March 25, 2013

Motivational Monday #8

My weekend absolutely flew by. I'm trying hard to catch up on everything before I leave for St. Louis on Wednesday! I learned a ton of new running info, as well as confirmed most of what I already knew about running, in my RRCA certification course. It was a great experience, and I'll be taking my certification exam soon. Let's hope I actually pass, because I will be horribly embarrassed if I don't. ;)

I'll write more about the weekend tomorrow, but for Motivational Monday, I will say that I am very proud of myself for keeping control of my eating this weekend. There was an insane amount of temptation, and I handled it well. :)  More about that tomorrow....

Judging from today's Motivational Monday Facebook post, it looks like you all had a great week!

Ashlee ran her longest run ever--15 miles--AND it was her best pace ever! With a 9:55/mi average pace, she's totally ready to rock her next half-marathon.

Nicole and her husband, Ben, ran their first 10K together on Saturday! They crushed their goals, and are looking forward to running the American Odyssey Relay next month (a relay that goes from Gettysburg to Washington D.C.).

Staci ran her first 5K, the Color Me Rad. She was hoping to run the entire distance, and she did it! She's also lost nearly 10 pounds over the past month.

Katelyn ran her farthest distance yet--9 miles!--despite it being windy and hilly. She wrote about the run on her blog, The Hungry Twenties. She even rewarded herself with something she had a craving for--a Cadbury Creme Egg! (I was very impressed when I read her post about the egg... she took it to the register, and the cashier told her they were buy one, get one free. I would have gotten two, and eaten two, but she gave the free one to the cashier to eat!)

I had to laugh when I saw my sister's contribution to Motivational Monday, which definitely wins for most creative accomplishment... she said that she can now contract her glute muscle and actually see her butt cheek lift up. That's impressive! ;)  (Naturally, when I read that, I did what many of you will probably do--I pulled my pants down in front of the mirror and contracted my glutes, of course! And let the record show that I can, in fact, make my butt cheeks dance.)

To read some more accomplishments for this week, you can check out the Facebook post. Here is a snippet of that...

Finally, I wanted to share this--I saw it on Facebook today, which was perfect for Motivational Monday. When I was losing weight, and it got really hard to stay on track, I kept reminding myself that if it was easy, everybody would do it. I knew that when I did it, and reached goal, I could be damn proud of myself for doing something so hard that not many people could do!


One last thing... I meant to post this yesterday, after Ellen's post about maintenance, and I completely forgot. SparkPeople has a team called "At Goal and Maintaining & Transition to Maintenance", which is perfect for anyone seeking help in maintenance. One of the leaders has compiled a TON of resources for people wanting more info about maintenance. I was seriously overwhelmed when I saw the list--it's amazing! I'm slowly making my way through it.

Anyway, here is a link for the list--feel free to share the link with anyone you wish. It's not an ad, nor does it benefit the Spark Team in any way--they just wanted to help get all the info out there so people reaching maintenance have some support! (There are also a few links on binge eating and food addiction).

Great job this week, everyone! You continue to inspire me every day!


  1. Looking forward to reading about your weekend. I didn't post anything earlier on motivational Monday but I just hot back from my running training group and tonight I did 2x 90second planks! I hate planks but my running coach loves them! I can't believe that I could actually hold them that long!
    I really enjoy reading others accomplishments. They are very inspiring! And I too tried the glute thing ;)

  2. Heading to St. Louis??? That's where I live! Just to warn you we got a lot of snow yesterday... although it could be gone by Wednesday. You never know what the weather is going to do.

    Enjoy your visit!

    1. Thanks! I'm hoping it's gone--but as long as there isn't a snow storm while I'm there, I'm happy :)

  3. I made that picture the lock screen on my phone :)

  4. Thanks so much for the shout out to the At Goal & Maintaining + Transition to Maintenance team! I know firsthand how challenging maintenance can be and how little people often plan for how their lives will be once they get there. I get so many comments from people who seem to think that maintenance is a distant dream and something they don't need to think about yet, but I truly believe that the more you think about what your life will be like once you reach goal and plan for that, the easier it can be. This is what true lifestyle change is all about. I had literally lost and regained hundreds of pounds before finally having success and keeping the weight off long term (90+ pounds and just over a year on maintenance now!) and I think that participating on this wonderful team was my missing link. I had had tons of weight loss support in the past, but never any maintenance support and, boy, has it made a huge difference for me.

    I also have to be sure to work in that compiling this list was a collaborative effort and that most of the work was done by one of the other leaders on the team, who is not only a long-term maintainer herself, but also incredibly passionate about helping people avoid the pain of regain. She's a science researcher by trade and has dedicated hundreds of hours of her free time and expertise into developing resources for maintainers.

    Anyway, thanks again for posting the link to our team and for your very kind words about what we do. I just love your blogs and really look forward to reading them every day.

  5. Melissa (@mrsridley)March 26, 2013

    Hey I have kind of an off topic question. I just finished my 12 week WW journal and am starting a new one. When you start a new one, do you put your starting weight from the first journal (the one I just finished was my first journal) with your goals from that journal, or put your current weight and do new goals?

    1. You can do it however you want... I like to fill it in with the current info (today's weight for the starting weight, etc).


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