February 25, 2013

Motivational Monday #4

Motivational Mondays make me so happy! I absolutely love to read all the positive changes that you have made for yourselves. No accomplishment is "insignificant"--that's why I like to focus on one week at a time. All those little accomplishments add up to BIG accomplishments in the long run :)  

Here are some super inspirational readers and their photos to prove it!

Libby Dilard (who lost 90 lbs last year!!) completed her first marathon--the National Marathon To Finish Breast Cancer (a.k.a The Donna).

Libby, you look fantastic, and I absolutely LOVE how happy you look in that photo! Great job!

Laura has lost 60 lbs over the last year, and celebrated with her sisters in Orlando by doing the 5K on Saturday & Princess Half on Sunday! 

Congrats, Laura--both on the weight loss and the races. What a great way to celebrate!

Allison ran a 10K with her son (who is just 7 years old!) on Sunday. Her son placed third in the 20 and under division!

I got goosebumps when I saw this--he looks so tiny to be running a 10K! That is SO amazing. Congrats to both of you!

Amber rode her stationary bike over 60 miles last week after nearly a year of not working out. "I feel so great and strong--I started riding 30 minutes, then went to 40, and then 45... today I'm going for an hour!"

Amber, I imagine your picture is blurry because your hands were shaking from all the work you just did! ;) What an AWESOME accomplishment--great job!

Britt tried on some designer skinny jeans... "I'm not longer too big for the biggest size!!" 

That is such a fun milestone, Britt! You look great in those skinnies!

My motivational event happened Saturday night at a local 5k. It was called Freezin' For a Reason and the money raised was to benefit a friend of mine who has cancer. He is a volunteer firefighter and a paramedic. I would have never been caught dead in a costume let alone wear one for a race. But I made my costume top to bottom and wore it all night for the race. After the race, myself (I am a firefighter and EMT), his manager at the ambulance base, and two other friends/coworkers took an icy plunge in to a dump tank of water at 8 pm in 20 degree weather as a show of our support to Chris. There was a huge crowd there to watch but I sucked up the courage and jumped out of my comfort zone the whole night. It was a huge success and I am proud that I stepped up and dressed up in a wild costume and also took the plunge.

First off, your costume is ADORABLE--you should be so proud to show that off! And I know just how hard it is to step out of your comfort zone, but you went all out for this. How fun!

For Motivational Monday, I like to focus on small mini-goals (which is why it's a weekly thing); but I got a few e-mails with before/after photos that were very inspiring, so I'm going to share those as well today. I think that soon, I'll do a special version of Motivational Monday that is just before and after photos, because those are always fun to look at!

Emily lost 12 pounds (2 pant sizes!) in 6 weeks. "I worked out 4 times a week and stuck to my 1 month vegan diet challenge! My endurance has increased incredibly."

That 12 pounds made a huge difference--you look fantastic! Although I have to say, you look great in the "before" photo as well... ;)

Ashley has lost 47.6 pounds, and is super excited to reach the 50-lb. mark soon!

From Margaret:
"I teach in an elementary school - each spring we do a 'Colonial Day' with our 4th graders.   Teachers, kids and parents dress up in colonial costume, play colonial games, create colonial crafts and even dance traditional colonial dances. Seven years ago, a parent made this costume for me - LOVED it and wore it each year.   Last year it barely tied...this was just before I made the decision to really get serious about losing weight and running. I started last year on President's Day--this year, I could only wear the hat from the costume!   The apron wrapped all the way around and the vest and skirt just wouldn't stay on! One year and nearly 100 lbs!"

Margaret, that is AMAZING--I'm stunned at what a difference a year can make! Congrats on all your hard work!

And as always, you can find a ton more on the Motivational Monday Facebook post, so make sure to check that out. Here is a small snippet:

Anyone have a small goal that you hope to accomplish this week? Please share in the comments!



  1. My small goal this week is to keep up with my food journaling ALL week.

  2. OMG!!! I cant believe i made the page! Yes lol my hands and legs were both shaking, you can bet i was one sweaty girl! Tonight i did hit my hour goal too.. 12 and a half miles! I just feel so amazing and strong! My legs of course feel like jello lol but this is going to be my workout now util it gets easy feeling! Way to go to everyone else too for meeting these amazing goals!

  3. Wow can't believe I made the post super cool!!! I hope to nail down a routine to strength train for a fugitive run.

  4. Katie. Thanks for the motivational snippets. It shows we can achieve our goals no matter how big or small. Ran my first real life 5k last sat. Had the courage because i ran your birthday virtual 5k. Many thanks!!

  5. I ran my first 5k only because I saw the finishers medal and thought it was pretty. I wanted one and I got one!

  6. This week I ran 2 miles straight for the first time (26 minutes)! And I did a 5 mile run/walk yesterday at 13:26 pace! So excited! I have a 10K in 5 weeks and I would love to get a sub 13 min mile!

  7. I ran my longest distance ever this Saturday, 7 miles! I am training for a half marathon and beyond. I love Motivational Monday. It's almost bedtime, what a great blog post to read before going to sleep! This post really made me smile. :)

  8. I worked out 6 days this week! Ran 10 miles total for the week (Monday Wednesday Friday) did strength training Tuesday, Yoga on Thursday, and a bootcamp on Saturday! I earned so many activity points =)


  9. I ran a half marathon and placed 9th overall and 3rd in my age group (woman only and smallish race...but it still counts!!!!) 1:57:23. Yahoo! Not a pr but I'm happy.

  10. Hoping to finally break through this plateau I've been stuck in since Christmas!

  11. Stephanie from BelgiumFebruary 26, 2013

    Because of the amazing example you set I went out running while it was 10°F last week and then the temperature dropped so much I jumped on my elliptical to work out !
    (I'm going to treat myself with some UA gear to face the cold... :-))

  12. My goal was to get back on WW and finally do this thing. You have been a huge inspiration to me. Thank you.

  13. Yahoo! Thanks so much Katie for putting me on MM! and a huge thank you to you for being such an inspiration to so many of us that are trying to take control of our healthy beautiful lives!!

  14. Thank you so much for this! I had a long weekend because schools were closed due to weather, and everyone in my family was sick. I overate and under-exercised and felt crappy about everything yesterday. Today things are looking up and this was the last kick in the pants I needed to get me back on track.

  15. My small goal for this week is to get back on track for losing and see a proper loss this week. After losing 50 pounds, I've been stuck since December. I was 213 two days before Christmas and have been up and down between 210 and 213 (mostly on the higher end) since then. This morning it read 211.4. I'm determined to be back on track this week. I saw 209.something one day and it felt good. I need to get back there and be done with the 210s.

  16. I am just so happy to have found this blog! Finally, a REAL woman...like ME, no gym membership, no personal trainer, modest grocery budget, and loves dessert and wine. =) I can no longer make excuses, I am feeling more motivated and inspired than ever! I am down 18lbs since beginning of January thanks to WW and I am delving into running and loving it! My goal for the week is to set my alarm (and actually get up! lol) before the kids to use the "dreadmill". Looking for a 5K right now to register for to give me something to work for!

  17. Love these posts. Congrats to all on their weight loss and congrats to that little guy for running a 10k. Impressive all around!

  18. I love this feature on your blog! It is definitely very inspirational. Some day I'll send my before and after pictures too ;). This week my goal is to beat my binging period, I fell off the wagon last week and it's been hard to get back on, slowly but with patience I'm back on track :D. Also I started excercising again and now I'm walking 3 miles a day. I know it's not much but it's a start!

  19. I was directed to your blog from Kate at Classy Living and I LOVE what I've seen! I have approximately 150 pounds to lose to get down to my goal weight/healthy weight for my height, and so far I'm down 22.5! I'll be following along from now on!

  20. This is great! I need to get started on my New Year Resolutions and make it to your next Motivation Monday post!


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