Thursday, August 25, 2011

mamavation: setting wellness goals & talkin' music.

so on monday i started a six week "fitness challenge" with my three sisters, my mom, & my nephew.  we're all putting in $25 & the winner takes home the pot.  we even have a facebook page to post our goals, update our progress & keep tabs on each other.  here's how it works:

  • we all set five goals.  three of them are similar {#1: work out goal, #2: nutrition goal, #3: water intake goal} & two of them are personal.  here are my goals:


  • each goal is worth a point, you can earn 5 points a day.  at the end of six weeks, whoever has the most points walks away with the $150 pot.  

these are some pretty hardcore goals.  i don't plan on working out 6x a week for the rest of my life, but for the next six weeks i'm sure gonna try.  same with the sweets.  and going to bed by midnight every night?  yeah right.  but doing little challenges like this keeps life interesting & keeps me motivated to push myself that much harder.

and who knows, by the end i may even like push ups.


yup.  i did my 30 push ups today outside on the back deck.  i'm 5/5 so far three days & counting!  i'm gonna win dem monies.

and one more thing that motivates me?

music.  BIG TIME.  i may be dragging all day long & the second i turn on my workout playlist i get antsy to get outside & hit the pavement.  i'm convinced i have some of the best songs to run to ever.  EVER.  wanna talk running songs?  hit up my facebook page & let's swap.

i've even increased my pace significantly by a little music-inspired trick.  i jog the verses & then sprint the choruses.  then when the chorus is over, it's back to an easy jog for recovery.  and?  i don't let myself check how far i've run on my gps during a song... only at the end.  that way i'm only looking every five minutes or so & the miles just roll on by.


so what motivates you?  what "games" do you play with yourself on your runs or during your workouts?  what goals have you set for yourself & what do you do as a reward for achieving them?

i'd love to hear it all.


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  2. Wow Chick, you and your family are hardcore! :) BUT I will be honest with you, your intense schedule has motivated me to at least get back on 'ol "millie" Thats my treadmill's nickname. I haven't been on in a few weeks due to 72 hour work weeks, but I think it's time. I've been eating like they are going to start rationing food! *sigh* Ok, keep up the good work.

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  3. Wanna send some of that motivation my way? Just a little? :)

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  4. i'm loving these mamavation posts. you just gave me a kick in the pants and i'm going for a run this morning. no excuses. thanks for the motivation vibes ;)

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  5. Reading this definitely motivates me :)
    And I also use music to switch things up during my workout. I change my pace and the resistance/incline on the precor based on what song comes up next. I always play it on shuffle to keep it interesting.

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  6. what a great motivational post. now that we have finally moved i want to get back into running but just keep making excuses... your post has me pumped up again!! and i would just love to hear the songs that you run too!! you lookin' hot!! :)

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  7. Love this post!! i am doing something (by myself) to loose weight. For 31 days i am drinking no pop, and running 5 times a week. I am on my day 10! :)

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  8. Great post! You are blessed with good motivation vibes. I always want to quit at Stroller Strides way before you do!

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  9. In bed by midnight would be the easiest thing for me, by far. My bedtime is 9:30. ha ha.

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  10. You. Are. A. Rockstar. Such an inspiration and encourager!!! You're doing fantastic mama!!!!

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  11. if it werent for music i WOULD NOT be able to get though any workout. i was actually gonna post about that cuz everyone always asks how i get through my workouts and thats always my answer! haha

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  12. Brilliant! I love your music mind tricks for running. I'm training for a 10K in November and could never imgaine running without music. I'm definitely going to try your tricks! Thanks for sharing.

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  13. I love this post! your arms are stellar!

    I'm not sure what happend, but your blog was one of the first I started following- then today I realized I haven't read anything for a while. It's b/c I wasn't following you? weird.

    (thank goodness for twitter...that's where I saw the link)

    I loved reading your quotes! We just purchased a double BOB and it came with the Stroller strides program- however we don't have one in our area :(

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  14. I knew you were a night owl.

    I like your goals, although I am always in bed before midnight. Question about your dessert calories, you know for my dessert, I always have frozen yogurt with some toppings, but if my toppings are berries, would I have to count that into my dessert calories? Or do I just have to count the frozen yogurt?

    I might pose a six week challenge like this for my mom and sister. They are both wanting some motivation to workout/get healthy and I think that is an excellent idea.

    If you want, you should totally link up these mamavation posts to my 'move it monday'. I think my readers would love to see them!

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  15. I'm loving your idea of the sprint/run during songs idea! That's a good one that I will definitely be trying! Great goals too. Good luck! :)

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  16. Thanks for the motivation!! I have no doubt your gonna win this challenge! :) Good for you! I would trade playlists with you but my stuff is mostly all rap and some hardcore shiz!! LOL For instance that song "Racks" by Young Chris ft. Future - I can run to that song for ever!! LOL check it out! :)

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  17. I LOVE these posts! Your shoulders look amazing, those push-ups are definitely doing the trick! You are such a rock star, and an inspiration!

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  18. Oh I love this! I should start this with a few friends...I really need to get back on track. Thanks for the motivation!

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  19. WOW! Wow! That's all I have to say :)
    You make it look easy! But, you also inspire me to not only keep up with my own personal goals, but to make new ones too!

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  20. Awesome thanks for sharing. Do you or did you use any type of app to start running? I am NOT a runner at all and would love something that would build me up.

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  21. This is so great Mandy! What a fun system and way to stay motivated. I feel like such a fat a** these days, I need something like this too!

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  22. Oops! Didn't mean to call you Mandy! I had just read her post about the two of you doing a wedding! ha

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  23. OMG I LOVE THIS!!!!! Do you mind if I "steal" the fitness challenge ideas?

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