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Jay Robb Protein Review

The nice folks over at sent me a package of their products to review..I'm going to share some of that swag with one lucky reader, but first, a little about their products.

First my favorite, Jay Robb Whey Protein
About Jay Robb's Whey Protein Isolate   Made With 100% rBGH-Free
Whey Protein Isolate as The Protein Source From Grass Fed Cows Not Treated With rBGH (Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone)Now with 25 Grams Protein Per Serving!Mixes with a blender or  Shaker BottleNo Fat, No CholesterolNo SugarNo AspartameNo Artificial Sweeteners or ColorsMade With SteviaNo CaseinNo MSGNo GlutenYou can read more here.
I love their whey protein. It is what I will be using from now on, that's how much I love it! Jay Robb Whey Protein is everything I was looking for in a whey protein and more. I love that it's 25 grams of protein per serving and contains stevia, then add to that the fact it comes from grass fed cows not treated with rBGH and I'm a happy …

Sweaty Bands Review

I have been searching for quite some time now for the perfect headband to run in. We're talking years here.

Then, I gave up on the perfect headband and settled for searching for one that would at least stay on my head through an entire run!

I like to put my hair in a pony tail when I run, then put a headband on to keep my bangs out of my face. 

I've tried pretty much everything from Target and Walmart and even more expensive headbands. All of them go flinging off my head some time mid-run. Very annoying, not to mention a waste of money. 

I have bought four or five different varieties and even resorted to tying some of the thinner ones in knots to make them luck. I tried using barrets to keep them in place...nope. They ALL would fly off at some point. I began to wonder if I just had a funny shaped head! For my marathon I wound up spraying the heck out of my bangs with hair spray to keep them out of my face...ew.

In comes the Sweaty Band


We’ve turne…

Blogging Through The Funk

I have been hiding. 

I haven't felt like I have anything worthy to say this week.

I've had a tough couple of weeks.

I had a really rough weekend. 

I felt hopeless and like an absolute failure in every aspect of my life. I felt like I am merely spinning my wheels with no results in so many areas of my life.

Now, I know I am not a failure, and I know I have hope...but that's how I felt this weekend. 

I ate lots and lots of junk and punked out on my long run. I made bad choices. I wallowed in my self-pity and bad attitude. Yes, these were the choices I made.

I felt like I'm getting nowhere; I felt like giving up.

But I haven't. I won't.

Today I choose to be positive, I choose to make good food choices, I choose to be thankful for the good in my life, I choose to hold on tight. I'll fake it 'til I make it if need be. I will get through this. I will be stronger for it.

Just wanted to be real. I struggle too. I think we all do. It's only if we give up that we truly…

Double Strawberry Smoothie Recipe

Made this smoothie this morning and it's so yummy, almost like a strawberry shake...but healthier of course.

Double Strawberry Smoothie:

3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 serving Jay Robb Strawberry Whey Protein
1 cup frozen strawberries

Blend well in your blender. Yum!
For an added nutritional punch add a handful or two of fresh baby spinach.

August--Things I'm Loving Right Now

I've been wanting to do a video for this all month, but haven't gotten it done. Videos without children or cats wandering through are sometimes hard to come by around here! September's version will definitely be a vlog.

Things I'm Loving Right Now will be a new monthly addition to my blog. Just a shoutout to the fitness/weight loss/healthy living products I'm in love with at the moment. 

I know I've told you before how I love my Pumas. But now that I've ran in them all summer I'm telling you again! My half marathon training has made me love them even more. I'm downright smitten with them. Over the summer I've ran 5ks in them and began half marathon training in them. I've done everything from speed work to 8 miles long runs in these Pumas. They have been absolutely awesome. My feet are the happiest they've been since I started running. They've almost forgiven me for that whole Asics fiasco...almost.

My Eco Vessel water bottle. It's s…

Hi, I'm Kerri....and I'm a Calorie Counter

Yep, you read that right, I'm back to calorie counting. Using Sparkpeople on my Blackberry. I have not been able to get back to losing weight since, oh March or April maybe?! The scale goes up, the scales goes down a smidge, but NO real progress.

I am still flirting with Paleo. I am mostly struggling with the 'no milk products'. I love me my morning coffee with half and half, greek yogurt, and my whey protein (not sure if I'll give those up anytime soon? any paleo peeps want to explain why I should?). Other than that I've followed it so far. However currently I'm gaining weight. I'm up to 175. I still have 30 pounds to lose!

Enough. Calorie counting WORKS for me. No matter how much I WANT to listen to my body, be a mindful eater, go all hardcore Paleo, and all that jazz. I'm not THERE yet. I will be some day. However, that day is not today.

Today. I count calories.


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Thanks everyone for entering!

Monday Miles--Running Films

I am absolutely hooked on running films. They inspire me, they encourage me, and strangely they make me weepy. I'm not exactly sure why running films affect me so deeply on an emotional level, but they absolutely do. I think it may be because they remind me of how far I've come

These films bring back that surge of emotion I felt at the end of my first 5k. That sense of accomplishment I felt after my first marathon. That feeling of conquering my inner fat chick I experienced after my fastest 5k. Running films also remind me of how much more I am capable of still. They make me want to stretch myself, to keep reaching, keep pushing my limits in my running. Whatever the reason, I love them!

The other day I got Ultramarathon Man: 50 Marathons, 50 States, 50 Days from Netflix. I have read both of Dean Karnazes books and absolutely loved this documentary. I cannot recommend it enough. Dean ran 50 marathons, in 50 states, in 50 days...WOW. Inspiration squared.

Then today I watched Spir…

GIVEAWAY--Win a $60 Gift Certificate from CSN Stores

I was contacted recently by CSN Stores who have offered to sponsor a giveaway to my awesome blog readers. 

CSN Stores has a huge variety of sites to can shop for everything from a dutch oven at to a rowing machine at Personally I'm drooling over these dumbbells.

Down to business! CSN Stores is giving a $60 Gift Certificate to one of my blog readers. How to enter:
Leave a comment telling me your favorite CSN StoreFollow CSN Stores on Twitter and leave me a comment that you did.Go to and leave me a link to an item you are drooling over (entries unlimited here, go wild).Tweet about this giveaway including a link to this post (again, unlimited entries here) and comment telling me you tweeted.Rules: All entries will come from comments to this post only. Be sure to comment every time you do one of the above.Open to US and Canadian residents only. Canadian residents be aware that you may be liable for international shippin…

Grilled Chili/Lime Salmon

I've been trying to expand my protein horizons a little and so I picked up some salmon last time I went grocery shopping. Omega 3's and all that. 

Last night I grilled it, yum, yum, yum. My husband who isn't a big fish person said it was sooo good. I'm not good with measuring, recipes, etc. But here's what I did.

Grilled Chili/Lime Salmon
Spray one side of salmon with I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Spray, place that side down on the grill. (key limes were on sale I'm sure regular lime would work) Squeeze key limes over tops of salmon. Spray top side with I Can't Believe It's Not Butter Spray then sprinkle with garlic salt and chili powder. Cook a few minutes, then flip and squeeze key lime on other side as well, sprinkle with garlic salt and chili powder. Cook until done.
I paired it with some sweet potato fries and my kids even loved it!
How do you cook salmon?

Battling Hunger

I've become so disconnected with my natural hunger and fullness cues that I'm not really sure when I'm hungry and when I just want to eat these days. I'm really working on that right now. But still unless I am starving I cannot tell you whether I'm really and truly hungry or whether I just want to eat.

Some of you completely know where I am and some think it sounds bizarre, but it's where I'm at. It's why I struggle with intuitive eating, mindful eating, etc. I think I'm hungry when I'm just...NOT. It comes from years of alternating between ignoring my hunger in an attempt to lose weight and then eating past fullness habitually. I used to think I was hungry pretty much always, and I either fed that hunger constantly or ignored it constantly. 

That's why I have clung to counting calories in the past. If some chart can tell me how many calories to eat, then there's no more guesswork...just eat that much, period. But that can be a slippery sl…

Mommy Blog

I have started what will be my version of a mommy blog. There's more to me than just weight loss! 

Not sure where it will go, but I wanted a place to share things about being a stay at home mom, homeschooler, living a simpler/less hectic life etc. If you're interested, it's here:

Jay Robb Whey Protein Coupon Code

I've talked before about looking for a vanilla whey protein that is made with stevia...well, I found one!


Made With 100% rBGH-Free
Whey Protein Isolate as The Protein Source From grass fed cows not treated with rBGH (Recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone)Now with 25 Grams Protein per Serving!Mixes with a blender or Shaker BottleNo Fat, No CholesterolNo SugarNo AspartameNo SucraloseNo Acesulfame-KNo Artificial Sweeteners or ColorsMade With SteviaNo CaseinNo MSGNo GlutenThanks to the nice people over at my readers can even get 15% off ANY OF THEIR AWESOME PRODUCTS if you use coupon code: BLOGKDD719 through September 2, 2010.
FTC Disclaimer: I receive no compensation for this post or referrals, just passing on a good deal.

Awesome Workout Challenge

Can you tell I like the word awesome?

Are you tried of it yet? LOL. I'm not.

OK, so Steve and I have both been quite the slackers lately in the weight loss department. Weight loss bloggers not losing weight...what the? No excuses here, we know it. We both went through the entire Awesome by August challenge quite lackluster; we definitely did not give it our all as we should have. 

So, we've cooked up a workout challenge as a sort of kick in the pants to motivate ourselves to GET MOVING in the right direction again. Of course it's called THE AWESOME WORKOUT CHALLENGE!! Twitter hashtag: #awesomeworkoutchallenge

Basically for every comment you leave over on Steve's post today we will workout for 30 seconds. Now, Steve and I are totally crazy in pretty good shape in spite of the extra weight we carry. I've ran a marathon and Steve has run a half. We're used to good hard workouts, so comment, comment, comment, then just for good measure, comment some more!

Anyone is welc…

Monday Miles--8 Mile Run and My Passionate Love For Sweaty Bands

Happy Monday everyone! If you're looking for the final Awesome by August weigh in you can find it here.

I took some time off running this last week because my hip was sore. This weekend it was feeling pretty good so I went ahead and ran my 8 mile long run yesterday. It was a little tough. Mostly mentally tough. But I pushed through. 

I am being very careful about my hip this time around. If I think it needs rest, then rest it gets. No over-training and running a painful race this time around! I even decided this weekend that if it gets worse I may back off and skip my half. As hard as that is to say and even though I am really hoping that won't be the case, I have decided I will not be doing the whole injury-can't-run-for-months thing again.

Other than hip worries my training is going great. I feel strong. I'm enjoying playing with running gear again. I am wearing my Polar F6 while I run. It's a whole new perspective watching my heart rate while I run. I used to just …

National Sneak Some Zucchini on Your Neighbor's Porch Day

Believe it or not, today, August 8th is National Sneak Some Zucchini on Your Neighbor’s Porch Day!
Is that hilarious or what? 
If you don't live in a rural area or at least one where lots of people garden, this holiday may perplex you. Let me fill you in. Around here, and many parts of the country, it's about this time of year that we have zucchini running out of our ears! I have 5 large ones sitting on my counter right now and more that need picked. Then we always have those friendly, caring, giving neighbors who want to share their abundant zucchini crop with us too. It's not uncommon for me to have a box or two of zucchini that I have to do something with, quick. I have to get very creative with zucchini recipes! (You'd think we'd just plant less zucchini, but alas, no).
So, In honor of this most momentous holiday, I thought you might be interested in a few zucchini-centric recipes I received from Vitamix.
You can also visit Vitamix’s Zucchini page for more info:

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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: