August 11, 2014

Motivational Monday #73

Happy Motivational Monday! It's been an interesting week for me with the intuitive eating, but I've been doing very well with it. I'm very proud that I haven't binged at all, and I've really been listening to my body, even when it tells me weird things (like craving olive tapenade yesterday!).

I've also been doing really well with my August challenge, which was to eat only at the dining table, nowhere else. A lot of times, I find myself wanting to eat when bored, but when I remember that I have to eat at the table, I change my mind! ;)

What have you done this week to make you feel proud?

Last September, Jessica was proud to announce that she'd completed her first half-marathon. It was a tough time for her, because her father had just passed away two weeks before the race, and she considered not even running it. Her training had taken a backseat to taking care of her father as he was ill. She chose to run it anyway, and she finished in 2:42!

This year, Jessica was training for her second half-marathon, when she had a seizure that landed her in the emergency room. She was diagnosed with Stage IV brain cancer! She underwent surgery, radiation, and chemo to fight the cancer, and was told she couldn't run for four months. She started back to running a couple of weeks ago, and went back to the gym yesterday. She is proud to say that she was able to run two miles yesterday!

My friend Adam posted this on Facebook, so I decided to sneak it onto my blog ;)  Adam is not only on Day 8 of not drinking soda, but he decided that he "might as well" just run a half marathon on the treadmill today! Several weeks ago, in the hopes of keeping Adam motivated to keep exercising, I told him that I'd make him a deal--I would pay for his race registration for the Monroe Half in November, AND run it with him, if he commits to training for it. So come November, he'll be running his first "official" half-marathon :)

My sister texted this photo to me today, because she was excited to tell me that she did her very first run in the rain! Jeanie is normally a treadmill runner, even in good weather, because she likes to be able to run next to Shawn, her husband (and they run very different paces). Like a lot of people, the rain was just another reason to run on the treadmill, but Jeanie chose to run in the rain today--and she said it was great!

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  1. Just want to give Adam a shout-out for no soda! I'm back on the wagon, and my husband and I have been soda-free for two whole weeks! It's ROUGH. Hang in there, man!

  2. Wow Jessica is a real motivation! She has been through so much already. I wish her well in her treatment and I know, as the wife of a Stage 4 cancer sufferer, she is going through so much, but her running is only going to help keep her physically and mentally strong. GO JESSICA!!!

  3. Way to go all! My victory this week is small in comparison. I have not been able to wear my engagement ring for about 4 years because my fingers had gotten too fat, but yesterday I discovered I've lost enough weight to get it on (and off) again.

    Glad to hear that your intuitive eating experiment is still going well. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you. Also, I'm wondering if you think it would be a good plan for someone at the start of their weight loss journey. It seems that often people have been so out of touch with what their body actually needs that it might be necessary to consciously scale back for awhile, but then I'm not really familiar with this approach. For me this has been especially true of sugar. When I've been in the throes of binging the cravings were so constant and so intense I have a hard time believing I could have been successful with an intuitive plan. If I force myself to detox for awhile though it seems as though my body reboots. I'll be satisfied with a lot less sugar and have an easier time stopping when I do sense I've had enough.

  4. Like you've restrained yourself, I struggle with restraining myself as well. I struggled with my weight over the years but ever since I made my body transformation, it's been hard to stop myself from going back to old habits :). I'm doing great this week so far though. Keep up the good work.

    Great article :)

  5. I just stumbled across your blog today and it is soo motivational. I looked at your pictures throughout your journey and I hope to make the same transformation some day. It's seems so daunting trying to lose the weight but I feel like I've been this way forever! So thanks!! You are inspiring!


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