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Breaking a Pattern

I have this pattern in my life.

I have a dream, I set a goal, I decide I want something...then I set out to achieve it...then, at some point along the way I freak out and start sabotaging myself.

This has been the pattern all my life. I'm afraid of success, I feel I don't deserve it. Crazy enough, at the same time, I have huge fear of failure, but somehow if I can look back and see I caused the failure it's 'better'. Ya, nice.

I had a goal, maybe a vain one, but it was important to this here blogger that struggles with her self esteem: look great for fitbloggin. (I can't believe I'm admitting this.)

I started out doing great, then, well then came the freakout, and the binges, and the gaining of the weight.

Well, I managed to turn things around a while ago and the scale started slowly going down again, but I wasn't trying my best either. A few weeks ago I screamed: ENOUGH! I will. Not. Sabotage my enjoyment of fitbloggin. I. Will. Not. (OK, I didn't really scream, but it was one of those line in the sand statements.)

Now, I realize that you all will love me whether I'm a 2 or a 14. But this is about so much more than that, this is about breaking a pattern, a self defeating pattern, that has submarined so many great things in my life. 

So, for the past few weeks and continuing on until fitbloggin I have been/will be working hard. I am eating right. I am working out and getting super sweaty on an almost daily basis. I am taking care of me. I am allowing myself to try! I even made a hair appointment. (seriously, it's been a year and a half!) This may all sound vain, but it's really not, it's about one thing: I am not letting me down again. I will not be disappointed in myself again.

Whatever I look like, whatever I accomplish by fitbloggin is really irrelevant, what I want from this is to break this damn pattern!

I hesitated sharing this, I in no way want anyone to think I'm saying you (or I) have to look a certain way, or lose weight, or anything like that to go and enjoy fitbloggin! My fellow bloggers are some of the most loving and caring and NOT judgmental peeps I've come across. It's just another example in my life of this behavior, this pattern of self sabotage. I hope my heart is coming through here.

Meet My Fitbloggin Sponsor

You've probably heard me blog or tweet about Coach's Oats before. I really do love these oats and this company. 

I love that first came the love, then came the sponsorship. It just feels right that way. I hope that every conference I am blessed enough to be sponsored for works the same way.

Today I'd like to introduce YOU to Coach's Oats. 

First I'd like to share a little about the company, the oats, the history (I've taken this from their site, no need to re-write perfection):
Lynn and Bonnie Rogers invented Coach’s Oats in their home kitchen in 1992. Lynn was the women’s gymnastics coach at California State University-Fullerton, where he was known by most as “Coach.” Bonnie worked as a graphic designer.
That winter, they decided to make a special holiday breakfast for their friends. Coach andBonnie loved steel cut oatmeal, but it took too long to cook, and rolled oats turned mushy and pasty. So they did what Coach always taught his athletes to do: They went back to basics.
Coach and Bonnie experimented with different ways of grinding, sifting and cooking whole oats called groats. After a lot of hard work, they tried something new. They put the oats into the oven before grinding them and… magic! The oatmeal was textured, nutty and flavorful. It didn’t become soggy or pasty, and it took only a few minutes to cook.
The Rogers’ family and friends loved the oatmeal, which quickly earned the nickname Coach’s Oats, and before long, Coach and Bonnie were grinding oats all weekend just to fill their friends’ orders. One of those admiring friends introduced the oats to a representative from Roman Meal Milling Company, and in 1995 Coach patented their oatmeal and Roman Meal began milling Coach’s Oats.
I just love that story. So awesome. 
What makes these oats so much better:
What makes Coach’s Oats so good? It's all part of a process that is so different from other oatmeal, it's patented!
First, let's learn a little about other kinds of oatmeal:

STEEL CUT OATS are groats cut with rotating steel blades. During this process, each groat is cut into small pieces, resulting in oatmeal. Traditional steel cut oats take 30 to 45 minutes to cook on the stovetop only. They are not microwavable.

ROLLED OATS are literally rolled flat. They are cut like steel cut oats, steamed, placed between two large rollers and pressed into the familiar round, flat shape. Rolled oats can cook more quickly than steel cut oats, but they lose their nutty texture and natural flavor.

COACH’S OATS are prepared in an entirely new way. The groats are toasted to bring the natural sugars to the surface of the oat, then cracked into small pieces. This patented Cracked n' Toasted™ process means that Coach’s Oats are never mushy, always naturally delicious and cook in just 3 to 5 minutes on a stovetop or in the microwave.
That's the Coach’s Oats difference!
And what a difference it is, Coach's Oats has seriously ruined me to regular rolled oats!
Now that you know a little more about how this great company got started
and why these oats are so truly phenomenal...I'd like to introduce one lucky
reader first hand!
To enter to win your own 48 oz bag of Coach's Oats and see the difference foryourself:

  1. Must be 18 and a US resident.
  2. Leave a comment below telling me your favorite way to have oatmeal.
  3. 'Like' Coach's Oats on Facebook, then leave a comment telling me you did so.
  4. Follow Coach's Oats on Twitter, then leave a comment telling me you did so.
  5. Tweet: "@fitviews I want to try @coachsoats for myself and see the difference!" and include a link to this giveaway. Then leave a comment that you did so.
All entries will be counted from comments on this post. Enter by Friday May

6, 2011 7 pm mountain time.

FTC Disclaimer: Coach's Oats provided the oats for this giveaway.

Supreme 90 Day System Hype or Help?

Yesterday I started day 1 of my newest Hype or Help Experiment: the Supreme 90 Day System. I will be reviewing this workout system for the next 30 days and reporting my results. You can see my initial thoughts and what comes with this package in this video:

First, just so we're all on the same page, a few things I will be tweaking:

  1. Yes, it is a 90 day system. I am not however willing to commit to 90 days at the moment. I am hoping to do the Denver Rock n Roll Half Marathon October 9th. So, I'll need to start half training June or July. I may or may not decide to finish out the 90 days and add this system onto half training. Point being, who knows! Whatever I decide I think that 30 days should give a good idea of whether this workout is hype or help.
  2. I am not going to be doing the nutrition plan that comes with this, just the workouts. Most likely I will be doing the nutrition plan from Body Confidence.
  3. I will be deviating from the workout calendar they have mapped out. I have the fitbloggin 5k coming up and want to run at least once a week. Plus, I want more cardio and core work. So, I've altered the plan to suit me. For instance my week 1 will be: Monday Core Dynamics and Chest/Back; Tuesday Tabata Inferno and Ultimate Ball; Wednesday rest; Thursday Core Dynamics and Tabata Inferno; Friday Shoulders/Arms and yoga (my own favorite yoga workout); Saturday Cardio Challenge and 3 to 4 mile run; Sunday Core Dynamics and Legs. (black is their schedule, red is what I added)
A little info from their website:
Supreme 90 Day™ is going to kick your butt and get your body ripped in just 90 days. Ordinary workouts lose steam because muscles plateau so you stop seeing results. Supreme 90 Day™ employs the power of muscle confusion to accelerate results. Each routine brings on muscle shocking moves, so your body stays challenged, so you keep getting stronger! You get ripped, you get strong and you get lean! And all without going to the gym. Supreme 90 Day is backed by real science! In an independent clinical study, an astounding 88% of participants shed excess body fat, while ripping muscles to sculpt your body.

The best thing about Supreme 90 Day™ is the price. The entire Supreme 90 Day™ system is priced at just $19.99 

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

Supreme 90 Day...hype or help? Can't wait to see.

Want to try this system with me? I have a set to give away!

To Enter to win your own Supreme 90 Day System:

Must be 18 and a US or Canadian Resident (I am springing for shipping, so I expanded on the usual US residents only)
Leave a comment below telling me the best workout bargain you've ever found. Comment by 7 pm Mountain Time on Monday May 2, 2011. At that time I will choose a winner and contest will be closed.
Good luck!

I am just a blogger, not a doctor, trainer, or any sort of 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. I was provided this workout system for review and 1 to giveaway. I receive no compensation for any posting about this product. AS ALWAYS opinions and posts are 100% honest and my own.

The Firm Express Thin in 30 Final Results and Review

I'll just jump right in for my review and results of The Firm Express Thin in 30! First, to the numbers.

Starting stats

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

End of 4 Day Kick Start Stats

Weight: 189
BF%: 35.1
Waist: 36
Right thigh: 22.5
Right calf: 15.25
Hips: 44
Right arm: 12.5

Final (End of Thin in 30) Stats

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

So, all told, on The Firm Express I lost: 

7 Pounds
1.8% Body Fat
1" in my waist
1" in my right thigh
.25" in my right calf
.5" in my hips
.5" in my right arm

I am pleased with that. The inches really surprised me! Overall I'm happy with the results I got and pleased with the workouts. I did however have to tweak quite a bit to make it work for me.

Here is what I did differently:

I kept my calories in a range from 1400-1600. Mostly at the lower end the last week. This is what works for me. The plan recommendation for my weight was 1800. It worked the first week, but then I leveled off. Tweaking the calorie range kept results coming.

I added in more cardio. Days I did the scheduled Firm workouts I added on another The Firm Express cardio DVD and sometimes the Bonus DVD too. On scheduled 'off' days for the plan I ran, did extra The Firm Express Cardio DVD's, and occasionally threw in an Insanity or other cardio DVD workout that weren't from this set. Basically I did 40-60 minutes of exercise 5 or 6 days a week. For my fitness level and goals, this is what worked for me. I understand this may confuse plan results a little, but for me 20 minutes 3 days a week just wasn't enough for my goals. I actually could not handle just the 20 minutes for 3 days a week. Exercise is my stress relief, it's my me time, I missed it. So I did what was best for me.

Maybe those not looking to lose weight could stick to the original schedule? But for anyone else, the workouts are OK, I would just recommend doing more of them more days a week.

Final Thoughts on the plan and workouts:

I really loved The 4 Day Kick Start Plan. The meal plan really allowed me to find control over my food again and I enjoyed the stacked workouts. Maybe I should have stuck with this?

I liked the Thin in 30 meal plan, but like I said, I found I needed to adjust my calories to what worked for me. 

The workouts are still tough for me. Which is sort of weird, because I've done all kinds of tough workouts. I loved the combination of weights and cardio and also loved the 'burst' (8 seconds of intense exercise followed by 12 seconds lighter moves like marching in place) portions of the workouts, but struggled with the rest. As I said in my previous video, they just aren't what I'm used to (and not what I prefer) and I have had a hard time picking the moves up and keeping up. If fast paced workouts are not your thing, this set may not be for you. I am determined to do these DVDs well! I like a challenge and I want to get these down. That will probably be a project for me later in the summer. I'd like to get the moves down so that I can up my weights and see what my results are. Right now I'm not comfortable with heavier weights (that I'm used to in most workouts) because I'm struggling with the moves/form.

I don't think I would recommend this set to an absolute workout beginner. There isn't a lot of instruction on form and you really do need to watch your form closely when moving through these moves so quickly. It seems best if you already know good form on basic moves like squats, lunges, etc. Of course, you can always look these things up on You Tube or, but I still wouldn't say this is for an exercise beginner.

Overall my best recommendation for this set is probably my recommendation for any plan: know yourself and do what works best for YOU. Don't be a slave to any calendar, or plan. Make it work for you.

I give The Firm Express 3 stars. I just don't think most people will love the workouts, but if you're into The Firm you probably will. Also, I think 20 minutes 3 times a week isn't enough for most. If you love The Firm go for this, if not, there are better systems out there. Check out my review of Body Revolution.

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.


Sunday Quote

You weren't an accident. You weren't mass produced. You aren't an assembly-line product. You were deliberately planned, specifically gifted, and lovingly positioned on the Earth by the Master Craftsman.
Max Lucado

Things I'm Loving Right Now--April

Mentioned in this video:
Chocolate and Vicodin by Jennette Fulda
The Great Fitness Experiment by Charlotte Hilton Andersen
Green Lite Bites by Roni Noone
Body Confidence by Mark MacDonald

App (sorry, I know you couldn't see this at all, but it IS great)
Sparkpeople for Blackberry

Water Bottles:
?? from Albertson's
GNC Wellbeing Water Bottle-Blue


Cashew Butter from Archer Farms available at Target
Coach's Oats Multigrain Pancake Mix
Food For Life Ezekiel Pockets
Orowheat Sandwich Thins

Sunday Quote

The significant problems we face cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them.
Albert Einstein

The Firm Express What's in the Box and Initial Thoughts

Just a video on what comes with The Firm Express System, my initial thoughts so far, etc.
Gaiam - As Seen on TV

4 Day Kick Start Results and Review
Final Thoughts

I am just a blogger, not a doctor, trainer, or any sort of 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. I was sent this workout system for review.

Final Drawing for Rocco DiSpirito Signed Books

OK, so two of the last winners did not contact me. This is the LAST time I'll be drawing. New winners please contact me by Friday April 15, 7 pm mountain time via my email

Thanks again to everyone who entered!

Winning comments were:

Tamara said...

Tweeted about the giveaway! (@stretchjean)

Elizabeth said...

My motivation to lose weight and get healthy is definitely for my kids! I am a single momma of five beautiful kids! Two weeks ago my Father had to have an emergency quintuple, yes FIVE, bypass surgery after having a heart cath done. He is the healthiest person I know! It came out of no where and made me seriously re-evaluate my life! If he is healthy and this happened to him, what could happen to me! It was a very scary moment in my life! That's the day I started the LAST weight-loss journey I will ever have to start! I am a nursing student also, and need to make this change! I don't want to be the nurse who weighs 300 lbs. Who would take me serious in the HEALTH field? Thanks for the opportunity to get that off my chest :) I follow you on Twitter, my name is @wizbanglizzy, I LOVE the posts!

Supreme 90 Day Out of the Box Review and Initial Thoughts

I laugh at my workout snobbery. When I first saw this workout around and even when I first received this set (yep, there's the disclaimer, slipped in, I received this from the PR company FTC) I thought it would be cheesy. In fact, had I not received this I probably would have passed it by and never tried it. Lesson learned, you can't judge a workout by its cover either ;)

I am very impressed with this workout system, low cost or no. My initial thoughts:

You can purchase this set at Walgreens, Bed Bath & Beyond, Sports Authority, and Dick's sporting Goods. You will need dumbbells and an exercise ball for these workouts. If you are someone who wants to workout at home you probably already have these (or should get them!).

So, yes the packaging is a little cheap, but for $19.99! I am amazed. It is a good nutrition plan that's included. Complete with a 28 day meal plan, a few recipes, and a shopping list. The workouts I've tried so far are awesome (Tabata Inferno and a few others will be STAYING in my workout rotation long-term). This is definitely the best workout value I've seen.

I am just a blogger, not a doctor, trainer, or any sort of 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.

The Firm Express thin in 30--Week 2 Review and Results

Well, this week's results are a bit perplexing to me.

I weighed in at 189.5 that's 1.5 pounds up from last week.
BF % 34.9 that's .2 down from two weeks ago.

Not going to over-analyze. I kept my calories between 1600-1800. My workouts were The Firm Express schedule, plus I added a 20 minute Insanity workout and a 3 mile run for the week.

This week I am going to shoot for keeping my calories 1500-1600 and I will be upping my exercise. Still keeping with The Firm Express program, but adding in much more cardio. I think it's important to know my own body and know what it needs to get results. 

I am just a blogger, not a doctor, trainer, or any sort of 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.

The 4-11

I just want to take a timeout for a very important person on a very important day...

Today, the love of my life turns 40.

On here I mostly call him 'hubby', but his name is Darran and he is awesome. 

He is my best friend. He is a fantastic father. He is an amazing husband. He is a hard worker. He is a good person...deep down in his heart good.

He loves playing Legos with his boys, he works very hard so that I can stay home and homeschool our kids, and he can fix anything (really, anything).

And I, well I feel beyond blessed to call him my own. My life is a better life because of him. I am a better me because of him.

While he doesn't always read this is HIS day and I wanted to share a bit of him with you all.

So, Dear, if you are reading this: I love you, you are awesome...and...HAPPY BIRTHDAY! (I promise to stop teasing you about being old now...OK, I can't exactly promise that). Thank you for being you, and for giving me a safe place to be me. 

Body Confidence Book Winner

OK, the winner of the Body Confidence book by Mark MacDonald is....Megan! This was the winning comment:

Megan said...

Body confidence to me means knowing your body and what fuels it, but also what is negative to it.

Sunday Quote

You want to set a goal that is big enough that in the process of achieving it you become someone worth becoming.
Jim Rohn

Overnight Oats

I've been hearing a lot lately about overnight oats. Kelly O. has been raving about them and Coach's Oats too.

I finally remembered to get them in the fridge last night and OMYum!

These things rock! 

Now, I'm not one that minds hot oats in the summer, but if you are this is the perfect solution for you. You still get the great nutrition and satiety of Coach's Oats, but cold.

If you click the links above Kelly's video has a recipe and the Coach's Oats Blog has two. My recipe:

1/4 cup Coach's Oats
1/2 cup greek yogurt plain 0%
1/4 cup skim milk
1 packet Truvia
sliced strawberries on top
Mix ingredients together, cover bowl with plastic wrap, and stick in refrigerator overnight.

225 calories
34 g carbs
0 g fat
17 g protein

Have you tried overnight oats? Do you have a recipe to share?

Tap, Tap, Is This Thing On? New Winners

3 of the SIGNED Rocco Dispirito Now Eat This! Diet books winners did not contact me in time. I re-drew...

First 2 did not contact me in time.

Cassie said...

I tweeted!!/itsmecassieb/status/52912197906599936

Body Confidence By Mark MacDonald Review and Giveaway

I read a lot of books on health/diet/fitness/weight loss/nutrition etc etc. 


Right now I'd say I'm reading 5 or 6 at once. 

I enjoy being up on the latest and greatest and also read many for review on this blog. 

So, when I say Body Confidence by Mark MacDonald is by far one of the best I've read...I think that says something.

Synopsis from Amazon: "Say goodbye to feeling disappointed with your bodyBody Confidence is the highly anticipated fitness book from world-renowned Venice Nutrition Program founder Mark Macdonald. Macdonald’s targeted series of diet and fitness strategies are proven to burn body fat, boost energy levels, increase muscle mass, and eliminate sugar cravings for a better looking, better feeling body today. Providing a step up to holistic body care for fans of Tosca Reno’s Eat-Clean Diet or Jorge Cruise’s Belly Fat Cure, and an excellent companion to Cynthia Sass’s Cinch!, the Venice Nutrition Program’s innovative fitness plan focuses on blood sugar stabilization and a complementary program of exercise, sleep, and stress management. A foreword by bestselling author Chelsea Handler will let you know why Body Confidence is your next step to a healthier, happier tomorrow."

When I first got an email about reviewing Body Confidence, I judged a book by it's cover...I thought it was about body image. Oops. It is, but it isn't. MacDonald defines body confidence as "looking and feeling your best". I would hesitate to call it a diet book, it's so much more than that. Hmm, maybe a healthy lifestyle book? It really does have it all.

Why I loved Body Confidence:

  • MacDonald's balanced approach. Not just balanced eating and exercise, but sleep, stress, and balance in your life!
  • The focus on goals, planning, and permanent change.
  • The success stories included throughout the book. I found them so encouraging.
  • The nutrition and exercise plan completely gel with everything I have learned and know about my body. For example, I always say I feel so much better when I keep my protein intake high, MacDonald's explanation on blood sugar stabilization explained to me why this is.
  • MacDonald's focus on quality of food, not just quantity.
  • His focus on molding the plan to you and your body, no cookie cutter approach here.
  • The positive, encouraging tone of the entire book. I really came away feeling like: I get it, I can do this.

Even as much as I read on this subject there were things in this book that were new to me, and other things that were put in a way that finally switched a light bulb on in my head. If I wasn't in the middle of reviewing another plan, I'd be on this right now! Hmm, wonder if I can combine the two somehow...

I absolutely give this book 5 stars and recommend it to anyone!

Would you like to win a copy of Body Confidence? Simply leave me a comment telling me what 'body confidence' means to you!

Optional extra entry tweet this: I want to win #BodyConfidence by @MarkMacdonaldVN from @fitviews

Contest open until Friday, April 8, 2011 7 pm Mountain Time. Winner will be announced on this blog and my twitter. Must be a U.S. Resident to win (sorry international readers!)

I am just a blogger, not a doctor, trainer, or any sort of 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.
I was provided a copy of Body Confidence for review and the giveaway prize will be sent directly to winner. I receive no compensation for this post and my opinions, as always, are 100% honest and my own.

The Firm Express Thin in 30--Week 1 Review and Results

I'm not going to do measurements and BF% this week, just weight.

I lost 1 pound in week one of this plan.
Last week I was 189, this week I am 188.
Including the 2 pounds I lost on the 4 Day Kick Start plan, that's 3 pounds so far.

I am pleased with that. 

I am actually shocked by a loss at all. It is such a different plan than what I tend towards I wasn't sure how my body would react. (I'm generally more gung ho and a little less sensible, yes this is my downfall).

I ate a very sensible 1600-1800 calories all week. 1800 is high for me (in my head!). I'm not used to allowing that many calories while trying to lose weight. I was honestly worried I might gain weight!

I also only did the 3 workouts, roughly 20 minutes each. Normally I feel like I have to workout at least 5 days, and much longer than 20 minutes.

I'm pleasantly surprised by these results. I think it's a very balanced sensible plan.

But I am going to kick things up a little for this next week. The workout calendar says "if you are new to exercise" which I am absolutely not. So, I am going to add the bonus DVD more. I still hope to do some yoga on my off days and fit a run in this weekend (these didn't happen last week). I will keep the 1600-1800 calorie range.

I am just a blogger, not a doctor, trainer, or any sort of 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.

Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner

Of course, you'll have to cook your own chicken dinner, with a healthy recipe from this awesome, signed Rocco DiSpirito book you've just won:

Winner #1
Did not contact me, so I re-drew.

Winner #2

Did not contact me.
Winner #3
Did not contact me. 

Winner #4

Daniel said...

I am doing this for my wife whom I love. I see her getting healthier and healthier, and I'd like to be more like her, too.
-Daniel B.

Sunday Quote

If you are bored with life, if you don't get up every morning with a burning desire to do things--you don't have enough goals.
Lou Holtz