8.08.2014

Getting in Shape with Albion Fit + A Giveaway!


You may or may not know that back in 2008 I decided to serve a mission for the LDS Church. At the time I was a personal trainer and in the best shape of my life. I would train for and run 2 marathons a year, I was participating in boot camp classes and also teaching them every Saturday with a group of friends, doing yoga, lifting weights regularly, dancing, etc. So from 2009-2010 for 18 months I served down in Brazil as a missionary. It was the most amazing time of my life! I could go on and on about how much I loved it. It definitely did take a tole on my body as I'm sure most missionaries can relate.

You lose yourself so much in the marvelous work you're doing, you literally forget yourself. I still worked out while I was there and we walked everywhere but it was not as vigorous and as for my diet we ate what was given to us...Grateful as you can possibly imagine for that. I didn't technically gain "weight" while I was there, my weight stayed the same.... but I lost all my muscle and my clothes fit very different.

When I got home, I lost about 15 lbs. over the course of 6 months. I didn't really do anything to lose that weight just kinda happens when you can now decide what you're eating and when you're eating haha. I did a couple 5k's, would run on occasion, did a little zumba but I was finding it difficult to really kick it in gear and get back to where I was! Sometimes I would go weeks without working out and I hated that! I kinda felt worn out. I couldn't ever really get into a routine. So.... The beginning of this summer (mind you, this is 4 years later!) I kinda put my foot down.

With a lot of changes that have happened this year with moving and trying to figure out the next chapter of my life, I decided I wanted to really focus on being well rounded in all aspects of my life. Focus on being more spiritual, still continue to build my relationships with my family, be able to support myself comfortably, prioritize, use my time wisely, and feel better physically! So my bestie McCall and I decided to sign up for a half marathon in June. I started running a few times a week. It was hard! Really hard.

To shorten this boring story...The half marathon went well. I didn't feel nearly prepared for it, but it felt so good to finish that race and feel my motivation rising to continue improving on what I had started to rebuild! I continued running after that more and more, thankfully gained an awesome running buddy (I highly recommend having a friend to schedule regular exercise times with.) I am now running faster, feeling stronger, and again feeling that motivation that I had before my mission that I didn't feel would ever come back! Now that I'm at this point, I don't want to lose it...So without fail I am working out 4-5 times a week. Three 4-5 mile runs also started doing a Cardio Barre class. I love the contrast. Barre is very low impact but my muscles feel like jello by the time we leave. Feels good to feel good. I'm not saying I'm perfect and have reached the finale...Some days I think I just don't wanna!

But I'm now to a point where I don't let myself have a choice. I have conquered that dreaded hump that always seems impossible to get over. My point to all this is, if you feel like you can't...You can. Make a goal and just start! Don't start tomorrow, start today. And push yourself beyond what you think you can do. Have faith in yourself. These are things that have helped me a lot.

 I'm excited to celebrate my fitness journey with Albion Fit. I have been wanting to add new workout gear to my wardrobe mostly because mine is very few and far between and totally worn out or outdated. I prefer clothes that I don't need to even worry about adjusting while I work out. I'm wearing their Petal Pants and have been nothing but happy with how they fit and how they stay in place as I work out. So comfy and flattering. Another pair is definitely on my wishlist!

 Photo credit: LC Photography


Albion Fit is offering 15% off your purchase on their website using code "buckley15". (Code good only until 8/17.) They have swimsuits, (want THIS ONE) cute sweatshirts, (I'll take THIS ONE) and all the fitness gear you will need. 

Also....A $50 gift card to their website is up for grabs!  The two required entries are: 1-Visit Albion Fit's website and tell me in the comment section below what you would spend your $50 credit on and 2- Make sure to follow them on Instagram. All other entries are extra!  Giveaway will end next friday 8/15. Good luck!

Here's to getting fit and looking good while doing it!


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81 comments:

  1. Ah, good ol' mission days. At least you didn't GAIN 25 lbs (accckkk!!) Thanks for running with me to Parque Chico Mendes all those mornings- miss those workouts!

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  2. love those leggings!

    xxoo,
    nikki

    www.dream-in-neon.com

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  3. Love the frills, so girly. My favourite item at Albion Fit is the go leggings, however hard to choose as I like it all.

    xo
    Lindsay

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  4. I'm loving the black petal leggings http://www.albionfit.com/bottoms/the-petal-pant-white-midnight (I am like you, in serious need of workout clothes!)

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  5. I love the go Capri in Antigua!!!!!

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  6. The Wait Until Dark swimsuit has my heart!

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  7. The go caprie, antigua is really cute!

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  8. Love love the petal pants you're wearing!

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  9. I love the Go Long Crew in Lime

    demureprincess7(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. It's a toss up between the petal pants, Antigua Capri, and some heathered go long leggings!!!

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  11. I'm loving the petal pants and the go capri in Antigua. The ruffle on the petal pants is such a sweet, girly touch, but the bright print on the go capri is so fun!

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  12. I just love the petal pants you're wearing in these photos!! I love all of albion fit's clothing! I have a swimsuit from them that is my most favorite one I've ever bought! Also I love your mission story! My husband also served in Brazil! Your motivation and story are great and really teaches us to never give up!!

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  13. Icon swimsuit in ivory or emerald�� I would never wear anything else ever again.

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  14. Honestly, I love the pedal pants. I have been them for months... and the Icon swimming in Antigua. Or anything in Antigua. Really, I just love everything.

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  15. Seriously need to feel cuter when I am at the gym so those petal pants are on my wish list!! How cute!

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  16. I think those go capris in Antigua are just adorable.

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  17. 3 set skirt!! and petal pants!! love them all

    April

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  18. the antigua capris! or the capris in your article. so cute!!

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  19. my google account is under lindsay.miles@hotmail.com but i entered the giveaway with lindsay.christensen@outlook.com (i got married)

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  20. The sweet stripe capri in midnight/white or the Go capri in Antigua. I've had my eye on that gorgeous floral print for awhile....how fun would those make working out??? :) Thank you for such an awesome giveaway!! <3 <3 <3

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  21. I love the petal pants!!! super cute :)

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  22. I would buy their signature hoodie in Ivory. It looks so cute and comfortable.

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  23. I would by far get the Go Capri in antigua. I'm seriously in love with that print!

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  24. It's be so great to win this giveaway. I've been wanting to try this brand of fitness clothing!
    Method Clothe

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  25. Everything at Albion Fit catches my eye! I have more than a couple favorites but only going to list my top 2 favorites. You would be sitting there forever reading all my favorites if I started listed them.. ;)

    I just love the Exhale Tank in Coral and the Go Capri in Antigua. So adorable & so stylish for working out!

    Thanks for the giveaway! Love your blog! xoxo.

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  26. I would LOVE buy the Antigua Love Racer with the gift card, but anything from Albion would be amazing. Such a great brand!

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  27. I would love anything from Albion Fit. Two of my favorites are the Illusion Capris in Charcoal and the Go Capri in Cobalt.

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  28. I would love anything from Albion!! But if I won this gift card I would use it to buy the petal pants you're wearing... they probably wouldn't look as great on me since you have awesome legs but they are so darling!!

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  29. Ah, I would LOVE to win $50 towards an Albion purchase! I have my first 1/2 marathon in October---would love some new duds to wear!!!!

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    1. Can you email me runstylerun at gmail so we can get you your giftcard?? congrats lady and thanks for entering...

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  30. Oh, and my fav item is the Go Capri in Antigua!

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    1. Congrats Jen you're the winner of the Albion Fit $50 giftcard.

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  31. Petal pants. I'm obsessed...I started following Albion on Instagram just because I saw a picture of someone in petal pants!

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  32. I love love love all the swimsuits! I would love to win this!!

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  33. After seeing those leggings on you, I need those!

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  34. I like the flatter me hoodie in navy.

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  35. what a dream..you know it's so difficult to name one when it comes to albion fit.My butt would be totally boss in the GO CAPRI, ANTIGUA ;) ;)

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  36. I would definitely go with the Petal Pants!

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  37. Definitely the charcoal gown suit! Awesome!

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  38. I'd love to get the tempo tee in coral and some coral leggings! I've been dying to try them out! Just waiting for some extra money...

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    1. I have a blog as well. I haven't been too active since summer began since I have two little ones (8 and 1!) home from school now. I'm too "small" for albion to work with me :( if you'd like to check mine out it's http://budgetbeautysite.wordpress.com

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  39. I completely adore the petal pants!

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  40. I love the floral leggings and petal pants!!

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  41. I would love to buy the Go Antigua carpis! So functional and cute.

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  42. Loved this! I kind of miss your work out posts. Hope to see more as I'm just starting in on my "new health" adventure. After a week in a new gym with a new friend, I realized I have maybe 2 work out outfits, embarrassing!! So, I would have to say my favorite are the cobalt capri bottoms. They are bright and exciting and make me want to put them on and work out! :)

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  43. Thanks for sharing your story. I am in love with the sweet stripe full zip up jacket.

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  44. I love the coral and cobalt capris (plus just about everything else on their website).

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  46. I've always wanted to try Albion Fit! Their stuff looks such high quality. My favorite item is probably a Go Long Legging. The cobalt blue is to die for.

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  47. I am in love with the coral capris!!

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  48. I love the Three Set Skirt. Love running in skirts!!

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  49. I absolutely adore their coral capris and all of their swim suits!

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  50. I love anything with the antigua print but I really love the leggings.

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  51. I'm in love with everything they have! But I would have to choose the petal pant! ❤️❤️❤️

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  52. I want those striped petal pants so badly!!!

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  53. Having to choose one thing is hard. I think to start off my collection I would go with the Go Capri, Antigua

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  54. I love b the pants and capris, but also dying over the zip up hoodies! !

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  55. LOVE the go capri in cobalt!! obsessed with that color right now! :-)

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  56. Love the go Capri in seafoam and coral and the swimsuits! Oh my!! Gown suit, blousy suit, icon suit! I love them! If we ever have a pool again one of those will be mine!!

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  57. Holy love everything on their site!!! My top picks would be the Antigua Extend Floral Leggings, Charade Swimsuit, and the Antigua High Waisted Bikini is so great as well. Ahhh winning would be such a dream!! Thanks for hosting another incredible giveaway

    XO

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  58. I would love the antigua leggings!

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  59. Antigua go Capri or cobalt go Capri

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  60. i'd get the BLOUSY SUIT, TOP, MINT

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  61. I love the ANTIGUA EXTEND LEGGINGS!

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  62. Thanks again!!! I am SO pumped that I was chosen!!!! :)

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You just made my day! Let me know if you're a new visitor or a new follower...I'd love to check out your blog! Hey, and I also speak Portuguese and a little Spanish! Beijos!!