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5 Things My Weight Loss/Healthier Lifestyle Have Affected That Surprised Me

My Energy. I know this shouldn't be a surprise, but I have experienced that afternoon slump and that feeling tired all the time for SO long it really is surprising how great I feel now! Previously coffee or a Diet Rockstar were a must in the afternoon. DAILY. Now it is an extremely rare indulgence. I know everyone always says how much more energy you'll have, how great you'll feel, blah, blah, blah, but know what? They're right. Who knew?My Family. I started this whole pursuit as a rather selfish endeavor. I am shocked at how much my weight loss, healthier choices, and new focus on a fit lifestyle affect my husband and kids. They are always watching! My kids now assume working out is just something everyone does, like eating. My 4 year old will say, "OK, mom now you are going to do my workout". Then he'll take me through a series of 'moves' he makes up and I have to repeat what he does. It's awesomely hilarious. My 6 year old will run around t…

A Merry Workout Pledge DONE!

The A Merry Workout Pledge wound up being 110 minutes 30 seconds. That's a loooooong workout.


There may have been a few of us heaping seconds on ourselves, but all in good fun!


I biked the entire time and did 40.8 miles. 


I am tired. But good tired. I feel alive! 


So much different than the old unhealthy me sluggish tired I experienced before. I would take this 40 miles on a bike tired over that any day! 


Crazy how we change.


Congrats to everyone who's done with their pledge and good luck to everyone who still has theirs to do!!

Wednesday Weigh In and Another A Merry Workout Pledge

I have switched my weigh in day to Wednesday to match up with weeks of ChaLean Extreme.


Last Wednesday I was 173. Which was up a half pound from my previous weigh in. Hrrm.


This morning I weigh 174. Which is up another pound. Double hrrrm.


My initial reaction is to say it's probably just water weight from my new workout and the focus on strength training and lifting heavier weights.


But upon perusing through my calorie log for the last two weeks, (That's a fancy name for the little tablet in the kitchen I scratched down my calories on) I see that I had one day at 1800, several at 1600, and only a few at 1300 or 1400 where I aim to be.


While I wouldn't have thought those numbers would equate to a gain, who knows? But I do know that I have been stagnant for about 3 weeks with my weight loss. Time to shake things up!


SO...as I just had to post on nomorebacon.com that I am up a pound for the 6 week challenge...time to get my eating back in line. Going to shoot for 1300ish every day …

In Defense of Carb Snobs Everywhere

The other day on Twitter I was called a carb snob. We won't mention any names here *cough* Ryan *cough* Steve


Somehow Corn Flakes and Crispix cereals came up (now aren't you sad you missed that intellectually stimulating conversation?). 


I said they were cheap carbs. Then I was called a carb snob, and I elaborated that I didn't eat them much because they made me feel like crap. Then the carb snob comments were flung about some more (all in good fun) and I had an aha moment for a blog post! Yes, that's a glimpse into the glamorous life of bloggers.


OK, anyway, what's a carb snob? Well, me I guess. And many of you I am guessing.


What I call cheap carbs are carbs that after eating them I am often still hungry. Sometimes even more hungry than before I ate them. For me they can even trigger a bingey feeling. I just want more and more of them.


Cheap carbs are more than just candies, cookies, cakes, donuts, and sodas. Those are the obvious ones. They are things such as so ca…

Wanna know my real name?

Came out of the blogset a bit today over at www.amerrylife.com Please go check out my guest post!

The Extreme Chronicles--First Impressions

Yesterday, UPS Brought me ChaLEAN Extreme, woot! I was so excited! I of course immediately ripped into the box. This is what was inside. Two books, 7 DVDs, a resistance band, fat calipers, and a thigh band. I felt a little like a kid at Christmas. Later when I had time I devoured this book. Stayed up a little too late, oops. This is the "Muscle Burns Fat Guidebook". I think I sort of expected some stupid little pamphlet. Nope. This is a full size, glossy page, book. This book walks you through everything you need to know about this workout program. It includes a Fit Test (which I skipped, ya my bad). I might go back and do it tonight because it has a spot to record now and then after you've finished the program, that would be interesting to see.  It discusses choosing the right resistance for you. Chalene focuses on heavier weights so you 'fail' after 10-12 reps the first phase. There is also a calendar that maps out what workouts to do on what day for the next three m…

Holy Wow, I am Going to DO THIS!

I wasn't planning to blog until this afternoon, but I just had this hit me like a ton of bricks: I am going to reach my goal weight this summer. I am. Wow. I haven't seen 145 since high school. But deep down to my toes I know I will see it this summer. I have no idea what it will look like or feel like and I am beyond excited to find out.


It's not really confidence, although I am confident of reaching goal, it's more like a feeling in the pit of my stomach that holy cow I can do this! I will do this. I am doing this.


But what is so strange is there is no fear, no nervousness, no doubt. I have believed in myself and my reaching these goals for a while now. It has been wonderful and refreshing. That belief in myself is what has made 'this time around' different. But there was always still this nervousness, this apprehension surrounding the whole process. But today, today that is gone. Today I feel only excitement and anticipation. Expectation even.


I came home from …

New Workout Program

Lately I have been wanting to focus more on strength training. I really believe it is what my body needs right now. Now that my 5k race goal is met I also think it is perfect timing to start something new. I have no plan to abandon my running, I do have a new goal of a sub 30 minute 5k, but at the same time I don't plan to only focus on that. I am building a new body here and I think strength training has a high priority in that. I want to feel and be strong. I don't want to be 'skinny'. I want muscle. Muscles are sexy. After all, weights are for girls!
I love goals and structure in my workouts. They really help me stay focused and get my workouts in. I love having a schedule that I just look at and then do. I had thought I would try P90X. As I've said before Vonda is now a Beach Body Coach. So I talked a lot with her this weekend about my thoughts, goals, what I wanted out of a workout system, and we came up with:
Info from my Beach Body Coach's site on ChaLEAN …

Kerri--1 Inner Fat Chick--0

Take one...hadn't had my coffee yet... Take 2...yes, we are dorks.

Because I just knew you'd want to know what we had for breakfast, yes we were feeling silly.


No pics of me running the race, because we were all running! It was awesome though. I started out way too fast. Our other friend running the race is a super fast runner (she won her age group in 23:55), and I started out chasing her a little, then I went doh, stop that she's a fast runner and you are going to wreck yourself! So I held back a little, not so great at pacing yet. I wish I'd been wearing my Nike+ because I kicked tail that first mile, I'm guessing it was under 9 minutes.
I felt great, but about half way the inner fat chick battle started I was doubting myself and my abilities It was so strange because I didn't have any of this during training. I felt strong all through my speed work and long runs. I honestly thought I had whooped the inner fat chick before even arriving at the start line. Stop,…

Runapalooza Day 5. Woo hoo Edition.

Woo hoo! Tomorrow is Race Day!
I opened my email last night to this:
Wohoo! You can do it!


From Jess at halfofjess.com. I felt so encouraged. The girl is just good people.This Bloggy community is so awesome that way. Thanks Jess!
Woo hoo! Tomorrow is Race Day!
I will try to have video and a race day recap up tomorrow, but I will be away from home, so it might not be until Sunday.
Woo hoo! Tomorrow is Race Day!
Busy day today, lots of things to do, clean my car, pack my race stuff, etc.
Woo hoo! Tomorrow is Race Day!
Ya, that's all I got today, my brain is elsewhere. 
Woo hoo! Tomorrow is Race Day!
You can read this if you want a coherent post about my race: http://fitviews.blogspot.com/2010/02/me-vs-my-inner-fat-chick.htmland this about my race sponsor: http://fitviews.blogspot.com/2010/04/race-sponsor.html
Woo hoo! Tomorrow is Race Day!
Sub 35 minute 5k time...here I come!!!!
Woo hoo! Tomorrow is Race Day!

Runapalooza Day 4. Daydreaming about Gear.

I absolutely agree that one of the best things about running is that it can be done on the cheap. A decent pair of shoes and out the door. No gym membership, no fancy equipment, just you and the road. 
I also however have a crazy love of running gear. So today come with me down a daydream path of "what running gear I would buy if money were no object". Just the title gives me tingles.


Need a snack, a trip to the bathroom before we take off, go ahead, I'll wait....

First up on our little fantasy shopping trip. RoadRunnerSports.com (no, FTC I have no affiliation with them). Shoes. ooooooo. I've run in the 12's of these and would love the 13's. Definitely going in the fantasy basket. But why stop there. Let's try some new brands shall we? I have never ran in New Balance, and these babies are pretty expensive, so while I'm fantasizing may as well try the best? Yes? Never tried Pumas either, can't lie, added these to the fantasy basket because they are yellow…

Runapalooza Day 3. Guest Post Edition

Thanks to Michelle for this awesome guest post. Enjoy! 
Running for Results, Not Routine
by: Michelle Myers
You get to the gym, and you hop on YOUR treadmill. (You know you run on the same one every time.) You set your iPod to your favorite running playlist, and hit the start button. You warm-up for the recommended time, then you punch the speed up to your usual number, and you run for your normal time. When you're done, you cool down, wipe your sweat, and leave the gym. Successful? Maybe. But maybe not.
If this sounds familiar, you may not be seeing the training results you are aiming for. Once your body does an activity, it puts muscle memory into practice, meaning your body begins to recognize things you do repetitively. In an effort to prove its efficiency, your body even tries to cheat and find an easier way to do it than it did it last time. Guess what? That means, the awesome workout that you started doing two years ago doesn't give you the same calorie expenditure today. …

Runapalooza Day 2. Why race?

OK, so running is good cardio, torches calories, yada yada. Great workout. But why race? Why pay money to drag yourself down to an 8 am start time for a race you don't have a chance in heck to actually win?! The free T-shirt? 


I enjoy running just for the sake of running (wait did I just say that?), but I find running for training is entirely different for me. My focus is shifted, and I think shifted in a good way.


When I run for training I am not focusing on calories burned, yet I am still torching calories. I have a tendency to over-focus (obsess) about weight loss. Having other goals to focus on is much healthier for me I believe. I get my focus off of just the weight loss and have new goals for my running. I want to run faster, or longer, or both depending on the race. My workouts take on a whole new purpose. I think it's good mentally for me. I am still accomplishing the same thing, burning calories, but my focus shifts and it is refreshing somehow to me.


If you have never r…

Runapalooza Day 1. Beginning Runners

In honor of my 5k on Saturday I will be devoting a lot of this week to all things running. Where the mind goes the blog follows ;)


Today I thought I'd talk about beginning runners. I was there not so long ago. While I'm no professional I do have a few tips that I've picked up along the way.


First, good shoes and socks. I wish I had them when I first started running. Many blisters and a few foot aches down the road I read somewhere about gait analysis at running stores. 


I highly suggest finding a running store (not just a sporting goods store unless that's all you have in your area) and having them help you pick out your first pair. I went to Boulder Running Company and they put me on the treadmill in a pair of neutral shoes and had me run while a camera recorded about calf level down. 


By watching the video play back they said I mildly over-pronate (a term I knew nothing of prior to this) and brought out some shoes made specifically for helping with this for me to try. I …

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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…

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

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,…

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…

The Killer Jillian 30-Day Workout Rotation #killerjillian

If you've visited FitViews before you have probably noticed I'm rather fond of Jillian Michaels at-home workouts. I own virtually all she has and have reviewed many on this blog. They're just good, solid workouts that give me great results. 
I'm particularly fond of Jillian programs, calendars, and challenges. I've blogged through Body Revolution and BodyShred. I vlogged through the 30 Day Shred. Pretty much every Jillian challenge set forth I've delightedly owned.
But I'm feeling a bit "been there done that" lately. I want a new Jillian challenge. Something fresh, something challenging, something different. Something new to motivate me and push me. So, I decided to come up with my own! I'm calling it the #KillerJillian Challenge.


The #KillerJillianBefore I launch into the calendar, a little disclaimer: This challenge is in no way endorsed by Jillian Michaels. It's just a for-fun workout calendar I came up with. Also, I'm not a trainer, d…

Keto Coffee Cake Mug Cake

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Dairy-free keto has been pretty seamless for me. Well... almost. I miss my keto pancake recipes. Which ALL contain cream cheese. So bummer. I mean, one can only have omelets for breakfast so many times.
In looking for something delicious to replace these with I've started playing around with keto mug cake recipes. Yes, you can look forward to a deluge of about 5 million and 3 of those variations in the near future. ;)
This recipe was an accident. I've been working on chocolate variations the most. For obvious reasons. So much so that I ran out of cocoa powder. I started making a chocolate mug cake the other day and when I reached for the cocoa powder there was none. Oops. 
So, after some digging I found cinnamon and thought, hmm why not?
Why not indeed! This Keto Coffee Cake Mug Cake is my new favorite keto breakfast. It's quick, easy, and completely delicious. With only 7 grams total carbs and 320 calories, I confess I have one most days for brekkie.

This recipe is not only …

Easy KETO Mocha Recipe

Keto coffees are a staple in my daily ketogenic diet lifestyle. I have an average of 4 a day and mix it up quite a bit. You know me and my coffee; you should see my counter top full of keto products and concoctions I've built up. I just love trying and combining them for new coffee recipes. All super easy and delicious.

I know, I know everyone says you shouldn't drink your calories. Meh. I really love my coffee. And therefore drinking my calories I suppose. Moving on...

Today I'm going to share my super easy keto mocha recipe with you. This is one of my go-to's that I have quite regularly. It's just so yummy and only 2 grams TOTAL carbs (don't blame the keto for what the net carbs did).

Easy KETO MochaIngredients1 mug fresh brewed coffee or espresso 1 scoop Perfect Keto Chocolate MCT Powder 1 scoop collagen (I use this one because it is the most complete I've found) 1 Tablespoons Left Coast Performance Cacao Keto Coffee Creamer (Completely optional, but completel…

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…

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…

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…