What Motivates Miss Molly?

What Motivates Miss Molly?

The last of our week-long journey of guest bloggers is the one and only Molly. I’m excited to have her close out a wonderful way for me to share some of the blogs I really enjoy. Molly, the stage is yours:

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So today I am your guest blogger! My name is Molly Ritterbeck and I blog over at Miss Molly and I am so blessed to be writing on Pavement Runner’s blog! I love him!

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 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 no 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.

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.

Blog: mollyritterbeck.com

Twitter: @MissMollyDR

Facebook: facebook.com/MissMollyMotivates

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I don’t think we could have ended the week with a better post. Thanks Molly. I’m loving your journey and loving how you got there.


Alright, let’s here it, what motivates you?




  1. Thanks for having me – it is emotional still for me to read and I thank you for the chance to guest post!

    • Thank YOU for sharing. It’s an amazing journey and I’m glad to share it.

  2. I love to hear stories of runners who do it because they LOVE it. That’s the way it should be.

    Great job Molly!

  3. Great story! Wishing you all the best in your journey ahead!

    Thank you for sharing this with us :)

  4. And you motivated one of your “old” fat friends to join the running club with you even though she swore she wouldn’t run unless she was being chased. ;)

    • I know and look at you now! running a 10K and a half marathon! I couldn’t be more proud of your progress and ability – YOU CAN DO IT!

  5. I love Molly! She and I have so much in common. I can relate to her on so many levels. She is truly an inspiration, I am so glad you highlighted her.

    • Thank you so much Lisa! I am glad that we have so much in common – I think we all just have to stick together!

  6. Great post! While I will never deny enjoying the shallow benefits (fitting in my clothes and eating mostly what I want), the benefit of feeling physically healthy and mentally balanced is much more important to me.

    • That is a great way to put it because who doesn’t love it secretly? :)

  7. Great guest post. I’m totally the same when it comes to “being told what to do” I’ll do the exact opposite 9 times out of 10… Its humbling to realize that all of your hard work from years ago isnt still hanging around.

    • Once i left the gym I completed for – all my discipline was locked behind those doors – so it was hard for me to really see how a girl who could do anything she out her mind to got slapped with reality years later….But it is funny how I was so submissive before and now I can’t stand it! Us gymnasts are funny like that – right? ;)

  8. So glad I ran into this guest post. Molly, your answer to your friend’s question was perfect. It shows how everything is not just about getting to a certain number. What’s most important is yourself and those who love and support you. Great job!


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