Tag Archives: Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge 2012

Holiday Bootie Buster Wrap-Up

Sadly, yesterday was the last day of the Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge.  I have really enjoyed this challenge and all it provided from before Thanksgiving and through all the holidays.  The Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge has made working out and eating healthy more fun than it has ever been, and I must admit I’m was more motivated than ever to work out and eat healthy with this challenge.


This challenge was about keeping you motivated to stay active during the winter and holidays. The best thing about this challenge was that you don’t even have to take classes at a gym, or even go to the gym. You can count those workout videos and other workouts you do at home too! I ended up getting the bulk of my points at the gym teaching my spinning classes and subbing for other instructors (everyone got hit by that wretched flu).


I’m taking away quite a bit from the Bootie Buster Challenge.  My family is now getting at least 7 servings of fruits and veggies everyday.  Before it turns out that we were only getting 4 (under the recommended amount).  The Bootie Buster Challenge also provided a great support group on Facebook.  We all motivated, supported, and helped each other through the challenge.  I’ve made some great new friends, and discovered some new workout friends here in North Dakota that were also part of the challenge.

I’m going to miss this challenge, but I’m already looking forward to the next challenge!  Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp starts up again on Monday, and I cannot wait to see what workouts she has in store for us this round!

Finding Great Challenges!

I have been so fortunate to have found some wonderful challenges to keep me healthy and fit over this winter and the holidays, and I have found a new challenge to start off 2013!!

Thirteen in Twenty-Thirteen!!

13 in 13

This is an amazing challenge put together by Jill Conyers and Jen, Marathon Mom.  It is totally free and there are prizes too!  I think this is a great challenge for anyone out there.  Even the beginner or the walker would really love this challenge.  Your only goal is to run, jog, or walk 13 different races in 2013.  Here are the details:


  1. Run 13 registered virtual or real life races in 2013.
  2. The number of participants will not be limited.
  3. Prizes throughout the year. Hint: Some of my favorite running and fitness products!
  4. They have set up a 13 In 2013 Facebook group to support and encourage each other and share the experience.
  5. To support everyone reaching their goal Jen and Jill will host 4 virtual races throughout the year. The first virtual race will be in February. More information coming soon.
  6. Share with Instagram and Twitter using the #13in2013 hashtag.

You might be wondering what distance we will be challenged to run? Unlike 2012, when everyone was running the same distance, in 2013 you pick and commit to one of the following: 5K, 10K, half marathon, marathon, trails, or races that vary in length.

How to join:

  1. Sign up [and commit] using the Google document. Sign ups close midnight (EST) on December 31.
  2. Post the button with the distance of your choice on your blog on your sidebar (HTML will be provided if needed).
  3. Update the Google document with your progress and completed races.


I have signed up for this wonderful challenge and will be doing 13 mixed races in 2013!

What I find really great about this challenge is the introduction of virtual races!  Virtual races are races that you sign up for on the internet, and then you do the race wherever and whenever you want (most do have a set time frame).  This is great!  I live where there are no races in the winter and the closest races are usually 2 or more hours away.

Virtual races are also great for the beginning runner.  Some people are afraid to enter a race due to the fear of coming in last.  I had this fear during my very first race too.  Others don’t enter because they fear other’s will judge them and their performance (I hear this one all the time from people and I wish they would realize that everyone will be cheering them on).  A virtual race will give those beginners with fears a chance to do a 5K or even a Marathon without having to worry about times or other people.

I have already signed up for a few virtual races myself, and you get a medal for them too!


Mom’s Run This Town is hosting an amazing Winter Runnerland 2013
5k / 10k / Half Marathon.  It will run from January 1-31st.  With this race you even get a medal!!  I have signed up for the 5K!


New Years Resolution Run is a 5k and/or half marathon that runs from Dec 30th to January 1st, 2013.  This is a great way to start off your new year!  What could be better than a race to start out the year in a healthy fashion!?!  I know I’ll be doing their 5K!!  Plus all the proceeds go to For the Love of the Kids.


Virtual Half Marathon & Treadmill Challenge 5K Winter Blast is another virtual race with great swag and a medal.  I runs from Dec 22-January 1, 2013.  Just check out the picture above and see the cool swag you get!

Muffins to Marathons also has some great virtual races coming up in 2013!  With their races you get a t-shirt and a medal!!  There are also big cash prizes!  I know I will be doing some of these races.  See below for dates and t-shirt images.

  • New Years Day Rock’n Run 5K: December 30, 2012 – January 2, 2013
  • Love on the Run 5K: February 12, 2013 – February 15, 2013
  • Run, Rock, Shamrock 5K: March 16, 2013 – March 19, 2013
Images Below are what the t-shirts will look like.

On to a recap of my week in the workout department for the other challenges I’m part of.

HBBC2012-Option2_thumb The Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge has been absolutely wonderful in the motivation department.  By earning points for exercising and eating healthy I have gotten on a great health kick.  My family and I are now eating our daily servings of fruits and veggies.  I have gotten to the point that I get all my servings without thinking about it!  For example, right now I’m munching on fruit while I’m typing instead of drinking a latte or cup of coffee.  I have also been working out and teaching a bunch this week, so I was really able to rack up the points.  I also have to credit HBBC for getting me to enjoy my yoga time.  I have had to do longer yoga sessions each day due to the extra cardio and weights I have been doing.  Thanks HBBC!!!  Here is a break down of my points from this last week.

HBBC 11/23 – 12/1

Spinning: 35
Strength and/or Core Workouts: 16
Yoga: 12
Pilates: 2
Fruits/Veggie Servings: 7 days

Week 2 Goal: Eat 5-7 servings of fruits/veggies!!  One great way I got a big chunk of veggies was from soup.  My Roasted Butternut Squash and Carrot Soup was a healthy addition to my meals.


Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp has been just amazing!  I love the workouts Tina has us doing each week.  They are challenging and motivating.  You find yourself doing better and increasing weights each workout.  The next round of Bootcamp will start the first week in January.  If you would like to join in on the next round of Bootcamp, registration will begin on December 3rd.  I highly suggest you join in on the next roundSmile

Bootie Buster Challenge

I have had such a great week when it comes to working out!


I have to give credit to Tina Reale’s Best Body Boot Camp and the Holiday Bootie Busterburpee Challenge.  These two fitness challenges have kept me motivated and happy all week.  The workouts Tina gave us this week were good.  Nothing like over 100 burpees to keep you going and feeling motivatedSmile!  I feel like I should own a t-shirt that says…”I survived the Burpee Challenge”.  My body is loving the challenge and so am I.  However, I may be saying some 4 letter words while doing themSmile.


The Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge is making working out and eating healthy more fun than it has ever been, and I must admit I’m more motivated to work out and eat healthy with this challenge.  This challenge is about keeping you motivated to stay active during the winter and holidays.  The best thing about this challenge is that you don’t even have to take classes at a gym, or even go to the gym. You can count those workout videos and other workouts you do at home too! Plus this challenge has a ton of great prizes!!

The challenge is divided into groups based on your workout levels:

  • Low Profile:5K, 10K, cardio class master (includes CrossFit)
  • Cushioned:Half marathon/marathon/distance biking
  • Stability:Half Ironman or more
  • Minimalist: Yoga/Weight lifting

You should expect to continue earning points for activity in any area,cross training, but by selecting your primary activity throughout the challenge you can be more competitive for the top points prizes.

And here is a breakdown of the points you earn…


cleaning-girl-cleanI swear I have turned into a kid when it comes to earning points.  I want to do whatever I can to earn as many points in a day as I can.  It makes me so happy to earn a point for something.  For example, those bonus cleaning points that I told you about in yesterday’s post….I was happy to clean, and I was looking forward to cleaning because I was going to earn a point for every hour I spent cleaning.  Oh how I wish I could earn points and possibly get prizes for cleaning all year round.Smile


Thanksgiving was the first day that I earned a point for eating all my fruit and veggies (5-7 servings)!!  It has been hard to get at least 5 servings a day.  Not getting any points in that category for 3 days straight really bugged me.  We always have fruits and veggies with our meals in our home, but I had no idea we were lacking several servings each day.  I posted about this on the Holiday Bootie Buster Facebook Page and received a ton of ideas from everyone.  I’m now preplanning the fruits and veggies my family will eat each day, and I’m also back to making my protein smoothies.  I cannot believe that I completely forgot about all the fruit I put in one smoothie.  So, yesterday I made myself a post workout protein smoothie, and here is the recipe!!  For all you Holiday Challenge girls this baby has a total of 3 servings of fruits/veggies!!!

Power Protein Smoothie

Power Protein Smoothie

  • 1/2 c frozen blueberries
    1/2 c frozen sliced strawberries and sliced bananas combined
    1 c baby spinach…regular would work fine too
    6 oz. Greek yogurt (you can choose the flavor or just plain)
    1 scoop protein powder
    1 T ground flax seed (optional)
    milk (enough to allow everything to blend)

Place everything in your blender and blend!  You will have a healthy protein packed smoothie for before or after your workout.

HBBC Points as of 11/24/12

  • Spinning:  28
    Weight Lifting and core work:  7
    Yoga:  8
    Pilates:  4
    WOW:  1
    Fruits/Veggies:  3
    Bonus:  10
    Total HBBC Points so far:  61

Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge

Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge

I know all of us start having issues with staying active and eating healthy during the upcoming holidays and winter.  As for me, winter is the hardest part.  I’m so used to Florida and the nice weather that allows you to stay active outside year round.  Here in good old North Dakota you cannot just “go for a run” during the winter.  The roads are snow covered and you take a risk with the extreme cold if you are outside for too long (-68 degree wind chills…don’t you wish you were me?).  This leaves me no choice but to make myself workout inside.  Therefore, I’ve signed up to do the Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge that starts November 19th!

This challenge is about keeping you motivated to stay active during the winter and holidays, and to be honest, I think most of us need the motivation this time of year.  I know I do.  The best thing about this challenge is that you don’t even have to take classes at a gym, or even go to the gym.  You can count those workout videos and other workouts you do at home too!  Plus this challenge has a ton of great prizes!! 

The challenge is divided into groups based on your workout levels:

  • Low Profile: 5K, 10K, cardio class master (includes CrossFit)
  • Cushioned: Half marathon/marathon/distance biking
  • Stability: Half Ironman or more
  • Minimalist: Yoga/Weight lifting

You then accumulate points for working out, eating healthy, miles biked, miles run, cleaning the house, etc. 

1 Point per mile (run/walk)
1 Point per 3 miles biked
1 Point per 20 minutes of Pilates, yoga, stretching or core
1 Point per 15 minutes of low impact cardio or weights (i.e. low impact aerobics, easy biking, skiing, skating, water aerobics, snow shoeing)
1 Point per 10 minutes of high impact cardio (i.e.spinning, kickboxing, lap swimming)
1 Per day where you reach a minimum of 7 servings of fruits and veggies (here are details on what is a serving)

Additional points: Because it is all about taking care of your entire mind, body, and soul there will be additional posts/questions where you can earn points throughout the challenge. Examples have included points for cleaning house for visitors, meditating, reading a book just for you, getting the family active instead of on the couch.
Each week there will be questions posted on Facebook and those who participate will earn extra points. The goal is to help us all get to know and support each other with great ideas.

The challenge will run from Nov 19 to Jan 5…this helps to cover you for the major holidays!


I’m really excited about doing this challenge and the possible prizes I could win!!  I hope you will join me in this challenge to keep you healthy over the holidays!  If you sign up for the Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge please select “referred” and put “fromfltond” as your referrer.  I cannot wait for this to start!!!  Here is to a healthy holiday season!!