My Atkins Journey {Update, Healthy Start with Breakfast and Atkins all new breakfast sandwich}


Over the past few months I’ve mentioned a couple of times that used to never eat breakfast. I rarely would eat anything before lunchtime and sometimes I wouldn’t even drink anything before lunchtime. How that work out for me? Well, I delt with dehydration and extreme fatigue because I was not putting nutrients into my body first thing in the morning…I was ready to go to bed by 11 AM or noon almost every single day. Have you tried to work out, lift weights or run when you’re suffering from extreme fatigue and about to fall asleep where you’re standing? I have and it’s very difficult.

Around May I started putting a lot of effort into eating breakfast. I had created such a horrible habit of not eating breakfast for so many years that it was extremely difficult to eat breakfast. But, I worked up from being able to eat breakfast once or twice a week to eating breakfast most days a week! I started losing weight, I had so much more energy and my fatigue was definitely decreased!! Then summer happened and we were go go go, then fall happened and it was back to school and the success that I had made with eating breakfast had started to dwindle off. What’s a girl to do?

Enter Atkins in late October! When he first started Atkins there was a number of things that I was really excited about; of course the weight-loss and eating healthier topped that list but the importance of eating breakfast really stood out! I knew if there was one thing that was going to get me to eat my breakfast from now until forevermore it was this desire to lose the weight that I have been carrying around on me and since the birth of all my children. Skipping breakfast is actually tied to being overweight…well that sucks!

My “Breakfast” Progress: It is been five weeks since I started Atkins and not one single day has gone by that I have not had a good and nutritious breakfast to start my day!!! That’s huge, considering just at the beginning of the year I was eating breakfast maybe once or twice a week and suffering because of it!ATBREA

Why is it so important to have a nutritious breakfast every morning? Well, in my experience there’s a number of different reasons:
First and foremost when you eat a healthy and nutritious breakfast you are instilling that healthy lifestyle and desire in your children and I believe that that is extremely important! Our kids want to do everything that daddy and mommy do so let teach them to live healthy and active…can I get an Amen!


atkins3Soooooo Eating Breakfast…

  • gives you a boost of brainpower
  • helps you lose weight
  • gives you energy
  • helps give you nutrients and that you need to tackle the day
  • improves your immune system
  • gives you healthier looking skin

How do I keep myself on track with eating a healthy and nutritious breakfast? Here are a few tips that will help you eat breakfast and stay on track!:

Plan ahead: sometimes I think we feel overwhelmed in the morning especially if we wake up and are running late. How many times do we have no idea what we’re going to eat for breakfast {in my case often times I would just decide not to eat breakfast} Instead skipping breakfast I’ve started planning my breakfast the night before that way if I’m going to make something like overnight oatmeal I can just get it ready that night and it’s ready to go in the morning no hassle and no fuss! If I’m going to have scrambled eggs, I actually like to mix up the eggs in a blenderbottle and just leave it in the refrigerator until the next morning that way even if I’m running a little bit later than I would like I can still easily grab the bottle, give it a shake and dump it in the pan and the scrambled eggs are ready to go.

Stock up on healthy: I’ve learned that if my pantry is full of things like pop tarts,  sugary cereals and commonly unhealthy food I’m going to eat…let’s face it it’s easier to throw pop tart in the toaster rather than making eggs. To thwart this I like to stock our pantry with things that are going to be healthier options like the fore mentioned oatmeal and eggs as well as my all-time favorite Atkins meal bars and snack bars {eek there are some Brand New Atkins breakfast sandwiches…I’ll tell you all about in a few minutes!}

Consider getting up a little bit earlier than usual: I know that this is not going to be everybody’s favorite option but if you are notoriously late and skipping breakfast truly consider getting up even a half an hour early and making yourself a healthy nutritious breakfast. I promise this is going to make you have a better morning, a better afternoon, just all-around better day because you will put those nutrients in your body and boosted your energy first thing!

Count calories, carbs and keep a food journal: this is one of my most favorite things to do and I honestly never thought that I would be a person that would say that but there is something inside of me that just loves seeing the calories being counted, what I’m putting into my body {whether it’s good or bad} and just keeping track of it it helps me be more in control and I am able to see exactly the changes that I need to make.

Ok now to the really fun part! Remember above when I mentioned that Atkins has some brand-new breakfast sandwiches? Well they do and they are oh so delicious!


I was really excited when I went to Atkins had come out with some frozen breakfasts. Don’t get me wrong I love my mornings with my Atkins meal bars and snack bars but there are some days when I’m really craving something hot and something with meat! These breakfast sandwiches really hit the spot!

There are four different breakfast sandwiches:

  • Bacon with egg and cheese
  • Canadian bacon with egg and cheese
  • Sausage with egg and cheese
  • Sausage with egg

So far the only one that I’ve been able to get my hands on is the sausage with egg and cheese and I love it, it is so good! The package comes with two English muffin sandwiches! My husband and I love having this breakfast together!atkins2

Something that I really love about the Atkins breakfast sandwiches is that they are so convenient and portable whether you are at home or you’re on the go at the gym or at work this sandwich is perfect; you can take the frozen sandwich and just pop it in the microwave when your ready to have breakfast at the gym or at work. This is a far better option than the notorious office donuts!

But how do they REALLY taste Britni?

I thought you’d never ask! Seriously friends these are DELICIOUS! Keep with the Atkin ever so tasty form! These little sandwiches are very similar to those chain fast food restaurants but WAY healthier and in my opinion taste far better! Have a look at the nutrition facts:

Sausage with egg and cheese sandwich:

19 g protein

no sugar

340 cal

5 net carbs

Whoa right?

So where can you pick up some of these bad boys? So far I have found them in alms all of our local stores {small and chain} I cannot wait to try the Bacon and Egg one…I really love bacon!

Whats your favorite breakfast? I’d love to hear!

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PRO Compression Marathon Socks Giveaway! {Holiday Gift Guide: Fitness Edition}


Today I wanted to share with you my favorite piece of post run/hike recovery gear! PRO Compression socks! Yes that’s right I said compression socks! I know what you’re thinking “compression socks are only for grandma and grandpa right?!” Wrong! Compression Socks are for anyone and REALLY big in the fitness world!Web_Lifestyle1_1250x400

A few months ago some of my favorite Blogging Runners were raving about PRO Compression in their ability to drastically help with leg recovery after running & hiking. It was from my very first introduction to PRO Compression that I knew I wanted a pair! I was beyond thrilled when recently I was given the opportunity from PRO Compression to try out their marathon socks! I of course jumped at the opportunity!

My first experience with PRO Compression:

When I put on my compression sock for the first time I noticed and immediate difference, yes they were tight but without being uncomfortable or awkward. They were awesome, tight and soothing in all the places that had previously been extremely sore. After putting them on it was like having immediate relief, I felt my tight muscles loosen up and relax!


The PRO Compression socks are made from a super soft and lightweight material, which I LOVE! In the past I’ve worn a heavier style of sock so these were a very happy and welcomed change! It was funny because of the compression I actually had to lace my shoes tighter than usual!

Before PRO Compression after any kind of long distance run or hike I had a long rough recovery; I would have to sit down and put my feet up because my calves and ankles would be so sore or/and I would have swollen feet and ankles. Since receiving my PRO Compression socks that is a thing of the past no more swelling and no more calf pain!! In addition, my husband who is a very long distance runner was suffering from some severe pain, I got him a pair and he was SHOCKED the first time he ran with his compression socks, the aches and pain were relaxed and soothed and now just a few weeks later his pain is also a thing of the past!


I wear my PRO Compression socks all the time and so does my hubby! We both wear them during runs and hikes, over night after particularly strenuous days, long car rides and of course as regular every day socks!

PC4I love PRO Compression and will be a forever customer because…

  • Awesomely Bright Colors
  • The Sock of the Month Club
  • Full-length, graduated compression design for maximum blood flow
  • Non-slip design, even after hours on your feet
  • Lightweight construction for incredible feel
  • Blended materials provide maximum comfort and support
  • Moisture control keeps you dry during your biggest efforts
  • Made in USA

Although I’m writing about only the Marathon High socks I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that PRO Compression Socks come is a number of different styles:

Marathon High Socks

Mid Socks

Low Socks

In addition to their socks PRO Compression also has:

Compression Sleeves

Leggings and Tights 


The moral of the story? Since I started running and hiking I’ve had a number of problems including, the regular post-run soreness especially in my calves and bottoms of my feet, calf cramps, swelling and charlie horses and man those are not fun for anybody! Before PRO Compression I had never used compression socks and tried to just deal with these issues. I remember as I waited for my first pair to arrive I thought if these socks can even slightly decrease the soreness that I feel after a really long run or hike then I am all in! Well, they didn’t just slightly decrease the pain they actually have change my life!

Will I purchase another pair of these? Absolutely! For me, my husband and in fact my mom who is 70 who has severe leg cramps and other calf issues is *ahem getting a pair for Christmas! PRO Compression socks are a quality product that really do what they say they are going to do. Honestly, I really love this company!

Are you sick of being sore, swollen or achy? I would highly recommend getting a pair {or 2 or 3 or 4} of PRO Compression Marathon socks!


Oh but you’re not gonna leave here without something fun!

I am so thrilled to announce that I have partnered with PRO Compression to host awesome giveaway!!! One winner will win a pair of PRO Compression Marathon Socks!



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Special Thank You to PRO Compression for providing me with these AMAZING socks!!

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Momentum Jewelry Giveaway! {Holiday Gift Guide: Fitness Edition}

TLIB2014When it comes to my personality I am definitely a girly girl, I love to wear jewelry but when it comes to working out, running and hiking the last thing that I want is to have on a whole bunch of jewelry… Especially since I sweat a lot, jewelry and exercise is not a happy combination.

I was thrilled when I was introduced to Momentum Jewelry!! It’s an amazing company they have created beautiful jewelry and is comfortable, stylish and inspirational…which I love!

I was thrilled when Amy (of Momentum Jewelry) offered me the awesome opportunity to give their Motivate Wrap and FootNotes a try and review on my blog! I chose the beautiful hot pink wrap with the saying “Stronger than Yesterday” (oval charm) and set of matching FootNotes to remind me no matter what I am doing to “Finish Strong


I was so excited when they arrive I ripped the package into shreds to get them out!

Let me tell you a little bit about each one of the awesome items that I received:485755_441891582518968_1636487217_n

From the first day I wore my Motivate Wrap I have gotten compliments no matter where I am! People are always asking where I got my bracelet from and they ALWAYS comment the “stronger than yesterday” and how cool that is!

This beautiful wrap is made out of a very soft, stretchy fabric so whether I am lifting weights running or hiking it stays put and stays very comfortable… This is a big deal because I am not a big bracelet or watch person but since the day I got my motivate wrap bracelet I have worn it 100% (excluding showers of course)!!

STYI just love this bracelet, I love the hot pink, I love the “Stronger than Yesterday” quote that reminds me no matter what I’m doing to push through because I am truly stronger than yesterday! I have honestly felt myself lagging during a run and looked down at my bracelet and it honestly motivates me to push harder than I did the day before and beat my speed or/and my mileage!! I want one in every color!

I love the stretchy wrap of that motivate bracelet because it can be used more than just for a bracelet, I gotten annoyed with hair in my face and took my bracelet off and put my hair in a ponytail during a run and I’ve used it as a headband.KB

Because of my love for my Motivate Wrap I have decided that this is going to be my go to gift for all my athlete friends! I have a friends who Zumba instructors PiYo instructors, runners and those friends I have who have worked very hard and met some pretty big goals. I think the motivate wrap would be an awesome gift to show these friends and family members how special and important they are and momentum jewelry does a wonderful job of getting that message of encouragement out there…it a really beautiful and fun way!

So since receiving my Motivate Wrap I have worn it running, hiking biking, doing yoga, lifting, on vacation at the ocean, relaxing with the hubby, sleeping, working….ok so pretty much everything except showering and swimming! No matter what I’m doing it is a wonderful encouraging reminder! I love my rap so much that I am planning on ordering a custom version for myself I just haven’t decided what I wanted to say yet… I can’t decide between two different sayings/quotes so I may just end up ordering two customs!

I’m sure you want to hear all about the FootNotes too!



I am in love with these little things! I love that they add a little bit of bling to my running shoes! But more than that I love that during a run or a hike when I am feeling like I just can’t take another step I look do at my shoes and I see that “Finish Strong” and just like the bracelet the footnotes push me too…well push on and finish strong! My husband and I have a favorite hike it we love to do every day (well, we try to do it everyday but when you live in the Pacific Northwest you learn to roll with the punches because you never know if it’s going to be a downpour or some other sudden weather) but on this particular hiking trail there is a hill about 2 miles in that goes almost straight up…I’m really short and it is a very difficult hill for me. The first time we hiked it with my FootNotes on I kept reading then and thought in my head Finish Strong, Finish Strong, Finish Strong and I pushed on and did not stop I kept my momentum and I truly finish strong! This may not be a big deal to a lot of people but for me it really was because this hill is a killer it is not my favorite.FN


I am absolutely in love with my new jewelry from Momentum Jewelry! I will be a forever customer and I think that if you try it out you will be too.

Are you looking for some awesome fitness jewelry? I would highly recommend getting your hands on some of the awesome stuff that Momentum Jewelry has to offer!

Oh but you’re not gonna leave here without something fun!

I am so excited to have partnered with Amy at Momentum Jewelry to host awesome giveaway!!! One winner will win either the Motivate Wrap or FootNotes (winners choice) how awesome is that!



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My Atkins Journey {Update, Meal Bars and staying on track! }

So here we are about one month into my Atkins journey! I couldn’t be more thrilled with the way my body has changed the way my eating habits have changed and my overall energy and fitness level!! As of November 30 I have lost 22 pounds! I seriously couldn’t be more giddy 🙂

During my time on I can I’ve learned that one of the most important things is staying on track with my eating especially with my snacking! Case in point, my husband and I have a tradition with our children of black Friday shopping. We don’t get up super early or anything but we like to go after the stores I’ve been open for a few hours (I’m talking the 5am openings NOT the midnight…we like to sleep!) we like to go see what deals we can get.

For the last six years our first stop has been the same store it is our all-time favorite store that one of the main reasons that we go on Black Friday is because they have free donuts, coffee and juice. Every year we look forward to the yummy donuts but not this year. The kiddos did have donuts and juice but my husband and I packed our Atkins Meal bars I have one of my faves chocolate Chip granola and he had a mudslide! And just in case we were out later than expected we each brought along a yummy dark chocolate royale shake!

Have you tried the Atkins meal bars?? Oh my goodness you need to! These bars are amazing every single one…yes I have tried ALL of them and they are GREAT! There a lot of ‘diet’ bars, or ‘meal replacement’ bars and honestly I have hated every agile one of tried…they often taste like tree bark or nothing and are so chewy my jaw physically cannot take it! That is so not the case with the Atkins Bars! The are two kinds the larger meal bars that are oh so yummy and very filling and the snack bars that are equally and yummy just in a smaller snack size!

So, November has come and is now gone and I was able to stay right on track and eat the carbs and calories that I needed to maintain my steady weight loss as well as actually lose weight. Now it’s December… and December 1 is our wedding anniversary!! Every year my husband takes a weeklong vacation. Usually it’s a staycation but this year my amazing hubby decided to surprise the whole family an amazing ocean vacation!! Awesome right!? But here’s the thing this means that our family is going to spend about 80 hours in the car driving to the coast and stopping along the way at various landmarks, museums and so on. The concern? Staying on track while were away from home. “Gotta stay on track” has been swirling around in my head for the last two weeks. Am I worried? No! absolutely not because Atkins has the most amazing line of shakes, frozen meals and my absolute favorite meal bars and snack bars! We leave in a few days for vacation and my husband and I have already packed up a whole lotta Atkins deliciousness!

Staying on track is not something that just ‘happens’ it’s something that I have to work at and plan for! For instance last week my mom and I went last-minute thanksgiving shopping. I know her, she ALWAYS get starving and ends up wanting to eat at a fast food place…in the past I would have been totally down…now not so much. So I planned ahead and threw a meal bar, snack bar and a shake in my purse (I packed that much because shopping with my mom can easily turn into an all day extravaganza!)

Here are a few tips and tricks that have helped me stay on track!

Plan Ahead:

Look ahead and your schedule and pack yourself some shakes or bars accordingly. Does your daughters ballet class take place during lunch time? Need a snack after the gym? Do you always have a long wait at the doctor’s office? By simply grabbing a few bars and shakes you will find it less likely to even be tempted to hit he drive thru or pizza place!

Toss a few meal bars & snack bars in your glove box:

When was the last time that you wanted to quickly hit a store to pick up something only to find out that the store across town has what you are looking for. Or my all time favorite getting stuck on the mountain pass because of heavy snow fall (this is a very common occurrence in the Pacific Northwest) When you have a Atkins stash in the car you will know that you will ALWAYS be on track! Oh but don’t forget to restock!! 🙂

Know yourself:

If you know that every single day at noon you want a candy bar or Starbucks then make sure you have meal bars and shakes. At first glance you may feel like that will not suffice, but I promise you it really will!

More is always better:

You know the saying “less is more” well that is just not the case when it comes to being prepare! I didn’t used to feel this way until about 3 weeks ago when my hubby and I decided to take the kids on a hike up a local mountain. It started out great, we passed a few people who told us we were almost to the summit…we after almost 4 hours I beg to differ. Our quick family hike turned into a horrific 7 hour nightmare…pain, thirst, hunger and the tears oh the tears! I had packed a little bag of small snacks and one bottle of water ONE! Since then my husband ALWAYS wears a backpack on our hikes FULL of Atkins and stuff for the kiddos. We pack as fit we are going to be stuck in the wood for 7 hours because…we’ll it could happen!

So there you have it…in an extremely large nutshell 😉

How do you stay on track when you are on the go? I’d love to hear!

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