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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?”


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.


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!



(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.



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!


Ready to join? What will be YOUR goal?

Finding Balance in the Chaos

19 Mar

I wrote earlier this week about how sometimes life just takes over. Yup, this indeed is the truth. Especially in my life. Coming to accept this and embrace it is my newest journey. I’ve always loved being a busy person, but with the switch in careers this year it has been a process in adapting to an entirely different type of crazy. A new type of busy. Where you’re never truly off duty from work. I am constantly thinking of a new creative idea to use in my tiny tot classes, finding inspiration in new songs for new routines, choreographing, scheduling events, planning tryouts, etc. etc. etcetera.

When I moved down to San Diego and began the new career (literally from ground zero) I knew it would take time to adjust. I knew life would be different. But I think I figured I’d be able to get it nailed down after 6 months or so. I mean, I’m smart. I adapt well in new surroundings. I know how to pick things up and run with them. Well, I should’ve known that this was an entirely different ball game. I’m building a career.  A life. It takes time. So again, acceptance is key!!!

This week I feel like I’m working through it! Teaching my classes, getting in my workouts (an HOUR long ab session with my trainer today…oof…kill me), a few meetings on top of it all, and a nice evening walk with the roomie. Tomorrow I have gym plans (running and legs day…now that my legs have decided to feel semi normal after last weeks killer leg workout and runs!). The rest of the week seems to be shaping up to get good workouts in, good classes, and the building of more amazing things to come. I am EMBRACING the chaos and working through it, in it, around it. Making the chaos my normal and knowing if I don’t embrace it and work with it that I’m never going to get anywhere!

Not to mention RECITAL costumes started arriving today! The next few months will be prepping my little dancers for recital time. EXCITING! Nerve wrecking too! My first official year as a recital teacher. Not gonna lie, the spring has brought out a LOT of little dancers and my classes are POPPIN! Most classes have 10+ kids in them and so that means lots of BIG numbers in recital. #BLESSEDLIFE #DREAMJOB

Funny how the things that bring such craziness can also be the things that bring you such joy, love and happiness.


What in YOUR life causes chaos but brings you joy and happiness?

Fighting the Fear

25 Jan


So I’m owning up in this entry. The other day I was reading my friend and fellow Team Victorious sister Melissa’s blog (MelissaRunningIt). She posted a beautiful write-up on her own fears and struggles based on a challenge from a fellow blogger (Running for Dummies). The challenge? To post something on your blog and own up to things that you may not necessarily want your bloggers to know about you.

Well I have not hidden my weight loss story on this blog. In fact, the whole reason I decided to put this blog out there and to expand it from my previous little personal blog, is to share my story. To be the support system for those that are like me. Fighting a weight loss battle and maybe not so sure where to turn. Or searching for some extra strength they are afraid to get from those around them. So given that this is a NEW blog for most and I’m really just getting started in this world of blogging about health and fitness I decided to share a collage of my before and after weight loss pictures and the fears I have about them.


I posted earlier this week about how I was finally pulling out of an emotional downward spiral I’d been on. About my daily struggle with eating well and fighting my body image issues.  I am the healthiest, fittest I have ever been in my life…yet I still struggle with seeing the person I am in the mirror and seeing who I USED to be in these pictures. THIS is my battle/struggle. Being only 28 years old and having gotten to that point and back is scary. It is scary because I still have such a long life ahead of me and the fear within me that I may fall apart and repeat where I was. And if not, that I will spend my ENTIRE life battling this fear, this weight issue, feeling like I can’t just BREATHE and go through my day. Sometimes I win the battle….and sometimes I lose. BUT I know I will win the war and continue on my journey of health and happiness.

I feel like THAT piece of my story I’ve been very open with. The thing I am MOST afraid of is that this will hold me back from finding TRUE love and happiness. Both self-love and love in another. My body image issues have a grasp on me that I fear has damaged me beyond repair, and that often makes me think that along with other personal relationship issues I struggle with, that I will never truly open myself up to finding the person I’m supposed to be with. It is a hard thing to sit and watch your friends all find love, and be one of the few left that is still searching.

Don’t get me wrong….I LOVE my life. I’m finally doing a job that is my passion, back in the city I love, with my best friends, and I usually enjoy my single life. I am very independent and stubborn (Go figure…did I mention Sarcastic too?!). I love being able to go do WHAT I want, WHERE I want, WHEN I want. Sometimes I feel like I don’t know if I WANT to have someone in my life I’d have to check in with before deciding on things. An extra step in my daily process that I don’t have time for! BUT other times I do want it. The eternal battle.

While I continue to make up my mind on what I want and the path I’m going down, I just hope that my fears don’t limit me.

I have to say it is interesting to admit to some of these fears aloud (or on paper/blog). You think you’re facing struggles head on because you constantly think about them, but sometimes the verbalization of your fears and struggles helps you knock down an additional wall you didn’t even know was there.

So what are YOU afraid to admit out loud?

Happy New Year – 2013 on the MOVE!

1 Jan


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.



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