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The toe is still cooperating. It isn't better, but it's surviving. All that really matters is that I can run comfortably. But step on my poor little piggy, and it takes all I have to stay in an upright position and keep the profanities in my head. Not being able to run for a week just about put me over the edge. Four miles on Millie on Monday did what three 10+ mile sessions on the bike couldn't do last week. There's just something about running.

After my forced hiatus, I didn't need any motivation. Yet I realized something about motivation and me lately. When the scale goes up or my clothes aren't fitting as comfortably as I would like, I am not motivated to run. In fact, it's just the opposite. I don't want to do anything except feel sorry for myself, sit on the couch, and zone out to the TV. And eat hot tamales.

Then the other day, I took my girls to the mall to Minnie's Masquerade, a little costume party they had at the Disney Store. People can't help but notice two little girls walking around the mall dressed like Disney characters in the middle of April. On our way to the Disney store, a girl working at one of the mall kiosks told them how cute they looked and asked why they were dressed up. As we passed her again after the party, she asked if they had fun. Then she asked me if I am just naturally skinny or if I do something. Heck yes I do something!

My real response: "It's not natural. I have to work at it. I run." I don't think of myself as skinny, thin maybe, but not skinny. And compliments about how I look are rare. Her comment carried me through the rest of the weekend. And all it made me want to do is run. Because that is how I got and stay "skinny."

What motivates you?


  1. that picture is too freaking cute.

    I feel the same why about running. When I'm feeling like I"ve gained weight all I want to do is nothing. But when I'm psyched about myself, I'm always ready to run.

  2. Yep, I'm totally pumped if someone calls me skinny, etc. But I'm motivated to run simply 'cause I love it!

  3. Compliments from strangers always make me happy! I'm motivated for lots of reasons, but I think my health and sanity are what really get me out of bed in the morning.

  4. Candice! I think you are beautiful and so are your girls - adorable picture! I feel like you - when the scale goes up a couple or pants feel awkward, I also tend to push running to the side instead of getting out and doing something about it (um, like now I am stalking blogs!). I am motivated when people who haven't seen me in awhile tell me how great I look or comment on how much weight I have lost. I get to thinking that I want to look even better then NEXT time they see me!

  5. Cute girls!
    I run, but I also eat. And I am rather happy doing both. :)

  6. Your baby girls are so adorable! Loev the picture. I believe we've got that Minnie Costume that has been through 2/3 of my girls...the littlest should be wearing it sometime in the next few years. Love it!

    What motivates me are the goals. Signing up for something, working toward the distance, putting in the time, and finishing. There is something so beautiful and simple that there is a process that works. Plus, I get to spend tons of time with my girlfriends while we log the miles! Fun!


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