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Supreme 90 Day Final Results and Review

I've completed 30 days on the Supreme 90 Day System. Last Thursday was when I took my results, but I'm just getting to posting my review today...So, do I think this system is hype or help? First, the numbers. 

My Starting Stats: Weight: 184
BF%: 34.1%
Waist: 35.5
Right thigh: 22
Right calf: 15
Hips: 43.5
Right arm: 12

My 30 Day Stats:
Weight: 176
BF%: 31.5%
Waist: 34
Right thigh: 21.5
Right calf: 14.75
Hips: 42.5
Right arm: 12

Quick Notes

I did tweak this plan a little. For this workout you will need hand weights and a stability ball.
Best Workout Value
I won't beat around the bush. I love this set of workouts. They are the best workout value I have seen in a while! $19.99?! Wow. I give Supreme 90 Day 4.5 stars and absolutely think it is help, no hype here. The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is the packaging is a little cheap and the trainer mis-calls moves some. Nothing that should keep anyone from buying them though, they rock. Seriously.

I highly recommend this system for intermedi…

Sunday Quote

If your ship doesn't come in, swim out to meet it.
Jonathan Winters

Fitbloggin Humor Session Full Video!

This was totally worth holding my arm in the air for the whole session!! (don't worry, the feeling has now returned). I am so happy to share with all of you this awesome session from fitbloggin featuring Sue, Jack, and Charlie

A little shaky at some points, shifting positions when my arm got tired, etc and hopefully minimal crunching from my popchips snacking during the session. But well worth the watch. Good. Stuff.

My camera randomly went off, so there's about 5 minutes in the 2nd video. I missed a couple seconds where Charlie basically said that it has taken her long enough to accept herself for who she is and she is not going to compromise that for a brand.

Trying to grow my you tube channel, I would love it if you guys could 'like' this on you tube, comment on you tube, etc. THANK YOU!

Grab a bowl of Coach's Oats, settle in, and enjoy! ;)

Fitfluential Ambassador Appication

If you haven't heard of Fitfluential, you should definitely check it out. 

For my application I would like to talk a little about my passion for fitness. In particular my passion for running.

I was never a runner. Never. Running the mile for the fitness test in high school was pure torture to me. 

I didn't start running until I was 30. It began as a simple mathematical equation: me+running=burning the most calories in the shortest amount of time. It was all about the weight loss.

Then I decided to try a 5k. That changed everything. And when I say everything, I mean my entire life.

My only goal for the 5k was to run the entire thing. Which I did. I didn't know if I could, I didn't believe in myself at all at that point in my life. Then, I crossed the finish line. I'd done it! I'd set a goal, I'd trained, I'd accomplished it. Somehow I changed that day. It seems impossible to even explain everything that was set in motion at that finish line. I began to believ…

Coach's Oats Prize Packs Winners!

Thank you to everyone who tweeted to enter! 

The fitbloggin winners were:



The didn't get to go to fitbloggin winner was:


Congrats!! Email me your mailing address

I will add the pics that they tweeted to this post...when Blogger decides to work like it's supposed to. Someone remind me why I'm still on Blogger?! :)

So..I Went To This Thing Called Fitbloggin

I was terrible at taking pictures this weekend. So many people I wish I'd gotten pictures with. If you have pics with/of me that I don't have here. PLEASE email them to me!
Anyway, my journey in pics:


Oh. My.

So. Fun.

So. Tired.

Much. Much. Much. More to come.

Back. Later.


Sunday Quote

Some seek the comfort of their therapist's office, other head to the corner pub and dive into a pint, but I chose running as my therapy.
Dean Karnazes

Fitbloggin Giveaway Fun With Coach's Oats

My oat-standing Fitbloggin sponsor and I have brainstormed for some fun ways to do fitbloggin giveaways. Are you ready to win some of the world's best oats?! (Yes, I get a little excited about my oats)

If you're going to Fitbloggin you will find a little something oat-tastic in your goody bag. But let's not stop there! Find me at Fitbloggin and snap a pic of you and me, tweet it to @coachsoats and you'll be entered to win a fun oat-a-licious prize pack. (I'll add a pic of the prize when I get it, just wanted to get this post up asap!). If your phone can't do this, we can use mine!

Plus, 2 bloggers will have the option to host a Coach's Oats giveaway on your blog if you'd like!

If you're NOT going to Fitbloggin (as promised) I've not forgotten about you! Tweet @coachsoats a pic of you doing something fit to enter to win one of the same prize packs! Anything fit: walking, running, dancing, hop-skotching, juggling oranges standing on one ge…

Adventures in Fitbloggin Day 1

What. A. Day. Seriously.
I really thought I was going to miss my flight this morning. 
I got up at 2:30 am, but still left in just enough time to make it. Mistake number one!
We went a few miles down the road and there was fog so thick you could barely see to drive. Then, I almost hit a deer. I’m sorry little deer, but the middle of the road, in the dark, in the fog, is just not the place for you. 
To top that, hubby tells me (as I'm trying to figure out why I can't see) the car has a headlight out. So brights were too bright to see in the fog, but dims were so dim I could barely see at all. I drove the whole way paranoid I was going to get pulled over for the headlight and definitely miss my flight.
I drove much too fast for such conditions, but still way too slow to get to the airport an hour and a half early as planned. Generally I shoot for 2 hours early, but the website said otherwise. Hindsight.
Next, we have to stop for gas! Can we say bad planning? Yes. There wasn’t en…

Come With Me To Fitbloggin

No, I'm not giving away a ticket to fitbloggin, dang, I know. But I want to take those of you that are unable to go!

I vividly remember being one of the ones that didn't get to go last year. Finances wouldn't permit it and my blog was just a baby blog (you know, way back then, a year ago) so sponsorship wasn't really an option. So, at home I sat.

I hung on every tweet, every post, every video from attendees. It was like I could still experience a little piece of it.

This year I plan to do that for all of you that may be sitting home wanting to experience a little of fitbloggin. I'm taking my flip and I'm sure people will be tired of it by the end of the conference (that's my goal anyway). I'm taking my laptop and of course my Blackberry. All of this so that, virtually anyway, I can take you!

I'll also have some giveaways for those of you that can't attend and are missing out on the fitbloggin swag.

So, follow me on twitter, subscribe to me on You Tub…

Supreme 90 Day and Body Confidence Hybrid Weeks 2 and 3 Results

Week 2 results didn't get posted last week. Too much going on! I only weighed, but I will post that.

First, to recap, Week 1 Results Were:
Weight: 181
BF% 33.7% (Please note, I'm using an at home Omron BF monitor, results may not be perfect, but it's just how I track this.)
Waist: 35.25
Right thigh: 21.5
Right calf: 14.75
Hips: 43
Right arm: 12

Week 2:
Weight: 179.5

Week 3 Results:
Weight: 178
BF%: 32.5%
Waist: 34.75
Right thigh: 21.5
Right calf: 14.75
Hips: 42.75
Right arm: 12

I am very pleased with those results. I am also still really enjoying these workouts.

This week is going to be a little tricky because I have fitbloggin (yay!!!) Thursday through Sunday. I'm going to stick to the Body Confidence eating plan as well as I can, but won't be able to do my Supreme 90 workouts. Although I will have a 5k to run and plenty of other chances to be active during those day.

Also, Instead of doing a week 4 results post, I'm going to wait 2 days and just do the final 30 day results post.


Sunday Quote

Take the first step in faith. You don't have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.
Martin Luther King Jr.

OOTD Good Ole Comfort Oats

Yesterday I had a very hectic day. All good things, just hectic. Lots to do. This morning I woke up to a cold drizzly day and that time of the, some good old comfort oats were in order:
1/4 cup Coach's Oats cooked with 3/4 cups water. Then added 1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder, 1/4 tsp Saigon Vietnamese Cinnamon (LOVE this cinnamon, I get it from My Spice Sage), 1/2 sliced banana and 1/4 oz chopped walnuts.

Today's OOTD stats:
287 calories
37 grams carbs
7 grams fat
16 grams protein

Bowl lickin' good.

Are you are joining me tomorrow for #oatchat??

OOTD Running Out The Door

Today's oatmeal of the day is blueberry overnight oats: I knew I'd be running out the door this morning to get my hair done (wooo!) so I planned ahead and made some protein packed overnight oats:
1/4 cup Coach's Oats, 1 cup 0% plain greek yogurt, 1/4 cup frozen blueberries, 1 packet Truvia. Stir together, cover, and pop it in the refrigerator overnight. Eat cold. So good!
Today's OOTD stats:
278 calories
37 grams carbs
0 grams fat (oops, probably will add some almonds or walnuts next time)
25 grams protein

I'm off! How did you fuel your day?

OOTD and an OW

I've seen OOTD on You Tube and usually it means outfit of the day. Well, you're not getting that here. Cropped sweats and a t-shirt? Ooo la la. Ha ha ha.

My OOTD stands for what else, but...oatmeal of the day!

This week I'll be gearing up for the Twitter chat on Fueling Your Day, so I thought I'd share how I fuel my day.

Most days, I start out with my basic bowl:
1/4 cups Coach's Oats cooked with 3/4 cup water. I Microwave them for 2 minutes (watching because these puppies expand and can boil over. If they start to boil up in the bowl I just open the microwave for a couple seconds). Then 1 scoop vanilla protein powder stirred in (today I used BSN's Lean Dessert Protein). That's my basic bowl. To add variety I add blueberries, strawberries, bananas, cinnamon, get the idea. Whatever I have on hand. Today it was:
My basic bowl with 1/2 cup sliced strawberries. Yum squared. 
Today's OOTD stats were:
295 calories
34 grams carbs
4 grams fat
26 grams protein


Mother's Day Featuring Bonnie From Coach's Oats

Happy Mother's Day everyone! Today I'd like to feature a fit mom that inspires me.  We all know how hard it can be to balance our busy lives with our health and fitness. I think that Bonnie aka Mrs. Coach's Oats does an amazing job at this.
Bonnie has always made fitness an important part of her life. As a teenager she competed in gymnastics and swimming as well as worked out on a regular basis. In college she competed in swimming and was also in the dance program at University of Illinois. She even ran a marathon less than 6 months after finishing collegiate swimming. Amazing. She then continued this active lifestyle throughout her adult life, even after kids. We all know how tough that can be. Bonnie competed in triathlons until she got pregnant with her oldest son Nolan.  After having her second son Calvin she began teaching pilates and spin classes. The part of her fitness story that amazes me most is that Bonnie began competing in fitness and figure competitions after t…

Sunday Quote

Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.
Abraham Lincoln

You're Invited!

To a Twitter chat

Throw on your best party dress (I know I will be), or maybe some cute running shoes (or both, hey it's an option) and come join me Thursday, May 12th at 6:30-7:30 Mountain Time, 7:30-8:30 Central, 8:30-9:30 Eastern on Twitter. I will be hosting a fun-fit-healthy Twitter chat along with Lizzy from Coach's Oats.

Our topic will be 'Fueling Your Day'.

Please join us for a fun chat and some oat-tastic giveaways too! 

We'll be giving away some Coach's Oats throughout the chat to chat participants using the hashtag #oatchat.

Be sure you're following @coachsoats and me @fitviews on twitter and join us using the hashtag #oatchat.

I'll bring the Oatmeal cookies (OK, not really).

If you've never joined a twitter chat and have questions leave me a comment, I'll be happy to fill you in (I *may* be a twitter chat junky).

Hope to see you there!

**Note: Giveaway prizes can be shipped to US addresses only.

Supreme 90 Day and Body Confidence Week 1 Results

OK, basically I'm doing the Body Confidence plan with the Supreme 90 workouts. They actually go together quite nicely. I laid out my plan for week 1 in this post

My Starting Stats: Weight: 184
BF%: 34.1%
Waist: 35.5
Right thigh: 22
Right calf: 15
Hips: 43.5
Right arm: 12

Week 1 Results:
Weight: 181
BF% 33.7% (Please note, I'm using an at home Omron BF monitor, results may not be perfect, but it's just how I track this.)
Waist: 35.25
Right thigh: 21.5
Right calf: 14.75
Hips: 43
Right arm: 12

Booyah! I am happy with that. 

My week 2 plan will be:
Body confidence eating plan.
Monday: Tabata Inferno, Chest/Back; Tuesday: Ultimate Ball, Cardio Challenge; Wednesday: Rest; Thursday: Tabata Inferno, Core Dynamics; Friday: Tabata Inferno, Shoulders/Arms; Saturday: Cardio Challenge, 3 to 4 mile easy run; Sunday: Legs, Yoga. (Black is the Supreme 90 workout calendar, red is what I added.)

I am just a blogger, not a doctor, trainer, or any sort of professional. What you read here are my personal …

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Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.
Albert Einstein
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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
     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
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…

Hype or Help: Jillian Michaels Body Revolution Final Program Review

*This post contains affiliate links. I make a small commission if you purchase items by clicking these links. It costs you no more.
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! 

paleo, grilled pineapple burger, smoky grilled pineapple burger,…

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.


Paleo Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer

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

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

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…
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