When do you feel most beautiful?
Is it when you are all dressed up for a special occasion?
Or when you have your hair or makeup a certain way? Or wearing a certain outfit or accessory?
Or maybe you are like me and it’s when you accomplish a goal?
At that moment, I feel unstoppable. I feel strong. I feel beautiful.
One of the first times I really experienced this was during the summer of 1999. I spent six weeks going through Cadet Basic Training (CBT), also known as “Beast Barracks” at the United States Military Academy at West Point. I do not remember a lot about that summer…it’s mostly a blur of images and moments that remain in my memory. But I remember the last day – we were on an 18 mile road march back to West Point after spending a week living in tents outside. The ruck march was a requirement in order to successfully complete CBT and begin our first academic year at West Point. The route was extremely tough – there were several large hills (including a ski slope) we had to climb – all while carrying our rifles and 35 pounds in our ruck sack.
It was the hardest physical challenge I had experienced and there were numerous points that day where I didn’t think I would finish. But, I did. And I remember how amazing it felt. I felt invincible. I felt powerful. I felt strong.
And even though I hadn’t showered in days, was soaking wet with sweat, and had a face covered in camo, I felt beautiful.
Being and feeling beautiful – for me – has very little to do with how I look on the outside. It’s all about how I feel inside. And feeling strong, confident, and powerful makes me feel beautiful.
Which is why I’m excited to team with Under Armour to help promote their What’s Beautiful campaign.
Under Armour Women set out to redefine the female athlete by creating What’s Beautiful, a program that encourages women to share their fitness journeys and receive motivation, free gear, and support from Under Armour along the way.
How does the campaign work?
Head over to UA’s website to check out the inspiring women who are already participating in this challenge!!
At the end, ten women will be chosen to fly to Florida to train with elite UA trainers, receive nutrition advice, and enjoy spa treatments.
For more information on the Under Armour What’s Beautiful Campaign:
So tell me…When have you felt most beautiful?
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