Skip to main content

HBBC Roundup #1

I'm participating in Amanda's Holiday Bootie Buster Challenger over at Run to the Finish this year. I may have made a little mistake though....

You can choose which level you want so sign up for, and I chose Advanced. Keep in mind at the time I was running 40 mile weeks getting ready for my marathon. Now...not so much. As in, 2 weeks, zero running miles logged. I'm still counting spinning, yoga, stretching, weights and pilates, along with points for eating 7 servings of produce each day. But I don't think I'll be winning any awards among the Advanced kiddos.

See those last 2 empty bubbles? Yeah.....

The HBBC started on a Saturday, the 19th of November, so here's my progress for that week:

Saturday: Nothing. Not a great start, I'll admit. But I got my produce in! (1 point)
Sunday: At home workout, 45 minutes of pilates and resistance training, plus veggies! (3.25 points)
Monday: Nothing - not even all my fruits and veggies! Whoops. (0 points)
Tuesday: 1 hour of yoga, 15 min. pilates, 15 min. upper body, and my produce! (5.5 points)
Wednesday: Spin workout at home for 55 minutes and all my veggies (6.5 points)
Thursday: Spin for 35 minutes, upper body and abs for 30 minutes, veggies! (6 points)
Friday: One hour of spin and veggies (7 points)

Total points: 29.25

Well, I'm not going to win the whole thing, but I love how HBBC will keep me on track over the holidays. Now that I have a viable cardio option (bike) I can try to make up some more points as well. Next week's goal: 40 points! And you better believe I'll be aiming for my 7 servings of fruits and veggies every day.

Anyone else doing Amanda's Holiday Bootie Buster Challenge? How do you like it?
I love that it's holding me accountable, but of course my competitive self wishes I was still marathon training to rack up those points!

Do you find it a challenge to eat 7 servings of fruits/veggies each day?
Some days I do. Without tracking, I can be all over the place - some days 7 or 8 without trying, other times 2-3! This forces me to keep track and include some at each meal/snack, which I love.


  1. I have found it hard to get the 7 servings of fruits/veggies per day - but the challenge helps me to get those servings in.

  2. I'm sooooooo in for the HBBC and racked up 74.5 points last week. It encourages me to do two things: get in the 7 fruits/veggies every day by swapping out rice cakes or brownies for fruit come snacktime, and to STRETCH for those extra few points here and there. I NEVER stretch.

    I am going to kill this thing. I'm determined.

  3. I am a part of it, but I haven't logged anything yet I need to go log my workouts and whatnot...7 servings of veggies and fruits is sadly difficult for me, I'm working on it though.

  4. Great job! I agree, it's hard keeping up with the Advanced group :) I eat a lot of fruits and veggies, but I find it surprisingly hard to get a full 7 servings in! But it definitely motivates me to grab them instead of something else :)

  5. I dropped the ball the first week with my exercise. I went on 3 runs, but its hard to get the mileage up in my area, and sadly been busy during the day cleaning / organizing my stuff at my parents.
    Amanda did say that if you felt you placed yourself in the wrong category, you could email her and change it... worth still asking her about?

  6. I am doing the challenge!

    Although I have to admit I have NOT filled out my spreadsheet yet because I haven't quite figured it out yet. I'm going to sit down this week and figure it out though.

    I did glance at the spreadsheet one day and I don't think I'm in the right category, need to figure that out too.

  7. I didn't know what that challenge was all about until you explained it. Sounds great, you will kick it's butt this week. Thanks for the reminder to get my f & v in...I've been off the wagon a bit this weekend. Time to tighten up my belt. :) Jess

  8. I ended the first week with 25 points. Let's just say it's a good thing that we don't have to deduct points for the UNHEALTHY things we eat and drink... lol Even though I got all my fruits and veggies in, I think all the pie and wine would have cancelled those points out.

  9. Cool challenge! I probably eat about 4 or 5 servings of veggies a day. Yesterday, I think I got a half serving, haha.

  10. NIce challenge to keep the motivation up. I've slacked off on veg intake recently I need to up that.

  11. hehe I'm aiming for the daily 7 servings of fruits and veggies, too! If you're ever worried about getting 'em in -- whip up smoothie! My Green Drink is epic, and I usually have it first thing in the morning.

  12. Im loving it! Not going to win anything either but still fun to track everything and keep accountable. I got your message and will post about the calories soon. I struggle there a lot and sometimes wonder if I eat to little. :)

  13. This challenge looks fun. I'll have to go check it out.

  14. Getting your favorite workouts in while injured is really tough. Hope your ankle is better so soon.

  15. I signed up for Advanced too and now realize I'm not really doing a whole lot so it's probably the wrong category but still fun!

  16. You did great considering you couldn't run. Wait to go keeping it up without the running. And I seriously eat like 10 servings of fruits and vegtables a day. It is a little rediculous and going to the grocery store twice a week for produce can get a litte annoying. ha ha!

  17. Great job getting your points in. I have a harder time getting my veggies in during the winter than I do in the summer for some reason. I really need to work on that.

  18. I"m doing the challenge and love it! It's motivating me to do a little extra (more miles, more cross train) than I normally would do. And the fruit/veggie thing is awesome for my diet!!! I find myself staring at a carb for a snack and then changing my mind... nope, I need another fruit!

  19. I wish I had heard about this earlier! I totally would have signed up. Veggie servings are super small, designed for normal eaters, and my stomach defies reason, so I eat at least 7-8 servings per day I'm sure. I seriously just ate god knows how many in my dinner, a gigantic bowl filled with veggies and a bit of pasta. I'm not normal. A bag of frozen broccoli is like two servings for me.

  20. I'm doing the challenge at the Doer level, but I doubt I'll win anything either. I'm in between training cycles still and my mileage is pretty low. But I'm really just doing it to keep myself more accountable over the holidays so that's just fine.

    Good job on fruits and veggies!

  21. Absolutely in!

    I think you are doing great with what you are able to do!

  22. I loved doing the HBBC last year, until I fell of the wagon pretty hard halfway though. It really does keep you honest during the holidays though!


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Are You a Salty Sweater? The Truth About Sodium and Running

Before I started running regularly, I did my best to avoid salt. After all, if you want to lose weight you're supposed to reduce sodium, right? Here's what the American Federal Government's recommendations for sodium intake (as of January 2011)

-if you're 51+ years old, black, have hypertension, kidney disease or diabetes, you get 1,500 mg. each day
-if you're a healthy adult, you get 2,300 mg. per day. A teaspoon. 

Now most of the time, I don't have an issue with this. Salt isn't used too much in my cooking, and I avoid a lot of common processed foods filled with sodium. When I do indulge in a salty meal, usually from a restaurant, I get the associated water weight gain and bloating. So I'm happy to stick to my meeting my 2,300 mg. requirements each day.

And then...summer arrives. If you're running in high humidity, you sweat. A lot. It's not pretty, and you're draining your body of electrolytes like sodium. On my long runs, I take precauti…

DIY Treadmill Desk

Working from home has its perks. Sure, my social interaction skills are deteriorating rapidly and casual dress Fridays now include those old ratty boxers and that one race shirt with the hole, but I also get to enjoy things like eating lunch at 10:30 because I feel like it and deciding where I want to work. Like on the treadmill.

Between working at my desk all day, using my computer for fun and then sitting on the couch watching television most nights for an hour or two, it's safe to say I sit on my ass a lot. And yep, that's not so great for you. Even though I work out 6 days a week, I hate that I spend easily 75% of my waking hours sitting.

On a whim, I asked Tim if he could build me a treadmill desk. I've seen these massive contraptions to make treadmill desks, but they basically transform it into a full-time desk, and I still want to use my treadmill for running (sans desk) as well. Magic carpenter man took a few measurements and brought me in a prototype by lunchtime.…

I Wanna Play! My 7 Links

I've been loving the "7 Links" Posts circulating the blogging world lately, so when I was tagged by Holly at Rust Belt Runner I couldn't wait to participate. Without further ado, here are my Seven Links...

Most Popular Post: Aside from giveaways (and we know why those are popular), one of my most read and commented on post was about my Weight Loss Journey. It got so much attention, it deserved it's own little tab at the top of my page!

Most Controversial Post: My post Good Person > Good Racer was possibly the most controversial. I talked about my own experience racing with my husband, and whether or not it is racer etiquette (or just plain rude) to pass someone when you planned on running together. Lots of differing options in this area!

Most Helpful Post: One of my earlier posts was titled What's Worth It, and recapped some running extras and whether or not they're beneficial. I go so much great feedback on products like foam rollers, compression sock…