Monday, September 9, 2013

Motivation Monday

Good morning!

I hope you had a fantastic weekend!  Mine was really awesome.  

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(Finally captured the sunflowers in an acceptable outfit and all she wanted to do was eat them.  Go figure.)

Yesterday I did a very mini triathalon.  I biked 12 miles,

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then ran one mile (holy heavy jello / spaghetti legs!),

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then lounged in the pool.

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That counts, right?

As I was cranking my bike pedals up a very steep hill, I was thinking about what motivates me to do crazy things like this.  Here is what I came up with:

1. My family - I want to live a long healthy life to be around these people as much as possible. The healthier I am, the happier I will be, and the more they will enjoy being around me.

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Also, I really want to be a good example for Ina.  I want to show her that being active can be fun! 

2. Food.  

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(Dan's chicken enchilada  pizza création)

I know it isn't a mystery to anyone, but I love food.  I am being completely honest when I say that there are some days I exercise just so I can eat more.  This isn't everyday, and if I eat more than I should I don't freak out and jump on the treadmill, but the extra calorie burn is a nice perk that I don't ignore.  

3. You guys!  This blog really has motivated me to continue to push myself.  I know I never would have signed up for a triathlon if it wasn't for this little space on the internet.  Thank you for kicking my butt 5 times a week!

4. Planning.  (<-- the link to this week's food and fitness plan if you missed it) Setting a mini-activity goal each week helps keep me accountable and makes the overall goal seem so much more attainable.  If all I think about is the fact that I have to run a half marathon in a month I will get overwhelmed, but if I only think about it one week at a time, like, This week I will run 8 miles, it is so much easier.  

5. God.  I have been blessed to have a healthy body that is capable of running, biking, swimming, etc.  I try to thank God for it as much as possible and get the most use out of it. Lately I have been using my workout time as a time to talk with God and meditate.  I also love singing the song, "I'm running to your arms, I'm running to your arms..."

Cheesy, I know, but did you really expect anything less?

I am linking up with some of my blogger friends for this post: 



Have a wonderful week!



  1. Hi Racheal. Visiting you from Motivational Monday. The sunflower is a great photography subject. I really love it! Well, I do have few things in common with you. I want to lose weight, be healthy and get strong for my family. I want to set a good example to my kids. And who doesn't love foods? Have a great week!

  2. such a cute pic in the flowers!!! i need to bike again soon, i miss that!

  3. That lil girl is PRESH! Your list sounds a lot like mine. I want to be healthy to enjoy a healthy life with my family and also to appreciate the body/health the Lord has blessed me with. I had a bout with bulimia for 6 years and I am now in recovery. I am so grateful to the Lord that He's renewed my body and I want to show that appreciation by living a healthier lifestyle. Thanks so much for linking up.

  4. Aw ww! Your little lady is adorable!! How cute is that outfit!? My main motivation is my family too, and setting a good example for my kids so they have those healthy habits. Last, I love your triathlon - lounging in the pool totally counts!

  5. I love your triathalon! Your little girl is adorable!


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