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And it begins...

Monday, January 11, 2010

I will for the next 24 weeks be getting ready for my "Avon Walk" in June 2010. They say that if you write things down, you have commit yourself to the task. So here I am, writing my adventure down. This is the first time I have ever done anything like this, and hopefully I did not take on more then I can handle. Please pray for me as I go on this journey. I have been wanting to do this for awhile, and this is the year. If you do not know what this is about, you go on a 39 mile walk in two days, and you raise money for Breast Cancer awareness. I will be walking for four of my friends & family. I am so bless that they are all survivors of this horrible illness. I thank God everyday for them. And it begins...

Thank you all for your encouraging words and prayers!!! Just knowing that you are all out there to support me gives me hope! I love the way SP folks are always there to support each other, and once again here you are. I will be editing this post often to keep myself accountable. Today I go on a 3 mile brisk walk, and what a beautiful day to do it. The weather here in Colorado has been great. I think it will be up in the 50's today.

My training program will be to walk 4x per week, and x-train 2x per week. I will be following the "Avon Walk Training Program" for the next 24 weeks. (When the weather is bad, or I run out of daylight I will use Leslie Sansone's walking DVD's for my walks.)

1/4 - 1/10 - 8 miles

Week 1
1/11 - 1/17 - 15 miles
Week 2
1/18 - 1/24 - 15 miles
Week 3
1/25 - 1/30 - 15 miles
Week 4
2/1 - 2/7 - 15.5 miles
Week 5
2/8 - 2/14 - 16 miles
Week 6
2/15 - 2/21 - 16 miles
Week 7
2/22 - 2/28 - 17 miles
Week 8
3/1 - 3/7 - 17 miles
Week 9
3/8 - 3/14 - 19 miles
Week 10
3/15 - 3/21 - 17 miles

Praise the Lord, I got my first donation!!! $50.00 WooHoo!! I can't tell you how excited I was to find out I had a donation. I can't post my link here, but if you are interested in helping me, just let me know. Thanks again everyone for encouraging me on!!

Another donation, and it's an SP buddy!!!
Thank you Cindy for your kind donation! emoticon

PTL!!! I just got a $500.00 donation from a dear friend! God is so faithful!!!! emoticon

emoticon I am almost half way to my goal! PTL!!! emoticon

I am so excited, I only have a little over $200.00 to reach my goal! I am learning so much about "walking" in faith. Everyday I learn something new. I am up to 6 miles now on my Sat. walks. Here are a few pictures of where I am walking most days, and one of Ginger, one of my Golden Ret., she is 4 mos old in this pic.

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God has blessed me with raising my $1800.00 for my Avon walk though the help of my wonderful friends & family!! Thank You all for your support!!

Please continue to pray for me as I continue to train for my 39 miles.
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  • SJG1953
    How did your Avon Walk go? I don't see you much on the boards and I sure miss you. Blessings and Hugs, Shirley
    3965 days ago
    I hope you had a great time on your awareness walk. Sorry I just heard about it. emoticon
    4019 days ago
    Praying for you as you reach for this goal, Julie. Keep us posted! Keep Strong in the Lord and in the power of his might!

    4116 days ago
    Hi Julie, I am so excited for you that you are so close to meeting your donation goal to this wonderful cause. You are such an inspiration to all of us watching you take one step at a time. Keep on keeping on....my friend. I love you Sylvia emoticon emoticon
    4136 days ago
    emoticon Julie! How exciting that you are going forward with your dream & reaching your goal & have such a precious companion to to it with you! We are going to have to call you Mrs.(Forest)Gump!

    4139 days ago
    I am so excited to see that you are almost to your donation goal! Your puppy is adorable. I bet he likes taking those walks with you - what great exercise and a wonderful cause to boot!!
    4140 days ago
    Hi Julie, I did the Weekend to End Breast Cancer (Canadian equivalent) a couple of years ago. It is an amazing experience that you will never forget. It's great to hear your fundraising is going great, as I would do the walk again if it weren't for the fundraising commitment!!

    I am sure you are getting lots of great advice from everyone but I will just add my two cents - keep up with the training. Make sure you have good shoes, good socks and that you can eventually walk for several hours one day and get up and do it again the next day. That was the most difficult part for a lot of people, walking the second day with blisters etc. The one thing I would do different if I did it again is to train with Gatorade. I trained only with water, had no problems drinking lots of water on my walk but ended up having my sodium/electrolytes/whatever out of whack and getting all puffy with water retention following the weekend!

    Wishing you all the best for your walk!
    4145 days ago
  • SJG1953
    Praise the Lord Julie!! Those donations are wonderful!
    4160 days ago
    I am sooo excited for you Julie!! Praying that you will get more donations!! How exciting for all the progress you've made!! I'm headed off to look at the Avon site and you, etc. Keep up the good work my friend and keep your eyes on the goal/cause!!
    4163 days ago
  • SJG1953
    Julie, you are coming along nicely. I admire you for your courage in doing this walk. Praying God will bless you with the strength you need to do this. Blessings, Shirley
    4164 days ago
    Julie this is amazing! I would love to walk the AVON Walk!! Maybe someday but for now I can watch you, I am so excited for you!! {hugs}

    I miss you on a group with me and if you have time, would love for you to join my new little group at: http://teams.sparkpeople.com/walkin
    4167 days ago
    Deb, As soon as I get my info. I will let you know. Thank you all for your support, not just with donations but encouraging me on in this walk! Two weeks done, 22 weeks to go!

    4167 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/1/2010 7:27:06 PM
  • DEB007
    julie, Every step you take know that we are all with you cheering you on!! Can you let me know where I can send a donation so that you will get credit for it!!! I want to help you reach your goal! Deb
    4171 days ago
    Little by little you will be able to achieve the bigger picture I am sure!! Ii am proud of you Julie for venturing out on this great challenge! Blessings on you my friend!! emoticon I'll be cheering from my corner of the world.
    4178 days ago
    You go girl! Do you have a long term plan of attack to prepare for your big walk? Where will you walk the 38 miles, in the mountains? Should be interesting. Will you do some of your training with your 4 friends and family member who will do the 2 days walk with you?
    4179 days ago
    Hi Julie
    That's great that you are doing this. I know you will be able to complete this goal with flying colors. I'm behind you all the way my friend.
    Love ya,
    Sylvia emoticon
    4180 days ago
    Julie, this is a wonderful thing you are doing.. I have no doubt that you can and will do it because don't forget.."With Christ, All things are possible!!!" You will be in my prayers..

    Hugs and Prayers,
    4180 days ago
  • SJG1953
    Prayers going up for you Julie. emoticon
    4181 days ago
    Yeah Julie!!! emoticon
    4181 days ago
  • GGMOM06
    4181 days ago
  • BRATS4
    great job.i wish you all the best and know you can do it.
    4181 days ago
    Great goal !! You can do it!
    4181 days ago
    sounds awesome!! You can do it!!!
    4181 days ago
    I do the Susan Koeman walk every year at the Garden of the Gods. This past year I set a goal to run the 5K run and I DID it! You can accomplish anything you put your mind to. It's great to hear and see others fighting for the cause. You will be proud of yourself when you get to the end.
    4181 days ago
    great job. Do you need any donations. Please send me info if I can donate.
    4181 days ago
    GO JULIE !!!!!!!! I am proud of you!!!!
    4181 days ago
    Oh that's fantastic!! I just got the brochure in the mail the other day and was tempted!! I know that you'll do fantastic!! Let us know how your training is going!! I'm proud of you!
    4181 days ago
    Congrats on starting Julie! For me, the start is almost the most difficult. Sending prayers up for you right now.

    4181 days ago
  • BIGT_56
    Wow, that is a big challenge. I had a cousin that did that walk a couple of years ago. Her grandmother as well as my mom and her other 3 sisters died of cancer. You will do wonderful. We will all be pulling for you.

    4181 days ago

    I've missed you, hope everything is well with you and your family.
    4181 days ago
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    I am proud of you for taking on such a challenge, I KNOW you CAN do it!! emoticon
    4181 days ago
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