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Amber Dodzweit's Built for Her Program Review and Results

I was sent a copy of Built for Her to facilitate this review, as always opinions expressed are 100% honest and my own. Built for Her discount code: use "FITVIEW" at checkout to receive 20% off!!

Amber Dodzweit's Built for Her Program Review and Results

Woohoo! I'm so excited to finally be writing this Built for Her review post. I have enjoyed this program immensely and have so much to tell you! Grab a cup of coffee and lets chat...

What is Built for Her?

OK, for those of you that haven't been following my series, what exactly is Built for her? Built for Her is a complete diet and fitness program from Amber Dodzweit. It is a digital download complete with workouts, nutrition recommendations, and some real talk inspiration. From her site, Built for Her is:


  • 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

Amber Dodzweit's Built for Her Program Review and Results

The Built for Her Diet (Nutrition) Plan

The diet (nutrition) plan for Built for Her is pretty amazing. From the calorie and macro nutrient calculations to the changes throughout the phases I was super impressed. I really loved getting to test out how my body reacted to the different macros and options like fasted cardio, nutrient timing, and intermittent fasting. 

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. Each phase adjusts your macro nutrient percentages and calories tailored to each phase. I absolutely loved this, it really made me feel empowered to play around and figure out what works best for me.

Is the diet plan paleo friendly?

I easily adapted it paleo. I did do some dairy (especially whey protein) when it was allowed, and simply swapped grains to another carb in the few phases they're allowed. Otherwise, I found it very paleo friendly.

Am I going to starve?

NO! Hallelujah. The calorie recommendations are very balanced for this. In fact, I even tweaked my calories down a bit (as noted below) from the final phase suggestions.

Amber Dodzweit's Built for Her Program Review and Results

The Built for Her Workouts

The Built for Her workout calendar is set up in 4 different phases, all 5 days on and 2 days off. You can put your rest days wherever you need them (I loved the flexibility). The workouts consist of intervals, HIIT, and circuits that change throughout the phases, increase in difficulty, and never give your mind or body time to get bored. 

I really loved not being tied to my DVD player for these workouts. It was awesome being able to make my own playlists and take the workouts outside on nice days.

What equipment will I need?

For this program you'll need a set of dumbbells to suit your ability; I used my 8 lb, 10 lb, and 15 lb weights. Those are the only required equipment, anything else used can be modified if you don't have it. Other helpful equipment is a box or step, a kettlebell, a set of bands, an agility ladder, and a pull-up bar

What if a move is too hard, I don't know what it is, or I have other questions?

I really loved the support available here. First, there was either a print-out in the pdf showing the moves or there was a video available showing you how to do it. If I had a question, or needed to modify something, I could simply ask in the private facebook group or email Amber. This was priceless.

Amber Dodzweit's Built for Her Program Review and Results

My Experience

I journaled my experience in the blue yoobi in the pic above. Here are a few of my notes from the different phases:

Renew Phase Week 1.
Struggled a little the first 2 days trying to figure out exactly what to eat to hit my macros and calories. TONS of energy by the 3rd day. Sore, but feeling good. Workouts less than I've been doing since January. Calories virtually identical. Very pleased with results so far.
Week 2.
Still experiencing increased energy. I'm amazed at how much. I didn't get the morning smoothie in every morning. Didn't get my water in every day either. Sore, but not terribly so. Feeling great. My body seems to respond really well to the fasted cardio days. Really excited for the challenge of the workouts from the next phase. Feeling like I've caught a glimpse of me.

Establish Phase.
Went back to the calories and macros from phase 1 after 2 weeks of trying the new calories/macros from this phase. Thinking those numbers may be my sweet spot, but will continue to try each phase's calculations. I'm feeling oddly like I've never worked out before! These workouts are awesome. Did this phase an extra week due to a lackluster effort on getting the workouts in weeks 2 and 3.

Challenge Phase.
Tried out the calorie level and keto option for 3 weeks, then dropped calories a tad and upped my carbs and protein a little. Feel like I'm honing in on where my body responds best. Felt amazing on the keto though. I'm feeling extremely empowered to play with my calories and macros and find that sweet spot for this body, at this stage in my life. Pants that were too tight to wear at the beginning of Built for Her are now loose. I'm already looking forward to a round 2 of the whole program. NEVER wanted to immediately repeat a program before. I'm excited to start out stronger and feeling like I've honed in on where my calories and macros need to be. Curious on how much improvement I'll see in the fit test. Feeling like I'm in a really good groove with my food. It's been a loooooong time since I've felt that way.

Performance Phase.
Struggled with these workouts. Had to modify a lot and missed several workouts. Definitely a challenge. I look forward to owning this phase in round 2. Tried out the calorie and macro calculations, but wound up going down a bit in calories. Basically close to the calories and macros from phase 1 still seems the best fit. Still playing around with protein/fat a little. Also, tried intermittent fasting. I've found that an 11 to 7 eating window works quite well for me.

I'm remembering that I thrive on routine. Having my workouts planned, tracking in my fitness pal, knowing where my calories and macros are best to reach my goals. I thrive on this. Strange as it sounds, I'm feeling more like me. It's set off sort of a chain reaction of taking better care of myself. I didn't realize how needed this was. I feel great. Stronger. Less foggy. Never got bored or felt limited.

I feel like I caught a glimpse of myself. Of MEMe, me. I've wandered off a bit you see. Since regaining weight. It's crazy how being put back in this overweight body has put me back in some of the same unhealthy mindsets. I caught a glimpse of the real me during this program. 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 her. The fit, strong, healthy me that takes care of herself. The me that has crazy fitness goals just to push herself. It was nice. I look forward to find more of me.

My Built for Her Results


-12.6 pounds


Bust -1 1/2 inches
Waist -3 inches (Say whaaaat?! Insert snoopy dance here.)
Hips -3 inches
Right Thigh -2 12 inches
Right Calf -1 1/4 inches
Right Bicep -1 inch 

Fitness Assessment:

Mile run test
Before 12:07 minute mile   
After 11:15 minute mile

Test Circuit
Time Before 8:05
Time After 5:28

Those inches though!! I'm amazed. And the improvement on the fit test?? Super excited about that. For me, for a 12 week program, these are all pretty impressive results. Also, I had lost 11 pounds at the beginning of the year and completely plateaued. I was super frustrated, but this broke through that plateau in the first week. ON THE SAME CALORIES. Most noticeable beyond the pounds and inches is how fantastic I feel. I'm extremely pleased with the results I've seen from Built for Her.

Amber Dodzweit's Built for Her Program Review and Results

Final Thoughts on the Built for Her Program

There are only a few things in my looooong healthy living journey that I call game-changers. To be exact those would be: paleo, lifting, and running. To this list I now add Built for Her. This program was a complete game-changer for me. I must confess that after all the years of research into nutrition and fitness and all the workouts and programs I've tested out on the blog, I felt like I "knew" what I needed to know. Yet, at this stage of my life, I wasn't seeing the results I wanted. I am surprised by just how much this program taught me. Things I sort of knew, but wasn't applying. Or things I'd heard, but not really paid attention to or put together like Amber does. I had so many light-bulb moments throughout this program. Small tweaks here and there have made such a difference! Everything from nutrient timing, to intermittent fasting, to the right macro percentages and calorie level. Built for Her has really helped me hone in on what my body needs right now, at this stage, to be strong, fit, and healthy. Yep, game-changer.

I am so grateful that Amber came across my path. I had let myself slip back into old unhealthy patterns of not taking good care of myself. I was really struggling. When I was trying, I felt like I was doing all the "right" things, but having zero results. The plateau after the first couple months of this year had me completely stumped. And hugely frustrated. Not only did this program break through that plateau, but it gave me a glimpse of myself again. I'd really lost my way. I am so grateful to be back on the path to finding me again.

OK, in case I haven't gushed over this program enough, I'll put it plainly: I wholeheartedly give it 5 stars and highly recommend Built for Her to anyone at an intermediate fitness level or above. It's a really well designed program. The phases, the workouts, the's all just good stuff. I think the ultimate question when I do these reviews is: would I buy this program? Yes, I absolutely would. Yes, I think it's absolutely worth it. In fact, I've enjoyed it so much I am going to buy Amber's LIFT program next.

Amber is simply awesome and has offered a coupon code for my readers! Use promo code: FITVIEW to receive 20% off at checkout!!

What's next for me?

For those of you following along my weight loss journey...

I gained 45 pounds with baby #4, I then gained 20 pounds (yes, post-baby) since moving to Idaho. Therefore, I still have about 45 pounds to loose. Thankfully, my fitness level is so much better now thanks to Built for Her. Plus, this brings me to a total of 23 pounds lost since the beginning of 2017 (placing me firmly back in onederland!). I feel completely ready to hit it and look at this round of Built for Her as a warm-up. I'm excited to get down to business with round 2. Now that I've got my nutrition locked down and I've increased my strength and fitness level, I think I can accomplish much in the next round. I'm excited to try...

Maybe I'll vlog it on my You Tube Channel? I do still have one, ha ha ha! Or maybe just on my IG stories, I'm so loving those lately. One way or another, I'll keep you posted ;) 

Built for Her from Amber Dodzweit Review and Results + Promo Code

***Update: I did Built for Her and LIFT for the rest of summer and fall. I am loving the results I'm seeing and absolutely recommend. Built for Her is still my favorite program that I've ever tried!

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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 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'…

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
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)

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

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
     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

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…

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,…

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 …

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, 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 Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

Have you ever blown up a spaghetti squash in the microwave? I have. Multiple times. I don't recommend it. It's quite the mess to clean up. And the noise? Will likely make you jump.
I kept seeing people say to just cook the whole spaghetti squash in the microwave. Don't bother cutting it, they said, it's so quick and easy, they raved. 
Ya, no. I blow it up.
So. You've been warned. If you do dare to put the thing whole in your microwave, at least make sure you have the camera set up...
Oh, and maybe poke a "vent" hole in it very carefully with a knife.
Paleo (Whole30) Spaghetti with Meat Sauce:

Ingredients1 spaghetti squash
2 lbs lean grass-fed ground beef
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1 (14.5 oz) can organic fire-roasted diced tomatoes
1 (6 oz) can organic tomato paste
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 teaspoons Himalayan pink salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons organic basil
2 teaspoons organic oregano
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon organic granulated garlic


A Month of Whole30 Dinner Recipes Your Whole Family Will Love!

If you're doing a Whole30 chances are your whole family isn't doing it with you. In the past I've found that this can be a bit overwhelming when it comes to food prep. Making every meal completely separate is just a lot to do. One solution I have found is to make family-friendly Whole30 dinner recipes. That way, at least for one meal, I was just making one meal that everyone would eat. 

I thought I'd share some of the great Whole 30 dinner recipes I've found from my favorite bloggers (and my own recipes are in there too!). 30 Whole30 dinner recipes to be exact! This list should help you cruise through an entire month of Whole30 with great family friendly dinners.

One Month of Whole30 Dinner Recipes
Crock Pot Sweet Potato Chipotle Chili from Cotter Crunch
Ancho Beef Chili Stuffed Sweet Potato Skins from Cotter Crunch
Easy Paleo Tuna Green Chile Zoodle Casserole from Cotter Crunch
Whole30 Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas from Physical Kitchness
Burrito Bowl Stuffed Peppers from At…