Motivational Mondays make me so happy! I absolutely love to read all the positive changes that you have made for yourselves. No accomplishment is "insignificant"--that's why I like to focus on one week at a time. All those little accomplishments add up to BIG accomplishments in the long run :)
Here are some super inspirational readers and their photos to prove it!
Libby Dilard (who lost 90 lbs last year!!) completed her first marathon--the National Marathon To Finish Breast Cancer (a.k.a The Donna).
Libby, you look fantastic, and I absolutely LOVE how happy you look in that photo! Great job!
Laura has lost 60 lbs over the last year, and celebrated with her sisters in Orlando by doing the 5K on Saturday & Princess Half on Sunday!
Congrats, Laura--both on the weight loss and the races. What a great way to celebrate!
Allison ran a 10K with her son (who is just 7 years old!) on Sunday. Her son placed third in the 20 and under division!
I got goosebumps when I saw this--he looks so tiny to be running a 10K! That is SO amazing. Congrats to both of you!
Amber rode her stationary bike over 60 miles last week after nearly a year of not working out. "I feel so great and strong--I started riding 30 minutes, then went to 40, and then 45... today I'm going for an hour!"
Amber, I imagine your picture is blurry because your hands were shaking from all the work you just did! ;) What an AWESOME accomplishment--great job!
Britt tried on some designer skinny jeans... "I'm not longer too big for the biggest size!!"
That is such a fun milestone, Britt! You look great in those skinnies!
My motivational event happened Saturday night at a local 5k. It was called Freezin' For a Reason and the money raised was to benefit a friend of mine who has cancer. He is a volunteer firefighter and a paramedic. I would have never been caught dead in a costume let alone wear one for a race. But I made my costume top to bottom and wore it all night for the race. After the race, myself (I am a firefighter and EMT), his manager at the ambulance base, and two other friends/coworkers took an icy plunge in to a dump tank of water at 8 pm in 20 degree weather as a show of our support to Chris. There was a huge crowd there to watch but I sucked up the courage and jumped out of my comfort zone the whole night. It was a huge success and I am proud that I stepped up and dressed up in a wild costume and also took the plunge.
First off, your costume is ADORABLE--you should be so proud to show that off! And I know just how hard it is to step out of your comfort zone, but you went all out for this. How fun!
For Motivational Monday, I like to focus on small mini-goals (which is why it's a weekly thing); but I got a few e-mails with before/after photos that were very inspiring, so I'm going to share those as well today. I think that soon, I'll do a special version of Motivational Monday that is just before and after photos, because those are always fun to look at!
Emily lost 12 pounds (2 pant sizes!) in 6 weeks. "I worked out 4 times a week and stuck to my 1 month vegan diet challenge! My endurance has increased incredibly."
That 12 pounds made a huge difference--you look fantastic! Although I have to say, you look great in the "before" photo as well... ;)
Ashley has lost 47.6 pounds, and is super excited to reach the 50-lb. mark soon!
"I teach in an elementary school - each spring we do a 'Colonial Day' with our 4th graders. Teachers, kids and parents dress up in colonial costume, play colonial games, create colonial crafts and even dance traditional colonial dances. Seven years ago, a parent made this costume for me - LOVED it and wore it each year. Last year it barely tied...this was just before I made the decision to really get serious about losing weight and running. I started last year on President's Day--this year, I could only wear the hat from the costume! The apron wrapped all the way around and the vest and skirt just wouldn't stay on! One year and nearly 100 lbs!"
Margaret, that is AMAZING--I'm stunned at what a difference a year can make! Congrats on all your hard work!
And as always, you can find a ton more on the Motivational Monday Facebook post, so make sure to check that out. Here is a small snippet:
Anyone have a small goal that you hope to accomplish this week? Please share in the comments!