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From an Ex Couch Potato to a 1/2 Marathon Walk!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Yesterday I walked over 1/2 Marathon (13.53 miles) for the Jimmy Fund which is a cancer research fund for the Dana Farber Institute in Boston, MA. Last year was my first year walking and I completed a 5 mile walk then which was less than a year after having a total knee replacement.

I am more physically active than I have ever been so I thought I would challenge myself even more. I thought just maybe it was possible for me to do the 1/2 marathon (13.1 miles). At first I really wasn't absolutely positive that I could do it, but I had so many people believing in me I began to start believing.

If I could change my life from weighing 450 pounds and being a couch potato to walking 5 miles, I thought why not dream big. I trained for the walk and had so many people cheering me on in the background. All of my friends including my Spark Friends and trainer encouraged me and helped me believe in myself.

I used to huff and puff going up just one flight of stairs and now I completed a 1/2 marathon! Just think of me and Believe that Change is Possible!

Tribute wall that you sign at the start.

This year I walked in memory of my mom who died of colon cancer and in honor of my cousin Babara who survived ovarian cancer, but in honor of my friends Rosemary and Donata as well.

Starting Line

Picture of me after my mile 8

Finish Line

Me at the Finish Line

Me with Two Ladies I met the Last Mile or So

Just in case you can't fathom what a transformation I have undergone with a healthy lifestyle here is my before picture

While change is not easy IT IS POSSIBLE! emoticon too!
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    Oh WOW!!!! You are a real inspiration. Well done.

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    1943 days ago
    You are awesome, Sarah!
    1947 days ago
    emoticon This is a GREAT story of how effort will get us to our goals. I am very happy for you. emoticon Maybe next year I will do the walk!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!
    1951 days ago
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    Congratulations Sarah! Impressive!

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    1953 days ago
    awesome job!!! thats something to revile in! whoo hoo! and amazing transformation thus far!
    your walking a marathon with your weight/health so just keep taking it one step at a time because, there is no alliterative, you HAVE to keep moving forward. NEVER Give Up! :)

    Keep on Keep'n on!


    1954 days ago
    Congratulations on such a magnificent accomplishment. You have touched my life more than I can say. I would not have guessed that it was possible to feel so motivated by someone I have not seen in person. . Keep moving forward. I love seeing the progress that you are making. it makes me feel hopeful.

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    1958 days ago
    All I can say is"WOW YOU LOOK FABULOUS" congrats on the 1/2 marathon. I am so happy for you. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1959 days ago
    I am so happy for your success Sarah!
    There really is no stopping you anymore.
    I can't wait to see what you are able to blog about a year from now!

    Your friend,
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