Monday, March 10, 2014

Motivational Monday #55

Happy Motivational Monday, Friends! I hope everyone had a great weekend. I don't think there is any question what my proudest moment of the week was--seeing my picture in Runner's World was SO exciting! I saw the issue in Kroger yesterday, and I wanted to grab it off the shelf and go around and show everyone in the store ;)

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

22 comments:

  1. Oh I hope you don't stop. I look forward to Monday's. It's what I need after weekends (where I usually don't eat or exercise as well).

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  2. I just started reading your blog, but I already love it! Please don't stop your Motivational Mondays, the stories are so inspiring!

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  3. I love Motivational Mondays! I needed some inspiration after eating an embarrassing amount of mint Oreos this evening.

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  4. I have followed you since open diary... I have commented here and there. Your the only blog I read. Because of you I want to blog (I start....but it just doesnt get any where) im in sparks now. You are motivational. Periods in my life has had me gain 85 lbs since I started reading you (and to think I had already lost 54lbs once). So here I am again (cause a year ago I was 50lbs less then now pretty much) starting all over again. 285 and ashamed.

    Good news though for the first time in 5 years I feel I have some control. And I just know ill be ok. Im scared though. This is the hardest thing I have to deal with. I have to lose 85 ....well 72 (because I have lost 13lbs over the last 2 weeks) justto get to where I was before. And then I would still have to lose another 50-75 lbs just to get to where I felt most confident at. That is such a large number it seems impossible. So I dont think about it. All I see is the now.

    I am so happy to be binge free almost 2 weeks. No longer do I feel controled by food.

    I am ecstatic that I have found my motivation to do things I havent done in a long time....like walking a trail with my boys.

    thanks for being such a inspiration. Or "if this person can do it so can I" type of muse.

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  5. Way to go everyone!

    Katie I hope you keep up the M.M.'s! They are awesome and I love seeing all the wonderful accomplishments everyone is posting about!

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  6. Please don't stop Motivational Mondays! I'm working very hard to be able to submit something to you one day (soon, hopefully). I have about 20lbs to lose and I just HATE that it doesn't seem to want to go away. I work out at the gym at least 3 times a week, and because of you I am attempting to teach myself to run. I want to be fit & happy with myself by the time summer rolls around...and your MM's keep me going! Especially when I remind myself that I want to see my story on there soon! Don't stop! You're the best Katie - thank you for everything you do!

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    1. You should be happy with yourself now, while you are working towards your goal...don't wait until you get there! The fact that you are going to the gym at least 3 times a week is very motivating for many of us. Keep up the good work!

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    2. I agree with Janice! A MM accomplishment can be anything from getting to the gym 3 days a week, to trying a new vegetable that you thought you'd hate, to going on a walk with the kids after dinner... anything that YOU feel proud of!

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  7. I hope you don't stop MM! I love reading everyone's stories and accomplishments every week. I am also working hard to have something to submit to you in the next few weeks. I am only three and a half pounds away from finally reaching the top of my healthy BMI weight range! I also just started a weight lifting about a month ago, and I have never stuck with a weight lifting program for so long and I hope to have some good pictures to share in a few more months! Thank you for being an inspiration to so many people!

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  8. Please don't stop MM. I am signed up for a 15 this weekend and if (when!) I finish I plan on making my first submission. It'll be the farthest distance I've ever ran. :)

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  9. Please don't stop the MM. Like everyone else I look forward to reading these. This is my first time commenting but I have to say that i've been following your blog for a while now. I am truly inspired by all your accomplishments as well as others from MM. I'm trying to lose - IT"S HARD!!!!! I did recently give up my Mountain Dews. I am 5 weeks free now. That's a huge step for me as someone who's drank at least 2-4 20 ounces a day for the last 5-6 years. I've had no soda now for over a month and i can tell a huge difference already. I'm now trying to watch my food/calorie intake by tracking through My Fitness Pal and am trying to incorporate exercise. It's hard as a single mom to 3 who works outside the home but i see if others can do this somehow so can I. One day I will be mentioned on MM. Thanks for all you do.

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    1. Giving up Mountain Dew for 5 weeks is DEFINITELY something to be proud of, and absolutely worthy of Motivational Monday! That's the kind of stuff that I had in mind when I started doing these posts. Small changes and accomplishments add up to HUGE progress!

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  10. Hi Katie! Maybe the decline in MM submissions is seasonal and will pick up a bit now that nicer weather is on its way.

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  11. Please don't stop MM! I get to send my first one next week! I've been looking forward to it for months.
    Plus, these stories are SO inspirational. It's such a wonderful way to get the week started. :)

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  12. Really inspirational! Thanks for posting and keep on gooin :)

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  13. I enjoy the MM posts (and will now go ahead and email you the MM I've been meaning to send you for the last two weeks! Finished my first half marathon!) - Jess

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  14. MM is not my favorite... mostly because I'm more interested in your story and progress, and fleeting moments of others doesn't do much for me. But, I do see that I'm in the minority. :)

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  15. I love seeing the MM posts! I love before and afters, especially, but also just being able to "hear" the excitement of the person in the words they have written. It was so cool seeing MY picture a while back when I was able to fit into a skirt I hadn't fit into in a long time!
    When I picked up the magazine in a huge Barnes & Noble store, I wanted to hold up the magazine open to the 2 pages with your before and after and shout out, "I know her!" I didn't, of course! I met you for about 5 seconds at a race so not sure I can claim to know you but it's fun to tell people that I have met a person who is in this month's Runner's World!! What a dork I am!

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  16. I love the motivation posts. Makes me want to get my butt in gear! So inspiring!


    Lauren
    http://stayathomewifey-lg.blogspot.ca

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  17. I just started reading your blog a few weeks ago and you inspired me to sign up for my first 5K. I have been walking since September and taken off 17pds. slowly. I started a Kettlebell class 6 weeks ago and feel great. I have always wanted to be a runner but my weight has held me back. This time I am just going to go for it!

    Thanks!

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