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My Story


Hi there! Thanks for stopping by to learn a little bit about me. I'm Kerri, a wife and mom of 4 originally from rural Colorado. I'm a fan of semi-colons, ellipses, and Oxford commas. I love good strong coffee and hanging out on Instagram and Twitter. Things like self-sufficiency, permaculture, and regenerative agriculture fascinate me. I'm passionate about fitness, real food, relentless positivity, and debt-free living. I believe in a life lived on purpose. My life is a mindfully cultivated hodge-podge of bliss. I am a blogger, recipe creator, sentence maker, homeschooler, wanna-be farmer, rabid reader, distressed denim aficionado, SAHM, baker and candlestick-maker. Ok, I don't really make candlesticks... but I might try it someday. 

My motto is: "Always Learning Always growing."

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My fitness and weight loss journey has been a bit long and winding, but I don't regret a moment of it. I am who I am because of what I've faced in life. I have been overweight most of my adult life, with brief successes off and on. 

Long story short, I went from this:
My highest weight (16 years ago)--245 pounds, Size 22

To this:
150 size 8

And blogged all along the way. I found running, lifting weights, and low carb paleo (life changing). I did the tough mental work that weight loss takes. I was transformed. My blog was a huge success; I was a weight loss success story...

Right here is where SURPRISE, I found out I was pregnant with Baby #4. I gained less than my previous pregnancies but still gained about 40 pounds. Here we went again...

195 - 3 weeks postpartum - July 15, 2013

I went in circles post-baby. In fact, I gained 27 additional pounds. 
I was shocked at how my mental state slid back to where it was years before. I was feeling shame about my body and having the urge to binge and emotionally eat again. It was like being physically transported to my pre-weight loss body transported me mentally and emotionally as well. I had a lot to work through, AGAIN.

I had some major life changes. Like moving from Colorado to Idaho (2015) and later to Kansas (2019) and back to Colorado (2020) and then back to Kansas (2020). We left farm life and started fixing up old houses hoping to eventually get back to farm life debt free. My mom was diagnosed with Parkinson's. I battled with seasonal depression and fell back into old unhealthy patterns. I was 222 January 2017. That number pretty much scared me silly. I had managed to nearly get back to where I was at the very beginning.

Then, the worst happened. My older brother was killed in October of 2017. 

I was destroyed. 

Sometimes life knocks you down and sometimes life KNOCKS YOU FLAT. I don't know if you so much get over things like this as you simply live through them somehow. 

What I now know for sure is that life is too short to spend one more second doing or being anything I don't want. Likewise, life is too short to spend one more second not being and doing everything I want.


keto weight loss transformation
My 2017 keto progress

The above pic is my first 2 months of keto progress. In 2017 I finally realized keto (aka low carb paleo) was what works for me and went keto paleo (simply very low carb paleo) for good. Previously, I hadn't connected that whenever I went higher carb for very long (even strictly paleo), I gained weight like crazy.

keto success story

For 2019, I mostly maintained. There was another move and one more on the horizon. I had a slight regain, but refocused in October and ended the year roughly where I'd began it.

For 2020 I wanted to focus on consistent action. Consistent workouts, consistent keto, and consistent accountability. I wanted to focus very hard on getting my mindset right. I had definitely been avoiding the mental stuff, which I think is 99% of it really. 

I started the year off with a 75 Hard challenge.

And then, well....2020 was a thing.

The second my 75 Hard ended the world lit on fire. Covid hit, and immediately during the quarantine my husband's elderly parents were in a bad car wreck and he went to care for them while the kids and I struggled along alone, and then... we moved again. Face. Palm.

What I know for sure: I'm tired of moving. (We've been flipping houses since we left Idaho and I am done with that life.) I'm tired of the chaos in my life. Also, I need to be done with the fat loss phase of my wellness journey. I need to find somewhere to put down roots. I need to decide what I want to be when I grow up and be it. 

I can't control the world, but there is a lot I can control about my life.

Side note: People think I am keto for the weight loss, but that's actually not true. Yes, that's what I blog about, but it's far bigger than that for me. I know how to tweak keto for weight loss or for maintenance, but I'm keto for the health benefits. My grandmother died of ALS and my mother has Parkinson's. My family history is filled with diabetes and cancer. I've had some health issues personally. All of that considered, my experience and research points to keto (for me, a paleo version) as the best approach for me. I'm not going down but swinging! I currently do 20-30 grams of TOTAL carbs. I don't mess around with counting net carbs.

No photoshopped journey here. I'm a real person. I struggle. But I'm not giving up. I fall down, I get back up; I fall down, I get back up. I. Will. Get there. And frankly, I'm going to enjoy myself all along the way. :)

keto before and after
245 to 200
Not done yet...

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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 del

What is 75 Hard #75Hard: Documenting My Experience With The 75 Hard Challenge

January 1, I embarked on an interesting journey; I decided to start the 75 Hard Challenge (scroll to the bottom of the post for my updated journal on my progress. I've gotten a lot of questions on this program and what it is exactly, what the rules are, etc. So... What is 75 Hard ? It's a mental toughness skills development challenge started by Andy Frisella. (Since first posting this, it is now a book as well .) His premise is that mental toughness is a skill and therefore can be learned, practiced, and honed. Andy designed this challenge to cultivate: confidence, self-belief, self-esteem, self-worth, endurance, fortitude, grit, perseverance, self-discipline, endurance, resilience... and all of the skills inside the scope of mental toughness.  Check out the podcast that started it all for all the info from Andy himself:  No

Jillian Michaels BodyShred Full Review

I was sent the Jillian Michaels BODYSHRED program and supplements for review purposes.In this BodyShred review, as always, opinions expressed are 100% honest and my own. 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 is included in the BodyShred program? 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. C

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 Recipe Ingredients: 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

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

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

Hype or Help: Jillian Michaels Body Revolution Final Program Review

Disclaimer: I received  Jillian Michaels Body Revolution for 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 DVDs Resistance Cable Fitness Guide Book Fat Burning Meal Plan 7 Day Kick-Start Your Metabolism Plan 90 Day Journal Bookmark 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 is roughly 1200 calories a day and all of the recipes come from J

30 Easy Prep and Pack Whole30 Lunch Recipes

The Whole30 Program 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

A Day In The Life: My Fitness, Food, and Supplement Routine

A group of my fitness blogger friends decided to do Day in the Life posts today. I get a lot of questions about my routine. My Paleo eats, how much I work out, what supplements I take, how I fit in my blogging/freelance/work...stuff like that. I thought joining and doing a day in my life post would be fun and a great way to answer all of those questions at once! This was yesterday (Tuesday 1/20). It was a pretty average day for me. 4:30 AM My alarm on my phone goes off. I get up, get dressed in my workout clothes, and take my pre-workout (it says to take it 30-60 minutes before your workout, I shoot for 30). This is a new supp for me and I'm still just taking 1 to see how it goes. I also take my Acetyl L-Carnitine because the bottle says to take it on an empty stomach.  Sometimes I hit snooze until 5, but I'm trying hard not to do that. A lot of people say to sleep in your workout clothes to save time, but that doesn't work for me. What does work for me is

Post Pregnancy Belly Wrapping

Post pregnancy belly wrapping is not a new concept. In fact, it's something that women from cultures all over the world have been doing for centuries. Modern versions of post pregnancy wraps are quite advanced, but the concept is the same: postnatal wrapping is intended to help new moms recover and heal. What is post-pregnancy belly wrapping? Postpartum Belly wrapping (also called postnatal binding) is the practice of using gentle compression to aid in recovery after giving birth. Why wrap? In the first six weeks following birth, whether a woman delivers vaginally or by cesarean, the body goes through a significant recovery and healing process. Belly wraps have been used for centuries by women all over world to aid in this healing process. Belly wrapping can help: shrink and re-position  their uterus after birth  reduce bloating in the abdominal area caused by water retention provide additional support to the abdominal area and core muscles to help improve posture and