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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.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SJG1953 8/16/2010 3:20AM

    How did your Avon Walk go? I don't see you much on the boards and I sure miss you. Blessings and Hugs, Shirley

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WHITEPUREDOVE 6/23/2010 1:07PM

    I hope you had a great time on your awareness walk. Sorry I just heard about it. emoticon

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ZELLAZM 3/18/2010 8:52AM

    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!

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SYLVIAHAS2CATS 2/26/2010 12:37PM

  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

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TAZZIE5 2/23/2010 6:08PM

    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!

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PERIWINKLE52 2/22/2010 4:41PM

    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!!

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BELLEFAITH42 2/17/2010 1:51PM

    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!

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SJG1953 2/2/2010 7:42PM

    Praise the Lord Julie!! Those donations are wonderful!

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PERIWINKLE52 1/30/2010 2:29PM

    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!!

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SJG1953 1/29/2010 2:25AM

    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

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WALK__GIRL 1/26/2010 10:23AM

    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

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JULIE@FOURWINDS 1/26/2010 9:42AM

    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!

Comment edited on: 2/1/2010 7:27:06 PM

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DEB007 1/22/2010 8:33AM

    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

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PERIWINKLE52 1/15/2010 12:03AM

    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.

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JODIRICHARDS 1/13/2010 11:40PM

    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?

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SYLVIAHAS2CATS 1/13/2010 6:06PM

  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

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SHERRILOU47 1/13/2010 8:47AM

    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,

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SJG1953 1/12/2010 6:48PM

    Prayers going up for you Julie. emoticon

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EBLOOMING 1/12/2010 3:02PM

    Yeah Julie!!! emoticon

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BRATS4 1/12/2010 12:38PM

    great job.i wish you all the best and know you can do it.

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SEWINGMAMACDS 1/12/2010 12:19PM

    Great goal !! You can do it!

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LOVEDBYGOD2 1/12/2010 11:10AM

    sounds awesome!! You can do it!!!

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KERRIMOFFITT 1/12/2010 8:52AM

    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.

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PAIGESMAMA 1/12/2010 8:45AM

    great job. Do you need any donations. Please send me info if I can donate.

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GRANDMANANCY 1/12/2010 7:31AM

    GO JULIE !!!!!!!! I am proud of you!!!!

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HSMOM2FOUR 1/12/2010 6:52AM

    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!

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STEPPNURSE 1/12/2010 6:21AM

    Congrats on starting Julie! For me, the start is almost the most difficult. Sending prayers up for you right now.


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BIGT_56 1/12/2010 12:13AM

    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.


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PURPLEALLY 1/12/2010 12:10AM


I've missed you, hope everything is well with you and your family.

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CINDHOLM 1/12/2010 12:04AM

    I am proud of you for taking on such a challenge, I KNOW you CAN do it!! emoticon

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Don't be Satisfied with this Chicken Coop!

Sunday, February 22, 2009

I have been reading the "Thin Within" book by Judy Halliday and just had to share this great story she shared on day 10.

One day a naturalist was passing a farm. He glanced over at the chicken yard and noticed among the chickens pecking away at the corn one of the most beautiful eagles he had ever seen. He said to the farmer, "What in the world is that eagle doing in the chicken pen?" The farmer drawled, "Well, I really don't know, but he seems to think he's a chicken. He's been there for a long time and he won't leave. I've tried to scare him away, but he won't go."

The naturalist smiled and said, "I'll make him leave." So he went into the pen and lifted up the eagle. The eagle was indeed a magnificent bird. He flexed his huge wings, and the naturalist could see some of his latent power.

The naturalist said to the eagle, "Stretch forth your wings and fly, You're not a chicken; you're the king of all birds. You can soar over the entire country. Don't be satisfied with this chicken coop." But the eagle plopped down from his arm and went right on pecking for corn just like all the chickens. For days the naturalist kept coming back and putting the eagle on his glove. Still the eagle wouldn't budge.

Finally, exasperated, the naturalist went back to the farmer. "What in the world can I do? That eagle won't budge. He believes he's a chicken." Well, the farmer drawled, "If I were you and I had the time, I'd teach him to fly."

The naturalist stared at the farmer for a moment or two. "You know, that's a good idea." So the naturalist put the eagle in a cage and drove his truck to the base of a nearby mountain. He strapped the cage to his back and began to climb the mountain. He set the cage down on a cliff and opened it, but still the eagle wouldn't budge. He just peered out, blinked, and gazed down at the chickens, far below. The naturalist carefully took the eagle out of the cage and put him on a rock. The eagle looked up at the sky and again his beautiful wings gleamed in the sunlight as they stretched out just a little. For the first time, it seemed that the eagle actually felt different. When he glanced down at the chickens his wings trembled.

The naturalist knew that although the eagle really wanted to fly, he was afraid. So the man reached out and very gently pushed the eagle. It wouldn't budge. He tried again, but still the eagle wouldn't move. Finally, the naturalist sat down, utterly exasperated. He looked at the eagle and at the sky and at the chickens far below. "How can I teach him to fly?" he wondered. Then he happened to glance further up, at the mountaintop, and he knew the answer.

He put the eagle back into the cage and climbed to the very top of the mountain where other eagles roosted. They built their nest, mated, raised their offspring, and soared magnificently. The eagle saw all of this and as soon as the naturalist took him out of the cage, he stretched his gorgeous wings and eagerly lifted himself off the rock. At first he dropped, but then he suddenly found, like the other eagles, that he could fly effortlessly.

The eagle never returned to the chicken yard. He had finally discovered who he was--an eagle. And he loved it.

Original story by Jerry Frankhauser.

"But those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:31

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LVSHOPE 2/13/2010 11:38AM

    Julie, I've read books from the ThinWithin program. Nice to be reminded of this wonderful story.

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TUGGER502 10/23/2009 2:02AM

    I cant tell you how many times I have used that story to teach others around me self worth. It is an awesome story. Thanks for sharing it with every one. Your awesome!

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BESTSUSIEYET 8/19/2009 5:37AM

    Julie - LOVE IT! Why did I just find it? Guess I hadn't checked your SP page before. Why??? I must be losing it. Oh well -- God must have known NOW was the time for me to read this story -- and Jim's story on your "about Julie" section!

Praying for you & your Dad tonight. Hugs, Susie

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BRENDA2007 3/1/2009 1:56PM

    Julie, I like "Thin Within"-I can't eat intuitively yet but I'm hoping that will be on the horizon for me someday. Thanks, too, for the sparkgoodie you gave me. You're a born encourager and I need that!

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SHERRILOU47 2/25/2009 9:07PM

    Julie , what a beautiful story and absolutely so very true.. When we discover we are really what God created us to be, we can soar as high and be just as beautiful as that Eagle..
Thanks for sharing that with us..

Hugs and Prayers,

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BEAUTIFUL*LILY* 2/23/2009 6:39PM

    Thanks for sharing the story!

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TAZZIE5 2/23/2009 1:35PM

    I love the story Julie! Thank you for taking the time to share it with us. It reminds me of childhood times I was feeling weary & down in the dumps (due to a long term illness). There was always someone there to pick me up & pull me out (like the Naturalist) ... and others holding me down like the Farmer too.

The eagle has great capabilities. However; since God mad human beings superior to them, imagine how we can soar if we just realize our capabilities are greater than eagles!!!!

Thank you for being the 'wind beneath my wings'.

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GRANDMANANCY 2/23/2009 10:36AM

    Let's soar past those chicken coops. I know from experience that they get stinky.....need cleaned out and the chickens need fresh air!!! Thanks for a great story !

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JUSTPEACHY1 2/22/2009 9:57PM

    Julie, Thanks for this great story! It reminds us that we don't have to stay in the chicken coop of life when our Heavenly Father has made us to be eagles who soar on the wind of His love!

Blessings! Ena

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