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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

Join me January 16-20 in a #IAmEmpowered Instagram Challenge with Hedstrom Fitness & Fit Approach! Have fun, get inspired, and win prizes! Follow Me

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.

12 Days of Family Fitmas

It's December....the most WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR! 

So why does it seem like this time of year can be the most stressful....frustrating....devastating.....and neglectful time of year. 

This time of year has such pure joy wrapped around it, and yet we let busyness of parties, pressure of having the perfectly decorated home and most decadent apple pie, not to mention the financial stress of  buying our kids all the gifts get us down. We get distracted, neglect ourselves, and forget about the joy that is involved in Christmas! 

That's why I've teamed up with some AMAZING ladies to to host the FREE 12 Days of Family Fitmas! 

That's right...I said FREE! 

So what all does it entail? 

  1. It's risk free! Because it's FREE! 
  2. 12 days of different styles, and challenging workouts for you to stay fit during the holidays, so you don't have to feel guilty for enjoying your favorite holiday snack on Christmas Eve....and maybe Christmas Day too! 
  3. 12 days of fun activities to do with the kids! That's right, we are challenging each other to refocus this holiday season! These will be simple activities that you can do with the kids. Some of them will be about giving back to others, while some activities will be all about separating yourself from the hustle and bustle of the holidays and enjoying time together! 
  4. An amazing accountability group! It's a proven fact that you stick to things when you are kept accountable! So we will be creating a Facebook group where we are asking you to check in daily! We want you to post fun photos of you and your kids taking part in the activities! Share sweetie selfies! and more! 
  5. PRIZES! That's right! When you stay dedicated during the full 12 days, (hey, that's less than 2 weeks...you CAN DO IT!), and you stay active in our group, you will be eligible to win some great prizes! 

So who is ready to commit yourself and your family to the FREE 12 Days of Family Fitmas!? 

The 12 Days of Family Fitmas starts on Monday, December 12th and will end on December 23rd! 

Here's how to participate! 

SIGN UP HERE

Once you sign up I'll send you information on how to get registered, then add you to our group!

Then grab this graphic and share it on your Facebook profile! Tag @BrittanySuell & CleanEatingMommy and tell all of your friends to join us! The More the Merrier (literally)! 

 

Let's make this the best and most intentional holiday season ever! 

Brittany

Couple's Who Sweat Together...

Couple's Who Sweat Together...Stay Together...And So Much More! 

One of my goals when getting postpartum released was to start an at home workout program with my husband. You see...we used to workout together at a gym, but after having kids, those trips became extinct. It's just way harder to go to the gym together when you have kids. Of course some gyms have childcare, but still that takes an hour + of your time in the evenings in order to go together. So....we just haven't. 

Here's the thing though. When my husband and I work out together, it brings a whole new aspect to our relationship. There's a new level of fun, and determination in our marriage. It makes us challenge each other, and grow together to better ourselves. We both are focused on the same things....eating healthy and getting fit, and overall taking care of ourselves. Plus, it's challenging, we sweat together and work hard together. We laugh together. And complain at hard workouts together. And laugh at each other! 

Here Are 5 Benefits of Working Out With Your Partner: 

1) Challenge Yourself & Improve the Efficiency of Your Work-

Working out with someone else will always push you harder and boost your energy output. Plus there is a fun flare of competition when it comes to working out with your partner that encourages you to work harder and push yourself to be better in that particular workout! 

2) Make Your Partner Fall in Love With You! aka increase your sex drive

Exercise induces the symptoms of physiological arousal—sweaty hands, a racing pulse, shortness of breath. These symptoms mirror, in many ways, the thrill of romantic attraction. Interestingly, people can easily mistake the two and misattribute physical arousal for romantic attraction (Dutton & Aron, 1974).

This means...workout with your partner, and they will get more and more attracted to you! Which also means...more of the good stuff i.e. sex with them! 

3) Increase Relationship Happiness-

Studies show that after participating in an exciting and challenging event, that couples feel happier together! This is so true! In Spring 2015 my husband and I ran a half marathon together! It was so fun to see each other hit new running goals while we trained! Then to complete the race together, get medaled, and feel incredible about our accomplishment! Sharing that together felt so good! There was such a joy and happiness that we shared! 

4) Helps You Achieve Your Health & Fitness Goals-

When you are doing it together! Both caring about your eating habits and your workout regimen, it's easier to stay on track, not give in to excuses, and work hard to achieve your goals! I love being on the same page with my husband when it comes to our health goals! It makes meal planning, and scheduling our workouts so much easier! Have you ever tried to eat healthier without your spouse being on board! Seriously...when they want ice cream and it's not in your meal plan, it makes it difficult to say "no."

If you continually fail at your workout routine, and don't hit your goals...change it up do this together people! It helps you succeed! 

5) Builds Confidence-

As women, when we are working out, we begin to feel better about ourselves! We see physical changes, we are sweating and pushing ourselves to new limits, and this means we love ourselves more and become more confident. When this happens, it directly impacts our relationship! To fully be loved and accept love from others, we have to love ourselves! Plus, when we are growing in our confidence and self-image, we feel more comfortable in the bedroom...which is a plus for both parties! 


Join us this month!

So since my husband and I are loving these workouts, and all of these amazing benefits together, we want to help other couples too! We are hosting an August #BeastModeForTheBedroom Couple's Boot Camp! 

We are only taking on 3 couples to join us! We will all do the same at-home workouts for 3 weeks, as well as follow similar nutrition plans and be a part of an online group where we will share our progress, recipes, etc. 

If you are interested in joining, fill out THIS FORM and I will set up a consult to discuss if this program is right for you! 

Get Sweaty, 

Brittany

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! 

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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"]

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

@brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!

#LeaveYourLegacy

The #BOSUStrong Countdown Workout

It's Monday! That means it's time to sweat and get our heart rate going!!!! What better way to start off your week!  So today I'm sharing The #BOSUStrong Countdown Workout!

It's a butt kicking, sweat dripping, heart beating kind of workout! One that will make you feel good, and worn out at the end of it! 

Which I have realized that mainly every single workout that I do with the BOSU leaves me feeling that way! The BOSU really takes your workouts up a notch, and makes them even more intense than they were before! I am so glad I have one and am able to use it to workout at home. 

You can get your own Bosu Balance Trainer, and when you do, enter the code “BOSUSWEATPINK15” to get the BOSU Total Body Basics & BOSU Core Basics DVDs free.

Here's how it works! You can do the moves with or without a Bosu, but let me just say, if you have a Bosu, it adds so much more intensity! 

The #BOSUStrong Countdown Workout with @BrittanySuell

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So we start at 100 and count down by 10's! Doing the first workout 100 times, then the next workout 90 times, and so forth until you get to 10! It's hard, it's fast, but it's oh so good!

100 Crunches

90 Plank Jacks for The #BOSUStrong Countdown Workout with @BrittanySuell

90 Lateral Shuffles on Bosu or Jumping Jacks

90 Lateral shuffles on the Bosu or Jumping Jacks for The #BOSUStrong Countdown Workout with @BrittanySuell

80 Plank Jacks

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70 Lunges on Each Leg

70 Lunges on Each Leg for The #BOSUStrong Countdown Workout with @BrittanySuell

60 Second Plank

60 second plank for The #BOSUStrong Countdown Workout with @BrittanySuell

50 Squats with Lateral Leg Lift

(Even if you don't have a Bosu, it adds so much to elevate the grounded leg)

50 Squats with Lateral Leg Lift for The #BOSUStrong Countdown Workout with @BrittanySuell

40 Mountain Climbers

 40 Mountain Climbers for The #BOSUStrong Countdown Workout with @BrittanySuell

30 High Knees

30 High Knees for The #BOSUStrong Countdown Workout with @BrittanySuell

20 Push Ups

20 pushups for The #BOSUStrong Countdown Workout with @BrittanySuell

10 Burpees

10 Burpeess for The #BOSUStrong Countdown Workout with @BrittanySuell

JOIN THE CHALLENGE!

Don't forget, you could WIN your very own BOSU from Fit Approach just for participating in the challenge! Here's this weeks prompts, join the #FitFam Fun! 

  • Monday, 9/21: Happy Monday sweaties, this week we’re all about that balance. Let’s see you stand on one leg - ready, set, GO! #BosuStrong #SweatPink #FitFamily @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

    Bonus: Y’all know we love to #jumpjoymonday! Show us your BEST jump shot and tag @BOSU_Fitness @FitApproach #BOSUStrong #FitFamily #SweatPink #ad

    Tuesday, 9/22: We want to see you #dropitlikeasquat...on your BOSU or perhaps one leg? #BosuStrong #SweatPink #FitFamily @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

    Bonus: It’s time for #treetuesday! Show us your best tree pose. @BOSU_Fitness @FitApproach #BOSUStrong #FitFamily #SweatPink #ad

    Wednesday, 9/23: Let’s lunge it out sweaties! #BosuStrong #SweatPink #FitFamily @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

    Bonus: #workitwednesday, show us how you’re workin’ it this Wednesday and tag #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

    Thursday, 9/24: It’s #totalbodythursday. Show us your favorite total body balance  move! #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

    Bonus: Give us a #tbt of a time when you really challenged your balance (feel free to get creative!) #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

     Friday, 9/25: #FreeFriday. Show us your favorite way to get your cardio on! #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

    Bonus: Happy #forearmfriday. Let’s forearm plank it out y’all! #BOSUstrong #FitFamily #SweatPink @Bosu_Fitness @FitApproach #ad

@brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!

#LeaveYourLegacy

This post is sponsored by Bosu, but all opinions are my own. I am thankful for all of the amazing companies that support Fit Approach and the Sweat Pink Ambassador community. 

Top 5 Reasons Why It's Important to Find Time to Workout as a Mom

Let's face it, after becoming a mom, your time, and your past priorities tend to take a backseat to everything else. When you are spending time with baby, focussing on feeding your family, keeping up with house chores, and not to mention if you are a full time working momma, other things just aren't that important!  Now I know I'm not the only one with 2 month old nail polish still on my toes! I mean, painting my nails is just not worth the time these days! 

What is worth your time as a mom though is working out! Even with all of the to-dos that you have to get done, and the attention that you are giving your baby, it's SOOOO important to workout and take that time for yourself! 

Top 5 reasons why it's important to find time to workout as a mom! 

Top 5 Reasons to find time to workout as a mom with @brittanysuell

1) Value Yourself-when you carve out the time to workout, whether that's waking up before everyone, going to the gym (and putting your baby in childcare), or working out after the baby is sleeping, you are telling your body, and mind that you value yourself! And that is so important! When you have value for yourself, then others have value for you! The way we see ourselves and the way we treat ourselves reflects on the outside, so when we are valuing ourselves enough to give time back to ourselves, then that is seen on the outside, and that value can be felt in every area of life. 

2) More Confidence-it's obvious, working out breeds more confidence in us! And confidence is GOOD in every area of life! When we workout, when we sweat and get the endorphins going, your brain releases feel-good chemicals that can affect your entire demeanor. Plus, when you workout and you set small goals, and hit those, then you feel good about yourself! And just the act of doing something challenging, sweating some, and knowing you are making changes to your body and appearance can give you boosts of confidence that can make a huge difference! 

3) Feel Better-working out makes you feel better all around! When you focus your mind on working out, it gets your thoughts off of worries/stresses of life (which we know tends to increase when you become a mommy), and gets you out of the cycle of negative thoughts that can breed anxiety or depression. 

4) Stay Healthy for kids sake-as a mom, there are so many more activities in our lives that can take a toll on our body. Not to mention the post pregnancy body that can tend to lack core muscles, and strength in many areas that we need to lug our baby around and get up and down off the floor to play. Working out helps us strengthen those core muscles. It helps us gain flexibility and strength in the muscles that we need to be able to play with our babies and take care of them! That way we are able to live life to the fullest with them without feeling pain in our body! 

5) Lead by Example-this is what I'm all about! Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy! It's so important, especially when you become a parent! Just think, tips 1-4, you want to instill all of those things in your children: you want your child to value him/herself, to be a confident person, to feel good about who they are, and to be healthy all around! So let's make a commitment to instill that in them, and it starts with US! It's starts with you making time to workout and letting all of those values begin to take effect in your own life! That example you set will be seen and felt by your children, and you will #LeaveYourLegacy! 

So start now! Take charge of your life! Give yourself permission to take time throughout your week to workout! 

If you aren't sure where to start, try this NO EXCUSES WORKOUT that I put together! I actually did the workout with my child in the stroller, so go outside, with your baby in the stroller, and use the stroller some! I am all about Stroller Workouts! That's why I have started teaching Fit4Mom Stroller Strides classes! I am so excited to be able to share these values and tips with the momma's I encounter and be able to help them gain confidence and value for themselves through working out! 

[bctt tweet="Moms!! Give yourself permission to workout! Here's my Top 5 Reasons to find time to workout as a mom with @brittanysuell #leaveyourlegacy"]

Leave a comment and tell me....

Is it a value of yours to workout? 

How have you found time to workout while being a mom? 

@brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!

#LeaveYourLegacy

Grokker 1 Year Subscription Giveaway + the #1MillionMinutes Challenge

Happy Monday everyone!  Today I have an awesome opportunity to give one of you a Grokker 1 Year Subscription Giveaway in conjunction with the #1Million Minutes Challenge that has been going on this entire month with Fit Approach

Grokker 1 Year Subscription Giveaway + the #1MillionMinutes Challenge

Now obviously I teach fitness classes in gyms, and other public settings, but I still enjoy and utilize my home workouts on a weekly basis. A lot of that is done via my backyard patio, but most recently I have been utilizing Grokker online videos, specifically in regards to my Yoga Practice. Having a membership to Grokker has helped me increase and enhance my own Yoga Practice by having more time to do workouts while at home. Rather than having to carve out more time to get a sitter or leave my son with my husband to go get in a class at the gym or studio. 

Another thing I have loved about Grokker is that they have a tool via their website called collections. This tool is similar to Pinterest Boards, where you can save all of your favorite videos. Ones you have done, or ones you plan to go back and do. Plus you can share them with your friends! Here's my Yoga Collection! Take a look, and I would love for you to try out one of the classes and let me know what you think about it! 

Grokker 1 Year Subscription Giveaway + the #1MillionMinutes Challenge

Also, Grokker is very established and has access to a ton of great workout videos! Not just Yoga. Although that's what I have really been utilizing it for! If you are looking for more high intense cardio sessions, kickboxing, dancing, they have it all! Plus I have seen some great, well-known instructors on Grokker. I was super impressed when I saw some Insta-Yogi Stars teaching classes via Grokker.

If you want to see more of the variety of their workouts, and some that other awesome fitness bloggers have tried out and enjoyed, take a look at this Collection put together by some of the Sweat Pink Blogger Favorites! These bloggers are awesome, so I know they picked some great workouts to add to their collections! 

Also, this week, we are cohosting a fun Instagram Challenge with @Fitapproach & @GrokkerInc for this week of the #1MillionMinutes challenge! There are some awesome prompts throughout the week designed to get you motivated and moving this summer! 

Grokker 1 Year Subscription Giveaway + the #1MillionMinutes Challenge

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So here's the AWESOME thing about Grokker, they are giving ALL OF YOU the opportunity to try out their services for a month, with a FREE 1 MONTH PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP! So, all you have to do is go to Grokker and sign up using code: LOVEGROKKER to get a month for free. 

But don't leave just yet, first sign up for the opportunity to WIN a Grokker 1 Year Subscription Premium Membership! and tell your friends about it by sharing and tweeting this on your social media! 

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@brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!

#LeaveYourLegacy

Top 2 Tips For A Healthy Pregnancy

This conversation has come up a lot lately with my friends, so I thought it was time to discuss how you can prepare for a HEALTHY PREGNANCY! So I'm sharing my Top 2 Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy! That's right, just two tips! Start now, get active and healthy and use these 2 Tips for a healthy pregnancy!

Yesterday I shared about setting goals and creating new habits, and doing them successfully. I shared how I created an entire new lifestyle after having my son in April 2014. But let's go back to my pregnancy. What was my lifestyle like when I was pregnant. 

Let's just say it wasn't pretty! 

Right before I got pregnant, I was up in weight from my "normal" weight. I was weighing closer to 160-163lbs, when I usually had stayed around 150. I was struggling, and miserable. I couldn't fit into any of my blue jeans. (that might be where my dislike for blue jeans comes from), and I remember a lot of clothes were just tight and uncomfortable. Which was very annoying. 

So when I got pregnant I started off heavier than normal, and then gradually, and it felt slow, like it crept in. Overall I gained around 70lbs total in my pregnancy. Now I didn't feel giant or like I was obese, but in studying for the ACE exam I will be taking soon, I realized that the average weight gain for a pregnant woman is 25-35lbs, and I classified as obese. 

Now many people will say, it's okay you were pregnant. Or who cares, you lost it all after. Which is all semi-true, but I didn't have a healthy pregnancy. Prior to being pregnant I was running (about to start training for a half marathon), and I was doing Yoga. When I found out I was pregnant, I slowed down on running, and then when the first trimester tiredness comas hit, I quit running all together! (BAD MISTAKE!) Because when you are a runner and enjoy running, and you can't run for 9 plus months! Wow, you miss it and regret letting the tiredness get the best of you those first several weeks! 

TIP 1 FOR PRE-PREGNANCY AND FIRST TRIMESTER: 

DON'T STOP! GET MOVING!

Keep moving! Whatever you have been doing, keep doing it! Get an accountability partner, your neighbor, friend, or spouse to help get you off the couch and move! Whether that's running, a workout class or the gym, GO! Move! 

If you don't, and you take the first trimester off, then you are making it harder, or impossible to start back up once you gain energy back in the second trimester. For me and running, since I had a miscarriage before getting pregnant with Zander, I didn't feel like it was safe for me to try to start back up running once my energy returned and I had spent weeks not running. 

So do it now! And if you aren't pregnant but might be in the future or want to be, the same goes for you! GET MOVING! Start getting healthy now, start exercising now! Get your body used to exercise so that when you get pregnant it's normal, and okay to continue! So that your pregnancy will be healthy from the beginning! Same goes for you, get a partner that will help encourage and motivate you to do so! 

If you are wanting to get pregnant, you don't need to STOP what you are doing. It's safe and helpful to continue working out at the pace that you always have. It's late, later in the pregnancy where because of energy and extra weight you might need to cut back slightly. (that's more for intense workouts, like cross fit, weight lifting or marathon running. Not for general workouts). 


 Also in my pregnancy, I ate crap! I fell into the lie of..."I'm PREGNANT." Enough said probably. But somewhere along the way we are taught that because we are pregnant, we can have whatever the heck we want. 

First I ate too many Dairy Queen Blizzards and too much ice cream, or let's just say desserts in general. And I've recently realized that I tend to resort back to childhood cravings when I'm sick, lonely, or feel sorry for myself. Or in the case of pregnancy get that..."I deserve it!" feeling. You know what I'm talking about right? Anyways, I tend to crave crap-processed food like what I ate growing up. Even recently when I was sick, all I wanted was a box of Captain Crunch.....but I resisted. During pregnancy, I went through phases of getting a new sugary cereal every week. Eating bagel bites and hot pockets, and I even ate some Spaghetti-O's at some point there. ALL CRAP!

TIP 2 FOR PRE-PREGNANCY & PREGNANT WOMEN! 

EAT HEALTHY, STICK WITH YOUR HEALTHY LIFESTYLE! 

If you aren't pregnant now, but know you will be or want to be, start eating healthy now! Don't wait to make the changes, get healthy now! For your sake and the sake of your future baby! 

If you are pregnant, get rid of the mentality that you can eat whatever you want because, "I'M PREGNANT!" That does not mean your body can take crap and still feel good and be healthy! Pregnancy doesn't have to be 9 months of being miserable and having no energy! FUEL YOUR BODY right and I bet you will have more energy and feel better, plus your baby will be healthier from the start, and hopefully you will gain an appropriate amount of pregnancy weight which will benefit you post-pregnancy when trying to lose it. 

Do the same thing you would do when you aren't pregnant. Set boundaries for yourself. Get your spouse to help keep you accountable when buying groceries! Find healthy snacks! If you need to, make 1 cheat day or cheat meal a week to eat something that's not healthy. Follow the 80-20 rule. Eat well 80% of the time and allow yourself to cheat/have slips 20% of the time! I wrote about the 80-20 rule and how to grocery shop in a previous post, get tips here! Learn how to make healthy snacks and desserts! I have an entire archive that I am constantly adding to full of yummy mostly desserts that are SUGAR FREE, and usually made with a healthy flour (i.e. coconut or almond flour). Learn to make these when you want something sweet. Even if it's every day! At least it's not full of sugar and crap! Get access to those HERE! I've already decided that for my next pregnancy I will teach my husband to make me some of these yummy goodies, so that he can make them for me! 


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I know that my next pregnancy will be a healthier one! I had an incredible birth experience, you can read the entire thing HERE. And I have no doubt that part of that happened due to the consistency of Yoga that I did throughout my pregnancy. I taught and did Yoga up until a week before giving birth. 

Start now, get active and healthy and use these 2 Tips for a healthy pregnancy!

I am excited to continue my healthy lifestyle and working out consistently (more than just yoga) through my next pregnancy and see how the birth experience compares. Even the pregnancy itself. I know that I will feel better, be able to do more things, etc. because I will continue working out and fueling my body with real foods! 

I remember when I first gave up sugar in January I was afraid I would get pregnant and couldn't have sugar! hahaha Now I am excited. I am excited for the challenge of creating more recipes that are yummy, feed that sweet pregnant tooth, and are sugar free and semi-healthy! 

So if you are pregnant, or will be in the future, I hope you will take my tips, and put them to use! IT WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE in your pregnancy and birth experience! 

Let's start early and LEAVE A HEALTHY & ACTIVE LIFESTYLE even before our babies are here, or maybe before they are even created. Even if you are young and not looking towards a baby! Get healthy NOW! Make your life better for you to start with! 

How was your first pregnancy? Healthy, or not so much? 

What are you doing now to be healthy and active? 

@brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!

#LeaveYourLegacy

 

 

Backyard Body Burner + a Casio Watch Giveaway

Man, my past few weeks have been so crazy! First I was sick, then I had my niece and nephew for a week, traveled for 5 days to visit family, got sick again, and now I am finally home and back into my normal routine. Needless to say, that throughout those 2-3 weeks, things were crazy and my weekly workout routine was off some. I went probably a week without doing much due to being sick, so now that I am back and feeling great, I have been ready to workout!  So this weekend I decided that my husband and I should do a backyard workout together, and let me just tell you, this thing got it's name honestly, because it is definitely a BODY BURNER! 

Once my husband agreed to workout with me, I was so excited. So I wrote down five workouts for us to do, and added some time intervals, and it made for a quick and intense workout. One that we both enjoyed, and left us both sweating, shaking, and muscles sore the following day! 

The Backyard Body Burner Workout + the CASIO Watch Giveaway from @Kohls

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So to complete this workout you will need a few items: The TRX Suspension Band, a Kettle Bell or Dumbbell, and a timer or awesome watch! 

So for this workout, since we did timed intervals of each, I used my awesome CASIO Sport Watch from Kohl's.

The Backyard Body Burner Workout + the CASIO Watch Giveaway from @Kohls

This watch was super helpful for creating and doing an interval workout! The timer functionality of it is super easy to use, which I love. I know a lot of people who use timers and/or timer apps while they workout. Which will beep every 30sec or so to tell them to switch sets, well I love that this watch does that as well. Makes it easier to do interval training, without the added timer or having your phone on you. 

Plus, it's awesome because it is solar powered! I absolutely love that feature, and think that every watch or fitness tracker should be solar powered! 

And, did you know that Kohl's has an entire selection of sport watches? And they have a nice, large selection of workout clothes! I was able to get some summer running gear, plus a super cute Gaiam Yoga Shirt there.

Workout gear from @Kohl's!

So the best part about this, is if you want to try my Backyard Body Burner workout, you could possibly be doing it with your own CASIO Sports Watch! That's right, thanks to Kohl's, one of you will WIN your own watch!!! 

The Backyard Body Burner Workout + the CASIO Watch Giveaway from @Kohls

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So who is ready to get their body burning workout on with me this week!?!? I will be sharing my backyard workouts, which there will be many more of via the new app Periscope! It's basically a live feed app, so you can watch my workouts in real time, and interact with me! So download the app, and follow me @brittanysuell! And be sure if you try out the Backyard Body Burner Workout that you tag me and use hashtag #LeaveYourLegacy so I can cheer you on! 

The Backyard Body Burner Workout + the CASIO Watch Giveaway from @Kohls

@brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!

#LeaveYourLegacy

Disclosure: As part of my partnership with Kohl’s, I was provided a watch and a Kohl’s gift card in exchange for this post. However, all opinions and reviews are 100% my own! I only share products that I enjoy and feel are beneficial. 

I'll be linking up to the Fit Dish Linkup with Jill Conyers & The Fit Switch!  

HAPPY EASTER! Plus My Yoga Schedule For the Week!

HAPPY EASTER! 

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I think it's safe to say that Zander is not a big fan of the chicks. Who by the way have grown a ton over a 2 week time period! I sure am glad kids don't grow that fast! 

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter, join me tomorrow for a yummy, Homemade Peanut Butter Cup Recipe, which I gifted to my husband as this year's Easter candy! (NO SUGAR!! SO I GOT TO ENJOY SOME CHOCOLATE TOO! Wahoo!)

Here's my Yoga Class Schedule this week! I would love for some of you locals to join me! 

Join @BrittanySuell for Yoga this week!

Tuesday, April 7th – 9:30AM – D1 Abilene

Thursday, April 9th – 9:30AM – D1 Abilene

Friday, April 10th – 5:15AM – Gold’s Gym of Abilene

Sunday, April 12th!!!! Big D Half Marathon in Dallas, TX! 

@brittanysuell Leaving a Healthy & Active Lifestyle Legacy!

 

#LeaveYourLegacy