Kicking off the 2015 Bikini Series!

This year will be my FIFTH Tone It Up Bikini Series…wow. Just letting that sink in for a second. 

It’s been such an incredible journey to get to this place. From doing planks and lunges in our work hallway, to traveling to hang with K&K as their first Bikini Series winner, to getting married with some of my favorite girls by my side, to spending an amazing weekend in the California sunshine at the TIU Retreat, to starting our own local adventure right here in Charm City with BMOREtoned

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This week kicks off an amazing eight Tone It Up Bikini Series program. I’ve tried to get myself as prepared as I can be…hitting the farmers market/grocery for healthy eats, stocking the fridge with prepped meals, lining up my journal/datebook and much more. I’m naturally inspired to join the series – I love the workouts, the new recipes and, of course, feeling healthier/more confident! BUT nothing could have inspired me more than the amazing women I met on Sunday at our BMOREtoned meetup! What an incredible morning – we worked out, we tried amazing treats, we shopped local and we made new friends! Such an inspiration!

BMOREtoned TIUmeetup

Today, we’ve been challenged to write out our intentions and goals. First, I’m really hoping to spread the inspiration of fitness through BMOREtoned. I’m hoping to take on more classes – I teach Surfset now but I’m hoping start teaching Body Barre too! I want to stick to the meal plan too – the last time I really concentrated on eating well I honestly never felt better! I want to focus on being present in my everyday life. Lastly, I want to incorporate more yoga into my regular week!

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If you’re not a TIU member, I definitely recommend checking them out! Karena and Katrina are two of the most amazing women I’ve ever met AND they’re not the only people you get when you join the team – you get all of us! All of us teammates who are here to support and love and struggle sometimes along with you! :)

HERE WE GO! Best of luck to everyone who’s participating in the plan! 

I’m going to FitBloggin’!

I have a super exciting announcement to make…I’m going to FitBloggin‘ this year!

FitBloggin’ is a conference for those who blog about fitness, wellness, good food and a healthy lifestyle. It’s an amazing event for fit-minded people regardless of where they are in their journey. We all come together & share a passion to live a happy, healthy balanced life!

I attended FitBloggin’ a few years ago when it was here in Baltimore and it was amazing! I met so many incredible and inspiring people. I learned a TON about blogging and my fitness community. I ate some delicious food & gathered some new recipes. And, of course, I worked up a sweat doing some fun new workouts!

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This year, when the FitBloggin crew had a call for social assistants, I jumped at the chance to join the fun again! While I’m at the conference, I’ll be assigned to different sessions to cover. I’ll be working to capture the essence and lessons from each session to help those who can’t join

This weeks marks the 100 days mark and I’m getting so jazzed! Can’t wait!

Are any of you going to FitBloggin this year? I’d love to meet up with you in Denver!! 

Under Armour Ambassador!

It’s official. I’m an Under Armour blog Ambassador! Woo hoo!

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As most of you know, I live here in Baltimore and I’m so close to Under Armour’s HQ, so you may have seen some posts referencing UA before…now I have the opportunity to bring you even more! You can expect to see fun information about new product launches, special events reviews of my favorite gear and more!

I am thrilled to be representing such an amazing company as a local and especially as a female athlete. Their mission is to make all athletes better through passion, design and the relentless pursuit of innovation. UA Women has worked to empower female athletes everywhere through their What’s Beautiful and I Will What I Want campaigns. I feel empowered to pass on their message that it is beautiful to be strong!

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Through their Give Back campaigns, they support some amazing causes. UA Power in Pink supports the many women who use fitness/exercise to stay healthy, and serves as a platform to help raise awareness about breast health. UA Win is their commitment to empowering athletes of the next generation by providing youth access to sports. And UA Freedom supports the heroes who support and protect us.

Right now, UA Women just announced a special challenge for Valentine’s Day! It’s super easy: Join on the Under Armour Record app and post a selfie to your profile using #VDAY and #IWILLWHATIWANT, telling everyone what you love about yourself. You’ll be entered to win a sweet UA swag bag! Can’t wait to see your posts!

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PLUS, now that Under Armour has connected with MapMyFitness, Ednomondo AND MyFitnessPal, you can be part of the largest fitness & health community group! I use MapMyFitness and UA Record regularly to share my workouts and get inspired by other amazing fit friends!

Anyway, I’m so excited to be officially part of the UA Women team and I’m looking forward to all the good things coming! Stay tuned for more!

 

Star Spangled Baltimore

It was an incredible weekend to be in Baltimore!! Our little Charm City hosted the Star Spangled Spectacular and there were tall ships, Blue Angels, fireworks and fun!

This event is celebrating the 200th anniversary of our Star Spangled Banner, written by Francis Scott Key outside of Fort McHenry. If you’re interested in the history, you can check out more Star Spangled Banner history here OR for the cliff notes, you can just watch Drunk History-Baltimore haha.

Anyway, there has been nation-wide attention on our city and it’s rich history and it’s been great to be right in the middle of it. Think about it – everyone loves where they live (or else you probably wouldn’t have moved there…hopefully), but sometimes you get down on it and forget. It’s nice to have a moment like this to get re-energized and re-romanticized with our city.

Check out some of my photos from this weekend’s party here:

Loved riding around and seeing the different things happening around town!
(and yes, those are star spangled pants Tom is wearing…NOT pajamas. Courtesy of Betabrand haha) 

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Bike Par-tay!

Last night we had so much fun joining the monthly Baltimore Bike Party! This cool new-ish Baltimore thing is really cool for those who want to get out and about, for those who love to dress up (I’m a sucker for themes haha), and for people who just like to bike!

From what I’ve heard, the party used to be much smaller than it is now. Last night there were a ton of people! We started in a park and headed about 10 miles around town, then ended downtown at The Gathering (where all our local food trucks set up for a fun food party). Waterfront Partnership always puts on a fun party – it was a perfect place for the bikers to end!

Totally fun thing (and different!) thing to do on a Friday night! I think these kinda of things are popping up all over.
Have you ever tried one?!

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