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Thursday Unplugged

OK guys, I have been seriously out of balance with my internet lately. Too much You Tube, too much searching, too much Twitter (I know, is there really such a thing as too much Twitter?), just too much computer time.

I need to find my balance again.

So, today will be Thursday Unplugged.

No You Tube.

No Facebook.

No Amazon.

No blog perusing.

No email.

No Twitter. *gasp*

Nada, zip, zilch, NONE. In fact I'm writing this Wednesday night and setting it to post in the AM...I won't even be on my own blog!

Can I do it? We'll see!

Do you struggle with internet balance?

See you Friday (I've got some fun things coming for October!)

Primal Struggles

I have been sticking with Primal eating since the beginning of September. I did have two or three weekends that included one day of 'bad' eating. Family events, pizza, etc. Overall I am liking eating Primal and I feel it keeps me more even.

However, I'm not losing weight. I started tracking my food on Sparkpeople again so that I can take a good hard look at what I'm eating and why I'm not losing.

While eating Primal, Paleo, lower carb, etc it is very easy for me to maintain my weight (which I find encouraging for down the road). But in order to lose weight I must keep my carbs under 50, or even 40 grams per day. This may sound extreme to some, but I feel BETTER this way. Plus, it is worth it to me. While eating lower carb like this I don't have to feel famished and starved like when I'm simply eating low calorie.

Well, today's breakfast according to sparkpeople was 45 grams of carbs, well hello there problem. I also see I'm eating too many nuts. Nuts a…

The Year Isn't Over Yet!

After climbing my way out of the pit of funkification I've been in for the better part of the summer I am taking a hard look at where I am.

Well, I'm not very far from where I was this time last year. In fact, I think I'm only 10 pounds or so less than where I was last year this time. I haven't reached my weight loss or fitness goals for 2010.

Huge reality check.

But, I am not getting discouraged or giving up. 

Instead I am setting new goals for the rest of the year...I mean really, there's still 3 months left. Plenty of time to kick some butt. I am writing down my goals and creating a vision board (all my goals, not just fitness and weight loss). I can still accomplish great things in 2010...this chick isn't waiting for the New Year!

I'll share a few of these goals with you:

Ring in the New Year in the 160's Amp up the cardio through the end of the year.Keep up the weights.Run, run, run, and if it snows, run some more.Secure a fitbloggin sponsor.How about yo…

Crazy Weekend

How was your weekend?

Mine was jam packed...of just good old getting things done.

Hubby had to work Saturday, so I dug in and did a ton of cleaning while watching You Tube distracts me from the whole I'm cleaning thing. I cleaned the kitchen, dining room, living room, and caught up on laundry. Yay! It was seriously needing the scoop shovel treatment after my depression issues. It feels good to have things semi normal again.

Then, Sunday I went grocery shopping early. Stocked up with lots of healthy yumminess. I even bought some honey crisp apples because I keep hearing about them lately...gotta say they're 'spensive.

When I got back we headed out to my parents with hubby's skidster to help my dad pour some concrete.

We came home hot and exhausted. 

So, there's my weekend...what do you not see? Well, there was no working out or writing. I guess today I have my work cut out for me. I have a lot of writing ideas to tackle and some serious working out to hit...she…

New Toy

I bought a flip, I bought a flip, I bought a flip! OK, ordered one off of Amazon...yay! I can't wait for it to get here. My You Tube Channel is about to blow up ;)
Do you have a you tube channel?

Oh Running, Did You Miss Me?

I think I've found my running mojo...wooo! It was in the crack in the couch, you know, where the change and toys and cheerios always wind up? OK, not really, but it's been misplaced for a few weeks. I took a step back and worked on some other things...and now...I'm ready to RUN! 
I'll be training for a local 5k on October 15th and then I'll pick another goal. I'm so excited to be training again. 
As it changes from summer into fall I'll have to change a few things though. 
First, I'm going to buy a pair of trail shoes. One easy way for me to fit a run in is to go to my dad's (he's retired and will watch kiddos)...and run his field/pasture 'roads'...Cowpaths is more like it. Hence the need for some good trail shoes. I've practically ruined regular white shoes out there before.
I've also come to terms with the fact that some of my training will have to be on my treadmill. I've had sort of a hate/hate relationship with my treadmill …

Wordless Wednesday

Weight Loss 101: Building an at Home Workout Library

I live in a rural area. Which I love. However this can present some challenges in my getting fit quest. One of those challenges being: no gym as far as the eye can see (and farther). Luckily I am rather fond of running and at home workout DVDs.

I think everyone should have a small library of workout DVDs (especially mommies); this can combat many an excuse. And those who, like me, have no gym may choose to have a little larger selection on hand. They're just a good thing to have around. 

Now, some people choose to buy an all in one system. One purchase, and you have a library complete with everything you need. Examples of this are P90X, ChaLEAN Extreme, and TurboFire. This is a great option if you can afford it. But even here you may want to buy a few single DVDs to avoid boredom.

When building your workout DVD library the first DVD you should look for is a good cardio DVD. Something that's going to give you a good sweaty workout when you can't find a sitter so you can go run…

Fitbloggin Ticket Giveaway at Fitbloggersguide

I am working hard to get to fitbloggin '11
As I've discussed before, as a stay at home mom who homeschools we make a lot of sacrifices to enable us to live on one income...hence, blogger conferences are nowhere near the top of our budget possibilities. I'm not letting this stop me though. 
I've got a roommate planned to share hotel costs...I'm approaching some great companies asking for sponsorship...I'm cutting every corner I can...I'm doing everything I can think of to get there even though it's not in our budget. 
And along comes this giveaway: They're giving away a fitbloggin ticket! Go, check it out.
Fitbloggin or bust!

Hi, It's Me Again

No, really. It's. Me. Again!

I woke up this morning feeling like me again!

If you've never battled with depression this may sound strange to you, but when you're in that darkness everything is just so off, you're just

I have bit by bit been feeling better the last couple of weeks after attempting to tackle my depression head on instead of simply battling the symptoms. Yesterday I felt pretty great, but today, today I feel like ME. I don't think I had realized how truly far I'd slid until I woke up this morning and realized how great feeling like me feels.

I want to shout it from the rooftops: I'm alive, I'm meeeee, wooooot!

I want to workout. I want to write. I want to put makeup on. I want to...wait for it...clean my house! I know right?!

So, cue the hallelujah choir chorus, do the snoopy happy dance...I'm back!

Thanks everyone for your kind words and all your supportduringmyfunk. I'm ready to kick some major butt again, join me?

ZENZU BALL KIT From America's Nutrition

Disclaimer: The awesome folks over at America's Nutrition sent me two Premium Zenzu Ball Kits by Zenzation in to review...and one I'll be sending to one lucky reader!

Stability Ball, Exercise Ball, Yoga Ball, I've heard them called many different things, but most of us have heard of them. They're everywhere. I see them in the background of workout DVDs. I keep reading about people replacing their office chairs with them to strengthen their core. They're needed for parts of my workout DVDs. Heck my mom has 2! Yet, I've never owned one.

Until now. And now, I love. 

This kit came with a pump to air up the ball, a DVD, and a pink ball. 

The pump: Worked great. My kids found the pump hilarious because it makes a squeaky noise and they wound up blowing up the ball for me giggling like crazy.

The DVD: I was skeptical on this. I've bought so many of these types of kits only to discover the "DVD inside!" was absolutely worthless. This DVD I like howe…

I Worked Out Today!

OK, OK, big deal right? 

But I am celebrating!  

I got up late, I didn't feel like working out, it threw my schedule off big time...but I did it anyway. I did weights for about 30 minutes and now I feel fabulous!

So, wooooot! I worked out today. One day at a time, right?

Come back tomorrow for a review/giveaway post!

Reality Bites

I don't know if anyone's paid attention, but the little runner girl ticker at the top of my know, the one that shows my weight loss progress...Well, she hasn't moved in a while. Not only has she not moved in the direction she should be moving, but she hasn't moved back. You know, back, like my progress has. 

I have been reluctant to move my ticker back to show the pounds I've regained. I just couldn't do it. But in avoiding doing it I'm not being real. Ticker girl has sat at 172 for months. While my weight has bounced between 172 and 182 during that time. 

Time to get real...sorry ticker girl, just like me you're going to have to conquer those same pounds over again. 179. Reality. Yes, it bites, but it's truth. It's where I am. It's where I begin again, today.

Primal Challenge

A couple blog/twitter friends have asked me if I'm joining the Primal Blueprint 30 day challenge. I've spoken some on the blog about Primal and Paleo eating. I have been struggling with either, or frankly any type of healthy eating, lately. This weekend included many a junky-brownie-sundae-type-foods. The crazy thing is this: when I eat very many carbs, especially sugar and breads, I feel like crap! So why do I eat them?

The 30 day challenge is basically a kick in the pants to get motivated. I finished reading The Primal Blueprint and actually think I will get along well with the eating plan to lose weight. I'll post more on the book and what it's all about later, but..

I contemplated all day and finally decided...I'm in.

Join me?

I am just a blogger, not a doctor or any sort of professional. What you read here are my personal experiences and opinions. Of course, always consult your doctor before trying a diet, diet pill, or new workout program.

I Am Not Going To Write A Blog Post Today


I'm not going to write a blog post today...because I'm too busy...after a long weekend of letting regular things go I've so so much to do around here.

I'm not going to write a blog post today...because my house is a mess and I should be cleaning it.

I'm not going to write a blog post today...because I ate like crap this weekend and have nothing to say about it, but: meh, we had a good time at the zoo.

I'm not going to write a blog post today...because I haven't run in days.

I'm not going to write a blog post today...because I'm tired.

I'm not going to write a blog post today...because I have no huge life changing epiphanies to write about.

I'm not going to write a blog post today...because I just don't wannnnnnaaaaa.

I'm not going to write a blog post today...because I want to pull the covers over my head and pretend I'm doing great.

OH, but wait, it's that attitude that gets me in trouble every single time, hmmmmm.

Discouragement Kills Hope

I believe that hope is one of the most important things necessary for weight loss. Strong statement? Maybe, but I stand by it. We must have hope that we will succeed, hope that we can live a healthy fit life, hope to get us through the tough stuff. Hopelessness is our enemy here. If we allow ourselves to become hopeless it's virtually impossible to continue our weight loss attempts.

I also believe that discouragement left to run rampant in our minds and in our hearts has the power to kill that hope. Little by little when we allow ourselves to think discouraging thoughts the hope is choked out. "I can't do this, I'm a failure, ugh did you seriously just eat that?, why is this so hard?, this is impossible, I'll never reach my goal weight..." When we allow discouraging words to escape our mouths that hope is stomped on a bit more. "I screwed up again, I can't get this, what a loser I am..." When we allow discouragement to take hold of our attitudes …

Half Marathon Decision Time

My half marathon is less than three weeks away. 

I am not happy with my training thus far.

I set out to run 10 miles this past weekend, and couldn't, or didn't, do it. It was just a rotten run. Not a big deal in and of itself, but I've had many skipped training runs and many rotten runs the past month and a half. Running has become NOT FUN to me in this training! Not a good way to approach running 13.1 miles.

So, here's the thing: I'm considering not running my half the 19th. I'm thinking of focusing on my 5k time for a while, finding my running love again, and trying a half again in a little while.

Not because I don't think I CAN do it. I know that I could finish, but I was running it with a goal of coming in under 2 1/2 hours...that isn't looking likely at the moment. Slacking on my mid-week speed work has been an issue. I've also gained some weight back which makes the whole process feel harder. I have just been hugely off track and have not accompli…

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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: