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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'…

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, 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.

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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)

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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 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
     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…

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…