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Smoothie Series WEEK 4-Great Smoothie Recipes from Fitness Bloggers

Welcome to WEEK 4 of the Naturally Fit Smoothie Series!! I've got some awesome Smoothie Recipes from other Fitness Bloggers to share with you! If you read WEEK 2 of the series, you saw my TOP 2 FAVORITE SMOOTHIE RECIPES, but now I am some awesome, original recipes from other bloggers, and these are way fancier than mine! 

So get your pallets ready and take a look at these great recipes!

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Here's some of my favorite recipes from some amazing fellow Fitness Bloggers: 

GINGER GREEN SMOOTHIE from Love Life Surf

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Ginger is such a great ingredient that can be used in many ways and offers a number of benefits including:

  • Aids in digestion and combats stomach aches and discomfort
  • Alleviates symptoms of motion sickness and nausea
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Improves your immune system and helps fight colds and sickness

Ginger Green Smoothie Recipe

  • 12 oz. coconut water
  • 2 handfuls of baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh ginger – sliced or crushed
  • 1 scoop protein powder of choice (I use GNC’s vanilla egg protein.)

CRANBERRY CHIA SMOOTHIE from Getting' My Healthy On Cranberry-Chia-Smoothie

Cranberry Chia Smoothie is a fruity and super healthy smoothie recipe, using Greek yogurt, fruit, spinach, and chia seeds

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • handful spinach
  • 1/2 c Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 c cranberries
  • 1/3 c blueberries
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • optional: 3/4 c liquid of choice (water, juice, milk, etc)

Instructions:

  1. Blend all ingredients until smooth.

PEACHY GREEN SMOOTHIE by Kate Moving Forward

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Ingredients:

1 1/2 peaches (Mine were canned so I also added about 2 Tablespoons of the peach juice.)

1 banana

1-2 cups baby spinach

1 teaspoon flaxseed

1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use Designer Whey)

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)

6-8 ice cubes

Directions:

Layer all ingredients except for ice in blender. Blend on medium speed until well combined and smooth. Add ice cubes and blend again until thick and creamy. Slurp up!

SPOOKY SMOOTHIE: MACA CHOCOLATE + PUMPKIN ORANGE by Lauren Live Healthy

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Chocolate layer
  1. 1 maca chocolate bar (Vega)
  2. 1/2 c unsweetened almond milk
  3. 1 small banana
  4. 1/2 tbsp black chia seeds
Orange layer
  1. 2 pitted dates
  2. 1/2 c pumpkin puree
  3. 1 medium orange, peeled
  4. 1/4 c yogurt (try almond or coconut yogurt for a fun twist!)
  5. 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  6. 2-3 dashes pumpkin spice
  7. Splash of vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Make the chocolate layer. In a blender, pulse the chocolate bar until it's in fine pieces. Add in the almond milk, banana and chia seeds. Blend until smooth.
  2. Make the pumpkin layer. Soak the dates in warm water for 2-3 minutes to soften up a bit. Blend with the pumpkin puree, orange, Greek yogurt, cinnamon, pumpkin spice and vanilla.
  3. Pour the chocolate layer into a cup before the pumpkin layer. Stir together and enjoy!

CHOCOLATE PUMPKIN SPICE SUPERFOOD SMOOTHIE by The Fit Foodie Mama

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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  2. 1 handful of ice
  3. 2 heaping tbsp pumpkin puree
  4. 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder (I used Puritan's Pride Vegan Chocolate with Quinoa & Oats)
  5. 2 tbsp cacao powder
  6. 1 scoop Superior Greens
  7. 1 bag pumpkin spice tea (bag ripped open, use leaves only)
  8. 1 tbsp pumpkin seeds for topping
  9. 1 tbsp cacao nibs for topping
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients together except seeds and nibs.
  2. Pour into large glass and top with pumpkin seeds and cacao nibs.
  3. Enjoy! :)

Here's some other recipes for you to check out!

CHOCOLATE ORANGE GREEN SMOOTHIE by Kate Moving Forward

OATMEAL COOKIE DOUGH IN A GLASS by Sprint to the Table

CARROT CAKE BATTER SHAKE by Sprint to the Table

FRUIT-FREE LOW CARB SMOOTHIE by The Happy Health Freak

APPLE CRISP SMOOTHIE by Fitaspire

SENSATIONAL SWEET POTATO SMOOTHIE by A Lady Goes West

APPLE PUMPKIN PIE SMOOTHIE by Healthy Helper

BANANA SPLIT SMOOTHIE by Running with SD Mom

MINT CHOCOLATE PROTEIN SMOOTHIE by Slim Sanity

 

Be sure to check out the posts from earlier in the Naturally Fit Smoothie Series! 

Week 1: How a Smoothie Drinks Shops & Stocks Their Kitchen 

WEEK 2: Our Favorite Smoothie Recipes

WEEK 3: Top 5 Nutritious Additives for Smoothies

WEEK 4: More Smoothie Recipes from Fellow Fitness Bloggers

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Motivation Monday

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I've decided to start something new!

MOTIVATION MONDAY!

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

So to start, we are the NATURALLY FIT SISTERSobviously. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Active Living Challenge Week 2 RECAP

It's WEEK 2 of the Twitter #ActiveLivingChallenge! See Week 1 RECAP here. I just love being a part of these challenges! So inspiring, and I love connecting with such awesome people, in the Twitter community! Join us!! & be inspired! Before I share my week's worth of inspiring Tweets with you, I wanted to share a snippet of motivational encouragement from the Lorna Jane Active magazine I received in the mail this week.

"When your inner critic strikes or the opinions of others block your way, quiet your mind, draw your attention inward and listen to your inner soul sister. What is she saying? What does she want? Think of her as an honored guest, and feed her your love and attention." 
"When you nourish yourself with kind thoughts like acceptance, love and compassion, you'll naturally foster inner strength and radiate a quiet confidence." 
So...remember those thoughts as you enter this week! Be positive about yourself and towards yourself, both outwardly and inwardly, because the way we feel about ourself radiates who we are on the outside! 

So here's my recap!

 

 

August 11th: Favorite superfood

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August 12th: Do something new!

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

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

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

& even though I wasn't at Blogfest, I thought I might try to get a BONUS anyways :-) Plus I was so excited about my new Lorna Jane tank!

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

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

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August 17th:  Share your ultimate dream/goal!

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And an extra note from me!!! We would love to connect with YOU, our readers more! So sign up for FITNotes, our Naturally Fit Sisters Newsletter! The first one will go out in September and if you are a subscriber, then you will get a chance to WIN a Sports Belt!!! Screen Shot 2014-08-17 at 3.00.15 PM

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What is a Mantra?

Have you ever heard of the word Mantra? Is this a word that you commonly use in your vocabulary? or is it extremely foreign to you?

Even if you wonder "What is a Mantra?" It may be a word that you have started to hear.  Lately mantra is something that is being used more frequently.

So what is a Mantra?

Mantra means: a word or sound repeated to aid concentration in meditation.

Although Mantra's originated in Yoga, and are most frequently used there, the use of mantra's is being suggested in other physically demanding activities such as running as well.

In reality, you use an extent of mantra's daily, especially when you work out.

Have you ever been lifting weights and you repeatedly tell yourself you can do it, or you are saying encouraging things to yourself? That is a sort of mantra.

Or you are running, and you tend to use some of the same "inner dialogue" words or phrases to get yourself through the run, or on to the next mile.  That is a type of mantra.

In my opinion, a mantra is a word or phrase we use to encourage ourselves.  So although the original use of the word comes from Buddhism, I feel that we can take the use of mantra's and use them for good to encourage ourselves as we strive to get better or accomplish certain physical activities.

Many times when teaching yoga, I will give a phrase for my class to focus on, and will remind them throughout the class of that phrase.  For example, if the phrase is, "I Am Strong," then when we are holding Warrior Poses, and their muscles are SCREAMING at them, I will remind them of our class phrase.  They take this cue and begin repeating to themselves, "I Am Strong!" This takes their minds focus from their muscles and rejuvenates their body to stay strong in the pose! This is a great use of a Mantra!

I frequently use a Mantra when I am running as well.  Especially these days since it is harder than usual and I am training myself to get my miles back up there.  I will tell myself things like "You Are A Runner!" over and over, reminding myself that I can do this and that I am a runner! This encourages me mentally and physically to continue running and complete the set mileage goal for that day and not stop short.

So what is your favorite Mantra?

I would love to hear what you frequently say to yourself as encouragement when you are working hard!

or, if you don't feel like you have one, just start with this...."I AM..." and finish the sentence.  I frequently use this in my Yoga Classes, so people can learn to say positive things over themselves and remind themselves who they are!

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Namaste,

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WLW Episode 5

Before we start with Weightloss Wednesday we wanted to let everyone know that we have created a Monthly Newsletter, and we want to connect with YOU through it! So head to this LINK to sign up! We will be hosting an exclusive giveaway for our newsletter recipients soon! Here's what you could WIN!

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Wahoo!

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

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

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

WLW Stats: 

Week 1: -0 lbs

Week 2: -1.4lbs

Week 3: -0 lbs

Week 4: -0lbs

Week 5: -.4lbs

Total: -1.8lbs

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

WLW Stats:

WL Before WLW: -6lbs

Week 1: -4 pounds

Week 2: -2lbs

Week 3: -0 lbs

Week 5: -4lbs

Week 5: ?

Total: ?

My Total Inches Lost: 

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WLW Episode 4

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

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

WLW Stats:

WL Before WLW: -6lbs

Week 1: -4 pounds

Week 2: -2lbs

Week 3: -0 lbs

Week 3: -4lbs

Total: -16lbs

My Total Inches Lost: 22.5

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

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

WLW Stats: 

Week 1: -0 lbs

Week 2: -1.4lbs

Week 3: -0 lbs

Week 3: -0lbs

Total: -1.4lbs

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Power Protein Bites

Today I'm sharing a yummy recipe with you!

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

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

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

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

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

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

#ActiveLivingChallenge Daily Challenges

August 4th: Favorite summer workout move

August 5th: Favorite healthy recipe

August 6th: What active living means to you

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

August 8th: Snap a #workout sweaty selfie!

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

August 10th: Something you’re grateful for

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

August 11th: Favorite superfood

August 12th: Do something new!

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

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

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

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

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

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

August 17th:  Share your ultimate dream/goal!

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

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

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

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

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

August 22nd: Favorite healthy snack

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

August 24th: Your favorite part of #ActiveLiving

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

 

Read about full details here.

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Puerto Rican Beef {My Version}

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WLW Episode 3

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

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

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

WLW Stats:

Week 1: -4 pounds

Week 2: -2lbs

Week 3: -0 lbs

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

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

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

WLW Stats:

Week 1: -0 lbs

Week 2: -1.4 lbs

Week 3: -o lbs

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Yoga Challenge During My Last Month of Pregnancy....Why Not!?!?

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I am almost 35 weeks pregnant! Next week will be a month from my due date! I cannot wait to have my sweet baby boy here with us!

Until then though, to pass the time I thought I would join in on a little Instagram Yoga Challenge!!

I decided to join some of my favorite Insta Yogis in a challenge called  Back Bend Madness! #backbendmadness

I mean what better way to pass my last month of pregnancy than to be in a Yoga Challenge!

I would love to have some of you join in with me! I got my mom to join, and this is her first ever yoga challenge.  She has only just started doing yoga for the past few months, and has learned to love it.  It is extra challenging for her too, because her back has always given her problems, so throughout the challenge she has commented several times about having a stiff back.  What better way to fix that though, than to practice back bends. All that to say, anyone can do it, because my mom is rocking it! Plus the hosts share multiple versions that you can try, from beginners to advanced, so you can always choose what is best for you!

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Here are some of my back bends from the challenge so far!

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So there are my first 6 days of the #BackBendMadness Instagram Challenge!!

It is a lot of fun to do it along with people that you know so that you can keep each other accountable to remember to post, and encourage each other along the way! That is why it is so fun that my mom is doing it with me! So if you are interested at all in joining, follow me on INSTAGRAM and tag me @NFSisters!!! I would love to see your posts!

And remember, don't be intimidated, Yoga is all of being true to yourself and doing what you can do, with no comparison to others! You have to listen to your body, and there are always variations for every body type and skill level!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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Little Sis goes to Yoga Training! Plus a YOGI

Hey everyone!! Guess where I am today....that's right! My Yoga Certification Training! I will be posting lots of stuff via Instagram so follow me if you want to see all the awesome yoga action going on!!

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One awesome thing I will be sporting while in my yoga training, is my super cute & trendy YOGA BAG from Yoga People Bags!!!

Seriously, how cute is this??

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Don't even tell me that I will NOT be the CUTEST YOGI at training!! haha because of my bag of course!!

Anyways, this bag is awesome! Not only does Yoga People Bags have amazing prints for their bags, but they are super roomie as well!

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On a normal basis I leave my mat, strap, and block in my bag! That's pretty roomie on it's own.  A few weeks ago though, I ran to the gym from my house (1.6miles one way), and did a yoga class then ran back.  All I took was my yoga bag, and I fit everything that I needed in it! I was so amazed! But even with just your mat in it, it's not TOO big.  It has a great/roomie inside zipper pocket, then two small outside button pockets.  I use those for my phone, headphones, money, etc.

Big Sis & I both loves these bags!

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So in honor of me being at Yoga Certification Training, and Yoga People Bags being so AWESOME, 2 of you are going to WIN  a bag of your choice!!!

So 1st go check out their patterns and COMMENT telling us the name of your favorite yoga bag! Then enter in the Rafflecopter below for more chances to win!

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Gluten Free Cooking Class

 

So, a few weeks ago some friends and I signed up for a Gluten Free cooking class. We decided to make it a girl's night and leave the men at home!

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We grabbed a few bottles of wine, and drove 15 minutes down the road to a nice restaurant in a tiny Texas town called Clyde! We were really excited.  As you know, I have only recently decided to start changing my eating habits! (You can read about my choice to Eat Clean Here.) So I was very excited that not only was I going to hear from someone that cooked organically in her own kitchen, but she also has a family, and her own business.  *Is this Super Woman?* I also loved that in her profile for the class it mentioned that she used to teach yoga.  Of course you know that I love Yoga, and even though I wouldn't say my deciding to Eat Clean came straight from getting more involved in Yoga, it may have had a little to do with it.  Either way, I was very interested to hear from Jaclyn Harwell from My Organic Kitchens.

Anyways, we had such a great time! Jaclyn shared her journey that led her to start eating semi-Gluten Free, which had a lot to do with her children's behavior.  In short, her son had very out of control behavior and after going to a doctor who suggested she take her 3 year old to a psychiatrist to be put on medication she had a serious change of heart.  It was such a moving story, to see a mom share about the struggles she went through, and that she actually thought she might go through with putting her 3 year old on medication.  That is when she decided to start changing her families diet.  She started with excluding sugars from their food, and it went on from there.  It was really neat to hear her point of view, and how she literally has her own observation lab in her home.  With small children, and a very aware mother, it is easy to notice how different foods affect her children and their actions.

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We got to watch her make various foods, and try each one! Here are the items that we got to eat!

Bell Pepper "Nachos," where she used Sauerkraut as the cheese.  Honestly, I am a very picky eater, and never eat Bell Peppers, but on this night I ate every bit of the food she served.  And I really enjoyed the bell pepper nachos, of course I felt like they were more like tacos.  I have already made them at home for my husband.

We also had a Prickly Pear Lemonade.  I think that is a specialty that the restaurant Bonterra Blu serves all the time. This was the brightest colored drink I have ever seen and it had a very good taste to it!

Next we had Cauliflower Shredded Beef Wraps, I am going to get really real with yall here and admit that I have never had cauliflower in my life! But, like I said, I ate everything, and these were actually VERY Good.  I will definitely be trying this out in my home.  Plus the beef she got from the Abilene, TX local Farmer's Market, which I am excited to try out.

Lastly, was the yummy dessert! Yes you can have dessert when eating healthy, or Gluten Free in this case.  She made us Cheesecake! It was definitely delicious, and so interesting to see that she made the crust with mostly flax seeds and dates.

I would have to say that the biggest thing I took away from this class, the thing that has impacted me the most on a daily basis since then, is to use all natural honey as a sweetener.  The weekend after the class I went to our local Farmer's Market, and purchased organic honey.  I have never been big on honey, but since then I have used it in place of my artificial sweeteners that I am used to in my coffee: TASTES GREAT, and honestly with honey and my creamer, I can't taste anything different.  I have also included it in a few recipes that call for sugar.  One was a homemade fruit roll up that my sister and I made together! (I will be sharing that yummy and all organic recipe with yall soon!)

So, I am so excited to say that I have gotten to connect with Jaclyn from My Organic Kitchen since her first class and she has graciously decided to offer one of our readers the chance to WIN a Dozen Gluten Free Cinnamon Rolls!!

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All you have to do to WIN is enter in the form below! We will pick at Winner at random next Thursday!

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Also, if you are interested, and a local, you may want to check out My Organic Kitchen's next class at Bonterra Blu! This time she will be talking about going beyond Gluten Free with a cooking demo and tasting! It's well worth it believe me.  Or if you want check out the other classes they are offering in this series! I am hoping to make one or two more before the summer is over!

Also be sure to check out My Organic Kitchen's page! She sells various foods by the dozen, and they are all yummy, organic, and Gluten Free! She also sells her food at the Abilene Farmer's Market.

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Cause I'm SASSY!

A couple of months ago we were both sent some amazing headbands and a key chain faub from Sassy Bands. If you have been following us for sometime you know that we love headbands. We have tried out a few and even sale some in our Naturally Fit Sisters shop. I can tell you that I wasn't expecting these bands to be too much different than some of the other that we have tried... but man, I LOVE them! You see, Big Sis here has this Big Ol' Round head... and it makes it hard to keep things on my head... but these stay on too! I love these because they are stylish AND fitness apparel.

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Sassy Bands has such a variety of bands from size to style! It was so fun and HARD to chose which ones we wanted to try! They are constantly coming out with new ribbons that it makes you want to keep ordering more and more... this is a good thing. We both had the opportunity to review both solid, glittery, designed, and even worded items... and skinny and thick! We loved them all. The skinny ones are very stylish and can be worked to fit any outfit! We especially love wearing the glitter ones because they are just OH so cute! I, Big Sis, have to wash my hair EVERY. SINGLE. MORNING of my life or it will be oily, oily, oily. Lil Sis can go like a year without washing hers! :) With that said, the Sassy Bands are so great for me on those mornings I want to be rebellious and NOT wash my hair.

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The Key Faubs are amazing. I would dare to say that I haven't lost my keys in sometime! :) I love it. Sure, I have been out of commission (running) for a few months, but my key faub is for sure encouragement to get going again!!! I have been using it since I got it a couple of months back and it is still clean... I know that Little Sis said that if she were to do it again she would get something with less white, though the orange fits her perfectly. I love mine and it has just as much white in it. So it would just be what you think is the best fit for you. I personally LOVE my key faub because it is so cute and different than what others have.

The key faubs are made very well. I have used mine faithfully, like I said, since I relieved it and it is not tearing or unravelling or anything. I have gotten many compliments about my key faub asking if I have made it. I sure wish I could take credit for it! I have had other ones but this one is made to hold up more than the others I have had. I like that they are shorter and thicker too, haha, just a personal preference.

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Sassy Bands can make them in all sizes and styles... she even makes them for babies! I have been meaning to order some for my little lady, but life has been- busy! :) We tried to let her wear one, but it didn't work so well. You can see in the picture above how it is  on my head. The great thing about this band, I don't have to put bobby pins in it to hold it. The skinny ones hold better in my hair than the thicker ones... but it is quite possibly the silly round shape of my head. The bands are very comfortable (especially the one above) and I don't even notice it is there, plus it is adorable! DSC_0708DSC_0712

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Along with just how cute they are and how well they are made, I Little Sis have to say that they seriously do stay on so well.  We were at the pool for several hours the other day, and I wore one jumping in and out of the pool, playing with my nephew, throwing him around, etc. and my Sassy Band never budged! If I am not wearing a Bondi Band these days, the Sassy Band is my go to headband! Plus I just love shiny, glittery things! That is why all three of the ones I got, and my key faub are all glitter!!

Now I am so excited that Paula, the owner of Sassy Bands is so gracious to give 3 WINNERS a set of Sassy Bands! That means that three of you will get a small, medium, and large band of your choice!! Just enter for your chance to WIN below!

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Weight Loss Wednesday #2

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

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

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

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

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

Be sure to follow along by searching #theSuellsEatClean

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can follow us by searching #TheShawsEatClean

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See how far we have come:

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