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Hi there! Thanks for stopping by to learn a little bit about me. I'm Kerri, a wife and mom of 4 living my dreams on a farm in Eastern Idaho. I'm a fan of semi-colons, ellipses, and Oxford commas. I love good strong coffee and hanging out on Instagram. Things like self-sufficiency, permaculture, and alternative 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, 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 some day. My motto is: "Life is short. LIVE your dreams."

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My fitness and weight loss journey has been a bit long and winding. I have been overweight my whole adult life. I went very low carb twice, first when I was 25, and had great success with that. Both efforts got me down to around 172-174. Unfortunately, I went back to bad choices both times and regained everything. After having my third son and turning 30 shortly after, I felt like my body wasn't my own. It was holding onto weight for dear life it just didn't want to let go. I wasn't just overweight, I was obese and no longer felt like myself. I didn't want to leave the house. I didn't want people to see me. I was completely out of shape. I felt trapped in my own body and didn't recognize the reflection in the mirror. I was unhealthy and miserable.

When I ate carbs I binged, I felt guilty, I felt shame, I binged some more. Then, I decided to do something.
My highest weight (13 years ago)--245 pounds, Size 22

I tried calorie counting, I found SparkPeople.

I tried working out 2 hours a day.

I started running. I fell in love with it. For the first time in my life, it taught me that I CAN. For the first time in my life, I was setting goals, working hard at them, and reaching those goals. Running also quickly became my therapy and a tool I used to work through the hard work of weight loss: the mental stuff.

195 -- first 5k
My first ever race. It changed my life. Running changed my life.

187--first full marathon
Went straight from a couple of 5ks to a marathon. Please don't try this at home ;) I made some pretty bad training mistakes and had a terrible time, but I learned so much about myself in the process.
 Next, I started lifting heavy, did ChaLEAN Extremeand fell in love with lifting weights. Weights were another game changer for me. I also started doing a lot of research on nutrition.

Right about here I got stuck. Up a few pounds down a few pounds. Around and around I went for over a year. I read up on Paleo and jumped in with both feet.
Paleo was another life-changer. It's what works for me. Not because of weight loss, but I just feel better eating this way. My urge to binge eat is completely gone and I am full of energy. Paleo is not a fad for me, it's still how I eat today. Through trial and error, I tended towards a lower carb version of paleo.
After starting Paleo 165
So then, I was working on workout consistency and getting to the fitness level I wanted. I felt amazing. I felt strong and fit. I was amazed at what I was capable of. I was a weight loss success story, my blog took off, I was a happier healthier me. I did Jillian Michael's Body Revolution and got down to around 155, and then did a 30 day shred and got down to around 150. I really felt like I'd finally 'made it'. My relationship with food, exercise, and my body was completely transformed.
155 post Body Revolution

Right here is where SURPRISE, I found out I was pregnant with Baby #4. Here we go again...

195 - 3 weeks postpartum - July 15, 2013
I went in circles post-baby. I'd try the same tough/intense workouts I loved pre-baby only to realize my fitness level wasn't there yet. Then, I'd get frustrated and quit. Around and around like that I went. Up a few pounds, down a few pounds. I also had gone higher carb paleo without really thinking about it. This was the main problem, though I didn't realize it until later.

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 emotionally eat again. It was like being physically transported to my pre-weightloss body transported me emotionally as well. I had a lot to work through, AGAIN.

194 - 7 months postpartum - February 1, 2014

I had a few brief bouts of success when I focused on consistency. I realized I had to take it slow and build myself back to the heavy lifting and intense cardio (HIIT, tabata, etc) that I love. I did Ultimate Booty Workouts and focused on being consistent with my workouts and eating.

184 - 10 months postpartum - April 27, 2014

Aaaaaand then I spent 2015 and 2016 going back and forth again. Then, backsliding into the emotional eating stuff and regaining weight. I had some major life changes (like moving from Colorado to Idaho), battled with seasonal depression again, and fell back into old unhealthy patterns. I was 222 January 2017. That number pretty much scared me silly and knocked some sense into me. I had managed to nearly get back to where I was at the very beginning.

No. Not OK with me. Not going there. 

The above pic is my first 2 months keto progress. In 2017 I tried some new workouts, went keto paleo (simply very low carb paleo), and lost a total of 25 pounds.

For 2018 I am refocused and recommitted. Committed to being well, to feeling my best, and being fit and strong again. Again, I am focusing on consistent action. Consistent workouts, consistent keto, and consistent accountability. I'm also looking at everything I can do to optimize this keto, weight loss, and getting back to fit journey. 

Currently I'm experimenting with keto and crossfit together. Where I am right now:

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

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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…

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,…

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

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…