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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…

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

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 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…

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…

Keto Coffee Cake Mug Cake

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Dairy-free keto has been pretty seamless for me. Well... almost. I miss my keto pancake recipes. Which ALL contain cream cheese. So bummer. I mean, one can only have omelets for breakfast so many times.
In looking for something delicious to replace these with I've started playing around with keto mug cake recipes. Yes, you can look forward to a deluge of about 5 million and 3 of those variations in the near future. ;)
This recipe was an accident. I've been working on chocolate variations the most. For obvious reasons. So much so that I ran out of cocoa powder. I started making a chocolate mug cake the other day and when I reached for the cocoa powder there was none. Oops. 
So, after some digging I found cinnamon and thought, hmm why not?
Why not indeed! This Keto Coffee Cake Mug Cake is my new favorite keto breakfast. It's quick, easy, and completely delicious. With only 7 grams total carbs and 320 calories, I confess I have one most days for brekkie.

This recipe is not only …

Easy KETO Mocha Recipe

Keto coffees are a staple in my daily ketogenic diet lifestyle. I have an average of 4 a day and mix it up quite a bit. You know me and my coffee; you should see my counter top full of keto products and concoctions I've built up. I just love trying and combining them for new coffee recipes. All super easy and delicious.

I know, I know everyone says you shouldn't drink your calories. Meh. I really love my coffee. And therefore drinking my calories I suppose. Moving on...

Today I'm going to share my super easy keto mocha recipe with you. This is one of my go-to's that I have quite regularly. It's just so yummy and only 2 grams TOTAL carbs (don't blame the keto for what the net carbs did).

Easy KETO MochaIngredients1 mug fresh brewed coffee or espresso 1 scoop Perfect Keto Chocolate MCT Powder 1 scoop collagen (I use this one because it is the most complete I've found) 1 Tablespoons Left Coast Performance Cacao Keto Coffee Creamer (Completely optional, but completel…

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…

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…

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…