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Final 30 Day Paleo Diet Results and Weigh In

My 30 Day Paleo Diet Challenge results:
Week 1 Stats
Weight 177 BF% 32.4% Waist 34.5 Right Thigh 21.5 Right Calf 14.75 Right Arm 12 Week 2 Stats
Weight 176 BF% 32.2% Waist 34 Right Thigh 21.25 Right Calf 14.75 Right Arm 12 Hips 42.5 Week 3 Stats Weight 176 BF% 31.8% Waist 33.5 Right Thigh 21 Right Calf 14.75

Things I'm Loving Right Now -- August

Things mentioned:

and I highly recommend ignoring my crazy ramblings on what he says and reading the book yourself. I know I can confuse. But this is a really awesome book on Paleo.

and my review of this book:

Cathe Intensity DVD
Cathe Lower Body Blast DVD
AppleGate Farms Turkey Bacon and Beef Hot Dogs
Chicken of the Sea Wild Caught Canned Salmon

1-Pint (16-oz) - Coconut Cream Concentrate

32-oz. - Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil - 1 quart

Shelton's Italian Turkey Sausage
Organic Valley Pasture Butter
Crystal Geyser Sparkling Mineral Water

Natural Grocers:
Fresh Ground Almond Butter
Almond Meal
Coconut Flour

There you have it, what I was obsessed with in August. I forgot the Lindt 90% Dark Chocolate and the My Spice Sage Cinnamon. That's what I get for losing my list!

FTC Disclaimer: I received the coconut oil for review, everything else mentioned I purchased myself. (I hope you guys know by now that it's irrelevant as far as making this list whether I was se…

Paleo Week 3 Weigh In

As usual, I'll just start with the numbers. My results on the Paleo diet so far:

Week 1 Stats Weight 177 BF% 32.4% Waist 34.5 Right Thigh 21.5 Right Calf 14.75 Right Arm 12

Week 2 Stats Weight 176 BF% 32.2% Waist 34 Right Thigh 21.25 Right Calf 14.75 Right Arm 12 Hips 42.5
Week 3 Stats Weight 176 BF% 31.8% (using an Omron BF Monitor) Waist 33.5 Right Thigh 21 Right Calf 14.75 Right Arm 12 Hips 42
I am baffled by my results (physical and otherwise) so far with eating Paleo. Weight loss has been only 1 pound total in 3 weeks, but I am losing inches like mad! I can feel it too. I feel thinner all over. My clothes are lose. My stomach is noticeably smaller! I've never experienced anything like this. Normally (for me) the scale and inches play nice. It's a good thing I did measurements as well as using the scale. 

10 Minute Solution Best Belly Blasters!

10 Minute Solution: Best Belly Blasters! is available for pre-order now, it comes out September 6th. 

I enjoy this DVD. I really love the versatility it offers. You can do a quick 10 minute ab routine on top of any other workout. Or you can add some of the routines together for a great stand-alone ab workout to really target that area. I also love the variety of ab workouts it offers. No boredom here.

I received 2 of these DVDs from the pr company to give away (I already had 1 of my own). One I gave away on facebook...and the second one...

Twitter giveaway time.

Comments on this post do not count as entries, you must tweet me your entries. If you aren't on twitter, it's easy to set up an account. It doesn't matter how long your account has been active, just that you tweet me your entries.

To enter:
Tweet me an entry, something like "I want to win the 10 Minute Solution Best Belly Blasters! DVD" Tweet whatever you want, just make it clear it's an entry.You must incl…

Paleo Friendly Flavored Coffee Creamer Recipe

Since going Paleo I've tried everything in my coffee and loved nothing. 

Someone suggested I google: Primal Coconut 'Crack' Creamer. This is what I came up with: Original recipe

I altered it a bit because the canned coconut milk (I think it's the guar gum) was bothering me and I'm doing NO sweeteners this month (nope, not even stevia).

This recipe is sweetener and guar gum free.

My Recipe:
1 cup water
3 tsp Tropical Traditions Coconut Cream Concentrate
1 Pasteurized Egg
2 Tablespoons Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil (melted)
1 tsp Organic Vanilla Extract
1 tsp Cinnamon
Dash Nutmeg
Throw everything together in the blender (or use a hand mixer). Mix well. Refrigerate.

Mine turned out a little runnier than the recipe I saw online, but it's yummy! It separates a little in the refrigerator, I just stir it up each time before using. I'm a happy coffee loving paleo girl now ;)

Products mentioned:
1-Pint (16-oz) - Coconut Cream Concentrate

32-oz. - Gold Label Virgin Coconut Oil -…

Paleo Week 2 Check In

First, to the numbers:

Week 1 Stats Weight 177 BF% 32.4% Waist 34.5 Right Thigh 21.5 Right Calf 14.75 Right Arm 12
Week 2 Stats Weight 176 BF% 32.2% Waist 34 Right Thigh 21.25 Right Calf 14.75 Right Arm 12 Hips (which I forgot to measure the first 2 weeks) 42.5
Starting to see things move in the right direction. One pound down and down a little in my measurements. Glad to see it. 

If you're interested in detailed tracking of what foods I'm eating, etc you can find my daily Going Paleo vlogs here.
I am starting to realize that Paleo means a lot of different things to different people. Not wildly different, but it can get a little tough when looking for what exactly to tweak to get better results. I'm thinking I should have picked a specific book (I'm liking Robb Wolf's best) to follow for this month. For instance fruit, there are differing opinions on how much someone trying to lose weight on Paleo should eat. The same with nuts and even fats. Depending where you look you will find s…

Sunday Quote

Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. ~Golda Meir

Everyday Paleo by Sarah Fragoso Review

If you've been watching my daily vlogs or weekly posts on my little Paleo experiment you know that I've been using this book a lot. I've read it completely and made many of the recipes. Now, I'm ready to share my thoughts:

Awesome By August Week 4 Prize!

I can't believe we've come to the end of this. It's been so great! Thank you to everyone who's participated and to all of our prize sponsors. You can check out their links in my left side bar. Sorry I never got a participant link up post put together. It just flew by!

OK, to the good stuff....our last prize pack is sponsored by Coach's Oats! If you've read much of my blog, or twitter, or facebook the last 6 months...this company needs no intro ;)
Coach's Oats will send our week 4 prize package winner: a full size bag of their oats, a full size bag of their MultiGrain pancake mix, and a Coach's Oats coffee mug. Hooray!

Good luck and thanks again to everyone for participating in Awesome By August this year!

Paleo Week 1 Check In

First, I'll get right to the numbers of my first week results on the Paleo diet.

Beginning Stats Weight 177 BF% 32.5% Waist 34.5 Right Thigh 21.5 Right Calf 14.75 Right Arm 12
Week 1 Stats Weight 177 BF% 32.4% Waist 34.5 Right Thigh 21.5 Right Calf 14.75 Right Arm 12
Exactly the same. The .1 difference on the BF monitor is nothing, readings on that can vary. Normally I might be discouraged, disappointed, or annoyed, but I'm not. I knew I hadn't lost anything this week, but honestly, from the amount of nuts and fruit (along with all the other yummy foods) I had over the weekend and all week long really, I would normally have expected a gain. I'm focusing on the positive, changing a few things this next week, and moving on.
What I'm loving about Paleo so far: Not having to count calories or track obsessively. Love this. Mentally this is priceless to me. I am tracking via my daily vlogs on Adventures in Tracking, but that's it. I have no idea how many calories, carbs, or protein g…

Sunday Quote

Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.

The Firm Express GIVEAWAY!

Who wants to win The Firm Express??

If you haven't noticed, I've cut back on giveaways on my site. I've decided I'm going to be pickier on which giveaways I choose to do. But this one, I jumped at. 

The folks over at Gaiam are offering an entire The Firm Express system to one of my readers.
A little taste of what The Firm Express is:

You can click here to see what comes with this system. 

Now, to the good to enter: You must be 18 and a US or Canadian Resident.Leave a comment below telling me why you're excited to try The Firm Express.Tweet about this giveaway including a link to this post and my twitter name @fitviews. Then leave a comment below that you did so. Limit twice per day.Subscribe to my You Tube channel and then leave a comment below that you did. Follow The Firm Express on twitter and then leave a comment below that you did. Please include your email or twitter name in all comments so that I can easily contact winner.You can do any or all of the a…

July Things I was Loving

I went ahead and did a quick Things I'm Loving video for July, although I'm doing Paleo right now and what I'm eating now is different, this is what I was loving last month.

Things mentioned:


Metromint waters Gotcha Matcha Cafe Grade. 
Laughing Cow Light Chipotle
Wholly Guacamole 100 Calorie Snack Packs
Eat Smart Food Scale
Gary Taubes Book:
Runner's World Magazine

Disclaimer: some of these products were sent to me for review, some I purchased myself (or in the case of the book I got it from the library and didn't purchase at all). I will never allow a company to pay or bribe their way onto this list, I hope you guys know that. These are honestly things I love that I pick to go in these videos.

Daily 'Going Paleo' Vlogs

I've decided to do daily vlogs over at Adventures in Tracking for my paleo month. If you're interested you can follow over there, or subscribe to my you tube channel for updates.

I'll do weekly weigh ins and updates on Mondays on this blog. Everything else will be over at my tracking blog.

Awesome by August Week 3 Prize!

HUGE congratulations to everyone who has stuck it out through week 3! Whether, you've lost weight, reached your goals, or just kept at it, I'm proud of everyone for sticking with staying accountable.
Our week 3 prize is sponsored by the awesome folks over at... I LOVE their chocolate probiotic bars and their Wild Strawberry Uncle Sam Cereal is among my favorites. 
Attune will be sending our week 3 random drawing winner an Attune Foods grocery bag filled with their good for you goodies! 
I'll announce the winner on the Awesome by August Facebook page.

The Paleo Diet Experiment Starting Stats

Today is Day 1 of my Paleo Hype or Help experiment, and I have to say I'm pretty excited to go Paleo for a month. I feel very prepared and ready to make it a fun month (or longer, who knows?). I LOVE trying something new. First, my beginning stats:

Beginning Stats Weight 177 BF% 32.5% Waist 34.5 Right Thigh 21.5 Right Calf 14.75 Right Arm 12
I've back-slid a tiny bit the last week. It's been hot, I've been busy, blah blah I've been making excuses to myself. Enough. I am excited to have a little re-set here. My meals are planned, my cupboards are filled with healthy Paleo foods, I'm ready!
For my workouts during this experiment I will be training for my 5k and trying out some new Cathe workouts I ordered. Click here to visit Cathe dot Com. I'll also probably throw in some random workout DVDs here and there; I have several to review right now. I aim for 5 or 6 days of workouts. I'll track my workouts and my eating over at Adventures in Tracking if you're inter…

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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…

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…

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: