May 19, 2014

Motivational Monday #63

Happy Motivational Monday, everyone! I have had a really great week--I've been counting every bite of food that I eat, I've only have two sweets/desserts this month, and I've gotten in 10,000+ steps every single day this month. I wasn't deliberately trying to get in 10,000 steps, but once I got the Fitbit, I felt really motivated to keep up with my friends' steps. That tiny little gadget gives me lots of motivation to move.

I am most proud of myself this week for staying on track with my eating, and logging my food. The first week is always the hardest, and I'm six days in, so I'm glad to get the worst out of the way ;)  The no-sweets challenge for May has gotten easier for me, as well. I still have cravings for dessert, but not as bad as they were the first week or two.

I have a very short (but sweet) Motivational Monday post for you today...

Audrey has always struggled with her weight, and about a year ago, she decided she wanted to start running. She hit several road blocks in her training, but she finally found something to work toward when her 10-year old sister asked Audrey to be her running buddy for her Girls on the Run 5K. She had never even given thought to running a race before, but she wanted to support her sister, so she agreed. She set a goal to finish the race in less than 45 minutes, and she trained for several weeks. Finally, last weekend, they did it!! Audrey enjoyed it so much that she's excited to keep running and continue losing weight.

Martine is very proud to have completed her first race yesterday--a 10K! She set a goal to finish under two hours, and ended up finishing in 1:49:08. Sadly, the race didn't exactly go as planned. There was no time limit posted for the race, so she assumed there wasn't one; but the race organizers packed everything up before she was finished, and that left her feeling very disheartened and discouraged during the race. The water stations were gone for the last 4K, and when she got to the finish line, there were only a couple of race organizers there. Despite feeling upset about it, Martine didn't quit--she kept moving, and she finished under her personal time goal! She even plans to do more races, and she is proud for finishing (as she should be!).

Cindy (in the center of the picture) completed her first half-marathon! She trained hard for it, and the first eight miles flew by. The last five miles were a lot tougher, but she dug deep mentally and kept on going. When she saw her kids at the finish line, she burst into tears, and she proudly crossed in 3:16:19!

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


  1. Way to go everybody!! You all are awesome!!

  2. Martine's experience is the most motivating of all! What a great accomplishment, to finish her run even though everything had been picked up already. She is a winner in my book!

  3. AnonymousMay 20, 2014

    I'm just about to head out for a run! I really needed this today. :) Thanks! Congratulations to everyone. You should all be very proud of your determination.

  4. Monday marked 22 days of being binge free. xoxo

  5. Great job everyone! Such nice stories - love it. So inspiring! And Katie, I'm way behind on my magazine's but just saw your Runner's World article - you look beautiful! You should be so proud of all your accomplishments!

  6. AnonymousMay 22, 2014

    Do you keep your fitbit on when you run?


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