May 06, 2013

Motivational Monday #14

Happy Motivational Monday! Thank you all so much for your nice comments on my last post. As hard as it was to write about, I knew you would make me feel better, and I do. I stayed extremely busy yesterday and today, which has helped me get right back on track and not dwell on it anymore.

And of course, reading all the Motivational Monday accomplishments always makes me feel ready to take on anything! ;)

Alison was spring cleaning when she came across this shirt she used to wear 80 pounds ago. You can see on the right how tight it was, and now it just hangs on her! She's training for a 5K, and has stuck with her goal of walking a mile every single day until her race.

Andrea ran her first 10K (and is now registered for a 15K!) after losing 90 pounds over the last year!

Bethany ran a 5K with her (5-year old!) daughter, finishing in 50 minutes! (Don't they look adorable in their tutus?)

Briana ran her first half-marathon! She had her husband at her side, and finished in 2:11. She's down 65 pounds and counting!

Recently, I asked if any of my readers would like my race bib for the Indianapolis 500 Festival Mini Marathon, since I wasn't able to go. I got an e-mail from Carolyn, who said she was a little nervous about it, but that she would love to do it. Her friend was already registered, so she thought it would be fun to meet up with her. And she did it! She finished in 2:16.  (Carolyn is on the left)

Christina rode her bike 100 miles as part of a fundraiser for Camp Kesem and World Bicycle Relief! She says, "The trick to riding that far? Just keep going. When I struggle, I say, 'Just keep spinning, just keep spinning,' like Dory from Finding Nemo."

In March 2012, Julie Anna made a goal to run a 5K with her mom and sister. They all ran together, and then this year, she and her mother made a goal to run a 10K together (her sister became pregnant, and had to stop running). They just ran their 10K, after Julie Anna's mom lost 33 pounds and became quite a strong runner throughout the past year! (Here is the race report) Julie Anna is super proud of her mom.

 Julie ran a 5K, and then accompanied her three-year old daughter on her first race--a kids fun run!

Kelly started running last summer by following the Couch to 5K program, and she just ran her first half-marathon! She was very worried about not finishing in the allotted time frame, and the race shutting down, but she surprised herself with just how well she did. She finished in 3:13:43. She says, "Running has become this amazing outlet for me to help calm my stress level, lose weight, increase myself esteem all of which makes me a better wife, mother, and employee"

 Linda started running almost a year ago to keep off the 25 pounds she'd lost. She ran her first 5K in October and has run one or two a month since then. Saturday, she ran the Komen for the Cure 5K, and it was a very rainy, cold race. She is proud that she powered through the first mile that was all uphill--she does all of her training on the treadmill, so she wasn't used to that. She ran the whole way, and felt great!

After losing a collective 175 pounds, Lindsay and her husband ran the Indianapolis 500 Festival Mini Marathon! She met her goal of sub-2:30, and her her husband finished in 2:01. Here is a before pic and a pic from the race:

Marcia (left) recently reconnected with high school friend Rosa via Facebook, after not seeing each other for 20 years. They discovered that they had each lost a lot of weight (Rosa lost 93 pounds, Maria lost 70). They also discovered that they had each signed up for the Indianapolis 500 Festival Mini Marathon, and were planning to go alone; so they decided to drive there together, and felt as if no time had passed. They both ran a great race and reached their goals!

Nicole and her husband, Ben, ran in the American Odyssey Relay (200 miles from Gettysburg to D.C.)!

And there are lots more to read on the Facebook post, so make sure you check it out! Here is a snippet:


  1. I always look forward to Mondays for this post! These ladies' stories always get me so excited to keep on working towards my own goals!

  2. I love this post. What truly inspirational people.

  3. Katie, I love your motivational Mondays! I hope to be a post in here someday...

  4. AnonymousMay 07, 2013

    My favorite post! I love seeing other people succeeding because it reinforces that I can succeed too!

  5. I am new-ish to your blog, and this is the first motivation monday post I've read. Amazing stories and incredible accomplishments! Got me all choked up, especially the husband and wife team.

    1. That husband and wife team should get the award for most inspirational story this week! WOW!

  6. Awesome stuff! Love Motivation Mondays!

  7. AnonymousMay 07, 2013

    wow, talk about motivating!! awesome post!!!

  8. I think you said it all when you said "I stayed extremely busy." I know when I'm alone and not doing anything I eat. Sometimes to keep from eating I go shopping and I really can't afford any more of I need to find another way to avoid eating. Any suggestions?

  9. Love this :) everybody is definitely very inspirational!

  10. You all are amazing! I love MM posts... you guys keep me going. :)

    - Jen

  11. Wow!! Makes me really believe I can do it as well.. Love motivational Monday

  12. WTG on everyone's awesome accomplishments!


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