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Redefining What’s Beautiful – Team Running IT

9 May

Happy Thursday all!

It has been a crazy busy week! One in which I’m proud to say I’ve been hitting the gym and yoga with enthusiasm! Feeling motivated and strong buddy! And a large part of that is due to the Under Armour  campaign “What’s Beautiful?”

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You can check out the details at the video above BUT in case you’re wanting all your info here I’ve included a little blurb from the page below!

Together we’re redefining the female athlete by setting epic goals and pushing past where we’ve ever been and where we thought we could go. Join us. Set your own personal goal. Then document your journey by posting videos and photos that tell your story from start to victory.

We’ll continuously post challenges for you. But that’s just the beginning. Show us your journey. Show us what makes your story the one that stands out from the rest. If you meet your goal, set a new one. Make it even bigger. Prove to everyone, and yourself, that you have more than what it takes.

Personally, I’m beyond excited for this campaign. Why? Because my whole life I’ve struggled to define my OWN beauty by what everyone ELSE thinks of me. I’ve never really felt I was ‘pretty’ or ‘beautiful’ or what everyone else in the world considered that. Which is a huge problem in my own personal life. Also, as a dance teacher/coach, I work with young girls and women. Those that are as young as 2 years old, through college and beyond. I see the struggles begin in these young girls and women so early and it breaks my heart when one of them tells me they don’t feel pretty, or worthy of someone, or that they are not part of the ‘in crowd’ (middle school is a fickle biotch people).

So I am proud to be a part of something that sets out to redefine society’s idea of what a beautiful woman is. To me she is STRONG, DETERMINED, and CONFIDENT. She sets goals and gets after them. And if she falls…well she gets back up and keeps going. She never gives up.

I am also proud to say I am part of Team Running It!! Woot woot! My girl Melissa is a team captain and there is no other person I’d like to have leading me in this endeavor than her. A few words from the women herself...

 Women are always busy and often our busyness becomes the reason excuse we neglect to put the effort into achieving our fitness goals. I would love to have you join Team Running It and Run Your Life, Don’t Let It Run You!  Once you’ve signed up and declared your fitness goal individually, you can join my team here and you bet I’ll be following you, cheering for you, and even posting a few challenges along the way as well!!

She has conquered many a lofty fitness/health goals, but also just life in general. I look at her and see exactly the woman I want to be. She inspires me daily and I am so glad to call her a friend, a teammate, and my own personal runspiration.

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Ok…pulling it together now.

So what is my goal/challenge for this session of What’s Beautiful?

To stop defining myself by a number on the scale! To believe that I am BEAUTIFUL and WORTHY of success and happiness!

#IWILL.

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(Note: NO scales were ACTUALLY harmed in the writing of this post….just a GREAT pic I found…and just know if I were to ACTUALLY take a hammer to my scale…the results would be MUCH uglier…like itty bitty pieces would be all the remains…moving on)

I’ve come to realize over the past few months that I’ve been unhealthily addicted to getting on a scale and defining myself by the number I’ve seen. So overcome by the fear of gaining back weight that I lost sight of WHY I started my journey in the first place. It wasn’t for a specific number on the scale. It was just to LOSE the weight. To be HAPPY again. And by defining myself on that scale all I’ve been lately is UNhappy. And I’m sick of it. So for the month of May I’d thought about ditching the scale and this competition gives me the extra push. The scale has been moved out of the bathroom and hidden. Now I judge ME by how I feel and what I am doing….NOT by the number I see on a daily basis (or sometimes TWICE daily basis….sick…absolutely sick!)

You can follow me journey HERE. I’ve got some other goals (more measurable ones at that…like a sub2 hour half) I’m striving for as well, but this one is a biggie for me. And I think it will help me in advancing in my other goals and just general life happiness.

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Not enticed yet? Need even MORE of a reason to just get after it?! Well if you like competition this is the place for you! After 8 weeks, Under Armour will announce the 10 finalists who’ve documented the most impressive, motivated, monumental stories.  Under Armour will select two winners from those ten; one will be voted on and chosen by the community. The three women with the most epic personal journeys will win a trip to the Armour Retreat in Costa Rica for four days of yoga and surf lessons, with spa treatments, massages and meals prepared by a personal chef!

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Ready to join? What will be YOUR goal?

January Wrap Up – CONSISTENCY is the Word of the Month

1 Feb

It is officially February 1st……WTF??? WHERE did January go?! I’m seriously flabbergasted and am DEMANDING a refund on some of my days! Doesn’t work that way???? Crap….

Ok – well I’m going to then take this moment to recap the month. Because lets be honest….January didn’t go QUITE the way I planned. In fact, it went to hell in a hand basket. Or as my sister’s mother-in-law told me…it went to the bear. And she’s right. January went to the bear. Some days I could fight the bear off, but majority of those days the bear got me.

Stupid. Bear.

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I HATE YOU

As with most Januarys, we all start off with grand ideas of what we’re going to do in the new year. I didn’t categorize mine as resolutions. I put them as goals. Set things I had planned for my year. A LOT of different things (13 races in 2013, 1000 miles in 2013, eating healthier, working out more, streaking (thats 1 mile a day not naked!), etc.

When I started planning this post I thought I was going to be talking about a bunch of failures or missteps (and believe me there definitely quite a few!), but when I look at what I really accomplished this month I’m more proud of myself than anything.

This month was a huge part of my training for Austin Marathon which is on February 17th. It included completion of the 1st in my 13 in 2013 race series, the Carlsbad Half Marathon. You can check out my race recap here.  Most importantly though it was about me GETTING OUT and running consistently. When I trained for NWM (my first full) I was transitioning into a brand new job. A job which had me on my feet all day long. I wasn’t used to doing that AND running the miles. So I would get out MAYBE once during the week and then out for my long run.

For Austin – I am determined to get used to going out 2-3 times a week, plus my long run. And I’ve been able to do that! YAY! Go me! It’s my birthday! The beginning of the month saw me getting out almost 3-4 times a week plus a long run, but as the miles increased I’ve taken it back to 2-3 times a week and the other days I’m cross training (elliptical, walking, etc.) This helped me reach a first time accomplishment…..Over 100 MILES logged in January! (116.77 miles to be exact!) WHAT?!

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I cannot begin to tell you how STOKED I am on this. it means I met the first months goal toward my overall goal of 1000 miles in 2013! It means, that while I may not have been as consistent in my nutrition as I wanted to this month (stupid emotional downfalls I hate you), I didn’t let it get me off track on my running.

My biggest takeaways from this month….do NOT let myself get so down on myself when I have a day or two that is not as successful as I had hoped. Because every day is a challenge. A part of the JOURNEY. I got the below from a fellow runner on Facebook – RUNinspired

Truth – I am NOT working out today. I HAVE eaten potato chips and Doritos the last 2 days. I am NOT ashamed to admit this. Today I choose to be completely GUILT FREE. Why? Changing your entire lifestyle is damn ass hard. It’s blood, sweat and tears. It’s dedication. It’s persistence. It’s day after day proving to YOURSELF that you’re worth it. It’s changing not only your BODY but your MIND. It’slosing friends along the way who don’t “get it”. Maybe even a few family members. It’s finding yourself. It’s MAKING time when there is none. It’s 11pm running… 4am cardio… insane gym time… DVD’s… salads… extra protein… DOMS… sore arms, jello legs and a crazy love of pain you NEVER thought you’d experience. This shit takes TIME. Weight is not gained overnight and WILL NOT come off overnight. Keep up the workouts. Eat clean. Keep it healthy as much as humanly possible. SWEAT. Drink WATER like its your damn job. A few bad food choices won’t undo all your hard work. It won’t make you magically GAIN 50 pounds. Don’t beat yourself up over it. Get up and keep going. KILL your workouts. Work a little harder. Life goes on. It won’t end because of a few slip ups. Keep your chin up and keep FIGHTING. We got this shit ❤

So for February i strive to remember these things. To continue the consistency in my runs and to fight for consistency in my nutrition. Knowing that I am not perfect and I will never be anyone else’s definition of perfect. I will always be just perfectly ME 🙂

How did YOUR January go? What are your takeaways? February goals? Inspire me! 

January Wrap Up – CONSISTENCY is the Word of the Month

1 Feb

It is officially February 1st……WTF??? WHERE did January go?! I’m seriously flabbergasted and am DEMANDING a refund on some of my days! Doesn’t work that way???? Crap….

Ok – well I’m going to then take this moment to recap the month. Because lets be honest….January didn’t go QUITE the way I planned. In fact, it went to hell in a hand basket. Or as my sister’s mother-in-law told me…it went to the bear. And she’s right. January went to the bear. Some days I could fight the bear off, but majority of those days the bear got me.

Stupid. Bear.

Image

I HATE YOU

As with most Januarys, we all start off with grand ideas of what we’re going to do in the new year. I didn’t categorize mine as resolutions. I put them as goals. Set things I had planned for my year. A LOT of different things (13 races in 2013, 1000 miles in 2013, eating healthier, working out more, streaking (thats 1 mile a day not naked!), etc.

When I started planning this post I thought I was going to be talking about a bunch of failures or missteps (and believe me there definitely quite a few!), but when I look at what I really accomplished this month I’m more proud of myself than anything.

This month was a huge part of my training for Austin Marathon which is on February 17th. It included completion of the 1st in my 13 in 2013 race series, the Carlsbad Half Marathon. You can check out my race recap here.  Most importantly though it was about me GETTING OUT and running consistently. When I trained for NWM (my first full) I was transitioning into a brand new job. A job which had me on my feet all day long. I wasn’t used to doing that AND running the miles. So I would get out MAYBE once during the week and then out for my long run.

For Austin – I am determined to get used to going out 2-3 times a week, plus my long run. And I’ve been able to do that! YAY! Go me! It’s my birthday! The beginning of the month saw me getting out almost 3-4 times a week plus a long run, but as the miles increased I’ve taken it back to 2-3 times a week and the other days I’m cross training (elliptical, walking, etc.) This helped me reach a first time accomplishment…..Over 100 MILES logged in January! (116.77 miles to be exact!) WHAT?!

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I cannot begin to tell you how STOKED I am on this. it means I met the first months goal toward my overall goal of 1000 miles in 2013! It means, that while I may not have been as consistent in my nutrition as I wanted to this month (stupid emotional downfalls I hate you), I didn’t let it get me off track on my running.

My biggest takeaways from this month….do NOT let myself get so down on myself when I have a day or two that is not as successful as I had hoped. Because every day is a challenge. A part of the JOURNEY. I got the below from a fellow runner on Facebook – RUNinspired

Truth – I am NOT working out today. I HAVE eaten potato chips and Doritos the last 2 days. I am NOT ashamed to admit this. Today I choose to be completely GUILT FREE. Why? Changing your entire lifestyle is damn ass hard. It’s blood, sweat and tears. It’s dedication. It’s persistence. It’s day after day proving to YOURSELF that you’re worth it. It’s changing not only your BODY but your MIND. It’slosing friends along the way who don’t “get it”. Maybe even a few family members. It’s finding yourself. It’s MAKING time when there is none. It’s 11pm running… 4am cardio… insane gym time… DVD’s… salads… extra protein… DOMS… sore arms, jello legs and a crazy love of pain you NEVER thought you’d experience. This shit takes TIME. Weight is not gained overnight and WILL NOT come off overnight. Keep up the workouts. Eat clean. Keep it healthy as much as humanly possible. SWEAT. Drink WATER like its your damn job. A few bad food choices won’t undo all your hard work. It won’t make you magically GAIN 50 pounds. Don’t beat yourself up over it. Get up and keep going. KILL your workouts. Work a little harder. Life goes on. It won’t end because of a few slip ups. Keep your chin up and keep FIGHTING. We got this shit ❤

So for February i strive to remember these things. To continue the consistency in my runs and to fight for consistency in my nutrition. Knowing that I am not perfect and I will never be anyone else’s definition of perfect. I will always be just perfectly ME 🙂

How did YOUR January go? What are your takeaways? February goals? Inspire me! 

Happy New Year – 2013 on the MOVE!

1 Jan

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

It is officially 2013….HOLY. CRAP.

WHERE did 2012 go? I honestly feel that this last year swept by so quickly I didn’t get a chance to fully revel in all the things that happened. It was a CHAOTIC year to say the least. It started off with a bang in San Diego. Ringing in the New Year with some of my favorite girls. Just a few weeks later I was getting promoted to Manager at my job, to be followed by QUITTING that job, moving to San Diego, changing careers and starting completely new as a dance teacher and coach. It is hard to imagine that it has now been 6 months back in San Diego, in my new life and new career.

In 2012, there were also a ton of other miraculous things that happened. I welcomed a brand new nephew into the world. Benjamin quickly wormed his way into all of our hearts and became my personal snuggle buddy. I love him to pieces and to miss seeing him grow up the same way I was able to watch Alex is absolutely heartbreaking for me. I cherish my times at home with him and can’t believe that in just a couple months I’ll be back home celebrating his FIRST birthday.

2012 was also a time for running. My first FULL year of running brought me many things. There were 4 half marathons, a FULL marathon, a few 10ks, 8ks, 5ks and such. It brought me Team Victorious! My amazing running group that has helped me pave a wonderful path for running and what I hope to be an INSANE year of races and fun. Team Victorious also brought me the opportunity to be a part of a documentary (still in the works apparently…waiting to hear more on it if it ever comes to fruition) and to make some of my very best friends, even if they don’t live in the same city (Amy^2 rocks BTW).

My personal life was on the rocks throughout 2012. With the impending move to San Diego, and then getting settled in my new life and schedule, there was not much time to figure out any type of romance. Don’t get me wrong, there was definitely romance in my life. Some that I still wonder what could’ve been if I hadn’t left Seattle. BUT those are all things that will figure themselves out with time. You never know what tomorrow brings, and while it would be nice to find someone to share my time with I know there is still so much more that I need to get right with ME before that happens.

ANYWAY – 2013 looks like it is going to be CRAZY. Plenty of goals to accomplish. Whether they’re running goals, teaching goals, personal life goals, or whatnot. My plate looks to only take MORE onto it in the coming year. I’ll be active that is for SURE and I’m excited to see what the lies ahead on the road in front of me.

May I only have the STRENGTH and SANITY to push me through both the easy AND hard times.

CHEERS 🙂

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