Interview with Sharee from Funeral For My Fat

By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am — Filed under:

Over five years, Sharee lost 121 pounds. She was featured on People magazine in their yearly “Half Their Size” issue. She writes daily on her Funeral For My Fat Tumblr. Here is an interview with her that is really nice.

For a lot of people who lose weight, there is that extra skin, but after a year or two, it usually snaps back. I understand Sharee’s decision to have the surgery, and while I was reading her blog, the recovery time didn’t seem like it lasted three months. Her swelling went down quickly and it felt like within just a couple of weeks, she was back into her routine. I’m just terrified of surgery, so I would rather deal with extra skin flopping around than go under anesthesia.


Stop Thinking And Hold On!

By Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am — Filed under:

A long time ago, I was listening to a mountain climber talking about climbing mountains, clinging to those red cliffs here in Utah. He said,

You think about letting go LONG before you actually let go.

I was reminded of this the other day. I think about eating poorly LONG before I actually do it. If I could just stop thinking about it, I probably would never let go. I just need to STOP thinking and hold on!

STOP Thinking and HOLD ON! from Starling Fitness

Image via: Uzbekistan Mountain Climbing


Sports Movies: I’m Not The Target Audience, And That Is Incredibly Sad

By Laura Moncur @ 8:59 am — Filed under:

I’m not a sporto girl. I have watched scant few sports movies, probably because they don’t really have any female characters who aren’t love interests. In fact, in this list of Top 10 Sports Movie Speeches, I have only seen ONE of the movies, and it was only an honorable mention.

It was League of Their Own, and honestly, the “There’s no crying in baseball,” is one of the most inspiring speeches I’ve ever seen on film. When I fell on my bike, ripped my hands open and bleeding, I thought, “There’s no crying in baseball.” When I’ve been so tired at the end of the 5K Halloween race at Gardner Village and I could barely climb that tiny hill right before the finish, I thought, “There’s no crying in baseball.” If you haven’t seen the whole thing, it’s here”:

After rewatching that speech, however, the BEST part comes when the umpire tells him that he should talk to each of his players like they’re his mother and he calls the umpire a penis with a hat on. I wanted to call the umpire worse. No, Mr. Umpire. We don’t need someone to talk to us like we’re their mother. We need to hear that there’s no crying in baseball!

I think the reason that list of Top 10 Sports Movie Speeches fell so completely flat for me is because I was never the target audience. Sports movies aren’t written for me. They’re written for over-the-hill jock boys who want to relive their past glory days. It’s an entire GENRE of movies that really just doesn’t care about HALF the population.

If find that incredibly sad. Where is the collection of motivational speeches made by women? They are RARE. Hayley in Stick It comes to mind, but her speech isn’t on YouTube. You can see part of it in the movie trailer:

“If you’re gonna eat mat, eat mat hard.” Yeah, don’t hold back. Don’t keep your best for later. Really give it all you’ve got and if you fail, fail hard. Why isn’t her speech on YouTube? Why was it so hard to find even a portion of that speech there?

The only other one I could think of was Bring It On with Gabrielle Union. Her Bring It speech is perfect. After Kirsten Dunst’s team has stolen her routine, her advice to them is spot on:

“You wanna make it right? Then when you go to nationals, bring it. Don’t slack off because you feel sorry for us. That way, when we beat you, we’ll know it’s because we’re better.”

We need more movies like this for our girls, except with ALL sports, not just gymnastics and cheering. Title Nine is not just about providing equal opportunity for girls, we need movies and inspiration for them as well. Until they do, women who could be great athletes will be lost.


How To Get Motivated To Run Every Day

By Laura Moncur @ 1:34 pm — Filed under:

“We should all do the Electric Run together. I think it would be fun,” I said, to the car full of my sister, Stacey, my brother-in-law, Dan, my husband, Mike, and my boy, Sean. Mike asked, “Is that the run where they throw paint all over you?” I laugh. No, that’s the Color Run.

“What? Do they shoot you with paintballs?” Dan asked. I answered, “I don’t think so. I think it’s colored chalk or something.” Mike chuckled, “That’s all I need when I’m trying to run a 5K, inhale a lungful of chalk dust.”

The conversation has gotten away from me and I try to steer it back. “The Electric Run is different. It’s at night and you wear glow necklaces and fluorescent clothing. They have black lights and disco music while you run. It sounds like fun.”

“Sounds great! The only problem I have with it is the ‘running a 5K’ part,” Mike is firm. He doesn’t want to participate in any run, no matter how fun. Dan said, “I’m not interested in that.” I was dropping people left and right. “I want to do that Zombie Chase thing,” Stacey replied.

“We can do that, too.” Now, instead of doing one race, I’ve agreed to do two, one of which, I’m running from Zombies through obstacle courses. “That one we should bring the trailers and camp down there before the race so we don’t have to drive so far,” I suggest. Dan agrees wholeheartedly and suddenly, I have a reason to train and run every day. Our whole family has decided to rally behind Stacey and me for these two races and are planning fun times together for them.

My butt has been on the treadmill EVERY day since this conversation.


The Best Work Hard When They Don’t Feel Like It

By Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am — Filed under:

I love this motivational poster that I found on That ARThletic Girl‘s site.

The Best Work Hard When They Don't Feel Like It from Starling Fitness

It reads:

Everybody works hard when they feel like it, but only the best do it when they don’t feel like it.

I have been following this mantra for a while now. I’ve hurt myself in a bunch of little ways: my foot had plantar facitist, I slightly ripped my hamstring, and a bad pair of shoes gave me blisters on my heels. Despite those injuries, I have found a way around them by walking or riding the exercise bike.

In fact, I just looked at my log and I haven’t missed a day exercising for five weeks. Some days I had to take it easy and just walk, but I didn’t just abandon my workouts. I modified them to accommodate my problems.

If I can do this, then you can as well. If you’re tempted to skip your workout, remember me, limping along with a torn hamstring. The best workout even when they don’t want to.


Hard Work ALWAYS Pays Off

By Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am — Filed under:

I LOVE this image from MotiveWeight!

Hard Work ALWAYS Pays Off from Starling Fitness

It reads:

Nothing in this world is handed to you. You have to go out and get it! Nobody said it would be easy, but hard work ALWAYS pays off.

It is SO true!

There is only one, small, problem…

There have been times when I thought I was working hard or I had been told I was working hard (I’m looking at you, heart rate monitor charts), and I really wasn’t. After long bouts of laziness, just moving at all can feel like hard work.

If you think you are working hard and aren’t seeing results, then you need to kick it up a notch. Either you aren’t working hard enough in the gym (or out on the road) or you aren’t working hard enough in the kitchen. REALLY look at your habits and find the places where you can improve.

Don’t fool yourself (like I did) into thinking that you are working hard. If you don’t see results, then you have to try harder. It’s as simple as that.


Motivational MP3 Clips

By Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am — Filed under:

Over the last few years, I’ve linked to little YouTube videos with some motivational talk. Just last week, I downloaded them as MP3s to put on my workout mix.

I wrote this entry a while ago about Finding Nemo and how motivational Dori is:

Here is the MP3 of that video: Finding Nemo – Just Keep Swimming

I also talked about the scene in American Beauty where Kevin Spacey says that he wants to look good naked.

Here is the MP3 of that video: American Beauty: I want to look good naked!

Here is this scene from American Psycho has more to do with staying away from food that can hurt me, but I still like it.

Here is the MP3 of that video: American Psycho – You Can Always Be Thinner, Look Better

I love this one from Parks and Recreation:

If you find any more of these brilliant little clips, please tell me so I can put them here as well!


Success Trains. Failure Complains.

By Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am — Filed under:

I love this motivational poster that I saw on work sweat achieve the other day.

Success Trains. Failure Complains. from Starling Fitness

It reads:

Success Trains. Failure Complains.

When I think of all the ways I’ve failed and then complained about how my body is shaped because of that failure, I need to hang my head in shame. From now on, every time I feel like complaining about clothing that doesn’t fit or how I look, I am going to add a small workout to my day. It will be the thing I do instead of complaining because I want to be a success, not a failure.


My Motivational Shrine

By Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am — Filed under:

The other day, I printed up all the little motivational posters that I have found all over the web and put them on a foam board. I then put it up on the wall right in front of the treadmill, so when I’m running, I can read them.

Here’s a picture of it. Click it to see full-size:

Motivational Poster from Starling Fitness

It really helps me when I’m doing intervals and running. Sometimes that short run seems like an eternity, but being able to look up at that poster and be told to keep going, not to quit, and to shoot for the stars really helps me get through it. Sometimes I just let my eyes wander over the pictures, sometimes I read the words over and over in my head and other times I systematically read EVERY word to myself to keep from obsessing on the time and my legs.

I’m considering making a slideshow of these same images on my phone so if I’m exercising at the gym instead of at home, I can refer to my phone and let it feed me inspiration at ten second intervals.

What do you do to keep inspired and running? I would love some ideas because sometimes it’s hard to get through my short running intervals.


Even If You Fall On Your Face

By Laura Moncur @ 10:00 am — Filed under:

I love this motivational poster I found on Healthy is Classy.

Even if you fall on your face, you're still moving forward from Starling Fitness

It reads:

Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.

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It made me chuckle when I read it, but more importantly, it’s TRUE. It reminds me of a song that was recommended to me by a friend called Moving Forward by Hoobastank [iTunes link].

This song is on my workout playlist and I love when it comes on. No matter how slowly I’m running, it reminds me that at least I’m moving forward.

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