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Are you standing in your own way?

"I wish I could do that, but...." 

"That's so awesome you are doing that. I wish I could..."

"One day I want to..."

"I love to do this, but someone else is already doing it..."

These type of terms continually consume our vocabulary! We desire big things, we do have dreams and goals, but we sale ourselves short! 

Working with women, I have realized that so many times it's not even the circumstances that keep us from achieving our goals. Many women tend to stop themselves in their own tracks before even taking the first step towards their dreams! 

DISBELIEF! NEGATIVE THOUGHTS! COMPARISON! JEALOUSY! 

Are you standing in your own way? 

We are all made to impact the world! Whether it's on huge public platforms, or just within your own circles and homes. There are people in this world who will be changed and impacted when YOU WALK OUT IN YOUR GIFTINGS AND TRUE IDENTITY! 

PUSH ASIDE FEAR! 

It's time to get out of your own way! 

THE WORLD IS WAITING ON YOU TO MAKE YOUR IMPACT! 


Since it's Mother's Day weekend, I'm partnering up with Alpine Dam, an amazing hat company out of California for a GIVEAWAY! Head over to Instagram to ENTER TO WIN! 

Alpine Dam is all about encouraging people to live an enthusiastic, joyful life, no matter where you are! 

That's exactly what we did last month when we camped out at Big Bend National Park in Texas! We had a blast as a family, and really challenged ourselves on a 10 mile hike up to a mountain peak with our two kids and friends! 

We had a blast! We pushed ourselves, we sweated, we laughed...we almost cried! haha but we had a blast and were so proud of ourselves in the end! 

So remember, even when something seems scary or uncomfortable, we usually find our biggest successes on the other side! 

At the top of the Mountain at Big Bend National Park in Texas! 

At the top of the Mountain at Big Bend National Park in Texas! 

Our family after making it to the top of the mountain, and realizing we still have to go back down! hahahaha

Our family after making it to the top of the mountain, and realizing we still have to go back down! hahahaha

Check out this clip as I dive deeper into the idea of GETTING OUT OF YOUR OWN WAY and living your fullest life via the book I'm reading called "ALIVE!" I hope this can encourage you to be you, without apologies! 

xoxo

Brittany

 

 

How To Make Working Out Something You Enjoy!

Here's the problem...people don't workout because they don't enjoy it. 

Last night I looked in the mirror as I was getting ready for bed. My muscles super fatigued from my recent leg workout, and I thought..."You know, I REALLY ENJOY working out." 

I'm not sure when this concept switched for me. When working out became fun and something I desire/crave versus something I have to or need to do to lose weight or stay fit. But I'm so thankful it did. I looked forward to working out and getting active. I look forward to sweating, moving, and stretching! 

How can you get to that place of ENJOYMENT?

Here's 3 Tips to Make Working Out Something You Enjoy:

1) Make it something you can do!

-If working out is not something you do often, don't make the hardest class at the gym the one you go to to try and get back into the swing of things. When you try something too hard, where you feel like you aren't getting any of the moves or able to make progress, it will more than likely discourage you from continuing. 

Find something that challenges you, but doesn't make you feel like a total failure! Little victories spike your enjoyment and create a desire to keep trying and keep getting better. 

2) Make sure the workout you choose isn't too long, but fits your time schedule

-If you only have 30minutes, don't try to fit in an hour workout. If it's longer than you have time for, you won't stick to it. Other things will take priority. Decide how long each day you have to commit to working out, and find a workout that fits that amount of time! THEN GET IT DONE!

3) Make it something FUN!

-So as you all know I am 2.5 months postpartum. I've recently done two things to make working out something that is fun and desirable for me. Because even though I enjoy it, when you are just getting back into it, it can most definitely still be difficult to be motivated. First, I have started doing a workout with my husband! This is so fun to me! I love to workout with him and us be challenged together! So it makes me more motivated to do and stick to the workout! Secondly, for a little cardio, this week I started the new Beachbody Country Heat Workout! It's amazing! It's country dancing. Great music, fun moves, plus lots of sweat! I've loved it and the fun of it has definitely kept me coming back each day! Let me know if you want to try out this workout! 

And if none of those ideas are working for you! Here's a BONUS idea!

BONUS: INVOLVE CUTE WORKOUT CLOTHES! 

1) Either buy cute workout clothes that you allow yourself ONLY to wear when you workout! 

2) Or Set a goal for yourself and when you achieve it....go buy a new workout outfit! 


Here's a super easy way to get started! 

Get involved with the Prana & Organic Valley #WeirdWorkout Challenge! 

Post a photo of the new fun workout that you've chosen to do, and tag Prana & Organic Valley using the hashtags in the photo, and you could WIN some amazing workout clothes from Prana! (one of my favorite brands!)

It makes it so fun that getting weird is the base of the partnership between Organic Valley and prAna for their Weird Workout contest! It is running from August 15 – 31, 2016! Ten awesome winners will get $300 in credit to use on prAna.com, a two-month supply of Organic Fuel and free swag! You have 6 chances to win! ENTER HERE!

That's an amazing chance to not only find something fun and weird to do as a workout, but also to hit up my bonus tip and get you some new workout clothes by winning $300 to Prana! 

If you just can't wait to see if you are a winner or not, go ahead and go shopping at Prana and use this 15% OFF code: PFS16BSBS

Then get your #WeirdWorkout on and start making sweating something you can ENJOY!

XOXO

Brittany

Snack Prep Tips

Just about every weekend I spend some time making some of my favorite healthy snacks. It's my way of making sure our family is ready to have a success week of healthy eating! Plus when you live a sugar free lifestyle, preparation is KEY! Since mostly every snack around us...in convenient stores, grocery stores, etc...all contain sugar. 

It only takes a couple of hours. I decide which snacks we will have for the week, add the ingredients to my shopping list, then prep for an hour or so. I usually will make two batches of each and freeze parts of them so that we have plenty! When I have prepped snacks, not only is it good for me, but it's great for keeping my husband away from junk food! 

Lately I have been utilizing Bob's Red Mill Nutritional Boosters and Protein Powders in a lot of my snack recipes. A few weeks ago I shared this amazing Butter Nuggets recipes! These things are full of protein, plus taste like candy!  

I love adding protein powder to lots of healthy snacks. Plus when using Bob's Red Mill products you know that they are sugar free, gluten free, vegan and full of probiotics (which we could all use more of for that gut health!).

Here's some of my favorite weekly snacks to make: 

  • Granola
  • Power Packed Granola (aka healthy cereal to mix with almond milk)
  • Protein Pancakes (freeze them and use them throughout the week)
  • Protein Waffles (freeze and pop them in a toaster when you want them)
  • Protein Bites
  • Granola Balls
  • Butter Nuggets

ENTER TO WIN

Head over to my Instagram and enter to WIN a pack of Bob's Red Mill Protein of your own! These things are amazing, and will make your weekly snack prep full of more nutrition and goodness! Let's rock this healthy lifestyle! 

Can't wait to get your hands on some of these goodness, head  HERE  and get a coupon for Bob's Red Mill Protein!

Can't wait to get your hands on some of these goodness, head HERE and get a coupon for Bob's Red Mill Protein!

XOXO

Brittany

Disclaimer: I received this product for free via my partnership with Fit Approach Sweat Pink Ambassadorship. All opinions are my own.

Amazing Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

You heard right! I have created an AMAZING Peanut Butter-Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Recipe that is perfect for this summer. What's better, is that it's full of nutrients! 

I live in Texas...which means summer time is hot! So I'm always looking for fun, tasty recipes to help cool us off after being outside or after killing a great workout! And I love when I can add extra nutrients into the cold treat, so that when I enjoy it post workout, I'm fueling and hydrating my body as well. 

That's exactly what this tasty recipe does! 

It's made with two amazing ingredients....coconut cream, and Amazing Grass Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Superfoods (plant based). 

To start...did you know that coconut cream which comes from cold coconut milk is full of goodness. 

It's made with the good fatty-acids, which means they are the fat burning kind...which obviously we want! Plus it helps boost our immunity, and hydrates our body. Which post workout, hydration is great! It has a good amount of sodium and potassium, which are key ingredients in electrolyte drinks! 

 

Then there's the tasty Amazing Grass Chocolate-Peanut Butter Protein Superfoods added to it! This adds tons of flavor and even more nutritious ingredients! One serving is 20 grams of protein, and two-full servings of fruits and veggies! So hello....that's awesome! Especially when the kiddos want some! 

Get 40% OFF your order at Amazing Grass with code: 40SWEATPINK2

So how do you make this delicious summer treat? Get the details below...OH, and head over to my INSTAGRAM and come ENTER TO WIN your own Amazing Grass Protein Superfoods. (winner will choose between original, vanilla, of chocolate peanut butter flavor)

Get 40% OFF your order at  Amazing Grass  with code:  40SWEATPINK2

Get 40% OFF your order at Amazing Grass with code: 40SWEATPINK2

REMEMBER to head over to my Instagram for your chance to WIN your own Amazing Grass Protein Superfoods!

XOXO

Brittany

*Disclaimer: I received this product and compensation in exchange for this review and giveaway via my partnership with Fit Approach as a Sweatpink Ambassador. 

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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ENTER MY OTHER GIVEAWAY for the Fit Body Bakery!!! Go here

DISCLAIMER: This post was sponsored by Manitoba Harvest & FitApproach, but all opinions are my own. 

@brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!

#LeaveYourLegacy

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!! 

Brinner + a Fit Body Bakery Giveaway

[bctt tweet="Use code: SP15 for 15% off at FitBodyBakery.com @FitBodyBakery @BrittanySuell @FitApproach #BakeFit #SweatPink"]

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! 

Brinner + a Fit Body Bakery Giveaway

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.

ENTER TO WIN BELOW!

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Disclaimer: This products reviewed in this post were given to me by Fit Body Bakery & Fit Approach through my Sweat Pink Ambassadorship. All opinions are my own! 

@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!

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

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#LeaveYourLegacy

 

Grokker 1 Year Subscription Giveaway + the #1MillionMinutes Challenge

Happy Monday everyone!  Today I have an awesome opportunity to give one of you a Grokker 1 Year Subscription Giveaway in conjunction with the #1Million Minutes Challenge that has been going on this entire month with Fit Approach

Grokker 1 Year Subscription Giveaway + the #1MillionMinutes Challenge

Now obviously I teach fitness classes in gyms, and other public settings, but I still enjoy and utilize my home workouts on a weekly basis. A lot of that is done via my backyard patio, but most recently I have been utilizing Grokker online videos, specifically in regards to my Yoga Practice. Having a membership to Grokker has helped me increase and enhance my own Yoga Practice by having more time to do workouts while at home. Rather than having to carve out more time to get a sitter or leave my son with my husband to go get in a class at the gym or studio. 

Another thing I have loved about Grokker is that they have a tool via their website called collections. This tool is similar to Pinterest Boards, where you can save all of your favorite videos. Ones you have done, or ones you plan to go back and do. Plus you can share them with your friends! Here's my Yoga Collection! Take a look, and I would love for you to try out one of the classes and let me know what you think about it! 

Grokker 1 Year Subscription Giveaway + the #1MillionMinutes Challenge

Also, Grokker is very established and has access to a ton of great workout videos! Not just Yoga. Although that's what I have really been utilizing it for! If you are looking for more high intense cardio sessions, kickboxing, dancing, they have it all! Plus I have seen some great, well-known instructors on Grokker. I was super impressed when I saw some Insta-Yogi Stars teaching classes via Grokker.

If you want to see more of the variety of their workouts, and some that other awesome fitness bloggers have tried out and enjoyed, take a look at this Collection put together by some of the Sweat Pink Blogger Favorites! These bloggers are awesome, so I know they picked some great workouts to add to their collections! 

Also, this week, we are cohosting a fun Instagram Challenge with @Fitapproach & @GrokkerInc for this week of the #1MillionMinutes challenge! There are some awesome prompts throughout the week designed to get you motivated and moving this summer! 

Grokker 1 Year Subscription Giveaway + the #1MillionMinutes Challenge

[bctt tweet="Get Motivated and get moving this week with @brittanysuell for the #1MillionMinutes Challenge! #sweatpink #grokkermillion @grokkerinc @fitapproach"]

So here's the AWESOME thing about Grokker, they are giving ALL OF YOU the opportunity to try out their services for a month, with a FREE 1 MONTH PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP! So, all you have to do is go to Grokker and sign up using code: LOVEGROKKER to get a month for free. 

But don't leave just yet, first sign up for the opportunity to WIN a Grokker 1 Year Subscription Premium Membership! and tell your friends about it by sharing and tweeting this on your social media! 

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@brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!

#LeaveYourLegacy

Farewell, I'm off to Yoga Training with some Paleo Snacks & a GIVEAWAY!

Wow I am so excited for the next several days! I am heading out to my Level 4 Yoga Training, which is four days packed of Yoga Knowledge! I will learn a ton, plus get to take Master Classes from some incredible instructors. Plus I also packed in a mini course one evening that is all about using essential oils in Yoga! (Yes I'm an essential oil believer! I use them on my son all the time!) Then, on Monday, July 20th I will go take my ACE Group Fitness Certification Exam which puts me one step closer to becoming a Fit4Mom Stroller Strides Instructor! (Pray for me!)

So, an exciting several days ahead of me. But from my mommy heart I'm a little timid since I will be leaving my son for 4 days....the longest I have left him yet! (Pray for me double time)

I can't believe it though, it was about 3 years ago, to the date, that I made the decision to start my Yoga Training. Here's the picture I posted on Facebook, July 29, 2013!

Yoga Training plus Paleo Snacks and a Giveaway!

So as I step away for a few days, keep up with my training on social media by following me on Instagram & you can even find me on Periscope by searching for "Brittany Suell." There you will get to spend time with me via live video feeds! (It's almost like we are together!!) Seriously though, I am loving this new app! 

While I'm away and sitting in class though, I have planned to pack healthy lunches including some of my favorite, easy go-to meals: fruit, pico and blue corn chips, and sandwiches. I also have some super amazing, healthy, Paleo snacks lined up for the week! 

Yoga Training and yummy Paleo Snacks plus a Giveaway from Steve's Paleo Goods!

 

You may remember this post from Instagram a few weeks ago! Look at all of these yummy Paleo Snacks! They are all from Steve's Paleo Goods. And they are SUGAR FREE! Which if you didn't know, I gave up sugar in January, and have been sugar free for 7 months now! So I was so excited to hear that!!

Some other awesome things about Steve's Paleo Goods: 

They give 15% of their profit to the Steve's Club National Program that brings fitness, nutrition guidance and mentorship to at-risk youth. (That's awesome!) You can read more about that here

"Steves's PaleoGoods is committed to supporting healthier ways to eat - and live. Our journey is within ourselves, in our communities, and for people like you who are on similar journeys. We've been part of the CrossFit Community for many years, providing clean, healthy fuel for athletes, and also as athletes ourselves."

Plus their products are clean, sugar free, and Paleo! That means: 

  • No Gluten
  • No Dairy
  • No Soy
  • No Artificial Preservatives! 

I was so excited to get my Paleo Sampler Pack in the mail!  Which by the way they have some incredible sampler packs! Some that are all different things like the one I got, but some are various jerky's if you just want jerky, or different dried fruits, so there are some great options for the Sampler Packs

Yoga Training and yummy Paleo Snacks plus a Giveaway from Steve's Paleo Goods!

[bctt tweet="Good Luck @BrittanySuell on your @YogaFit Level 4 Training! And I hope I WIN the #Paleo Snack Kit from @stevespaleo #fitfluential"]

So what I'm loving most about my pack: 

1) The dried fruit! I got dried strawberries, which taste like gummy snacks! Even at our local natural food store, the strawberries, (and most fruits) are sweetened with sugar....which I just don't get, and it annoys me so much! I was relieved to see that these are just strawberries! My son and I both love them! 

2) Which brings me to the second awesome thing. My son loves it all! He's only one, but I feel comfortable feeding him all of this! Oh, and on that note, my husband loves it too. He sat down and ate an entire pack of beef jerky...which I gave him a hard time about. But being sugar free, my husband still eats some sugar, despite me not wanting him too. It's hard for us to find him good fulfilling snacks though, so getting Paleo Snacks from Steve's makes that easier! 

3) The GRANOLA! OMG I love it! If you look at most store bought granolas, they are packed with sugar. The one that we used to eat on a regular basis even has so much sugar in it. And I still haven't found a homemade recipe that I love. This one is so good and is cinnamon flavored, and I love cinnamon. 

4) And lastly.....they have Paleo, Sugar Free KETCHUP!!! Which this may not seem like a big deal to you. But since giving up sugar in January, I have had no ketchup. Well I take that back, I made my own once, but it wasn't incredible, and I only made it once. And they have tons of sauces. Which if you didn't know, lots of sugar hides in the sauces and dressings that you eat, so for me this is a relief! 

So to celebrate me getting Level 4 Yoga Certified, and to celebrate finding amazing, Sugar Free Paleo Snacks, I have two amazing offers for you! 

First, you can go to Steve's Paleo Goods right now and get you an entire bundle of yummy snacks and get 10% off my using code LEGACY! The code is only good through the 22nd though, so get your order in this week! 

Yoga Training and yummy Paleo Snacks plus a Giveaway from Steve's Paleo Goods!

But before you go, ENTER TO WIN a Paleo Sampler Pack like the one I got in the mail!!  a Rafflecopter giveaway

@brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!

#LeaveYourLegacy

Backyard Body Burner + a Casio Watch Giveaway

Man, my past few weeks have been so crazy! First I was sick, then I had my niece and nephew for a week, traveled for 5 days to visit family, got sick again, and now I am finally home and back into my normal routine. Needless to say, that throughout those 2-3 weeks, things were crazy and my weekly workout routine was off some. I went probably a week without doing much due to being sick, so now that I am back and feeling great, I have been ready to workout!  So this weekend I decided that my husband and I should do a backyard workout together, and let me just tell you, this thing got it's name honestly, because it is definitely a BODY BURNER! 

Once my husband agreed to workout with me, I was so excited. So I wrote down five workouts for us to do, and added some time intervals, and it made for a quick and intense workout. One that we both enjoyed, and left us both sweating, shaking, and muscles sore the following day! 

The Backyard Body Burner Workout + the CASIO Watch Giveaway from @Kohls

[bctt tweet="This will make you SWEAT! Try the Backyard Body Burner via @BrittanySuell using the @TRXTraining #LeaveYourLegacy #1MillionMinutes #fitfluential"]

So to complete this workout you will need a few items: The TRX Suspension Band, a Kettle Bell or Dumbbell, and a timer or awesome watch! 

So for this workout, since we did timed intervals of each, I used my awesome CASIO Sport Watch from Kohl's.

The Backyard Body Burner Workout + the CASIO Watch Giveaway from @Kohls

This watch was super helpful for creating and doing an interval workout! The timer functionality of it is super easy to use, which I love. I know a lot of people who use timers and/or timer apps while they workout. Which will beep every 30sec or so to tell them to switch sets, well I love that this watch does that as well. Makes it easier to do interval training, without the added timer or having your phone on you. 

Plus, it's awesome because it is solar powered! I absolutely love that feature, and think that every watch or fitness tracker should be solar powered! 

And, did you know that Kohl's has an entire selection of sport watches? And they have a nice, large selection of workout clothes! I was able to get some summer running gear, plus a super cute Gaiam Yoga Shirt there.

Workout gear from @Kohl's!

So the best part about this, is if you want to try my Backyard Body Burner workout, you could possibly be doing it with your own CASIO Sports Watch! That's right, thanks to Kohl's, one of you will WIN your own watch!!! 

The Backyard Body Burner Workout + the CASIO Watch Giveaway from @Kohls

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So who is ready to get their body burning workout on with me this week!?!? I will be sharing my backyard workouts, which there will be many more of via the new app Periscope! It's basically a live feed app, so you can watch my workouts in real time, and interact with me! So download the app, and follow me @brittanysuell! And be sure if you try out the Backyard Body Burner Workout that you tag me and use hashtag #LeaveYourLegacy so I can cheer you on! 

The Backyard Body Burner Workout + the CASIO Watch Giveaway from @Kohls

@brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!

#LeaveYourLegacy

Disclosure: As part of my partnership with Kohl’s, I was provided a watch and a Kohl’s gift card in exchange for this post. However, all opinions and reviews are 100% my own! I only share products that I enjoy and feel are beneficial. 

I'll be linking up to the Fit Dish Linkup with Jill Conyers & The Fit Switch!  

TIUX Compression Socks Review & Giveaway

Does Wearing Bright Socks Make Me Run Faster?

I'm not sure if bright socks make you run faster, but if they are tight socks, specifically compression socks, then they will probably make your legs feel better after a long or fast run. 

Have you noticed the recent trend of knee high socks at races? or sometimes the socks are crazy designed or bright colors like these! 

TIUX Compression Socks Review & Giveaway

Let me tell you though, these socks have more going for them than just being bright, fun, and matching my outfit. (You have to admit they look pretty cute with my bright clothes though!)

These socks are compression socks! 

Now I've shared over the past several months about compression sleeves and how great compression gear can be to help recovery from intense workouts or runs, but I have never worn full socks that are compression. 

These TIUX Compression Socks are not only fun, but they have more function than you would think. 

In the past, compression gear was known for use when flying on long flights or for pilots, and diabetes, to keep the blood flow happening, and to keep you from getting blood clots when sitting for long periods of time on a plane. 

Now days, compression gear is a HUGE HIT with runners! 

TIUX Compression Socks Review & Giveaway

I remember after running my first half marathon in 2012, we spent the afternoon at an outdoor mall! Ya crazy right! Walking around after running 13.1 miles that morning. And I remember saying, "I wish I had really tight leggings all over my legs. I just feel like that would make them feel better." I said this because my muscles were so flimsy, jello-y, and sore. This was before I knew what compression socks were, and now, they actually have full compression leggings as well. 

When you where compression socks while running, before running, or even after running, (or hard intense workouts), studies have shown that they stimulate blood flow and oxygen to muscles, allowing legs to recover faster from a hard run. 

So no wonder compression gear has become an essential part of a runner's wardrobe! 

Since I have only ever used compression sleeves, it was different having the full sock from TIUX, but I actually really enjoyed it. Now days, you can find most socks (not just for runners), that have some type of compression in them, usually a little band around the arches. So it was nice to have the added compression and stability around my feet. Plus, they have added support around the back part of the ankle, and the socks are a good thickness. Not too thin like you might imagine for compression, but not too thick, so that they are still easily used in the Texas summer that is coming up! 

TIUX Compression Socks Review & Giveaway

Also because of their specific way of production, they are able to keep their prices at just $35 for a long compression sock. Which in comparison to many other compression gear companies, is a GREAT PRICE! Very affordable if you are interested in trying compression out for the first time! 


 So I will definitely be wearing these throughout the summer as I train for my October Half Marathon (more to come on this next week!) 

TIUX Compression Socks Review & Giveaway

Who is ready to try get your own pair of these awesome TIUX Compression socks!?!? Today I'll be giving one lucky reader the chance to win a pair of their own! Just enter through the widget below, and be sure to SHARE with your friends! 

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Fake It 'Til You Make It! + A Giveaway

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Fake it 'til youmake it....find out how faking it is a good thing! From @brittanysuell Hm.....not sure what you think about that phrase?? 

Ya I wasn't either when I first read it in the book, The Skinny Confidential written by Lauryn Evarts. 

My first thought was...."Nope, I don't agree with this girl." 

I mean aren't we supposed to be REAL: during the good, the bad, and the ugly. That's when people relate to us the most, right!?? People love it when we are vulnerable and real, even when things aren't all sunshine and daisies. 

What I learned when I read this chapter of her book though was very good, and actually something I whole heartedly agree with. 

Basically it comes down to this....when you walk around saying you can't do something, or you aren't good at something, you are giving that "something" power over you. So instead of allowing that "something" to hover over you as something you can't do, why not just do it, even if you aren't good at it or really don't enjoy it. Then as you begrudgingly do the "something," you will find yourself getting better at it and probably growing more accustomed to it. 

Practice makes perfect right! 

Here are two practical examples:

#1--"I can't do yoga, I'm not flexible!" How about instead of saying that, you start practicing yoga every day. Even if you feel like you aren't good at it. Over time, as you are 'faking that you are good at it, by doing it,' (which is what Lauryn suggests), you will find yourself getting good at Yoga, and as you practice, you will get more flexible! BOOM! Fake it til you Make it in full effect! 

#2--"Ew I do not like vegetables, I am a picky eater." (Hello, I said this so much in my lifetime, and I was just agreeing with my confused tastebuds and making them think that I didn't like vegetables) So instead of speaking all the negativity and giving power to the words, I'm going to just start trying vegetables. Over and over again, eat a little at a time, until I teach my taste buds that they are good! DONE! I'm a vegetable eater! 

I love this idea, because as a person, (and a yoga instructor), I realize how much power words have over people. I literally just chatted about this with friends, and read it in a book, but when we speak negative things over ourselves, our children, or anyone....over and over again, then we start to believe it and it becomes real in our life! So, let's do the opposite here! 

See, "FAKE IT TIL YOU MAKE IT" makes so much sense now! 

WHAT'S THE ONE THING YOU NEED TO PRACTICE THE "FAKE IT TIL YOU MAKE IT" THEORY ON? 

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The Skinny Confidential Book Review & Giveaway! Fake it 'til youmake it....find out how faking it is a good thing! From @brittanysuell

One thing I love about "The Skinny Confidential," is that you feel like you know the author Lauryn Evarts while reading it. It almost seems as though you should be sitting across from her at a local coffee shop chatting about all the lady goods: body image, working out, eating well, hair-dos, and makeup! 

And the book is basically that! Just like a good coffee date full of all things a confident woman is concerned with! 

The subtitle on the cover of the book says it all, (in her own spunky personality tone of course)....

"A Babe's Sexy, Sassy Fitness & Lifestyle Guide"

So if you are ready for a good read, or maybe you need to "Fake it 'til you make in" in order to start reading, and enjoy it, then ENTER TO WIN this sassy book below! 

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My Week in Pictures, Yoga Progress, + a Giveaway!

This week my mom and niece came to visit, and we have been busy exploring various things in West, Texas, and taking lots of Yoga pictures! And along the way, I have seen how much I have grown and progressed in some of my Yoga Poses! I am so happy with my progress and strength! So, without too many words, check out my week in pictures! 

**Be sure to look to the end though, because I have that GIVEAWAY I promised from Graced by Grit

First we took my nieces and nephew to the zoo! Can you spot me!??

Zoo handstands with @brittanysuell

We drove through West Texas and took some pics in a pretty green field! (It's been a while since I've seen green grass)

This is where I first realized how much progress I have made with Yoga Poses! 

I was able to go into a forearm stand and hold it and move in it for longer than ever before! Plus I felt so brave doing it out in the open, which isn't normal. I'm usually a total wall clinger! 

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Side Crow was super easy and fun too! 

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I fell a little too, but it was still fun! 

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I took my mom to my Stroller Strides Class!

Mom & Daughter workouts with @brittanysuell

Then we spent a day hiking at the Abilene State Park! 

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I learned that I had the strength to hold myself up along with my baby, in poses that recently I could barely do with just my body weight! 

Babywearing Crow Pose with @brittanysuell

Babywearing Dancer's Pose with @brittanysuell 

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3 generations of planking! Pass on a healthy & active lifestyle, and #leaveyourlegacy with @brittanysuell

We drove 45min to the small town of Albany, TX. mainly for lunch because there was not much else in the town other than a pretty courthouse! 

I was shocked at the fact that I was 1. brave enough to do a handstand without a wall, and 2. able to hold it, (although for only a few shorts moments)

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I just have to share these! My mom brought some of my baby-high school boxes to me, and I tried on my dress from a hometown pageant I ran in my senior year in high school (2006). It actually fit a little lose, which my mother informed me was not the case in high school! So that felt good! 

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 I had to reenact the pageant! hahaha my husband thought I was crazy! 

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I taught a Nuttzo Nutrition Workshop! 

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I got my SpiBelt products in a local shoe store, which is pretty exciting for me!

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I practiced more arm balances at my house, and was impressed with my progress. In the past I have never been able to get up on my arms and lift my feet at all in firefly. I'm excited to keep working on this and see my progress! 

Firefly Pose with @brittanysuell

 So, if you didn't know, Sunday was International Women's Day!! We celebrated here by sharing our sweat stories, see mine via video HERE! #SweatYourStory is sponsored by Graced By Grit, and to celebrate a little more, they are giving one of you an awesome headband! 

I'm wearing my Grace By Grit headband in this grasshopper pose, (which by the way was much easier for me this time!)

So, HOW TO WIN!?!?

  • Post a photo of you on your Instagram that describes how you #SWEATYOURSTORY
  • Tag @BrittanySuell & @GracebyGrit
  • Use hashtags #sweatyourstory & #leaveyourlegacy

I'll pick a winner on Monday, 3/16

**The head band is a great material, stays in place well, and is super cute! Might be my new fav!**

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Linking up to Fitness Friday & Friday Five! 

Update on My Sugar-Free Journey, an Acai Bowl Recipe with Manitoba Harvest + a Giveaway

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My No-Sugar Journey Update! by @brittanysuell  

Well, I've officially been a month and a half with pretty much NO SUGAR

WHAT?? Is that even real life? 

It has honestly been a fun journey for me. I have enjoyed learning. Even when I "fail." AKA start eating some peanut butter and realize after several bites that it has sugar. 

I'm definitely not beating myself up over a few bites of sugar-infested peanut butter. I did however put the jar up, and will start buying any nut butters naturally. (got to keep an eye on those nutrition labels...even in the "healthy" stuff)

The Sugar Detox

Here's a few things that got me through the weeks of what they call the "Sugar Detox."

Sugar Detox-the first several weeks of giving up sugar. When your body is telling your mind..."I NEED SUGAR." Even though you don't, you are just so used to it, and maybe even addicted to it that you think you need it! 

So, a few ways I tricked my mind into soothing it's sugar cravings, is by indulging in natural sugars! 

I was leaning heavily on fruits and their natural sugars during those weeks. Having about 4 servings a day. (now I've gone to about 2 servings a day). 

I also ate almond butter (the non-sugar infested one), with an apple literally every day! It was my go-to dessert! Or afternoon sweet snack! Soooo good! 

Just because an item contains sugar doesn't mean it's bad! 

One thing I have really learned more about is reading food labels! 

To start, I first look at how many grams of sugar the item contains. Then, once I see the amount of sugar, I look to the list of ingredients! 

Just because it has sugar in it doesn't mean it's bad and I can't have it. I have to find out where that sugar is coming from! 

If the list of ingredients says SUGAR...then that straight up means it's a no go. 

There are some items that will show sugar in the nutritional facts though, and not actually contain sugar. It will just be the counting sugar from the natural sugars or fructose that is in the product. A good example of this is the World Market Sweet Potato Chips. The label shows that it has a certain amount of sugars, but the ingredient list reads sweet potatoes, oil, and salt. There you have it. It's as natural as some baked sweet potatoes at home. All that sugar is just the natural sugar in sweet potatoes, which are SO YUMMY, and a great thing to eat all the time by the way! (and that don't need added brown sugar or marshmallows! FYI! because they are so sweet naturally, why do we think we need to add more stuff to them!?!? I don't get it!)

Do I still crave sugar? 

Well yes I do at times. BUT this has been the fun part of the journey! Learning to cook and bake various treats for my family that have ZERO SUGAR!! and they are still sweet! 

Say hello to my Blueberry Muffin Recipe! Yep that's real life! Blueberry Muffins with NO SUGAR! and so yummy! 

Banana Pancakes! Yep, I can still have pancakes! and I either eat them with a nut butter on top, or pure maple syrup!

*pure maple syrup is one of the tricky ones. It may say it contains lots of sugar, but if the ingredient list says "maple syrup" then you are good to go. Just have it in moderation.

Homemade Larabar Recipe! Such a yummy treat, and super nutritious! Plus this was the first time I cooked with dates. That has been a fun learning experience. 

Strawberry-Banana Nice Cream....a great snack for you or the kids! 

I also have a sugar free cake I've been playing with the recipe for. Trying to get it right for my son's first birthday in April. I'll be sharing that in the next month or so! 

HONEY is my new best friend! 

Dates & Honey are my go-to natural sweeteners! 

But honey, honey is my new best friend! 

I use honey to sweeten mostly everything! Even my coffee! It is so good in coffee! Even if you aren't even remotely interested in going to a SUGAR FREE life, I would still encourage you to try honey in your coffee! I even order my coffee at coffee shops, Starbucks included to be sweetened with honey. Just try it. Tomorrow morning, forgo your normal regime of coffee, and try it with a spoonful of honey and maybe some milk if you prefer! It's tasty! 

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 So there you have it, a little about my journey, and how it's been. Honestly, sometimes I feel like I'm cheating the No Sugar lifestyle by still getting to enjoy some of these yummy things. But then I have to remember, just because I'm doing no sugar doesn't mean that I don't get to eat good, or even sweet foods. Obviously I have to be careful not to over indulge, and still eat healthy, not just take the no sugar factor as all the weight of what I'm eating. But, it's nice to still be able to have something sweet sometimes. 

Check out my Leave Your Legacy Podcast and follow my NO SUGAR JOURNEY in 2015! I've gotten the Jan. and Feb. episode up so far, and I would love for you to get to know me a little more via my podcast and hearing first hand how my journey is going! 

How Bout a Sugar Free Recipe! 

How to make a yummy Acai Bowl! Full of nutrition, and topped with natural coconut and Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts! From @brittanysuell

 

An Acai Bowl is a super easy and yummy snack to make for an afternoon snack, (especially when it starts to warm up), or as a late night snack or dessert. It has an ice cream like texture, but is fruity, and full of nutrition. Plus when you top this with all-natural Hemp Hearts from Manitoba Harvest, you're adding more protein and omegas to this already power packed snack! 

How to make a yummy Acai Bowl topped with Hemp Hearts!

First you will need some Acai. 

How to make a yummy Acai Bowl! Full of nutrition, and topped with natural coconut and Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts! From @brittanysuell 

They come in packs of 4 like this. You can find them in the frozen section!

Second, you will need Hemp Hearts! 

How to make a yummy Acai Bowl! Full of nutrition, and topped with natural coconut and Manitoba Harvest Hemp Hearts! From @brittanysuell 

You can get some of this nutritious goodness from Manitoba Harvest, or ENTER TO WIN SOME BELOW! 

Third, you will need a high powered blender and some milk of your choice.

1-Toss the frozen Acai Smoothie pack into your blender (I used one pack for one bowl). Add a little bit of milk. (I like to use coconut or almond). Blend on high. Add only a little milk at a time, and continue adding some when needed. You want the Acai to stay pretty thick, like ice cream.

2-You can add some frozen berries in with the Acai, or a frozen banana if you want a little extra flavor and more fruity goodness. 

3-Use an ice cream scoop to put it in a bowl. and top it with your HEMP HEARTS from Manitoba Harvest

4-ENJOY! 

*The Acai is a little tart, so you can always add a little honey to make it a tad sweeter.

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What you get from an Acai Bowl:

Acai-one serving contains only 60 calories, 3 g of fiber, 6% iron, 15% vitamin A, 4.58mg of Omega Fatty Acids, 0g of sugar, or caffeine. It also contains other various minerals, vitamin C, and some Calcium. 

Hemp Hearts-10 grams of plant based protein, and 10 grams of Omegas! 

Now for the GIVEAWAY!

WIN yourself a bag of these Yummy Hemp Hearts from Manitoba Harvest by entering below! 

If you didn't know, Hemp Hearts are yummy just to snack on. They have a slight nutty taste, and go great in smoothies, yogurt, or on salads! 

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How I'm Fueling My First Post-Baby Half Marathon + a Giveaway

Well race day is upon me! I'm 5 days out, and I will admit, I'm pretty dang excited, and maybe just a tad bit nervous!  Mostly I'm nervous because my last few weeks of training haven't been as great as previous trainings had been.  I ran my 11 mile run 4 weeks ago, and had intended to run my top 12 mile run the weekend I attended my Yoga training, but that just didn't happen.  So add that first weekend of not hitting my far training run on top of two different times getting sick, plus some icy weather, and the last 3 weeks of my training has been quite all over the place. 

Needless to say though, I am still super excited and about 95% confident that I am ready and will do great! I believe my finish time for my first half marathon in 2012 was 2hr49min. and then my 2nd in 2013 I didn't keep track of the time because I did intervals (walk/running) with my mom and 7 month pregnant sister. If all goes well, I think that I will PR (hit a personal record) for my half marathon time. Now, that does excite me, although I'm not all about the time either. I am just a runner to run. I don't pay attention to what time I hit each of my miles in, etc. I don't really care about that. I was not naturally a runner, so just being a long distance runner is a huge achievement for me, and at this time I'm fine with focussing on that. Maybe as I run more long races, then it will be fun to see if I can beat my previous time, but that's not what I focus on. 

This run I will definitely focus more on proper nutrition and fueling my body for the run. I recently attended a "Nutrition for Runner's" Workshop at a local running store, and it really got me thinking and realizing that I need to focus on nutrition, before, during, and after my run. 

So here's my plan and what I'll be using to Fuel My First Post-Baby Half Marathon! 

How to fuel your half marathon. Before, During, and Post Race Nutrition by @brittanysuell`

Before My Race: 

-Nuun Hydration- I drink a glass of water with half a Nuun Hydration tablet in it. I love the tri-berry flavor! It is a great way to start the race hydrated, especially since I don't run holding a water bottle. 

-RX Bar- I eat half of an RX bar before my race. Now granted I run my training runs in the afternoon/evening, and the half marathon will be in the morning, so I will probably add a banana to the half of the bar as well. 

How to fuel your half marathon. Before, During, and Post Race Nutrition plus a GIVEAWAY from @RXBar  by @brittanysuell 

RX Bars are incredible bars that are made with REAL foods, and lucky for me, NO ADDED SUGAR! They are Whole 30 approved, and most contain some of the same ingredients like egg whites, dates, almonds,and figs, plus other stuff depending on what flavor. My favorite flavor is the Blueberry RX Bar! Oh my word! Can you say INCREDIBLE! Seriously, it's like eating a healthy blueberry muffin, and I LOVE BLUEBERRY MUFFINS! 

During My Race: 

-Flip Belt-I will be using my Flip Belt, it's not really nutrition related, but it holds all my goodies in place! My phone which will be playing "The Chalene Show" Podcasts, and tracking my run with Nike+, and My RX Bar that I will eat around mile 4-6.

-Bondi Band-Once again, not actually nutrition related, but Bondi Bands are my GO-TO head bands when it comes to running, or any workout where I will be sweating a ton! Let me know if you are interested in getting some, I have a lot in stock, and I'm telling you, they are great headbands! 

-Water-What!?! Yep that's right, I'll be taking advantage of the race water stations and staying hydrated! Gotta love that H20! 

-RX Bar-Around mile 4-6 I will be eating the 2nd half of my RX Bar! 

Did I mention that RX Bars are incredible and super yummy! Packed with 12 grams of protein, GMO free, Gluten free, Soy free, Dairy free, and full of yummy nutrition! And they come in several good flavors, so no matter what running mood you are in, surely you can find one to fuel your run for the day! 

Post Race: 

-Nuun Hydration-I'll be drinking the 2nd half of my tri-berry tablet, directly after the race, and maybe another later in the day to refuel and stay hydrated from the long run. 

-Vega Team Protein-After every run/workout, I always have a post workout protein smoothie with Vega Team Protein! It's a plant based protein powder that is yummy and doesn't have all the crap in it that some protein powders have! 

Now I don't know if I said enough about these wonderful RX Bars! You know with my journey of no sugar in 2015, that I am loving on the go snacks that are packed with protein, nutrition, real foods, and NO ADDED SUGAR, oh and they need to taste good. I've have fun making homemade stuff, but these things are awesome and so great to have on hand. Plus they have a coffee flavored one, and I love coffee! 

How to fuel your half marathon. Before, During, and Post Race Nutrition plus a GIVEAWAY from @RXBar  by @brittanysuell

Actually this past weekend we took a quick trip to New Mexico for a day of skiing. Now it was a quick trip, so we had one day to ski, so we did not want to take time to stop and eat lunch. Instead, my husband and I enjoyed a yummy Apple RX Bar on the ski lift as we made our way to the top of the mountain! It was perfect! 

How to fuel your half marathon. Before, During, and Post Race Nutrition plus a GIVEAWAY from @RXBar  by @brittanysuell 

So to celebrate my first post baby half marathon, RX Bar has been kind enough to give one of you guys a chance to try one of each flavor of their awesome RX Bars!!! Wahoo! Who wants to win these yummy bars! 

ENTER BELOW to WIN: 1 RX bar of each flavor + an RX Bar T-shirt! 

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My biggest desire is that I will be able to impact others [YOU] to make changes in your life, to LEAVE A HEALTHY & ACTIVE LIFESTYLE LEGACY! I want this life to be more than just about you. I want you to want to be healthy and fit, and active, so that you will motivate those around you, and impact your children, and generations to come to live a healthy life. Because when we live a healthy life, we live our best life, and who the heck doesn't want to live the BEST LIFE possible!!  So today, on this random Thursday in February I'm here to say THANK YOU! 

I am thankful for you, my readers and followers. I'm thankful that you have a desire to be more, and that I have a chance to impact your life through my blog! 

So hey, it's February, y'all are awesome, I'm thankful for you, so let's celebrate!!! 

Be You, Be Awesome! #LeaveYourLegacy @brittanysuell

How about the biggest GIVEAWAY you have seen this year!! 

That's how much I love you guys! You are awesome followers, I love getting to know y'all, interacting with y'all, helping y'all #LeaveYourLegacy, and seeing y'all WIN SOME RAD PRIZES!

I have teamed up with some AMAZING pages for this awesome GIVEAWAY!  There are 3 incredible prize packs that include gift cards from Lululemon, Nike, and UnderArmor other prizes include a Polar, training and workout gear! And did I mention that THREE LUCKY WINNERS would get a prize pack!  

These are HUGE PRIZES so it is important that you complete the entire entry form. Trust me, it’s definitely worth it! 

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What #NoExcuses Means to Me!

What #NoExcuses Means to Me! With @brittanysuell & @Fitapproach I have been taking part in the #NoExcuses Challenge hosted by Sweat Pink! Basically it's a challenge to get you moving, no matter what! #NOEXCUSES right!! What better way to start the year than putting any excuses that come up aside and keep moving! Ya that's what I was trying to tell myself yesterday when I was not living in the #NoExcuses attitude! Yesterday everything was hard for me...eating well, getting active, cleaning my house....I felt so lazy! Probably had something to do with the fact that my son is hard core teething and so I was holding him most of the day! Still that was no excuse for wanting to eat everything in my pantry! Especially carbs!!! 

So today! I am writing this, not only to INSPIRE YOU, but also to MOTIVATE MYSELF! I need to remember why I choose to live a life of NO EXCUSES, and what #NoExcuses means to me! 

 What #NoExcuses Means to Me! With @brittanysuell & @Fitapproach

To me, living a life of #NoExcuses has everything to do with who I am, who I have become, and who I am continually growing to be! If I let excuses get in the way of who I am, then I wouldn't have 2015 goals, I wouldn't be on a journey (albeit hard at times) to give up sugar in 2015, and I wouldn't be kicking my butt to run multiple half marathons in 2015! None of these things are easy by any means, I guess that's what makes them goals. If goals were easy, then really there would be no point in making them because you would have nothing to try for! 

I guess you could say striving for a life of #NoExcuses is also part of the passion behind the Brittany Suell blog! If you notice at the top it quotes, "LEAVING A HEALTHY & ACTIVE LIFESTYLE LEGACY!" This quote means so much to me, and I would love for you to adopt it as well and let it mean a lot to you! It drives who I am as a woman, a blogger, a wife, a mom, a person! No matter what, we all leave a legacy! Whether for thousands of people, or just one. Even if my legacy is left for just one person, I want it to be a legacy that means something to them! I believe that when you live a healthy and active lifestyle, then you can live life to your fullest! When you are healthy you can do so many things in life, you can achieve so much, it sets you up for success in all areas! Therefore, I am striving to live a healthy and active lifestyle, so that with those around me: family, children, friends, acquaintances, even strangers in some instances can be impacted to do the same! I WANT THAT TO BE MY LEGACY!

So....what does #NoExcuses mean to me.....it means that I am, "LEAVING A HEALTHY & ACTIVE LIFESTYLE LEGACY" by pushing myself past my whiney limits, and going further, and being all that I can be! 

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I hope you are encouraged today! 

Don't forget to go enter to WIN a shirt for you and the little one in your life from Latitude Gear RX!!! 

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Nutrition While Nursing + A Workout for Pregnancy & Post-Prenancy & a Mommy+Baby GIVEAWAY #MommyMonday

Nutrition while nursing, a workout that's great while you are pregnant, or post-pregnancy, plus a mommy & Baby Giveaway on #MommyMonday at www.BrittanySuell.com You may have read that I am training for a half marathon! Wahoo! I am less than six weeks out, and yesterday I ran my furthest yet, 10miles! Which is also the furthest I've run since having my son, 9+ months ago! I am also currently still nursing my son, and don't have any plans to discontinue doing so at this point.  Now I have heard many people worry and fret about working out too hard, or training for something while nursing because they didn't want it to affect their milk supply. So, I felt like today, since it's #MommyMonday, it would be great to chat about this! 

Yes, you do lose calories when you are breastfeeding, they estimate 500calories per feeding.  And yes, you shouldn't go on some extreme diet where you are eating only 1,000 calories a day, or taking diet pills.  All this would affect your own nutrition, which would have an affect on your milk supply, and diet pills could be bad for the baby all together, so let's just stay away from them.  BUT, I don't think this is an excuse to eat everything in site, or to henge on junk food/high calorie snacks, even if you are training for a race.  So, here's a few small tips on how to have good NUTRITION WHILE NURSING, specifically when you are working out a lot, and/or training for a race: 

1) Eat full meals! This does't mean just eat a sandwich. This means eat a meal that has lean protein, good fats, some carbs, and lots of yummy veggies that are full of goodness! 

-This is what I ate before I ran today. Almost an entire chicken breast, sweet potato chips (real ones! The only ingredient is sweet potatoes), and half of an avocado.  Honestly, this would've been even better if I would've had a nice green veggie with it, but it was a late lunch, so I was a slacker. 

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2) Make sure you have good pre-/post training fuel that restocks a lot of nutrients that you burned off while sweating!

 -My newest favorite post run fuel is a LARABAR. These things are super yummy bars, and not like normal bars that are full of all sorts of stuff, including lots of sugar! Nope, these things are made with what's in them! Check out the ingredient list on this Cashew Cookie Larabar, which is the exact one I had today. They are naturally sweetened with dates, and have other great nutrients packed into them!  

Nutrition while nursing, a workout that's great while you are pregnant, or post-pregnancy, plus a mommy & Baby Giveaway on #MommyMonday at www.BrittanySuell.com

3) Drink a lot of water. If you are nursing, then you may have experienced the "OMG! I'm dying of thirst all of a sudden. My mouth literally feels like a desert, and if I don't get water quick I'm done." feeling while nursing.  So, this means when working out/training, always have water with you. Drink plenty of water BEFORE, and AFTER working out! 

Pregnancy & Post-Pregnancy Workout

Now, while we are on the subject of nursing, and pregnancy, I thought I would share with you a great workout that is good for while you are pregnant, post-pregnancy, or hey any time! I do these workouts now. I'm just saying though, when you are pregnant or recovering from giving birth, obviously you can't worry about your abs much, so why not focus on your legs, and specifically your arms! You can definitely still tone those babies while you are prego! 

What you need: Elastic Band 

10 sets of each exercise x 3

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Nutrition while nursing, a workout that's great while you are pregnant, or post-pregnancy, plus a mommy & Baby Giveaway on #MommyMonday at www.BrittanySuell.comNutrition while nursing, a workout that's great while you are pregnant, or post-pregnancy, plus a mommy & Baby Giveaway on #MommyMonday at www.BrittanySuell.com

This is a great workout that can be done at your own pace, while pregnant, or after your doctor releases you to workout again post-pregnancy.  

My motto is...My belly may be big, but my arms can still be tone!

Just kidding! but I think I might adopt that next time I get pregnant, I mean why not have nice arms, and legs for that matter! 

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MOMMY & BABY GIVEAWAY

Did you see how cute the shirt I am wearing above is! "Worth the Fight!" I love it! I love inspirational tanks, plus they are all the buzz right now! You can wear them to workout, or just to be cute, which is always great! I love tanks that remind me who I am and who I want to be! Latitude Gear RX, makes some great tanks that do just that, plus some that are just fun for fitness! You can read a review from several years ago HERE.

What I'm loving about their gear now days, is that they have BABY STUFF! Now who doesn't love putting their baby in some super cute fitness gear! 

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I love the "Lift Something Heavy" onesie! Such inspiration from such a little guy! Latitude Gear RX shirts are such great quality! I love the women's tanks! They fit awesome, are super soft, and my favorite type of tank to work out in! And of course I love the onesies because my son looks adorable in them! 

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So today, I'm teaming up with Latitude Gear RX to GIVEAWAY a Mommy & Baby package!! The winner will be chosen on Friday, January 30th at 12AM CST, and will get their choice of a adult shirt and baby shirt! yay! 

Plus if you just can't wait to get your hands on some of their awesome gear! They are offering 30% OFF anything in their store to my readers! Find the coupon code in the right sidebar!  a Rafflecopter giveaway

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10 Days of Christmas Giveaway #10! Take Your Workout With You!

It's the day we have all been waiting for! Day #10!! The secret GIVEAWAY for my 10 Days of Christmas Giveaway! 

Any Guesses of what it might be!?!?

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Let me just say, that with Christmas right around the corner, and all the traveling that most people will probably be doing over the next several weeks, this giveaway is perfect for taking your workout with you!

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So, what's better than a 24/7 gym....a 24/7 workout that you can do anywhere, anytime!

GigaBody.com offers challenging and fun online workout videos for busy folks! 

And I bet just about everyone reading this could say that they are in the category of "busy folks!" We live in a world that is on the go, but it's important to still take time to take care of ourselves. Gigabody.com makes that possible from your home, a hotel, your backyard, or anywhere else where you can get Wifi!

Many times over the holidays, we take a "break" from working out.  I guess for some reason, in our self-deserving minds, we tend to see working out as something we have to do, rather than something we get to do, or even enjoy doing.  So when vacation time rolls around, it seems right to also "vacation" from our sweat fests as well.  This holiday, lets change that! Why not take your workouts with you this Christmas?

I was actually traveling this weekend, and with a baby, and being in a different town and not at my own house, working out was definitely not the easiest thing. Having a Gigabody membership though made it super easy.  While the little one took his morning nap, I stayed in the living room and did a yoga workout.

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Yes I was in my pajamas....but hey that's the beauty of doing my workout at home. I don't have to dress-to-impress anybody!

Having Gigabody.com available is also so helpful for me at home because having a baby, I am not able to get out and go to the Yoga Studio or gym classes as much as I would like.  This makes it so much easier to still get my sweat on and take yoga classes from various instructors.

SPEAKING OF THE INSTRUCTORS.....

Gigabody.com has awesome instructors.  Each class I have taken, has had nothing but professional instructors, but it's also great because they have a wide variety of instructors, so you can take classes with various styles.  Obviously, I love the Yoga classes, since I am a Yogi at heart, so I appreciate different styles and techniques that Yoga Instructors carry, and I enjoy learning from them.  Don't worry though, if you aren't a Yogi....Gigabody.com has way more to offer than just Yoga!

WHAT DOES GIGABODY.COM HAVE TO OFFER? 

No matter what kind of workout you are looking to get, they've got it, and they are adding to it often.  They have cardio classes, strength, classes that use weights, classes that have specific muscle focal points. Plus, whether you have 20 minutes or over an hour to spend working out, I have seen classes that offer it all.

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On Monday night, I put my baby to sleep, and my husband was working in the garage, and I felt like I needed a little me time before getting to work on our at-home business orders. So, I found a 20 minute Yoga workout! It was just what I needed at that time.  Just enough to get my heart going, and a small sweat on, but still left enough time to get some work done! Plus, I did it in my bedroom, I didn't even have to leave my house!

Want to know the BEST PART ABOUT GIGABODY.COM!?!?

It's cheaper than any gym membership you could get.  For full access to their workouts, it's only $8.99/Month!

So, you pay less than $10 a month, never have to leave your home, or get dressed for that matter! You can take various class types, and try out different instructors with various types of teaching styles.

Plus.....you can take your workout with you, no matter where you go!

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So, let's make the decision together, this Christmas, to not leave our workouts or healthy eating behind.  Let's take our workouts with us, and stay on track, even while enjoying all the festivities of the holidays! Whether you are able to get your family to join you for a workout, or you do it alone in a hotel.  Make working out something you love to do, and look forward to, even on vacation.  Let it be a stress reliever before you join all the chaos that can come with traveling and being surrounded by lots of people.  Let it be a time for YOU, and make it important, a priority, so that you will for sure do it!

Today, one lucky reader will get a FREE One Month Subscription to Gigabody.com! If you don't win though, no worries, Gigabody let's you try out their workouts for free for 14 days before deciding if you want to stick with it...(but you will, because it's awesome!)

So tell me, What workout would you choose to do on Gigabody.com? 

Day 10

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Check out more tips on staying fit while vacationing:

Healthy Foods on Vacation

Workouts on Vacation

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I was given the opportunity to review a subscription to Gigabody.com by Fit Approach.  All opinions are my own. 

10 Days of Christmas Giveaway #9! Stay Hydrated!

Recently I shared with you guys about the #HOLIDAYSWEAT Challenge that I am a part of with  Sweat Guru & Amanda from Run to the Finish. (Read about it HERE)

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Well it is officially WEEK 3 of the challenge, and I would already suggest it for next year!

So, other than the great community, and WINNING prizes!

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Is the FREGGIES & WATER part of the challenge!

FREGGIES=Fruits and Veggies

Each day of the challenge we get points for eating 7 servings of Freggies, and 8 glasses of water!

Although I would say I already drink a lot of water, having this challenge in the back of my mind, and a place on my fridge where I mark off my eating/drinking servings, really helps motivate me! Knowing that I am trying to get to a certain amount each day keeps it in the back of my mind. So instead of getting Sweet Tea somewhere, I may decide to just get water so that it adds to my water servings each day! I especially love this with the fruits and veggies too, because it really drives what I eat throughout the day, and I love that!

So, maybe think about challenging yourself during the holiday season to eat a certain number of freebies and drink LOTS of water!

And speaking of drinking water, stay hydrated on your runs and workouts as well with this awesome zipper pouch water bottle! I love this thing! Can hold your phone, keys, money, or fuel!

You can buy these HERE!
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 OR Sign up to WIN one Below!

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Day 9

 

Leave a comment and tell me: 

What reminds you to eat your freggies and drink your water throughout the day!? 

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