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Weight Loss Wednesday #3

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 Big Sis here.. Well this has been a heck of a trying week... I hate weeks like that, don't you? I am determined to not make it a month like that. This month presents lots of hurdles for me with moving and all of that... but I am determined AND I know that our NFS Weight Loss Wednesday Group will help hold me accountable. So this past week, I worked out 5 of 7 days! I am really proud of that.. however, like I tell everyone- if my eating isn't completely ON BOARD... nothing changes. We had a surprise "Florida Party" on Saturday night where I caved and ate way more food than I should have and my stomach is still recovering from it. (I am writing this on Monday since I will be without internet and driving on Wednesday). Have you ever noticed that when you eat well and then have that one splurge how it makes you feel? Holy cow... makes you wonder why someone would eat like that all of the time.

In our Weight Loss Wednesday Group we have a July Challenge going on. Each day there is a challenge that each of us do and check in with... I am excited to see where this takes us.. especially for me, since we will be driving or in hotels most of it! But I am determined! I am so proud when I see peoples success stories... but sometimes, deep down, it hurts too.. because I have SO far to go. I keep thinking how happy I was with myself last July/August and my body.. and I can't wait to get back there.. I want to be there again... I want to be talking about fitness all the time..... I don't want to be insecure with myself anymore! Pregnancy really changes a person. I wish I could be one of those that bounces right back after pregnancy, but it isn't me... but that is okay, because I probably appreciate it a lot more than I would- because I have to work so hard.

Today you don't get a picture of my scale nor do you get an update on my weight.. because well, with all the chaos of separating what we needed to take with us and what the movers needed to take, I forgot to grab my scale.. SO you will just have to wait. Which is fine with me, as I am sure it isn't pretty. I am having to tell myself.. just keep moving.... I can't go anywhere but down from here (literally, lol) if I try! If you have ever struggled with self image or weight you know how hard it is when you get down on yourself. To you- Just keep keeping on... I will too!

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For me, Little Sis, this week, well mostly the weekend wasn't the best for me either.  We are moving as well, and last Wednesday we started staying at a friend's house, and packed up the rest of our necessities, including our bed, and kitchen.  Although we were staying at our friend's house where we had food and a full kitchen, the houses were miles a part, and we had to finish packing and cleaning our house by Sunday.  So we would just grab food from a restaurant! At first we made pretty good choices, like Jason's Deli, where I just got soup, but other nights we didn't make the best choices.  I did keep working out though, and I am so happy to see the scales go down.

I have realized though with my latest healthy eating decisions, that changes don't happen just from working out.  I ran two half marathons this year, and even running that much, I gained weight because my eating habits never changed.  And even though I struggled with eating some while moving, My healthy choices outweighed my unhealthy ones, and I worked out consistently and that showed results!

If you have been working out and have seen NO results, start changing your eating habits!! I'm sure you will see changes!

 

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Also, I just wanted to extend one more invitation to join us in our July Focus Group!

OUR GOAL:

We want each person to be able to set personal goals, and work together with this community to accomplish those Summer Goals!! We want to create an environment where people can share their struggles or accomplishments! Where they can be encouraged on hard days, or be the encourager for others when they need to be! We want you to set a goal, and ACHIEVE it this summer!

So how can you join in!?!

Here’s how it works!

-You sign up with us

-You join our facebook support/challenge group! In the group you will have access to recipes, workouts, coaching, and encouragement from other members in the group!

-You choose to do either a buy a Cleanse or Shake for the challenge, or you can do both products.  See HERE for details

-Take Before & After photos, weight and measurements

-Each participant gets a FREE Bondi Band for finishing the challenge!

-1 Lucky WINNER from EACH Focus Group will WIN a BodyFX Sample pack plus some Naturally Fit Sisters products! (we will do a random drawing at the end of those that participated)

Now What!?!?

Just email or facebook us and let us know you are interested in joining the CHALLENGE!!

It’s up to you!

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See How Far We Have Come: 

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WLW #2

Weight Loss Wednesday #2

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Little Sis here.....back for week 2! I have really been enjoying Weightloss Wednesday and my endeavors of Eating Clean!!  You can read about that HERE.  It has made this whole process more fun, enjoyable, and really a fun challenge! Last week I weighed in at 163, and just days before that I was weighing in at 165! UGH!! And today I was proud to see the scales down to 160.5! I'm so ready to be in the 150's! Anyways, though, I did well this week, definitely not perfect, but still making solid changes to my eating habits & lifestyle!

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It has been fun for me to discover new ways to eat healthy! I went to a Gluten FREE cooking class, not because I want to be Gluten Free, but just to learn healthier ways to cook.  It was fun with my girlfriends (post coming later), and it was very insightful! Along with this, I have been researching and having many conversations on how to eat better.

A few changes I have made so far include using honey to sweeten things, like my COFFEE! Big Deal for me, and I don't taste a difference at all.  (Plus I got the honey from the Farmer's Market).  And also having fun creating new healthy, all-natural snacks for myself! One I shared was the Strawberry-Lemon Protein Pops! Those are fun and so yummy! Next week I'll share about our homemade fruit rollups!  I started juicing this week.  Just started, only have done 3 glasses, and am really enjoying it so far!

Along with these things, I have also been adding protein to a lot  of my foods, (like my juices, or homemade snacks that I make), and I started this whole thing off with a supplement cleanse which ended today.  It did not necessarily affect my eating too much since I was already making changes! I can share more about that if you want later!

There has also been one other thing that has been a HUGE help in rebutting Weightloss Wednesday! Big Sis is going to share more about that! But I LOVE IT AND AM SO EXCITED ABOUT THE FUTURE OF IT!

Be sure to follow along by searching #theSuellsEatClean

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Big Sis here.. This has been a great week! I didn't eat perfect at all and honestly just started working out again yesterday. I set a goal for myself to work out at least 30 minutes this week M-F. Monday and Tuesday are complete! Today I got the all clear at my 6 weeks, postpartum appointment so I am more than ready to get my hiney into running again!! I was so excited to step on the scale and see 191.0!! I was 196.1 last week! So exciting!

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The biggest thing that has happened this week is that we have launched our Weight Loss Wednesday Team! We have a group of 15 girls who have come together and joined together in a private forum setting and we are sharing it all. It has really taken off this week and it is so exciting to have that encouragement. Some have shared pictures, weights, goals, etc. It has been a very active group so far and we are so excited for everyone that has been involved. We hope in a both six months to launch another WLW Team! We are so excited to see the changes that are going to come from our team!! We asked our members what there goals are in being part of the team and these are some things that we heard:

" "Friendly accountability" that one thing that is great about this group. We help each other by knowing we are accountable every week to each other. We will all be each others cheerleader or a shoulder when we need it. We're all in this together and as females young & uh~um not so young we all know how each other is feeling! Thanks girls!!" -Kendra

"I needed someone to hold me accountable! All day today I thought... well I could eat that but then I would have to explain to the ladies what happened. So I didn't  where as last week I probably would have. That's so awesome! I'm glad I have this support to get me through. "support group" or "support of the group" lol" -Katie

We are so excited to share with you each week as we progress comments, guest blogs, weight loss struggles, adventures, recipes, etc. from our group! We hope that you will enjoy watching us from the outside as much as we love being together on the inside!

Don't forget to follow my family as we begin our Clean Eating Journey... we won't really get started too much until we get settled in Florida. This is the last post to you from MY living in Texas! :(

You can follow us by searching #TheShawsEatClean

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See how far we have come:

WLW #1

Clean Eating

You may know that I, Little Sis have had 3 High School Asian boys living with me for the past two years.  In short my husband and I did a host parenting program.  We decided after two great years that it is now time for us to stop doing that and enjoy us together, and start working on our own family!!

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Anyways, what's this got to do with Clean Eating!?!? LOL Well when you have 5 people in your house, you buy food that stays under your budget.  We didn't buy horrible food, but we shopped at Sam's, and knew exactly what we got each time.  Not a lot of thought going into it.  I mean I would meal plan but that was just to help with the budget.  (meal planning on a budget post here) I didn't think much about how we were eating health-wise as a family. I mean I would try to buy veggies, and fruit, but usually bagged, steam-able veggies or something.

Anyways, now that it is just my husband and I, I  have decided to start taking control of what we are eating and make changes! I am not doing this to be a part of some Gluten Free or Paleo fad that is going around.  I have read some about Clean Eating, and will continue reading more, but I understand the importance of eating more natural food, and less processed food.  But believe me, this is no easy task! I was raised on processed food, I love McDonald's, so this will be a challenge, but one I am ready for and excited to take!

One of the best things I read before starting this journey into Clean Eating is to think of it on an 80-20 scale.  80% Clean eating, 20% not.  And I don't think okay I'll buy this and then splurge for my 20%.  No the 20% is to help me, I am not doing this to punish myself, but because I want to.  So the 20% really does help! I mean I am not going to clear out my cabinets and waste food that we already have.  But from now on I am striving to buy more "Clean" foods, so that's the 80%.  I'll explain more below with my first Clean Meal!

But first, a few things I did to start my Clean Eating.  Find a local Farmer's Market.  I swear my city is WAY behind on health initiatives! But they still have a small Farmer's Market.  So I went.  I didn't need a ton because I had already gotten some fresh veggies from my Dad's garden, but I did get these two things.

Or maybe this is your chance to start your own garden! If you have the time and resources that could be fun! Just enough to feed your family!

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Anyways, I bought fresh Kale & Cucumbers.  Here's what I use them for:

Cucumbers-I literally slice up and dip in ranch.  (Guess I need to look into buying organic ranch :-) But I eat it for lunch, dinner, snack.  I am not a HUGE Veggie eater so I take what I can get.  I will eat baby carrots with this too!

Kale-You wash it.  Thoroughly dry it.  Then lay it on a baking sheet, sprinkle Olive Oil on it and salt, and bake it at 350 degrees for 10 minutes and you get crunchy Kale chips.  The first time I had them I wasn't in love, but I tried again and am liking them.  The only bad thing is that Kale is a taste that stays in your mouth for a while :-)

NEXT:  I went shopping at our local Natural Grocer's store.  This is newer to my town, but most town's have something similar.

Here's what I got!

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So here I am talking about EATING CLEAN, but maybe you don't even know what that means....

Yeah neither did my husband....In the middle of Natural Grocers my husband said...."What does ORGANIC even mean...!?!?!"

By definition, Organic foods are, "foods that are produced using methods of organic farming – that do not involve modern synthetic inputs such as synthetic pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Organic foods are also not processed using irradiation, industrial solvents, or chemical food additives."

Basically Clean Eating is eating food in it's most basic form, not processed or full or synthetics or chemicals.

So fresh food is one of the best things to have, or cage free products.

So now....for my first ever Clean Meal.

Here is where I explain more about the 80-20 part.  I'm telling you, have this in the back of your mind and you won't set yourself up for failure.  If you have the mindset of going 100% Clean, then when all your friends go to eat, you are depressively declining because of your choice to be healthy.  NO, go eat with your friends! It's a choice, not PUNISHMENT! (just don't go out to eat every night) hahaha Make good choices! This blog post was amazing at describing this.  Her point of view was based on her young daughters and not wanting to put a misconception of food into their minds that could later lead to eating disorders. It's a very interesting read!

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Our first official "Clean Meal." I used the All Recipes, Chili's Chicken Enchilada Soup.

Anyways, I made the Kale chips I mentioned above, but used my Wal-Mart bought olive oil.  I made guacamole with organic avocados & the Organic Blue Corn Chips that I bought.   In the soup, (which tastes way better than it looks here), I used mostly fresh stuff, but the enchilada sauce I had bought a while back so I used it, and it wasn't organic.  Things like that.  If I already have it, I'm going to use it.  And I still felt GREAT about myself because I had set the 80-20 expectation up for myself, so I was okay that it wasn't all PERFECTLY CLEAN/ORGANIC FOOD!

Anyways, I will continue to update you on how things are going.  A few things I have planned for the coming weeks it to share with you about fresh fruit frozen treats I have made, and about a Gluten Free Cooking Class that I went to!

Here's to CLEAN EATING!! #theSuellsEatClean  (had to make my own hashtag) :)

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**Also don't forget to check to see if you won our Latitude Gear RX shirts!?!? Winners are up now!**

What's Beautiful Challenge #2

Well I completed my first Under Armour What's Beautiful Challenge!!

Check out my first post about joining the challenge HERE!

Challenge #1: I Will learn to do a handstand without the wall!

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I did this last week! In the middle of the road, while the storm was rolling in to town!

Now I'm here to declare my Under Armour What's Beautiful Challenge #2!

This Under Armour Challenge really has inspired me to push myself! To DREAM and set GOALS and work to achieve those goals! I am excited for what the future holds for me!

Check it out & let me know what you think!

You can check out my full Under Armour What's Beautiful profile HERE! I'd love to get some woots from you all!

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By the way this is my first video ever to make & edit myself! I am hoping in the future to have fun fitness videos to share with you all!

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Under Armour "What's Beautiful" Challenge

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I recently started the Under Armour "What's Beautiful" Challenge! I am so excited to be a part of something so fun, challenging, and encouraging!

Here's how it works: Under Armour is basically challenging female athletes to set goals, and accomplish those goals! The What's Beautiful website is a place for women to interact with one another and record their journey as they overcome obstacles!!

The goal that I have created for myself is to be able to do a handstand without using the wall! If you have been following me on the blog or via instagram you know that for the past few months I have been challenging myself with lot's of yoga and handstands! I have definitely seen growth, but I want to DO MORE!

Here's a small portion of the some of the challenges I have accomplished!

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Last night I hit a major milestone! Although it was only a headstand, I still was brave enough and able to hold my headstand with no wall in sight!

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I was so proud of this!! A storm was rolling in and the sky was beautiful!!

Come check out my Under Armour "What's Beautiful" Challenge profile and cheer me on! You might even decide to create your own goal!!

Also follow me on Instagram! I'd love to follow you back and inspire one another!

Also HAPPY NATIONAL RUNNING DAY!

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Why do you run!?!?

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Recap of the week! #AprilFitChallenge

As many of you know, I launched the #AprilFitChallenge, where I challenged myself and anyone who wants to join to get into gear with a weekly training plan I have put together! Basically, anyone could join and each week I send out a new training plan, lot's of encouragement, and a smoothie recipe via email! It's been great, and I been posting plenty of pictures to the challenge album on our facebook page of me doing different moves for each day.  

I just wanted to give a little recap as the week comes to a close!

 

The #AprilFitChallenge really has been challenging for me! I have enjoyed so much the accountability that it brings! For example, last night I had the opportunity to hang out with my friends or go to the gym, and I chose the gym because I knew I had others counting on me to complete that days challenge! I was so thankful in the end, and proud of myself for the decision I made.

And, I have definitely been sore all week! Which I LOVE! I love feeling that I have worked hard! Plus knowing that I have a planned workout really motivates me to make healthy choices throughout the day! On the food I eat, and to drink more water! When you know you have a plan to workout at a specific time with a specific program, you are more aware of the health choices that you make, and I need that.  Sometimes I find myself eating something then when I'm done I realize I didn't even think about it, just did it! (#badchoice)

 

So anyways, it has been a great week...now I am about to jump in the car with Big Sis to head to Dallas to meet our mom and friends to run the Dallas Color Run tomorrow morning! I am so excited!

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Here's a post of pullups which is in todays challenge! I love this photo because you can see my muscles, and I'm looking forward to comparing these photos in several weeks to see the changes that have occurred!!

Good Luck if you are doing the challenge and remember to TAG US in your updates!

April Fit Challenge TAGS

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Weight Training Week 1

Today we started an April Weight Training Challenge! 

The GOAL is to challenge our followers to push themselves harder by partnering weight training and cardio workouts together!

HOW? 

We are doing this by creating a weekly training plan that we are emailing out with encouragement, and a smoothie recipe! We believe that by partnering these workouts with eating well and lots of water, you can start to see changes in your body!

FALSE BELIEFS:

Many women believe that lifting weights only bulk you up! BUT when partnered with cardio, you are burning fat and toning!

WHY JOIN IN? 

It's about to be bathing suit/bikini season, DUH!!

I decided that I need to challenge myself after trying to bench press 25's on my bar yesterday and not being able to lift more than one! I was appalled! So I decided that I needed to push myself into gear, and I need encouragement and motivation to do that! So I have created a facebook album where we will be posting the challenges, plus encouragement throughout the week! It will be a place for everyone involved in the challenge to share their thoughts, etc. We want to develop more community and encouragement!

IF YOU WANT TO JOIN! Just comment with your email, or message us on facebook and you will get the weekly challenge email! I guarantee you will be challenged!

Let's do this together!

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