June 30, 2014

Motivational Monday #67

Happy Motivational Monday, Friends! I hope your week is off to a great start. I'm so glad that today is the last day of my June challenge. If you don't remember, I set a goal to get in 12,000 steps per day for all of June. It was hard!

I managed to do it every single day until the 21st. That was the day that Jerry and I drove up to northwestern Michigan, and I just wasn't even close to getting in my steps that day. After breaking the streak, I wasn't so motivated for the last week or so, and there were a few more days that I didn't hit 12,000. However, I did get 12,000+ steps for 25/30 days. So I didn't hit my June goal entirely, but I am happy with what I did.

I really like doing monthly goals like this. It gives me something to focus on other than the stupid scale (which is NOT my friend right now). So I'm going to pick a new goal for July: Stick to two alcoholic beverages per week. Summertime always makes me think of sipping cold beer or margaritas on the deck (which likely leads to snacking...). I don't want to cut out ALL drinks, but I think two drinks a week is a good goal. Maybe I'll get creative with some mocktails made with club soda ;)

Anyway, what have you all done this week to make you feel proud?

Kayse ran a half-marathon... on her birthday! She ran the Mayor's Half Marathon in Anchorage, Alaska, and even with the pouring rain, wind, mud, and moose, she had a blast. Her sister made her a shirt that said, "Today I run for cake"which was a great conversation starter during the race. Next year, Kayse plans to run the full marathon the day before she turns 30! (Kayse's race report)

Tiina just completed her second marathon--shaving 15 minutes off of the finish time of her first! She ran the Grandma's Marathon in Duluth, Minnesota, and despite being June, there was actually a hypothermia risk because of the temps that day. She met up with a blogger-friend at the starting line, and the two discovered they were going to run about the same pace, so they decided to run together. It was a tough run, but they kept moving forward, and finished in 6:07:26. A PR for both of them! (Tiina's race report)

In October 2013, something snapped (literally) in Krista, and she made some serious changes in her lifestyle--and has since lost 50 pounds! She had just gotten home from vacation, and was heading to work with a little bounce in her step. She stepped off the porch, and heard a snap, and then felt shooting pain in her calf. It turned out that she had torn a tendon in her calf, and it was likely that her weight had played a part in it. She immediately changed her eating habits, started counting calories, and working out 4-6 days a week. As part of her workout routine, she's been walking 2.5 miles 2-3 times per week, and is just starting the Couch to 5K program!

Jennifer just finished her THIRD marathon in eight months! She just started running 18 months ago, and wants to continue as long as she is able. It's been fun "watching" her on this journey. She started running at the time when I was in Key West for Ragnar! :)  (GREAT finish line photo!)

Rebecca is celebrating all kinds of accomplishments, and she has every reason to be. She's lost 131 pounds! She started running in September, and today she ran her farthest distance yet--nine miles. As of this morning, she's logged 93 miles for the month of June!

Don't forget to check out the Motivational Monday Facebook post for more stories :)  If you have a photo you'd like to share for Motivational Monday next week, you can email it to me at: Katie (at) runsforcookies (dot) com, with the subject Motivational Monday, and a brief description. Remember, it doesn't have to be a race or losing a ton of weight--any sort of health/fitness accomplishment that makes you feel proud is worth celebrating!


  1. You motivated me with the monthly challenges! May I cut out sweets (never thought I could do that). June was to plank for at least 1 minute every day. Made it all but one day. For July I thought about cutting out alcohol, decided that was too much for a summer month and decided to cut out bread. I figure if I could cut out sweets for a month I can do anything. Thanks for the ideas!

  2. I really hope you make and post on your mocktails. I'd love to see what you come up with!

  3. LOVE your motivational Mondays!

  4. AnonymousJuly 01, 2014

    Thank you for continuing to post your Motivational Mondays - I know they are a lot of work to compile but they are so, well, motivating!
    I like your idea to change your streak or goal every month...I'm about to retire my mile-a-day streak but have worried that I'll fall into old habits, gain all my weight back, blah blah blah. I think having a new goal or focus every month will bring some energy back to it.

  5. how fun!! I love showing off what others are doing, I swear it's so motivational!

  6. just found your blog by searching for weight loss success blogs. Really nice blog and it is very motivating for the rest of us who are still working at losing weight to see the results you have achieved. Thanks for sharing what you have learned along the way with the rest of us.


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