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3 Healthy Habits For An Active Lifestyle

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Selfie in my floppy hat from the balcony of our oceanfront suite

Hey Friends! I recently got back from Mexico with my boyfriend on a much-needed 4 day vacay. We went to Playa del Carmen Mexico for a little fun in the sun. Here are a few pics from our trip…

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Beautiful view from our hotel balcony

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Of course I enjoyed many mojitos ūüôā

As much I love chillin’ and relaxing it’s so good to come back home to a job I love!¬†¬† Upon my return, I immediately got back in the swing of things by teaching 4 classes in 1 day, 2 in the morning and 2 in the evening. No rest for the weary ūüôā

While I’ve quickly got back into my workout routine, I’ve been pretty sloppy about getting adequate nutrition and rest. This week I’m making a personal goal to recommit to some of the daily habits that I’ve always sworn by, namely the following:

  • Get 8 hours of sleep each night
  • Drink 2 liters of water each day
  • Take 1 multivitamin each day

I hope sharing these daily goals with you helps me stay accountable throughout the week. Wish me luck! If you’re looking for more healthy habits, check out my Top 10 Healthy Habits for Sustained Success! ¬†What are some of you healthy habits?

Have a happy, healthy week ahead.  xoxo, Brit

Brit’s Tastiest Top 5 Healthy Holiday Treats: Lower Calorie Dessert Options

I don’t know about you guys, but starting this weekend my schedule is jam-packed with holiday parties – LOVE IT! ¬†Many of the parties are “pot luck – style.” So in an effort to avoid overindulging in high calorie desserts, I’ve been researching some “Healthier Holiday Treats” that I can prepare and bring to the festivities. ¬†Below are my Top 5 Favorites! ¬†Hope you love them too. ¬†Enjoy! xoxo, Brit

1. Rocky Road Almond Butter Balls

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Source: http://livglutenfree.com/recipes/rocky-road-almond-butter-balls

2. Strawberry Santa Hats

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Source: http://www.snack-girl.com/snack/light-holiday-snack/

3. Maple Cinnamon Roasted Almonds

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Source: http://thehonoursystem.com/2013/04/26/maple-cinnamon-roasted-almonds/

4. Sugar and Gluten Free Ginger Snaps

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Source: http://realhealthyrecipes.com/2011/12/20/real-healthy-ginger-snaps/

5.Dark Chocolate Covered Peppermint

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Source: http://shadandlizzie.blogspot.com/2011/12/dark-chocolate-covered-peppermint-joe.html

Healthy Habits for Sustained Success

10 healthy habits

I made up this healthy habits list about 2 years ago when I got really serious about taking control of my health, my weight and my life.¬† While these habits may seem a little extreme, they are doable and beneficial!¬† Personally, I have not mastered the list, but each day I try to do a little better.¬† It takes a lot of GRIT to develop healthy habits.¬† But healthy habits are the only way to a sustain a healthy lifestyle.¬† While these habits¬†can take a lifetime to develop, we should strive to perfect them EVERY DAY.¬† Doing so helps us be our BEST SELVES!¬† If we focus on 1 healthy habit at a time, soon enough we’ll be living by the full formula.¬† GOOD LUCK! Luv, Brit ūüėČ

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BRIT’S LIST OF HEALTHY HABITS – MY FIERCE FORMULA…

0 – Hours of television

1 – Hour of exercise

2 – Liters of water

3 – Cups of hot green tea

4 – Short mental breaks

5 – Small meals

6 – AM wake up time

7 – Minutes of laughter

8 – Hours of sleep (at least)

9 – PM end of the day and off to bed

10 – Prayers of gratitude (list 10 things you’re thankful for)

Spring in to Shape! 10 min Total Body Toning Workout Video

spring_into_shapeHappy 1st day of Spring!¬† Here’s a new YouTube video that I shot last weekend.¬† I choreographed the exercises to some of my favorite jamz to get you pumped up and excited for Spring.

The workout lasts exactly 10 minutes.  Expect to burn ~70-100 calories and really tighten your core, arms and legs.  Hope you like it!

Fitness for the SOUL: My fun-filled weekend in NYC

Last weekend, my lil bro Austin (@Austin_Rettig) came to visit me in NYC.¬† He’s a Freshman Men’s Basketball Player at the University of Tampa.¬† Because I’m SO VERY PROUD of him, I decided to treat him to a weekend in the city for his Spring Break.¬† We kicked off the weekend with a stroll through Central Park…

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Then hit up the Big East Final Four at Madison Square Garden

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We started Saturday with some vintage shopping in the East Village…

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and ended it with a hearty meal in Little Italy.¬† We were really missin’ our sister Kortani (@toots_boots) because nobody loves pasta as much as she does.

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I taught a KILLER Turbo Kick class on Sunday morning at Turbo NYC (if you haven’t been to my class, I hate that for you).¬† Austin, helped me with the audio and cut some new tracks to “Harlem Shake” and “Snapbacks and Tattoos.”¬† After class we shot a new YouTube workout video that I’ll post tomorrow – be on the look out ūüėČ

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After gettin’ our praise on at HillsongNYC, we took the Q train to Brooklyn where we supported our home town hero, Derron Williams – DALLAS stand up!

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Finally, we topped off the weekend by stuntin’ real hard b/c Derron’s mom gave us a serious VIP hook up – thank you Miss Denise!

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Yeah…what you know about that family pass with the courtside action? hehe – I was pumped!

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So grateful for my family.  My soul sings with gratitude #BLESSED

Show some SWAGGER

Brittani Rettig SwaggerAt a very young age, my parents taught me the¬†importance of self-respect and self-confidence. ¬†My mom always had me play the lead in church programs and made sure I was on the front row at my dance¬†recitals. ¬† Later when I started playing sports, my dad would preach that “competitions¬†are just about¬†confidence…if I worked hard and¬†believed¬†that I was better than my opponent,¬†I was!

However as I matured, I started to believe that humility and self-confidence were mutually exclusive (i.e. if I wanted to be humble, that meant I needed to put the needs of others before my own or criticize myself).  However, the TRUTH is exactly the opposite!

As a new vegetarian, I started reading the book “Skinny B*itch” which takes a very¬†no-nonsense¬†approach to healthy living and¬†healthy¬†eating. ¬†There’s a paragraph in the book, that really hammers home my beliefs about self-confidence and SWAGGER:

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“Certainly your health and your body and you are more important than anything else in your life. ¬†You are worthless to your colleagues, friends and family if you do not value¬†yourself¬†enough to take excellent care of you. ¬†Yes, you have to put yourself before your friends,¬†parents,¬† boyfriend, husband and even your children. ¬†It won’t make you bad daughter or wife or¬†mother;¬†it will make you less resentful, more¬†confident,¬†¬†interesting,¬† beautiful, patient, tolerant, and fun person to be around. ¬†Your bright shining light will give everyone around you permission and inspiration to shine more brightly. ¬†Love yourself enough to do¬†whatever¬†it takes to be the best you you can be.”

For your Monday Motivation, I wanted to share this excerpt along with a graphic that my Aunt sent me (shout out to Aunt Cathy).  Think about these truths as you start your week.  I hope they encourage you as much as they encourage me! #GRIT

Lots of luv,

Brit ūüėČ

GRIT by Brit Swagger

Monday Motivation #Weightloss

"Before" in 2010, 179 lbs

“Before” in 2010, 179 lbs

Hard work

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Healthy eating

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Heart of faith

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SUCCESS

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“Now” in 2013, 150 lbs

You can do it too!  

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”

–¬†Philippians¬†4:13