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Fitbook Giveaway Winner

Comment #5 was the winner of my Fitbook giveaway!

Brandi {1 of 2} said...
My tell 5 were Elaine, Tiffany, Brandi, Heather, IrisAnn. My aunt Joyce has heart disease. February 23, 2011 1:37 AM 
Brandi, email me at by March 2nd with your name and address. Congrats!

Coach's Oats Has Ruined Me

Coach's Oats sent me samples of their oats to review...I fell in love. All was well and good, then...I ran out.

Now it wasn't shocking to me that I fell in love with Coach's Oats. I'm a self proclaimed oatmeal freak. In fact oats have been a cornerstone of my healthy-living-weight-loss-be-the-best-me-I-can-be journey from the beginning. I have gone from instant oatmeal, to quick cook, to old fashioned, to Coach's Oats. My journey has been one of constant learning and adjustment, but what I've found for myself is that if my eating were a building, the four cornerstones of the foundation would be: oats; fruits and veggies; protein and protein and some more protein; and what I call healthy indulgences (foods I consider healthy but watch the portions) like dark chocolate, nuts, coffee with half and half, etc. So, of course I fell in love with Coach's Oats. I love me some oatmeal.

What did shock me however was last week when I ran out of Coach's Oats (note to …

Sunday Quote

All blame is a waste of time. No matter how much fault you find with another, and regardless of how much you blame him, it will not change you.
Wayne Dyer

Tracking Blog

I am going to start tracking better on my tracking blog Adventures in Tracking again. I haven't been weighing, but I feel like I've gained in the month of February. I've had good weeks and bad weeks, but overall I need to get real here. My jeans are tight, I'm going in the wrong direction. Time to adjust. I enjoyed tracking on my tracking blog and my favorite part was that it made me really think about what I was putting in my face.

I may not track daily (it can get time consuming taking pics and posting daily) but I will try to post several times a week.

Speaking of tracking....have you entered my fitbook giveaway?!

Social Media Validation

Do you ever get caught up in social media validation? By that I mean, looking at how many RT's and @'s you get on Twitter...or how many comments people leave on your blog...maybe how many emails you get from blog readers or bloggy friends. Not just looking at these things, but looking at them as if they're some measure of a person.

This last week I've realized that I have been. I've found myself thinking: hmm, no one has talked to me on twitter today, weird, and wow, that blog post only got 1 comment, wonder why? or maybe hmm, my blog views are down a little, what am I doing wrong? and my favorite why did those bloggers unfollow me on twitter? did I offend?

Now, I do look at my blog as more than just an online journal, so I do pay attention to views and comments and metrics like that, but here's the thing: when did all of that cross over into feeling I need these things to feel OK? Because it has!

The last week I've found myself feeling bad because ce…

My Running Playlist

What's on your workout playlist?

My running playlist is kind of corny. Sort of a mix of utter randomness and pre-teen pop? 

Ya, something like that.
It's a happy playlist.
Hey, whatever gets me through the run right?
So, for your amusement...entertainment...curiosity...whatever, I thought I'd share my running playlist:
Love Story (Pop Mix) Taylor Swift How Do You Sleep? Jesse McCartney Unwritten Natasha Bedingfield Pocketful of Sunshine Natasha Bedingfield Since U Been Gone Kelly Clarkson Circus Britney Spears Miss Independent Kelly Clarkson Just Dance Lady GaGa When I Grow Up Pussycat Dolls My Hallelujah Song Julianne Hough (my favorite song) The Climb Miley Cyrus Ray of Light Madonna Don't Stop the Music Rihanna Hot N Cold Katy Perry Washed By the Water Needtobreathe Stay Sugarland Red High Heels Kelly Pickler Live Your Life T.I. Feel That Fire Dierks Bentley Song of the South Alabama Objection Shakira So What Pink Cowboy Take Me Away Dixie Chicks Hips Don't Lie Shakira Before He Cheats Carri…

Fitbook Giveaway!

As you probably know, February is Heart Month. Fitbook (my favorite tracking tool) has teamed up with The American Heart Association to encourage women to GO RED.
I participated in spreading the news with their blog your heart out day and was chosen to give away a fitbook here on my blog. Hooray! Now, to the good be entered to win your own fitbook: Must be a US resident.Leave a comment below telling me: the first names of the women you signed up as part of tell 5 save lives; or tell me if you or someone you know has been affected by heart disease.You can also tweet, blog, or facebook (or all 3) about this giveaway and leave me a comment below that you did, please include a link to this post.Winner will be chosen via from comments on this post Monday February 28, 2011 noon my time (mountain).
Good luck and happy heart month!
Disclaimer: I am hosting this giveaway for fitbook and receive no compensation for this post.

Embracing My Behind

Lately I feel perpetually behind. 

Behind on my writing.

Behind on my workouts.

Behind on my housework.

Behind on my weight loss.

Behind, behind, behind. Seriously, let's not even discuss my gmail inbox.

With all of the things on my plate it seems like there are so many days I'm doing good to just tread water. I feel like I'm in a constant state of trying to catch up. Here's the thing though: in always tending to look forward to the day when I'll be 'caught up'...I am missing today.

Yes, there are a lot of things on my plate right now, but at the same time they were all carefully chosen by me. I am mindful to not be busy just for the sake of busy. I try to watch my priorities and say no when I need to say no. So, why do I feel so overwhelmed lately?

I think the root of my problem here is I still struggle with thinking I need to do all these things perfectly. I'm a recovering perfectionist I guess you could say. I realize full-well that I will never be perfect a…

What Are Your 3?

I think a lot of times we tend to focus on the negatives of healthy living. We look at the things we have to take away, we look at the hard work that needs done, we look at the daunting amount of weight we have to lose. We look at the can'ts instead of the cans. 
This negative focus only fosters feelings of deprivation and resentment.
For me, it helps to focus on the positive. I try to  look at the things I'm adding in instead of what I'm taking out. I try to focus on the cans instead of the can'ts. Just a little shift in focus can change everything. It can take me from feeling deprived and resentful of my healthy living goals to enjoying the journey.
Instead of thinking of what you can't have or do, how about asking yourself: What are 3 new healthy foods you want to try?What are 3 reasons you want to improve your body/health?What 3 new activities do you want to try this year?What are 3 positive things you notice about yourself when you are making healthy choices?What …

Sunday Quote

Ninety-nine percent of all failures come from people who have a habit of making excuses.
George Washington Carver

You Don't Have to Have Deep Pockets

Yes, there are a lot of great books, DVDs, fitness games, etc out there, but if you can't afford to go out and buy them there are always options

Of course we can just go out for a walk. We can do things like jumping jacks and push ups. All free. 

As far as information goes, there's information overload online! 

There is always something we can do. And let's face it, something is always better than nothing.

Point being, finances are NOT an excuse to not live healthy. 

Case in point, my latest library haul:
These are all things I've been wanting to read/try lately, but didn't want to shell out the money for (yes, I'm cheap). There are many books/workouts I happily buy. But for things like Zumba, that I'm just not sure about, I'm ecstatic when I find them at the library to try first! Yes folks, that's a Zumba DVD in there. I'm not real big on dance workouts, but this one intrigues me. Sometimes you have to wait a while on a holds list, but if I wind up…

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That's Not My Name

This post is inspired by the Ting Tings. Yes, bizarre, I know. My creative process runs a muck often.

You see, I have this song on my running playlist:

In some weird way, it inspires me. OK, maybe I have no idea what the words really say, and I take it to say completely different. Meh, I'm OK with that.

OK, backing up a bit. I was pregnant at age 17 and after having my oldest son, I was lost. I had no idea what to do with my life. Here I was in charge of another human life and not doing such a great job with my own. After attempting to be married to his father for a brief, horrible, time I was on my own.

I decided I needed to put myself through college. If I was going to be able to afford to support us I needed better than a high school education. 

It was a rough time. I worked full or part time and went to school full time. Add to that being a single mom and yes, my life was beyond hectic. And stressed. And tight on money. And lonely...and, and, you get the picture.

I turned to food a …

Are You Going to Fitbloggin?

Last year I wanted to go to fitbloggin. Really. Badly. 

However, I couldn't afford it and as a fledgling blogger sponsorship wasn't in the cards. I sat at home and hung on every tweet and every post from the bloggers who attended. 

I promised myself I would go in 2011.

You may have read about my love for Coach's Oats. If not, go read...I'll wait. 

Not only am I head over heels for the product, but the company too. They value bloggers, they get bloggers, they're just an amazing company all the way around. 

So, when they approached me offering to sponsor me to fitbloggin I was say the least! 

I am so excited to have such an amazing sponsor with a product I am a true fan of, sponsorship or no.

I'M GOING TO FITBLOGGIN! Woooo! (insert happy dance here)

Have you tried Coach's Oats? Will I see you at fitbloggin??

P.S. Happy Valentine's Day! In my excitement I forgot all about it. Oops.

Sunday Quote

Your relationships can only be as healthy as you are.
Neil Clark Warren


Today I am joining bloggers around the globe along with fitbook and the American Heart Association for Blog Your Heart Out Day. A day for us to speak up about the number one killer of women--heart disease.
February is American Heart Month. A few facts from The American Heart Association: Heart disease is the number one cause of death among women 20 and older, killing about one woman every minute.More women die of heart disease than the next four causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer.90% of women have one or more risk factors of developing heart disease.On average 2200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day, an average of 1 death every 39 seconds.Staggering facts, yes? I had no idea.
The American Heart Association has a great page on getting healthy to fight back at this killer. It discusses things we can do, like losing weight, quitting smoking, exercising, etc. Definitely go check out that link. 
Ladies, I encourage you to join the go red for women movement on…

I am not easily defeated!

I had the craziest evening last night, I just had to share my story. 

I was supposed to host the #FitStudio chat on twitter. My internet went down yesterday morning. I wasn't too worried, it does this on occassion.

So, I called the company. Now, we have rural, out in the middle of nowhere, something close to high speed type internet....ya, the joys of rural living. The guy on the phone, who is always the same guy on the phone, said he had a line of people in front of me and he would call me back.

No call. None. So, I decided I would go out to my in-laws because they live about 5 miles away on the family ranch where they can get DSL. Lucky them.

Went out to start my Durango. The driver door was frozen shut. All other doors were locked. The keys? In it.

Frantically, I came in looking for spare keys. Couldn't find. So, I go back out and hammer at the ice on the outside of the car, get most of it broken off. Still won't open.

I have called hubby 5,000,003 times by now with no answer…

Healthy Living Lessons From my Kids

We really can learn a lot from our kids. If left to their own devices, for the most part, kids seem to know what to choose, what to do to be healthy. Granted society has marketed much junk at them, but it's our job as parents to wade through that. I think we all probably know what to choose, deep down. Many of us have just spent years ignoring it. Pushing it down. I really do think we have a lot to learn from those that haven't yet ignored their natural instincts.

From my sweet 5 year old I have learned "Full, but not real full." He says this after every meal. What he means is that he is satisfied, but not stuffed. What a concept, right?

From my awesome 7 year old I have learned that we just "Gotta get outside and play." Winters are hard for this son. He is quite the outdoors-man. The other day it was snowing and there was about a foot of snow on the ground. He donned his big coat, gloves, boots, hat, the whole spiel and tromped out into the elements. You see…

Every Day Can Be Monday!!

Well, if you're not fond of Mondays that title may not delight you. But it's true, every day can be Monday or be January 1st...a fresh start that is.

I had a bad weekend. OK, bad is kind. Monumentally terrible? Yes, that's a bit closer. I didn't just fall off the wagon, I lit it on fire and rolled it down a rocky cliff side with a river of lava at the bottom...ya, something like that.

I binged. It is hard to admit that, but it is true. I binged pretty much all weekend long. Yesterday too. 

My pants are now tight. Like, tight, tight. I'm glad I'm not weighing because I don't want to see it. It's crazy how much weight I can gain so quickly. Yet it takes forever to take weight off. Sigh. Such is my metabolism. 

I screwed up (understatement). I stumbled (don't we all). Now what?

Well, first, I will not beat myself up, been there, done that, it's no help and no good for me.

Second, back to basics. Today I will: workout at least 30 minutes and track my food…

Sunday Quote

The weakest living creature, by concentrating his powers on a single object, can accomplish something: the strongest, by dispersing his over many, may fail to accomplish anything.
Thomas Carlyle


Call it my new mantra, or maybe it's a positive affirmation? Who knows. But I find myself repeating:

Expecting the positive, expecting the positive, expecting the positive...

a lot lately. Just reminding myself.

Do you EXPECT the positive?

Recent Reads

Thought I'd share what I've been reading lately.

The Great Fitness Experiment. Loved this book. Good information on a lot of different fitness options along with some funny stories, all woven together with a touching account of Charlotte's battles with an eating disorder and over-exercising. Recommend.
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. Wow. Really made me think and examine my life. Highly recommend. The Paleo Solution. Enjoyed. Very informative. If you're curious about Paleo, definitely recommend. While I enjoyed The Paleo Diet by Loren Cordain, I would say this is a better read. Gold Medal Fitness. This book was just OK for me. I wound up skimming the last half. Not a plan that's for me. The New Rules of Lifting for Women. Liked this book, but it wasn't much new information to me. I was glad I checked it out from the library instead of buying. If you're new to weights it might be a good read for you.
I tend to devour books. I read a lot. My library is definit…

Excuse Busting

What's your top excuse?

You know, the one you use to make it OK while you eat half a tub of ice cream or a pan of brownies (what, that's just me?). 

Mine is "Oh, I just don't care!"

Nonsense, right? Absolutely. But it's the one I use. Over and over again I have told myself this.

Thing is, I DO care. Obviously. Still, it's my go to excuse when I want to throw everything out the window and be stupid.

So, today I'm sitting down and writing out: Why I DO care. Then, next time I tell myself that I in fact do not care I will take out my journal and read it. Will it help? It's the best idea I have at the moment!

How about you? What's your top excuse?

**2011 journal exercise: Write down your top excuse. Now, write out why it's absolute bunk. Be detailed, be real with yourself.

My New Love

I am an oatmeal freak. Yes, yes I am. I LOVE my oatmeal. Not only is it one of my favorite go-to breakfasts, but I'm known to have it for lunch and dinner on occasion too. Many a no-grain diet has crashed and burned into fiery flames because I love me some oats.

(Yes, that is the hallelujah chorus coming up in the background again.) Recently I was sent some samples of Coach's Oats. And this oatmeal love!

This is what they look like un-cooked:

What makes these oats different? From their blog:

Traditional steel cut oats take about 30 minutes to cook on the stove. Coach’s Oats can be made in 3 to 5 minutes on the stove or in the microwave.You can bake with Coach’s Oats! Traditional steel cut oats need to be pre-soaked or cooked before baking.It only takes 1/3 cup of Coach’s Oats to make 1 cup of oatmeal. You would need ½ cup of rolled oats to make the same amount.Steel cut oats (and Coach’s Oats) have a lower glycemic index rating than instant oatmeal.(The GI rating measur…

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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…

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:













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…