Saturday, May 21, 2011
On August 30, 2009 I joined the The Virtual Walk/Run Challenge Team.. The first challenge was to Walk across America. The walk started in Virginia and ended in Florence Oregon with a total mileage of 4,063. I reached Florence at the end of January. Since I was going to continue walking, I decided that I would start again. Because I am walking more, the trip is some what different . I have walked 954. 2 miles since 2/1/11. What surprised me was when I totaled the miles, I found I have walked 5000 miles . On Sept 1, 2009, I hoped that some day I would reach Florence and never gave a thought to the miles that would come with it.
I am excited, although it was a virtual map, the miles that I have walked were actual miles that I have accumulated. I am proud of that as about 2 years ago I couldn’t walk more than 10 minutes . I don’t know why, except I was not motivated to walk. I did walk when shopping and going places, but to walk as a exercise , I found it to be a problem. I had to force myself to go out and walk, after a couple days at 10 minutes I started to increase the minutes. The more I walked , the more I enjoyed it and now I would say, I love to walk. Last year I wrote a blog Should walking be fun. This month I am averaging about 9.6 miles a day. Being retired, I have plenty of time to walk so I walk a couple different times each day . It is such a joy to walk, being from Florida, I have been able to walk everyday, I have seen so many beautiful things in nature and a few days ago, we experienced a beautiful sunset and watched the full moon come up.
If you would like to see what the program looks like click on to our team The Virtual Walk/Run Challenge Team. Scroll down and you will see a question “where are you today” Go ahead and click on it and you can see the results of our members. What is good about this program, A person can start anytime. It is not a race against anyone. Our members are in a number of different states heading for Florence Oregon. To me, it is a way to visually see what your miles are doing. . It doesn’t matter how many miles you walk, it might be .1 of a mile or 20 miles, It just gives a great visual on what those miles represented.
I started maintenance over 3 years ago and because of all the previous losses and gains, I had no idea if I could continue to be successful or as they say, fall off the wagon. I knew I needed some kind of support and motivation. I feel so fortunate that I found SparkPeople and it has been a blessing in my life. Not only I have maintained the weight, I found that Spark has changed my life in many ways. I think everyone that is reading this knows that for themselves. To have a opportunity to join teams that support us , to have challenges like this Walk Across America is a bonus in life. Spark offers so many things for all of us who are on a journey to a healthier life. So a special thanks to Chris Downe, his team, Coach Nancy who started this challenge, Coach Nancy Lee who is the leader of The Virtual Walk/Run Challenge Team and who is a wonderful supportive motivated person. To the members on our team that really support each of us on a daily basis and to all of my SparkFriends that are on your own journey ,you have been a inspiration for me. I appreciate everyone of you .