience. It is not however an easy one. Mostly because the food prep can take much more time if you're used to grab and go options. A little planning ahead and you can definitely make it through the 30 days.

When it comes to Whole30 lunches, 3 things worked best for me:


Quick and easy salads.Prepping food on Sunday.Cooking too much at dinner and eating leftovers for lunch the next day.
I thought I'd share 30 of the awesome Whole30 lunch recipes I've found from my favorite bloggers (and a few from me!). I've included all three options I listed above. Some quick and easy salads, some to prep an entire recipe on the weekend and then portion them for lunches that week, and some to be cooked for dinner and the leftovers packed for lunch the next day. Play around and see what works best for you.

This list of 30 Whole30 Lunch Reci…

Hype or Help: Jillian Michaels Body Revolution Final Program Review

*This post contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase items by clicking these links. It costs you no more.
Disclaimer: I received Jillian Michaels Body Revolutionfor review purposes. As always opinions are 100% honest and my own.

After three long months of testing this program I'm finally down to the review! I've had so many questions, and I hope to answer them all here.
So, is it hype or help? Have a seat, let's talk about that...

What you will need for these workouts:
A set of light, medium, and heavy hand weights to suit your ability level.


What's Included with Jillian Michaels Body Revolution: 15 Workout DVDsResistance CableFitness Guide BookFat Burning Meal Plan7 Day Kick-Start Your Metabolism Plan90 Day JournalBookmark
What's in the box? My unboxing video if you want to see it all:
The Body Revolution Diet Plan I've had a lot of questions on what exactly the diet plan for Body Revolution is. Let me break it down... The diet for this program…