Thursday, April 15, 2010

what gets you moving?

Motivation is a weird thing. It's different for everybody. Some people are motivated by desire. Some by guilt. Some by other people. And just because you are motivated by one thing today, doesn't mean it will motivate you tomorrow. Personally, I am motivated by a lot of things. Myself, others holding me accountable, food, music, my skinny jeans ... and the list goes on.


You see, yesterday was day one of P90X. It kicked my butt. I thought I was hardcore and then this workout put me in my place. But I am going to stick with it. I just might need a little push, and that's where you all come in. In an attempt to keep me motivated, I am going to put myself out there. I am sharing my before pictures and measurements. And after each phase, I am going to check in here. (Does anyone else see how this could totally blow up in my face?) So, here it goes.


Day 1:
Weight: 152
Body Fat Percentage: 23%
Chest: 35 1/2"
Waist: 30 3/4"
Hips: 37"
Thighs: 22"
Biceps: 11 1/2"


Wow, that was totally liberating and kind of scary. Anyway, as a thank you for helping me attempt to stick to this program, I want to motivate you in return. And I thought, what better way to do that than a giveaway. So, one lucky reader will win two things that keep me moving: FOOD and MUSIC.




The winner will receive a box of 6 Clif Bars - Chocolate Brownie and a $15 iTunes Gift Card. Here's how to enter. (One Comment Per Entry Please)


1. Become a follower of this blog and leave me a comment to let me know you did.

2. Become a fan of the Racing With Babes Facebook Page HERE and leave me a comment to let me know you did.

3. Repost this giveaway on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, etc and leave me a comment to let me know you did.

4. Leave me a comment to let me know what motivates you.


Entries will be accepted until Tuesday, April 20th. Winner will be selected at random and announced on Wednesday, April 21st.

188 comments:

Rebecca said...

I follow your blog.

Rebecca said...

I am a fan on FB.

saundra said...

How are you measuring body fat?

lilmeg said...

I follow your blog

lilmeg said...

I'm a FB fan

lilmeg said...

Linked back

lilmeg said...

I have target outfits that motivate me. Most recently was my wet suit (I count that as an outfit LOL). Now I'm onto jeans from 5 years ago.

Morgan said...

I follow... DUH! I heart you!

Morgan said...

I done been a fan...

Carly said...

I'm a follower and I will try my best to help motivate you! :-)

Carly said...

That big white dress that I must wear in aprox. 3 mos. is currently my largest motivator. That and I genuinely want to be a healthier and fitter person.

Morgan said...

BTW - Totally singing "I like to move it, move it... I like to move it, move it... I like to MOVE IT!"
LOL!

I am motivated by being able to sleep better, eat candy and not feel guilty and have stuff to blog about on my running blog. LOL!

Nicole Joy said...

I'm a happy follower :-)

Shannon said...

Awesome! I'm a follower :)

What motivates me is (gasp) the scale! ha!

Nicole Joy said...

I'm a FB fan

Nicole Joy said...

I tweeted about the giveaway @njoysiscaretti

the dawn said...

I follow your blog

the dawn said...

I am (now) a FB fan

Nicole Joy said...

I have a lot of things that motivate me--

one vain motivation is looking at magazine like glamour or us weekly lol

pictures are a motivator when I see something I dont like

a serious one is my dad. He passed on from a heart attack when he was 53. =( So I try to live healthy bc heart disease is in my family..which doesnt always happen

a HUGE motivation to me right now is YOU! I started a diet today and Im thinkin about making myself vulnerable as well to make sure i get these pounds down.

the dawn said...

I am most motivated by having: 1) a race on my schedule, 2) a training partner

Rene' said...

i follow you and i am a facebook fan. i will repost to facebook for you and my motivation is fitting into my jeans:) good luck!!

Liz said...

I have a few points to make:
1. You look great!
2. I love yesterday's post about your daughters and enjoying time with them.
3. What is a P90X?
4. I live in Scotland so I can't enter your giveaway, but I love your blog anyway!

Barefoot AngieB said...

Good for you! I am 3 weeks into it and I wish I would have posted something like this too.
We have almost the same measurements. How do you measure your body fat?
I am a follower of your blog!

Barefoot AngieB said...

I am a facebook fan too!

Barefoot AngieB said...

I posted this giveaway to my blog :)

Laurie said...

You look great and are very brave to share all. My sister-in-law did P90x, I've heard good and awful things. I'm sure you'll rock it.

btw I'm a follower.

Laurie said...

Also a facebook fan!

Barefoot AngieB said...

What motivates me...
I know in my logical mind that if I do certain things then I will feel happy and content even if I don't feel like doing it right now. I know I will be able to effectively deal with stress. Its hard to overcome the emotional things like fear and such but I push through anyways.
I also love good music and it gets me going when I feel lazy or insecure and other people certainly do motivate me. I will see someone do something and I think, "well hell, I can do that too!"

Laurie said...

Posted on my blog, in my siedbar.

Avery & Hailey said...

I just became a fan on FB! Love your blog!! Good luck with P90X! You look fabulous already though!

Beth
www.averygray.blogspot.com

Laurie said...

I'm motivated by the fact that I have 4 kids, but don't want to look like I've had 4 kids. Also, the desire to race and stay healthy. New running clothes and skinny jeans help too!

Tortuga_Runner said...

already a follower

Tortuga_Runner said...

I'm your newest FB fan

Christine Jensen said...

I follow as Chris

Christine Jensen said...

facebook fan

deannahensley said...

My 3 kids motivate me. I feel better when I am successful with my goals, and that makes me a better mom.

Tortuga_Runner said...

Posted the giveaway on my blog

Christine Jensen said...

What motivates me?
-My family (wanna be healthy so I can take care of them)
-Looking good (at least I am honest right..and I mean looking good for me...not claiming hotness...hehe)
-Feeling great
-a sense of accomplishment

misszippy said...

First, I want to say that you are brave to put it out there like that! Second--I dispute your body fat percentage...I think it's gotta be lower than that.

I'm a follower

misszippy said...

I'm a FB follower

misszippy said...

What motivates me? Wanting to get faster!

Teamarcia said...

Of course I'm a follower!

misszippy said...

I'm posting on my blog

Teamarcia said...

I linked you on my blog

Teamarcia said...

I'm a new RWB FB fan

Teamarcia said...

I am motivated by putting a race on the calendar that scares me--like hello this weekend for example.
Good luck with the challenge!

Claudia said...

I'm a follower

Claudia said...

What motivates me is a sense of accomplishment, Feeling great and seeing how that affects my kids

Jen said...

I am a follower.

Jen said...

I am a FAN on FB!

Jen said...

Motivation:

1. seeing results on the scale
2. people noticing my weight loss
3. getting PRs

Katye said...

See here's the problem. Your before pictures look like after pictures!

Linked back to you =)

Robyn said...

Girl you look fab! I'm already a follwer obvs :)

Kim said...

I'm a follower!

Kim said...

I'm a facebook fan!

Kim said...

I'm reposting on my blog in just a moment.

Kim said...

What motivates me:

Food, looking good, and spending time with my friends!

Karen said...

I follow you on Facebook.

Katie said...

I'm a follower!

Katie said...

p.s. your pictures are CRAZY motivating. work it work it work it!!!!

Karen said...

What motivates me? Being able to fit into my clothes, being able to eat ice cream, staying healthy, setting a healthy example for my kids, knowing that I'm pushing myself while others are sleeping, knowing that I'm the kind of person who does push myself...

Marlene said...

You are brave and awesome! Can't wait to see the results. (You look fantastic now, BTW!)

I'm a follower!

Marlene said...

I'm a fan on FB!

Marlene said...

I am motivated by RESULTS. Seeing improvements in my running makes me want to work even harder and reap further rewards.

Courtney said...

I'm a follower of this blog

Courtney said...

I'm a fan of this blog on facebook

Courtney said...

I reposted this giveaway on my blog

Courtney said...

I posted this giveaway on twitter

Judi said...

I am a follower!

Judi said...

Great post! I am excited to follow your progress. You inspire me! When you get a chance you'll have to give a little info on what this whole program entails.

Certainly I am motivated when I've told others of my goals which is why I started my blog when I decided to shoot for 1000 miles this year. I was a little scared to make such a goal but now that I am doing it I realize it isn't so bad after all.

What else motivates me? Knowing I am being active and helping my kids to be too. Feeling good in my clothes!

I've rambled enough . . .

Stephanie said...

I am a loyal follower...love your running skirts (you lucky dog!) and I love all of your cute socks!

Stephanie said...

I just posted this contest on my blog!

Stephanie said...

My son is my #1 motivator! When I wanted to quit on my half over the weekend, I thought of him and how I want to raise him with the "No Quit" mentality! This helped me push through the pain and finish my 1st half marathon!

Courtney said...

Some of the things that really motivate me are the comments and encouragement that I get from all of my blogging, twitter, and daily mile friends!

S Club Mama said...

I am a follower of your blog

152? Really? You must have a lot of muscle already. I'm excited to "be" with you on this journey.

S Club Mama said...

I'm a fan of Racing with Babes on FB {do you know your link doesn't work?}

S Club Mama said...

Motivation....well right now it's the motivation to finish the marathon because I've already told everyone I'm running it. I will not embarrass myself by quitting or backing out {even only running the 1/2}.

Overall, it's the motivation that I want my kids to not think twice about exercise. For it to be normal.

S Club Mama said...

I shared this on Facebook

http://twitter.com/sclubmama/status/12234573322

(can I just say how brave you are to take a picture post children? That's inspiring really it is. And I'm jealous of your flat tummy)

Paige (Two Runners And A Brown Dog) said...

I follow on Google Reader!

Paige (Two Runners And A Brown Dog) said...

The quest for ultimate six pack abs motivates me daily!

Erica said...

I am a follower

Erica said...

I am a fan on FB

Erica said...

you totally inspire and motivate me...but also the quest to be able to be the envy of all the other soccer mom's I know drive me pretty good....haha

Founder of Jog for Joubert Syndrome said...

i follow your blog!

Founder of Jog for Joubert Syndrome said...

and follow you on FB

Founder of Jog for Joubert Syndrome said...

posting on the side bar of my blog!

Founder of Jog for Joubert Syndrome said...

other running mommies like you motivate me. you all remind me that it is possible to live a crazy life and be a runner/athlete!!!
PS thanks for entering my giveaway!!!

Candice @ I Have Run said...

I am a follower!

Candice @ I Have Run said...

I am a FB fan!

Candice @ I Have Run said...

The number on the scale is a BIG motivator, although I know it shouldn't be. The things that motivates me most is how my clothes fit. If I am uncomfortable in my jeans or feel like my shirts aren't hiding my flaws, I do something about it.

Having a goal is also motivating. That goal is usually a race.

Blonde Mom Runs said...

I'm a follower!

Blonde Mom Runs said...

And I follow you on FB

Blonde Mom Runs said...

What motivates me is how good I feel when I run! Nothing compares to it. Fitting into my clothes and being able to buy new clothes even smaller is also a plus. :)

Tricia said...

I'm a follower!

Tricia said...

setting and attaining goals motivates me!

Vikki said...

I follow your blog.

Vikki said...

I'm a FB fan.

Vikki said...

What motivates me is my daughter telling me she wants to be like me and run. I want to set a good example for her:)

Vikki said...

I posted/shared you on my FB page.

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

Okay, I'd share those before pictures too if I look that good! P90x is going to make you ripped since you are so tiny already.

Kicked your butt. I remember, maybe that is why I haven't started back in yet?!?!

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

Fan on FB!

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

Faith follower/constant commenter!

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

Probably won't get you linked until tomorrows post but I will get it done...hubbs is out of town = extra time.

fitandfortysomething.com said...

what a great giveaway! i love your blog and how brave of you to post those pics! you look great btw :)
how i am gonna feel after i workout is my primary motivator and secondly being able to drink wine without guilt!

SarahwithanH said...

I follow your blog.

SarahwithanH said...

I'm a (new) fan on FB.

SarahwithanH said...

What motivates me is reading other women's amazing blogs. I picked up the book "Run Like a Mother" randomly a few weeks ago. I'm not yet a mother, but a very busy woman and trying to fit running into my life. Then I found the RLAM blog, and then I found your blog. I have to say, your energy, running skirts, and socks are what are motivating me lately! You make it look so effortless and fun! I love to think of all these amazing women out there running with me. Keep up the amazing work!

Emz said...

awesome post.

and I am one of probably 4 people who don't have a FB account. ;)

motivators: mean people, my favorite jeans, a neighbor who thinks I'm nuts & music.

RunHapi13 said...

I am a follower...Love it!

RunHapi13 said...

I follow you on FaceBook, but you already know that!

RunHapi13 said...

What motivates me is knowing where I came from, how far I have come and how awesome I feel.
Good for you for holding yourself accountable.
I know you will succeed! :-)

Dallas B. said...

What motivates me? Breaking the cycle. Both of my parents have had either heart disease or cancer. NO THANKS!

Dallas B. said...

I FB'ed ya.

Dallas B. said...

I follow you religiously. :)

MCM Mama said...

I'm a follower!

MCM Mama said...

I'm a FB fan!

MCM Mama said...

I'm motivated by the fact that I'm about to turn 40 and I feel better and look better than I did when I turned 30.

Jess said...

I follow your blog.

Jess said...

I'm a FB fan.

Jess said...

My motivators are myself, my toddler, wanting to be healthier for a second pregnancy, and my running friends.

Badgergirl said...

I follow your blog.

Badgergirl said...

I'm a fan on Facebook.

Badgergirl said...

What motivates me?
* The number on the scale, how my clothes fit and if I'm happy with what I see when I look in the mirror.
* The feeling I get when I get done with a good run or bike.
* The sense of accomplishment I feel when I cross the finish line after setting a goal, training for the race and accomplishing that goal.

Cynthia O'H said...

I'm following you!

ajh said...

I follow your blog...........fairhfully!

Cynthia O'H said...

I'm motivated by my success, my modelling for my kids the value of setting goals and working to achieve them, and by the jealousy I have of other women whom I am trying catch.

ajh said...

What motivates me? Winning......improving.....completing a goal.......money............

Cynthia O'H said...

I've added a link to my blogworld giveaways.

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

I'm a follower! :)

Aimee (I Tri To Be Me) said...

My two boys motivate me. I want our family to live a healthy, active life and I feel like if they see me (and my husband) exercising they will learn to value that as well.

ceecee said...

I'm a follower.

ceecee said...

What motivates me right now is.... running my first 5km, reading blogs and setting goals. I also tell everyone about my goals to help keep me accountable.

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

I follow your FB page

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

I am a total TMB fab!!!

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

STRENGTH motivates me. I love how I feel after I have run, lifted, or done any physical activity..

suzy said...

Am a follower :)

suzy said...

Am a Facebook fan too :)

suzy said...

What motivates me.....hmmm....the desire to have a little less honky tonk in my badonkadonk =) LOL really since I turned *gulp* 38 I just want to look and feel better each year!
P.S. My hubs has been doing P90x for a few months and holy moly, the change! It's tough for sure, but really worth it! Go for it!!

momof3 said...

YOU motivate me. You motivate me to be a better writer, an excellent student, to do planks so I can have rock solid abs and to RUN like a MOTHER. You are a force of nature, and IF my self esteem was a notch higher, I would so totally put my own before P90X photos up and work out (to lower my Body Fat %, get big "guns, and tone my a**)... but as it is, I suck. Just sayin'.

rebeccam said...

My kids motivate me.. I want to give them what I never had..a healthy , athletic role model!

MJ said...

I'm a follower, and you look awesome girl!! :)

MJ said...

Fan on FB of course :)

MJ said...

10/2/2010 motivates me!! The date of my 1st 1/2 I've signed up for!! :)

MJ said...

posted on my blog sidebar :)
www.mj-girlrunning.blogspot.com

Trish said...

I am a follower!

Trish said...

I have been motivated lately by the fact that I promised myself I would run a marathon before I was 40. I'm turning 38 in about a week and I can't even run a 5k. I keep promises to everyone else. It's high time I keep one to myself! Btw, congrats on beginning P90X. You are a rockstar!

Sarah said...

I'm following your blog now-- just found you this morning!

Sarah said...

I became a fan of Running With Babes on Facebook this morning- which is how I found YOU (so glad I did!)!!

Sarah said...

Posted a link to your giveaway on Facebook :) Spreadin' the love...

Sarah said...

What motivates me? DESPERATION.. to find myself again. After years of giving, giving, and some floundering..I realized I've set aside ME and dreams that I would pull out of my "I wish I could.." compartment from my head- toy with the idea, deem myself incapable for this reason or that- and stuff it back in the compartment & shut the lid. I've just recently had this "a-ha" moment where I decided I'm opening that "I wish" compartment in my head- pull out a dream at a time and pounce on it- ACHIEVE it or at least give it my all to make it a reality. I'm tackling my aspiration of becoming a photographer and NOW..to run a marathon. I've always wanted to say "Marathon? Yeah- I did that!" and feel confident in my strength & physical capability. And it's GONNA happen.

Jill said...

Follower....

Jill said...

FB Fan

Jill said...

Linking you....in a minutes, but by the time you get it...it will be linked...well as long as you don't check it...NOW..or now...but soon...

Jill said...

What motivates me...getting SKINNY...I want to fit into and look good in a pair of skinny jeans. It still makes me mad that the highest they go is size 12...what the....that's so rude. At least I have something to look forward too.

Trish said...

I've linked to your giveaway in my sidebar!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

fanned you

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

tweeted it

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

currently training for a fitness competition. that motivates me.

Kelly said...

I am a follower, but some how missed this post, stupid blogger...

Kelly said...

What motivates me is eating. Specifically donuts! mmm. Donuts...

Jill said...

I am so impressed with you to put it all out there. Now, I am thinking I should try this crazy workout too.

Anyway, I would love to win. I do follow your blog.

Jill said...

FB fan

Jill said...

Motivation is hard to come by with an injury, but I am trying to find a balance with cross-training and slowly working my way back into running.

Through my fitness journey, I run (or try to) for me. I finally realized I needed something for me, which is something I hear is a hard realization for many parents. I also want my son to see me as a strong and healthy mom.

Momma Twitch said...

I follow you! I follow you!

Momma Twitch said...

I'm a fan on FB!

Momma Twitch said...

I'm linking on my blog!

Momma Twitch said...

There are 2 things that motivate me 1. is racing. There's just something about racing with a ton of other runners that keeps me going. 2. is seeing the before and after. I love seeing how far I've come and how much I've changed. :)

bobbie said...

I am a follower

bobbie said...

Already a fan on FB!

bobbie said...

Ice cream is a good motivator for me :)!!

wendy_kresha@charter.net said...

Following your blog : )

wendy_kresha@charter.net said...

My running buddies motivate me. I run to socialize. Oh, almost forgot, Tall Mom sent me here!

EricaH said...

i am a follower

EricaH said...

i am a fb fan

EricaH said...

i just linked back

http://www.ericarunning.com/2010/04/weekend-round-up-418.html

madeline said...

Kudos to you! I'm a follower :)

madeline said...

And what motivates me is my dog. She needs lots of attention and outdoors time, so that gets me outside to run and play with her!

Steel Springs said...

I totally agree with your comments about motivation. My motivations change all the time. I'm looking forward to hearing your P90X thoughts, but you look great already!

I'm a follower.

Steel Springs said...

One of my main motivations is competition - whether it's with others or with myself (like striving for PRs). I love the feeling of pushing myself and putting everything on the line to see what I can do.

bobbie said...

Posted on my blog! bobbie087.blogspot.com

bobbie said...

Also posted on FB

bobbie said...

Tweeted!

Kate said...

i'm a FB fan!!! and happy to be one!

Kate said...

i am following your blog!

Kate said...

seeing other runners totally motivates me. also, when i get snappy, i know everyone is better off - especially me - if i go run. i come back HAPPY!

Zoë said...

Oh no, Not sure if I missed the cutoff...but of course I follow you. (AND, you look amazing!!! Your after pictures are going to be INSANE!)

Zoë said...

I'm a FB fan of RWB!

Zoë said...

Good music and the feeling of finishing a long run motivates me!