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Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge

Last year the inaugural Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge roped in almost 100 participants for a rip roaring competition that helped us all to enjoy the holiday season without packing on any lbs!! For those not worried about the weight, it was still a great motivator to maintain fitness and make sure you are putting some time for yourself on the crazy holiday calendar.

The challenge is back this year and I will be out gathering prizes for our winners (think Headsweats visor, ProBars, towels, gym bags, energy gel)…due to a little controversy over last years winner… who we all still think was probably blowing smoke… I am keeping the point system the same, but possibly switching up how the winners are selected. I want to reward the person with the most points, but we’re going to need some validation that you actually earned those points if it comes in to question.

Challenge will run from Nov 23 to Jan 8…this helps to cover you for the major holidays!

HBBC Rules
1 Point per mile (run/walk/snowshoe)
1 Point per 3 miles biked
1 Point per 30 minutes of weight lifting, Pilates, yoga, stretching or abs
1 Point per 15 minutes of another form of cardio (i.e. kick boxing, aerobics elliptical)
1 Per day where you reach a minimum of 7 servings of fruits and veggies

Because I am all about taking care of your entire mind, body, soul connection there will be additional posts/questions where you can earn points throughout the challenge.

Keep track of your points through whatever means you'd like...just be honest. I will put it to a vote as to how you would like to report points:
A. Enter them yourselves in to a Google Doc. Means you can see at any time how others are doing, so long as they are updating the sheet.
B. Send them to me weekly, so that you have to wonder all week long if you are beating the competition or not.

Which point option is more motivating to you? Leave your choice below when you say HEY I’M IN!

This was great motivation for everyone who participated last year and of course there is a new and improved Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge button for your website which will earn you an extra point if you post it and help gather some friends to the challenge.
HBBCSo that’s the game folks…whose up for the challenge??? Sign up by leaving your name below and a link to your blog if you’d like it to appear on the list of participants.

Giveaway time at AndHerLittleDogToo for some running gear
and over at LoveYogaandVeggies!
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Gratitude Journal
Nov 10
I am grateful for fun challenges
I am grateful for lots of competitionsig copy
I am grateful for good weather so I can kick your butt
I am grateful for huge water bottles
I am grateful for planning ahead

117 comments:

J said...

Sign me up! I think having the google doc would be a cool thing - I havent really used the docs feature yet.

question - the 1 pt per 15 minutes of another form of cardio, would that mean swimming too???

Katie said...

SIgn me up sister! I am not picky about how though! I need to get better about fruits/veggies. I voted against the marathon going to try to get time peeled off my half. I really have my heart set on Chicago being my first.

Laura said...

Sign me up! Whatever is easiest to do in terms of keeping track works for me.

teacherwoman said...

HEY! I'm in! Either way works for me, but I think Option B will keep me motivated more!

I too am curious as to how I would earn points for swimming!

chandra said...

Even though I can't do much besides bike and minimal strength training still, sign me up! :)

I think the google docs thing is cool, I'd just have to remember to update it. haha

pennylope said...

i'm in! i think this is great! i'm facing a little (ok, a lot) of burnout after all my racing this fall, and this is great motivation to get me back on the road and in the gym!

Beth S. said...

I'm in! I've been doing a lot of running but absolutely NO weight lifting what so ever.

I like the google docs option. I think you should define, or post a link to, what is actually is a serving of fruits or vegetables. I always get confused about that.

Maddy said...

Count me in.

I would prefer the second option. I like to be kept guessing and keep everyone else guessing too!

Too bad the challenge ends the day before the Walt Disney World Marathon weekend...

TeriLyn said...

I'm in! Love this idea! Either tracking method is fine with me, as long as I get to use Excel. :)

RunningLaur said...

I'm in!

I don't have a preference between the two methods, I'd probably end up making my own spreadsheet anyway!

Too bad it doesn't go long enough to include my halves, but it may get me to do an work!

I'll be hosting another virtual race in Dec too, if the participants want to join in.

MCM Mama said...

I'm in! LOVE this challenge!

I'm ok with either point tracking system.

http://mcmmama.blogspot.com

Anna Banana said...

Count me in! I want to start now but I guess I can wait until the 23rd! :)

Marlene said...

Count me in! I'm sooo excited to participate this year. I already added the image & a link to this post on my blog in the sidebar.

I'm totally fine with whichever method of recording... I'm thinking if we all add them ourselves to a Google Doc, it's less work for you.

Lo said...

i absolutely want to join! and HoneyNutLo.Com

xoxo
Lo

Mom on the Run said...

Count me in!

I would love the google doc feature!

healthymomontherun@gmail.com

Staci Dombroski said...

That sounds great! I think I am going to track my miles in dailymile.com

My website is dombroskiweightloss.blogspot.com

Mel -Tall Mom on the Run said...

I am TOTALLY in! How fun. Off to grab the button and star a spreadsheet..

Katie A. said...

Sign me up!!!
The google doc does seem like the easiest on you.
And, honesty is best policy...can't see how you would get around that part of the challenge. But thank you for doing this! I love these! And I will mention it in my next blog!!

Rachel Wasserman said...

count me in! i'm happy to track points either way, whatever everyone else wants to do.

www.manicdefense.blogspot.com

Jamie in Arkansas said...

Sounds like fun! I like the google doc idea. I'm motivated by seeing what others do - like on the POTM challenge! Count me in!
Jamie in Arkansas
(rigdon@mtnhome.com)

Genesis said...

oooh sign me up! and i think Google Doc would be a great motivator :)

fun challenge.

Terri said...

Sign me up as well, although I know absolutely NOTHING about google docs - does that make me a dinosaur?? I love the opportunity to participate in a challenge that takes me through the holidays. Love, love, love it! Also, how do I post a link to my blog. I just write, so I'm not too adept at the tech stuff. Love your blog Amanda - read it daily! And I'd love to have readers share healthy holiday recipes. I'm posting my awesome whole wheat oat bran pancakes on my blog tomorrow.
Terri
http://lifechapterbychapter.blogspot.com

Denise said...

I'm totally in!!! I agree, there has to be a better way to validate the winner but that's the problem with virtual competitions.

I'm good with either option but if you did google, it might help people have a means to document each day as they go along and then not have to redo it weekly to give you results.

thanks for organizing!

Croughwell said...

Sign me up!! Google doc is fine! We could put our own numbers in

Ms. V. said...

I'm in.

I think the most motivating is the stuff that's not running. I'm training for the LA Marathon, so that's a given, but gotta shake up my core and bootie, so this is great.

Will you let us know how/when/what/where?

And, I think it should start NOW!! LOL

MLL said...

Sign me up! Sounds like a great idea, especially since I have already begun receiving holiday party invites!

Erica said...

This is so fun! I would totally love to do it!

Oz Runner said...

count me in, gotta represent the fellas...

N.D. said...

either one is good for me. Oh man, I did good with this last year.. how motivated was I - hope I can step it up for this year!

Nobel4Lit said...

I'll play!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

Thanks for the link back and your great eco comments on my bloggie today :)

the gazelle said...

I am totally in! Can't wait to post the badge on my website. I will go with either method - and will likely create an elaborate spreadsheet with graphs & other dorky stuff!

(http://www.gazellesoncrack.com)

BOBBI McCORMICK said...

you know I am in!!!

Jeri said...

I'm totally in. :) jerbear8.blogspot.com
I would prefer to do a google doc. I like to check in on the competition. ;) might make it easier to spot any false info too, who knows!

Jess said...

I'm on for sure. Loved it last year and can't wait to get to it again this year! I vote Google Doc.

And I'll most about it tomorrow whoo hoo earning points!

Kelly said...

Definitely want to do it- I vote Google Doc- that way you don't have to deal with it and we can record it ourselves :)

my blog is redsoxcap.blogspot.com

Tea Time said...

I would like to sign up.

Mary said...

Sign me up...sounds like fun! Google doc would be great to see how every one is doing.

busyrunningmama said...

So wish I could be in, but shoulder surgery on Dec 11th and no running for 2 more weeks will probably make me a very poor contender but I will be playing along in spirit!

Jennifer said...

Sign me up! I like the google docs tracking...

Looking forward to the challenge.

Alisa - frugal foodie said...

HEY I'M IN! Did I do that right :)

Option B please!

Linda said...

Well I have been following your blog and a couple of others for a couple of months and have not commented . . . so this is my first blog comment. yahoo!!!

I see that just about all of your comments come from friends that have their own blogs - I have been thinking about it - but just not sure I have the time - or could find much to consistently blog about. ????

count me in - I would love to get in on the HBBC -

Kristie Lynn said...

I would love to do this. I'd prefer emailing them to you, but I know that would probably be more work for you so go with what you want :)

Julie said...

I am TOTES in! Love competitions haha so game on :)

Btw I'm totally grateful for HUGE water bottles too!

Candice @ I Have Run said...

I'm in! I would rather email my totals to you.

I will put a button on my blog: http://ihaverun.blogspot.com.

Candice @ I Have Run said...

I'm in! I would rather email my totals to you.

I will put a button on my blog: http://ihaverun.blogspot.com.

TSNAC said...

I'm all for it as well. I am going to say whatever way is easier for you. I started Ash's 20 in 20 challenge last Spring and it was too much work for her so she dropped it, I would hate to see that happen again.

I was also wondering if you had thought about adding a point a day for just eating one of less small treats a day. I know that is is the addition of small treats that add up to my holiday poundage.

Thanks for a great challenge :)

hebba said...

Oh, I'm so in. Sounds like fun!!

Meg Runs said...

What a great idea! I'm so busy right now but I'll cheer you on...you are again, so inspiring to all women!!

fancy nancy said...

Count me in!! I can't wait! It will be great to keep me on track! I am so not very computer savy so I will just email you my totals!

Abby said...

I was on the fence when I read this yesterday because I'm looking forward to taking a little bit of a break from training right about when the HBBC starts (the day after Philly), but really, after so much fun last year, how can I resist?

Sign me up...

Krunsdogs said...

Sounds like a great challenge! I love running with my dogs. I love my veggies and fruit. And I also enjoy lifting weights and yoga. I am going to try and get the rest of the family in on this as well.

Mel-2nd Chances said...

sign me up! Never used Google Docs before, but i'm totally up for it :)

NY Wolve said...

Great idea. I know I'd never win or keep track, so I am out, but what a great idea!

Aneta said...

IM IN!
Sign me up!
im new to the blog world, but things like this are one of the reasons why i signed up and why i love it!!

naomi said...

What a great idea! I'm in!

meg said...

I'm in. This sounds like a fun challenge! I think the google docs would be pretty easy option.

streak said...

Loved it last year and will sure to love it more this year! Count me in.
Great challenge!

http://running-streak.blogspot.com/

Karen said...

Sign me up! I could use a little motivation :) either A or B is cool with me.

Happy Feet 26.2 said...

I'm in and I prefer option A.
http://happyfeet26-2.blogspot.com/

Rookie on the Run said...

What a great idea & how fun! I'm in. I've never used google docs but that sounds like a good option. By the way, I followed Tall Mom's button to get here (does she get a point for that?).

Here's to some great Bootie Busting!

steele said...

I'm in! Should be a great motivator!

Megan said...

I'm in. Been looking for external motivation to keep me going thru the holidays.

Its doesn't matter to me how you track it. Whatever's easiest.

I blogged about the challenge. Hopefully I can get some of my friends to dign up too.
http://megan-corey.blogspot.com/

Shirley said...

This was fun last year; so I'm signing up again this year--hope the weather is nicer, so I can get more running in! I've never used Google doc either, but I agree with the ones who think that we should go with what is easier for you.

Scott and Manda said...

This is awesome. I've been preparing myself to not put on ANY weight this season and this will totally help keep me on track! I have no idea what google docs is but according to most it sounds easier for you, so do whatever's easier!

Tami said...

sign me up. Google doc seems to be easiest.

Shannon said...

Sign me up!!!

Shannon Trickey

http://shannontrickey.blogspot.com/


And it doesn't matter to me which way we track points. :)

CarolinaJay65 said...

just found your blog...sounds like good motivation for the holidays. Please sign me up. Posting our own updates sounds good.

Sandy said...

This is great motivation. I want to join the fun. I like the idea of Google Docs if you can tell us how to access it and use it. I think it would be motivational to see what other people are accomplishing. Just what I need right now to keep my momentum going.

shellyrm said...

Count me in! Another goal is always helpful when the motivation starts to dip.

Reporting points. Just tell me how!

http://itsjustonefootinfrontoftheother.blogspot.com/

shellyrm said...

Count me in! Another goal always helps when the motivation starts to dip.

Reporting? Just tell me how.

http://itsjustonefootinfrontoftheother.blogspot.com/

RunKathyRun said...

I just found your blog and would love to participate! Thanks for this great challenge.

Rio Runs said...

Wow- I was only a day or 2 behind in catching up on my blog reading and there's a new challenge! Yes- sign me up please! Either option that would be easiest for you would work. Thanks for organizing this!

The Jesse said...

sign me up!

i think it will be GREAT motivation. i think either point tracking system would be fine.

i'll be posting about this on my blog before the end of the weekend - www.thejesseblogs.blogspot.com

looking forward to the challenge :)

amani said...

I'm in.

Melissa said...

trying this again....lol
Sign me up.

sRod said...

Awesome idea!!

Janice {Run Far} said...

sign me up. I def need the motivation. I have been doing so well since Aug, don't want to fall off to much during the holidays. Thanks for hosting. I like the google Doc best.
janni329@yahoo.com
www.runningfarstrong.blogspot.com

THis is perfect, because the Fit by Fall challenge I have been doing ends Nov 23rd.... right in time to start yours. :)

Kim said...

I'd love to do this, too! Either option would motivate me, but maybe B more?

Amy W said...

I am in!

ashleyandaudrey.blogspot.com

runkerarun said...

I'm in! This sounds like a lot of fun :)

Irish Cream said...

Oooh, fun! I heard about this through Marlene! Fabulous idea! I want to play!! :)

I think maybe option B would be a little more fun--I like that element of suspense!!

Lind Family said...

Sign me up! I'm good with either way although I think being able to see it more often than once a week would help my super competitiveness. ;) I already posted the "picture" to my blog! Super excited to get going on this!

www.justlearningtotri.blogspot.com

Lindsay

Anna said...

I totally want in on this! I think the google doc would be great.


(www.endlesslycreatingmyself.blogspot.com)

2 Fat 2 Run 13.1 said...

Sign me up - I am excited...Thanks for the challenge!

Alison said...

Sign Me Up! This will be so funnn....

Stuart said...

Sounds great, sign me up. I am coming back from a big injury and need to get my butt in gear. Google docs works for me but I am easy either way

Carly said...

I am in!

Badgergirl said...

Is it too late to get signed up? If not, count me in!

www.adventuresofbadgergirl.blogspot.com

badgergirl1@gmail.com

TnT Momma said...

I'm insane and I KNOW I won't win, but I need the motivation of a real challenge - and you definitely challenge me AB! So, signup me and then say a prayer I don't hurt myself! :)

http://reasonlight.blogspot.com

Either point system works for me.

Toni said...

Sign me up! I can't wait to do this challenge!
mylifenrunning.blogspot.com

Elina said...

I really enjoyed the challenge last year... I got so creative at fitting in extra stuff to get points but haven't really done much of it since (like on demand yoga on cable, etc.). Is it too late to sign up?
Oh, I like option A :D

Nicci@NiftyEats said...

I don't know how I missed this challenge. I'm up for another Holiday challenge! count me in

Nicci
http://niccisniftyeats.com

Julia said...

Sign me up!
And as to which point method, I have no preference, either way is great with me! Thanks for doing this! What a great motivator!

lilmeg said...

I'm in!

http://www.worthatri.blogspot.com

The Linz said...

Sign me up!! I am ready for the Bootie Buster Challenge!

heather park-Hillhouse said...

I would love to do this. I need some encouragement! The goolge doc sounds better, but it would have to be easy to do...im not so computer smart. was sent over by http://runningfarstrong.blogspot.com/

Liz said...

I would like to give it a try...

It will give me motivation to blog too! :)

-liz

momontherun-liz.blogspot.com

Shazza said...

Totally in!
Never used google docs, but I'm sure I can figure it out!!

DeelyBH said...

Sign me up!

I need something to keep me motivated :)

karathon said...

I'm definitely in! This sounds like a great way to stay in check over the holidays!

http://karathon.wordpress.com

Elise said...

sign me up!

KP said...

sign me up please!
Either way works for me.

Thanks!

Velma said...

Mel from 2nd chances sent me over, and I would like to participate.

Thanks!

OC 2 Seattle said...

I'm in - this is so needed for me right now! Super motivation. http://www.oc2seattle.wordpress.com

Gina said...

Ooooh, sign me up...this is just what i need!

sam said...

HI! My name is Samantha or Sami or Hey you! LOL

http://seesamieat.blogspot.com/

Sign me up! i am so in! this sounds like just what i needed to get through the Holidays!

I think either works but A might be nice so we can all see how were doing and then you dont have to keep track of a hundred or so participants!

How do I get the button on my blog?

HeidiTri's said...

Hi, I'd love to join this year!
I'll post through the google docs.
-Heidi
http://tris3kidsandlife.blogspot.com/

I'll post the botton on my blog, when I'm not at work.

Toni said...

I forgot to leave my email
mylifeandrunning@google.com.
Thanks for having such an awesome challenge!

Marie said...

I would totally love to be in on this!

Marie

Michelle said...

Sounds fun! I'm in!

http://letsrollmama.blogspot.com/

outsidethekitchen said...

My friend Jenny just posted about this - very cool! I"m in.

Bonnie said...

I'm in too . . . thanks for the open invite - prefer method B but will do whatever majority wants :)

Suzy said...

Awesome challenge! I'd love to participate. It looks like it started yesterday...but I didn't do any exercising (I did eat all my fruits and veggies).

BOBBI McCORMICK said...

hey girl where is the spread sheet???

Sheryl said...

Hi! Is it too late to join in? I'd love to participate!

www.runninginpigtails.com =)

sheryl [at] runninginpigtails [dot] com

unathleticrunner said...

I'm late jumping on board but I'm in!

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