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A Day of Preparation

I'm writing this on Sunday, but it won't be posted until Monday. 


Today is my day of preparation. The day I prepare for the week ahead. 


It's a day to grade my kids' papers and go over lesson plans for the next week. A day to catch up on household chores that got lost in the weekly shuffle. A day to write and schedule blog posts. A day to look over and tweak my workout plan and cook ahead some healthy meals. A day to mentally and physically prepare for the week.


I find that the more preparation I do this day, the better my week will go. 


A few things I will be cooking ahead today:


Chicken breasts. Just baking them in the oven and sticking them in the refrigerator. Then they can be cut up and added to lunches, chicken salad maybe, or dinners, such as chicken and black bean chili. Cuts the prep time down tremendously.
Some Sundays I have baked turkey meatloaf and put it in baggies, pre-portioned. Or sometimes I make a big batch of meatballs (turkey or lean beef). Often I also …

Sunday Quote

The only thing that stands between a man and what he wants from life is often merely the will to try it and the faith to believe that it is possible.
Richard M. Devos

To Do- Be Awesome

We will all die some day, that's just a given, but sadly not all of us will have LIVED.


Not me. I choose to LIVE this life I have!

For far too long I lived a lackadaisical, mediocre existence. To hell with that.
I do not believe there is a single one of us that is meant to be mediocre.
Mediocre: Moderate to inferior in quality; ordinary.
No thank you, not me. Mediocrity no longer has any place in my life. 


I am grateful that I have the rest of my life to do it differently.
Awesome: Remarkable; outstanding.
My permanent to do list:
1. Be awesome.
2. Live an amazing life.
3. Help as many people as I can along the way.

I want to look back at my life and think: now THAT is how it's done. Tall order? Possibly. But what have I got to lose?

A Little Extra Incentive

I just found out there is gong to be a big family BBQ for my mom's side of the family April 17th. 


You know the kind...lots of family I haven't seen forever...and the last time I saw many of them I was...uh, fat. 


So, I'm on fire to stay committed the next few months. Even more than I was before! (And I've been pretty fired up this year.) How awesome will I feel showing up all smokin' hot? Oh, did I type that out loud?!


OK, so maybe that's not the best attitude to have, but I say: so what?! 


So what if it lights a little extra fire under me? 


So what if I'd revel in the compliments and jaw-drops?


Heck, motivation comes from all sources, and right now, I'm going with it! 


No, we shouldn't wait until some reunion or wedding to 'start' our healthy living quest. But I see nothing wrong in embracing this as extra motivation along the way. 


What do you think? Do special events spur you on more? And...do you suppose I can get away with wearing my marathon …

5 Ways to Ditch the Scale

5 Creative Ways to Rid Yourself of Scale Anxiety Stand at your back door (AFTER clearing the area) and toss your scale into the air as high as you can. Come on, make that puppy catch some air.Sledge hammer. Nuff said.Place your scale behind car tire. Run over. Repeat as many times as needed.Mail it to: 'Santa Claus, North Pole' including no return address.Firmly tell it you are more than just a number and put it away in a cupboard. Since quitting The 4 Hour Body the scale has inched up a pound or two. No big deal really, but what is a big deal is the obsessing that I've done over it. A little something like this:
"Oh crap, what's that about? Maybe I should go back on that plan. Maybe I should change my entire workout plan. Maybe I'm eating too many carbs. Should I jump feet first into some other crazy plan? Oh crap, can I really do this, can I reach my goals doing what I think works best for me? Will I always be fat? It's water weight...It's muscle weight…

Gym Plans!

The nearest gym to my home is about 30 minutes away. The nearest really cool gym is about 40 minutes. I don't go to the gym. Never have. OK, not since college when it was free.


I workout at home. I workout in my tiny little living room. I run on my treadmill. I run outside weather permitting. These have been my options.


Not terrible options really, but I seriously have workout gear stashed in every place imaginable. My treadmill is stashed in a corner of my bedroom. My weights, weighted vest, resistance bands and weight gloves, in a corner of the living room. My stationary bike is in the kids toy room. My Polar HR monitor is currently residing in a drawer in the bathroom where my sweaty bands, etc live. My TV hutch is shoved full with workout DVDs and my jump rope and ankle weights are in my makeup table/dresser in my room. My stability ball is in my office. And there may be a pair of running shoes in virtually every room.


It works for me, I am grateful that I have all of this equipm…

Sunday Quote

You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself.
Jim Rohn

Stretching Myself

I've shared some of my 2011 healthy living goals with you all, but I'd also like to share some of my other, just general life goals. Healthy living encompasses so much more than just diet and exercise!


In 2011 I plan to:

Face fears. I've talked some in the past about how much fear has held me back. I've overcome many, but it still has a hold on my life. This year I plan to look these fears in the face. I'll do things afraid if I must, but I'm not backing down from fear anymore! Just because we feel the emotion of fear doesn't mean we have to let it win in our lives.Step outside of my comfort zone. A lot. I am so in my head all the time, always thinking, planning, second guessing. All the while safely planted in my comfort zone. Well, this year I will deliberately do things to stretch myself, things out of my comfort zone. Not in a crazy-unsafe way, but in a trying new things, making my life what I want it to be kind of way. Seriously, there's so many thin…

Tough Days--We All Have Them

I am feeling down today. I am struggling. I am doubting.


I do not want to work out. I don't really have an amazing blog post in me. Doubt has crept in for my career goals. I'm just all around having a tough day.


That little nagging inner fat chick voice is back. I want to just cave and wallow in some self pity. 


This is where the rubber meets the road. This is where change happens. This is where I give up, or I press on.


Listen here you bit@# inner fat chick: I WILL DO THIS. I have goals, I have dreams, I have plans. AND YOU CAN'T HAVE THEM! 


Today I will choose faith and belief over the doubts nagging in the back of my mind.


Today I will stay positive in the face of all these negative thoughts.


Today I will workout and make good choices even though I don't want to.


Today I will seek out the encouraging and positive and IGNORE the rest.


Today I will grab hold and not let go.


Today, I will rock. For me. I deserve it.



The 4 Hour Body--Final Results, Review, and Bagging It

Today will be my last day on The 4 Hour Body. Final stats:
Starting Weight: 180 Week 1 Weight: 179  Week 2: 178  Week 3: 178 Starting Body Fat %: 33.3  Week 1 BF %: 32.3 Week 2: 32.2  Week 3: 32.2 Starting BMI: 29 Week 1: BMI 28.9 Week 2: 28.7 Week 3: 28.7 Measurements:  Arms(mid-bicep):
Right 12 3/4" Left 12 1/2"  Week 1:same Week 2: same Week 3: same Waist(at belly button): 37 1/2"     Week 1:37 1/4  Week 2: same  Week 3: 37 Hips: 44"   Week 1:same  Week 2: 43 1/2" Week 3: 43 1/2 Legs(mid thigh):  Right 22" Left 22" Week 1:same  Week 2: same Week 3: R and L 21 3/4


All told in 3 weeks on The 4 Hour Body plan I lost: 2 pounds, 1.1% body fat, and 1 1/2 inches total. I followed the diet plan in the book. Did the supplements and cinnamon suggested. And even experimented some with cold showers and ice water first thing in the morning. Now, it's not the results I'm disappointed with. It's the results in comparison with the claims made and also relative to t…

Muscle & Fitness hers Review

I thought I'd share and review some of the fitness magazines I've been reading lately. I love fitness magazines for the tips, information, and inspiration. How about you?


My absolute favorite magazine right now: Muscle & Fitness hers
I like this magazine so much that I subscribed recently. In an effort to de-clutter around here I now only subscribe to a few select magazines (at the moment only 2). All the rest I only pick up once in a while when they catch my eye with something interesting. 
In the most recent issue (Jan/Feb) of M&F hers I have loved the recipes the most. Several fit perfectly with The 4 Hour Body Plan I'm on and were absolutely delicious. From this issue I've made the: Chicken & Black Bean Chili; Turkey Sausage, Kale, White Bean & Tomato Stew; and Chicken Ratatouille. All of these recipes were fabulous! Not just so, so, good for a healthy recipe, but really yummy. Hubby and kiddos even loved.
Aside from the recipes I also enjoy: The fit m…

My Overeating Triggers and Solutions/Swaps I've Found

I spent the last year paying attention. To myself, to my body, to foods and how they make me feel. To things like binges and the foods and events that preceded them. It's amazing how much I discovered simply by paying attention! In my quest towards more 'normal' eating habits I have learned many things. One of those things was the foods and situations that are triggers for me. 


Triggers (these are specific to me, I have no idea whether anyone else would react the same) I have discovered and ways I deal with them are:

Sugar. OK, that's probably a duh.Lack of sleep. This one is huge for me. If I allow myself to get over tired I am on a collision course for a binge. I am much more diligent about my sleep now. I get 8 hours. Period. It is a huge priority. If something comes up, like an emergency, sick kids in the middle of the night, etc I have learned I must be proactive. The day after lack of sleep I focus on consuming lots of water and protein the next day. I also nap if …

Sunday Quote

The great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.
Oliver Wendell Holmes

Running Update

I haven't talked about my running much lately. Mostly because there hasn't been much to talk about! The cold weather and shorter days along with my dislike for my treadmill have curtailed my running the last few months...excuse, excuse, excuse. 


Enough of the excuse making. I ran through crazy weather while training for my marathon! What's a little snow and cold? I just need to get creative.


Hubby leaves for work when it is still dark and doesn't get home until it is dark, so my plan is to get runs in on Saturday and Sunday when he is home all day. Then when the days get longer again I'll return to early morning runs before he leaves. I may also include one day of interval running on my treadmill, need to work on my speed.


I got new New Balance shoes and a Polar heart rate monitor with foot pod, but haven't put them to much work so far this new year. I ran with them today down at the track for some speed work (my first outdoor run in months, hooray). Love playing …

Happy Friday!

Today I feel very determined, very focused. 


I have been allowing myself to feel discouraged lately. I go from giving it all I've got (in several aspects of my life, not just talking weight here) to feeling disappointed that I'm not seeing what I expect.


Nonsense! No more. I am focused on my goals. My fitness and weight loss goals as well as my goals with writing as a career. 


I am talented, intelligent, well equipped, and capable. I deserve good things. I can see them coming my way! I got this. I got this.


Sometimes we just have to give ourselves a pep talk!

The 4-Hour Body--Week 2 Results

14 days down on The 4-Hour Body Plan...am I in love? Not so much. First the results:
Starting Weight: 180  Week 1 Weight: 179            Week 2: 178 Starting Body Fat %: 33.3 Week 1 BF %: 32.3        Week 2: 32.2 Starting BMI: 29          Week 1: BMI 28.9                Week 2: 28.7 Measurements:  Arms(mid-bicep):
Right 12 3/4" Left 12 1/2"              Week 1:same   Week 2: same Waist(at belly button): 37 1/2"     Week 1:37 1/4  Week 2: same Hips: 44"                                         Week 1:same  Week 2: 43 1/2" Legs(mid thigh): Right 22" Left 22" Week 1:same   Week 2: same
Don't get me wrong, that is some slow and steady progress. Sensible even. BUT, there is nothing sensible about this plan. There is nothing slow in the claims this book makes. This eating plan is strict, and there is a lot to remember, not to mention the supplements I've shelled out for. For a pound a week? I could happily do that on some other plan and eat my fruit and Coach…

Routines and Habits

I talked yesterday about taking our goals and breaking them down into action steps and tasks. Today I want to take that a bit further even. There will be things on those lists of tasks that are repetitive. Things that need done daily even (depending on your goals of course).


For instance with fitness and weight loss: there are many things that we will need to do daily to reach our goals. These things we need to add to our daily routines and eventually build them into habits. Only then can we truly make this a lifestyle change!


Some of these things for me are: 

Water. I have three 1 liter water bottles. Every night before I go to bed I fill them and put them in the refrigerator. I simply added this to my nightly routine. It makes water a no-brainer for me. This helps me so much. Why? Who knows, but it works for me, so I'm making it a habit.Exercise. I really believe exercise can become a habit, something we just do. For me, I set my alarm for 4 or 4:30 (yes, I know that's crazy ea…

Action Steps

So, now we all have our goals written out for 2011...right? You do have your goals written out? If not, go do, quick...I'll wait. I read somewhere that simply the act of writing them down makes us a bazillion times more likely to accomplish them. (OK, it wasn't a bazillion, but it was much more likely)


Once we've written our goals out...now what? Do we simply let them sit around and collect dust? No! We take action! This is where so many people get hung up. OK, so I want this thing, I have this goal, but now what?


There's many things we can do from here: we can write out affirmations surrounding our goals, use visualization, and we can write out some action steps. Action steps is what I want to talk about today.


What are some things we can do to get us closer to your goals? What are the steps it will take us to get from here to there? Sit down when you have time and think about this. What will it really take to reach this goal? Write these things out, these are your actio…

GOALS!

Now that a little of the New Years Resolutions hoopla has died down I thought it'd be a good time to share the goals I plan to accomplish in 2011. In particular the fitness/running/weight loss related goals.


In 2011 I will:

Run a 5k in under 30 minutes. My fastest 5k was almost 33 minutes, I plan to incorporate some more speed work into my routine and shave this down.Reach my goal weight of 140-145 pounds and go into maintenance mode. This will just take consistency in my food choices and workouts.Do 5 pull ups and 5 chin ups. Considering I can do neither I have my work cut out for me here!Run an 8 minute mile. My fastest mile was 9:26. This may be a reach, but I'm going to give it my all!Obsess less. Less about food, weight, etc. This might seem contradictory to all the rest of my goals, but I don't think so. I need to seek more balance in my thinking. Less obsessing about these things. Focusing on them at certain times, like when I'm working out, or when I'm eating…

Sunday Quote

The doctor of the future will give no medicine, but instead will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease.
Thomas Edison

Opening Up

This is a tough post to write. How does one let the whole world know that you’re a mess?
I’m not perfect, in fact, I’m a mess.
LOL, well that was easy. OK, seriously though, Yum Yucky’s post on compulsive eating got me to thinking a LOT about my issues. My issues, my uh, problems, my eating disorder, hmm maybe it’s disorders. I have an eating disorder? I have an eating disorder. Can I say that? Guess I just did. Wow…that is hard to put out there.
This is Wikipedia’s definition of compulsive eating: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compulsive_overeating  I think it’s a fairly good definition.  I mentioned in my what I learned in 2010 post that I’m a food addict, binge eater, and compulsive eater.  The lines blur between all of those, but yes, I’m all three.  Yum Yucky’s post and resulting comments got me thinking about all of this, and I’ve decided to share some of my why, my past, why I believe I have these issues.
I definitely learned disordered eating as a child. I can’t really pinpoint …

4 Hour Body First Week Results

Well, it's been an interesting week. I had tons of energy and felt great the whole time. My workouts were off and happened much less often for me, just life stuff, not really any other reason. I have them planned out now, and that always helps. I think I stuck to the eating plan as set out in the book pretty well. You can follow all of that over at Adventures in Tracking. All in all a good week I'd say.
I did start getting a few cravings on days 6 and 7. (Only having fruit and my Coach's Oats once a week is proving tougher than I thought!) Today will be my off, or higher calorie day, so I hope that'll solve that. I was reluctant to take an off day since my week one results weren't stellar, but it's a part of the plan, so I am.
It's a very interesting plan. Lets just say I'm not QUITE sick of beans yet, but after 30 days I just might be! (and I like beans)
I did start the supplements he discusses in the book, but only for the last two days of this week. I w…

Wordless Wednesday, OK...Almost

A couple thoughts from my outing yesterday.

and, second...

Happy Wednesday! How are you doing with your goals?
***Note: please go visit Mrs. Fatass's post today, and give what you can: http://mrsfatass.com/2011/01/chickadee.html

Bring Back That...Motivated Feeling

This time of year a lot of us are all riled up and raring to go. We are ready to kick some butt, do this thing, be awesome, and dominate the world...We have motivation oozing from our pores (surely that's not just me). But for most of us that will fade. Life will happen, curveballs will be thrown, and we'll lose that motivated feeling. What then can be done?


Like I said in yesterday's post I think it's most important to focus on our commitment, hard work, consistent good choices, and surrounding ourselves with a positive support system. But, I do think there are things we can do to capture that motivated feeling again too. When we're just not feeling it we can:
Rely on that positive support system we've formed. Whether it be calling or texting a friend, reaching out in the blogging community, or even facebook and twitter: ask for help, admit you need encouragement, do not be afraid to share where you really are! I think you'll be surprised how invaluable this…

The Myth of Motivation

Once upon a time there was a woman…let’s call her Sally (forgive me if your name is Sally I use this as my pseudo person name a lot). Sally needed to lose weight. Sally wanted to be fit and healthy. But she just couldn’t get MOTIVATED. She couldn’t get motivated to get to the gym. She couldn’t get motivated to workout at home. Sally couldn’t get motivated to shop for and cook healthy meals. Poor Sally just couldn’t get MOTIVATED to lose this dang weight. Then one day Sally found MOTIVATION. And presto: Sally worked out every day, found the time to shop for and cook healthy meals and lived happily ever after being perfectly motivated every day. THE END
OK, not to burst anyone’s bubble, but I’m going to let you in on a little secret, lean in real close now:
MOTIVATION IS A MYTH!
Well, now before you click out and go back to your Facebook page let me elaborate on that. Motivation is a feeling. The funny thing about feelings, they come and go. Some days we will feel motivated to do the things…

Sunday Quote

"I believe there is no greater joy in life than seeing others blossom, grow, and reach their potential."
John C Maxwell

The 4-Hour Body--My Plan and Beginning Stats

Well, here are my starting stats for The 4 Hour Body Test. Both BMI and Body Fat % will be taken from my OMRON HBF-306. Keeping as consistent as possible with time of day and hydration when taking these measurements. I've never really taken measurements, very eye opening!
Starting Weight: 180 pounds Body Fat %: 33.3 BMI: 29 Measurements:  Arms (mid-bicep): Right 12 3/4" Left 12 1/2" Waist (at belly button): 37 1/2" Hips: 44" Legs (mid thigh): Right 22" Left 22"
Diet: 6 days a week I will be sticking mostly to the starred foods on page 72 of The 4-Hour Body. Definitely to only  foods from that page. I’ve already been scrounging for recipes to avoid boredom. There are 3  I found in my Jan/Feb copy of Muscle & Fitness Hers that are perfect!
Then on the seventh day I will have a high calorie day. He calls it a cheat day or even a binge day. I’m just not comfortable with looking at it that way because of my food issues. So, for the seventh day I’ll be adding thi…

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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…

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…

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…