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    HEIDISHOPE   57,870
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Major Fitness Goal Achieved!

Monday, September 10, 2012

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This morning (Sept. 10, 2012) I walked a 5k for the first time! emoticon



Since I started SP on May 19, 2011, it has been my goal to walk around a lake just down the road from our home. From my house, down the road, and around that lake, it is 6, 460 steps. Up and down hills, around countless curves, across 3 bridges, no sidewalks, and 2 country roads. 60 minutes. Just a tiny bit over a 5k.

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When I joined SP, I had to start slow and short....just 10 minutes of walking. That's all I could do. Slowly I then began walking our 1/4mile gravel lane and back. When that got easy, I then walked the gravel lane, down the road and back for a total of 1 mile. Once 1 mile became too easy, I walked 1 1/2 miles. Slowly, I built up my endurance so I could walk 2 miles. Then 2 1/2. Each step along the way took months and months, just to make sure I didn't cause myself a fibromyalgia flare-up. At different times, I started 2 different SP challenges and had to drop them along the way since they build up much too quickly for me and my body and I had fibro flare-ups.

I tried not to let those times discourage me. I kept doing what I could do and be successful. Winters and summers meant walking indoors to a Leslie Sansone dvd since my body can't take cold, damp, heat, or humidity.

It has taken 15 1/2 months....but I DID IT!!!!


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STILLWATERSSB 9/23/2012 8:42PM

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Wonderful, Heidi! What an inspiration you are!!

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LINDAF49 9/16/2012 9:47PM

    Heidi, I am so happy, proud of you and excited and most of all encouraged to set up walking goals and DO IT!!! Oh I am just thrilled for you!!! God Bless you and keep me in your prayers that i will make and meet goals like this no matter how long it takes!!!

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_JULEE_ 9/12/2012 4:46PM

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ASOBFALLS 9/11/2012 1:14PM

    emoticon emoticon What a great example! Start slow and steady but be consistent and YOU are the winner!

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CINDHOLM 9/10/2012 9:20PM

    EXCELLENT!! emoticon emoticon

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MIPALADY23 9/10/2012 8:06PM

    Excellent, I'm so excited and proud! Celebration Time!!

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1CRAZYDOG 9/10/2012 5:24PM

    Totally awesome!!!! Excellent!!!

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BROWNCOFIDDLER 9/10/2012 4:36PM

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This is FABULOUS!!!!! So proud of you!! You're doing a great job and now there's no question in your mind that you CAN do it!! Such great, great news. So happy for you. emoticon emoticon

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EMMAEKAY 9/10/2012 4:27PM

    GREAT example of perseverance! If something doesn't work - you try something else. Awesome accomplishment! You rock.

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INNER-ME 9/10/2012 3:24PM

    Excellent news emoticon emoticon emoticon

That's the way to do it, emoticon , when you keep pushing at something you achieve in the end

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JANEMARIE77 9/10/2012 2:18PM

    Oh dear that is just so wonderful great job of sticking with it and not giving up
Start where you are, use what you can, do what you can. Arthur Ashe

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LEVAGES 9/10/2012 2:17PM

  Congratulations! Reaching goals is so rewarding, especially when you work so hard for them. Your blog post is inspiring; you're amazing! emoticon

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MR.NET1 9/10/2012 2:14PM

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