December 07, 2015

Motivational Monday #132

Happy Motivational Monday! I hope everyone is having a fantastic holiday season so far. I'm kind of relieved not to be worried about losing weight right now, and just hoping to maintain my weight through the holidays. The holidays aren't usually a big struggle for me to stay on track, though; it's summertime that's a killer for me!

This week, aside from counting my calories, I am proud of myself for getting in a walk every day. There were a couple of bitterly cold days where I really didn't want to do it, but I felt good about it once I was out there. And there were a couple of really nice weather days that I may have missed out on if I hadn't been pushing myself to go for a walk once a day!

Also, I know this sounds kind of trivial, but I am proud of myself for going ice skating with Jerry and the kids on Saturday. I know that if I had still been 253 pounds, there would have been no way of getting me on that ice. Even now, I was a little tempted to just sit out and watch them skate, but I figured that now that I have this body, why waste what it's capable of?! I knew the kids would love for me to skate with them, and I was right. Anyway, in terms of Motivational Monday, that would be my proud moment of the week ;)

Here are a couple more proud moments to share with you this week. Enjoy!

Here is an email from Audrey:
"I have struggled with my weight since I was a child - like I don't think I've been a healthy weight since I was about 6 years old. I have yo-yo dieted up until now. January was my turning point. I got married at the heaviest weight I had ever been - dangerously close to 300 lbs. It was still amazing and the happiest day of my life up until then, but I was so disappointed in myself for letting it get so bad. 

I joined Weight Watchers for the final time, and I still have a long way to go, but am about 40 lbs down from where I started in February. I recently started mixing exercise into my routine with a mini stepper, and I just feel so much better!! So when a friend said she needed more members of her 5K team I decided to kick my 2016 goal to the curb and sign up. I was so nervous but it was one of the best times I've ever had! I can see why people love them so much!! 

We walked the whole thing (except for the last tiny stretch at the finish line) and our time was 53 minutes. I'm super excited for that because now I have something to beat!!"

And an email from Kate, who hit a huge running milestone:
"This weekend I completed my first half-marathon in a sweaty two hours and four minutes! I'm one of those people who would never, ever have imagined becoming a runner but I started running this year after discovering your blog and I love it. I didn't think to take a photo before, after or while I was running but I did snap this picture of my Garmin as proof - for myself at least - that it did happen."

A huge congratulations to Audrey and Kate! Anyone else want to share something you've done this week that makes you feel proud?


  1. Way to go, ladies! That first 1/2 marathon might be the start of a very healthy addiction (at least it was for me).

    Thanks for sharing and providing a little motivation for me this week.

  2. Way to go, Audrey and Kate! All achievements on your journey, whether it be walking a 5K or running a half marathon, are all to be celebrated! I'm so proud of both of you! Keep it up!!!

  3. I love this: I have this body, why waste what it's capable of?!

  4. If you ever try skating again, I'd suggest using figure skates instead of hockey skates. Much easier to control... and totally cuter, hahha. Not that cute matters, but hey. Whatev.

    1. That is so funny because I was told the opposite! To try hockey skates instead of figure skates. (But then again it was a hockey player who told me that ;)

  5. Started calorie counting on...Saturday! First step. And went for a run with a friend when I reallllly just wanted to veg in bed after a long day.


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