Monday, February 2, 2015

Motivational Monday #96

Happy Motivational Monday! We had a ridiculous snow storm yesterday, and all through the night. The picture I posted yesterday (even though it was a bad pic) was at around 7:00 pm. When I woke up this morning, I was shocked at just how much more snow we had gotten. The snow was piled nearly two feet high on the trash barrels!

School was canceled for the boys, which meant that the rec center was closed today; so I used the snow as an opportunity to get in some exercise, and I shoveled the driveway. It took a long time just to clear a path from the door TO the driveway, and then I spent an hour shoveling. I only cleared about half of it before my whole upper body just felt like jelly, and Jerry took over.

I felt like it was an awesome workout, but when I checked my Fitbit, it was only about 1,000 steps. That's lame! Hahaha, considering my whole body was aching, I felt like I'd just run a marathon. Snow is heavy!

Anyway, I'm hoping that school isn't canceled tomorrow--I'd like to get a deep water run in after I get the kids off to school, because in the evening, I have my appointment with the podiatrist about my ankle.

Just a couple of stories to share for Motivational Monday today. Enjoy!

Jen has company in town, and is extremely busy; but that didn't stop her from accepting the "Weekend Warrior" challenge that her friend set up on Fitbit. She was determined to get in her steps, and during the ENTIRE second half of the Super Bowl, she did the "free step" on the Wii Fit. It came down to about 1,000 steps, but she pulled into first place and won the challenge!

Laura and her husband planned a vacation in Key West, and even centered the vacation around running their first half-marathon while they were there. Her goal was to run the entire race (except for the water stations), and she is thrilled to report that she did it! The couple had a blast, and are so happy to have finished. At age 47 and 48, they are using running to fight off middle age weight gain.

This story is not from a reader, but I came across it on the internet when it went viral. It's so inspiring, I just thought it would be perfect to share for Motivational Monday! If you haven't read it already, check out this story about a Detroit man named James Robertson who walks approximately 21 miles round trip to/from work FIVE DAYS A WEEK... and has done it for a decade, because he can't afford a car. (Since the story went viral, he's gotten a ton of donations to buy a car, which I think is so exciting for him!) This is the very definition of "No excuses" ;)

Photo source Detroit Free Press

Congrats on the accomplishments, Jen and Laura! For more stories, and to share your own accomplishments, you can check out the Motivational Monday Facebook post.


  1. Shoveling snow can burn up to 400 calories an hour!

  2. Way to go! Very impressive accomplishments!

  3. My husband is from Grosse Pointe, so he follows the Detroit area news and told me about the 21-mile-walking guy before it went viral. But he also pointed out that the car donations are not necessarily helpful - it's the on-going cost of insurance and maintenance that the man can't meet. As I'm sure you're aware, car insurance in the Detroit area is huge, especially for someone without a good credit record. What he really needs is a little money each month to help make the insurance and maintenance costs. It is incredible, though, that he's managed to do his "commute" for as long as he has.

  4. That's the problem with fitbits. They don't reflect the workout when you aren't actually walking or running. Shoveling snow is a huge workout and a muscle workout like that is great cross trainer. But fitbit won't reflect that. I'm over the whole fitbit thing.


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