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Oatmeal Pie for Breakfast

Pies...for BREAKFAST? That's right! Full of goodness to fuel your body too! 

I wanted to share this recipe with you guys as a SNEAK PEEK into my Simply Sugar Free Cookbook!!! Pre-sale LAUNCHING is happening next week! 

I wanted to share this delicious recipe with you! I made a ton of these in one sitting, and froze them! (You know I'm all about making life simple, and meal prepping breakfast is at the top of my list). My family will actually eat them frozen, let them thaw for a few minutes, or just pop them in the microwave for a quick second! 

They are packed full of nutrition! A great way to start your day, or even a great afternoon snack for the kiddos! 

Once you try them, post a photo and tag me! @BrittanySuell #SimplySugarFree

Also, let's make sure you are on my pre-order list!! Sign up below, and you will automatically be sent a fun Fall recipe, plus be notified next week when my book is open to order! NOT only that, but my book sponsor, Swanson Vitamins will be giving one person on my list FREE $50 to spend on their website! 

XOXO 

Brittany

 

 

The Truth About Alternative Sweeteners from a Doctor

The Truth About Alternative Sweeteners from a Doctor-2 Hi! I’m Dr. Pragati Gusmano, I’m a Naturopathic Doctor and an expert on natural health and holistic

medicine. As you all know, Brittany lives a sugar free lifestyle so I’m here share some helpful

information on sugar, sugar substitutes and how it all breaks down in your body. You can find more

from me on my blog, Simple Medicine; it’s where you'll find delicious and nutritious ways to eat,

beauty DIYs, and simple ways to be happy and healthy, naturally. You can also find me on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Ever notice how all the freshest foods are on the perimeter of the supermarket? Chances are if you’ve

ever shopped those center aisles you’ve been duped into eating something with hidden sugar in it. So

many processed, low fat, fat free foods are loaded with sugar to improve the taste. The reason? Fat free

and low fat foods don’t taste good to the standard American and sugar improves the palatability.

 

On the flip side of that, many Americans are trying to limit their sugar intake by

substituting sugar with artificial sweeteners. The sad truth? You’re doing just as much harm with the

artificial stuff. Here’s a breakdown of what you need to know about the most popular sweeteners on the

market:

 1. Table Sugar (also known as Sucrose)

Table sugar is what we’re most familiar with. It’s made up of 50% fructose and 50% glucose and is

sourced from beet sugar or sugar cane. When you eat table sugar, it’s used in one of three ways: as fuel

for your brain and red blood cells, stored as glycogen in your liver and muscles (to be used later) or it

can be converted to fatty acids that are stored in fat.

 

When you’re in a situation where you chronically have too much sugar, muscle and fat cells stop using

as much of it for energy and you store it as fat. If you continue to overload your body with sugar, you’ll

stop having the ability to produce insulin and this can lead to chronic health conditions like diabetes or

metabolic syndrome.  

 

2. Turbinado Sugar (also known as Sugar in the Raw)

I know a lot of people look at raw turbinado sugar as the safer alternative to her sister, white

table sugar. That is a false assumption. Turbinado is pure sugar cane extract, which makes it 50%

fructose and 50% glucose, just like table sugar. It has the same effects on blood sugar mentioned above.

 

3. Stevia

Stevia comes from a plant and is super, super sweet. It’s 200-300 times sweeter than table sugar so

you only needs a tiny bit to make whatever you’re eating/drinking sweet. Stevia bypasses normal

absorption, it is metabolized in the gut and heads straight to the liver; this means it doesn’t

affect blood sugar levels. There are some reports that stevia can cause an upset stomach and/or burden

the kidneys because of the way it is excreted. Processed stevia can contain excipients, so look for a pure

form that doesn’t contain bulking ingredients like: dextrose, FOS (fructooligosacharides), erythritol,

xylitol, maltodextrine, lactose or combination of these ingredients.

 

4. Sucralose (also known as Splenda)

Sucralose is 600 times sweeter than table sugar. This is my least favorite sweetener, ever. In fact, it’s at

the top of my list of things that I won’t eat. A study published in 2008 found that 12 weeks of using

Splenda resulted in a reduction in good gut bacteria, which other studies have found can be related to

metabolic disorders. Have you seen the giant baking sized bags of Splenda? Also a terrible idea.

Cooking with sucralose at high temperatures was shown to produce toxic compounds. More importantly, artificial sweeteners like sucralose interact with receptors on the tongue, letting the body know you’ve eaten something sweet and preliminary research shows that this can cause a blood sugar-insulin roller coaster that certainly isn’t good for you.

 

5. Honey

Honey is quite possibly the most well known alternative sweetener. It’s a mix of fructose and glucose:

about 38% fructose to 31% glucose. It also has several vitamins and minerals, including B vitamins,

amino acids, proteins, antioxidants, enzymes and micronutrients. Generally, the sugars in honey are

sweeter that artificial sweeteners. Honey also has a mix of monosaccharides, disaccharides and

trisaccharides which gives you fast and slow burning sugars.

 

One study found that honey reduced blood glucose or was more tolerable that most common sugars or sweeteners in patients with impaired glucose tolerance.

 

When it comes to the sweet stuff there are lots of options – choose the one that is right for you and

your lifestyle. My favorites? Honey or Stevia. Honey, for it’s taste and medicinal properties and Stevia

because it doesn’t spike your blood sugar.

 

I know Brittany's choice throughout the past year of living sugar free has been to use honey. On occasion, for making specialty desserts, etc, she has chosen to use some Stevia.

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Are you living a sugar free lifestyle? Are you feeling ready to kick the artificial stuff for good?

The Importance of Breathing

The Importance of Breathing, try this breathing technique to decrease stress! Wow! This week has started off great! Yep, and it's only Tuesday! 

As you know....I'm pregnant. 15 weeks actually, and still I haven't gained a lot of energy back, which is kind of stinky! This week though, I started something that has rejuvenated and excited me about my home business and what I do. I started my first Private Yoga Session with a student that has been taking classes with me since April. 

I am so excited about what this journey will look like for us. I am excited to begin intertwining my faith into Yoga more and seeing what God is going to do in me and my client in these one-on-one sessions. Plus, I'm excited to see where this new journey of teaching private yoga will take me. (Stay tuned for updates on my website about what I offer as far as private yoga goes)

This week we are focusing on the Importance of Breathing, and on Friday I am sending her home with the homework of spending 2 minutes a day, in pure stillness, quietness, away from distractions (this includes a vibrating phone), and spending time to just breath! 

This may not seem like much, since hello....we breath all-day, every-day. But there's a difference in the normal breath you take, and taking time to intentionally breath. 

The Importance of Breathing

One of the primary reasons that breathing techniques that foster a long, smooth inhales and exhales (like what we practice in yoga) are so beneficial is because, when practiced correctly, they can support the parasympathetic nervous system. This in return activates what is commonly known as the “relaxation response,” reducing stress and its effects on your body and mind. As a result, your resilience in the face of challenge or adversity increases, and your mind becomes more focused and still.

So try it out! 

How to Breath:

Lie flat on your back. Knees can be bent or legs out long. Place one hand on the belly, and the other on the chest. Slowly just begin to breath normally. Allowing the body to relax. Notice the natural movement of the body. The rise and fall of the belly and chest. Then with intention, begin to expand that breath. Breathing a little deeper, and helping the chest and belly to rise a little further. Focus in on your breath, and keeping your inhales and exhales the same length.

Do this for approximately two minutes a day.

How does it make you feel? What feelings or emotions come over your mind and body? 

[bctt tweet="Try this breathing technique for 2 min. and watch the stress fade away! With @brittanysuell #SimplyMove #LeaveYourLegacy"]

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Sugar Free Pecan Pie for the Whole Family!

Well I did it!  I started my no sugar journey at the beginning of 2015....My biggest fears for this challenge I gave myself were...

#1 I would get pregnant and be craving EVERYTHING (well I'm still working on conquering all those cravings).

And #2, I was scared of the holidays! You know, the time when you are surrounded by family, and lots and lots of food. And at our family gatherings there's not only lots of food, but even more desserts! 

So this year, I took matters into my own hands! I decided that if I wanted to SUCCEED at staying sugar free, then I needed to make my own yummy, sugar free desserts for the whole family! 

When you set goals for yourself, you have to plan in advance to succeed. If you go with the flow and leave it up to others, it's much easier to fall into the normal, and not be successful at your goals! All it takes is a little extra thought, work, and determination to succeed your goals! Whether that's eating no sugar, limiting yourself on something, or continuing to work out while on vacation! 

This Thanksgiving I made a Sugar Free Pecan Pie for the whole family! Along with one of my other favorite holiday dessert recipes!

The pecan pie was a huge hit! Actually I was super sad I only got one small slice of it. Then after waking up from my nap, the entire thing was gone. 

The pie is super easy to make and so tasty! Take a look at the recipe, and make plans to have a successful holiday season by bringing your favorite, sugar free pie to all of the upcoming gatherings you plan to attend! 

Sugar Free Pecan Pie for the whole family!

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Adding Weights to My Workout Routine

Hi All....    I am so close to being out of my first trimester, and I am praying that will mean that I will be back to my normal self. The self that is productive, that enjoys staying up late working my business, and blogging. But these days, when nighttime comes and my Little Z goes to bed, all I want to do is lay on the couch and go to bed early. Oh and take plenty of baths! That is what helps when I'm feeling sick. 

But soon, very soon I will be in trimester #2, and let's just hope that with that comes more energy and feeling better! 

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Say Hello to Baby Suell #2!

This pregnancy is already off to a great start. I am doing the #HolidaySweat Challenge with Run to the Finish & Fit Approach (you can join in the fun still!) Get details HERE! And I have set a Goal of clocking 600+ minutes of workout activities per week! The reason for this goal, and the reason for me being a part of this challenge even while pregnant, is because I want to stay  healthy and fit during this pregnancy! Despite to normal thought of I can do and eat whatever I want while pregnant, I'm hoping not to gain 70-75 lbs again (like I did in my first pregnancy). I want to stay fit. I want to keep my muscles. I want to have a healthy pregnancy! 

That's why I've decided to add weights into my workout routine! 

Now on a normal basis I do workouts with resistance bands during my Fit4Mom Stroller Strides workouts! It's awesome and has helped me tone my muscles so much! But I feel like I'm at a place where I want more. That may seem weird to some since I'm pregnant, but of course I will be careful, but I know my body.  I will listen to it and do things that are safe. 

My plan is to start including a dumbbell workout at home, about 2 days a week. I have a 25lb dumbbell, and here's some of the exercises I plan to do on a normal basis. 

  • bicep curls
  • tricep extensions
  • lateral arms raises
  • military press
  • squat with rows

Along with the dumbbell workouts, I want to get back in to doing my favorite full body kettle bell workout. I have a small kettle bell that I got two Octobers ago for my birthday, and an all time favorite youtube kettle bell workout that I love to do! It's just enough challenge and goodness for the entire body! 

If you have a kettle bell I highly suggest trying out this workout! You will not regret it, and your muscles will thank you! 

So there you have it! I'm upping my game, even with a baby in my belly! But hey....I've got to up my game, because pushing a double stroller is NO JOKE! I've been pushing my sister's kiddos around while we run/walk, and oh my goodness! Momma's who use a double stroller every day have some strength!! 

[bctt tweet="I'm pregnant and upping my game for the #HolidaySweat Challenge! #DishtheFit @fitapproach @runtothefinish @jillconyers"]

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Healthy Cookies & A Hemp Heart Giveaway!

Healthy cookies and a hemp heart giveaway! [bctt tweet="Get this healthy cookie recipe from @Brittanysuell and #WIN #hemplove from @ManitobaHarvest @FitApproach"]

It's the weekend, so why not enjoy some HEALTHY COOKIES topped with Manitoba Hemp Hearts

Seriously, this recipe makes everyone in my home happy! Even those who still willingly consume sugar on a regular basis! And for me, being sugar free for almost a year, when I make something like this it is such a treat for me! 

Made with lots of good ingredients like almond flour, coconut oil, and sweetened with honey! 

It's the perfect alternative for your kiddos, and a great way to still allow them to enjoy a sweet treat while also reducing the amount of sugar intake they are getting! (...these are SO GOOD they will never know the difference!)

Plus with the added hemp hearts on top, you are adding extra protein that is plant based, plus omegas which are amazing for everyone! 

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SHARE THIS RECIPE with your friends, and ENTER TO WIN your own pack of HEMP HEARTS from Manitoba Harvest below. 

You can add hemp hearts to just about anything for their added goodness and nutty flavor! I use them on salads, in my smoothies, or anything sweet like yogurt or these cookies! 

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BRINNER.....all day everyday! + A GIVEAWAY from Fit Body Bakery

I told y'all last week that Breakfast has been on my mind, and I'm serious!  Around my house, we love BRINNER! 

BRINNER=BREAKFAST for DINNER

I could probably make Brinner every day, especially when it's easy to make, plus packed with goodness, sugar free, and healthy for you. But seriously...what kind of breakfast is that!?!? (Other than eggs and meat). 

Well I will tell you my newest found secret! It's incredible and tasty! And it's from Fit Body Bakery

That company name just screams goodness right!! 

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We had friends over for dinner recently and decided on breakfast! Well with my first trimester kicking me in the tale, I didn't feel like cooking at all! I was so thankful to have these POWER UP PANCAKES on hand! They are Gluten Free, Sugar Free (sweetened with Stevia), a full of protein and goodness. So not only were they easy to make, they were good for you. 

Then to top it off, they were so delicious, everyone loved them! They had a huge amount of flavor to them! I was timid to see if the men would think they tasted weird since they were "healthy" pancakes, but they had only great things to say about them! 

Brinner + a Fit Body Bakery Giveaway

Even my son was grubbing on these! And I don't ever give him regular pancakes, just the ones I've made with protein powder and or bananas. I try not to fill him up with carbs. But with these having so much nutritional value in them, I gave him one and he loved it! I think he ate the leftovers the following days too! 

So here's the great thing about me being pregnant right now and LOVING FOOD!... Is that I like to GIVEAWAY FOOD! So who wants to WIN a mix from Fit Body Bakery!?!? 

[bctt tweet="When I'm pregnant, I GIVEAWAY food!! WIN from @FitBodyBakery @BrittanySuell @Fitapproach #BakeFit #SweatPink"]

Plus, they don't just have pancakes, but also some yummy muffin mix too. (I added blueberries to mine!) Plus some cookie and brownie mixes that I have heard from other Sweat Pink Ambassadors that they are to die for! So if you win, you get to choose which you want! 

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Here's a little something you need to know about Fit Bakery

Fit Body Bakery® is dedicated to helping people meet their health and fitness goals in delicious ways. Our mixes are packed with 6g+ protein per serving to satisfy hunger and keep you going all day long. With about half the sugar as conventional baking mixes and recipes, our treats still satisfy your sweet tooth with unrefined coconut sugar and stevia. Made with 100% gluten free whole grains our mixes have no preservatives or artificial ingredients.

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Breakfast On My Mind! + A GIVEAWAY

Well one thing I just can't get enough of during these first week's of pregnancy......BREAKFAST!  That's right, I've got Breakfast on my mind! 

It doesn't matter what it is, biscuits, crepes, pig in the blankets, eggs, cereal, or waffles. I love it all! So this week I'm going to be featuring two great breakfast tips/recipes, plus I've got a little GIVEAWAY for you!! 

Add Might Nut Powdered Peanut Butter to any recipe! Enter to WIN @GoMightyNut! #EatMighty @fitapproach #sweatpink mightynut.com

I'm still a sucker for any breakfast food with blueberries in it! Like my yummy Sugar Free Blueberry Waffles!!! Get the original recipe here! Now these have been a go-to favorite for my family since I went fully sugar free in January, but this past week I decided to add something different to the recipe to make it even better! 

Through being a Sweat Pink Ambassador with Fit Approach, I was sent two bottles of yummy Mighty Nut powdered peanut butter! In the past I've mostly enjoyed using powdered peanut butter in my smoothies, but sadly since becoming pregnant I have not had a smoothie. (I usually have at least one a day as a meal replacement). 

So I had to get creative! First I enjoyed some of my Flax & Chia Flavored Might Nut sprinkled over cereal. You see since I don't eat sugar, the cereal I eat is super bland. Usually I sprinkle cinnamon over it which adds a natural sweetness and good flavor. But I loved the change and getting a little peanut butter taste to it as well! 

But, the thing I am really loving, is adding a couple of tablespoons of the Might Nut Peanut Butter (any flavor would be amazing) to my sugar free waffle recipe batter! It adds so much extra flavor to the waffles. Plus you are getting 5-6 extra grams of protein added to your meal!! 

Add Might Nut Powdered Peanut Butter to any recipe! Enter to WIN @GoMightyNut! #EatMighty @fitapproach #sweatpink mightynut.com

[bctt tweet="Add @GoMightyNut to your favorite recipes! #EatMighty @fitapproach #sweatpink Plus #WIN from @Brittanysuell"]

So who is ready to WIN a bottle of their choice of Mighty Nut!?!? It comes in these great flavors, and the winner gets to choose which they want! 

  • Original
  • Chocolate
  • Vanilla
  • Flax & Chia

What recipe would you add your Mighty Nut to? 

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Half Marathon with a Baby in My Belly!

Yep, I did it! I completed the first of 3 half marathons I will be doing during this pregnancy!  Half Marathon While pregnant

I will say, it wasn't my best run, but that wasn't because of the growing baby in my belly. No, the race was great! The route was awesome, around lots of water, which I always appreciate. Really I would definitely run this course again! Great job to the West Texas Half Marathon peeps that put this together. 

No my problem was my darn knee. I was so thankful that my husband decided to get up early that morning and be around during the race rather than just at the finish line. 

By mile 5 my knee was hurting, and my husband and my friend's husband were on the course with fun signs in hand to cheer us along! I was thankful and asked him to get me some Tylenol to mile 6! I had intended to take some before the race but forgot to pick it up, and since I'm pregnant, ALL I can take is real Tylenol, so my friend's Advil wouldn't due. 

Half Marathon While pregnant

Thankfully this sweet husband of mine got me the Tylenol, but shortly after I called again asking him to see if my knee brace (which I haven't used in 4-6 months) was in the back of my car. Thankfully, he found me around mile 9 with the brace. 

Due to my knee being in some seriously pain, it was definitely one of my hardest runs. Half the time from mile 7-finish I was 25 yards behind my running partners doing a little skip of jogging/speed walking. But I FINISHED! and that's all that matters! 

[bctt tweet="My top tips for running while pregnant! via @brittanysuell @smartyhealth #sweatpink @fitapproach"]

A few tips for running while pregnant! 

STAY SUPER HYDRATED!! I ran with my SPI Belt Water Bottle in hand and still took advantage of the water stations throughout the race! 

HAVE A GOOD BREAKFAST! I had a banana and a Quest Bar.

HAVE SOME KIND OF FUEL FOR DURING THE RACE! My running partners and I had the perfect plan! We all liked using the Honey Stinger Gummies, so we had multiple flavors and would take turn passing them to each other when we needed another! It definitely kept things interesting with different flavors! 

EAT A LOT AFTER! I devoured the banana slices they were giving out, then we had a huge celebratory lunch as well! 

USE A HIGH-QUALITY, GOOD PRENATAL VITAMIN! I took mine the morning of the race! 

Prenatal vitamins are super important, and I'm loving these from Smarty Pants! Unlike the ones I took during my first pregnancy, which I swallowed and had a terrible after taste, I look forward to having these each morning. Even on days when my morning sickness isn't going great, I can still enjoy some Smarty Pants Prenatals! They are gummies that taste incredible and you can take 3-6 a day! 

Plus you don't have to worry about them having any junk in them! They are full of GOODNESS! and the goodness that you need for a healthy pregnancy, and that comes in handy, especially when you are working hard and running 13.1 miles while pregnant! 

[bctt tweet="Ran a half while 8wks pregnant! Thankful for @SmartyHealth Vitamins to help keep me healthy! @brittanysuell #sweatpink @fitapproach"]

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So although it wasn't my best race, I'm thankful to say that I finished it, and it felt good to complete it! Now to get ready for my next one, the East Texas Half Marathon which I will be running on November 15, 2015! 

Remember if you want to join me, REGISTER HERE and use Code LEGACY for 10% OFF!! You can do the half marathon or the 5K! 

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Fit Pregnancy!

Well here we go....it's the start of a new journey....the start of my Fit Pregnancy.  Well here we go....it's the start of a new journey....the start of my Fit Pregnancy. I'm about 6 weeks pregnant with Baby #2, and I am determined for this to be a fit pregnancy. I am determined to continue my healthy lifestyle....and that includes the way I eat....not just working out!  I'm about 6 weeks pregnant with Baby #2, and I am determined for this to be a fit pregnancy. I am determined to continue my healthy lifestyle....and that includes the way I eat....not just working out!  Fit Pregnancy I shared last week how I planned to stay Sugar Free throughout my pregnancy, and even past the end of the year. (Since my original commitment was through the year 2015). I also shared a photo of what I looked like towards the end of my previous pregnancy. I was 70-75lbs heavier, and mostly just did Yoga and walked.  This pregnancy though, I am determined for it to be DIFFERENT!  I would love to look similar to the way I do in this photo, just with a belly!  To some this may be unrealistic, but I believe if I continue to workout and take care of myself, and eat good food, then it can happen! And it will be perfectly healthy as well!  [bctt tweet="Try these tips to have a FIT PREGNANCY with @BrittanySuell #LeaveYourLegacy #Fitpregnancy #Fortwofitness"] Here are a few ways I plan to have a FIT PREGNANCY! 1) EAT WELL! 

Now this is easier said than done....especially since last night I devoured a bag of Doritos, (mostly by myself). But I want be honest here! Especially during this first trimester, that is going to be incredibly difficult, but I will keep trying! 

2) YOGA

Yoga ALL THE TIME! During this pregnancy! Last time I did Yoga 1-2 times a week and I know it helped make my pregnancy and labor go great! (Read my birth story here) This time it will be even easier since I teach 4-5 classes per week. 

3) WORKING OUT IN GENERAL

I want to stay consistent at my Fit4Mom Classes, even through being tired. I want to stay motivated and active! 

4) KEEP RUNNING! 

This may sound crazy, but I want to KEEP RUNNING throughout my pregnancy. Last time I stopped because I got so tired, and late in my pregnancy I regretted it. I felt like I couldn't start running again when I hadn't been doing it, and I missed running. I missed getting my sweat on in general! So this time, I'm going to keep running. Even just short distances! I will say that I'm starting on the right foot though. I will be running a half marathon this Sunday, and then another on November 15th! Which will put me into the 2nd trimester, (or close at least), which is usually when energy comes back anyways, so I should be able to just keep going! 

It is important to me to stay healthy! Although it does seem freeing to use the excuse of being pregnant to eat any and everything I want....and sometimes I may do that. (just not with sugar). But for the most part, I want to eat healthy and stay active, and I know it will pay off!

What have your pregnancies been like? 

What was the one thing that made it hardest to stay healthy during your pregnancy? 

And while we are on the topic of Fit Pregnancies and Fit Families, this week starts the #BOSUStrong #FitFamily Challenge! So if you didn't WIN a BOSU in the past 4 weeks, join Fit Approach this week (with or without a BOSU), and have fun getting fit with your family!  Here's a little blurb about getting FIT with my FAMILY! Check out this week's challenges HERE, and have fun getting active with your family! #LeaveYourLegacy My husband, son, and I love to workout together! Zander and I go to Stroller Strides on week days, and we take advantage of the weekends to ride our bike together. We recently introduced Zander to bike riding when we got our bike trailer, and since then he can't get enough of it. We love to play outside and run around together. Even though Zander is still small, we are constantly modeling an active lifestyle by getting outside and moving together. I know once he is big enough he will join right in and kick my butt at all of the activities! A family that MOVES together, STICKS together! Be the example Momma's.....LEAVE YOUR LEGACY! #FitFamily [bctt tweet="Join the #FitFamily Challenge and WIN a #BOSU via @BrittanySuell @FitApproach @BOSUFitness #sweatpink"] #FitFamily Challenge with @FitApproach @brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy! #LeaveYourLegacy  

The Regrets of a Pregnant Woman....

Wow....it's been a little over a week since I found out I was pregnant!  Pregnancy Announcement: The Regrets of a Pregnant Woman

Anyways I will say that even just this past week has been super hard on me! I have had zero energy, and have felt....like crap! I have had no desire to cook food, and a huge desire just to go out and grab fast food when I'm hungry. 

I have been good at eating fruit when I need a snack. Either that or saltine crackers. It keeps coming to mind for me though what my doctor said when I went to my 10 week appointment for my son Zander's pregnancy. My husband asked how important nutrition was at this time.....(we had several arguments over my lack of nutrition in the first trimester of that pregnancy), and the doctor said...."Right now, it's really just about surviving and eating what she can." Ahhhh.....such a sigh of relief. So I am trying to keep that in mind during this time as well....although it is super hard. 

I will say I have truly been craving and wanting cereal! 

Now, if you don't remember, back in January 2015, I made the commitment to go SUGAR FREE!! That's right, I gave up sugar all together! In drinks, in foods, period. I was done with sugar. And it has been a great year so far! I have loved this lifestyle of not worrying about eating sugar and having that guilty feeling after a long weekend. I have even had fun in the kitchen trying out new recipes. Right now though, the last thing I want to do is be in the kitchen. 

And when I'm craving cereal, and EVERY SINGLE CEREAL has sugar in it, I won't lie, the Regrets of a Pregnant Woman start coming out. 

Like did I really commit to that? 

Doesn't pregnancy dismiss that? 

Surely all my followers would understand!? 

But no, I am staying committed! Even through these pregnancy cravings! I have loved this sugar free lifestyle and I knew if I got pregnant it would be hard. BUT, I want this to continue being my life even after 2015. Many have asked if I will stay sugar free after the year is up. (My original commitment was the year 2015). And my answer is YES I will stay sugar free! 

For now though, I will keep begging my husband to cook for me while I lay on the couch, or take me out when he just can't do it. And I will keep working hard at staying fit as well! I want this pregnancy to be a fit one! And I know if I stay away from cereal and all the other sugar cravings, I will not gain 70lbs like I did in my first pregnancy! 

The Regrets of a Pregnant WomanPregnancy Announcement

I'll be sharing more on my desire to have a fit pregnancy next week, but for now, I will say that it has been so helpful to have the #BOSUStrong Challenge pushing me to be committed and stay fit! I love challenges with Fit Approach! They are inspiring and fun! 

Plus my little man loves working out on the BOSU with me too! Plus if you include valslides, or paper plates under your feet along with a Bosu, you are getting an incredible workout!! That's what I did today for some side lunges. I put valslides under my feet and slid them out and back in for lunges! It was super hard!!! 

The #BOSUStrong Challenge with Fit Approach is fun and motivating! Try this BOSU workout!!

[bctt tweet="A #BOSU+Paper Plate= one intense workout!! Try it from @BrittanySuell #BOSUStrong @BOSUFitness @Fitapproach #SweatPInk"]

@brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!

#LeaveYourLegacy

 

How I Celebrated My 28th Birthday!

Yesterday I told y'all to come back today to really celebrate my birthday! So thank you all who have come back!!!  So yes, I had an amazing night! My husband was awesome and planned a perfect night with friends! We used a rental home where he cooked fajitas for us, with some amazing salsa and guac (two of my faves). We hung out, chatted, then played a great game! Some of my closest people were there, making it just as special and showering me with gifts! A great way to celebrate my 28th BIRTHDAY! 

But.....when my friends came, they didn't know that I actually had a surprise for them as well! 

It was the best part of the night, and the part that I had been looking forward to the most! 

I was done opening presents and my husband pronounced that he had one more gift for me. He made it clear that it was a big deal and super special. He had his camera ready and all of my friends were skeptical and on edge. He even asked them all to move to one side of the table so he could video just me and my response. 

Then, when the time came, he handed me a jewelry box.....I opened it, and you can see the rest here

WATCH THEIR RESPONSE HERE

And as my official Yogi Announcement, here it is! 

Yoga Pregnancy Announcement

That's right! I'm entering the world of pregnancy again! Whew! I'm super excited and also still a little in shock! Can't believe next year at this time I will have 2 children! hahaha I have already begun to feel the brunt of the first trimester! I have been extremely tired and feel the urgency to eat like all day long! It hasn't been easy so far, but I'm praying for more energy and motivation to get things done. Especially since I am a blogger and business owner, I've got to find the motivation somewhere to be able to get it all done! 

So HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! 

Showing my #BOSUStrong on my 28th Birthday!

That's right!!! It's my 28th Birthday!!!  I enjoyed a relaxing, super lazy weekend that was much needed. Then today breakfast with a few friends and lots of babies, lunch with my son and husband, then after teaching Yoga tonight I'll be enjoying an evening with some of my favorite friends! 

So instead of having a super celebration for my birthday today, I'm going to ask you to come back here tomorrow! Because we will be having a celebration that you will NOT want to miss!!!! 

Show off your #BOSUStrong

For today though, as I reflect on 28 years of life. The ups and downs, the tears and laughs, the adventures and vacations, the joy of my life, I am thankful for some many things! I am of course thankful for the people in my life, but today, when I think about ME, I am thankful for the life I have chosen to live. 

I made the choice to live a healthy and fit life. I have made the choice live the #LiveYourLegacy Lifestyle! I love that I went after my dreams of being a fitness instructor and that I am doing it now! I love that I spend my days getting to help and inspire others to live their best life by choosing a healthy and active lifestyle! I love that at 28 years old, after having a baby, that I feel the healthiest, fittest, and strongest that I have ever felt in my life! 

So to celebrate my strength, today I'm going to share 10 things that make me STRONG, and in light of it being the final week of the Bosu challenge and us focussing on what makes you BOSU Strong. Here are the 10 things that make me #BOSUStrong:

  • I am always optimistic and full of belief that good things can happen
  • I will always seek adventure and joy in life
  • I never say I can't do something, I'm always willing to at least try.
  • I do have cravings for unhealthy things sometimes, but I choose the healthiest version! 
  • I love to sweat with my favorite people! 
  • I am inspired to change the world! I want everyone to have the desire to be their healthiest, their strongest, and to Leave their LEGACY!
  • I love to encourage others to get out of their comfort zone and try new things.
  • I have a desire to live a life that matters!
  • I am proud of the risks I have taken in life! 
  • I hope to motivate YOU to live your healthiest, fittest, and strongest life....starting NOW! 

[bctt tweet="Celebrate your strength with #BOSUStrong!! @Fitapproach #sweatpink @bosufitness @brittanysuell"]

So as I celebrate my 28th birthday, I am proud of my strength! I am confident in who I have chosen to become, and happy with the person that I am! I am BOSU STRONG! 

Get your #BOSUSTrong on with us this week for the last week of the challenge! 

Find each day's prompts here, and let's have some fun together!!! Tag me in your posts @BrittanySuell

Show off your #BOSUStrong

The winner of my NATIONAL COFFEE DAY TANK is Courtney Mentzel! 

@brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!

#LeaveYourLegacy

HAPPY NATIONAL COFFEE DAY + a GIVEAWAY

That's right...it's NATIONAL COFFEE DAY! So you know what I'll be doing...all day long!  Happy National Coffee Day + A GIVEAWAY

Let me tell you why I love coffee! 

1) I love the atmosphere that coffee sets....

  • A cozy morning on a cool day
  • A hot mug while reading a book
  • Snuggled by the fire with a warm drink
  • Early morning smell drifting through your house
  • All things Fall, Winter, and Christmas! 
  • Long conversations with friends
  • Oh the flavors...the flavors you get with coffees do so much on their own
  • Vacation, and coffee shops! 
  • Sitting on my back porch and taking in the morning, but starting first with coffee

2) Coffee is inspiring! 

  • Coffee makes me want to get up and move
  • Coffee makes me happier to run around town doing errands
  • When I drink coffee I feel like I'm a better person
  • I read more when I drink coffee
  • I feel better on long runs when I've had coffee before

3) I love drinking coffee with other people! 

  • Conversations are just better when you have a hot coffee in your hand
  • A coffee shop is a good place to meet a new or old friend
  • Coffee takes away the pressure to always hang out with people around meal times! It gives you something to do while chatting with friends, but not having to stuff your face while doing so! 
  • Even the idea of being at a coffee shop alone, but knowing others are drinking it too....makes you feel good! 

4) I love the taste! 

  • At Home: flavored coffee+half-n-half+honey
  • At a coffee shop: house coffee+honey+steamed half-n-half
  • When I need to: I'll drink it black

5) Coffee makes inspirational quotes and t-shirts more fun! (some of my favs)

  • "All I need is a little bit of coffee, and a whole lot of Jesus"
  • "I don't need anymore coffee....said no one ever" 
  • "This house runs on love, laughter, and lots of strong coffee."
  • "Coffee is a hug in a mug" 
  • "Coffee before Talkie" 

So while we are on the subject of Coffee shirts, how about a GIVEAWAY!!! 

Want to WIN this "But First Coffee" shirt???

Happy National Coffee Day + A GIVEAWAY

LEAVE A COMMENT TELLING ME WHY YOU LOVE COFFEE TO BE ENTERED TO WIN! 

(winner will be chosen at the end of the week)

Visit my Instagram for more chances to WIN!

[bctt tweet="HAPPY NATIONAL COFFEE DAY! Enter to WIN this shirt from @brittanysuell to celebrate! "]

Also, check out all the places you can get FREE COFFEE today! Here's a list

@brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!

#LeaveYourLegacy

 

How I Stay Balanced When Life is Crazy...

Yep I admit it....life has been crazy the past couple of weeks!  I literally unpacked my suitcase a week and a half after I got home from vacation. I've been busy spending time with my son and enjoying some much needed play dates after being gone for almost two weeks. I feel like I can barely keep up with cleaning my house, all in the midst of teaching Yoga & Fit4Mom classes and hosting Freezer Meal Workshops.

So you wonder....How do I stay balanced when life is crazy....

How I stay balanced when life gets crazy!

There are several things that help me through crazy, high-paced, or even stressful times. 

1) Yoga Balancing Poses

Yoga Balancing Poses! How I Stay Balanced when life gets crazy!

When doing Balancing Yoga Poses, you have to focus! It takes not only strength, but mental focus. So when I practice balancing poses, my thoughts go away from the craziness of life, and I am forced to focus on holding the pose, and keeping a steady breath. This brings relief to a crazy life, and allows me to clear my mind of all that it has been bogged down with. 

Yoga Balancing Poses truly are a powerful tool when life is crazy.

[bctt tweet="When life is crazy, BALANCE...literally on one foot! Here's why! via @brittanysuell "]

2) Stay Grounded with Pluggz

Stay Grounded with Pluggz! How I Stay Balanced when life gets crazy!

What are Pluggz?? Pluggz are shoes (super cute shoes) that have grounding techniques that connect you to the earth and enable an electrical connection and harmony that our body needs. Our body is lacking in electrons due to the separation we get from most buildings and footwear. Pluggz have a connection agent that keep that contact for us! 

Here's why being grounded is so important for us, especially in our high tech world today...

"High-tech materials tend to cause us to accumulate an excess positive charge, or stated another way, a deficiency of electrons. Grounding eliminates this excess positive charge and brings us back to our natural state of being in harmony with the earth. Excess positive charge adversely affects various physiological processes. Most people can feel the difference that grounding makes...One can also get grounded by going barefoot on the earth...."

[bctt tweet="When life gets chaotic, stay grounded with @Pluggz! Plus 4 other ways to find balance with @brittanysuell #pluggzlove"]

3) Have a good book with me always!

Have a good book with me always! How I Stay Balanced when life gets crazy!

Yep I just started reading this book. And as a matter of fact, I just adopted this concept of staying balanced. I think taking time to read a book in your spare time versus getting lost in your phone or other technology can definitely keep us balanced. It quiets our mind, and in this case is a great way for self-development and growth. 

This book is all about taking advantage of our "Fringe" hours, or spare hours throughout the day. So that's what I am doing by keeping a book on hand with me. Now I just have to fight the urge to be on my phone, and instead choose to pick up the book when I have free time. 

4) Freezer Meals

Freezer Meals! How I Stay Balanced when life gets crazy!

This concept has been a life saver over the past few months. As you may know I host local and long distance Freezer Meal Workshops! You can get more info on that HERE.

Having healthy meals prepped ahead of time and ready to toss in the crockpot in the morning or at lunch is so handy! Plus when it's time to eat my home smells incredible! And all the meals are amazing! Especially my latest menu of soups and stews! (I'm so ready for the Fall) You can order an On-the-Go Workshop here and get the recipes and all you need to make these yummy soups!

Oh, but be sure you REMEMBER TO PLUG IN THE CROCKPOT! Yep, that happened yesterday...needless to say, we went out for dinner!  

5) Keep Going!

Just keep going! How I Stay Balanced when life gets crazy!

Whatever you do, just keep going! Give yourself a high-five, take a couple of minutes to breathe, and remember why you do what you do, and soon enough, the craziness will chill some! JUST KEEP GOING! You can do it! 

Surround yourself with people that will push and encourage you to keep going when life gets hard! Join a #FitFam, and be encouraged by them, but just keep going! 

[bctt tweet="When life gets crazy....just keep going! #StayBalanced @pluggz #plugglove @brittanysuell"]

Join the #BOSUStrong Challenge this week! Show us how you are staying balanced, and maybe WIN your own BOSU! 

BALANCE IT OUT WITH BOSU AND FITAPPROACH #BOSUSTRONG #SWEATPINK

@brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!

#LeaveYourLegacy

I'm linking up to the #FridayFive Linkup with Mar on the Run, and #FitnessFriday with Jill Conyers!

The #BOSUStrong Countdown Workout

It's Monday! That means it's time to sweat and get our heart rate going!!!! What better way to start off your week!  So today I'm sharing The #BOSUStrong Countdown Workout!

It's a butt kicking, sweat dripping, heart beating kind of workout! One that will make you feel good, and worn out at the end of it! 

Which I have realized that mainly every single workout that I do with the BOSU leaves me feeling that way! The BOSU really takes your workouts up a notch, and makes them even more intense than they were before! I am so glad I have one and am able to use it to workout at home. 

You can get your own Bosu Balance Trainer, and when you do, enter the code “BOSUSWEATPINK15” to get the BOSU Total Body Basics & BOSU Core Basics DVDs free.

Here's how it works! You can do the moves with or without a Bosu, but let me just say, if you have a Bosu, it adds so much more intensity! 

The #BOSUStrong Countdown Workout with @BrittanySuell

[bctt tweet="Get #BOSUStrong with this Countdown from 100 Workout with @BrittanySuell @BOSUFitness @FitApproach #sweatpink #LeaveYourLegacy"]

So we start at 100 and count down by 10's! Doing the first workout 100 times, then the next workout 90 times, and so forth until you get to 10! It's hard, it's fast, but it's oh so good!

100 Crunches

90 Plank Jacks for The #BOSUStrong Countdown Workout with @BrittanySuell

90 Lateral Shuffles on Bosu or Jumping Jacks

90 Lateral shuffles on the Bosu or Jumping Jacks for The #BOSUStrong Countdown Workout with @BrittanySuell

80 Plank Jacks

plank jacks

70 Lunges on Each Leg

70 Lunges on Each Leg for The #BOSUStrong Countdown Workout with @BrittanySuell

60 Second Plank

60 second plank for The #BOSUStrong Countdown Workout with @BrittanySuell

50 Squats with Lateral Leg Lift

(Even if you don't have a Bosu, it adds so much to elevate the grounded leg)

50 Squats with Lateral Leg Lift for The #BOSUStrong Countdown Workout with @BrittanySuell

40 Mountain Climbers

 40 Mountain Climbers for The #BOSUStrong Countdown Workout with @BrittanySuell

30 High Knees

30 High Knees for The #BOSUStrong Countdown Workout with @BrittanySuell

20 Push Ups

20 pushups for The #BOSUStrong Countdown Workout with @BrittanySuell

10 Burpees

10 Burpeess for The #BOSUStrong Countdown Workout with @BrittanySuell

JOIN THE CHALLENGE!

Don't forget, you could WIN your very own BOSU from Fit Approach just for participating in the challenge! Here's this weeks prompts, join the #FitFam Fun! 

  • Monday, 9/21: Happy Monday sweaties, this week we’re all about that balance. Let’s see you stand on one leg - ready, set, GO! #BosuStrong #SweatPink #FitFamily @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

    Bonus: Y’all know we love to #jumpjoymonday! Show us your BEST jump shot and tag @BOSU_Fitness @FitApproach #BOSUStrong #FitFamily #SweatPink #ad

    Tuesday, 9/22: We want to see you #dropitlikeasquat...on your BOSU or perhaps one leg? #BosuStrong #SweatPink #FitFamily @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

    Bonus: It’s time for #treetuesday! Show us your best tree pose. @BOSU_Fitness @FitApproach #BOSUStrong #FitFamily #SweatPink #ad

    Wednesday, 9/23: Let’s lunge it out sweaties! #BosuStrong #SweatPink #FitFamily @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

    Bonus: #workitwednesday, show us how you’re workin’ it this Wednesday and tag #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

    Thursday, 9/24: It’s #totalbodythursday. Show us your favorite total body balance  move! #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

    Bonus: Give us a #tbt of a time when you really challenged your balance (feel free to get creative!) #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

     Friday, 9/25: #FreeFriday. Show us your favorite way to get your cardio on! #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

    Bonus: Happy #forearmfriday. Let’s forearm plank it out y’all! #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

@brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!

#LeaveYourLegacy

This post is sponsored by Bosu, but all opinions are my own. I am thankful for all of the amazing companies that support Fit Approach and the Sweat Pink Ambassador community. 

How to Use a Yoga Detox for the Body After Summer Indulgences!

Well, summer is coming to an end. And naturally we tend to eat more in the summer. Why....because our bodies know that we need to store fat and extra warmth for the upcoming cold season. So it's not necessarily a bad thing, but it's definitely a real thing that happens!  So today, my lovely, Yogi friend Lora Hogan, from Florida is going to share with us how to use a Yoga Detox to detoxify the body after summer indulgences! 

Lora is passionate about life, joyful, and all about spreading the love! Lora has a passion for communication and expression which naturally translates to teaching, writing, marketing and public relations. For more of her inspiration and yoga posts, check out her blog or follow her on Instagram

lora hogan sharing about detoxing at the end of the summer on BrittanySuell.com

Ice cream, brownies, beer, wine, burgers, hot dogs, chips oh my!

This last weekend of summer leads to enjoying the sun, the family, the outdoors and ALL THE BBQ FOODS. MMMM.

But these tasty treats can wreck havoc on our digestion, leaving us more sluggish and icky feeling than after Thanksgiving dinner! (Go figure, right?!)

Here's my go-to three-day weekend evening routine. Even if you only have five minutes to yourself. Even if you practice in a sleeping bag, at a camp site, or on a hotel room bed, these poses can help you wake up feeling JUUUUUST a teensy bit better!

What, you ask, should you do?

Why, practice supine twists of course!

Reclined twists are great for aiding in digestion. The passive and restorative nature also helps to calm the nervous system--which can be great for when you've been go go going with friends and family! They also help to relieve discomfort in the back from sitting (car trip or long periods of time in lawn chairs anyone?). Drinkers take note: twists are also detoxifying for the kidneys and liver!

lora hogan sharing about detoxing at the end of the summer on BrittanySuell.com

How to practice:

Come reclined on the ground, a mat, a towel, or even your bed!

Plant your feet underneath your knees and bring your knees hip width apart.

Press into the feet to gently lift the back and buttock up off the mat. Scooch your back over to the right, this will help to relieve pressure on the low-back in the posture.

From here, drop both knees over to the left. Bring your arms to a t-shape or make goal post arms. Gaze can be straight up towards the ceiling or, if there is the neck flexibility, you can turn your gaze over your right arm.

Stay for at least five deep breaths.

[bctt tweet="Using Yoga to detox the body after summer indulgences from #Yoga Pro @Lora_Hogan via @BrittanySuell #leaveyourlegacy #sweatpink #fitfluential"]

lora hogan sharing about detoxing at the end of the summer on BrittanySuell.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Come back to center. Bring the pelvis back to neutral. Pause here for a moment and notice the difference between sides.

Then, press into the feet, lift up and move your buttock etc. over to the right this time. From here, then drop both knees over to the left (shown below). Again, you can bring both arms to a t-shape or goal post arms. If you'd like to go deeper into the pose, it may feel good to take that right hand and help to drop the knees further over to the right! (Only if that feels good!) Once more your gaze can stay straight up at the ceiling (or sky outside), or if the neck allows, you may wish to turn your gaze over that left shoulder.

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Stay here for at least five breaths or until this side feels even with the first. If you feel that your first side was tighter, you may want to go back and hold on that side until you feel a sense of equilibrium.

Do you make time to practice twists after a busy time? Do you remember to work-out at all? What's your go-to plan? Let me know in the comments below!

-Lora Hogan

I'm linking up to Fitness Friday with Jill Conyers

How I #LiveInPrana Even on Vacation!

Yep, I made it back from vacation! We had a blast! Let me just say it's super fun to stay kind of local (about 4 hours from our home) and explore the state/area that you live in for all it's worth! We stayed about 50minutes from two major cities, Austin & San Antonio, Texas, and we got to enjoy those, plus so many more throughout our week.  One things for sure, my Prana clothes got me through the entire week! 

[bctt tweet="That's right, even on vacation I was able to #LiveInPrana @prana @fitapproach #sweatpink #leaveyourlegacy"]

How I #LiveInPrana even on vacation
How I #LiveInPrana even on vacation

We started our vacation by spending a night in Waco, Texas. We got to see the Fixer Upper's store (from HGTV), plus explore some fun around the city. And let me just say these Meme pants are my absolute favorite! I'll be honest, when I first got these I wasn't sure about the Cargo pockets on the side, but they are my fave! They add a uniqueness to the skinny jean! The fabric that these pants are made out of are incredible, and they are flexible and easy to move in! I can easily go from dressed up, to cute and casual, to all out hiking or handstanding all in the same pants!

[bctt tweet="Dress up, go casual, or handstand all in the same pants! The #Meme @prana pants are my fav way to #liveinprana #sweatpink @fitapproach"]

How I #LiveInPrana even on vacation
How I #LiveInPrana even on vacation

Once we got to Austin, I had to take advantage of the FREE YOGA DAY! So I grabbed my husband for a Vinyasa Flow Class that ended up being the HOTTEST Hot Yoga Class I have ever taken, at Black Swan Yoga Westlake. Which was a great studio with awesome instructors! I enjoyed the class a ton. I also got lots of laughs seeing my husband slip and slide, and be drenched in sweat. (He's not a Yogi, so this was a true challenge for him). I on the other hand was decked out in Prana gear, and ready to sweat!

I wore my favorite outfit from their Spring collection!

  • The Ambrosia Tank, which was perfect for hot Yoga. It has super cute cutouts in it, which made it totally breathable. Plus the also band around the waste keeps it in place while also allowing for a flowy top. 
  • The Roxanne Capri in the orange pixel print. These are seriously some of my favorite leggings! I get so many compliments on them, and they are super flexible for all sorts of workouts.
  • I also used my Prana Yoga Mat which was a great companion for the sweat fest class we attended! Although myself and my mat were both drenched in sweat, I had no fear of slipping and hurting myself as I held poses.
  • You may also notice my Yoga Mat Rap, it's Prana too!   
How I #LiveInPrana even on vacation
How I #LiveInPrana even on vacation
How I #LiveInPrana even on vacation
How I #LiveInPrana even on vacation

We also took some adventures while we were in the area, and found 2 amazing natural springs that are including in the Top 10 [Natural] Swimming Holes in Texas. The one pictured above is Jacob's Well! It's not only a natural spring that you can hike around and swim in, but there's also a 30 ft. whole in the spring that you can jump into! My amazing Prana swimsuit was incredible for this sort of adventure! Not only did I feel super cute, but the Tobago Bottoms which claim to be "a secure fit [that] will withstand heavy waves" measured up! While climbing up rocks to the top, and even jumping in the water I felt secure and these things stayed put! The same went for the Taala Top, when I jumped in I definitely expected to have to readjust my top before submerging from the water, but nope, to my surprise my top stayed in place! 

[bctt tweet="It's not too late to grab a @Prana swimsuit! Cute, plus Functional for all your adventures! #LiveinPrana @fitapproach #sweatpink"]

How I #LiveInPrana even on vacation
How I #LiveInPrana even on vacation

Then....one of my favorite moments of my week happened! I got to take an Aerial Silks Class at 4 Elements Austin. Wow was this a rush! Seriously such an invigorating experience. The challenge that you get when you do a Silks class is so fun! And felt so good to be able to achieve and hold some of these moves. And once again, my all time favorite Prana leggings got me through it! These are the Gabi Leggings are amazing. The seems create a flattering look, plus the Chakara Performance Fabric is different. It's more of a cotton feel vs. a spandex. I love them! They are so comfortable and super cute on! They are most definitely my go-to's! I really need to get them in the other color! 

[bctt tweet="This is how I #LiveInPrana ! I hang in an Aerial Silks Class! @prana #sweatpink @fitapproach"]

We also played Top Golf, enjoyed a morning on the Tennis Court, and spent an entire day wine tasting at some amazing Texas Hill Country Wineries! We were so impressed by how much Texas had to offer! 

How I #LiveInPrana even on vacation
How I #LiveInPrana even on vacation

Then I finished the week by joining my mom for some early morning Yoga and a mid-morning run. Plus we got to enjoy some amazingly cool weather. The first that I have felt in Texas, but we could definitely tell that Fall is on the way, so I pulled out my Ergo Leggings which are super stylish, majorly athletic and a great fit legging from the new Prana Fall line. And I had to throw on my  Ginger Top to stay comfortable in the cool weather! 

Prana is easily my favorite brand for all things in Life! They have it all...Comfort, Cuteness, and performance! That's How I #LiveInPrana even on vacation!

What's your favorite Prana piece, whether you own any or not? 

[bctt tweet="Get 15% off @prana LiveinprAnaF15 #sweatpink #liveinprana @fitapproach #leaveyourlegacy via @brittanysuell"]

This post is sponsored by Prana. All opinions are my own. I am thankful for all of the amazing companies that support Fit Approach and their ambassadors! 

@brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!
@brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!

#LeaveYourLegacy

#BOSUStrong Challenge

This week starts an amazing 4-week challenge!  Have fun, get fit, and show your strength with the #BOSUStrong Challenge! Put on by Bosu and Fit Approach! And you do not have to own a Bosu to participate in the #BOSUStrong Challenge! You can however WIN your very own Bosu just by participating! Each week 1 lucky winner will get their own BOSU! So join the fun and participate! 

[bctt tweet="Get #BOSUStrong and join the challenge to win your own BOSU! @brittanysuell @bosufitness @fitapproach #sweatpink #leaveyourlegacy"]

All you have to do is post your #BOSUStrong pictures via your social media, tag @BOSU_Fitness & @FitApproach and use #BOSUStrong when you answer the daily prompts! 

Starting off TODAY! It's #MOUNTAINCLIMBMONDAY! Post a picture or video showing off your best Mountain Climber! And do it a little extra to add some strength!! You can even get creative, and show your best way to climb! Whether that's hiking, rock climbing, planking, the sky is the limit! Have fun with it and get STRONG! 

#BOSUStrong Challenge

Here's prompts for the rest of the week too! 

  • Tuesday, 9/15: #tempotuesday we want to see how you’re getting your heart rate up today. Tag @BOSU_Fitness @FitApproach #BOSUStrong #FitFamily #SweatPink #ad
  • Bonus: Show us your favorite tricep workout and tag #triceptuesday and #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
  • Wednesday, 9/16: Drop down and give us some #BURPEES! Even better if you can make them #BOSUBurpees! Tag  #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
  • Bonus: #workitwednesday, show us how you’re workin’ it this Wednesday and tag #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
  • Thursday, 9/17: It’s #totalbodythursday. Show us your favorite total body cardio move! Tag #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
  • Bonus: Give us a #tbt of the most brutal cardio workout you’ve ever done! Tag #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
  • Friday, 9/18: #FreeFriday. Show us your favorite way to get your cardio on! #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad
  • Bonus: Put those forearms to work. Show us your BEST cardio move for #forearmfriday. Forearm plank mountain climbers, dolphin push-ups, forearm plank toe taps…something else? Tag #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

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Tips for Keeping Vegetables Fresh

  Since I'm on vacation this week, I've set up some awesome guest posts from some great bloggers for you!

Be sure to follow me on Instagram to see how much fun I'm having, and how I made our vacations super active and healthy! 

Today, Lindsey Murray is joining us to share her Tips for Keeping Vegetables Fresh! Now let's admit, this can for sure be a struggle! And nothings worse than having the food that you just spent your hard earned money on ruined! 

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Lindsey is the mom and blogger behind Healthy Food Fit Family. She loves traveling the world with her husband and two boys finding fun new ways of staying active as a family. Her current obsessions are pizza and wine. You can find more from Lindsey on her Instagram and Facebook Pages.

Keeping vegetables freshI've been finding it so hard to keep vegetable fresh after I shop. Once I get everything home and put it away I swear I turn around and somethings soggy or moldy! Whats the deal?! Well I've done some trial and error and found that you can keep things fresher longer...with a little work before hand!

Here are some tips to keeping them fresher, longer!

1. Prep the vegetables: wash, peel, and slice them. Separate them into individual containers. (Some items like carrots and celery should be stored in water) Meal Prep

 

 

 

 

 

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2. Lettuce and cucumber can be washed and wrapped in a paper towel. This will absorb any excess moisture that causes it to spoil.

3. A sponge can be added to your crisper to suck up any extra moisture as well. (Just make sure your cleaning the sponge after a while too)

4. Eggs should be kept on the lower shelves, never on the door (the door isnt as cold). Also, if you purchase eggs in styrofoam you should put them into a cardboard egg holder once you get home. Eggs tend to stick more to styrofoam which can cause them to break.

5. Fresh herbs can be wrapped lightly in paper towel and kept in a sealed zip lock bag.

6. Fruits: This could be another posit in itself so Ill just do a few. Bananas are for the counter (not next to anything else and should be separated) Apples I let sit in a sink of vinegar and water for 10 minutes to remove wax and dirt!

7. MY FAVORITE, most used tip: MUSHROOMS! I looove mushrooms and they are the first thing that seems to go bad in my fridge! This tip has lasted me a week now and theres no sign of them turning gross soon! I asked for a paper bag at the grocery store, cut off the top, placed the mushrooms inside and folded the top down ...THATS IT.

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Do you have any tips for keeping things fresh longer?

-Lindsey