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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.

 

Friday 5 Fave Workouts 2.04.17

It's the last Friday 5 Fave Workouts!!! I hope you have been taking advantage of these workouts and utilizing the HIIT format to maximize your results in less time! 

Remember, push yourself to the max! And utilize the workouts from the past several weeks that I've shared! Switch them out, and you've got some great workouts to get you started! 

I hear it a lot from women that they go to the gym and don't know what to do..."I feel lost" they say. So they end up back on the treadmill, which can only do so much! Add resistance, add weights, add energy bursts like what you find in these HIIT movements, and you will see results! 

Here's this week's workout, and remember, snag a Kamagon Ball from Hedstrom Fitness for 25% OFF with code: SPHF25 it's good until the last day of February! 

HIIT Workout do these movements over and over for 12 minutes! 

Do these moves with the maximum amount of energy! It's a short workout, but when done the right way (ending fully out of breath, not being able to form a sentence), you will see results and your body burning fat for up to 24 hours after the workout! 

  • Standing Oblique Twists (20 each side)
  • Sumo Squats with overhead press 15
  • Sit ups (30) 
  • Lunge with a press (15 each side)
  • Skater Lunges (15 each side)

Happy Sweating! 

Brittany

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Hedstrom Fitness as part of my partnership with Fitapproach through the Sweatpink Ambassador program. All opinions are my own.

Friday 5 Fave Workouts 1.27.17

I hope you guys are loving these Friday 5 Fave HIIT Workouts as much as I am! 

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This week, take it up a notch! If you haven't been using any type of resistance, grab a dumbbell, or if you want to try out the water resistance like you get with the Hedstrom Kamagon Ball, then grab an empty milk jug mostly full of water, and use that! Then let me know what you think! 

Also, only 2 days left to take advantage of this 25% OFF on Hedstrom Fitness Kamagon Balls or Surge! Order yours HERE! And use code: SPH25 (ends tomorrow, 1/28/17)

**I want to see how much you are enjoying getting fit with these workouts, so remember to share photos/videos of your workouts and tag me! @BrittanySuell #WorkoutwithBrittany #SimplyFit

This weeks workout moves include: 

  • 15 shoulder raises
  • 15 deadlifts
  • 10 side lunges with overhead extension (on each leg)
  • 10 one legged hamstring extension with overhead press
  • 30 bicycle crunches

*For HIIT, go through this entire set as quickly as you can. Not resting until you complete the bicycles. Take a 1-2 minute break and do it again. Repeat 2-5 times! 

 

Lastly, I've got a special treat for you guys this week! I know it's girl scout season...which means the temptations of girl scout cookies! But, have you read this article about the TRUTH of the ingredients in Girl Scout Cookies?!?! That's why I created a special, SUGAR FREE SAMOA COOKIE RECIPE for you! Get it FREE below! And, if you have a favorite cookie, let me know which is, and maybe I will try creating a healthy, sugar free recipe for that one! 

Happy Sweating! 

Brittany

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Hedstrom Fitness as part of my partnership with Fitapproach through the Sweatpink Ambassador program. All opinions are my own.

Friday 5 Fave Workouts 1.20.17

It's Friday again! It's the weekend, and it's time to move! And how about a little resistance with our moving! 

Try out this Friday's 5 Fave Workouts as a HIIT Training again! You may be gasping for air at the end, but you won't regret it when you see the results! 

I'll be using the Hedstrom Fitness Kamagon Ball again. Use any type of weight you can find, or grab your own Kamagon Ball for the full water resistance effect! 

Use code: SPHF25 for 25% OFF, this week only! 

This week's workout includes: 

  • 15 Jump squats
  • 10 Side Lunges (on each side)
  • 15 Tricep extensions
  • 30 Russian Twists (total) 
  • 30 second Side Planks (on each side)g       

Happy Sweating! 

Brittany

 

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Hedstrom Fitness as part of my partnership with Fitapproach through the Sweatpink Ambassador program. All opinions are my own.

Friday 5 Fave Workouts 01.13.17

Here's what happens on the weekend. Things get either busy, or lazy. We are enjoying time with family, going out with friends, or maybe traveling, and usually all our healthy eating and working out efforts are out the window! 

That's why for the next several weeks I'm going to be sharing Friday 5 Fave Workouts with you! Things that you can do with just a little weight at home, at someone else's house, or in a hotel! You don't have to go to the gym, or take a ton of your time to do it! Just do these simple moves to keep you moving, and hopefully having worked out will encourage you to continue making smart choices when it comes to filling your plate! 

So to start it off, here's the moves for this weekend! We will be utilizing the Kamagon Ball from Hedstrom Fitness for these workouts. The Kamagon ball is a pretty amazing piece of equipment because it's filled with water, (and you can choose which weight you would like it to be at). For these exercises I'm using it at 10lbs. This use of water in equipment is called Hydro-Inertia. "The efficiency of Hydro-intertia resistance mimics real life situations far more than do static weights such as dumbbells. This is not only important for athletes in their functional training programs, but also helps every day functionality like picking up children."

Here's the written workout. Watch the video below for how each movement is done! 

Make it a HIIT workout by doing the moves back to back with only a 1 minute break between. 

  • 15 Squats with overhead press
  • 10 Reverse lunge with oblique twists (on each side)
  • 15 V-ups
  • 15 Bent over rows
  • 15 Bicep Curls

Rest & Repeat up to 5 times

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xoxo

Brittany

 

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Hedstrom Fitness as part of my partnership with Fitapproach through the Sweatpink Ambassador program. All opinions are my own.