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Adding Weights to My Workout Routine

Hi All....    I am so close to being out of my first trimester, and I am praying that will mean that I will be back to my normal self. The self that is productive, that enjoys staying up late working my business, and blogging. But these days, when nighttime comes and my Little Z goes to bed, all I want to do is lay on the couch and go to bed early. Oh and take plenty of baths! That is what helps when I'm feeling sick. 

But soon, very soon I will be in trimester #2, and let's just hope that with that comes more energy and feeling better! 


Say Hello to Baby Suell #2!

This pregnancy is already off to a great start. I am doing the #HolidaySweat Challenge with Run to the Finish & Fit Approach (you can join in the fun still!) Get details HERE! And I have set a Goal of clocking 600+ minutes of workout activities per week! The reason for this goal, and the reason for me being a part of this challenge even while pregnant, is because I want to stay  healthy and fit during this pregnancy! Despite to normal thought of I can do and eat whatever I want while pregnant, I'm hoping not to gain 70-75 lbs again (like I did in my first pregnancy). I want to stay fit. I want to keep my muscles. I want to have a healthy pregnancy! 

That's why I've decided to add weights into my workout routine! 

Now on a normal basis I do workouts with resistance bands during my Fit4Mom Stroller Strides workouts! It's awesome and has helped me tone my muscles so much! But I feel like I'm at a place where I want more. That may seem weird to some since I'm pregnant, but of course I will be careful, but I know my body.  I will listen to it and do things that are safe. 

My plan is to start including a dumbbell workout at home, about 2 days a week. I have a 25lb dumbbell, and here's some of the exercises I plan to do on a normal basis. 

  • bicep curls
  • tricep extensions
  • lateral arms raises
  • military press
  • squat with rows

Along with the dumbbell workouts, I want to get back in to doing my favorite full body kettle bell workout. I have a small kettle bell that I got two Octobers ago for my birthday, and an all time favorite youtube kettle bell workout that I love to do! It's just enough challenge and goodness for the entire body! 

If you have a kettle bell I highly suggest trying out this workout! You will not regret it, and your muscles will thank you! 

So there you have it! I'm upping my game, even with a baby in my belly! But hey....I've got to up my game, because pushing a double stroller is NO JOKE! I've been pushing my sister's kiddos around while we run/walk, and oh my goodness! Momma's who use a double stroller every day have some strength!! 

[bctt tweet="I'm pregnant and upping my game for the #HolidaySweat Challenge! #DishtheFit @fitapproach @runtothefinish @jillconyers"]


I'm linking up to the Fit Dish Link Up with Jill Conyers & The Fit Switch

@brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!


New Year, New You! #WellLivingWednesday

New Year, New You! .....wait, it's only November! That's right, but skip to Thanksgiving, jump to Christmas, and we are rolling right into the New Year!

And we all know what holidays can do to us, and without us even realizing it! Suddenly it's October, then November is coming, and our entire schedule, and routine is off! Thanksgiving break happens, lots and lots of food, traveling and family time, let's not forget the shopping.  Then we barely have time to get home and back to our normal day-to-day, and it's cold and dreary days leading us to more travel, food, and family over Christmas break.  Most times, our workout routine, and healthy eating habits are the first to fly out the window.  I mean, have you tried traveling and eating healthy at the same time....not the easiest thing in the world! SO WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO ABOUT IT!?

When the New Year comes along, why not start the year off great! Rather than hoping for greatness in the months to come with yet another.....Weightloss, Workout, Dieting RESOLUTION!

How can you make a difference in the midst of the holidays you ask......

JOIN THE HOLIDAY SWEAT CHALLENGE! with Sweat Guru & Amanda from Run to the Finish

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So what is this Holiday Sweat Challenge all about!?!?

Well, this is my first year to do it, but I know it's going to be AWESOME! Challenges, Recipes, Motivations, Encouragement from others, and PRIZES!  

It's basically the best kind of support system so that you are kicking your own butt throughout the holidays, rather than sitting on your butt the entire 2 months leading up to the New Year! It's the best way to start the New Year off where you want to be! We all know the feeling of creating another "Diet Resolution," and hoping beyond hope that we stick with it this time. Well this year, here's your chance, to rock it before the New Year even get's here!


It only costs $16, it starts November 24-January 5th!

PLUS, if you use Code: HolidaySweaty15 you can get in for just $10!!! Thanks to SweatGuru! (They're awesome!)

Here's some other awesome details about the Holiday Sweat Challenge!!

For less than the cost of a gym membership:

  • 3 emails a week: Clean eating tips/recipes/guides + Motivation + Workouts
  • Content created JUST for you from registered dieticians, world class running coaches, personal trainers and physical therapists {nothing repeated from previous years}
  • Facebook support group - This group is like no other! Everyone checks in daily and provides a true support system
  • Over $3,000 in prizes {Lorna JaneVegaMilestone Jewelry and more to be announced}

The basics of how it works:

  • Earn points for being active
  • Earn points for eating your veggies
  • Compete against people at the same level as you
  • Enjoy an awesome support network
  • Have questions answered by experts
  • Meet other like minded folks to help you stay on track
  • Win Prizes!!
  • Clean Eating Holiday Menu ideas

Find out more details HERE from Amanda, one of the awesome hosts!

Oh, and be sure when you sign up to let them know that I referred you! 


Then join me and tons of awesome motivated people on the journey to an awesome and successful holiday season! Oh, and maybe win some awesome prizes from some amazing sponsors along the way!

I am so excited! Aren't you!?!?!

Let me know if you are joining me! And don't forget SIGN UP HERE! and put my name as the referral!

[Tweet "I'm going to stay in shape over the holidays w/ the #HolidaySweat Challenge! Are you? @sweatguru @RunToTheFinish @NFSisters"]

What is the hardest part for you about staying on track during the holidays? 

#HolidaySweat little-signautresI'm GIVING AWAY an awesome Yoga Mat to one lucky winner, so if you haven't already, head over to ENTER TO WIN an Affirmat Yoga Mat!!