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The Craziest Thing I've Done To Lose Weight--Me

Well, the last of this series will be my craziest thing story. 
I thought, and I thought....which story do I tell? From age 18 on, there has been MANY a crazy thing. I chose...
One word: Phentermine. That's a weight loss prescription. Long ago, in a me far far away...
I begged my doctor for it. He told me the possible side effects and warned me that people often just gain the weight back. I said, oh not me. I was desperate. He gave me the script.
I bounced happily to Safeway where I paid the full price for it because my insurance at the time didn't cover it.
First day, I felt...a little high actually...and not hungry.AT.ALL.
So I didn't eat.
Day two, I felt just a little like a caffeine high...and wasn't hungry.AT.ALL.
So I didn't eat.
By the end of week one I'd lost 6 pounds, I was ecstatic! And beginning to feel like crap.
I was becoming light-headed if I stood up too fast...on to week two.
I lost only 2 pounds this week, I started feeling hunger again, but still dimini…

Happy Tuesday!

Wow, it's did that happen?

I am so immersed in reaching my end of the year goals that days are flying by me. I am super-uber-focused woman. Hmmm, what would that superhero costume look like?

Not only do I have huge weight loss and fitness goals set for the end of 2010, but I am also working on finishing and self-publishing my book by the end of 2010.

I have absolutely no doubt in my mind that I will reach all of my goals. That's not a statement the 'old' me would have ever said. But I believe it deep down to my toes. 

I'm working hard at owning these goals of mine. I've written my goals, I've made my plans, and I am determined...I can see them, I can taste them...oh ya, determined isn't even the word. It's not quite intense enough. I. Will. Do it.

How about you? What goals will you be attacking these last bits of 2010?

Consistency Epiphany

I was talking with hubby in the kitchen this morning...and the heavens opened up, the light shined upon me, and I heard the angels singing the hallelujah chorus.

OK, maybe not exactly. But, I did have a huge what I view to be life-changing epiphany: consistency.

I've talked about this before, I've nodded emphatically when reading others discuss this topic. Consistency is key. Consistency is important. Consistency is where it's at.

But I didn't really get it. I didn't deep down to my toes embrace it. I still struggle with inconsistency.

What I realized this morning is that being inconsistent is my problem. My entire problem really. It's my problem in all aspects of my life. Inconsistency is the root of all my struggles. With weight, with housework, with my writing, the list is extensive!  Not only that, but if I can figure out how to be consistent it will make my life EASIER!

Maybe this is no news to many of you, but it was seriously a big light bulb moment for …

The Craziest Thing I've Done To Lose Weight--Pat

Magic Pants!!!
By Pat Barone, CPCC, PCC, "America's Weight Loss Catalyst" The Craziest Thing I've Done To Lose Weight I heard Kerri tweeting about this topic on twitter, so I thought I'd join her fun.  Now, I've done some crazy things to lose weight.  Through some 25 years of struggle, I've attacked every diet designed by man or woman; restricted every element of nutrition known on earth; and (NOW WE KNOW!!) downgraded my metabolism to "Category 1-Disaster."
My favorite attempt was one of my first.  I think I remember it so well because it was my first "secret" attempt at weight loss.
My mother put me on my first diet when I was nine or ten years old.  It was Atkins!  I should say it was the first round of Atkins, before he was discredited by the medical profession.
That first diet set off a lifetime of struggle for me.  When I was about 14, I had already developed a full-blown hatred for my body.  I saw an ad in a magazine for "magic w…

Things I'm Loving Right Now

Sorry for the rambling, LOL. Went a little long....

Do you love any of these things too? How about you, what products are you in love with right now?

Insanity Vlog--Week 1 Done

Just a quick update on how I'm doing with Insanity.

I am just a blogger, not a doctor, trainer, 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, supplement, or new workout program.

Friday Favorite--Weights Are For Girls

This is one of my favorite posts, and an important message I, please enjoy this Friday favorite:  I love strength training. I love the changes I am seeing in my body from it. I love my new found muscles. I love feeling strong and capable. I love how I feel I stand tall now. I know that once I get a little more fat off of the top that I have a pretty good looking bod underneath! I think however that a lot of women are still a little afraid of strength training. Afraid that it will make them  big, bulky, manly looking.
Most women actually have a tough time bulking up. It would take a lot, and even a little artificial help for the average woman to get big muscles. I gain muscle fairly easily for a woman and it would take a lot for me to look manly muscly creepy. Muscles give us curves and just make our bodies look hot. No way around that!
My doctor encouraged me to continue my strength training regimen last time I visited. He told me that he sure wished many of his elderly patient…

The Craziest Thing I've Done To Lose Weight--Kristy

There once was a girl who enjoyed drinking Pepsi and eating bagels everyday for breakfast. What she didn’t enjoy was all the sadness pouring from her actions and thoughts. One day she pretended to be brave and walked into a Weight Watchers meeting.  Her life was forever changed. In less than 18 months she lost over 75 pounds! After going from size 18 to size 6 her confidence skyrocketed. She was surrounded by applauds but she still whispered to herself “you can be happy when…” During her time on Weight Watchers numbers distracted her. There was no time for self-discovery or repair.  There was a race to win!
Along came an unexpected opportunity from a local radio station contest – an all expense paid trip to California.  Her vulnerable naive soul boarded the plane to Hollywood, California with the hope that she would finally be deemed worthy.  That’s all she’s ever wanted.
The story picks up here…
Cocktails at Mario Batali’s restaurant “Mozza”
A suite at the Hollywood “W” Hotel
Tickets to t…

Fear is a Liar

Today I struggled, today I faltered, today I doubted, today I was bombarded with fear. 

This morning I had a good long cry and a little prayer. 

I wrestled with some huge fears and admitted to myself that I'm ever so slightly terrified. Terrified that I cannot do what I've set out to do. Terrified that I won't reach these huge goals I've set. Terrified I'll let my family down and let myself down. Terrified I'm not good enough.

I looked at all the work I have before me to reach my goals, and all the things that need done in my day to day life at the same time, and fear told me I could never do it, that it's impossible. Fear is a liar.

I'm not a crier, but after this mornings, er, mini breakdown, I feel better. I let all those fears and doubts out. I prayed. I feel release.

I will no longer allow fear to rule my life. It may keep knocking at the door, but I choose not to answer. Fear is a liar.

Fear tells me I can't. Fear tells me I won't. Fear is a lia…

New Look!

What do you think of the new look?

Erin (henceforth known as my Blog Angel!) from Samantha's Day, helped me fix my blog up over the weekend.

Thank you Erin, you rock.

Isn't it pretty? I love it; I'm so excited I just want to pet it.

Insanity Vlog 2--Nutrition Plan Review

OK, I ramble a bit in the review vlog (me...ramble...surely not), but basically I like the nutrition plan included with the Insanity program. It seems sensible and close to how I eat currently, with the exception of more grains. I will adjust it a bit by choosing the meals that don't include some of the grains/carbs I don't eat (like bread). I am not exactly ditching Primal eating, but will be including oatmeal for the time being. For whatever reason I've been craving oatmeal like crazy. To me a little oatmeal with whey protein and some berries isn't the end of the world! I mean, really (Primal peeps are welcome to tell me why I should ditch the oatmeal). I'm going to try this plan for the duration of the program mapped out on the calendar that comes with Insanity. I'd like to be able to give the overall program a full review at the end.

Disclaimer: I am not a Beach Body Coach or affiliated with Beach Body, I receive no compensation for referrals to my Beach Bod…

Insanity Vlog 1--What's in the Box?

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, or new workout program.

Friday Favorite--Fear of Greatness

Ever since I sat down and wrote out my five year goals I find myself struggling with some fears again. Fear of  failure has crept in there a little, and fear of success too! So, I thought I'd re-post my fear of greatness post, I needed reminding. Hope you enjoy. Happy Friday everyone!

Fear of Greatness I have talked some on my blog about my fear of failure. I struggle hugely with fearing failure in everything from weight loss to writing. In the past it has kept me from even trying. I really feel I'm getting a handle on this fear. I've stared that fear down and not let it beat me. I have began those tasks head on that I was afraid to start in the past out of fear of failing them.
Prior to starting my blog I had no idea fear had such a hold on my life. But it did and still does in some ways. Upon much soul searching lately I have realized I have a fear of being great. A fear of greatness?! Say what?
I have been doing a lot of thinking about this and had a long conversation with …

5 Year Plan

I sat down yesterday and wrote a list of 30 things I want to do in the next 5 years. OH MY. This chick has some Goals (yes, capital g). I have to say, the list makes me tremble a little. Hubby and I have some big plans, some huge goals, and they're at the same time superfantastically exciting and a little scary.

There will be a lot of hard work (I'm no stranger to hard work) and some huge changes (OK, change scares me a little) in my near future. And from the top of the rooftop I want to scream bring it! For the first time in my life I believe these things are possible, I believe they will BE...and instead of shrinking away I am arms wide open stepping into them.

Let's make today great, shall we?

The Craziest Thing I've Done To Lose Weight--Amanda

Everyone please welcome Amanda from Me vs. The Bulge. Hers will be the first of a series of guest posts on 'the craziest thing I've done/tried to lose weight'. Thanks Amanda!

I've struggled with my weight for many many years and tried diet after diet looking for a quick fix solution to my weight issue. I wish I knew at the time what I know now about proper nutrition and exercise but no, I was young and silly and tried just about EVERYTHING to lose weight.

One of the silliest things I have ever tried was the Soup Diet. It was all over the TV and the magazines at the time and I was fully engrossed with the claims that you could lose up to 10lbs in a week. 10lbs in a week?! "I am so jumping all over that!", I thought.

So what did it involve? It's pretty simple really - you just eat vegetable soup for 7 days and as each day goes on you get to include another element. Eg. Day 1 you eat as much soup as you like plus any fruit except bananas. Day 2 you eat as much …

Uncle Sam Cereal Review

Like I said in the video, love the cereal. It's basically little flakes with flaxseeds. I found it very filling and I really appreciate that it's so low in sugar and higher in fiber and protein...heck, if I can at all get my kids to eat it (it's all healthy looking you know) I'm all over that.

Disclaimer: I was provided with this cereal to sample, I was not compensated for my review and as always opinions are 100% honest and 100% my own.

Personal Training With Jackie Xtreme Timesaver Training DVD Review

I'm sure you've all heard of Jackie Warner. I've raved about her workout DVDs on here before. Are you watching her new show Thintervention? I'm sad that I don't get Bravo so I'm reading the recaps on the blogs. Well, Jackie has a new workout coming out tomorrow (the 5th) and I was able to preview it.
For this DVD you will need: hand weights suiting your ability (beginners can start with no weights) and perhaps a mat if you're working out on a hard floor.
Personal Training With Jackie Xtreme Timesaver Training is a single 30 minute strength workout that kicks butt. This workout utilizes compound moves to train multiple muscle groups at one time. Following a brief warm-up you will do 60 second sets of each compound move and then move into the next move and of course there's a brief cool down at the end. You also have the menu option to choose just the chapters of the body parts you want to focus on. Some of the awesome compound moves include: curtsy with si…

October...When did that happen?

I really enjoyed my unplugged day yesterday, but I gotta admit: it was hard. I missed you all! But balancing my online adventures and my family life is important, so it was good. I did break it a little, gasp, I know. I went online and ordered PJ's for my littlest two boys from The Children's Place...there was a good sale, what can I say?
Well, today it's October 1st. Wow, didn't see that one coming! Where oh where did September go? Oh well, our pumpkin patch is busting at the seams, on with October. (Yes, that's a pic from our pumpkin patch! We are going to have some awesome jack-o-lanterns!)
I'm always excited for a new month. It's fresh and bright and shiny and new and all filled with possibilities, yes? This month I'm really excited about the fun things I have coming up on my blog and you tube, etc. 
I've got some great guest posts coming up, I received my flip (yay!) so I'll be vlogging regularly on my you tube channel, and of course some fun …
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KETO Cocktails: The Lemon Drop

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

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

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

Paleo Peppermint Mocha Coffee Creamer Recipe

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

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

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

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

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…

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…

Hype or Help: Jillian Michaels Body Revolution Final Program Review

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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…

KETO Paleo Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer Recipe

It's that time of year again. Pumpkin-time that is! Yes, yes, I want all. Things. Pumpkin. Right now. Pumpkin bread, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin spiced everyyyyythingggg.

Sorry, not sorry.

However, I'm currently doing pretty strict Keto Paleo (more on that in another post). So no PSL's for me. Dangit.


Paleo Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer

Ingredients1 can Organic Classic Coconut Milk - If you do dairy you can use 2 cups of Heavy Whipping Cream here instead. 
1 Tablespoon Organic Pumpkin (YES, it has real pumpkin it it. Seriously, they all should...)
2 teaspoons Organic Cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon Organic Nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon Organic Cloves
1/8 teaspoon Organic Ginger
2 Tablespoons Grade B Organic Maple Syrup (completely optional- leave out for a sweetener-free, strict Paleo, 21 Day Sugar Detox, KETO, low carb, and Whole30 friendly coffee creamer. Or swap for Truvia or Monk Fruit.)

Add all ingredients into your blender and blend well (about a minute). Store in your refrigerator…

Easy Paleo Mashed Sweet Potatoes

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

KETO 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…

5 Egg Fast Pancake Recipes

I'm completely obsessed with keto egg fast pancakes lately. I've been cycling on and off an egg fast to try and get some traction again with my weight loss and we all know egg fasts can get pretty boring!

I thought I'd compile all of my egg fast pancake recipes into one easy post for my egg fasting brothers and sisters...

5 Keto Egg Fast Pancake Recipes1. First up, these Sweet Cinnamon Egg Fast Pancakes are completely delicious. They're an amazing option if you're tired of traditional low carb ways to have eggs. In describing all of my egg fast pancakes, I'd say they're maybe a tad bit crepe-like in consistency, more eggy. Definitely not the consistency of a traditional wheat flour pancake, but an amazing treat when you're egg-fasting! These Sweet Cinnamon KETO Pancakes are a seriously tasty addition. With only 4 grams of total carbs for the ENTIRE RECIPE, they'll fit nicely into your plan.

This recipe makes 3 or 4 decent sized pancakes and comes in at…
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