Monday, July 7, 2014

Motivational Monday #68

Happy Motivational Monday! This morning, I got an email from Heather at Half Size Me letting me know that my interview is available for listening now. I love the Half Size Me podcast, and I'm honored that Heather invited me back on the show. I was interviewed the first time in fall of 2011, and a lot has happened since then.

On the podcast, I discuss the effect of Mark's illness/death on my weight maintenance, how maintenance has been going in general, and things I've learned throughout, as well as the From Fat to Finish Line documentary in the works. I felt super comfortable during this interview, so I hope you enjoy listening :)  Here is the link--I'm Half Size Me episode 126.

In the interview, I mention the trailer of the documentary, and how I can't even watch it without crying. I've posted it here once before, but it's very fitting for Motivational Monday, so I'll share it here again:

Even I get inspired watching that, and I'm in it! Hahaha

Anyway, what have you all done this week to make you feel proud?

Amy just ran her first 10K on the fourth of July! She was very nervous leading up to the race--she'd lost 30 pounds, but still has about 130 pounds to lose, and wasn't as consistent as she would have liked to have been in her training. But, at the world's largest 10K (the Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta), she found the crowds energizing enough to make her go for it. Her goal was to finish under two hours, and she finished in 1:47:01!

She mentioned something special about the last part of the race that she wanted to share: "We had walked to a Jason's Deli along the race course for lunch after the race.  As we were finishing up, we noticed people eating outside start to stand, cheer, and shout. The entire parade route was giving the final race participant a roaring standing ovation.  We rushed outside to cheer her on and several of us (myself included) were in tears. She had a police escort on motorcycles and looked truly done-- but she finished!"

Jenna is thrilled to announce that she is finally within a healthy weight range! She started at 211 pounds, and just recently weighed in a 145. Her journey was long and very tough, however--she actually spent 6 months at 150 pounds, just 5 pounds away from a healthy weight for her height! She said that the plateau was actually where she learned the most about herself, nutrition, and living an active lifestyle. She wouldn't accept a "failure" when she was so close to the end, so she pushed on out of sheer determination, and got past her plateau. She still plans to lose a little more to get to her personal goal, but she is very proud to be in her healthy weight range now! (Jenna's blog)

Remember when I met Yvette at by chance at a grocery store? Well, she'd mentioned that she was going to be in Woman's World soon, and her issue is out right now! It's the July 14th issue, for sale July 3rd-9th.

As always, you can check out more stories on the Motivational Monday Facebook post.

Like I mentioned yesterday, I'm doing 5 Days of Giveaways right now, to share some of the love (i.e. cool running stuff!) that I received at the Runner's World Half & Festival last month. Yesterday, I posted the New Balance shoes. Today, we'll stick with the "feet" theme, and I'll give away some awesome socks!

With the Hat Trick registration, runners were given a pair of Balega socks (along with a hat and race shirts). I fell in love with the socks, and wrote Balega to say thank you. They sent me a couple more pairs, along with two pairs to give away to one of you! These socks are so comfy that I've been wearing them just as fast as I can wash them. I've never been a brand snob when it comes to socks, but these ones may have changed my mind ;) So anyway, I have two pairs to give away, in a size medium (women's shoe size 8.5-10.5).

To enter the giveaway for both pairs of socks, just fill out the form below with your name and email address (so I can contact you if you win). I'll randomly select a winner on July 14th at 9:00 AM EST. I'm so sorry, but because the shipping costs more than my car the socks themselves, I have to restrict this to U.S. residents only. Good luck!


  1. The video preview was crazy awesome. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Wow, the trailer made me cry - can't wait to watch the whole thing!

  3. love the preview... cant wait for it to come out !!

  4. How funny! I nearly wrote you a comment yesterday morning (I live in England) about your podcast. I listened to it while I did my "back" of the out-n-back. BTW-- I think it's funny that I've been following your blog for over a year, but that was the first time I'd heard your voice. It perfectly fits what I'd imagined. Anyway-- I liked what you said. Well done!

  5. Can't wait to listen to the pod cast and the movie. LOVE the inspirational Monday. and it's a great way to start my Tuesday!


  6. I have one pair of Balega socks and I love them! :)

  7. OK, the Fat to Finish Line made me cry. You guys are such an inspiration w/ just making the trailer. Hope to be able to see the movie one day.
    I follow Heather's blog @ Half Size Me, so I listened to your interview yesterday. I enjoyed it & you did great.
    And, super excited for your give away! Balega is my favorite sock brand!!

  8. LOVED Motivational Monday today! Jenna hitting 150 lbs. and plateauing there for so long, brought back memories. I remember being so determined to get just below 145, so I would be a normal BMI. The day I weighed in at 144 at the doctor's office, I made him look it up on the BMI charts, to prove to him I had done it! I'd give anything to be back there again. I'm trying.....
    And I will be buying a Women's World magazine later today. I have found that reading about others weight loss journeys keeps me motivated on my own. Way to go Yvette!
    The Promo for the documentary is so inspirational. I get tears in my eyes every time. I especially love when you mouth, "Watch This," and then pass up that guy. Makes me smile!

  9. God knows why...but the video made me cry as if I was one of you guys. Its so touchy.
    thanks for sharing.

  10. I entered for the sock giveaway and I'm not sure what happened but my screen went blank and I got the "this page cannot be found" message. I have no idea if my entry went through. If I am entered twice, I apologize.
    I am looking forward to seeing the documentary.

  11. Sweet giveaway! I've got three pairs of Feetures socks, but I've never tried another brand.

    I was so excited to open my podcast app and see your episode today. I listened to it on the way to work! I liked how you talked about how you determined your goal weight. I know I want to be somewhere between 120 and 140, but I haven't settled on a number. I'll take your advice and just settle wherever my body stops losing in that range when I'm following my healthy habits.


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