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"Do, or do not…there is no try" – Yoda.

265andfalling has a quote on his blog: "Do, or do not…there is no try" – Yoda. Thought that was appropriate for a checking in on resolutions post. Plus, then I get to use my jedi squirrel pic. hee hee.
I jumped on the bandwagon this year and made resolutions (goals) for 2010. January is now done, where did the month go? I thought this would be a good time to check in and see how I'm doing with them. I didn't make them intending for them to be resolutions that go by the wayside in a week. I made them as goals I want to make happen this year.
I. Lose 40 lbs Was 185, Now 179.5

     A. I will consistently track calories consumed I was doing very well with this until I started low carb,    may be altering this a bit. I tend to stick right around      1300-1400 calories on low carb and don't see the need      to be as dilligent tracking, maybe will change to once      a week just to stay on top of things.

     B. I will workout 5 or 6 days every week Did well with this most of…

Don't Let the Door Hit you in the Butt on the Way Out aka Weigh In

Wow, really slept in this morning. Got up and then fell asleep on the couch. Finally got up to weigh in at 6:45. That is hugely sleeping in for me. Normally I'm up at 4:30 or 5. But, not...oh, the weigh in?? That's what you want to hear about?  It was pretty surprising to me.

Got on the scale, and it said: 179.5. Bye bye 180's, it's been real, and it's been fun, but not real fun. Can't say I'll miss ya, and, just being honest, I hope I never see you again. Don't let the door hit ya in the butt on the way out. Hee hee. Had to do that. So, that is 4.5 pounds lost this week. After hanging around 185 for so long, blasting through in one week feels like victory.

Pretty happy about a loss, finally. But mostly, I feel thinner. I feel like I've lost. My pants are getting baggy too. I was walking around Target yesterday thinking, hmmm I feel thinner. Strange thought for me. It's a great thing to notice what my body is doing. After years of not noticing unt…

Grade Me Please!

I had an epiphany last night on Twitter. I know, right, but yes, on Twitter. I was so close to 200 followers I could taste it, so I was on a quest to get up to 200 followers. It was all in good fun, but I started to reflect. Hmm, why do I care if it's 185 or 200, what is the difference really?
I started thinking it had something to do with my little ms. overachiever tendencies. Then I hopped over to my blog, I've topped 40 followers, yippeee! (and welcome new followers) But, why does that number excite me so?
Back over to Twitter where I'm discussing a site I found called sitemeter. It basically tracks how many people visit your blog, what states, countries they're from, etc. My inner geek is loving this! It could be very addicting for me. Apparantly no more bacon says google analytics is better. But for now my inner tech geek is satisfied with sitemeter. Back to my story...
I am thrilled watching the sitemeter numbers go up. I even requested my Twitter friends go to my s…

The Low Carb Diet vs The Helpful Hubby

Today I was having a rough day. A bad day even. Completely PMSing. Letting my attitude take over. Very cranky with my poor hubby before he left for work and once on the he came home for lunch and brought in this:

Not the Skinny Vanilla Latte I usually get, but a Skinny Caramel Macchiato. I'm assuming that means it has caramel sauce. Hello sugar. He usually has it in his phone what I drink, but apparantly accidentally erased it. How he came up with this, I'm not sure. But it was meant in love, so I will appreciate that.
Then, he went back to his car and:

TWO Dove dark chocolate bars. Now, this man knows the only thing that tames the PMS beast around here is really dark chocolate. I usually go for the good, high percentage choc, low sugar stuff. But again, he doesn't always notice the little details, and it was meant in love.
My wonderful husband in his sweet heart brought me coffee and chocolates to help with my PMS.
After the guilt subsided and he left I sat here for…

Weight Loss Friendly Pizza Recipes

I have two pizza recipes for you today, the first is my low carb crustless pizza (I know, weird) and the second a lower fat/lower calorie (compared to normal pizza) recipe from my sister.  You can plug either of these recipes into and enter the number of slices you'll cut it into and get complete nutritional info. Let me know if you do, I'd be interested how they come out!

Low Carb Crustless Pizza Now, this is my recipe, and I've told you before how I cook, so, here goes: In a skillet I drizzle a miniscule amount of olive oil, then add half an onion (or a whole onion, if I'm feelin the onion that day) chopped and 2 cloves of garlic minced, and saute a minute. Then I add 2 lbs lean ground beef or ground turkey (just cut recipe down if that's too much for your family). Cook until done, then season with an italian seasoning blend I have and a little salt and pepper. Next I dump in a can of fire roasted diced tomatoes/drained. Cook a bit, then I stop stir…

Lessons Learned From My Husband's T-Shirt

This morning I got up and put on my workout clothes. Something I do most mornings because I am less likely to punk out on my workout if I am already dressed for it. This morning however I had forgotten to lay out a shirt with my workout clothes. Ugh, I did not want to go upstairs to get one and chance waking up my boys. (Quiet time in the morning is a much loved thing to me!) Dug around the laundry room and could only find shirts belonging to my hubby. So I pulled out a white hanes pocket T that I had worn sometimes right after I had my third son.

Have you ever had to do that? Wear your husband's clothes because all of yours were too small? I hated it. I have this thing in my head that I just should not fit into my husband's clothes for any reason...I'm the girl...I'm the wife! I want to look all hot chick like they show in the movies when I wear hubby's shirts; not all, gee, did this come out of my closet or yours? It was really hard and when I lost enough to fit…

I'm Going to Do It...

Low carb that is. I am committing to do my modified version of low carb for the next week and then go from there. I am also reading a couple of books, including The Brown Fat Revolution that I will probably switch to once I get things rolling again. Maybe even a giveaway there (waiting to hear).

I know what makes me feel good and what my body does well with, so that is what I'll do. I just don't particularly enjoy ditching the carbs. I tend to miss my special k, kashi, and wheat thins!! But, I want this weight off more, so here we go.

I am going to include things like: berries, greek yogurt, lots of veggies, lean meats, nuts, etc. I also plan to still track my calories on sparkepeople to see where I end up eating this way more than anything. So far today I'm at about 30 grams of carbs and 1099 calories, with dinner yet to go.

As an aside, if you witnessed my twitterfit this afternoon whilest trying to drum up some followers, sorry, I'm not always that nuts (wink, wink).


Living Healthy on a Budget...Yes, it Can Be Done!

I spoke in a previous post about our tight budget. I thought I would talk a little bit about how I manage to make healthy choices while still staying within that budget. It's not an easy task, but getting to stay at home with my kiddos makes pinching those pennies so worth it.

The first thing I did was go to a written budget. Seeing where everything is actually going is the first step to telling it where it should go!

Next, I began to batten down the hatches. Nothing was safe in my quest for extra dollars. Our home land line was the first thing to get the ax. We all already have cell phones, so why spend $50 MORE a month on a phone we never wanted to answer because it was a salesperson? Out that went. Our satellite plan went down to the bare bones (don't tell my fam, but I've considered cancelling that altogether). We don't buy DVDs very often now, we got Netflix. I only buy books I really want and utilize the library tons. I stopped magazine subscriptions I wasn't …

Weigh In

OK, so I am going to take my own advice for once (isn't that hard sometimes?) and stop obsessing so much about the square contraption in my bathroom!
I weighed this morning, and>>>drumroll>>>184, ba dum bum. Seriously?? Yep. I was 183.5 yesterday when I posted. Had a bad food day, ended up at 1900 (which by all the math shouldn't equate a gain for me)calories yesterday.  So, I am now where I started last week.
Moving on. Thanks so much everyone for weighing in (he he) on the low carb thing, keep the comments coming! It helps to see what others think. Going to try and make a decision today and start my new, whatever, plan tomorrow. I am feeling good, and not down about any of this. I'm mostly in my problem solver mode, like, OK what plan can I make to fix this? Ooh, could their be lists and math and excel sheets involved too?? Yes, my inner geek would adore that!
I will get pictures on as soon as hubby wakes up to take them ;)
Hubby says he sees a difference…

But I Don't WANNA Do Low Carb!!

I say that with my best bratty look on my face and stamping my little Nike clad feet. I don't WANNA do low carb! I don't wanna, I don't wanna, I don't wanna!!

So, weigh in is tomorrow. I snuck a peek this morning, and, ya, ugh. Won't 'spoil' it, but ugh. I'm at a sticky point. I've gotten stuck around 185 every time I've lost weight. (sad it's been so many, but that's another tangent) My body really wants to hang out here! My pants are a little loser and I may go ahead and do pics tomorrow even though the scale hasn't budged much, but come on. I am working my tail off here! I'm used to losing 3 lbs a week with this kind of effort.

I have always had the most success in weight loss through low carb plans. Dropped it like it was hot on Atkins, rocked South Beach, and many times did well on my own made up plan that kept me under 25-30 grams of carbs a day. But eventually always fell off the low carb wagon (usually because of pregnancy)…

I'm a Plant Killer

Tiny confession: I killed another plant. I know, I know, how horrible. You see, I'm the kind of person that tends to get really focused and passionate about things. Tunnel vision is my strong suit. Balance is something that takes work for me. I'm getting better at it, but as the picture glaringly displays, not great yet. This poor little thing used to have lots of big green leaves! But my pants are fitting looser!

Right now I'm obviously very focused on weight loss and all the time consuming things that it entails: counting calories, planning healthy food, workouts, workouts, workouts. Oh, and of course this wonderful blog of mine. I also have all my other daily things to keep up with: my house, homeschooling my kids, etc, etc. So I reckon of all the things to slip through the cracks, this plant wasn't the worst. Forgive me little plant, I loved you while you lasted, we've had some great times, but alas, it wasn't to be.

Surely the Broken Wheat Thins Don't Count??

One of my regular lunches is a can of Campbell's Select Harvest Light Soups with 16 reduced fat Wheat Thins and a wedge of Laughing Cow Light Cheese. Yummy and filling. Well, yesterday I was counting out my 16 wheat thins, and it went like this:

1, 2, oooh broken one (into mouth it went), 3, 4, 5, broken one (into mouth it went), 6, 7, broken one (U guessed it, into mouth it went) 8, 9, 10, broken one WAIT what the heck am I doing?? Epiphany. Figured out part of my plateau problem.

One of my plateau busting goals this week was to be absolutely dilligent in my calorie counting. What I've discovered is this weird game I play in my head. One bite of the kids mac n cheese--don't count that, 3 or 4 broken wheat thins--surely THOSE don't count, a taste of hubby's breakfast...You get the picture. There is a lot getting into my mouth that somehow doesn't count to me. Whole Wheat Thins are the only ones that contain calories? The broken ones are free? Uh, no. Yes, all of… a salad?? Recipe.

My style of cooking is, I throw in a little of this and a little of that and see how it comes out. That being said, I'm giving ingredients, but not exact measurements.
Spinach and Strawberry Salad: A bag of Dole Spring Mix Salad (or your fav) About a half bag (or whole bag if you love) Baby Spinach English Cucumber Slices Lots of Strawberry Slices Top with Strawberry Balsamic Dressing (I use Maple Grove Farms)
This is my fav easy salad. SO low cal and very good for you. This and a grilled chicken breast and I'm good to go for a meal.

Happy 101

Natalia at gave me this:

Because I inspire/motivate here. THANK YOU! I am supposed to tell you 10 things that make me happy and then hand it on to 10 people who inspire/motivate me.
First, I believe it is a choice to be 'happy', so I am going to list 10 things I really enjoy/make me smile:

My Husband

My 3 Boys

My Sister

My Animals: Dog, Cats, Chickens

My New Blogger Friends


Quiet Time Early in the Morning

Coffee, Esspresso, Starbucks, mmmm

Reading, Writing, Books

My Blackberry
Now, 10 people who inspire/motivate me that I'm sending this on to:

The Fruit and Veggie Project Part 1: The Ugli Fruit

I've started a new project with my family. We are calling it The Fruit and Veggie Project. (cue mission impossible music) The mission, and we've already chosen to accept it: Try new fruits and vegetables.

Every time I go shopping I am going to select one, or more, fruits or vegetables we've never had. I figure this will broaden our nutritional horizons and make my weight loss process not so mundane.

First fruit of the project: The Ugli Fruit. We had already devoured it when I remembered I wanted to take pics for this. So, I added pics of the peels; I'll do better next time I promise.

The Ugli Fruit is a very ugly citrus fruit. It's big like a grapefruit and green and all funky looking. I was thinking it was going to taste like a grapefruit and hence not looking forward to said Ugli Fruit. I was pleasantly surprised however. It is a little grapefruit tasting, but sweet like an orange. It has seeds, bummer, but it was extremely juicy.
Water was squirting out of this t…

Plateau Busting

Julie V.'s comment about a plateau really got me thinking. In the past I  thought plateaus were, sorta, bunk. That people had probably just not tracked their calories in as well, or hadn't burned as many calories in their workouts as they thought, or whatever. But, one day of too high calories simply can't explain gaining a pound this week. The weight training MIGHT explain the last two weeks, but I really don't think it's that either. Surely last week I didn't gain EXACTLY the same weight in muscle as I lost in fat?

So, I did a little research on weight loss plateaus. It seems they are fairly common. Thoughts and recommendations seem to vary widely on them, but from what I've read I think I may have actually hit a plateau. Whether or not that's true, it makes me feel better. Like I can be proactive, make a game plan, and fix this. For whatever reason my body likes it at this weight and seems to be hanging on for dear life!

Recommendations I found that I …

This is my scale...this is my scale in mid-air...aka weigh in

OK, didn't really try the whole scale with hang time thing, but was a tiny bit tempted this morning. So, today's weigh in...184. A little stumped. Looked back over my week, had one bad day with calories. The rest were flawless as well as the workouts. While I can't really see an explanation for that pound, I can choose not to let it ruin my mood.

Going on my second week of bad weigh-ins I am thinking I need to get proactive with this. Something needs shaken up, changed, kick-started here. I will keep you posted on what changes I will try.

Any suggestions??

Follower Envy

Ever go to someone's blog, or twitter home page, or facebook page and they have like a bazillion followers? OK, maybe not a bazillion, maybe just a 100 or 200 or 300 or so. And you think wow, good for them, they are so great, of course they have tons of people following them?

Well, I don't. I think gee, I'm jealous.

Ridiculous, I know, but I have follower envy. I am jealous of all of you super wonderful people that have bazillions of people following you. No idea why, really. Possibly a topic to bring up with therapist? Oh, ya, I don't have one. Will do some soul searching on that one for sure. Or not, probably not actually, more pressing issues to search the soul over! Like why I still have a deep, burning desire for peanut butter cup ice cream.

All kidding aside, just thought I'd confess that deep dark secret to all my blogger friends. Do you think less of me now?

Please don't tell me if I'm the only one that's ever had follower envy.

Recovering From a Binge

Normally I wouldn't post again this soon, but after my last post I had a mini melt-down. CRAZY. I got that bingey feeling. If you've ever struggled with this you know exactly what I mean. I cannot remember the last time I felt that way. Honestly, I thought I was through all that. But, apparantly no, and I have 900 calories consumed by 7:30 am to show for it. I am not feeling particularly stressed out, or emotional in any way. I'm a little tired, got up early because I was wide awake in bed at 4 am. Really nothing to explain this, sorta random. I am beginning to wonder if I am honestly trying to sabotage myself?!

UGH, so stuffed. Stupid. Looking for silver lining: No junk food in the house, so everything I scarfed was healthy by default and I went straight to Twitter and then here for accountability. HUGE thanks to for her humor. She really helped talk me down off the ledge. I have tracked EVERYTHING consumed. No more hiding and lying to myse…

I Want to Run FAST

I want to run fast. I do, I admit it. I've been running for about 3 years now and I want to run fast. Hi, I'm Kat..and I WANT TO RUN FAST. Well, fast for me anyway. The fastest mile I've run was just under 11 minutes. My fastest 5k time is 39 minutes. One of my goals for this year is to shave that down. The bigget obstacle: fat. Yep, extra fat is heavy, who knew right?
When you run, being overweight is like having extra weights strapped to your person. It makes everything harder, and hence, slower. So, in order to run fast, I have to...lose weight. Well, that's handy, I'm already working on that!
A shift in focus is always helpful for me. Just focusing on weight loss, weight loss, weight loss for months and months gets old. I find setting another goal for myself, like...running faster, gives me fresh passion and drive. Obviously the two go hand in hand, but the shift in focus helps my mental game. And weight loss is a huge mental game! 
So, I have a 5k coming up in A…

Beautiful Blogger Award

Thanks to Bee at for thinking of me here. So, I've been given this Beautiful Blogger Award, and now I'm supposed to tell you 7 things you may not know about me and pass it to 7 more beautiful bloggers.
7 Things You Might Not Know About Me:
I am a stay at home mom with 3 boys that I homeschool. I really, really love my husband and think he is the best man on earth (Yes, sorry, already found him ladies, you'll have to look for the 2nd best if you're single, LOL). I am a country girl, live in the boonies, husband's family has a cattle ranch, horses, the whole deal. I have chickens for my own eggs. I ran a marathon last May (OK, so if you've read much of my blog you might know that, but I'm proud of it). Writing is my passion. I don't believe in debt or credit cards. OK, now who I want this award to go to: http://amysque…

Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders: Power Squad Bod! Calorie Blasting Dance Review * * *

OK, to be totally honest, I really thought this was going to be my first one or two star review and I was a little looking forward to writing a rip an tear review. But, alas, I didn't hate it. But I didn't love it either. I'm giving it three stars.

I tried out for cheerleading in the 7th grade. It was a large school and I didn't make it. My inner cheerleader has been happily stuffed down deep where she belongs ever since. And don't fret, that's where she'll stay. I do have to admit that I had fun doing this workout, Shh don't tell. Being enjoyable is something you want to find in a workout, you have to actually get yourself to do it somehow. But the workout itself just wasn't very challenging or 'calorie blasting' for me.

DVD Menu:
Play All
Customize Your Workout
Bonus Features
Audio Set Up

The set is a plain wood floor with blue curtains and a DCC symbol in the back. The cast is, of course, Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders and for warm up and cool…

Warning: Exercise may increase endorphins, improve your mood, and cause extreme silliness in point, texts between my sis and I this early am:

Sis: Good Morning
(Long Pause as I had already gotten up at 4:45 and was working out)
Sis: sends pic of her treadmill screen (probably thinking my lazy butt was still in bed, lol)
Me: Good Morning! I got up a little earlier to do 2-- 35 min workouts together. Woohoo, I feel fanfriggintastic.
Sis: Wow that's a big word!
Me: Wonderful what exercise does for the brain this early, lol
Sis: I agree...Go write!!
Sis: Walked & did leg pilates! & a clean kitchen. All by 6:15! It's going to be a fanfriggintastic day!
Me: Lol. OK.
Sis: Going to shower...Morning routine here I come! Sneeking up on my day like a ninja!!
Me: U go u little ninja
Me: Lol, ninja, that's fanfriggintastic totally giggling
Sis: Crap my kids just snuck up...on me like ninjas...It is 6:30! Shoulda showered at 6 :)
Me: I think I will write a post warning that endorphins from exercise may cause extreme silliness here we are. I am writing and …

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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…

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…

What is 75 Hard #75Hard: Documenting My Experience With The 75 Hard Challenge

January 1, I embarked on an interesting journey; I decided to start the 75 Hard Challenge (scroll to the bottom of the post for my updated journal on my progress. I've gotten a lot of questions on this program and what it is exactly, what the rules are, etc. So...

What is 75 Hard? It's a mental toughness skills development challenge started by Andy Frisella. His premise is that mental toughness is a skill and therefore can be learned, practiced, and honed. Andy designed this challenge to cultivate: confidence, self-belief, self-esteem, self-worth, endurance, fortitude, grit, perseverance, self-discipline, endurance, resilience... and all of the skills inside the scope of mental toughness.  Check out the podcast that started it all for all the info from Andy himself: Note that if f-bombs are going to offend you this is not for you. 

So, w…

Paleo Smoky Grilled Pineapple Burgers

Since going Paleo my family has fallen even more in love with our grill. Paleo and grilling just work well together. The past couple of years I've even been stepping outside my grilling comfort zone more and more. Grilling things I'd never thought to have grilled before and trying new flavor combinations. I have to say I'm pretty thrilled with the results of most of my flavor experiments. 

In the past I'd never have thought to grill fruit, but it's amazing. Grilling fruit and adding it to traditionally savory dishes? Brilliant.

Oh yes, and? New rule: every burger recipe for the rest of forever must contain grilled pineapple. OK, maybe more of a guideline. It's a seriously delicious combination though.

This Smoky Grilled Pineapple Burger is always a crowd-pleaser at my house. It's not only Paleo, but Whole30, glutenfree, lower carb, and clean eating friendly. I promise you won't miss the bun! 

paleo, grilled pineapple burger, smoky grilled pineapple burger,…

A Day In The Life: My Fitness, Food, and Supplement Routine

A group of my fitness blogger friends decided to do Day in the Life posts today. I get a lot of questions about my routine. My Paleo eats, how much I work out, what supplements I take, how I fit in my blogging/freelance/work...stuff like that. I thought joining and doing a day in my life post would be fun and a great way to answer all of those questions at once!

This was yesterday (Tuesday 1/20). It was a pretty average day for me.

4:30 AM My alarm on my phone goes off. I get up, get dressed in my workout clothes, and take my pre-workout (it says to take it 30-60 minutes before your workout, I shoot for 30). This is a new supp for me and I'm still just taking 1 to see how it goes. I also take my Acetyl L-Carnitine because the bottle says to take it on an empty stomach. 
Sometimes I hit snooze until 5, but I'm trying hard not to do that. A lot of people say to sleep in your workout clothes to save time, but that doesn't work for me. What does work for me is to have my workout …

Keto Paleo Friendly Coffee Creamer Recipe

Going keto paleo has me missing one thing: the organic grass-fed half-and-half I'd been having in my coffee. Since going paleo over a year ago I've searched and searched and just never found anything else I love in my coffee. I'd just about given up on a keto paleo-friendly coffee creamer!

I was almost to resign myself to black coffee forever, but then I decided to resort again to trying to make my own. This version is simple and quite delicious. Not only is it keto paleo, but Whole30 and 21 Day Sugar Detox friendly as well.

Keto Paleo Cinnamon Vanilla Coffee Creamer
1 can Organic Canned Coconut Milk(the kind in the carton just won't do it)
1 teaspoon Cinnamon Vietnamese Organic
1 teaspoon Organic Pure Vanilla for 100% Whole30 compliant swap for vanilla powder
2 teaspoons raw local honey or Organic Maple Syrup (optional, leave out for KETO, Whole30, or 21DSD)

Blend all ingredients well in your blender. Store in the refrigerator (the cinnamon tends to set…

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
     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 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, 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…

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…

The Top 20 Keto Diet Products on Amazon

With the popularity of the Keto Diet many companies are using it as a marketing ploy. Unfortunately, just because it says “keto” on the label doesn’t mean it is. There is so much junk out there that I would NOT recommend to a friend. So, for the past 6 months I've been weeding through all the new keto products and long loved keto staples on the market and weeding out the hyped up junk. What I've come up with is a top 20 list on Amazon. This list shares only the best of the ketogenic best you can find to support your Keto Diet lifestyle on Amazon! 

For my criteria in choosing products, they had to: Have clean ingredients.Be low enough in carbs to sensibly include them in a daily keto diet.Stand up to my quality standards for something I would (and for most of these do) regularly purchase.Taste good! (except, obviously in the case of the ketone meter, etc)Without further yammering, my picks for The Top 20 Keto Diet Products on Amazon: