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My Christmas List this year is all about the fitness!


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First Annual Virtual Turkey Trot Recap

How was your Thanksgiving?
Did you Turkey Trot with us??
I did. Things didn't go quite as planned, but I trotted! I intended to go down to the track and run outside, but when I got up it was 20 degrees outside. I chickened out and decided to just move my run to the treadmill. It was awesome. Took me about 37 minutes, but I was in no big hurry. Such an awesome way to start the holiday. I felt energized and prepared to make good choices. I think it even put me in a better mood for the day!
I really enjoyed all of your tweets about this, thanks everyone who participated! Let's do it again next year.
Now you, did you trot with us? Were you active somehow yesterday? 

First Annual Virtual Turkey Trot

I was whining, er, discussing on Twitter how I was jealous of everyone doing turkey trots this year. It just sounds like so much fun.


We live in a rural area and are just going to my mom's for Thanksgiving this year, so, no turkey trot anywhere in site. 


Well, the wonderful Cassie suggested we do a virtual turkey trot. Hooray! Just what I needed.


I have christened this event the First Annual Virtual Turkey Trot. To be held, you know, annually and virtually.


Join us!


You can trot anytime Thanksgiving Day. Drag your family along. Walk, run, whatever suits your fitness ability. I'll be doing a 5k at our local track in the morning before we head out. If that's too much for you, then do a mile, whatever works for you, just get moving with us!


Will you join us for for a little Thanksgiving Day virtual fun? Tell us about it in the comments! Then come back for Friday's post and share with us how it went. Or if you're one of the ones running an actual turkey trot, share about tha…

Avoiding Holiday Weight Gain

There is one stupid fly that is quite the camera hog. Do you see him? He keeps making an appearance in my videos lately! It's winter, get lost already.

Building the Exercise Habit

I'm looking for lasting changes here. No more yo-yoing. Changing my habits is where I think my focus and energy is best spent.

Things I'm Loving Right Now--Healthy Foods to Have on Hand

Just a quick list of some of the foods that are definitely in my arsenal for fighting holiday weight gain! 
I find it helpful to trim some calories here and there this time of year. I'm willing to give up my usual half in half in my coffee for a while to save a few calories. I use the Unsweetend Vanilla Almond Milk instead of skim milk, every bit adds up. 
The 2% Fage is a bit of a splurge, but I find splurging wisely on things like that helps me to not feel so abused passing up other treats. The VitaTops are also extremely helpful in avoiding the treats that are shoved at us from all over this time of year. I can happily say I had absolutely no Halloween candy this year...didn't even want it. I would so rather have a yummy Vitatop. 
Having healthier alternatives like the VitaTops, Fage Greek Yogurt, and Pink Lady apples on hand for snacks during the holidays is a must. I can usually talk myself out of the other sugary junk that seems to creep its way in this time of year. I just…

Sports Bras for Busty Babes

OK, so discussing the, um 'girls' is weird for me, but I know that a lot of women trying to lose weight struggle with the same issues, especially when it comes to finding a good sports bra, so discuss them I will.

I've tried a TON of sports bras and today I'm sharing the best of the best for women DD, DDD, DDDD+. Now, these are for running and high impact activities. You might get away with lesser bras for lesser workouts, but we all know we need the good stuff for high impact!







I've gone through and completely updated this post with new links. Including only my all time favorites. All brands that I have personally tried. I mentioned some in the video and some are new since I updated this post:














I'm Back On The Sauce

I had pretty much sworn off sugar completely for the past several months. I was previously so out of balance with it and feeling like crap. I ditched the sugar completely and cut back on many other carbs, I did Primal for a while (that's been ditched lately though) and all around felt better. However, I've felt lately like I've gone out of balance the other way!


Life is a balancing act, and I'm constantly over-correcting. I've been having wicked cravings and wildly fantasizing about things like VitaTops. While I was on Primal I was ready to propose marriage to oatmeal. OK, big billboard signs I was out of balance again.


Recently I've decided to include back in sensible treats. Oatmeal has become a staple again and I've decided a little sugar here and there to keep the food porn thoughts in check is OK too. I will still have to pay attention to how what I'm eating is making me feel. I know too much wheat and sugar are generally the culprits, so I want to b…

Final Verdict on the JCPenney Budget Running Wear Experiment

Insanity Update

So, there you have it. Still doing Insanity. Still loving it. 


Would love to hear if there's any workouts in particular you guys would like me to review next!


How about you, what workouts are you loving right now?


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.

Look Out Holiday Weight Gain...I'm Coming For You

Oh ya. It's November.


You know what that means. Thanksgiving is just around the corner...and then...Christmas...and then...New Years Eve...

That time is here. That time of the year that can be challenging (to put it mildly) to those of us trying to lose weight and be fit. Even those trying to maintain their weight are put to the test during the holiday season. Parties, gatherings, celebrations aka food in extravagant, decadent, fat/sugar/calorie laden abundance. We will face these things over and over and over again...for months.
This year the holidays better watch out...holiday weight gain best just move along...nothing to see here!
Holidays schmolidays....I have goals, I have plans, I have dreams waiting for me. Just like everything else in my life now: I have set goals, I have written them down, and I have made plans for how I will make them happen. I. Believe. In me.


This year there will be much less this:
And much more this: This will be the first post of many on beating holiday wei…

Safeway and Fiber One Giveaway

Giveaway Time!  From Fiber One and My Blog Spark: "With guilt-free and indulgent choices that now taste even better than before, Fiber One helps make it easier than ever to increase your daily [fiber] intake while leaving your taste buds jumping for joy.
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Fiber One Honey Clusters have a brand new flake! Every one-cup serving is full of tasty honey clusters, antioxidant vitamins A and E, and 13 grams of fiber.Fiber One Raisin Bran Clusters now contain crispier, lightly sweetened whole grain flakes. With plump, juicy raisins and crunchy clusters it packs 11 grams of fiber and antioxidant vitamins A and E into every serving.With rich chocolate chips and a new and improved taste, Fiber One Oats & Chocolate chewy bars are a good source of calcium and…
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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 …

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

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 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
Ingredients
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)





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

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…

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! 

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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 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.

Unless....


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.)


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

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…
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