Guest Post: Motivation

Today’s guest post is Molly, she is going to share with you what motivates her. I am motivated to get out there and run by myself, just by seeing her run with her girls! Enjoy her post and leave her some love!

My name is Molly Ritterbeck and I blog over at Miss Molly and I am so blessed to be writing as a guest today!

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What I am going to talk about today is motivation. What motivates you? Let me tell you about what motivates me!

I am a working mother who has two beautiful daughters and a husband that serves in the military — that is enough stress in itself isn’t it? Well, let me tell you with the bills that come with kids and life in general and job changes to boot I was getting stressed. My tension headaches, anxiety, and sore shoulders (my stress goes straight to my shoulders) I just didn’t know what to do. I was also starting to really lose myself in taking care of everything and everyone else that I was kind of fighting off some depression. I didn’t want to turn to medicine and I knew if I went to a doctor that is what I would get.

My husband told me I needed to get active and change my diet — but I was never going to do something because I was told – I needed to do it for myself. I had friends who went back and forth with new diet fads (meal plans, pills, prescription pills, etc) and I saw how they aged, fought self confidence issues, and more. I didn’t want to be like that. Being a gymnast for over 8 years I thought I was still in shape despite not doing anything for a long time… so I decided one day to run a 5K with NO training. Not one of my brightest moments, I paid for that for a couple days after.

As I was sitting in pain one of the days after I was mad. I was mad that I couldn’t do it. I was mad that Nick finished in 21 minutes and came back and ran half of it with me again. I didn’t need his help to finish. I didn’t want his help to finish ever again. I was going to do this. I started running little by little and building distance. I found friends to do it with me. I joined a running club. People were motivating me who didn’t even know me. I was not the best but they didn’t care at all. They thought it was awesome to do what I could and so did I.

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I also started to notice the pain in my shoulders was gone, the anxiety was gone, and the headaches were gone. I had energy and could get more accomplished in the day. I was happier and was eating better. I was becoming what I had wanted and it was all because I didn’t want to be beaten. My motivation was to not be beaten.

I only had one moment of doubt and that was when my friends started to notice that I was losing weight and asked about it. Since I do not weigh myself very often at all (the gymnast in me swore I would never worry about a scale again), I had no clue — and I honestly said I didn’t think I had lost much so I couldn’t tell them. One of my friends stopped and looked at me and said, “Well what’s the point if you aren’t losing weight?” I stopped in my tracks. Wow – what was the point I thought. The best part is — it only lasted a moment and I was able to say, “The point is I feel better, and I now know I can do anything I put my mind to.”

I was mad at my friend for asking such a shallow question, but at the same time I was glad that I could answer her with the right answer and not a shallow one.

My motivation is myself and my family. It will never be to get to a number on the scale, but maybe to fit in my jeans better. It will never be to in the “in crowd” and be skinny because lets be real — strong is the new skinny. I will be strong for myself and my family.

So tell Molly & I: what motivates you?

Running & FitFluential

Tonight I attended the Fall Kickoff for Team in Training. In case you missed it I am running my first half marathon with TNT in October, the Nike Women’s Half.

I was able to meet my coaches and mentors and all the wonderful new and alum TNTers. I will be the first to say that running a half scares the hell out of me. Meeting these wonderful people really put me at ease. I CAN do it and I will ROCK it.

I find that a lot of people who don’t spend a lot of time working out ask me why I run.

Simply put, I run because I can.

Lisa commented on my announcement about TNT that those days when I don’t want to get my workout in or do my run because it will be hard, to think about all of those who can’t run. To think about all of this that I am running for, so that one day they can run too.

These runs are for all of those who can’t.

As part of my fundraising for TNT I am going to be hosting a blogger bake sale, if you would love to donate a baked good or snack please email me at cupcakekelly21 AT gmail DOT com. Anything helps and I would love help from you!

Or if you would like to donate to the cause, you can do that here.

The last thing I want to address is FitFluential

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This is a great community of men and women who share a passion for fitness and a healthy lifestyle. I have only been a part of this community for a short amount of time but already have met great new people and have received a ton of support for my new adventures.

If you want to be a part of this wonderful community there are three options: Ambassadors, Influencers and Enthusiasts. Enthusiasts do not need to have a blog, I strongly suggest you head to the site now and fill out your information or apply to become an ambassador right now.

Why do you work out?

Motivation

I have a lot of motivation when it comes to losing weight. Feeling fit and being healthy for my family is number one. Vanity obviously plays a small role. But the other part, one that I don’t tell many people, in fact I haven’t really told anyone. Is that I want to be a runner. I want to be great at this.

I know being great doesn’t mean being the best and I never except to be the best, but I want to be better than I am right now.

Right now it’s about getting on the treadmill and just running, as a side note I think I am one of the very few people who really don’t mind treadmill running. THere are days when I just am tired, the baby was up every hour and during nap time, the last thing I want to do is run, but I do it. Beacause if I don’t I will regret doing nothing.

Some of the motivation for getting on the treadmill.

Another big motivation tool is prizes. Toni of Running, Loving, Living is hosting a virtual 3.5 mile run for her birthday and blog anniversary and there are prizes to be run. This contest ends on Friday, so get out there or on your treadmill and get your 3.5 miles done.

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Are you a treadmill runner or do you hate it?

January Joiners

We all know the term January Joiner, someone who joins the gym at the beginning of the year as a way to follow through with their resolutions and in turn our gyms get flooded with new people. Then in March suddenly our gyms are ours again.

I think the term has a bad rap, and I think sometimes people at gyms is what makes a January joiner become a statistic.

We were all once a “January Joiner”. Whether you joined in January at July, the first time anyone joined a gym it’s likely you didn’t know everything about every piece of equipment, what weight you should be using, or how to properly execute the exercise to make sure you were doing it correctly.

All over facebook and twitter are complaints about how people can’t wait until the January joiners leave. Personally, I think it’s terrible and sad.

People stay on treadmills because while it may take you 30 mins to run a 5k, it may take someone new 30 mins to walk/run a mile.

People loiter around the weights, not because they are lazy, but because maybe they aren’t sure what they are supposed to do.

I know I am not perfect when it comes to the gym, and some days, I took longer than I should have with the treadmill, I have used the wrong weights, I have done an exercise incorrectly, and I have used weights longer than I should because someone was waiting for me to be done.

Here’s the thing, we should be ecstatic that these people are changing their lives, for the better, not putting them down and glaring at them while they use “our” equipment.

As a nation we are fat and unhealthy, if that unhealthy person joins a gym, it wouldn’t kill you to be nice but it could kill them if you intimidate them enough that they are scared to come to the gym.

Rome wasn’t built in a day, and people don’t know everything in a gym after a day. Give a smile instead of glare, and maybe you’ll feel better too.

How do you feel about the term January Joiners?