March 03, 2014

Motivational Monday #54

Happy Motivational Monday!

This week, I am proud of myself for tracking my food every single day. When I heard the news about Sarah, I had a bit of a slip-up, and there was a moment of "What's the point? Why bother with eating healthy when this kind of crap happens anyway?" (Of course I know better, but I was angry that Sarah died way too young--it just seems so unfair). So I ate ice cream. And Cadbury Mini Eggs. 

And then? I tracked my food. I ate much more than my allotted Weight Watchers points for the week, but I still wrote down what I ate. And then I didn't let one bad moment turn into a bad day, and a bad week. I had a great day yesterday and today! I think that's the hardest part about having a slip-up--getting back to it right away, instead of saying, "Well, just one more day won't hurt..." 

I made a goal for March, and that was to eat five servings of fruits and vegetables every day. So far, so good! Yesterday, I made sautéed zucchini and summer squash to have with dinner, and I made my kids try it. Eli had already tried it last week, so he knew he'd like it, and he even asked for seconds. But Noah really didn't want to try it, and I told him he had to eat at least one bite. One bite wasn't going to kill him!

So he took a bite, and as he was chewing, he started gagging. I was about to scold him for being way too dramatic, when suddenly, he vomited his entire dinner onto his plate. Hahaha, the squash was a no-go for Noah! I had no idea that someone could be so grossed out by a food that it could literally make him or her puke.

I am eagerly waiting for my April issue of Runner's World to appear in my mailbox--it'll be any day now! If you missed the big news, my Ragnar Relay team, From Fat to Finish Line, is the main story in the April issue. I'm really excited to see it and read the story!

Anyway, here are a few Motivational Monday submissions to give a motivational start to your week:

Kim has lost 66 pounds, and just completed her second half-marathon! She started eating healthier, logging her food on My Fitness Pal, and running last May. She's now at her goal weight, and is working on finding a good balance in maintenance (sounds familiar!). (Kim's blog)

Amy has struggled with her weight her entire life, losing and gaining, and she finally just decided to give up; she felt like there was no point in trying anymore. Last week, she said something sparked, and she woke up with a strong feeling of determination. She tracked her calories and was at her goal each day. She exercised three times throughout the week. And then when she got on the scale, she was discouraged to see she hadn't lost a single pound. In the past, she would have given up, but this time she didn't! She is more committed than ever. She says that because she is making this change for life, she knows it's not all about the weight loss--what she's doing is healthy for her body. Amy says she's not ready to share her picture just yet, but she included a photo of her dog, Odin--who loves her at any size ;)

Rachel just completed her first 10K! She and her husband did the 10K race at the Little Rock Marathon. When they were in their corral, waiting for the race to begin, it started raining--in the freezing cold. She briefly thought about going back to the car, and calling it quits, but she had paid for her registration, and wanted to complete her goal. She had a secret goal of 1:30 for the race. The race ended up being a great experience, and she was so glad she stuck it out. As she crossed the finish line, she was delighted to see that she finished in 1:26:56, beating her goal by over 3 minutes! She now hopes to, one day, complete the half-marathon; and, eventually, the full!

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


  1. Mason does that when he doesn't like something too! He gets himself so convinced that he won't like it that he pukes as soon as it goes in his mouth. That is never pleasant at the dinner table, hahaha.

    I love Motivational Monday! It always keeps me encouraged throughout the week!

  2. I find Amy's story to be really inspirational. I'm always so impressed by everyone's successes, but I'm nowhere near finishing any sort of marathon (or any race for that matter!) Her and your everyday successes are something I can closely relate to. Keep up the great work!

    My daughter did the exact same thing as Noah when she was that age -- with blueberries. She's 20 now, and still reminds me of the time I tried to "poison" her.

  3. I have that same reaction with carrots. Blech! Also? Liver. But seriously, who tries to feed a 9-year-old LIVER?!?! What were my parents thinking?!?!

  4. I'm so sorry about your friend. I'm proud of you for sticking with your plan! That must have been difficult to do.

    I had the exact same issue as Noah, except it was refried beans. I was out to dinner at a mexican restaurant and my dad forced me to eat the beans and I threw up all over my dinner. Not fun. Especially for the people at the next table.

  5. Haha, I disliked squash as a kid but I don't think quite as much as Noah!

  6. I am part of a private fitness group on FB and one of the new members uses My Fitness Pal to log her food diary...and so I decided to check it out, even though I don't use phone apps, they have a web interface to do the same thing and I am finding I am even more motivated to log my food accurately because of it. I normally log my food on my fitness blog, but I don't do calories or anything so doing it on MFP first and then pasting it into my blog is a better way for me to track and actually see how much difference I am making by my choices. --Mishka


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