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5,000 miles

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 .

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    That is awesome, Monty - way to encourage all of us!! I have been sidetracked with an ankle that is not getting better, but hope to start on the Virtual Run/Walk as soon as I am able to.
    3627 days ago
    Monty...Congratulations on your 5000 miles and starting again on your Walk Across America. Because I had read your earlier blog about completing your first WAA, I was inspired to start out on my own walk. So I joined up and have been logging my miles. I am not accumulating nearly the daily miles that you do. But even so, I am almost out of Virginia!!!! WooHoo.

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    3650 days ago
    Monty, You are totally amazing. Thank you for being here to inspire me to keep putting one foot in front of the other!! Take care and have an awesome weekend. Moni emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3699 days ago
    5000 miles! that is so awesome! :) thanks for always being so motivational - spark is a great great support system & i find myself signing on more & more everyday to check in & see how others are doing! :)
    3715 days ago
    You inspire me everyday Monty! I get such a kick out of seeing my "miles" add up! You get so excited every time I hit the next '100' on my journey. How many tennis shoes have you gone through?

    Keep on walking my friend!
    3718 days ago
    I just finished reading my friend Annie's blog and she is so discouraged, she is leaving. So, it is nice to follow that wth this blog. Thanks, Monty. You are poof anything is possible. YOu give us all alot of encouragemnet.
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    3718 days ago
    emoticon Now you do have me curious about the team - thanks for the blog. Congratulations on your miles!
    3718 days ago
    I am glad to call you friend, you are an inspiration to me.
    emoticon emoticon team leader - I know you inspire the team on and are responsible for many walking healthier lives due to the example you set.
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    3719 days ago
    emoticon Monty. 5,000 miles. You are a machine! I've enjoyed walking with you along the way. It is really a lot of fun and very inspiring. emoticon

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    3719 days ago
    What a great accomplishment. What a great story. Thanks for sharing.
    3719 days ago
    Hugs & Joy & Peace for all of your miles of walking.
    Congrats. for your 5000 miles. WooHoo.

    3719 days ago
  • FITAT50
    Congratulations Monty on your 5000 miles, that is awesome!! I have another Spark friend who also "walked" across America, I believe she finished last year. As she was walking she would make little detours to see her Spark friends and also learn about the area's she landed in. Congrats and keep walking Monty!

    3719 days ago
    Monty, WOW!! 5,ooo miles! An average of 9.6 miles per day. That is truly awesome and fantastic. Just great! Really, really great! I knew you were walking but I had no idea you were walking this much. I am so very, very impressed. I know I don't need to tell you to keep up the good work! -Marsha
    3719 days ago
    That is an amazing story, Monty. You are amazing yourself. Keep going, Man! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3719 days ago
  • KA_JUN
    Man, that's awesome! Great job! emoticon
    3719 days ago
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    Congratulations Monty. You are such an inspiration. Because of you, I started "walking acrodd America." When friends and co-workers tell me they are too old (usually between 55 and 65) I say checkout my spark friend Monty. Not only did he loose the weight, he just walked across America and is now headed back. They stop whining immediately. emoticon

    Keep going Monty, YOU ARE THE MAN!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3719 days ago
    Monty, Congratulations on your 5000 miles! I can't thank you enough for introducing me to "Walk Across America"; it's both fun and a great motivator. Thank you to for being such a consistently positive friend and cheerleader! Keep on walkin'! Smiles, Joy
    3719 days ago
    Monty, What a wonderful inspiration you are to all of your SPARK friends and I am sure to others also.
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    I had asked you before where you are but never heard. I still don't know. Where are you now?
    3720 days ago
    Monty you are a wonderful motivator as well as a supportive and encouraging Spark friend. I'm fortunate that we crossed paths. WTG on your mileage! That's amazing, 5,000 miles is quite an accomplishment!
    3720 days ago
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