For the past few months, I haven't gotten many Motivational Monday submissions, so I'm wondering if it might be time to retire the MM posts. But I love to read your stories, so I hope you'll keep them coming! Remember, you don't have to have run a race, or lost 100 pounds to feel proud--MM is about sharing a health or fitness accomplishment, big or small! It's fun to brag when you've had a great day, and it inspires other people when they read about your accomplishments.
Anyway, today I have three very inspiring submissions to share!
In May 2013, Loey joined Weight Watchers at 303 pounds. She wanted to lose weight and get healthy, and now she's 47 pounds lighter and training for her first half-marathon! When she first started training for the race, she was really excited to see a large drop in her weight; and she was disappointed that the opposite actually happened. She sent me an email, and I explained to her why a lot of people gain weight when they first start to exercise. She knew that exercising was doing her body good, so she kept up with her training plan, and stayed off the scale for three weeks. When she got on the scale again, she saw that she'd dropped six pounds! Patience definitely paid off for her :)
Audrey ran her very first 10K race! She said it was the toughest run of her entire adult life, and the only time she *knew* she was going to finish was when she actually crossed the finish line... but she did it! She even finished under her goal of 1:30, crossing the line in 1:26. Next up? A 10-miler! (Audrey's race report)
Melissa ran her first-ever trail half-marathon on Saturday, Dances with Dirt! The race was in Florida, and Melissa lives in Michigan, so she was used to training in the ridiculously cold winter we've had; the temps in Florida during the race were around 70 degrees. Dances with Dirt is a very tough race, and she finished in 2:31!
Don't forget to check out some more Motivational Monday accomplishments on the MM Facebook post!