February 10, 2014

Motivational Monday #51

Happy Motivational Monday! The kids are back in school today (hopefully all week). The sun was shining today, and I am hoping that some of this snow melts. The piles of snow are so tall that it's hard to even see around corners while driving. I don't even like looking at the forecast, though, because it's definitely not in my favor right now ;)

Anyway, this week I am proud of myself for getting in 10,000 steps each and every day. There were a couple of days were I was about to go to bed and realized I was 500 or so steps short, so I walked around the house to get in the full 10,000. If nothing else, this challenge has made me realize that aside from running, I'm not a very active person. It'll be easier to stay active once the snow melts, because I'll be more likely to go for walks outside; but this challenge has definitely made me move more, which is always good!

Let's see what some of you have been up to this week!

Britney and her son, Noah (in the stroller), just completed their second 5K distance! The first was my Virtual 5K, which they finished in 34:54; and they just finished this one in 33:00! Noah loves when his mom goes fast while he's in the stroller ;)  Britney said that not too long ago, she couldn't even imagine walking 3.1 miles, let alone running some of it! Her new goal is to work up to running the whole thing without walking.

Carly just hit a new PR at the Heart Hustle 5K! She said running that race made her miss the 5K distance, and she set a goal to work on coming in under 30 minutes. She still remembers when she was struggling to come in under 40:00 not that long ago!

Katelyn just finished her longest run to date--15 miles! She is training for her first marathon, and finishing that run was a big confidence-booster to her. She lost about 60 pounds a few years ago, and has maintained it ever since, which she credits to the running. (Katelyn's blog post about her 15-miler)

Margo had signed up for my Virtual 5K, and the nasty weather prevented her from doing it that weekend. She was determined to do it (better late than never). She attempted to complete it last Sunday, but just 2 kilometers in, she had to call her husband to come pick her up because her stomach was acting up. The next time she tried to go out, one of her cows was about to give birth, so her run got pushed back again. But she finally got it done on the next attempt! It was a cold, snowy run, but she didn't let anything stop her from finishing. (Margo's race report)

Mia just celebrated her one-year anniversary since she started losing weight! She had been gaining and losing the same 20 pounds for 15 years, and decided she was ready to commit to get the weight off. She started doing Weight Watchers, and exercising with the Wii Fit, the elliptical, and hiking. Over the course of the year, she lost 60 pounds! Last month, she decided to try running. In her words: "I'M SO IN LOVE!" She's already up to 3.5 miles, and she feels amazing. She said she never, in a million years, dreamed she be running one day!

Stacie recently came across my blog when she was looking for some advice on stopping binge eating. She had gastric bypass nine months ago, but still struggles with binge eating soft foods. In stumbling upon my blog, she decided to work on a goal that had been in the back of her mind her entire life--to start running! She remembers that the fastest mile she ever did in school was about 25 minutes. This past Saturday, she decided to try running, and see just how far she could go without walking. She ended up running an entire mile, without any breaks, in 14:07! She said she was in tears when she was done, and it was "insane and amazing" :)  (I remember running my first mile, and there really is nothing like that experience!)

Stacie just celebrated the one-year anniversary of when she started losing weight and getting healthy! She's lost a total of 80 pounds, and just signed up for a 10-mile race in March. She says she has good days and bad days, but she doesn't let a bad day turn into two, and she gets right back on track!

Don't forget to check out the Motivational Monday Facebook post for more stories! Thanks for sharing :)


  1. I love Motivational Mondays! Way to go everybody!

  2. Wow! Thank you so much for featuring me! I'm honored! So cool! :) :) :)

  3. I love this post! Such an awesome idea! So happy for all these lovely ladies!

  4. Love Motivational Mondays. Amazing ladies :D

  5. Woo hoo! I love the thought of not letting a bad day turn into two. I have to remember that :)

  6. I look forward to this post every week and, slowly, its changing my whole life. Thank you and thanks to all these motivational women!

  7. I love this feature of your blog Katie! All these stories motivate me to keep trucking towards my own running goals! Thanks all for sharing, and keep up your great work!

  8. Ahhh, so cool! Thank you for including me!

  9. Thanks so much for including me. This is so exciting! I love motivational Monday's. I get so much inspiration from everyone's story. Take care!

  10. Wow, I hope to run 15 miles someday! Probably not this year, but maybe next year! Or at least a half marathon. These stories are so inspiring. Now I am off to run 2.5 miles on the treadmill! Thanks for the motivation!


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