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Going Primal 30 Day Challenge Final Weigh In

First, I'll get right to the numbers. My 30 day (OK, 28. I didn't feel the need to do a weigh in post today and then a final post on Friday, it's only 2 days) The Primal Blueprint Challenge weight loss results: 

Beginning Stats September 1st Weight 176 BF% 31.4 Waist 32.5 Right Thigh 20.5 Right Calf 14.25 Right Arm 12 Hips 41.75 Week 1 Stats Weight 175.5 BF% 31.4 (using an Omron BF monitor, results can be fickle) Waist 32.25 Right Thigh 20.5 Right Calf 14

Going Primal Day 26

Yesterday was a pretty great day eating-wise, but not such a great day workout-wise. Meaning: I didn't do the workout I'd planned. I didn't do any workout. Oops. I took an unplanned rest day. No excuses. I wasn't over-tired or feeling like I needed it, I just did. Not letting that happen again today though!

OK, my eats for Monday:

I'm going to go ahead and do my final Going Primal post tomorrow. Wednesday is my regular weigh in day and even though it's not quite the end of the month, it's only 2 days off. So final results, thoughts, all that jazz from this month will be up tomorrow.
If you haven't already, go enter to win this book:
Here's the link to my Everyday Paleo Giveaway. Go, quick, you only have until Friday.

Have a fantastic day!! I'll leave you with a random pic of some of my chickens from the weekend:



I wanted to do something special for my 500th post.

But it flew by unnoticed. 

This post is my 509th post. Time flies when you're having fun.

I guess I'll do something special for my 509th post! Like....

Words to Inspire

I used to do Sunday Quotes. I don't know how popular those posts were, but I enjoyed them.

I thought for a while I would instead do Words to Inspire.

What Would You Like to See More of ???

Changes are coming up for my blog. But that's another post. What I'd really love to know is: what would you like to see more of? If you read this blog, please leave me a comment answering that question. Even if you don't usually comment, even if you don't read that often. I really want to know what people enjoy and want to see more of.

More workout reviews? More daily food tracking posts? Vlogs? Recipes? Running stuff? Anything. What would you like to see more of?

Going Primal Days 20 and 21

I'm a day behind with my tracking, so I decided to post 2 days together. I didn't get all the pics for day 21 so that works out nicely!

Day 20 my workout was a brisk 4.25 mile walk. Day 21 was another walk, 4.2 miles in the cold and major WIND. I think that calls for bonus points.

Day 20's eats:
Day 21 was a strange eating day for sure. Hubby was home to meet with an appraiser for the house in the morning, then offered to do the kids' schooling in the afternoon. So I pretty much just ran a-muck all day. I had a nice walk with a friend in the morning sans kids. Then in the afternoon I ran off grocery shopping etc. It was bliss. But my food was weird/scattered. Anyway, my eats were:
I had a handful of macadamia nuts on the way home from the grocery store, but didn't get a pic. I'm going to take Friday, Saturday, and Sunday off from blog tracking, I'll still be tracking with My Fitness Pal, just not posting. People have been asking for me to post recipes for the fo…

Primal Pumpkin Mini Muffins

I adapted this recipe from the Pumpkin Nut Muffins recipe in The Primal Blueprint Cookbook.

Going Primal Week 3 Results

3 weeks down of my little Going Primal Experiment! I'm going to tweak a few things for the last week, but first to my results so far...

What is Paleo? What is Primal? What's the Difference?

I have had a lot of questions on Paleo and Primal. Questions on Paleo/Primal eating as well as fitness. A common question I get is: What is the difference between Primal and Paleo? Another one is: What should I be eating on Paleo (or Primal)? Or, how should I be working out... You get the picture. Lots of folks are confused or just wondering what the heck they are. 

Going Primal Day 19

Today was a great day. Busy. Homeschooling, housecleaning, life stuff. 

I took a rest day today since I had planned to rest yesterday, but then decided to walk 4 miles because my mom had the kids (free time? what? what?). 

Primal Grocery Haul

I went grocery shopping over the weekend.

Going Primal Day 15

Wow, I'm halfway through my little Going Primal experiment. I feel great. My eating and workouts were awesome this week. Yesterday (day 15) I took an unplanned rest day. I was just feeling very sore and tired, so I listened to my body and skipped a workout. 

My eats:
Breakfast was some Applegate turkey bacon (love that stuff), three large strawberries, and a cup of Green Mountan Sumatran Reserve coffee with one tablespoon of organic whipping cream. Mid-morning I had another cup of coffee with a tablespoon of whipping cream with a handful of:
Lunch was a smoothie: 1 cup water, 1 tablespoon whipping cream, 1 cup frozen strawberries, 1 scoop Jay Robb vanilla whey protein, and 1 tsp matcha green tea. Yum. You could easily omit the water and cream and replace it with coconut milk if you prefer. I also sometimes add fresh spinach. Peeled and ate an entire grapefruit for a snack. Dinner was my modified version of the Coconut Curry recipe from the Primal Blueprint Cookbook. I don't use coco…

Going Primal Days 12, 13, and 14 Vlog

I started my tracking blog because I was doing daily tracking posts and also doing lots of regular posts on this blog. My reasoning was that I didn't want to bombard people with that many posts on this blog. For those interested in the daily stuff they could follow my tracking blog. Others would just have the usual stuff on this blog. 

However, I haven't had time with our homeschool year starting to post as much on this blog OR that one. So, for the rest of my Going Primal tracking I will be posting my tracking vlogs here.

I am just a blogger, not a doctor, trainer, or any sort of health professional. What you read here are my personal experiences and opinions. Of course, always consult your doctor before trying a diet, supplement, or new workout program.

Going Primal Week 2 Results

The title of this post was almost: I am perplexed. Random, but do you watch The Upside Down Show? The word perplexed will forever remind me of that show. Anyway, it was almost the title of the post because when I got up and weighed this morning I was perplexed! I just knew the scale had moved this week. Nope. Moving on...

Beginning Stats
Weight 176
BF% 31.4
Waist 32.5 Right Thigh 20.5 Right Calf 14.25 Right Arm 12 Hips 41.75 Week 1 Stats Weight 175.5 BF% 31.4 (using an Omron BF monitor, results can be fickle) Waist 32.25 Right Thigh 20.5 Right Calf 14 Right Arm 11.75 Hips 41.75 Week 2 Stats Weight 175.5 BF% 31.5 (I really am wondering how accurate this BF monitor is) Waist  32 Right Thigh 20.25 Right Calf 14 Right Arm 11.75 Hips 40.75
After taking my measurements I felt better, still perplexed, but better. While the scale is still not going down I am glad that I take measurements also.  My waist, thigh, and hip measurements all went down again. So, I am making progress. Whether the scale wants to tell me so …

Just Bucks

Last week I went to the grocery store and the Starbucks sign said:
True enough.

Then this week it just said:

The truth and nothing but?

Going Primal 30 Day Challenge--Week 1 Weigh In

First, I'll get straight to my first week's results on The Primal Blueprint:
Beginning Stats
Weight 176
BF% 31.4

Waist 32.5 Right Thigh 20.5 Right Calf 14.25 Right Arm 12 Hips 41.75 Week 1 Stats Weight 175.5 BF% 31.4 (using an Omron BF monitor, results can be fickle) Waist 32.25 Right Thigh 20.5 Right Calf 14 Right Arm 11.75 Hips 41.75 My first week going Primal I lost half a pound and 3/4 of an inch total. Not bad. I suspect most people would experience bigger losses their first week on Primal, but since I was going Paleo to Primal I'm very pleased with those results.

I'm enjoying Primal. Not going to lie, I LOVE having the organic whipping cream in my coffee. I also really enjoy having whey protein smoothies back. Trying not to go back to using them as a crutch for my protein intake though. Overall I think this is absolutely something I can enjoy long term.

I went back and forth on the whole tracking thing for this experiment. In the book Mark Sisson suggests you track (at least at …

Going Primal 30 Day Challenge

My day 1 of Going Primal was September 1st, so I'm a little bit late getting this up (considering my first weigh in will be Wednesday!). But I thought I should still post my beginning stats and all that jazz for my Going Primal experiment.

Beginning Stats

Weight 176 BF% 31.4% Waist 32.5 Right Thigh 20.5 Right Calf 14.25 Right Arm 12 Hips 41.75
Weigh ins/updates will be weekly on Wednesdays. I'll also be doing daily tracking via videos or posts at Adventures in Tracking if you're interested in more detail like foods I'm eating, workouts I'm doing, etc. Here's a little taste of what I do over on that blog:

Resources I'll be using for this experiment: I'll be using this cookbook quite a bit:

And I was curious, so I pre-ordered this:

I'll be back Wednesday with my thoughts on my first week of Primal as well as with my measurements and weigh in!
I am just a blogger, not a doctor, trainer, or any sort of health professional. What you read here are my personal experien…

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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: