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Feeling STRONG After Baby...

9 months! My baby is almost 9 months old! How is that even possible! 

On that note though....as we are heading into Spring, and I'm enjoying the transformation of my body after baby...baby #2 I might remind you. There is a struggle in this postpartum journey though. A struggle to feel fully confident in my body, while also feeling as strong as I actually am when in reality, the mirror doesn't always reflect what physically looks like strength! 

Mama's, can I get an Amen? It's definitely hard to feel and believe that we are strong after baby, when so much has changed! 

A few things I've learned in this postpartum journey....(read on if you are a mama needing a little encouragement!)

We really are stronger than we think! 

As a mom, mentally, emotionally, and physically, you are so strong! You get less sleep than most people, take care of everyone in your home, not to mention everything. And even after birthing a baby, you are still able to do all these things. Plus whatever job situation you have going on just adds to the responsibilities that you are rocking! So if  you are a postpartum mom.....be encouraged...you are STRONG, and doing AMAZING! 

That being said, although we are strong in so many ways, many times we are so hard on ourselves! We may be wearing a baby, carrying a toddler, and juggling several bags of groceries, and yet, we don't FEEL STRONG! Actually many times, we are so hard on ourselves we believe just the opposite! 

Let me encourage you though, you are beautiful! Your birthing a baby body is beautiful! Every single part of it! The journey to get physically strong after baby can be trying, and feel long! Especially if post baby injuries occur (like my back issue I've been having). BUT, know that your body is amazing, and for you to change your mentality about your body just the way it is will be a huge factor in having confidence, and love for yourself, which in turn will make you even stronger! 

So take a moment today, look in the mirror, and do these things: 

  • First SMILE at yourself! 
  • Then say this: 
I am beautiful! Every part of my body, marks, skin, it is all beautiful and needed! I am enough! I am the exact person made to raise my children well, and love my husband the best! I am needed. The blessings just my presence brings to my family and those around me is on purpose and fully needed! I am strong! I am capable of more than I can imagine! I love myself, and love the journey that I am on! I will put myself first, take time to rest, push myself to grow, and be the best version of myself for those I love!

The last thing I have learned on this journey, is having a super cute outfit that makes you feel fit and sexy goes a long way! That is why on my journey to get stronger post baby, I am loving the Prana Spring line! Prana is one of my favorite brands! 

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I love how spunky and sexy I feel in my Prana leggings! I seriously can't get enough! They fit like a glove, the prints are amazing, and the quality of the pants hold everything in, in all the right places! You can tell that Prana cares about the value of their fabrics by the way they feel, but not only that, everything is made with sustainbility in mind when it comes to Prana! 

And this Spring and into Summer, women's tops will continue to be all about the straps...that's why I love this Mika Strappy Top in Moorock! If you are wondering...as a mom, you have my permission to ROCK THE STRAPS! 

Plus as a Yoga instructor I love that it has cute detail and exposure on the back, but the front comes up high enough for me to do bent over poses in front of my classes without showing them all the goods! 

*This top is not sufficient for women with more front side blessings though if you know what I mean. Even for me, it wouldn't be enough support for running, this is definitely a low impact kind of shirt! 

So if you are feeling strong and ready to TREAT YO SELF, use code: S4P17BSK to get 15% OFF from Prana! 

Plus feel good about ordering from Prana because not only is it cute, fits amazing (even for your new mom bod), but they are a company that cares about the environment, and uses recycled materials to create their clothes! Even the leggings above are made from hemp! No wonder they feel so amazing! Check out this amazing video on WHY HEMP MATTERS! then go get your shopping on! YOU DESERVE IT! 

xoxo

Brittany

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by prAna, although all opinions are my own. I truly appreciate all of the brands that support the Sweat Pink community.

 

The Fit Gift Guide 2016

You guys! I love this time of year! 

This time of year I like to put my fuzzy boots on, drink way to much coffee, watch all the Hallmark movies (judge me later), and admire the sparkling Christmas tree lights. Oh and bake...I bake a lot! 

And as much as I like enjoying the season, and fun activities with my family! Hey that's why I'm hosting the FREE 12 DAYS OF FAMILY FITMAS CHALLENGE (starts the 12th FYI)! I also love giving gifts....and receiving them sometimes! So I've decided to put together an amazing gift guide for the fit person in your life. Or trying to be fit person in your life. Or the cares about taking care of their body person in your life!

Oh, and the great thing about this list, is that it's not all about THE STUFF! A lot of it is very functional, useful things. So if you have someone that "has everything they need," check out this list for some things that they can enjoy, or cook, or eat, without adding to their collection of things! 

This FIT GIFT GUIDE definitely hits lots of areas, so enjoy, and get to shopping! 

 

 

1) My Cookbook-obviously this is the BEST GIFT for everybody on your list! Get it on Amazon in a few days! 

 

 

Use code: Suell10 to get 10% off!

Use code: Suell10 to get 10% off!

 

2) WINE! -For the wino in your life! This wine is made by people who love fitness and appreciate the healthy lifestyle! They go the extra mile with fermentation to make sure all the bad stuff, like lingering sugars, are out of it, and the good things like antioxidants stay in it! Plus it tastes amazing! Use code: SUELL10 to get 10% OFF all your orders! (This is the perfect gift for a boss or white elephant exchange)

 

 

 

3) Baked Goods -Gluten Free, Sugar Free, and full of goodness! Plus hello, did someone say Double Chocolate Chip Brownies! Silver Fern Brand has a collection of amazing baking mixes that you can't find at a store! Get these for that person that you don't quite know what to get! (hint hint.... mother-in-law!)

 

 

4) COOKIES! -Okay, so if a box of baked goods isn't going to cut it...get a little more personal with this PALEO CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE RECIPE! GET IT HERE! and make them for EVERYONE! Wrap them up cute, and even print the recipe so they can make them again and again! (perfect for all the ladies in the office, the kid's teachers, and your neighbors)

5) The Gift of Working out at Home! aka the "Netflix of Workouts" aka Beachbody on Demand! -Seriously, it's such a busy time of year it's hard to always make it to the gym. So when you can't, you can use Beachbody on Demand (which is less than $13 a month) to stream your workouts! Plus you get a selection of amazing workouts from awesome celebrity trainers! (This is perfect for busy moms and dads in your life! Or the business man who is always traveling and could use this in a hotel!) *Plus tey can try it FREE for 30 days! 

Top:  Old Navy    Bottom:  Prana

Top: Old Navy   Bottom: Prana

 

6) Workout Clothes! -Well that's a big DUH! But if you are wondering where from, here are some of my favorite brands to get workout clothes from! Prana, (they also have amazing pants/jeans in super fun colors). Lorna Jane, everything they have is super amazing! From leggings to fun graphic tanks, it's all cute and incredible quality! And if you need to run in somewhere more local, Old Navy is doing amazing in the fitness wear department! 

 

 

7) Subscription Box-it's the gift that keeps on giving. There are tons of health and fitness boxes that come once a month. You could send just one month and leave it up to the receiver to continue if they like it. Or most have the option for 3, 6, or 12 month subscriptions. There are things that involve snacks and food, to accessories and clothing. Here's a few to take a look at: Nature Box, Vegan Cuts, Fabletics, Yoga Surprise, The Runner Box, and Wantable.

8) Qalo Ring---These make for a GREAT stocking stuffer! Plus, anyone who works out weekly needs one of these to protect their nice rings. And they come in super cute colors! 

 

9) Probiotic Drink Mixes--- These are from Silver Fern Brand too, and also work great as stocking stuffers! Now I'm not going to go into why we all need to have lots of good pre- and probiotics, but I will say these have some great flavors, are incredible for your health, and are sugar free! So win, win, win! Perfect for everyone's stocking! Little kids, big kids, adults! 


So if you didn't know what to get that special person on your list, here's a variety of options to choose from! And in my opinion that are great choices that are practical, not just adding "more stuff" to someone's adult toy box! 

Get to shopping, and let me know what you decide to go with! 

*Also, don't forget to sign up to participate in our FREE 12 Days of Family Fitmas Group that starts on Monday, Dec. 12th! GO HERE to sign up! 

Merry Christmas, 

Brittany

 

Disclaimer: This article may contain affiliate links, however, all opinions are my own. 

FALL in love with Prana

Well it's officially Fall...I mean even in Texas we've had a couple of days that felt like Fall...at least for a few hours. For me, that means we pull out all the classic, Fall faves! 

So...last year I shared how I went on Summer Vacay in nothing but PRANA! Now let me tell you how I plan to live my entire Fall & Winter in my Prana gear! 

Everything I love about Fall can be done in Prana Clothes: 

But seriously you guys, I love Prana clothing! From Yoga, to the pool, to everyday wear, to an incredibly warm and cute sweater, they've got me covered, quite literally! 

Plus, can I just say, they make the most amazing pants in the world! LIKE EVER! 

So, I'll be let my Prana take me through all of my Fall faves! 

LOTS OF COFFEE...

GETTING COZY WITH ALL MY FAVORITE LITTLE PEOPLE WHILE THE WEATHER IS COOL OUTSIDE...

AND YOGA, DUH...

Get 15% off your PRANA GEAR for this season with code: PFS16BSBS

*This sweater is incredibly warm! 

XOXO

Brittany

Disclaimer: I received these items in exchange for an honest review of my opinion via my partnership with Fit Approach and the Sweat Pink Ambassadors. All opinions are my own! 

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

How I #LiveInPrana Even on Vacation!

Yep, I made it back from vacation! We had a blast! Let me just say it's super fun to stay kind of local (about 4 hours from our home) and explore the state/area that you live in for all it's worth! We stayed about 50minutes from two major cities, Austin & San Antonio, Texas, and we got to enjoy those, plus so many more throughout our week.  One things for sure, my Prana clothes got me through the entire week! 

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How I #LiveInPrana even on vacation
How I #LiveInPrana even on vacation

We started our vacation by spending a night in Waco, Texas. We got to see the Fixer Upper's store (from HGTV), plus explore some fun around the city. And let me just say these Meme pants are my absolute favorite! I'll be honest, when I first got these I wasn't sure about the Cargo pockets on the side, but they are my fave! They add a uniqueness to the skinny jean! The fabric that these pants are made out of are incredible, and they are flexible and easy to move in! I can easily go from dressed up, to cute and casual, to all out hiking or handstanding all in the same pants!

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How I #LiveInPrana even on vacation
How I #LiveInPrana even on vacation

Once we got to Austin, I had to take advantage of the FREE YOGA DAY! So I grabbed my husband for a Vinyasa Flow Class that ended up being the HOTTEST Hot Yoga Class I have ever taken, at Black Swan Yoga Westlake. Which was a great studio with awesome instructors! I enjoyed the class a ton. I also got lots of laughs seeing my husband slip and slide, and be drenched in sweat. (He's not a Yogi, so this was a true challenge for him). I on the other hand was decked out in Prana gear, and ready to sweat!

I wore my favorite outfit from their Spring collection!

  • The Ambrosia Tank, which was perfect for hot Yoga. It has super cute cutouts in it, which made it totally breathable. Plus the also band around the waste keeps it in place while also allowing for a flowy top. 
  • The Roxanne Capri in the orange pixel print. These are seriously some of my favorite leggings! I get so many compliments on them, and they are super flexible for all sorts of workouts.
  • I also used my Prana Yoga Mat which was a great companion for the sweat fest class we attended! Although myself and my mat were both drenched in sweat, I had no fear of slipping and hurting myself as I held poses.
  • You may also notice my Yoga Mat Rap, it's Prana too!   
How I #LiveInPrana even on vacation
How I #LiveInPrana even on vacation
How I #LiveInPrana even on vacation
How I #LiveInPrana even on vacation

We also took some adventures while we were in the area, and found 2 amazing natural springs that are including in the Top 10 [Natural] Swimming Holes in Texas. The one pictured above is Jacob's Well! It's not only a natural spring that you can hike around and swim in, but there's also a 30 ft. whole in the spring that you can jump into! My amazing Prana swimsuit was incredible for this sort of adventure! Not only did I feel super cute, but the Tobago Bottoms which claim to be "a secure fit [that] will withstand heavy waves" measured up! While climbing up rocks to the top, and even jumping in the water I felt secure and these things stayed put! The same went for the Taala Top, when I jumped in I definitely expected to have to readjust my top before submerging from the water, but nope, to my surprise my top stayed in place! 

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How I #LiveInPrana even on vacation
How I #LiveInPrana even on vacation

Then....one of my favorite moments of my week happened! I got to take an Aerial Silks Class at 4 Elements Austin. Wow was this a rush! Seriously such an invigorating experience. The challenge that you get when you do a Silks class is so fun! And felt so good to be able to achieve and hold some of these moves. And once again, my all time favorite Prana leggings got me through it! These are the Gabi Leggings are amazing. The seems create a flattering look, plus the Chakara Performance Fabric is different. It's more of a cotton feel vs. a spandex. I love them! They are so comfortable and super cute on! They are most definitely my go-to's! I really need to get them in the other color! 

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We also played Top Golf, enjoyed a morning on the Tennis Court, and spent an entire day wine tasting at some amazing Texas Hill Country Wineries! We were so impressed by how much Texas had to offer! 

How I #LiveInPrana even on vacation
How I #LiveInPrana even on vacation

Then I finished the week by joining my mom for some early morning Yoga and a mid-morning run. Plus we got to enjoy some amazingly cool weather. The first that I have felt in Texas, but we could definitely tell that Fall is on the way, so I pulled out my Ergo Leggings which are super stylish, majorly athletic and a great fit legging from the new Prana Fall line. And I had to throw on my  Ginger Top to stay comfortable in the cool weather! 

Prana is easily my favorite brand for all things in Life! They have it all...Comfort, Cuteness, and performance! That's How I #LiveInPrana even on vacation!

What's your favorite Prana piece, whether you own any or not? 

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This post is sponsored by Prana. All opinions are my own. I am thankful for all of the amazing companies that support Fit Approach and their ambassadors! 

@brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!
@brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!

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5 Reasons Why Stretching is so Good for You! #7DayStretch with Prana

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Wow, I just finished up my 5AM Yoga Class on this lovely Friday morning, and I'm feeling good. Now getting up a 4AM isn't always my favorite, but once I'm up and on my Yoga mat, my day is off to a great start!  So in an attempt to CONVINCE YOU to DO YOGA!!! I'm going to share with you 5 Reasons Why Stretching is so Good for You! 

1. Fewer Aches and Pains

Let's face it, we are all getting older, and as our bodies age, we get a little creakier. So in order to decrease the aches and pains that you feel as you may age, stretching helps to keep the body flexible, muscles long and lose, and decrease the aches and paints that your body feels! 

2. Better Posture

Why does posture matter. Because as we age, we gradually tend to slump forward. When we are stretching and strengthening the muscles in our core, shoulders, and back; we are able to maintain a nice posture which allows for better health, and back to #1, fewer aches and pains.

Life Hacker shares this statement about stretching and it's impact on posture: "Assists in correct posture by lengthening tight muscles that pull areas of the body away from their intended position (because of so much time at our computers, many of us have tight chest muscles which pulls the shoulders and head forward, leaving us with a hunched shoulder look)."

3. Creates Easier Movement of Natural, Everyday Activities

We reach, we bend, we twist. In everyday activities we do all of these things, and stretching, helps ensure that we can do these things long term. Especially stretching our spine is important! It makes sure that our back is healthy, which reduces pains, and enables us to easily move through natural everyday activities on our own. 

This is said about a tight spine, from Shape Magazine: “When the thoracic spine becomes tight, it can create many problems up and down the chain of the body,” she says. “I have seen my clients’ necks, shoulders and chest tighten up or become unstable and weak with a tight thoracic spine.”

4. Lengthen Your Muscles

You might be wondering..."What does this even mean!?!?" Well during a lot of everyday activities, carrying heavy loads, or even working out and lifting weights, your muscle length shortens, which is partly why you can feel tight and sore after a workout. When you stretch, your muscles are literally stretching, lengthening, getting less tight, distressing, and being able to move with more flexibility. This not only makes recovery from a workout easier, but it also helps your athletic performance. 

5. Stress Reliever

Of course, one more shameless plug for Yoga, but stretching, especially in a class style format can bring about so much stress relief. Even just taking a short amount of time to stretch can calm the mind, provide a mental break, and give your body a chance to recharge. 

Next time you are feeling stressed, turn everything off, put your phone away, and take 5 minutes to stretch, relax your mind, and just breathe! Then see how you feel! 

5 Reasons why stretching is good for you with Brittany Suell

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USE CODE: LIVEINPRANA15 to get 15% off and get these awesome leggings for yourself! 

I recently completed the #7DayStretch Challenge with Prana and Fitapproach! And let me just say, it was amazing! 7 Days to stretch it out, and being encouraged virtually to make it a consistent part of your lifestyle! It felt good, and there was definitely a stress relief from taking time to stretch and relax each day! 

So in honor of the #7DayStretch, I've been challenged from Jill Conyers to share 7 things about myself to y'all! So here it is! 

  • I am [wildly/strangely/obviously] obsessed with: coffee! I love the atmosphere that coffee sets! Early mornings, hot drink in hand, nice music on! Oh I am such an atmosphere person! Maybe my weird obsession should be for atmospheres vs. coffee! :-) 
  • I have a collection of: coffee mugs---my husband is constantly trying to get rid of them...probably because they are falling out of our cabinet! 
  • I secretly (not so secretly): want to hire a house cleaner! Being a work from home mom, it just seems like I can't get it all done! 
  • When I was 7, I wanted to be: Paleontologist---I LOVED dinosaurs, rocks, all things outdoors! I was a HUGE tomboy! 
  • If I could do one thing today, it would be: go on vacation....OH WAIT, I AM!! 
  • I’ve always dreamt of: taking several weeks vacation to travel around the U.S. to awesome, must-see places with my hubs! 
  • My favorite way to travel is: spontaneously....with no real agenda! Oh, and with coffee in hand! 

I'm tagging Lora Hogan & Jodi Tivey!! Check out their blogs!

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@brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!

 

#LeaveYourLegacy

I'm linking up to Jill Conyers Fitness Friday, and the #FridayFive party with Mar on the Run

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by prAna, but all opinions are my own. Shop now with the code LiveInprAnaF15 to get 15% off! 

3 Must-Haves for a Happy & Healthy Vacation

So there's this theory out there that hasn't really been solved. People, even experts have their opinions, but no one has said which is the end all be all when it comes to a healthy lifestyle. The theory....MODERATION!  When it comes to living healthy, eating healthy, does the common term, "Do everything in moderation" really apply. I have read that yes, you should have a cheat day or meal. Then I have read that ABSOLUTELY NOT! 

Being that I am sugar free, and know that sugar is addictive, when it comes to healthy eating, I lean more towards the strict healthy lifestyle, no cheat days, and moderation is not good. 

Now I will say that I do eat sweets, but they are healthy and sugar free! To me that is learning to live a healthy lifestyle. Feeding the sweet tooth with healthy foods rather than sugary, fattening foods! I have an entire list of SUGAR-FREE HEALTHY, Sweet Recipes here! Try them out! They will feed that sweet tooth, but you aren't "cheating." 

I have a similar theory when it comes to vacationing! I LOVE traveling and taking vacations! But since really jumping in to a healthy and active lifestyle, just as much as travel is one of my personal and family values, so is being active. So even on vacation, I find sugar free treats to enjoy, I eat well, and I workout and/or do active things. It's not as a chore either, it's because I LOVE IT and it's become my lifestyle. In the past I shared ways to making working out on vacation fun, HERE, and ways to make eating healthy on vacation easier, HERE

Today, I'm sharing 3 Must-Haves for a Happy & Healthy Vacation! 

Since my husband and I are headed out on our first post-baby (he's 16months old) vacation together next week, this is at the forefront of my mind!

These are personal things that I think will make your vacation more fun, while also staying healthy! 3 Must-Haves for a Happy & Healthy Vacation with Brittany Suell

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1. Healthy Snacks! 

This tip is not only good for your body, but for your budget! Vacationing, and buying ALL of your food there can get expensive! Save your wallet and take care of yourself by planning healthy snacks! 

3 Must-Haves for a Happy & Healthy Vacation with Brittany Suell

 

Next week I will be traveling with these yummy Hemp Heart Bites from Manitoba Harvest! These things are packed full of goodness! 10grams of protein and 10grams of Omega-3 & 6 in each serving! Plus they taste amazing and are easy to travel with. They don't melt while out in the Texas heat which is a great thing when vacationing in Texas! Even my son loves them! He has actually been hogging them most of the time! 

3 Must-Haves for a Happy & Healthy Vacation with Brittany Suell

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Snag some hemp hearts for you and your family and get 15% off when you order! These are great to send to school with the kids either for a snack or in their lunchbox! 

2. A Good Pair of Pants

Now we all know that leggings are the go-to choice of pants these days, but what's even better, an amazing pair of pants made of flexible, breathable, water resistance material! That has several pockets, comes in great colors, and can go for cuteness, or comfort! 

3 Must-Haves for a Happy & Healthy Vacation with Brittany Suell

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I absolutely love the color and fit of these Prana Meme pants from their Fall Zion Collection. You can also take advantage of a discount from Prana by using code: LiveInPrana15 for 15% off through September 30th! 

These pants are going to be awesome for days when we are flying by the seat of our pants. Going out on adventures! They will be comfy for walking around town, or hanging at a coffee shop, while also working perfect if we decide to go for a hike or bike ride!  Since all of our activities are surprises being planned by my husband, I want to be prepared and these pants are sure to help me do that! 

3. Workout Plans

The best thing about vacations. (well maybe not the best, but as far as fitness and working out) You can try new workouts that might not be offered in your town. You can take classes from different instructors. You can try out various gyms, etc. Or even if you don't want to go to a specific class, why not look up fun, active things to do on your vacation! Where you will be having SO MUCH FUN you will forget you are actually working out! 

I love to take Yoga classes in new towns, and get different instructors perspectives. I love working out or running in new outdoor areas, and with my husband. I love going paddle boarding, or maybe taking a Barre class, which aren't things that are offered in my city. So plan those things! Make them a fun activity you do on vacation! 

I know we will for sure go paddle boarding, hiking, and maybe rent bikes! These are all easy and fun things that will make your vacation healthy & fun! 

WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE THINGS TO DO ON VACATION OR MUST-HAVE ITEMS TO MAKE YOUR VACAY HAPPY & HEALTHY?? 

@brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!

#LeaveYourLegacy

Disclaimer: Hemp Hearts and Prana products were provided to me by Manitoba Harvest & Prana through my partnership with Fit Approach as a Sweat Pink Ambassador, in exchange for an honest review of their products. 

I'm linking up with Jill Conyers and the Fit Switch for the Fit Dish Party! 

Let's Get Stretchy with Prana #7DayStretch

Wahoo! It's Monday, and it's time to get Stretchy! I'm joining Prana again this week for a #7DayStretch Challenge!  It's the perfect time, many of you have kids starting school this week, plus this time of year just seems like a transition for all of us, even if you have nothing to do with school starting! So let's take a week to focus a little time on us! Stretching those muscles out and showing off in the challenge. And duh, who doesn't want to WIN some amazing Prana products! You don't have to be a blogger, or own ANY Prana gear. (Actually, this is your chance to get your hands on some FREE Prana gear)

I recently showed off my Prana wishlist from their new Fall line on my Instagram account, and guess what, I GOT IT ALL! Plus another pair of pants! 

Let's get stretchy with Prana #7DayStretch new fall line!

 

From left: Ergo Leggings, the Cece Dress, the Ginger Top

So far I'm loving it all!!!

Let me tell you how you can WIN some of these awesome pieces from the new line! 

To participate, all you have to do is answer the daily prompts on Instagram, Twitter, or your blog – share them on social media wherever you’d like. Be sure to tag @FitApproach & @prAna and use the hashtags  #7daystretch #liveinprana & #sweatpink. The most active and engaged participants will have the chance to win amazing prizes from FitApproach & prAna!

 

If you just can't wait to start shopping, prAna is offering a special 15% discount on their awesome fall collection until September 30th**! So don’t miss out!  

Use discount code LiveInprAnaF15 at checkout on www.prana.com.

**Not valid for influencers, on gift certificates or with any other offer.**

On to today’s prompt: We’re PUMPED to be starting off with some leg stretches! What are your go-to way(s) to stretch your lower body? Show us your favorite quad and/or hamstring stretch(es)!  #7daystretch #liveinprana #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna

[bctt tweet="SHOW us your favorite hamstring and quad stretches for the @prana #7DayStretch @BRITTANYSUELL @fitapproach #sweatpink"]

Here are my Top 3 Favorite Hamstring and Quad stretches! 

(I'm wearing the Ergo leggings and the Nixie top)

  1. Get your need as close to the wall as possible, with your shin against the wall, then lean back towards your foot. This is an incredibly deep QUAD stretch! 

Let's get stretchy with Prana #7DayStretch new fall line!

2. I love this stretch especially in my Yoga classes. Get in a low lunge with the back knee down, then sink the hips back towards your heel and extend the front leg. It's an amazing HAMSTRING stretch! 

Let's get stretchy with Prana #7DayStretch new fall line!

3. Another super deep QUAD stretch is this one! Get in a low lunge sinking forward very deep, and bend the back leg. See if you can twist around and grab the top of the foot. Be careful and take it slow. Don't try to push your body into this pose. Practice until your quads become to loosen up.

Let's get stretchy with Prana #7DayStretch new fall line!

 

[bctt tweet="Let's get stretchy! Try these 3 quad & hamstring stretches from @brittanysuell #7DayStretch @prana @fitapproach #sweatpink #liveinprana "]

Monday Bonus: Get extra points by showing off a jumping picture! We want to see you JUMP it out. Give us your BEST #jumpjoymonday! #7daystretch #liveinprana #sweatpink @FitApproach @prAna

@brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!

 

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Disclosure: this post was sponsored by prAna. All opinions are our own. We so appreciate you supporting the brands that support Fit Approach and the Sweat Pink community!

#LoveYourHips Yoga Challenge Recap!

I spent two awesome weeks in May co-hosting the #LoveYourHips Yoga Challenge with the amazing Lora Hogan! And I have got to say, spending "Instagram" time with some amazing Yogi's is so encouraging and refreshing!  It was two weeks full of seeing people achieve goals, gain confidence, flexibility, and get encouraged from the awesome Insta fitness community, which is wonderful! 

Here's some of the awesome posts from participants in the challenge: 

#LoveYourHIps Yoga Challenge Recap

#LoveYourHIps Yoga Challenge Recap

#LoveYourHIps Yoga Challenge Recap

#LoveYourHIps Yoga Challenge Recap

#LoveYourHIps Yoga Challenge Recap

And here's some posts from the 3 Lucky Winner's picked for participating in each day of the challenge! 

#LoveYourHIps Yoga Challenge Recap

We were able to partner with some incredible brands to sponsor the event and giveaway some great prizes! You definitely want to check these guys out! 

Prana -gave away a Yoga Prize Pack to the 1st place winner! 

Energy Muse Jewelry -gave the 2nd place winner some beautiful jewelry! 

Shine Athletica -gave 3rd place a one of a kind #LoveYourHips Tank!

Such incredible prizes from some amazing sponsors! 

 

Thanks to everyone who joined us for this amazing challenge.  I am incredibly grateful and hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did! (We are already chatting about future challenges, so get excited)

QUESTION OF THE DAY: 

What was your favorite thing about the challenge :something you learned, grew in, or your favorite pose!

@brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!

#LeaveYourLegacy

#LoveYourHips Yoga Challenge with sponsor PrAna

Here I am, it's a Tuesday night, and I'm just sitting at home sipping on my Sugar Free Margarita! (yum) This is definitely something I have missed since going sugar free. That's right, I haven't had a margarita for at least 5 months, (well except for the sour one I had made for me at a restaurant while at a Bachelorette weekend in Austin, TX. last month...it wasn't very good). Anyways, this is definitely something I will be having a little more of in my life now that I know the recipe is easy, tastes good, and I can have one with NO GUILT!  There's something else we ALL need a LITTLE MORE OF in our life......YOGA! And I know the perfect way to kickstart your summer with a little more yoga! 

How about a #LoveYourHips Yoga Challenge! I am soooo excited to tell you all about this awesome Yoga Challenge that I have been working on with the amazing Lora Hogan! 

We have teamed up to bring you 14 Days of hip openers! Each day we will feature a pose, and you post a photo or video of you doing it. Don't worry if you are new to Yoga, or maybe you have never done any Yoga at all. We will be showing variations of the pose to fit all levels, so EVERYONE CAN JOIN THE FUN! 

And what is a Yoga Challenge without prizes right!!! 

So we will be featuring a huge first place prize pack from sponsor PrAna! They have incredible apparel, and Yoga gear! Check them out and tell us what you want to WIN! 

We will also have prizes from Shine Athletica an amazing apparel brand from Texas!! Check out all the cute inspirational stuff they have!

So who is ready to breathe some life into those hips, get a little more flexible, and a little less stressed!? If you want to take a little more time for yourself, and take care of/love the body that you are in, then join us for this awesome Yoga Challenge! 

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So are you wondering how you WIN some of these awesome prizes!?!? Here's what you do:

  • Post a photo/video of you doing the pose each of the 14 days of the challenge!
  • Tag @brittanysuell  @lora_hogan  @prAna and use #LoveYourHips (you can go ahead and follow us all now)
  • Get an extra entry to WIN prizes by posting a recap of the challenge on your blog or (for non-bloggers) on your social media site, telling the world how much you LOVED the challenge!

Here's a little sneak peak of the poses! 

Join the 14 day #LOVEYOURHIPS Yoga Challenge with @brittanysuell and @lora_hogan and WIN prizes from @prana

The fun starts MONDAY!! 

WHO IS JOINING US!?!?! 

LEAVE A COMMENT TELLING ME WHY YOU ARE STINKING EXCITED ABOUT THIS CHALLENGE!

Then click to tweet below and tell the world you are joining the challenge! and repost the challenge photo on your social media! 

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@brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!

#LeaveYourLegacy

Roses are red, Violets are blue, let's do some Yoga for Two!

Yep you guessed it! I talked my wonderful husband into filming a professional, fun and not professional at all Partner Yoga Video to share with y'all for the big Valentines Day!!  What better way to spend Valentines Day than to sweat, stretch, try something new, and laugh quite a bit with your favorite person!? 

I even made you this super cute Valentine that you can print out and give your that special someone inviting them to join you for some Partner Yoga! (Seriously you don't have to do anything but print, press play, and have fun!)

A full length partner yoga video for your and your lover on Valentines Day! From @brittanysuell

OH, and did I mention that ANYONE can do these moves!?! As you may notice I am coaching (in a non-bossy way I assure you) my husband throughout the entire video. And sadly, he is not a Yogi, he even questioned which pose Downward Dog was....yes this makes me very sad! But one day I'll get him into Yoga more. My point being though, you don't have to know a lot of be flexible to do this yoga! Just make it your own and have fun together! 

So check out the video, and I would love for you to SHARE it with your friends! PIN it, TWEET it, or SHARE it on Facebook! Thanks! 

[bctt tweet="Roses are red, Violets are blue, Grab your lover and do Yoga for Two! #partneryoga #yoga @brittanysuell"]

And it just so happens that Warrior 2 is the pose of the day for the Prana #taketheleap Challenge!! So check out how to do it with a partner, and post it on your social media site! Remember, you could WIN $500 to Prana for you and a friend, just for participating!

Plus, you can use my code for 15% off Prana gear, right now! HAPPY VALENTINES DAY to yourself!

Check out @Prana new Spring line of clothes, and use code: PSPS15BS for 15% OFF! From @brittanysuell

So other than this we have no V-day plans, so please, Comment and tell me, What are your plans for celebrating Valentines Day!??

**My February Podcast will be airing after Valentines Day! Be sure you have SUBSCRIBED so that you know when it goes live!**Click HERE to subscribe! 

www.brittanysuell.com 

#LeaveYourLegacy

I'm linking up to Fitness Friday with Jill Conyers, & #FridayFive with Mar on the Run! Check it out for more LOVE posts! 

Setting Goals Before You #TaketheLeap

Set some goals to improve and Join the #TaketheLeap 30-day Yoga Challenge with @brittanysuell @prana @fitapproach As I mentioned on Monday, I am the Challenge Leader for the Prana & Fit Approach 30-Day Yoga Challenge, #TaketheLeap! It's only day 3, but I'm already having so much fun following those that are a part of the challenge!  I realized yesterday, that if I'm going to be doing 30 Days of Yoga, that I need to set some goals for this challenge! For many, this challenge might be a way for them to gain flexibility, get moving every day for 30 days, find a little time for themselves, gain some way of stress relief and peace inducing time with Yoga. There are all sorts of reasons to take part in a challenge. Maybe it's just to try something new and BE CHALLENGED!  For me, I do Yoga in a class setting at least 3 times a week. Then on my own at home some as well. So I'm definitely doing Yoga on a normal basis.  So what might my Goals be for the #TaketheLeap Challenge.  Here's what I've decided: 

1. Do a handstand a day. Starting with 10seconds, and adding 10seconds a day. 

I chose this because before I got pregnant I was really practicing inversions and handstands, but I have since stopped doing that. I want to get better at handstands and stronger. I want to be able to just throw myself into a hand or headstand anywhere for a fun picture, etc. With enough strength to hold it, and enough courage not to be against a wall. So my goal is to practice hand standing throughout these 30 days, and to gain more control and courage in them! 

Set some goals to improve and Join the #TaketheLeap 30-day Yoga Challenge with @brittanysuell @prana @fitapproach

2. To do more Yoga at home.

Although I teach Yoga and go to classes, I don't take advantage of really  practicing Yoga at home. So I commit to practicing at least 10 minutes a day at home Yoga. 

3. To grow in my backbends. 

I love backbends, and I don't mean just traditional wheel pose, I mean backbend poses, and I want to gain more flexibility in my backbends. So throughout my daily at home practice, I am specifically going to focus on backbends, and I hope to see some change! 

Set some goals to improve and Join the #TaketheLeap 30-day Yoga Challenge with @brittanysuell @prana @fitapproach

So tell me, WHAT GOALS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE #TAKETHELEAP CHALLENGE!? [bctt tweet="Set some goals to improve and Join the #TaketheLeap Yoga Challenge with @brittanysuell @prana @fitapproach #sweatpink"]


 Now check out my cute Prana gear!!! I love it! I will be wearing this to my Yogafit Yoga training that I'm attending in San Antonio, TX. this weekend, and will be telling you all about it next week. From what I can tell so far though, it is high quality, feels great on, is supportive, and super cute!!  In the mean time, you can go to Prana.com and use my code for 15% OFF their new Spring line. And let me just tell you, they have some super CUTE stuff!  Check out @Prana new Spring line of clothes, and use code: PSPS15BS for 15% OFF! From @brittanysuell FYI: My family has had the stomach bug this week, which has pushed back the production of my podcast! Expect for it to drop next week!   www.brittanysuell.com   #LeaveYourLegacy

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Everything You Need to Know to #TakeTheLeap

The 30 Day Yoga Challenge, #TaketheLeap, hosted by @prana & @fitapproach www.brittanysuell.com If you follow me on Instagram, then you know by now that I am a challenge leader for the 30 Day Yoga Challenge, Take the Leap! Hosted by Prana & Fitapproach

If you haven't heard, then no worries, I am here to answer all the questions that you may, or may not have about the Yoga Challenge.  And....if you are thinking Yoga is not for you, then hold your horses....because you are going to want to be part of this challenge.  There are great perks, the moves can be done by beginners or advanced yogis, and taking a little time to stretch, and breathe more could do your body good! 

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 What is it? 

-It's a Yoga Challenge hosted by Prana & Fitapproach.  Basically, as Prana launches their Spring line, they want to motivate people to DO YOGA every day for 30 days!! So they have challenge leaders, (uh-hum) that's me! Who will post Yoga poses on their social media sites every day for everyone to do.  

How long does it last? 

-The challenge goes from February 2-March8th, 30 days total.

Who is it for? 

-ANYONE!! Wahoo! and Everyone! Basically, if you have never done a Yoga pose in your life, this challenge is for you. AND....if you are an advanced Yogi, this challenge is for you! 

But, I never do Yoga, can I even do these poses? 

-Yes! As one of your challenge leaders, I plan to show basic poses, and advanced options so that everyone can participate.  And if this is your first time, take the basic moves and enjoy them! It's part of Yoga to be happy where you are in a pose, and to grow as you practice.  Who knows, some of the poses might even be easy enough that you want to try the advanced poses! No pressure though, just do what your body is capable of! 

How do I participate? 

-Great question! So, FOLLOW ME! I will mostly be posting on Instagram, so you definitely want to follow me there. I will also post photos of the poses on my Facebook Page as well, but I can't always get videos on there, so INSTAGRAM is definitely where you want to be following! 

  • Each day I will post a video and/or a photo with the pose of the day on it, with some instruction for you. 
  • I encourage you to practice the pose for 3-5minutes a day. 
  • Then post a photo and/or video on your own social media site
  • Be sure to tag @Fitapproach @Prana @Brittanysuell #TaketheLeap #LeaveYourLegacy
  • You can also join the Facebook Group for the challenge.  Lot's of awesome people will be there cheering each other on, and posting their daily posts there!

What's in it for me? 

  1. There's an awesome community out there that you can get involved with by being a part of the challenge.  Click on the #TaketheLeap hashtag and follow others in the challenge. Interact on the Facebook group. And tell me what you think of the poses and how practicing Yoga for 30 days is helping you. You will get motivation and encouragement all over the place! 
  2. You could WIN $500 for YOU AND A FRIEND from Prana!! Yep you heard me right!  

How do I win? 

-Post every day and use the tags and hashtags I mentioned above! *If you forget to post one day, don't worry, just catch up the next day! 

What else do I need to know? 

-I want to follow you throughout the challenge as well, so comment on my Instagram and let me know you are participating so that I can follow you! And tag me in your daily posts, @brittanysuell #LeaveYourLegacy so that I can cheer you on! 

What kind of poses will we be doing? 

I have decided to post my poses as a Yoga progression.  Basically this means that I will start slow, and build up, so that each day you can stack the poses on top of each other, to create an entire Yoga practice over the 30 days! 

WEEK 1: Warm-Up Poses

WEEK 2: Working Poses (Warrior Poses)

WEEK 3: Balancing Poses/Advanced Poses

WEEK 4: Cool Down Poses


 So get ready for an awesome 30 days full of great Yoga poses! Take time out of your day to spend alone to practice Yoga. Breathe deep, and breath full, and let this Yoga practice reenergize you and relieve stress, and create a sense of peace in your life!! 

So I want to know, are you going to #TaketheLeap with me!?!? Let me know in the comments! 

The 30 Day Yoga Challenge, #TaketheLeap, hosted by @prana & @fitapproach www.brittanysuell.com

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