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Things I'm Loving Right Now - January 2013

It's time for another Things I'm Loving Right Now list. I just realized that I haven't done one since last August. Oops!


What health and fitness related things are you in love with right now?

8 Tips for Exercising During Pregnancy

Can you believe that just a generation ago, women were discouraged from exercising while pregnant? Indeed, pregnancy was a time to slow down, move less and avoid undue stress and strain on the body, thereby ensuring the birth of a healthy babe.
Nowadays, the benefits of exercise during pregnancy are well known. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find a doctor or midwife who doesn’t encourage their pregnant patients to work out regularly.
As a personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and mother of three (who worked out religiously throughout 2 of her 3 pregnancies) I can personally attest to the benefits of exercise during pregnancy. My clients and class participants sleep better, report fewer joint aches and pains, and have a more positive image of their changing bodies than their non-exercising friends. Some also report easier deliveries (alas, I was not one of them...).
In general, pregnant women can do the very same exercises as non-pregnant women, with a few modifications (for exam…

FitViews Favorites: Top 5 Individual Workout DVD's

Instead of doing a hodge podge list of individual fitness DVD's and complete workout systems like I did last year, this year I've broken my list into top 5 workout systems and top 5 individual DVD's. That just made more sense to me!

As with the workout systems I had a really tough time narrowing my favorites down to just 5 DVD's! There's so many great exercise DVD's out there. So many great trainers... Well, it took a while, but I whittled down my list and here are my Top 5 picks for BEST individual workout DVDs:


What's your all time favorite workout DVD?

FitViews Favorites: Top 5 At Home Workout Systems

I confess: I'm an at home workout DVD hoarder. My collection is vast. Sorry, I'm not sorry! I love fitness DVD's, I enjoy doing them, and I just can't seem to get enough of them. Hey, variety is the spice of life, right?

When I sat down to make my list for top 5 workout systems I had a really hard time. There's just so many that I love. But I've come up with my list; the best of the best at home workout systems:


Which workout system would top your list?
For more: Last year's top 10 workout DVD list

FitViews Favorites: Top 5 Must-Have Paleo Cookbooks

People often ask me how I've succeeded with eating Paleo for so long. I've thought about that and I believe that planning ahead and avoiding boredom are possibly the two most important factors for succeeding with Paleo (or any healthy lifestyle choice, really). 

I find having good Paleo cookbooks on hand answers both dilemmas. They spur my imagination and assist in menu planning. I wouldn't do without them!

My Favorites:


5. Paleo Magazine

4. Paleo Comfort Foods

3. Make it Paleo


2. Paleo Slow Cooking



1. Everyday Paleo Family Cookbook



How do you avoid boredom with your healthy eating routine?
For more: Last year's must-have Paleo cookbook list.

My Paleo Pregnancy - Week 16

This week I feel like I've really hit my stride, so to speak, with this pregnancy. 

I had my first appointment with my midwife (who is awesome) last week and somehow that made me relax into things more. Not sure why, but it was much needed. I think possibly that I'm just such a planner and that was a big missing piece.


I started a more regular workout routine this week. I'll be doing the strength training DVDs from ChaLEAN Extreme on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and then some from of cardio two or three days a week along with that. Also, I'll be trying to fit in yoga here and there. It feels great to have some structure to my workouts again.


I ordered a new purple Enell. All of my sports bras are too small. Enell is a must-have pregnancy item for me. Hmmm, that may be a post: must-have items for a fit pregnancy...

My eating has been much improved. With the nausea completely passed, and fatigue being much less frequent I'm back to my more normal Paleo diet. I've begun …

Working Out While I'm Pregnant

Even though this is my fourth pregnancy it's my first time working out while pregnant. The most I did in the previous three was walk. It's quite a new experience!
What I'm doing this time around:


Do you/did you workout while pregnant? What did you do?

My Running Shoe Collection

I'm doing VLOGuary over on my you tube channel. Which is a video every day in January! Every video isn't health or fitness related, so I won't share them all here on the blog. If you're interested in seeing all of my daily ramblings please subscribe!

Yesterday I did my running shoe collection:


Yes, I'm a bit running shoe obsessed. ;)

What's your favorite brand of running shoes?

The Secret To My Success: A Look Back At 2012

I was looking back through my 2012 posts and wondering to myself: what was different this year? Why did I make so much more progress this last year than any year previously? Why did I make it to the lowest weight I've seen in my adult life?

Was it Paleo? Was it Body Revolution? Was I magically just more motivated for 2012?

Honestly, I think the biggest factor was: I didn't quit.

In past years it was starts and stops, big pushes of "Let's do this!" and big jumps off the wagon. 

Throughout 2012 I kept making progress. I was diligent in my search for what worked for me and I just kept going.

I'm so thankful for that.

I'm grateful I didn't quit. I begin this, my fourth pregnancy, in a much happier and healthier place because I didn't quit.

It really is that simple.

I get emails almost daily with people asking my advice or wanting to know how I did it, how I lost the weight, how I went from a size 22 to a size 8... 




Looking forward to 2013 the most important pi…
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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
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

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 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…

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.

Unless....


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.)


Directions
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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