What Motivates YOU? A Lululemon & Fitness First Giveaway!

June June Juuuuune! Despite the fact that you officially bring forth the Australian winter, I’m still happy you are in full swing. Lots to look forward to this month; I’m currently enjoying the last few weeks of my 20-something life.

Please don’t stick a fork in me yet, though. In celebration of one of my favourite months of the year, a recent two year blogging milestone here at Femme Fitale, and embracing all the changes that lie ahead for my family this year, I’ve teamed up yet again with my amazing friends at Fitness First for an exciting giveaway! Once again, I apologize to my wonderful international readers…this one is for the Aussies.


That’s right! After Fitness First and their members have embraced change in 2014 with a complete overhaul of their gyms and programs as part of the #changeforthebest campaign, they are now helping me to Pay It Forward to my people: you guys!

I was thinking about (just some of) the things that keep me motivated when I am feeling unambitious and unmotivated in health and fitness.

  • Skimming through Instagram or my blog roll to see some of the healthy meals featured by some of my favourite bloggers, friends and companies.
  • Dragging myself to the gym even I really don’t feel like it. The energy from the people and music in a group fitness class like Body Attack or Pump is always enough to reinvigorate me.
  • Adam! He leaves the house every day at 5am just so he can go to the gym before work, despite the fact that his days are usually quite long and stressful. If he can stay on track, so can I!
  • Thomas! Whenever I feel like eating a bowl of cereal for dinner, I know that is not a viable option for my boy…so I always end up eating a balanced dinner because of him (and now a new, growing baby in my belly).
  • Novelty: I’m not going to lie…there is something very motivating about the acquisition of some brand new runners or a workout top, and/or participating in a new fitness-related activity!


There will only be 1 winner, and the lucky person will be the recipient of:

A $200 Gift Voucher to Lululemon and a 10-Visit Pass to Fitness First!

Ummm…I seriously wish this prize was mine!


How To Enter (in 2 steps):

Step One. Leave a comment on this blog post answering the following question:

Who or what motivates YOU to stay active, eat well, and make healthy choices?

Be certain that you include your name and email address. Your email address will not be published.

Step Two. “Like” Femme Fitale on Facebook, and “Like” the direct Contest Entry Post at the top of  the Femme Fitale Facebook page.

Make sure you follow steps 1 and 2 in order to fully qualify to win!


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Although we are almost 1/2 way through 2014, it’s certainly not too late to make this year your healthiest and happiest yet. Good luck!

Competition is open to Australian Residents and closes on Saturday, June 21st, 2014 at 11:59 PM AEST. The best, valid entry will be chosen as the winner by the Femme Fitale team and the winner will be announced on Sunday, June 22nd, 2014 on femme-fitale.com. Winner will also be notified by email. 



19 Thoughts on “What Motivates YOU? A Lululemon & Fitness First Giveaway!

  1. I have to say, it’s definitely my family and my husband that motivate me to be healthy and active. Not only do I want to be healthy for them, I want to be healthy to inspire them too.

    Jesse’s lost over 25 lbs since living with me and that’s not because I’ve forced him to do anything, but because he’s seen how my healthy choices make my life better and wanted to do the same – whether it’s eating the same delicious healthy meals as I do or working out together.

    As they say, monkey see monkey do – and I’m hoping it will do the same for our future family!

  2. Caitlin F. on June 10, 2014 at 10:55 am said:

    I think that what motivates me to stay active, eat well and make healthy choices is seeing how detrimental the opposing actions can be for minds and bodies of my loved ones. I’ve watched my grandpa spend the remaining years of his life miserable and grumpy because he never took care of his health and hasn’t had the drive to recover from a stroke that left him wheelchair bound years ago . I’ve watched my mother struggle with her high blood pressure and ignore the growth of a tumor on her ovary because she has always been too stressed or too busy to worry about her own health. I’ve also watched my older brother’s weight dictate his mental health. When he was at his heaviest he was angry, depressed, and careless, but when he began working on his diet and started seeing results his self-worth skyrocketed. So, I choose to stay active, eat well and make healthy choices not only to escape the debilitating effects of an unhealthy lifestyle, but also to motivate others to increase their quality of life through health and fitness, so that their loved ones never have to see them the way I’ve seen mine.

  3. Epic Giveaway buddy and love your mindset and what motivates you 😉

    For me, it’s knowing what works best for ME irrespective of what the media constantly says, what my friends are doing, or what new diet is trending. Being self aware is so underestimated but those who have previously made errors in terms of fitness and nutrition, it comes down to not listening to their body or what works for THEM.

    Having good ‘blends’ also motivates me to make good choices- whether that be oatmeal for breakfast or a slice of cake with dinner- it’s all about balance.

  4. Lizzie Strickett on June 11, 2014 at 11:19 am said:

    Hi Kelly,

    Ooh great giveaway! I’m getting back into my exercise routine after 6 months of travel around Asia, so this would be amazing!

    I think what motivates me to stay healthy and committed to eating well and working out is just listening to my gut and doing what makes me feel good. If I wake up and am in two minds about getting up for body attack, I always think of how I’ll feel after the workout (stronger, happier, full of energy, motivated etc) Or if I am choosing between healthy and less healthy options for breakfast, I listen to my appetite as to what my body craves and what will make me feel good. Sometimes this means indulging and that is okay, but more often than not, I choose healthy options because I prefer the feeling of being satisfied and well nourished and knowing that I’m looking after my body. I stay motivated because I know I’m doing right by my body and these decisions are like a Domino effect because eating well and working out positively affect my mood, my work, relationships etc.

    I broke my foot a few months ago and soon after signed up for a marathon in Melbourne later on in the year. This has been a big motivator for me to recover and get myself motivated to workout and eat well to fuel my body!

    Ps congrats on the baby news- very exciting!! Xx

  5. I could NOT appreciate my mother more for all of the knowledge she has instilled in my mind in regards to health and nutrition! Without her I would be no where. I really would probably be dead. My large intestine burst when I was 21 years old and needed to have emergency surgery in order to survive. Her guidance truly helped me heal.

  6. Michelle V on June 12, 2014 at 6:29 am said:

    Firstly, my family motivates me to be healthier. I know in my heart that I\d die for my kids, but what I really want to do is live for them.
    I find inspiration from Denise Austin. I know she might not be the ‘coolest’ or most recent fitness guru to follow, but I really admire her. After a health scare late last year, I decided it was time to make a change. Being a stay-home mum of three, I couldn’t afford gym membership, but I didn’t want to gibe up that easily, so I went on YouTube and stumbled across one of Denise Austin’s workout videos on there. And I found her to be so encouraging and inspiring. Like having my own personal trainer in my home! Every morning, I get up and do one of her work outs. It is convenient, and I don’t have to leave my home to get fit. And it’s free! I have become much more active and healthier and love my new way of life.

  7. I have a few Facebook groups that are great motivators. Seeing the amount that others run makes me feel like I can do it too. Being only a beginner it’s great to see that others have been where I am and are now running marathons.

  8. Bianca on June 13, 2014 at 12:24 pm said:

    Having two crazy dogs that have boundless energy motivates me every day! How can you say no to puppy dog eyes begging you to get up and get jogging when you’d rather just sleep in??
    Also finding my zen is a huge motivator for me: Yoga is the perfect balance of fitness and meditation. The pause for reflection can also help you get motivated to do it all again tomorrow :)

  9. What motivates me is simply the way I feel after doing something that feels good and is good for me. It feels like I am being my most joyful self when I dance, or walk/run down the beach, or lift stuff, or do a class… It just feels GOOD.
    I had a baby and lost my job, and my much beloved gym membership was one of the things that had to go.. I miss it a lot. Also, my name being Omega, and the Lululemon brand mark looking like an omega symbol.. its a brand that is literally made for me, can’t get enough of it :)

  10. Sounding like a true Gen-Y’er I find inspiration from Instagram. No, not the #Thinspo but the #Fitspo!

    My favourites are my travel/food blogger friend @AgentCikay (she is an exercise beast but sadly based in Malaysia so we can only be InstaWorkoutBuddies), my personal fave is @The_Fitness_Diaries (laughter is the best way to stay healthy and all the Meme’s and healthy food posts she posts makes me drool!), and @TheMacroKing (he has a Uni degree in Fitness and explains a lot of more complicated work out and fitness terms in basic speak which I really appreciate) and I’ve recently been told to follow fellow Adelaide-born personal trainer @Kayla_Itsines!
    I also love @CollectiveHub (the people behind the magazine!) for general girlie life, fashion, beauty and personal inspiration. :)


  11. Selina Brookes on June 13, 2014 at 1:35 pm said:

    Can I admit that my ex-boyfriends are massive factors in me hitting the gym? Every single time I bump into one of them I haven’t showered or brushed my hair and have baby spew on my clothes. I at least want to have a tight rear end as I try to walk away with a little dignity!

  12. Melissa Fedrigo on June 13, 2014 at 1:59 pm said:

    My heart motivates me in more ways than one! Aiming for a healthy BMI to make sure my heart doesnt have to work extra hard to keep me going is the main motivator but also my boyfriend and how excited he gets when he sees me getting fitter! Heart for the win!

  13. Milly on June 13, 2014 at 2:12 pm said:

    My best friends motivate me…. even though I live 100 meters from my gym, I find it hard to get the motivation to get up early and exercise so after work or uni, my friends bang on my door until I answer, force me into my sports gear and take me for an intense workout to make up for the fact that I’ve eaten 6 meals that day.

    They’ve done that until I actually enjoy going to the gym, I love that they continue to challenge me and that I’m up to a fitness level where I don’t feel like dying every second I’m working out.

  14. Hello fellow Canadian in Australia blogger! :)
    A few months ago I purchased some inexpensive work out clothes because I found that my old ones were keeping me from getting out there. Far too embarrassing to wear them. Now that I have some semi-decent looking clothes I find I am putting my baby in the pram and going for walks a lot more often.
    I also struggled with Post Natal Depression (well, more anxiety) in this last year and when I walked a few times a week my head felt more clear, I felt happier as a result of exercising. I started watching health documentaries and that really motivated me to eat even better too. I bought a juicer and started making veg/fruit juices for my family in the mornings. I also started buying or including super-foods into our diets. My post-baby body doesn’t bother me so much when I have eaten well and gotten out for a long walk. Getting off the baby weight off has also been a great motivator, so is having a husband who is willing to get off his butt with me!

  15. Tama Soma on June 13, 2014 at 2:47 pm said:

    My own sense of happiness is the best motivator me. I feel happier when I’m fit enough to dance like a wild thing, cycle everywhere (even in a Melbourne winter), swim, run to the train, smash a yoga class and take a flight of stairs two at a time. I feel better about myself and more confident to be out in the world.

  16. what motivates me?
    having my 3 yr old tell me he is “sooo proud of you mummy” for losing 10kilos! Still have 20kgs to go to get back to pre-baby weight!

  17. Jane on June 13, 2014 at 8:49 pm said:

    What motivates me? I want to be the best ME that I can be! Also I have 2 almost teen daughters who I want to be a great role model for. I want them to know how strong, healthy and happy they can choose to be.

  18. Laura on June 14, 2014 at 10:37 am said:

    My biggest motivator is a photo that I have of myself when I was 2 years old. I just want to squash that little kid in oodles of cuddles and love. When I look at it, it totally motivates me to be the best that I can be… to eat healthily and take care of my mind, body and spirit… because I want to make that little cutie within me happy :)

  19. MissFitinBrisbane (Kristina) on June 14, 2014 at 8:56 pm said:

    My biggest motivator is knowing where I was four years ago (25 years old, 123 kilos and staring down the barrel of a shortened and unhappy life due to my size).

    I’m now 29, have lost 55 kilos and now weigh 68 kilos, am in an amazing, happy relationship – engaged! – and loving my healthy life.

    Whenever I think of skipping a workout or going overboard with food (everything in moderation, though), I remember how I used to feel about myself and it motivates me to keep on kicking life’s arse.

    Also, I’m not going to lie – I LOVE cute activewear, and will often promise myself a pair of new tights or a top for meeting goals … definitely great motivation!

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