June 02, 2014

Motivational Monday #64

Happy Motivational Monday! I haven't had the greatest week, but I did start this week out on a good note--I went for a five-mile run with my brother, and it was ridiculously humid! I'll write more about that tomorrow, though.

Several people have asked me about adding them as friends on Fitbit. Right now, I just have my family and a few "real life" friends  on my Fitbit, because I'm afraid if the list gets too long, I'll lose track of my family. I wish that Fitbit would let you create separate "lists" of leaderboards, so you could organize it that way. (Maybe they do have this feature, and I just haven't figured it out yet?)

But I figured for now, a solution would be to create a "Runs for Cookies" Fitbit group for anyone who is interested. I'll leave it public for a couple of days, and then I'll switch it to "invitation only" (if you're reading this after I've switched it to invite only, then you can just send me an email with your email address and ask me to invite you, and I'll send the invitation). Now, if you want to join the group, you can go here: Runs for Cookies Fitbit group. I love the idea of having a leaderboard there so you all can motivate me to move more ;)

Anyway, let's get to the good stuff... Motivational Monday!

Lesleigh conquered a huge, daunting hill near her home--running a 400-feet increase in altitude over about 2 miles! She started at the top, and ran down, first. Then, without even a pause, she turned around and ran right back up to the top. It took her about five minutes longer on the way up than on the way down, but as someone who hates hills, she was so proud to make it to the top!

Maegan completed her first 5K on Saturday--The Color Run in Birmingham, Alabama! It was extremely crowded, so it wasn't possible to run the entire thing, but she had a blast and ran when she could. She and her husband, David, have been doing Weight Watchers since January--she's lost 31 pounds, and he's lost 21 pounds!

Tracy recently ran not only her first, but also her second full marathon! She's a mom to 1- and 2-year old kids, and had to work around her husband's work schedule to be able to find the time to train, but she made it a priority. Her mother-in-law has run several marathons, and was her training buddy. A few weeks before Tracy's first marathon, they were scheduled for her longest training run; and instead of just doing that, she decided to run a marathon! She ran it nice and easy, as a training run for her "first" marathon ;) Her next goal is to push both of her kids in a double stroller for a 5K!

Katie just ran her first 10K race! She's come a long way since she walked her first 5K last June, having lost a whopping 85 pounds. She never imagined she'd be a runner, and now she's looking forward to doing her first half-marathon! (Katie's race report)

Meg just ran her first half-marathon! It was much harder than she was expecting, but she pushed hard and finished in 2:35. She says she has never felt so proud! (Meg's blog)

Jennifer just completed a crazy-steep climb up a mountain! It's called Manitou Incline in Colorado Springs, and the elevation climbs 2,000 feet in less than one mile; some spots reach a ridiculous 68% incline! Once they reached the top, they hiked several miles back down a less-steep trail. She torched a ton of calories, and was very proud to have accomplished this! It's something she's been wanting to do for a long time, and she was finally at the point of her weight loss/fitness journey to do so.

Congratulations, everyone! Don't forget to check out more stories on the Motivational Monday Facebook post. Have a great week!


  1. I joined your fitbit group!! Cannot wait to feel the motivation :) Thanks Katie!

  2. Yay! I joined the fitbit group too. I didn't even know groups existed. Fun!

  3. Thanks for the Fitbit group! It's a nice compromise as I can understand where Fitbit friending all of us would overwhelm your leaderboard. (I agree with you, I don't think you can make separate leaderboards.)

    Only request--can you give yourself a profile picture we can recognize? I want to keep track on where I stack up against you! :)

    1. Done! I'm glad you pointed that out. I didn't realize that my privacy settings had my photo as "friends only". I changed it, so hopefully you can see it now :)

  4. I enjoyed seeing the different kinds of things people did and posted on Motivational Monday. I have never wanted to send anything in because it seemed to be all about running and Marathons, and I just felt intimidated since I don't do either of those things, but I do lots of other stuff, maybe next week I will send in a pic of something I am proud for doing. Now that is motivation to say I will send a pic! :)

    1. Ruth, I would LOVE for you to send something in! When I started Motivational Monday, in envisioned celebrating ALL successes, even something like drinking 8 cups of water a day, or getting in 5+ servings of vegetables a day. You don't have to run or do a race to celebrate something for Motivational Monday :)

  5. Thanks for creating that fitbit group! Awesome way to motivate each other

  6. Yea Jennifer! The incline is super crazy! I've been mulling it over in the. Ack of my mind for a while, I think it is time to do it again! I haven't done it for a year and I was 35 pounds heavier then and it took an hour and a half to go up and an hour and a half to go down. I would love to wear my HRM like you did to see how many calories I burn! That is just crazy!,,

  7. I found your blog a few months ago and LOVE motivation Monday's (of course the rest of your blog also) These posts have really helped be get out of a slump lately. Thank you so much!!

    Oh, and I joined the Fitbit group....more motivation.



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