Marvelous Memorial Monday!

I am linking up with the lovely Katie for a special edition of Marvelous Monday!

I want to start by saying a thank you to all service men and women who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our country, as well as those are still serving our country.

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There are many marvelous things going on…

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B is sleeping so well in his toddler bed, honestly, I thought it was going to be a difficult transition but he’s adapted so well.

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Under Armour sent me this great gear as part of the What’s Beautiful campaign. Everything is so comfortable and bright! Don’t forget to join the campaign!

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I was able to spectate many friends and family members running Boston’s Run to Remember. It was meaningful in so many ways. It was the first big run in the city since the Marathon. This race every year is to honor the law enforcement, and not surprisingly, it sold out after the suspect was captured in Watertown. The running community is a wonderful thing.

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Then we spend the majority of the long weekend with family in CT! I am so blessed.

What marvelous things did you do this weekend?

What’s Beautiful: Just Like Me!

This post and my participation in the What’s Beautiful Campaign is sponsored by Under Armour through Fitfluential. My opinions and goals are my own.

In case you missed my first post for the Under Armour campaign, you can check it out here, I talked about the campaign and my goals.

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Since my goal is to PR my half-marathon time and I am not registered for a marathon until September, I decided to make mini-goals for my self.

Last weeks goal was to try something new. I tried a new class at the gym I go to, a kettlebell class, and it was awesome, I can’t wait to go this week.

I love everything that this campaign stands for, but what I love even more is the impressions we can leave behind. I know that it is focused on women, but as a mother to a boy I want to make sure that he treats women with respect, but that he realizes women and men can both accomplish the same things.

What I love most is how much he is like me, especially when it comes to working out.

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How do I work these things?

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He also encourages me and says “Go Momma”, “Yay, Momma” and “Keep Going” haha. It’s pretty incredible what he picks up!

What’s your goal for this week? Have you tried a new fitness class recently?

Defining What’s Beautiful

This post and my participation in the What’s Beautiful Campaign is sponsored by Under Armour through Fitfluential. My opinions and goals are my own.

I am sure you have all heard by now that Under Armour is having round three of their What’s Beautiful contest, due to some technical difficulties I do not have a team page, YET, but I will.

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I think this is one of the most important campaigns I have ever come across, so I’d like to share a bit of my story with you all before I get to the details.

I don’t think I have ever used the words “thin, fit or skinny” do describe myself, even though today I may not be the thinnest girl on the block, I know that I am fitter than I ever have been. I am also not great at accepting compliments, whether it be about a run or someone telling me I am pretty (just ask my husband).

I wish I could say I was surrounded by women who were supportive and uplifting about each others bodies and accomplishments my entire life, but unfortunately from doctors to close family members, most of the women in my life as a child, teen and young adult were the opposite. I was called fat by female doctor, by family members, by the people who were supposed to be my friends. I took up smoking and that is when I lost the most weight and was at my lightest weight, but I wasn’t healthy or fit.

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Moving out on my own, finding a gym, a supportive trainer and network of gym goers, helped me initially lose a good chunk of weight. I started working out regularly, bur I didn’t find my drive or passion until after I had B. Then I really found a group of (mostly) women who shared the same goals and passions that I did.

Under Armour is taking this network worldwide with their What’s Beautiful campaign.

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From the UA site:

What’s Beautiful is a community and a competition to redefine 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.

Complete challenges and share your journey; join teams for additional challenges, support and motivation.

Sounds amazing right? My goal was announced awhile ago, PRing my half time by 20 minutes. Since the What’s Beautiful campaign is only 8 weeks and I won’t be running my half by then I will make smaller goals for each week, goals that will inevitably push me out of my comfort zone and assist me in getting faster (so I can reach my BIG goal).

To join:
Sign up as an individual, and join teams to encourage and support other in your small and large goals. Once my technical issues are sorted out I will link to my team!

The sweet extras:

Every week Under Armour will give away swag bags full of gear to women who are seriously getting it. They’ll also feature profiles on their home page and in the “Top Performers” section of women who are really setting an example.The three women with the most epic personal journeys will win a trip to Costa Rica for four days of yoga and surf lessons, with spa treatments, massages and meals prepared by a personal chef! Not a prize to be missed, you don’t have to be a blogger to enter, all women of all abilities are welcome to join!