Archive | July, 2012

#MonkeyMat Mania!

31 Jul

Hey folks – just wanted to give you a quick heads up that #FitFluential will be hosting a Twitter Chat tomorrow at 12:30 EST for the awesome folks at MonkeyMat – You will love this product if you do lots of summer fun activities!  I will be providing you some pictures and my experience on Thursday so please – Come on Back now – ya hear? 🙂

If you want some info now – please head over to FitFluential and get their review in your head for the chat and I will post mine tomorrow before the chat!

The Weekly Chase – Week #4

30 Jul

So this last week was not so stellar – my mojo up and got gone. I think this weather that is gloomy and rainy really affects me more than I know and I have to figure out a better way to combat this. I mean that sincerely!

#1 – 100 Mile Challenge – um yeah – I have decided to drop this as my running is just not happening in this rainy weather right now and when I do get a nice day we have other this we have to get done. I hate being a quitter – but I quit this one!

#2 – Plank-A-Day – my goal was 3 minutes and I came up a little shy (by 30 seconds) but I am not giving up that easy on this one!

#3 – Facebook C Diet – Yeah my diet sucks if I didn’t already know this – but I am more conscious! I must also say that I have now discovered a love for Chobani and it includes eating it up to 3 times a day – I seriously love this stuff with some granola…heaven!

#4 – Clean out my craft closet – This didn’t happen – plain and simple.

#5 – Team Beach Body – I met with my awesome upline Carin and we seem to have the same style so I am looking forward to building this up!

#6 – Operation Beautiful – I did my first post-it and it was very exciting!

Okay – so really not that fantastic – but I think I just need some different things to go for to clear my head – so here goes nothing~

#1 – Operation Beautiful – I am going to make this one a higher priority – I need to feel good by doing good – since this weather is just plain sucky.

#2 – Plank-A-Day – I WILL get 3 minutes – it will not escape me this week!

#3 – Read the Girls A Bed Time Story Every Night – school is starting for my oldest soon and I just feel it is important. My dad and mom used to read to us and I really think that instilled a love of reading to this day.

#4 – Team Beach Body – Get my goals set this week and get a game plan!

#5 – Research Vitamins – I had asked our dear friend Kelly over at GNC about vitamins and such…I need to help myself some by getting on a routine of vitmains….I need to really research this and get it started. I want to take a look at some other companies as well…

SO there is it…A little different start for my goals to give my mind a rest from being anxious over running. 

Questions – What vitamins/supplements do you take and why?

What’s New Wednesday #14

25 Jul

So….What’s New? SO MANY THINGS!!!  Some are a bit random today and some are so fun! I am having a great day and am really excited about the opportunities I am involved in and I have been all smiles!

I am reading a book right now and will provide a full review in the next week – it is titled Mission Possible and let me tell you it is an eye opener! It is about schools, the education system, standards, and getting it done. I was surprised by how engrossed in this read I have become. I am needless to say – looking at education so much differently and how I can help my own child!

Abby got accepted into Anchorage Christian School and will be attending kindergarten beginning August 20th! We have to buy her uniform and go to an interview next week! I am excited and scared all at the same time as my first-born is growing up but there is so much that will make her grow into this awesome little person she is already becoming!

Operation Beautiful is something I came across and am having so much fun with this! Their mission is simply this: “The goal of the Operation Beautiful website is to end negative self-talk or “Fat Talk.”  If this little blog only does one productive thing, I hope it helps readers realize how truly toxic negative self-talk is  — it hurts you emotionally, spiritually, and physically.” With all the negative self-talk in thus world I am doing everything to make sure my kids know they are beautiful and everyone around them as well. It takes no time – just some love!

Team Beach Body Coach – yup that is me! I am getting some ground information right now and will announce my grand start shortly – I am so excited to be a part of a company that puts coaching and motivation as their focus and not just a product or gimmick. They want people to get healthy and be healthy – I LOVE IT!

I am hosting a Scentsy Party to re-start my business (I love to be busy can you tell?) Please check out my website and order from the Jump Start Party – This is going to be a way for me to get some added income to help out the cost of Abby’s school tuition!

Facebook C Diet – I just started this and it already is an eye opener! I wanted to learn some healthier ways to eat and get introduced to new things – and you take a picture of everything you eat….wow do I eat bad…I am more conscious than ever that I eat bad. I thought I just ate okay – but, um, no. I am really bad and I am half embarrassed. Now I know why I can’t ever meet all my goals – I love food way to much! But Stefan is going to help me get it taken care of! Well – I have always really known…

I am learning to laugh and play more with my kids. I think watching my parents enjoy their two days in Alaska with the kids more than I have in the last couple days made me realize I need to cherish this time more than I have lately. I need to love them, laugh with them, play with them, and take them for a walk when they ask, and let them ride bikes when they ask, and such. I have found myself to be in a better mood from this and I really think that it is what I have been needing! 

I have a phone consult with a run coach today – I need to get over my hump of hating running and set some goals! I am excited for this as I think having someone here who can hold me accountable and be waiting on me will be helpful. Something about having a body here to push me helps me. I think it is from being a gymnast for so long and the individual attention I was given at all times…who knows 🙂

Lots of new goodness going on…looking for my any and all August challenges that are going to be hosted!!!!

Also – the next 10 people who leave me a comment after they have emailed me their address(mollyritterbeck@gmail.com) will get a surprise mailed to them – just because I love you guys!

 

The Weekly Chase – Week #3

23 Jul

Oh Goals….Last week you were not my friend – but did get to spend time with my mom and dad who I thought would never make it up to Alaska to see me….So happy but so sad they are gone!

Recap of Last Week – Def not as good as the previous weeks completion!

#1 – 100 Mile Challenge – no miles….yeah – so not good….

#2 – Clean for parents – DONE!

#3 – Enjoy my parents – DONE!

#4 – Plank-A-Day – only got 3 days in but I rocked it out at over a minute each time!

#5 – Finish my Bios – did n’t even look at them….

#6 – Get a routine to fit in CrossFit – didn’t even think about a routine…

SO – Onward and upward to better things….Here are the goals:

#1 – 100 Mile Challenge – Oh yeah – going to get it going as I am a week behind in getting miles in!

#2 – Plank-A-Day – going to max out at a 3 minute hold this week – it will happen people!

#3 – Facebook C Diet – It starts today and this is the observation week to see how I am actually eating. This should be interesting!

#4 – Clean out my craft closet – I have so much stuff I just don’t use – it has to go!!

#5 – Team Beach Body – I am a new coach! Time to get my business of motivating people to do better up and running!

#6 – Operation Beautiful – I am going to research and get involved…I love it! More to come on this one folks!

I hope you are all getting pumped about the small goals idea and trying to put them in your life!

 

Playlist Thursday: Danceability

19 Jul

Alright – Here it is again – Playlist Thursday brought to us by Pavement Runner

Please don’t forget to check out the Brian’s blog and see the list of everyone that is participating!

Here is the theme – Danceability – Oh yeah sister – I got this!

Here is the format:

Something Old: These will be songs that are at least 5 years old. I know that isn’t too long to be considered old, but music turnover happens quickly.                                                                                                                                                              Something Current: These will be songs that have been released within the past year. I know, but you have to give me some leeway here.
Something to Consider: These will be songs that are not typically heard on the radio and may be by artists you’ve never heard of or considered running to. This is the wild card category, can be old or current.

Something Old: 1, 2 Step By Ciara Featuring Missy Elliott (2005)

Something Current:  Carry Out By Timbaland Featuring Justin Timberlake (2010) – Just ask the Brick City Running Tribe how they knew I was coming – I was singing this song outloud as I ran! Good Times!

Something To Consider:  Dancing Crazy By Miranda Cosgrove (2011) iCarly anyone? – again one of my daughter’s favorite songs!

Now – I couldn’t leave a post like this without mentioning three more songs – please, please give them a try to – they will always be with me on my iPod!!!

LMFAO – PArty Rock Anthem – Does anyone else see Hawk in there dancing – wait – how many of you people know who Hawk is from So You Think You Can Dance and ABDC???

The Pussy Cat Dolls Featuring A.R. Rahman – Jai Ho –  This is from Slumdog Millionare – this is a great song even though the video is hokey!

Pitbull – Back In Time – Nobody puts baby in a corner!!!

Don’t you want to get up and dance now?

What’s New Wednesday #13 – My Parents Are Coming!!!!

18 Jul

I am so excited to tell you all that my parents are coming to Alaska! They get in tonight at 7:15 and I can’t wait to pick them up! There is nothing more exciting than seeing the excitement in my little girls eyes when we talk about it. They even have little calendars that they are checking off the days until the get here!  I never thought I would be as excited as I am! Living in North Carolina I think I took for granted that they were just a days worth of driving away. Now that they are over 4,500 miles away I wish I could just pop over to see them.

Don’t ever take the simple things for granted people…

KLUTCHClub Awesome Deal News!!!!!

17 Jul

Have you heard of KLUTCHClub? If not – you should definitely check them out and give them a try!

With your choice of subscription you get delivered directly to your door over $50 worth of products and services such as food, workouts, and regiments that fit your lifestyle! The delivery to your door is free! You only pay for the box!

Click here to check out the information about the club: http://mbsy.co/klutchclub/18509

ALSO:  If you purchase a 3 month or 1 year membership and use the code MOLLYSFRIENDS you will receive a free June box with their purchase.

How awesome is this??? Check out July’s Box:

 

Mighty Leaf – Three packs of Mighty Leaf, delicious handcrafted tea blends from around the world.

Molecule R – A natural emulsifier that allows liquids to transform into foam, making your sauces light, voluminous, and incredibly flavorful.

1st Step Pro-Wellness/ High Performance Fitness – A natural liquid Vitamin B-12 supplement helping to combat chronic fatigue, regulate metabolic pathways, and maintain the central nervous system.

Truvia® Natural Sweetener – Truvia® natural sweetener is the first natural, great-tasting, zero-calorie sweetener born from the leaves of the stevia plant. Try it in coffee and tea, sprinkle it on fruit, yogurt and cereal and add it to anything that needs a little sweetness.

Nia – A movement practice that draws from martial arts, dance arts, and healing arts. Nia has created a customized class for KLUTCHclub members and their guests this month, worth over $50!

Zoye – A healthy vegetable oil low in saturated fat, and rich in Vitamin E and Omega 3 and 6.

Mineral Hygenics – This makeup contains four ingredients and is 100% all natural, allowing your skin breathe in hot summer months. Included is a $15 gift certificate with no purchase restrictions!

Goulibeur – Gourmet shortbread cookies made with just four natural ingredients. This 100-year old recipe comes from France and can be the perfect, delicious finish to a summer party.

Cascal – At 60-80 calories per can, Cascal is a great substitute for sugary soda. This natural soft drink is crafted with natural juices and fermented for fuller flavor

 

All this info can be found on the KLUTCHClub website! Please take a look and sign-up! You will be glad you did!

The Weekly Chase – Week 2

16 Jul

Man I am loving have weekly goals instead of monthly – I think it really helps keep things attainable!

Here is a recap of last week:

Goal #1 – Get all my bio’s written for a couple different groups I am in. ****I got one of them done. Sad I know…but I will be adding this to the loop this week!****

Goal #2 – Purge my closet.  ****Done. Not much to purge after all as I realized most of the stuff was just coats making my closet look big. I guess I should have put them in the hall closet from the beginning!****

Goal #3 – Plank A Day challenge. ****I did great! I did not get it in on Wednesday as that is softball and I expected that and Saturday just got away from me. I am pleased as I did do a 2:02 plank!****

Goal #4 – Figure out what new fitness class I will take and get signed up by Friday!****I was going to take a Barre class this Thursday at 6:45, but my parents are coming into town! I do have the schedule so I am more likely going to go next week after they leave****

Goal #5 – Sit down and make the pending opportunity I have a reality.****Not going to happen for another couple of months but I am okay with this!****

This weeks goals:

Goal #1 – Get my house ready for the parents visit! They come in on Wednesday and I want to have the house looking better than it is now. This is another perfect opportunity to get rid of some stuff and maybe make some cash doing it!

Goal #2 – Enjoy my parent’s visit! I took off work Thursday and Friday so that I can enjoy the time. I don’t ever take time off of work. I am sickly too dedicated to my job.

Goal #3 – 100 Mile Challenge – This will be updated in another post this week with more details – but I will be taking part in completing 100 miles between July 15 and August 15 – and gosh darn it I can’t wait! I will be starting it probably today or tomorrow just depending on how much of the house I can get clean!

Goal #4 – Plank-A-Day Challenge – Still doing it and still loving it!

Goal #5 – Finish getting my bios done!

Goal #6 – Get a routine so I can get into the CrossFit gym!

What do you have going on??

Things Change

15 Jul

It is funny how you have plans to do one thing and something unexpected comes up and it doesn’t go the way you want it to or need it to. Things change so fast and you have to be willing to move and change with it.

I have been going through this all my life so I am no stranger to this. When I was 7 we moved from Traer, Iowa to Skaneateles, New York. I was young so change was something I had no control over so of course, I went with it. In Iowa I was into gymnastics. I loved it like no other. In New York we showed rabbits (mostly because that is what my mom liked) and was involved in cheerleading.

Soon enough we moved to Centerburg, Ohio where I was finally able to get back into gymnastics and horse riding. I LOVED IT. I loved every part of it. I was whole again. I had the hard practices for gymnastics and showing horses. I did this as a team and an individual which I loved. My performance was based on me and I could control it for the most part. I also was part of something greater – a team that allowed me to have people to cheer for to cheer for me to help us collectively win. I love that feeling more than anything in the world.

After a few years and college I moved to Sanford, North Carolina to be with my future husband and job. I struggled a little bit to find my place back in a gym with coaching and such. I didn’t find a real home. I ended up getting married and having two beautiful daughters which brought me back a happy place of gym classes, ballet classes, and finally finding friends again. My husband then got into mud car racing and again we had a team of friends we did this with so it was so much fun for me! I also found running and fitness. This is where I really found myself. I was able to push myself and beat myself and have a team to cheer me on the whole way with Brick City Running Tribe and Studio C Fitness. They were awesome – and they were family.

Another move decided to bring it self around and this one was to Anchorage, Alaska – half way around the world it seemed and was. Here I found myself in a place where I did not want to be. Extreme cold, snow, darkness, and no one. I struggled to find my groove in this place. How does one exercise in this type of climate? Oh yeah – they pay WAY TOO MUCH for a gym membership and do it inside. No thanks – my budget does not allow for that since daycare costs more than half my income each month. When I found a job I also found that they had a gym – bonus! I could use it free of charge! I like it in the fact that I can get my runs and such in on my lunch break and not have to worry about childcare. That is what basically everything hinges on for me. My husband is a soldier which means unpredictable schedule. I plan my life as a single mother would.

I needed something more still. It wasn’t working. I decided to visit the local CrossFit gym on base as it was free to military. I can’t bring my kids so I did it on a Saturday morning that my husband was not golfing. I loved it. The competition factor of it all was great. You push each other and push yourself. I was not as fit as I wanted to be but that is why you go back.  I want to go back.

Sitting here this weekend contemplating my vlog for today I decided that I didn’t want to vlog but I wanted to write about the CrossFit I was watching all weekend and the Twitter updates all weekend from my FitFluential people who got a chance to go and live it. It was awesome. It was like I was watching where I want to be. I loved it. It made me kind of sad in a way though. I know this will take some severe changing on my schedule and such so that I can make this happen. I need to make this happen. If I want to be happy again and in my element of competition and team – I need to just do it. I need to get into it.

Is there anything that you need to accomplish and will take some changes? Why not make yourself happy and do it? Stop waiting on tomorrow and someone else to push you to it. You need to make it for yourself – you deserve it. Don’t wait and get unhappy – take the first step to being you. I am going to do it tomorrow by planning out my week to make sure I can get to the gym and make it happen. I hope you do the same.

5 Things I Don’t Care For

13 Jul

#1 Cold Weather In The Summer. It is July 13th and today I have on jeans and a turtleneck sweater. This is bull donkey.

#2 Cleaning Out My Car. Just ask my husband. He gets annoyed with this. I take the kids everywhere and so some stuff ends up accumulating. I clean it about once every 3 months and I think he would prefer it to be once every 3 days. I am trying to be better at this so I cleaned it out last weekend and have been enjoying the room I have appeared to gain.

#3 Weighing Myself. I find that people always ask how much weight I have lost. When I tell them I don’t know they look at me real puzzled. I was a gymnast for 8.5 years and weight was brought up on many occasions. I  refuse to go back there. I go on how my body feels, how my clothes fit, my mood, my energy level. So many more important things!

#4 Being So Far From My Friends. I have friends literally everywhere. I just hate the fact that all but a couple are everywhere else that I can’t really just hop in a car and drive to. It has made me really miss them.

#5 Bland Health Food. Why can’t some of it taste just as good as the bad stuff?

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