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The Regrets of a Pregnant Woman....

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

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

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

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

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

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

Like did I really commit to that? 

Doesn't pregnancy dismiss that? 

Surely all my followers would understand!? 

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

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

The Regrets of a Pregnant WomanPregnancy Announcement

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

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

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

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@brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!

#LeaveYourLegacy

 

Top 5 Reasons Why It's Important to Find Time to Workout as a Mom

Let's face it, after becoming a mom, your time, and your past priorities tend to take a backseat to everything else. When you are spending time with baby, focussing on feeding your family, keeping up with house chores, and not to mention if you are a full time working momma, other things just aren't that important!  Now I know I'm not the only one with 2 month old nail polish still on my toes! I mean, painting my nails is just not worth the time these days! 

What is worth your time as a mom though is working out! Even with all of the to-dos that you have to get done, and the attention that you are giving your baby, it's SOOOO important to workout and take that time for yourself! 

Top 5 reasons why it's important to find time to workout as a mom! 

Top 5 Reasons to find time to workout as a mom with @brittanysuell

1) Value Yourself-when you carve out the time to workout, whether that's waking up before everyone, going to the gym (and putting your baby in childcare), or working out after the baby is sleeping, you are telling your body, and mind that you value yourself! And that is so important! When you have value for yourself, then others have value for you! The way we see ourselves and the way we treat ourselves reflects on the outside, so when we are valuing ourselves enough to give time back to ourselves, then that is seen on the outside, and that value can be felt in every area of life. 

2) More Confidence-it's obvious, working out breeds more confidence in us! And confidence is GOOD in every area of life! When we workout, when we sweat and get the endorphins going, your brain releases feel-good chemicals that can affect your entire demeanor. Plus, when you workout and you set small goals, and hit those, then you feel good about yourself! And just the act of doing something challenging, sweating some, and knowing you are making changes to your body and appearance can give you boosts of confidence that can make a huge difference! 

3) Feel Better-working out makes you feel better all around! When you focus your mind on working out, it gets your thoughts off of worries/stresses of life (which we know tends to increase when you become a mommy), and gets you out of the cycle of negative thoughts that can breed anxiety or depression. 

4) Stay Healthy for kids sake-as a mom, there are so many more activities in our lives that can take a toll on our body. Not to mention the post pregnancy body that can tend to lack core muscles, and strength in many areas that we need to lug our baby around and get up and down off the floor to play. Working out helps us strengthen those core muscles. It helps us gain flexibility and strength in the muscles that we need to be able to play with our babies and take care of them! That way we are able to live life to the fullest with them without feeling pain in our body! 

5) Lead by Example-this is what I'm all about! Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy! It's so important, especially when you become a parent! Just think, tips 1-4, you want to instill all of those things in your children: you want your child to value him/herself, to be a confident person, to feel good about who they are, and to be healthy all around! So let's make a commitment to instill that in them, and it starts with US! It's starts with you making time to workout and letting all of those values begin to take effect in your own life! That example you set will be seen and felt by your children, and you will #LeaveYourLegacy! 

So start now! Take charge of your life! Give yourself permission to take time throughout your week to workout! 

If you aren't sure where to start, try this NO EXCUSES WORKOUT that I put together! I actually did the workout with my child in the stroller, so go outside, with your baby in the stroller, and use the stroller some! I am all about Stroller Workouts! That's why I have started teaching Fit4Mom Stroller Strides classes! I am so excited to be able to share these values and tips with the momma's I encounter and be able to help them gain confidence and value for themselves through working out! 

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Leave a comment and tell me....

Is it a value of yours to workout? 

How have you found time to workout while being a mom? 

@brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!

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Finding Your Life Song & Living It!

Have you ever sat back and really thought about who you are? What you are passionate about? And why you do the things you do? What drives your intrinsic motivation? What gives you energy to keep going even when you are worn out? What makes you say yes to some things and no to others? What is the WHY behind the things you do? What is your life song?  I feel like over the past few years, and especially in the past year, this has been an ongoing theme in my life. And it wasn't on purpose either. It started with becoming a mom, then rebranding my blog and trying to decide what I wanted to stand on when it came to my blog, then from their, my life has followed. 

Then without even knowing it I was going through the process of Finding Your Life Song & Living It! 

So today, I'm not going to give you some step-by-step on how to figure out what your life song is. I'm just going to encourage you, go on the journey with yourself. Take time for yourself to evaluate your life, your lifestyle, the places you thrive in, the people that lift you up, the things that drive you. 

Go on a journey to FIND YOUR LIFE SONG! 

Then, as you figure out what that is for you, and as you start living it, I believe that you will be happier, and others will begin to notice that as well. And as you are true to your life song, it will become apparent to others what your life song is! 

Last night was eye opening and encouraging for me. When my friend sent my a photo of this adorable shirt. I thought she was just showing it to me, but she said that this was my "Life Shirt." 

That was such a sweet thing to me, and made me realize that what I'm doing, how I'm living, and staying true to my life song is being seen by others, and that to me is AMAZING! 

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Finding Your Life Song & Living It!

 

So I give you permission today to take just 10 minutes to check out. Turn everything off, and focus only on yourself! And see where the journey of finding your life song might take you! 

#LEAVEYOURLEGACY

Leave a comment telling me if you know what your LIFE SONG is, or even just a piece of it!

@brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!

Yoga is for EveryBODY

Each time I attend a Yoga Training, I am renewed with excitement and passion for what I do. I love being a Yoga Instructor. I love being able to guide people through a class of self-awareness, challenging their muscles, releasing stress, moving their joints, and ending in a time of reflection or meditation. Yoga is all around just good for us. It's good for our muscles, our bones, out joints. It's good for strengthening our core and keeping our posture upright and strong as we age. It's good for our mental clarity and focus. Yoga is good for maintaining and relieving stress. Yoga teaches us that it's okay to just be, in a world where we are constantly going and doing. Yoga makes us look inward and reminds us of who we really are.  Yoga is needed, and in my opinion, Yoga is for EveryBODY!

Whether you are young or old, Yoga can be good for you. 

Yoga is for EveryBODY! We all need it! It helps to strengthen our muscles and joints as we ago, plus helps to keep us stress free and calm in such a busy world!

There are two main reasons I will focus on today, to make my point of why Yoga is for EveryBODY! 

1) We are all getting older, and Yoga helps us maintain a healthy body, with strong muscles and healthy joints.

WE ALL NEED YOGA! 

As we age there are several things that occur.....

We start to get stiff, we lose muscle and bone density, we stop moving as much (in general), our posture begins to slouch, we begin to feel more pain overall.

Yoga helps all of these things. 

One of the things that I love about Yoga the most is that you move the joints a lot. A lot of the moves use movement that we use in everyday life. Take chair pose for example. It's teaching you to sit back in a chair, or get up out of a chair using your core. Even the simple movement of extending your arms up is amazingly helpful as we age. How many times do we reach out or above us to grab something?  So in Yoga you are constantly lubricating those joints, which helps with stiffness that occurs as you age. This loosens up our joints, making it easier and more free to move to do our every day activities. 

Plus with Yoga you do balancing poses. This helps as well, because as you age you begin to lose muscle mass, and strength, which is a big reason why you hear of elderly people falling often. Working on balance and stability will help strengthen those muscles that keep you upright. 

So basically what I"m saying here, is Yoga helps you live your best life! It helps you Leave a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy! I am so passionate about creating a healthy and active lifestyle for YOURSELF so that you are able to enjoy life to the fullest, for the longest possible time. When you are healthy, you are able to do things with your children and grandchildren! You are able to experience life with them, and pass that value on to them! Yoga helps you do that! It's all about the #LeaveYourLegacy Lifestyle

Yoga can literally be maneuvered to fit your body. If you are seeing crazy poses on Instagram, and you think you can't do those....that's okay, you probably can't. But if you go to a well run class, those aren't the poses you will be doing. You will be doing basic Yoga Poses, and the instructor should lead you to find the version that fits your body! Fit the pose to your body, not your body to the pose. There are always options and variations for Yoga Poses! 

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2) In a world that is constantly going and has so many areas of stimuli and stress, Yoga calms the mind and teaches us to just be. 

WE ALL NEED YOGA!

Seriously....how often do you just sit and be quite, and do nothing. UM.....Like never! 

In each of my Yoga classes we spend a couple of minutes in the beginning, and about double or triple that time at the end just being. We focus inward, on our breath, on ourselves, sometimes on a specific word or phrase, or characteristic of ourselves. And let me just say.....THAT IS HARD FOR PEOPLE TO DO. 

Yoga is for EveryBODY! We all need it! It helps to strengthen our muscles and joints as we ago, plus helps to keep us stress free and calm in such a busy world!

Our world is so, go-go-go, that when we are asked to sit and just be, it is so hard for us. It can actually become an emotional place for us. If we tend to hide or smother our emotions, and fill our lives with busyness, then if we spend even just a couple of moments where our minds and emotions are able to go to those places where we are smothering, then it can begin to bring those emotions us and make us start to face them. IT'S A GOOD THING! 

Yoga is therapeutic because of just this. Yoga is special to me not only because I know it's a good workout and it tones my body, but because in two of the hardest places of my life, Yoga has brought renewal and healing for me.

In 2009 after losing my brother to a car accident was the first time I started doing Yoga. I remember every time we laid in the final relaxation pose, I would get emotional. I didn't understand it at first, and really I wanted to run from it, but I stuck it out and it was good and helpful for me. 

A similar thing, in 2013 after miscarrying, each time I went to Yoga, rushing in from a busy day at work, it gave me that quiet time I needed and wanted for myself. I appreciated time to just stop thinking about everything and everyone else in the world, and spend an hour focussed on just me! I craved that time, and appreciated it during that healing period for me. 


So get convinced! Yoga is good for you! Yoga is for EveryBODY, and we need to be doing Yoga! It keeps us healthy mentally and physically! 

Leave a Comment telling me....

What do you think about Yoga? Is it something you do often? Does this help you see the importance in doing Yoga? 

If you are looking for an opportunity to try out some Yoga poses, join us for our 7 day Yoga Challenge. (Today is Day 4, but jump in and catch back up!) Check out my Instagram for the daily poses, and each host is sharing various options for the pose, so do the one that fits your body! 

Plus you can WIN some great prizes for participating! Check out more of the Challenge details HERE

#DownDogDaysofYoga Challenge with @BrittanySuell

@brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!

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Why I Chose Velata?

If you follow me on social media, you have been seeing photos from the Freezer Meal Workshops that I have been hosting! I also shared about the workshops in a post last week! You can read all about them here! Freezer Meal Workshops with Velata!  

I am so excited to share that after hosting several Freezer Meal Workshops I decided to invest in the company, Velata

Velata is a company that sells kitchen utensils and food products. Some of the food products they sale are their own rubs, which is what I use in all the recipes I do for my freezer meal workshops. 

Since giving up sugar in January I have spent a lot of time in my kitchen creating and modifying recipes to be healthy and sugar free! I have loved it and I love being able to share those with you guys so that you can make those same, yummy and healthy meals for your own family. You can find the archive of all of the SUGAR FREE RECIPES that I have developed here

When I really decided to start my business with Velata was when I realized how I could expand that desire of mine to help people create healthy meals for their family. I have realized that to truly cook real food, and find good healthy recipe alternatives to things (especially desserts), it can take some time in the kitchen. And let's admit it, we aren't drowning in extra time are we!?? So with Velata I am able to expand helping others with healthy eating and creating healthy meals even more, which I am loving! 

I have only been a part of the company officially for a little over a week and I am already loving it. Check out my quick video to learn WHY I chose to join Velata and how I am able to help others create healthy meals for their families!

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Did I mention that I can do this long distance as well, not just locally. I am actually sending out a Freezer Meal Kit to a long distance host in South Carolina today! I can't wait to see what her and her friends think about the workshop! Once they see how easy and fun it is, and how good and healthy the meals are, I know they are going to love it! 

Why I Chose Velata by @brittanysuell 

What do you think? Have you ever found something that just FIT for you, and lined up with your passions? What was it? 

@brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!

#LeaveYourLegacy

 

Are We Snacking Our Kids to an Unhealthy Lifestyle?

Look around you. In our American lifestyle, isn't it obvious that we love to SNACK! Whether you look to the grocery store, the food stands in the mall, or even the cheap $1 menus at fast food restaurants. We are taught, trained to snack throughout our life.

I would even dare to say that having just 3 meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) is abnormal in the American Lifestyle.

So is snacking really helpful for us? It seems that as soon as our brain is even slightly triggered to be hungry, then we stuff our mouths with a snack. Whether it's healthy or not, is it okay? Should we actually let our body feel hungry for a while before eating? Maybe practice a little self-control, and just drink some water instead. (Not drink high calorie drinks that are basically a snack in themselves). 

So where does this idea of having to snack come from? Why don't we allow our bodies to get hungry? 

If you are a parent, or have been around parents, you might already know the answer to this. Not only does our culture train us to snack while we shop, drive around town, or go to work, but I believe it starts even earlier than that. I believe we are taught as children to snack! 

So I pose the question: 

Are we snacking our kids to an unhealthy lifestyle?

 

Now let me preface. I pose this question as a conversation starter. Not as an expert on the subject, just as a mom whose goal is to LEAVE A HEALTHY & ACTIVE LIFESTYLE LEGACY FOR MY CHILDREN. As a mom I have an opinion, and I would love to hear what you think! 

So, with that said, early in with my son I made the choice to not give him snacks a lot. In my head I realized, I wanted to feed him good, hearty meals, so that he didn't need to snack. More than that, I didn't want to use a snack as something to occupy him, the idea is similar to not letting him watch a movie on my phone just to keep him quiet (that's another topic in itself), but you get the idea.

I made this choice because I want him to have a healthy relationship with food. I want food to be something he uses for FUEL for his body! I don't want it to be something he does out of boredom, or feels like every time we go somewhere we he has to have a snack. I can see some of those bad habits in myself, and I didn't want to start him off that way. I may not blast this idea to everyone, but I try not to give in to the pressure of snacking. Even when I'm around a lot of moms, and they are feeding their kids snacks, or Zander is fussy and they offer a snack. If I know he has had a full meal prior, I politely decline. Now, if I feel like his meal wasn't sufficient, obviously I will give him a snack, but I try to use it for feeding his hunger, not his fussiness. 

You probably can relate or know what I am talking about. You may even realize you have been guilty of doing this. You know, you are chatting with friends and not ready to leave, but your baby is fussing, or getting into things, so you distract them with a snack. Whatever the case may be, it's easy to do this. Because lets face it, when they are snacking, they are occupied, and you can do what you want. 

BUT...are we teaching them bad habits from the start? 

Are we teaching them to always fill their time and space with food? 

Are we teaching them to eat, even when they are not hungry? 

I WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU! WHAT DO YOU THINK? 

ARE WE SNACKING OUR KIDS TO AN UNHEALTHY LIFESTYLE? 

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Recently I read an article from the Chicago Tribune that discussed this same issue, which really got my mind to thinking about it. You can read that post HERE.

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What Does #LeaveYourLegacy Mean to You?

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So as you know, when I launched the new blog rebrand in mid-January, a big part of that brand is: 

Live a life that is about more than you! Be Bold, Be Strong, Be Courageous, and Leave a Legacy for those you love! @brittanysuell

Now, I have  had time to mull this over, toss it around, and really evaluate what it means to me to #LeaveYourLegacy. So today, I'm going to share what it means to me, and I hope that at the end of this post that you can share with me what LEAVING A HEALTHY AND ACTIVE LIFESTYLE LEGACY means to you.  

Live a life that is about more than you! Be Bold, Be Strong, Be Courageous, and Leave a Legacy for those you love! @brittanysuell 

When I think about what kind of Legacy I want to leave, so many things come to mind. 

First off, who am I LEAVING a LEGACY for!?!

The obvious answer is my family. My son (future children). Beyond those that are closest to me that I love the most though, I want to impact even more than that. Even if it's only in small ways, I want my LEGACY to trickle into other's lives. My friends, those that I teach, my blog followers, even strangers that I just have random (fate) encounters with. I want to live a LIFESTYLE that is real, and bold enough that people can see the depth of me and pick up on little pieces of that, that can change their lives. 

Secondly, what kind of LEGACY am I LEAVING!?

I want to be strong, bold, courageous. I want to be a pursuer of goals, a dreamer, a person who thrives in the adventures (whether big or small) of life. I want to be real, and authentic. I want my children to grow up knowing that they can do anything that they set their minds to. Anything that they have vision for, they can pursue. I want people to see the go-getter-ness within me, and be inspired to push a little harder, and go a little further to achieve their dreams and desires. Mostly, I want to leave a LEGACY that impacts lives, upon lives, upon lives to come. I want to be real in who I am, in my health, and fitness goals. I want people to know that they can get healthy and active, no matter where they are starting. And I want them to see that living a healthy and active lifestyle really means that they will be living their best, most successful life possible. 

WHY? Why does all of this mean so much to me? 

I believe that when we are living a healthy & active lifestyle, that we are able to live Our Best Life. Our Happiest Life. Our Most Successful Life. Wondering why I say that?? Because when we are healthy and active, we have more self confidence. When we are moving, and doing things that are good for ourselves, taking care of our bodies, then we feel secure, and confident. Which means that we will love ourselves, which means that it will be easier for our children to love themselves and be confident just by watching us. When we are healthy and active, we are able to move, and do so many things. We have the ability to take chances, enjoy life's adventures, and even simpler than that, not be afraid to get on the floor or run around the yard with our children. When we are healthy, we spend less money on doctor bills, surgeries, and diseases, which means we have more money in our pockets. And although, of course money isn't the key to all happiness, it does ease our minds of worry and stress and make us feel happier in life. When we are healthy & active, we are not afraid to face life head on. We are able to be BOLD, CONFIDENT, STRONG people who go after their dreams, and that, that makes us HAPPY!

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Live a life that is about more than you! Be Bold, Be Strong, Be Courageous, and Leave a Legacy for those you love! @brittanysuell

So there you have it! That's What kind of Legacy I want to leave! That's why my life vision is "Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy" 

So will you join me!?!

QUESTION OF THE DAY: Tell me, what kind of legacy will you leave? and why is it important?

CHALLENGE: Share with others! If you are a blogger, blog about What #LeaveYourLegacy means to you. Otherwise, post on your Facebook page, or post a photo on instagram or twitter, and tag me! #LeaveYourLegacy @BrittanySuell I want to know what kind of Legacy you will leave! 

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