This post is sponsored by Under Armour through FitFluential and all opinions are my own!
Every week I am going to do a post updating you on what is going on over at the Under Armour What’s Beautiful site. I wholeheartedly believe that if you are woman, you should be part of the contest so you can see all the awesome things being posted first hand, but that is just my two cents. (Pssst…click here to join in!)
Every week Under Armour posts different challenges that we can participate in and post about on our personal and team pages. Here are some of the things I posted on my personal page.
The team that I created is called Fitness Warriors and every week I post a challenge for myself and the team members to complete. This week I asked everyone to create a fitness wish list and post it to the page. To me, a fitness wish is any of those times when you see someone do something or you hear someone talking about something and you say, “I wish I could do that or I want to do that.”
Here is mine!
I also decided that of the team members who participate in the challenge, I would randomly select one person to feature on my blog! This week’s is from Kristin P whose goal for the contest is to complete her first Tough Mudder amongst many other awesome goals! Take a look at her wish list!
As much as I enjoy talking about the UA What’s Beautiful contest, I now need to move on to another contest and announce the winner of the Jawbone UP! Thanks to random.org the winner is………
Comment #93 is Lateaka! Congratulations! Please check your email for instructions on how to claim your prize!
Thanks so much to everyone who entered!
If you saw this post from yesterday then you have probably already guessed that Little B and I are moving. And that is correct! But what you may not have guessed is that we are moving in with Chris!
That’s some big news, right!?!
We are both super excited about it and all of our kids are too! (Chris has two boys.) As you can imagine we have lots and lots of things to get done before the move. Chris has to make room for two more people, I need to pack, move things that we won’t immediately be needing to a storage unit and many more things I am probably not even realizing right now! Eeeek! The plan is for us to move into Chris’s house for a few months while we save up some money to get a house that will better accommodate our new blended family. In the mean time we will all have to adjust to our new life together which includes making small sacrifices to make our new living arrangement work. I am sure that there will be bumps along the way but we are ready to face them and are confident that we are making the right decision for everyone involved.
Despite our current excitement about the changes, I do have to be honest about something. A week ago or so, I stressed myself out unnecessarily by playing the what if game. You know what I am talking about right? The what if game goes a little something like this:
- What if we don’t like living together?
- What if the kids don’t get along?
- What if Chris drives me crazy?
- What if I miss my personal space / me time?
- What if Little B doesn’t adjust?
- What if it turns out to be a bad decision?
You get the idea.
I am a worrier by nature and have a tendency to over think things. (Poor Chris!) But the reality of the situation is that the issues that I was worrying about don’t currently exist and may not ever exist. I would be short changing myself to allow those fears and any other fears to guide my decisions. If any of my worries come true, we will just deal with them when they do. Life is all about taking chances and this feels too right to not take a chance on it!
Any moving tips for me or tips on successfully merging two families together? I would appreciate both!
Last Thursday I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Jillian Michaels Maximize Your Life show when it was at the Fox Theater in Detroit! Chris actually won the tickets through this blogger, who by the way always has super awesome giveaways on her blog! Chris entered the contest because I really wanted to go (isn’t he a good boyfriend?) and since he had to work I got to take my friend Mike who you have seen on my blog through various races that we have run together.
Oddly enough I have never seen a full episode of The Biggest Loser (I don’t watch much TV) although I have seen a few minutes here and there so I didn’t really have any specific expectations about what I expected from Jillian or her show. The reason I was interested in going was because I knew she would be talking about health, fitness and living your best life which are all things that I am interested in!
The first half of the show was about things that I already knew a lot about. What to eat, what not to eat, the importance of working out, etc. Although I was familiar with most of the concepts that she touched on, I found them to be good reinforcers of what I am already doing and good reminders about the things I still need to work on. What do I need to work on? Improving the quality of the food I consume. I already try to stay away from processed food as much as possible and fill my diet with lots of whole foods, however I am not always good about either avoiding foods from the “dirty dozen list” or buying those foods as organic. I also need to start buying organic meat and dairy products.
The second half of the show was about taking responsibility of your life and really examining what is working and what is not working. She talked about finding your passion and truly believing that everything that is good in the world is out there for your taking and that you are worthy and deserving of those things. She was not a proponent of the idea that all you have to do to get the things you want is to channel all your energy into thinking about those things, instead she emphasized that to get those things it will be hard work but it will be worth it. She talked about finding they why in the things that you do. She also recommended that you set your alarm for every hour as a reminder to really be present in that moment. To ask yourself what you are doing, how you feel about what you are doing and just in general take stock of the here and now. The reason she recommends this is that all too often we go through our days and life in a very mindless way and that by being more present we can find our passions and live a happier life.
Overall, I really enjoyed her show and so did Mike. We both walked away with a renewed energy and a greater sense of focus.
Have you attended the Jillian Michaels show? What did you think of it? If not, have you attended any other motivational type shows? What did you think of those?
Philly Down and Dirty 10k Mud Run. It was nothing about the race, it was all about myself. Injured my ankle at Mile 2 on an obstacle, got back into it but ran poorly and fought off painful side stitches, and major pain in my toes. It was a struggle just to finish. Then after I take my shoe off, I see that two of my toenails had fallen off during the run. I had better days
My plan is to do all of the Tough Mudders and Spartan races, April through October, that are within an 8 hour driving distance to where I live. I just hope the body keeps up with the mind. I only wish I had the money to really travel around the country and the time during the winter sport season to continue through the winter.
This post was made possible by the Verizon Health and Fitness Voices program. As a participant of the program I have been provided with a wireless device and six months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product. I was also invited to Chicago to kick off the program which included a hotel stay, travel expenses and an entry into the Shamrock Shuffle 8k. Click here for more info on the program.
I don’t normally have any posts on the weekend so you know this has to be something BIG right? Well it is, VERY BIG! In fact, I’m pretty jealous of you guys.
As you know, I am a Verizon Health and Fitness Voices Blogger and now Verizon is offering you a chance to get in on the fun and win some awesome technology for yourself.
Here is what is up for grabs!
It is a UP by Jawbone. Here are some details about it from the Verizon website.
UP by Jawbone is a revolutionary system (wristband + mobile app) that tracks how you sleep, move and eat and gives you meaningful, personalized insights so you can make lasting improvements to your everyday life.
UP was designed to fit seamlessly in people’s lives. Real life. It’s a thoughtful combination of engineering and design, custom-made for how we live. UP is both flexible and strong. Sometimes UP needs to slide smoothly under sleeves or bend to accommodate an active lifestyle. Other times it has to be strong enough to stand up to a snowball fight without a problem (or more likely, a few thousand showers). Day and night, UP is right there with you.
This is an excellent health and fitness tool! And it retails for $129.99!!! Now do you see why I am jealous of you guys?
Entering the contest is simple! Just comment below by answering this question: How has technology helped you reach your health and fitness goals? (This is mandatory) Want to earn an additional entry? Tweet about the giveaway and tag me in the tweet (@WarriorBetsy) and then leave me a comment that you did! Good luck!
Some more details you should know: 1)The contest ends at midnight est on Thursday, May 16th. 2)Contest is open to those with US addresses only. 3) In the event that you enter into a similar contest on another blog, you are only eligible to win one UP by Jawbone
This post is sponsored by Under Armour through FitFluential and all opinions are my own!
I am so excited about the Under Armour What’s Beautiful contest! The contest is all about redefining the female athlete, setting individual goals and crushing them, joining teams for team goals and challenges and general all around badassery! You know that I love me some badassery!
It is true that I was approached by Under Armour through FitFluential to be part of the contest but prior to that I was already considering joining because it is right up my alley! To be quite honest, it is a good fit for ANY woman.
And the timing for this contest could not be better for me. Did you see this goal that I put out there for the world to see? Yeah , that is going to be my individual goal for the What’s Beautiful contest. That’s right I WILL run back to back Tough Mudders in ONE weekend!
And on top of that I have been thinking lately that I have a lot of fitness wishes that I have yet to make into fitness accomplishments. It is time to do something about that. Because of that desire I have started a team for the What’s Beautiful contest called Fitness Warriors. The goal of the group is to turn “I wish” into “I did!” You know all those times when you see someone do something amazing and you say to yourself “I wish I could do that!” My group is all about taking those wishes and making them into accomplishments. Each person’s desires may be different but that will be the fun part of the group and having support and encouragement to get out of your comfort zone and make those wishes come true is always a good thing!
I would love for you to be part of this contest! Click here to sign up and set your own personal goal! Once you do that, be sure to follow me! Click here for my Under Armour What’s Beautiful profile! I promise to follow back. Lastly, join my team by clicking here! I look forward to seeing you on the What’s Beautiful site!
Oh, I almost forget! Prizes!!! What is a contest without prizes, right? Each week Under Armour will give away swag bags full of great gear and at the end of the contest (It is 8 weeks long) Three winners will be flown to Costa Rica to attend a four-day yoga and surf retreat plus much more!!! Amazing stuff, right?
So what are you waiting for? Join the Under Armour What’s Beautiful contest now! Set a big goal and crush it! I know you can do it!
Next Monday I am starting a new series on my blog called Mud Runner Monday! It’s no secret that I am a mud run addict and naturally I am a big fan of all runners but most especially mud runners! Mud / obstacles runners are a different breed of runners, in my opinion, and each mud runner has his / her own story. My goal is to share some of the stories with you and introduce you to the world of mud running through the different runners that will be featured on my blog.
If you are a mud runner and would like to be a part of the series just let me know! All you will have to do is answer some questions and send me some pictures for the post. It’s easy, I promise! Interested? Email me at email@example.com
And speaking of mud runs, I think I have found the solution to my Tough Mudder problem. If you are not sure what I am referring to click here to read all about it.(Btw you were all incredibly supportive and uplifting about this issue. Thank you!) The solution? Run back to back Tough Mudders! I am currently signed up to run the Michigan Tough Mudder on Saturday June 29th so if I run on Sunday too that will complete my goal of running two Tough Mudders this year! It sounds crazy but I figure I will already be there and some of my teammates from Saturday are doing Sunday as well. This also means that I won’t have to worry about trying to fit another race into my schedule or alter my training for other races! It’s the perfect solution!
This will be the first time I have ever ran back to back races (and I have secretly been wanting to do it), so I am pretty excited about it!
Have you ever done back to back races before? How did it go? Also don’t forget to contact me if you want to be a featured mud runner for my new series!