Monday, February 17, 2014

Motivational Monday #52

I was getting so hopeful that this snow was finally going to melt--but right now, we're getting dumped on with a ton more. This winter feels like it's never going to end!

This last week, I've tried to do some extra strength training, but it hasn't been going well. My knees hurt when I do lunges (or similar exercises), and with the trouble I've had with my knees previously, I am afraid of messing something up. My shoulders were very sore today from doing push-ups yesterday, and it made my run really unpleasant this morning. I think I'm going to go back to doing my Wii Fit U exercises, because I really enjoy those--they aren't so intense that I feel like I might get injured, but I feel like I'm getting a good workout.

Today, I bought a ton of vegetables, and I'm going to make it a goal to use them all up this week. I'm always struggling to get in enough vegetables, because I just don't like them very much. I'm going to try to make it a point to eat a fruit and/or vegetable with every meal and snack. I like the idea of taking the focus off of not eating junk, and focusing instead on eating something healthy.

Anyway, what have you all done this week to make you feel proud? I'm proud of myself for not taking home the leftover cake from Mark's party! I enjoyed a piece at the party, and then sent the rest of it to the nursing home for the staff there. I love cake, so that was hard to do, but I knew if I brought any home, it would nag at me until it was gone.

I have a short, but sweet, Motivational Monday post today... congrats, ladies, on your accomplishments!


Ally ran her farthest run to date--seven miles! She's training for the Raleigh Rock 'n' Roll Half-Marathon in April, a race benefiting the Jimmy V Foundation for cancer research. She lost her dad 12 years ago due to morbid obesity, and now her mother has breast cancer. Ally knows her mom will beat the cancer, and she wants to make her dad proud when she runs that half-marathon!



After coming across my blog last summer, Kaitlyn decided to start running. She ran the Runs for Cookies Virtual 5K last month, and finished in 46 minutes. Two weeks later, she ran the Ross Heart Hospital 5K, and finished in 39:48! She feels much healthier since she started running, and can see a difference in her body. The first photo is from August 2012, and the race photo is from the Ross 5K.



After a bad snow/ice storm, Rachel's 4-mile race was rescheduled a week later than planned. She hadn't done a race in about two years, but she completed the soggy, partially-flooded Truffle Shuffle regardless! The finishers were rewarded with a delicious truffle at the finish line. Rachel is also very excited that she got over a plateau on the scale this week!



Don't forget to check out the Motivational Monday Facebook post for some more stories!

10 comments:

  1. Mine is that im back on track since cheating at Christmas I had a heck of a time getting back to whats helped me shed 40 pounds. Water, journaling, exercise. Now Im back and it feels great!!......................Robin

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    1. It's SO hard to get back at it when you've had some rough days--believe me, I know!! Good job :)

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  2. I love your motivational Mondays by the way - don't stop doing them!! As for your knees, I've had issues from playing volleyball for years, and my knee doctor told me not to bend past 45 degrees in anything squatting (so basically no deep squats or lunges). So when I was doing 30 day shred any lunges and stuff I just modified to do 'halfway to parallel quads' so to speak, and my knees haven't given me problems in AGES. So maybe that would help you?? And I figure partial squats are helping my muscles more than no squats :)

    Also, when it comes to veggies, I love roasting ANY veggie in the oven. I toss it with a little salt and olive oil in a baggie, then roast them at 425 for an hour, turning them every 15 minutes or so. I've done cauliflower, broccoli, onions, and squash - it's all delicious! My hubby even eats cauliflower this way and he won't touch it any other way, so it's definitely tasty.

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    1. I do like roasted veggies, so I'll probably be doing that with a lot of them! I just never seem to plan far enough ahead, because they take so long in the oven ;)

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    2. Asparagus takes about 20 min. at 400 degrees. ;) I toss em with lemon oil.

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  3. Strength training is so important! Don't give up on it. After a couple workouts, you won't feel sore, I am sure of it. I am always sore when I try something new, but after doing it two or three times, I'm not.

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    1. I'm not giving up on it, just going back to what feels best for me! I've been doing the strength training since December, now, and I'm still sore almost constantly. The worst is when my shoulders are sore, because it makes my runs feel miserable. I like the Wii Fit U routine I was doing, so I'm going to continue with that, rather than Jillian's or Pete's workouts.

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  4. I hear ya on the knee issues. I was told by my sports medicine doctor to not do any running as if I do then I will need knee surgery! I'm only 28 so I rather do something that give me that runners high without jeopardizing my knees. :) I'm looking into purchasing my own indoor bike. I love doing the spin/cycle classes same high as running. :)

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  5. I was just wondering if any of these ladies blog?
    :)

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  6. Today is day #1 for me. Fridge is full of veggies. Two of my favorite sayings are: "There will come a day when you can no longer do this. Today is not that day." "You don't quit exercising because you get old, you get old because you quit exercising."

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