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Total Body Pilates Winner!

The winner of the Total Body Pilates set is:
Susan Pola! Congrats! Susan, please email me your mailing info and your prize will be on its way!
A huge thank you to everyone that entered. If you didn't win, don't fret...I *might* be back later today with another giveaway...OK, I will.

How To Lose Weight, Get Fit, and Be Healthy For The Rest of Your Life.

I tweeted this yesterday:

Kerri OK, if my start weight was 235 (best guess, wasn't weighing) I've lost 60 pounds so far...that I am celebrating today.
I tweeted it not to brag, but because I was trying to shift my focus. Trying to stop looking at the plateau I've been struggling with lately, to stop looking at the last 20 pounds or so I have to go and to truly appreciate how far I've come. To remember where I've come from and truly appreciate where I am. Which took me on a little trip down memory lane.

Weigh In Wednesday 10/26

I debated whether I still wanted to include my Wednesday weigh ins when I changed my blog to Fitviews. The decision was: absolutely! I very much so want to still share my story, my struggles, my successes. The accountability and support I receive here is priceless.

Recipe: Spaghetti Squash Spaghetti

I was nervous about trying the whole spaghetti squash as spaghetti noodles thing. But everyone on twitter raved about it, so I tried it...and...I LOVE it! Hubby loved it too. The kids, well they may take some more convincing. But they're not the adventurous sort.

Wednesday Weigh In 10/19

After the rough week I had last week I actually expected a gain this week. Happily, I was wrong. I lost half a pound from last week. I will take that and run! I didn't measure last week, but I did weigh in on the Awesome by August page. 

This week:
Weight 175 (I had been up to 175.5 last week)
Waist 32
Right Thigh 20.5 Right Calf 14 Right Arm 11.75 Hips 40.5
I really, really, like, really want to see the 160's. I have not seen the 160's in...16 years maybe? I. Will. Get. There.
Here's to a great week!

Ch-ch-changes coming...

As I mentioned last week, my blog has some changes coming. First of which will be a name change and a re-design. For the next several days my blog will be under construction...please forgive the dust ;)

Want to know what the new name will be? Hop on over and 'like' my new facebook page!

Keep Pushing

I had a rough week last week.

The week started out great. I was eating Paleo, got some great workouts in, I was feeling on top of the world...then...well, then there was some tough stuff going on with some people in my husband's family. I was feeling hurt, emotional, all that good stuff...and I turned to food. Big time. There were bagels and sugar cookies involved (I don't even like sugar cookies, wth). The bad situation compounded with the bad eating choices ended the week with an overall down in the dumps me.

Friday I posted this on facebook:

Kat DoesDiets The last two days have been bad. Some emotional hurtful stuff going on with hubby's side of the fam. I turned to food. I lost my fight...
No more. Today is a good day. Tomorrow will be even better.

Thank you to everyone who commented, liked, and gave me support. It meant so much. Seriously, what would we do without facebook?! 

I only worked out twice last week. I did not meet the goals I'd set. I'm being truthful, I&…

Take a Break, Take a Listen

I cannot get enough of these two songs lately. They just make me happy:

I hated this song when I first heard it, so I find it funny that I love it now!

Love, love, love, love this song.
What songs are you obsessed with lately? 
Excuse me while I play these for the 5 bazillionth time and dance around my kitchen...

Finishing 2011 Strong

Wow, do you realize that we are in the tenth month of the year?! Tenth. That means we have 3 months (well, a little less actually since it's the 12th) before the new year. 

How many of us started out this year with BIG goals, BIG plans, only to let them fritter and fizzle? If that's not you, if you've stuck to your game plan, awesome! But if it is you, don't despair! And absolutely don't just give up and wait for the new year.

Goal Weight, Schmoal Weight

My goal weight is 140 pounds. Or wait, maybe it's 145 pounds. Well, I am gaining muscle, maybe my goal weight is 150? 

Hmmm, maybe we should talk sizes. A size 2? Ahahahahaha! I just fell off my chair. Size 4? Still pretty small for me. Size 6? That sounds nice. Size 8? Wouldn't be the worst thing. But what would that look like exactly?

I've Found My Lobster

Yep, you read that right...I've found my lobster

No, not my husband, although he definitely is. I'm talking my 'diet' lobster. It's Paleo. Yep, we're perfect for each other. Meant to be you might even say. 

Anyone who's followed my blog for long has seen me test and try out, suffer through and throw by the wayside many an eating plan.

Paleo works for me. I feel my best eating this way. It's my lobster. 

Internet Vacation

OK, that was hard. Taking an entire week off the internet was tough! OK, OK...there *may* have been some You Tube involved...and I *allegedly* came back a day early...but still, it wasn't easy.

I'm back, I'm glad to be back, did you miss me, I missed you.... Deep breath, slow down, I have SO much to say!!

But I'll save that for more posts this week. I just wanted to pop in and say: I'm back!! I feel refreshed, revived, re-energized and ready to hit the ground running. Just how I had hoped I would feel after a week off.

OH, and it snowed here over the weekend. Crazy pants. That's normal weather for this crazy place I live though.
I'm off to build a snow man...see ya tomorrow!

Words to Inspire

Mobile: capable of moving. 

If this describes you. Take this moment to be thankful.

I Quit!

Yep, you read that right. I quit. I quit my blog. I quit my facebook. I quit my klout score. I quit empire avenue. I quit... twitter? Yes, twitter too. I quit.

Everyday Paleo Book Winner!

Thank you to everyone who commented on my 509th post! The winning comment (chosen by for the copy of:


Sally Anne @ PaleoRunnerGirl said...
Holy Smoked! That is so exciting! Congrats!!!September 26, 2011 5:47 AM Congrats! Email me your mailing info at Have a great weekend everyone!!
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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…

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 …

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 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…

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…

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…

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 Pumpkin Pie Cream Cheese Pancakes

I have gone back and forth with low carb since I was 24. I feel better when eating keto and I definitely have good progress with weight loss when I eat that way, but it can be a challenge to stick with. As I get older I find that the feeling better part of being low carb has become my driving motivation for sticking to it. I'm completely committed to keto now and that has me finding new ways to stick with it!

Ways such as keto pancakes. Say what-what? Yes. Low carb pumpkin pancakes no less. And? They're pretty darned yummy...

Whether you're seriously bored with your egg fast or just a low carb or keto style eater these Pumpkin Pie Cream Cheese Pancakes are for you! With only 5 grams of carbs for the ENTIRE RECIPE they'll fit nicely into your plan. They're a quick and super easy breakfast option. Plus, yes, they're delicious! And oh so appropriate for pumpkin spice season. Oh, who am I kidding, I eat them year-round.

This recipe makes 3 or 4 decent sized pancakes a…

5 Egg Fast Pancake Recipes

I'm completely obsessed with keto egg fast pancakes lately. I've been cycling on and off an egg fast to try and get some traction again with my weight loss and we all know egg fasts can get pretty boring!

I thought I'd compile all of my egg fast pancake recipes into one easy post for my egg fasting brothers and sisters...

5 Keto Egg Fast Pancake Recipes1. First up, these Sweet Cinnamon Egg Fast Pancakes are completely delicious. They're an amazing option if you're tired of traditional low carb ways to have eggs. In describing all of my egg fast pancakes, I'd say they're maybe a tad bit crepe-like in consistency, more eggy. Definitely not the consistency of a traditional wheat flour pancake, but an amazing treat when you're egg-fasting! These Sweet Cinnamon KETO Pancakes are a seriously tasty addition. With only 4 grams of total carbs for the ENTIRE RECIPE, they'll fit nicely into your plan.

This recipe makes 3 or 4 decent sized pancakes and comes in at…
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