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#1MillionMinutes of Summer

Seriously, the summer is the perfect time to get outside, get moving, and have fun while being active!  That's why I've joined the amazing Fit Approach community for the #1MillionMinutes of Summer Challenge! 

#1MillionMinutes Challenge with FitApproach!

The Sweat Pink Community is teaming up and inviting EVERYONE TO JOIN  in on the fun! To move for a combined total of 1 MILLION MINUTES this summer! 

Yep, that's a lot of movement! 

#1MillionMinutes Challenge with FitApproach!

And anything counts...from playing in the water with the kids, to gardening, to marathon running! It all counts as activity and movement! 

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So what's the point in joining the challenging and logging your activity? 

1) Because the Sweat Pink Community is freaking awesome of course! So LOG your activity and share all about it on social media! Use #1MillionMinutes and tag @Fitapproach and while you are at it TAG me so I can see you moving! @brittanysuell

2) Because there are PRIZES of course! Just by creating an account and logging your movement, you are putting into a drawing for weekly prizes!! WHOOP! So get moving and WIN some stuff! 

Now I will admit, I was so excited for the challenge to start on Monday, but then I got sick, so my movement has really just begun, but I have already clocked 150 hours of yoga in the past 2 days, and I'm about to head out for a run and 60 more minutes of Yoga this morning! So I'm getting my minutes in this week! 

#1MillionMinutes Challenge with FitApproach!

So go HERE to sign up, and get awesome emails from Fit Approach with fun MOVEMENT ideas for each day of the week! Plus you might win some stuff! 

Join the #1MillionMinutes Challenge and invite your friends! 

@brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!

#LeaveYourLegacy

 

How To Keep Going When Things Don't Go As Planned

Well, if you follow me on social media, then you saw this picture flash up on Saturday. 

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That's right....I spent my Saturday morning getting all my necessities packed up to get me through my half marathon. You know, the one I asked you to celebrate with me about on Friday, ya that one! 

I was busy cleaning my house, shaving my legs, and packing bags for my family. I had plans to run a couple of errands, then we were hitting the road by 1PM, in order to drive the 5 hrs to get to my half marathon location! 

Then, when I was about to grab my son to go run errands, my husband called to inform me that I should not be driving because of the ice covering the roads, and dangerous weather conditions. 

So in short....we did not make the trip to College Station, TX. and I did not run across the finish line to receive a medal, completing my first half marathon post baby. 

And yes, my suitcase is still packed, and sitting on my bedroom floor! (moping much?)

SO, HOW DO I KEEP GOING WHEN THINGS DON'T GO AS PLANNED!?!? 

Well, to start, I looked at the silver lining and enjoyed a good day celebrating friends on Sunday. We attended several celebrations that we would've missed otherwise. 

Next, I choose to not sulk. Although I did enjoy a few extra pieces 0f the SUGAR FREE Chocolate cake that I made this weekend! (yummo!)

SUGAR FREE Chocolate Cake by @brittanysuell

Then, I make plans to have a successful week, and continue prepping for my next half marathon I have in the books, which is April 12th! 

That half marathon I will be running with my husband! Which how sweet will that be! Considering it will be his first ever, and my first post baby! 

And, I am currently looking for a run to take part in during the month of March! I'm itching to race, but I want to stay local instead of spending money traveling, so we will see what I can find! 

So all that to say, I'm spending time choosing to MOVE, NOURISH, & BELIEVE this week! Living the Lorna Jane Mantra, and joining The Fit Switch & Jill Conyers for the #DishtheFit Link Up! 

The Fit Dish Link-Up with The Fit Switch & Jill Conyers @brittanysuell

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MOVE: 

My plan to MOVE this week is to get back into a good training schedule. Now that the ice is melting around here (praying it is done for good), and we are getting more daylight, I will continue training hard. + Find a run (even just a local 5K or 10K) to take part in before my April 12th half marathon! 

NOURISH: 

Continue staying strong in my Sugar-Free Eating and learning good recipes for my family! And making sure not to replace healthy sugar-free eating with random sugar free things that are processed. More on this tomorrow! 

BELIEVE: 

First, I will not be sad about missing my half-marathon, but believe that we made the best choice to keep our family safe and off the roads, and trusting that the Lord knew why we weren't supposed to be there, and being okay with that. 

Secondly, this week specifically, I am choosing to believe in the BIG DREAMS that my husband and I have been having for our future, and the future of our business, Simply Suell! And I am choosing to keep dreaming and believing that these big things will happen in our future! 

More This Week!

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Join me tomorrow for an update on how my SUGAR-FREE JOURNEY is going, a yummy recipe, and a GIVEAWAY! 

www.brittanysuell.com

 

#LeaveYourLegacy

#ActiveNationDay with Lorna Jane

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Active Nation Day is here!!

What do you have planned for today? How do you plan to get out there, get moving, and get active!!?!

It doesn't matter what you do or how you do it, but getting ACTIVE on this day is so powerful, because you are joining in with thousands of other women around the globe!

Check it out, on the other side of the world, the party has already started!! 

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We are making a statement...choosing an active future for ourselves and our families!

So have some fun with it!! Why do you think they created the #LJMOVE! It's all for fun! And being active is fun! So get moving, and enjoy it!

 

Here's my #LJMove video!

 

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Even if you being active seems so foreign to you....it's never too late to start! And why not start on Lorna Jane's big holiday along with thousands of other awesome women!?!?

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Don't hold back! 

Be Bold!

Be Brave!

Believe in yourself!

And don't care about whose watching! 

Enjoy Life!

and Smile while doing it! 

No Regrets! 

Live Adventurously!

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#ActiveNationDay #LJMove #LornaJane #MoveNourishBelieve #SweatPink 

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Motivation Monday

NOURISH.

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This week's Motivation Monday is all about NOURISHing! & how to Nourish our bodies through our eating habits!

This post itself was motivated by 2 things.

1-Lorna Jane's mantra: Move.Nourish.Believe. and the emphasis she puts on nourishing your body inwardly and outwardly.

2-Chalene Johnson's podcast I listened to this week, called 11 Eating Habits of Fit People.

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Both of these people are inspirational in so many ways, not only in fitness and health, but in living an overall wholesome lifestyle full of adventure, productivity, goal setting, and taking care of yourself in every aspect.

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This week when listening to Chalene's podcast, there were two things that really stuck out to me that I had to share.  All related to NOURISHING!

1-Post pregnancy, I have really gotten into good eating habits.  Not perfect, but good! I still eat out on occasion, and I still indulge in chips and queso (my fav), but for the most part I have a very routine weekly eating plan.  I have learned what I enjoy throughout the week, and I know exactly what I am getting when I go to the store. My husband found this a little weird that I didn't have much variety, until I let him listen to #1 of the 11 Eating Habits of Fit People, then he took in the idea, almost like it made sense to him.

So here is it: (paraphrased from Chalene Johnson)

'Fit people don't have a huge variety.  Although most diets advertise that you can still eat a variety of foods.  Chalene stated that after working with fit people over 15+ years, she realized that they had set foods that they ate.  Although sometimes they would rotate in new items, for the most part, they have 3-5 things they ate for breakfast, 3-5 things for lunch, etc.'

I was amazed at this thought, but also proud because I feel like I have begun this habit on my own!

She also stated that she would ask them if they calorie count, but they don't because they know what their go-to's are, and they are staying with healthy, whole foods, so there was no need to count calories! This makes total sense.

So maybe try this at home.  See if you can find things that are healthy, and closest to their whole, natural form, and make those things what you eat.  But make them things that you like.

Here's a few ideas of what I eat: 

BREAKFAST: 

  • smoothie
  • eggs
  • fruit
  • yogurt with granola

LUNCH: 

  • sandwich
  • fruit
  • smoothie
  • raw veggies dipped in ranch
  • more fruit

SNACKS: 

  • popcorn (stove popped, lightly salted)
  • granola
  • Greek yogurt with granola
  • sweet potato chips
  • boiled eggs
  • fruit
  • protein bites

These are just some of my go-to's, but you have to make it your own, and find things that you look forward to eating! 

 

For me, I don't feel like I'm missing out! I enjoy what I eat! I am a big snacker, so on my grocery list and go-to eating list, I have snacks that I eat throughout the day! I have been sharing those on our Facebook Page lately, so go FOLLOW US for ideas!

 

2-Secondly, Chalene totally wrecked my mind on this concept, and it will be something that I most definitely have to work on.

(paraphrased)

"Fit people have a set time at night that they stop eating.  They don't snack late at night, they go to bed on an empty stomach. Where did we get the idea that we need to go to bed on a full stomach. When we go to bed on a full stomach, we aren't getting as good of rest as normal because our body is working so hard to process the food while we are sleeping.  Instead, go to bed on an empty stomach, allow your body to fully rest, and wake up ready to eat a nice healthy breakfast.'

'Instead of craving snacks at night, we need to start craving the feeling of waking up with an empty, flat stomach'

Oh come on! You know that feeling, the feeling when you wake up some mornings and feel extra thin! That is a good feeling!

 

I am the worst about snacking at night, even on healthy things, but not always the healthy things!

My husband and I stay up until at least midnight every night, so eating dinner at 6-8PM, I am hungry for a snack by 11PM.  So like I said this one will be extra hard for me.

But the point about letting your body rest, even from processing food, makes total sense! 

I need to change my thought from needing to go to bed full, to needing to go to bed on an empty stomach!

It is so important to NOURISH our bodies, with good, healthy foods! So I encourage you, find foods that you enjoy, but that will NOURISH your body, and feed your mind as well! & find good snacks, but beware of eating too late at night, and be kind to your body by giving it time to relax when you sleep! 

If you have time this week, take a moment to listen to this podcast, it is so motivating! or listen while you clean your house, that's what I did!

and always remember....

MOVE.NOURISH.BELIEVE!

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