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Built For Her Phase 1 (Renew) Recap

 I was provided a copy of Built for Her for review purposes. As always opinions are 100% honest and my own!

Built for Her Review and Results

If you follow me on Instagram you heard that I'm blogging through a new program. This year my focus is on being consistent and I didn't want to lose the momentum I gained from my streak at the beginning of the year. I was struggling a bit on my own though, and had completely plateaued after losing about 10 pounds. It seemed to me that I needed something more structured. Something different. I generally thrive on a plan, I know this about myself, so I started hunting for a new plan.

After much research (you know me), and looking around, I reached out to Amber Dodzweit about reviewing her new program. I follow Amber on Instagram and just love everything she's about (seriously, if you don't follow her you definitely should). Her attitude and approach are just different.

It was funny because I didn't even know Amber had programs available until another friend on IG mentioned them right when I was really not liking the options I was finding in my research. It was meant to be... So, two weeks ago I started Amber Dodzweit's new 12 week program Built for Her.

From Amber's site, Built for Her is...



A 12 WEEK START TO FINISH APPROACH TO EFFICIENT TRAINING AND BALANCED NUTRITION FOR DYNAMIC WOMEN. 
  • A 12 week, 4 Phase Complete Training and Nutrition Ebook 
  • Can be completed at home with Dumbbells
  • Macronutrient Calculator
  • Community Support
  • Group Coaching with Amber
  • Online Exercise Videos
  • Program Increases in Difficulty as you Grow
  • Designed to Burn Fat and Build Lean Muscle
  • Formulated to Increase Athleticism, Endurance, Speed & Power

I've seen a lot of these online programs and have been super curious about them, but had never tried one. I always wondered if they were worth it?? In the past I've only done programs that came in DVD or book form. I love the idea of instant access to a program online though, and many include everything you need via download or online access. I'm not sure why a physical product shipping to me felt different. Anyway, I'm so glad I stepped outside of my box because (spoiler alert?) I LOVE this program.

The nutrition portion of Built for Her is so much more individualized than I'm used to from programs. I'm used to the one-size-fits-all, blanket recommendations. This plan is so much more customized. It takes into account your goals, body type, etc. THEN calculates your calories and macro nutrient recommendations. Also, it all adjusts throughout the program. I'm really excited to see how my body responds to the various macros of the different phases.

The workouts also change throughout the phases and are different than what I'm used to. They look awesome! The first two weeks are lighter, but the workouts, intervals, HIIT, and circuits for the rest of the program look challenging (in a good way) and I'm so excited for them.


Built for Her Review and Results

OK, my first two weeks...

The first phase of Built for Her is called Renew. It's meant to be the detox phase of the program and it is two weeks long. Now, don't hear detox and think crazy 2 week juice cleanse or something. It definitely wasn't that. In fact, being paleo it wasn't a huge change for me. It cuts a few things out, ups your water, has a special morning smoothie recipe, etc. I obviously won't give away everything that the plan calls for, or why would anyone buy it? LOL. But I will say I had added in more dairy since the first of the year when I went low carb and that was all I really missed in this phase.

It took me a couple of days to adjust and to nail the macros. I struggled a bit the first 2 days trying to figure out what meals worked for me to hit my specific percentages. THEN...

Energy for DAYS! I'm getting up earlier on my own, getting more done, and not having an afternoon energy slump. So. Much. Energy. I have no idea what exactly about this phase caused this, but I have SO MUCH ENERGY. I had been feeling pretty sluggish/run-down, but I haven't felt THIS good in ages. It's crazy. Crazy good and I am grateful.

The workouts were lighter this two weeks than they will be the rest of the plan. There were 4 cardio days 30 minute each and one body weight circuit day per week. 2 rest days? What? What? They were no cake walk, but nothing crazy hardcore either. Just right I thought.

OK, let's talk numbers. I've taken my weight and all my measurements and will be sharing progress throughout each phase of the 12 week program. (I'll share before and after pics for the entire program in my final review, yikes!) Now, it's just the first 2 weeks of the program, but I'm kind of amazed already...


Built for Her Renew Phase Results

Weight: 
-5.6lbs

Inches:
Bust, Thigh, and Upper Arm stayed the same.
Waist: -1/2 inch
Hips -1 inch (I measured 3 times, lol!)

OK, the crazy part of these results? The calories were virtually identical to what I've been doing since January and the workouts for the first 2 weeks were slightly less than what I was doing. I was completely shocked (and thrilled) with these results! I firmly believe the magic is in Amber's nutrition recommendations. Macros, timing, etc. It's different than any approach I have tried before.

This might sound strange, but I felt like I caught a glimpse of myself this last week. Of MEMe, me. I've wandered off a bit you see. Since regaining weight. This week I caught a glimpse of real me. The me that's up early to workout. The me cramming as much spinach as she can into a smoothie in the morning just because it's good for me. The fit, strong, healthy me that takes care of herself. The me that has crazy fitness goals just to push herself. Me. It was nice.

I'm super excited for the next phase of Built for Her. As the results for Renew practically shout, I'm doing really well on Amber's nutrition recommendations. The macros and calories change a bit this phase and I'm excited to see how that goes. Also, the workouts look like quite a challenge and I'm ready for it! I'll be back in 3 weeks with more...


Have you ever tried a program that was online/download instead of something shipped to you?











UPDATES:

Establish (Phase 2) Recap and Results

Challenge (Phase 3)Recap and Results

Final Built for Her Review and Results

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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 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'…

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 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…

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 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…

KETO Sweet Cinnamon Pancakes

I'm completely obsessed with keto pancakes lately. Oh, you've caught on to that? Well, these Sweet Cinnamon Low Carb Pancakes are a seriously tasty addition. They're a quick and super easy breakfast option.  Whether you're getting bored on your egg fast or just a low carb or keto style eater these are for you! With only 4 grams of 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 340 calories according to my tracking in My Fitness Pal. I generally eat the whole thing and double the batch if hubby wants some too. It easily doubles or triples or quadruples...to feed however many you'd like. I love to make a giant batch on Sunday and have them ready for the week. Just reheat in the microwave and go.



Low Carb Sweet Cinnamon PancakesFor this recipe you'll need:
A mixing bowl (I like to use a large glass measuring cup to easily pour the batter in the skillet), a hand mixermeasuring spoons

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! 

Smoky Grilled Pineapple Burger Recipe Ingredients
2 lbs Lean Grass-…

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

Easy Paleo Mashed Sweet Potatoes

This Easy Paleo Mashed Sweet Potatoes recipe was sponsored by Puritan's Pride.
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…

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, 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 a KETO Paleo-friendly version. With this simple recipe, I can have a peppermint mocha anytime.


Not only is this recipe Keto Paleo, but it's also Whole30, gluten-free, vegan, primal, and 100% junk-free.



KETO 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 teaspo…