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My Paleo Pregnancy - Week 6

First, let me back up a bit. This is my fourth pregnancy. I have three boys: 18, 9, and 7. All of those pregnancies were pretty rough. Morning sickness was terrible for me. It pretty much lasted all day for the first 3 or 4 months. I was either throwing up or feeling like I wanted to. It was rough and I dealt with it with a steady diet of saltines and Sprite. Once the nausea finally passed I then ate whatever I wanted, heck, I was pregnant! Rueben sandwich, fries, AND an Oreo shake? Yes please. Lots of junk was consumed. Which of course resulted in my gaining 60 to 80 pounds for each of those pregnancies.

It wasn't until after my third son that I got serious about getting healthy and changing my choices. I want very badly for this pregnancy to be different. It's uncharted territory for me, but I'm committed to making healthy choices.

Week 6

I had forgotten how early the pregnancy cravings start. This time around I'm trying very hard to listen to my body and give it what i…

Paleo Pregnancy

Pregnancy changes things. It just does. Our bodies change. Our wardrobe changes. Everything from our priorities to our tastes can change during pregnancy. And, well, when you're a fitness blogger, your blog can't help but change as well!

I didn't want it to be all preggers all the time around here, so I've decided to corral those posts to one day a week. Every Wednesday from now until baby time will be dedicated to posts on having a happy, healthy, fit, and paleo pregnancy. I've added a menu tab 'Paleo Pregnancy' to make it easy to find these posts in the future. I'll be doing paleo pregnancy vlogs, posts on pregnancy and baby related products, and having some awesome guest posts on staying healthy and fit throughout pregnancy.


A little pinterest humor.
My you tube channel will also be changing. Since moving to FitViews it's always bothered me that my you tube url still had fitviews. I've had the FitViews channel for a while and was waiting for the…

JNL Fusion Review - Update

You might have noticed that there was no week 1 JNL Fusion post or vlog. No results, no review of week 1. Nada.
Slight change of plans.
I found out I'm pregnant!
This obviously changes my goals with this workout, and therefore how I'll structure this review. 
I am going to finish the workouts, but I'll be dialing back the intensity a bit, possibly working out less days (depending how I feel this first trimester), and not lowering my calories. So, blogging weekly and tracking my weight and measurements would be pretty pointless! 
I will however do a full review of JNL Fusion once I'm through the workouts.
Yes, I'm a tiny bit sad that THESE jeans:

...well, they'll have to wait a bit longer...But I'll happily trade them for these jeans:


PS are these not the cutest things ever?



Blogging My Way Through Jennifer Nicole Lee's JNL Fusion

Confession time. 

Since finishing the 30 Day Shred back in July my workouts have been inconsistent.

Very inconsistent.

Since finishing my paleo re-set in August my diet has included a few too many paleo treats. Paleo pumpkin bread every single day while I was perfecting the recipe *may* have happened.

I stopped setting goals. I ambled along. I lost my focus a little.

Which all contributed to...gaining 7 pounds. Whoops.

I'm not freaking out, I'm making a plan.
I've decided to blog my way through Jennifer Nicole Lee's JNL Fusion. My unboxing video for this set:

JNL Fusion is an 8 week program with workouts 6 days a week. I started this program last Friday and will be updating weekly on Thursdays or Fridays.
My beginning stats: Weight 162
Waist 29 1/2
Right Thigh 19 1/2
Right Calf 13 1/2
Right Bicep 11 1/2
Bust 37 1/2
Hips 39 1/2
Goals My first goal is to lose a pound and a half per week, which is 12 pounds by the end of the program. I realize that for me this is a big goal, but I'm re…

The Power of Community #WhatsBeautiful

Depending on how long you've been reading my blog you may or may not know that I was originally a weight loss blogger. (Comment below if you remember fitviews!) 

If you click on my "My Story" page you'll read about my process of going from a size 22 to a size 8. You'll read about running, lifting weights, paleo... But what you won't see listed is one of the most important weight loss tools I used on my journey: community.
I truly believe that the amazing community I found among my fellow bloggers is the single most important factor of my lasting weight loss success.
When I first began blogging I had no idea that I'd find such an amazing, supportive, encouraging, wise, and caring community online. 
From them I learned. With them I shared. Through them I found myself. 
I fought obesity and won. A large part of that I owe to community. My online community provided a safe space for me to hash out all of my junk and become the me I was meant to be. I could never th…

Paleo Pumpkin Bread Recipe

I love to bake. I don't do much baking during the hot summer months, but there's just something about fall that screams out to me to bake up a storm.
Previous to going paleo pumpkin bread was one of my favorite things to bake in the fall. There's just nothing like a kitchen filled with the smell of pumpkin bread baking in the oven.
I missed this and so I set out two weeks ago to figure out a paleo pumpkin bread recipe. Several failed attempts and 10 or so test loaves later I've come up with one my family loves!
Paleo Pumpkin Bread 1 cup blanched almond meal 1/4 cup coconut flour 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 4 eggs 1/4 cup maple syrup 1 cup pumpkin puree 1 tablespoon melted ghee (or coconut oil) 1 teaspoon vanilla Combine dry ingredients. Beat eggs and add in. Add remaining wet ingredients. Grease a 9 inch loaf pan with coconut oil (or you can use cooking spray). Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 mi…

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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…

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…

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 carb...ooo, 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…

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,…

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
Ingredients
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)





Directions
Blend all ingredients well in your blender. Store in the refrigerator (the cinnamon tends to set…

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. 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: https://andyfrisella.com/blogs/mfceo-project-podcast/75hard-a-75-day-tactical-guide-to-winning-the-war-with-yourself-with-andy-frisella-mfceo291 Note that if f-bombs are going to offend you this is not for you. 

So, what are the 75 Hard Rules?
For 75 days straight:
Follow a diet of your cho…

The Killer Jillian 30-Day Workout Rotation #killerjillian

If you've visited FitViews before you have probably noticed I'm rather fond of Jillian Michaels at-home workouts. I own virtually all she has and have reviewed many on this blog. They're just good, solid workouts that give me great results. 
I'm particularly fond of Jillian programs, calendars, and challenges. I've blogged through Body Revolution and BodyShred. I vlogged through the 30 Day Shred. Pretty much every Jillian challenge set forth I've delightedly owned.
But I'm feeling a bit "been there done that" lately. I want a new Jillian challenge. Something fresh, something challenging, something different. Something new to motivate me and push me. So, I decided to come up with my own! I'm calling it the #KillerJillian Challenge.


The #KillerJillianBefore I launch into the calendar, a little disclaimer: This challenge is in no way endorsed by Jillian Michaels. It's just a for-fun workout calendar I came up with. Also, I'm not a trainer, d…

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
DVDs-
     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

Hype or Help: Jillian Michaels Body Revolution Final Program Review

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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…