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165 by June 25

I've been keto off and on since I was 25. In that time I've wandered pretty far off of it, but I always find my way back because I know that I know that I know very low carb just works for me. Most recently I have been in ketosis for just over 7 months now. During that time I have been focused mostly on getting my body adapted and making the lifestyle changes to implement keto for the long haul. While I have lost weight and have been tracking my body transformation in pics, I've been mostly focused on healing my body and feeling my best. As I mentioned in this video, going keto was about health for me. In the last 7 months, I've learned a ton about what keto needs to look like for me and I feel like I'm in a really good place with it mentally and physically.

Now that I feel like I have a good handle on keto and making it work in my life, I think I'm ready to get more proactive with my fat loss goals. I feel like I've gotten a lot figured out and feel equipped to take on the challenge of getting back to my happy weight. I've been circling between 195 and 199 lbs since December and it's time to focus on fat loss!

I've been struggling a bit with consistency though. Frankly, I need to put it out there. I need to set a goal and declare it. I need the accountability. It has always helped me in the past.

My current goal is to get to 165 pounds by my birthday on June 25. Now, no this isn't about the scale, that's just a good round number for me to shoot for in 16 weeks. And, I mean, it rhymes ;) I don't truly care what the scale says, but I know I need to shed fat to improve my health and well-being. I also know that pre-baby number four with a good bit of muscle I was a healthy, happy 150, so I think my ultimate goal is 145-150. I don't think it would be a healthy mindset for me to make that my goal by June though. That would be a bit too much for me. So, 165 by June 25!

Here is my before pic:



My current stats:

BF 39.6%
Fasting Glucose 94
Weight 199
Bust 43
Rib Cage 35
Waist 36
Hips 44
Right Mid-Thigh 21.5
Right Mid-Calf 14.5
Right Mid-Bicep 13.5
Neck 13.5

The Plan

Currently, I've been playing around with my macros a bit and tracking to figure out how best to get things moving in the right direction. As I said, I've been doing this consistently for 7 months and I think I've got a pretty good handle on what I need to do here to reach this goal on time.

First, I'm upping my protein a bit, and dropping my fat just a bit. To start, I'll be aiming for about 25% protein and 70% fat (my fat has been 75-80%) with total carbs between 10 and 20 grams. I'll keep you posted if I change those macros. My calories will be at around 1650. I know this to be a good level for me to lose weight without being starving or tanking my metabolism. Also, I will be doing no nuts, no dairy. Yes, dairy-free AND nut-free keto can be a bit tough, but I know for my body it is necessary to lose fat at any decent pace.

Oh yes, and I don't do cheat days or cheat meals or carb ups. I've learned from prior experience that these things just don't work for me. At most I may have a Starbucks with HWC as a splurge (a splurge because of the dairy and calories) a few times over the 16 weeks. Otherwise, I'll be sticking to the plan.

Also, I'm changing my workout routine drastically. I recently read Body By Science and am obsessed. If you're not familiar, it's about High-Intensity Training. Not HIIT as in interval training, but HIT, high-intensity, short duration strength workouts that take you to muscle failure in one set of exercises. Most workouts being only 5 exercises, one set each. There is a huge focus on recovery because of the level of intensity you're taking the workouts, so I'll only be doing strength training once a week for the 12 weeks I'm committing to this program. From what I've read, I really think HIT and keto could be a great combo for me long term. I'll do a full review of the book and program at the end of the 12 weeks.

Aside from those structured workouts, I'll just be focusing on getting outside and enjoying this beautiful spring. I've been craving my morning walks since the temps plummeted this winter and those are going to come back most days. I'll be starting at 2 miles and working up to 4 or 5. I feel better with my daily movement up around those levels. I really want to run, but think that could interfere with recovery from my HIT workouts, so I am going to TRY to keep it to just walks for at least the 12 weeks. Then, I'll reassess and runs may come back in.

While I'm pretty sure I have nailed down what I need to do, it will all still be a bit of trial and error. That's the plan right now though. Like I said, I'll keep you posted as it evolves. I'll be sharing the daily process and my progress towards my 165 by June 25 goal over the next 16 weeks on my Make Mine Keto Instagram and I'll update hopefully monthly here too.

Wish me luck!

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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'…

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 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…

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…

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

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…

Sweet Cinnamon KETO Pancakes

I'm completely obsessed with keto pancakes lately. Oh, you've caught on to that? Well, these Sweet Cinnamon KETO 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 are low carb or into the keto diet lifestyle, these are for you! 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 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 mixermeas…