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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

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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

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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!

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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. 

Motivation Monday

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I've decided to start something new!

MOTIVATION MONDAY!

I'll keep this part short, but basically, we want you to know WHY we do what we do! So we are going to share that through Motivation Monday, and hopefully you will be inspired to be a better you, to BELIEVE in yourself, to CHOOSE to make a difference in your life, and to IMPACT those around you along the way!

So to start, we are the NATURALLY FIT SISTERSobviously. 

We decided to start this fitness blog, NOT because we are perfect. NOT because we only eat WHOLE foods and never go out to eat, or have a craving for fast food or munchy junk food.  NOT because we work out 10 times a week. NOT because we have 0% body fat.

NO, we decided to start Naturally Fit Sisters blog because we are just like you.  Normal people, with normal struggles.  We grew up on McDonald's Happy Meals.  As adults though we found a love for fitness....starting with running.  We worked through our busy lives to try and stay healthy through exercise, but that didn't mean we were perfect, and we still aren't.

We are two mom's, who have a desire to raise our families to be ACTIVE and HEALTHY together.  To make choices early in our children's life that will make their choices later in life easier to make.  Eating healthy is a struggle for us, but we CHOOSE to eat good foods so that our children eat good foods.  We want to make a difference in our children's lives and fight the major childhood obesity problem that is happening in the US today. We want to plan active fun things for our families to do together.

AND, we want to take care of ourselves and love our own selves FIRST! So that we are teaching our children to be fit, not so that they feel they need to be perfect, but so that they are healthy and able to do fun active things.  We want to LOVE ourselves, so that we are teaching our children to have high self-esteem and to love themselves.

And we want to MOTIVATE YOU along the way! We want to share with you in our journey, the good the bad, the successes and the failures!

We want you to know that we are REAL people trying to make a difference, starting with our own families, with the hopes that you will be motivated to make small changes in your life that will trickle down into your family and your community as well!

So there you have it folks, our first MOTIVATION MONDAY! & a little realness of who we are!

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WLW Episode 5

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Wahoo!

I am here to say that I hit the goal I made last week! I broke through the 160 barrier and am officially in the 150's! Maybe only by .2lbs, but I will take it!

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I didn't do perfect this past weekend.  I went home to visit with family and Big Sis, and I had to eat at our favorite, small town Mexican Restaurant! I only get to eat there a few times a year when I visit family, so I wasn't holding back.  And we were so busy with lots of kiddos, I didn't get to workout any from Friday-Monday.  I always wonder when I have a not great weekend and still lose...How much I would've lost if I would've stayed in my eating and working out routine.

Anyways, I am excited to have broken through and am in the 150's now.  I can't wait to continue seeing the numbers drop and getting back down to my comfortable size.  I haven't tried on any of my blue jeans yet, haven't had to since it is so hot here.  I am hoping that by mid-late September when I need to put them on, that I will be able to slip into them.  I am hesitant to try too soon, because even before I got pregnant I was up in weight, and all my jeans were so uncomfortably tight.  So i want to make sure to lose a good amount, so that when I put them on I am encouraged because they fit!

WLW Stats: 

Week 1: -0 lbs

Week 2: -1.4lbs

Week 3: -0 lbs

Week 4: -0lbs

Week 5: -.4lbs

Total: -1.8lbs

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Update on Big Sis, she has been traveling for the past week and doesn't have access to the computer or a scale, so just an update from Little Sis this week!

WLW Stats:

WL Before WLW: -6lbs

Week 1: -4 pounds

Week 2: -2lbs

Week 3: -0 lbs

Week 5: -4lbs

Week 5: ?

Total: ?

My Total Inches Lost: 

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WLW Episode 4

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Hey guys!! I am so thankful to have WLW! It really is helping keep me motivated just like it did when we did our first round of it back in 2012 before we both go pregnant!! I am feeling great! I love knowing I can go take a two mile run without stopping!! It has taken me so long to get there. I bet I could do more if I had Mom and Little Sis with me… I just get so BORED! :D My weight is going down and I just SEE myself where I want to be! I am pretty excited too because we go to Cancun in January and that will be so awesome to not be over 200 pounds!! I mean, I guess there really isn't a huge difference since we live at the beach, haha!! But it motivates me! I am learning to stay focused on my desires… being with my babies, homeschooling, my Scentsy business, weight loss! More than weightless I am wanting my whole body to be stronger and more in shape and with running and CrossFit I will get there. I still have until April of 2015 on my FREE year with CF so I still have some pretty great months ahead of me! I am trying to refocus my body at getting up early so I can go to CF at 530am on three mornings a week. I can't on Monday or Wednesday because my husband has to be out of the house by 620am for PT and I won't get back until around 645-650.

So this week was a GREAT one. I took my measurements and I was so motivated!! Also another HUGE thing.. I finally splurged and bought some new workout shorts. My two favorite shorts are coming apart. One pair I have actually had since 2008.. I ran my first half marathon in them. The other pair I have had since 2012. Both have been worn on SO many runs… you can ask my mom, Little Sis, or my friend over in Destin.. it was time. My issue is, I hate to spend money on clothes… So I tend to go to Wal-Mart, buy a 10 dollar pair and wear them once and trash them.. because they just aren't great workout shorts- I am sure you know this… So I did it. I splurged.. I bought some adorable workout shorts… for $25!!!! The most expensive shorts I have ever bought. HAHA! I also bought a little black skirt and a blue top for my sister in law's wedding on Saturday.. wanna hear some GREAT NEWS???? All three things I bought were in Size LARGE! Not a single XL! And the shopping experience itself was amazing!!! Anyways.. let's get to the stats!

WLW Stats:

WL Before WLW: -6lbs

Week 1: -4 pounds

Week 2: -2lbs

Week 3: -0 lbs

Week 3: -4lbs

Total: -16lbs

My Total Inches Lost: 22.5

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Well, let's just get honest from the beginning.  I would love to be able to write today bragging about the weight I lost, but sometimes it is just harder than other times, and sometimes you just don't lose.  Today, for the 2nd week in a row, I haven't lost any weight.  Now I know that I am at the place of losing where it is going to be a slow process, it's not all just going to fall off, but it should still be coming off.  But I will have to "man up" and take the blame for being stagnant at this point, because it is definitely my fault.  Since returning home from vacation, it' s like I have forgotten what I am working for, and forgot that to see these lbs come off takes works.  I just haven't been pushing myself much.  I will teach yoga 3-4 times a week, and just count that as my workout.  And if I can make it out to run, then I will.  I think I ran once last week.  Although I have still been eating well, I haven't been working hard to SWEAT! I have totally forgot about the high cardio workouts I was doing.

So, yes, disappointed I am this week.  Especially since I am sitting right above the 150's, and ready to be under that 160 mark and get there.  (for some reason that just feels good!) Now though, I know that I need to stop playing around, I'm not at this wonderful weight/body where I just need to maintain, I have made great progress since having Zander, but there is still so much more I want to achieve, so I plan on getting my butt back in gear and working hard this next week!!! I have between 10-15 more lbs to lose total to get where I need to be.  Like I said, I know for my body type and where I'm at, it want just shed off quickly, so my goal is to be there my December.

WLW Stats: 

Week 1: -0 lbs

Week 2: -1.4lbs

Week 3: -0 lbs

Week 3: -0lbs

Total: -1.4lbs

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Power Protein Bites

Today I'm sharing a yummy recipe with you!

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I'm a sucker for snacks, so I'm constantly looking for healthy, (mostly) all-natural snacks that I can make in batch and enjoy over the next week or two when I get munchy. These yummy power bites are packed full of protein and are so yummy, PLUS they are no-bake! How great is that!?!?

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Here's the recipe: 1cup dry oatmeal 2/3cup of coconut flakes 1/2cup peanut butter (I used all-natural) 1/2cup of dark chocolate chips 1/3cup of honey 1tbsp. Chia seeds 1tsp. Vanilla extract

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl, mid thoroughly with spoon or hands. Put mixture in refrigerator for half an hour to chill. Once chilled roll into 1inch balls. Store in air right container in refrigerator. ENJOY!

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I decided to share this healthy recipe with you today, because I am part of a Summer Twitter Challenge with Lorna Jane & Fit Approach! It just started yesterday, but basically it's just a challenge to share about various, inspiring topics each day via Twitter using the hashtag #ActiveLivingChallenge!

As a Sweat Pink Ambassador, we love working with Lorna Jane! Both companies are super inspiring, and always looking to encourage women to get out and get active! To enjoy life and take care of their bodies! So I would love for you to follow me on Twitter, and join the #ActiveLivingChallenge, plus you could WIN $500 to Lorna Jane, and they have super cute workout clothes!

Here are the daily challenges! Today being share your FAVORITE HEALTHY SUMMER RECIPE!

#ActiveLivingChallenge Daily Challenges

August 4th: Favorite summer workout move

August 5th: Favorite healthy recipe

August 6th: What active living means to you

August 7th: Favorite place to relax/ have quiet time

August 8th: Snap a #workout sweaty selfie!

August 9th: Moving/ working out with your friends!

August 10th: Something you’re grateful for

**Recap Week 1 of the #ActiveLivingChallenge in a blog post!

August 11th: Favorite superfood

August 12th: Do something new!

August 13th: How do you practice #activeliving everyday?

August 14th: Post a picture of your daily motivation to #movenourishbelieve

**August 14th (BlogFest): Bonus Challenge! BRING IT! Snap A Photo Of Yourself Living Active in front of the @LornaJaneActive Booth at #IDEAWorld #BlogFest! Tag @lornajaneactive @fitapproach #activelivingchallenge #sweatpink

August 15th: Share your favorite quote about staying positive & true to yourself!

**August 15th: BONUS Challenge: Snap A Photo Of Yourself Living Active With One Of Your #sweatpink blogger friends at #IDEAWorld #BlogFest. Tag @lornajaneactive @fitapproach #activelivngchallenge

August 16th:  Life can get very busy! What do you do to get more out of everyday?

August 17th:  Share your ultimate dream/goal!

**Recap Week 2 of the #ActiveLivingChallenge in a blog post!

August 18th: Show us how you are practicing #activeliving today

August 19th: #ActiveLiving is for life! What part of the future are you most excited for?!

August 20th: Share a photo of you getting sweaty with your favorite workout!

August 21st: What’s a short-term goal you’ve set for yourself?

August 22nd: Favorite healthy snack

August 23rd: Share your favorite #lornajane clothing piece from www.lornajane.com!

August 24th: Your favorite part of #ActiveLiving

**Recap Week 3 of the #ActiveLivingChallenge in a Blog Post

 

Read about full details here.

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Puerto Rican Beef {My Version}

Do you ever have a night where you really do not know what you are going to cook? That was me tonight! I knew what food I had… and I knew I did not want to go to the store. We are going out of town for the weekend and then here for a few days then out for like 10 days on vacation.. so I am trying to limit what I buy -as I don't want to waste it. My dad brought me deer meat.. so I wanted to do something with that, but had no clue!

At 530 (well past my normal start of dinner time) I pulled out my handy-dandy "Everyday Paleo" book and decided to look up recipes for ground beef, as I had already started cooking my deer meat as you can see below. What I found was a Puerto Rican Beef that I did not have all the ingredients to, but I adapted.. and guess what? It was great! Keep reading to see what the true recipe is.. and what I did! IMG_5323

Everyday Paleo Big Sis'
Ingredients Ingredients
1 pound ground beef 1 pound deer meat
1/2 each green, red, and yellow pepper Mix of sweet peppers
1 white onion 1 white onion
3 tablespoons of EVOO 2 tablespoons of Coconut Oil
1/2 tablespoon cumin 1/2 tablespoon cumin
1 tsp. ground coriander 1 tbsp. oregano
1/2 tbls. Tureric powder sea salt and pepper
1 tablespoon oregano 4 turnips
pinch of saffron threads almond milk
sea salt and black pepper butter
1 bunch of kale, chopped
1/2 cup green olives
3 sweet potatoes
1 avocado

**OH AND I ALSO USED FRESH GARLIC IN MY MEAT**

So as you can see, I made some adjustments. I was rather sad to see I had used all of my kale in my Zuppa Toscana that I made the other night… But it was still so yummy! I am into Turnips right now apparently… I am enjoying finding out how they taste… So first, make sure you peel it. I know they look gross.. but once they are peeled, they are white and look just like potatoes.

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Here you can see where I have sautéed the deer meat with onions and peppers and I have put the turnips on to boil after cutting them up. I boiled them for about 15 minutes.

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Once I finished with the turnips I blended them with Almond milk and some butter. Because of the amount of butter I used (on accident) I actually did not partake.. because I am watching what I am eating… The meat had a good spice to it, and I can figure out where it came from!! :D I also added some garlic salt to the turnips! IMG_5330

SOOO, because I didn't eat it… (I did try it) I had to ask my main squeeze what he thought.. and he is always super honest. Even if it is gross, he will eat it.. but he gave me a THUMBS UP!!! He even had me put it away for left overs… I didn't know if he would want me to keep the turnips or not-- but indeed he did! When I tasted it, they had a bit of a sweeter taste to them! :D IMG_5332

But of course, my four year old.. he wanted to thumbs up about his carrots and celery for us! :D IMG_5333 I hope if you guys try this you enjoy it as my family did!

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WLW Episode 3

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I am proud to say that vacation was a success in the eating and working out department! Although, the first of the week we did better, and starting slacking at the end of the week.  I still did not come home disappointed or feeling guilty though.

It was great to go running each morning with Little Sis and Mom.  Plus running with others really does help you push yourself.  I ran further without stopping on vacation than I have at home.  Which just motivates me further now that I am home, knowing that I can do it! Towards the end of the week though I missed a couple of morning runs because my Little Girl was up what felt like most of the night.  She just wasn't sleeping, so I would sleep in some in the morning instead of running.  I felt bad at first, but I knew I needed that.

Now I am home for a bit, and ready to get back into my routine and back in the Cross Fit Gym! My weight will definitely be down next week!

WLW Stats:

Week 1: -4 pounds

Week 2: -2lbs

Week 3: -0 lbs

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So this week, post vacation has been harder for me than actually during vacation.  I got home and have been so busy and just wanted to rest, I have barely worked out.  Plus for me, I wake up in the morning with baby boy, but can't find motivation to get out of the house to go run.  It's the perfect time, but I have just always run at night, so both Monday and Tuesday I talked myself out of it, saying I would run at night. BUT, something has gotten in the way both evenings and I haven't made it out for a run all week!

Still though, I'm proud to have gone on vacation and worked out, and eating mostly well.  It was really a lot of fun to plan workouts and do them as a family.  We got to do yoga and agility workouts out by the pool, which almost always ended in me jumping in the water when I was done.  It was great! So even though I'm not down any this week, I am still proud to not be up any either.

I'm hoping in the next two week's I will be in the 150's.  I know that my weightless from here will be a slow progress. I'm just at that point in my postpartum journey, but I will keep pushing and will make progress, and I will reach my goals!

WLW Stats:

Week 1: -0 lbs

Week 2: -1.4 lbs

Week 3: -o lbs

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