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No-Boil Mushroom Lasagna Recipe From Rocco DiSpirito

I was sent this recipe to share with you. Just a little...taste of what's in Rocco DiSpirito's new book Now Eat This! Diet. Don't forget to enter to win 1 of 4 signed copies I'm giving away.

No-Boil Mushroom Lasagna SERVES 4

YEARS AGO, after she came to Hollywood and became an international film star, Sophia Loren gave the media her most sultry pose one day and reportedly said, “All you see, I owe to pasta.” Americans now know what
Italians and others have known for centuries: Pasta is cheap, chic, and healthy. I don’t like diets that give you scheduled feedings of birdseed, so, my friends, thank you for coming back to the pasta fold. This recipe uses no-boil
noodles. Mushrooms and no-boil lasagna noodles were made for each other. Because mushrooms release a lot of water during cooking, they essentially steam the noodles, thereby cooking them.


Nonstick cooking spray
2 cups reduced-fat ricotta cheese, such as Sargento
½ cup chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons chopped fr…

The Firm Express Thin in 30

Yesterday was my first day of The Firm Express Thin in can read my results for The 4 Day Kick Start Plan here. 
The workout calendar set out in the booklet that comes with this plan says if you are "new to exercise or to The Firm"...I am going to follow it this week and then decide whether I want to add in more. I am definitely NOT new to exercise. Although I think my consistency in eating and working out has slipped and this plan could be awesome at getting that back into place. We'll see. 
I do have a couple of yoga DVDs that were sent to me that I need to review, so I will probably add those in on my off days. I will also be running once a week. I have a 5k in April I'd still like to do and don't want my running to slip. I would do that with any plan...I'm a runner, it's hard to cut down to that!
I plan to stick to their eating plan as much as possible, but will also include other meals/snacks I like. I will however stick to their recommendations…

The Firm Express 4 Day Kick Start Plan Results and Review

First, I'll get right to the numbers of my results with The Firm Express 4 Day Kick Start program...

Beginning stats were:
Starting Weight: 191
BF%: 35.9
Waist: 36.5
Right thigh: 23
Right calf: 15.25
Hips: 44
Right arm: 12.5

4 Days later, final stats were:
Weight: 189
BF%: 35.1
Waist: 36
Right thigh: 22.5
Right calf: 15.25
Hips: 44
Right arm: 12.5

For 4 days, I'm very pleased with those results. Now, being that I'm measuring myself, the measurements could be a bit off. If I didn't get the measuring tape in the exact same spot for example. But I measured my waist twice and am pretty sure I got it right. .5 inch down shocked me.

Now, for my review of the 4 Day Kick Start plan...

Basically, it's a low calorie plan, with 50 to 60 minutes of workouts per day. The base plan was a bit too low in calories for me personally, but then I read that if you are above 150 pounds you can add a couple of snacks. Which I chose to do.

I didn't stick to it 100% perfectly, I had an extra banana …

Now Eat This! Diet by Rocco DiSpirito GIVEAWAY

Happy Monday!

I'm excited to bring you a fun giveaway today. 

Rocco DiSpirito has a new book out. I love his cookbooks, but this time it's not just an amazing cookbook, it's an entire diet/healthy living plan. And today...You can enter to win one of four signed copies! 

Read on to find out more:

"Going on a diet does not necessarily mean saying farewell to all of your favorite foods! Award-winning celebrity chef Rocco DiSpirito changed his life and his health-without giving up the foods he loves or the flavor. He has lost more than 20 pounds, participated in dozens of triathlons, and-after an inspirational role as a guest chef on The Biggest Loser-changed his own diet and the caloric content of classic dishes on a larger scale. In NOW EAT THIS! DIET, complete with a foreword by Dr. Mehmet Oz, DiSpirito offers readers a revolutionary 2-week program for dropping 10 pounds quickly, with little effort, no deprivation, and while still eating 6 meals a day and the dishes they c…

Sunday Quote

The greater danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.

Spring Break?

I. Am. Tired.

Sick kid.

Two littler ones to occupy and keep away from germified one.

Were supposed to be going on a mini vacay.

Not sure we are still.

Wondering where the break went in spring break ;)

Blog break, technology break, possibly rest of week.

Stumbling off to coffee pot.....

Protein Cookies and Protein Muffins

Today, my teen is sick, I was up for 2 hours with him in the middle of the I'll be unplugging the rest of the day, but first...

I thought I'd share some recipes I've been working on. 

First the cookie recipe...I still need to play with it a little, the consistency isn't quite right yet. As my kids say, they're too 'puffy'. But I liked them.

Puffy Banana Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies:

1 1/4 cup Coach's Oats blended in blender to a flour consistency (you could substitute whole wheat flour, or flour of your choice, but hubby doesn't eat wheat)1 cup vanilla whey protein powder (I used BSN Lean Dessert Protein in Whipped Vanilla Cream)3 packets Truvia1 tsp baking soda1 egg1 mashed banana1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce1 Tblsp butter4 Tblsp mini chocolate chipsSpray cookie sheet with cooking spray. I used about 1/2 tblsp of dough for each cookie which made about 30 cookies. Bake at 350 for 8-10 minutes. I think they need a little les…

The FIRM Express Hype or Help?

Today I begin my in depth review, aka Hype or Help Experiment, of The FIRM Express Get Thin in 30. I'm excited to try this new program, to see what results I get with it. I have to confess: I haven't done The Firm workouts previously.
Since receiving this package I have been doing my research and I'm pretty impressed and not sure WHY I haven't done The Firm workouts before.

A little info from their site:

The FIRM Express offers you: A Revolutionary Technique Called Mini Bursts, quick blast intervals combined with The FIRM's already powerful Cardio + Sculpt fitness method. Guaranteed to get you thinner, tighter and leaner - fast!30-Day, four cycle system specifically sequenced to optimize weight loss in just 30 short daysEach cycle includes three unique workouts, that's a total of 12 power-packed DVD's! PLUS a Bonus DVD to Kick Start Your MetabolismExercise LESS for FASTER results you only need 3, 20-minute workouts a week to see results, half the time than d…

Sunday Quote

You have to believe in yourself when no one else does. That's what makes you a winner.
Venus Williams

Treading Water

Since the beginning of February I've basically been treading water. Paralyzed in my efforts. 

This is a pattern for me, has been for years. I get to the last leg of this race and I choke.

I have no idea why.

I'm pondering that today.

Yes, I want to reach my goals.

Yes, I believe I can reach my goals.

So, what's stopping me?


But why?

Sorry for the rambling, just sharing my thoughts.

St. Patrick's Day

OK, so that's a random picture of my dinner last week, BUT I didn't want my blog to get pinched. It was the only green I could find ;)
Happy St. Patrick's Day! Don't drink too many green beers and try to have some good for you greens too (as pictured above! see, it works.)
Any fun plans for today?

Reality Check Time

@#$%$!! *kicks rocks*

OK, deep breath.

I haven't been weighing for about a month and a half now. Which was nice. I had begun obsessing over the scale after doing The 4 Hour Body and I needed a mental break.

Which I've done before to great success.

This time, not so much.

It was a great mental break, but, I kept feeling my clothes get tighter.

I tracked some days, but some days I didn't. I had some seriously no good bad horrible weekends. My workouts got off track the end of February. I wasn't working as hard as I normally would. I was just kind of floating along.

I have been doing much better the last 2 weeks. But, I knew there was damage done. However, I was shocked at exactly how much damage. Yes, I weighed this morning. No, it wasn't pretty.

I'm frustrated. But I'm not beating myself up. From here I move forward.

So, I decided I will go back to weighing once a week. I think I need the accountability again. I am however going to try to approach it with a …

Protein Pancake Recipes

I love protein. I just feel so much better when I keep my protein intake high.

I'm always trying to find ways to sneak more protein into my diet. My favorite way to do this is whey protein. I throw it in my morning Coach's Oats, I add it to all my smoothies, and I use it to make protein pancakes. 

I've seen protein pancake recipes that use cottage cheese, but gotta say that kind of grosses me out. I prefer something a little more believably pancakey. I've been playing around with several protein pancake recipe variations the past few weeks and think I have some winners here.

My Original Blueberry Protein Pancake:
1 Scoop Syntha-6 Vanilla Ice Cream flavor1 tsp baking powder1 egg1/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk or water1/4 to 1/2 cup fresh blueberriesStrawberries to top with if desiredThat recipe may not be for everyone. I've come to like it, but it's not quite as pancakey (I'm liking my new word) as the next few as it's mostly just whey protein. I did…

Sunday Quote

The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want.
Ben Stein

Dear Fat: Thank You

An ode to my excess body fat over the years:

Yep, I'm thankful. Thankful for who I am today because of this battle I've fought. Now, dear remaining excess body fat: please don't let the door hit you on the way out.

Hubby Guest Post

It's Sunday (although you'll be reading this Thursday...hi from Sunday), the day I normally write several posts and set them to auto-post for the week. However, today I am laying on the couch watching Netflix and quickly running out of creative steam. I haven't been feeling so great the last couple days. I jokingly asked hubby to guest post, and well, he took me up on it. What a guy ;)

My wife asked me to guest post for her today. She is really going out on a limb here, because I don't write much.

First I want to thank her for being in my life,  for my wonderful children,  nice house, and the rest of the things she does for me that I can't remember or shouldn't write on this G rated blog.

Next I would like to thank all of you. You give her support and friendship that a homeschooling mom doesn't always get, especially from a husband that works too much and was never taught much communication skills.

I don't think there is much I can tell you that she ha…

I'm a Planner and I'm OK

When you fail to plan, you plan to fail. We've all heard this, maybe heard it until we're sick of hearing it. Lately though, this has held new meaning for me.

I'm a planner. It's just my natural bent. I've talked about planning ahead before and how it helps me in this journey. 

But for some reason I find myself fighting it. Feeling like I 'should' be more spontaneous, or I 'should' eat mindfully, instead of planned meals. Should, should, should, maybe that should be a dirty word in this journey.

Sometimes I think being a blogger can be like a whole new version of peer pressure. I feel like I 'should' be doing what this person is doing, or what that person instead of doing what I should be doing. It's easy to get caught up.

And completely ridiculous.
For the last week and a half or so I have tried something new: I planned. I released my inner planner full force and let her go hog wild. I planned my meals ahead for the week. I sat down with my …

Terrific Turkey Meatloaf Recipe

I am not a chef, nor do I play one on TV...I do however play one in my kitchen occasionally. I don't know if I do everything 'right' and I doubt that I use any of the right techniques or terms, but I'd like to start sharing some of my recipes (I use this term loosely) here on my blog. 

I know, with that intro I can just feel your excitement! So, here we go...

Terrific Turkey Meatloaf

1 Large Onion-chopped
3 Cloves Garlic-minced
1 Tblsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 8 oz Pkg Sliced Mushrooms
2 lbs Ground Turkey (I use 93/7)
1/2 cup Coach's Oats
1 Large Egg
1/2 cup Tomato Sauce

Heat olive oil in skillet at medium heat, sautee onion and garlic. Pour into large mixing bowl to cool. Add mushrooms into remaining oil in skillet (if there isn't enough I sometimes add another teaspoon, doesn't take much), reduce heat a little and sautee mushrooms for a few minutes. Add Coach's Oats, egg, and mushrooms to bowl. Mix well and then add ground turkey, mix.
I usually bake this in an o…

Sunday Quote

Few things are impossible to diligence and skill; great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance.
Samuel Johnson

Denver Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon

A Twitter friend twisted my arm (not really) and convinced me to run The Denver Rock n Roll Half Marathon

I had been contemplating doing a half marathon this year, while it wasn't on my list of goals, it has been in the back of my mind that I'd like to do one if it would fit.

The Denver Rock n Roll Half is October 9th so it actually fits perfectly! Summer gives me more time to train (training is so time consuming!) with longer days and better weather. Also, October shouldn't be too hot and it's (generally) too early for snow. Perfect.

I'm excited to be doing this particular half. I have decided in 2011 I will make an effort to stretch myself. To do things outside of my comfort zone. I have spent too many years living firmly planted inside my comfort zone, it's very limiting. A big, crazy marathon in Denver is SO outside of my comfort zone. I am not big on crowds and generally choose nice, small, quiet races. But this one sounds like fun, so outside of my comfort…

My Vision Board

It's March! How the heck did that happen?! I accomplished a lot of things in February; I am making progress and good things are happening in my life in so many areas...but my weight loss efforts weren't as far up on the priority list as they should have been. I had some bad weekends and am sure I gained some weight back. Since I'm still not weighing I can't say how much (my jeans are tight), but that doesn't matter. What matters is that I put my priorities back in order. A little spring tune up is in order.

I will accomplish my weight loss goals the same way I reach any goal: setting the goal, breaking it down into action steps, and doing the work. By staying positive and believing I can make it happen. Period.

I thought I'd share my vision board. It's not actually a board, it's a wall in my office plastered with words and pictures. Each representing goals, dreams, aspirations in my life right now. It's amazing how much my life has changed since I'…

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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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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 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…

Vanilla Maple Iced Coffee

It's no secret that I'm madly in love with coffee. Hot coffee, iced coffee, plain coffee, flavored coffee, espresso, latte, cappuccino... you name it I want to marinate in it.

People often ask me if coffee is Paleo. My answer: maybe not strict Paleo, but I. Don't. Care. Cavemen did NOT drink coffee some declare. To this I reply: I am convinced that cavepeople of my ancestral line were roasting beans, crushing them, and pouring hot water over them thousands of years ahead of their time. 

OK, but seriously, I am Paleo because of the benefits I have seen eating this way. My food choices are more about how a food affects me than whether or not a caveman consumed it. Also, generally speaking, I think most people drink coffee on Paleo.

Whether or not coffee itself is Paleo, the things we add to it can be absolutely NOT Paleo. I am definitely known to splurge on a (non-Paleo) Starbucks now and then, but most of the time I prefer to keep my coffee concoctions Paleo. 

This iced-coffee …

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…