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Walk Concert in The Villages, FL!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013



I have been a certified Walk Leader for almost a year now, and every year a reunion is held. This year that reunion was also combined with Walk Concerts in The Villages, FL. I didn't know if I would be able to attend as being a single income family money is tight, but my husband and I talked it over and we decided it would be a great opportunity and I didn't want to miss it. I put all $ from my walk classes to be able to afford the trip, and I also found another walk leader to room with me so that it cut the cost of the hotel room in half.

Guys, I am SO HAPPY I went!

It was such an amazing experience. I got to see Ruth Hughes again, our instructor who certified us, and she is such a strong woman, and gives us all strength and motivation. The energy and enthusiasm I have taken away from this weekend with her will last me a whole year until the next reunion (if not more)!

I also got to see other Walk Leaders, most of whom I have never met except online. They are the most amazing group of women! Most are women of faith, and all of them are the most encouraging people.





My roommate, Jodi, was amazing and such a pleasure to room with.


Jodi in the pink shirt leading some walkers (all walk leaders are in the pink - or salmon)

I formed friendships I hadn't had before. I got really close to Paula Battle (who you may have seen in several DVDs and on QVC oh, about 12 times). She is AMAZING and was my dance partner every night! (The Villages is a retirement community and they have a DJ out on the square, where we led our concert, and he teaches line dances, it was so much fun!)




Paula on the left, I'm in the middle, and then another walk leader Jacqui




Me on left with Paula in the middle and Dorothy on the right, another amazing woman!



I also met Father Scott, who you may have seen in the latest DVD telling his story, he is so cool, very funny, and not what you'd expect in a Priest. In a refreshing way!

We had two walk concerts, one on Friday where all the walk leaders led the 2 mile walk, and then another Saturday where Leslie led it. I was fortunate to be picked to be on stage leading with Leslie, it was an amazing experience.











And the cherry on top? I got to meet LESLIE SANSONE my biggest inspiration! SHE is the lady who I sweated with at 300 lbs., not able to even last 5 minutes, but her positive attitude encouraged me to keep going, She is the one who showed me how to walk in such a way that I could add miles on - I even walked my first 5k with her! This was my dream come true.





It was an amazing experience to see so many walkers come together in one place, with us walk leaders and Leslie! It was just like one big party! (at one point Leslie and the other walk leaders on stage fist pumped to "Party Rock"!) I loved every minute of it. It was a dream of mine to become a walk leader to help others, and to meet Leslie after so many years of walking with her was just too good to put into words. The camaraderie of the other walk leaders was amazing, their energy is contagious, just like Leslie's. Every one of them has the heart to serve and to help others. It's just a wonderful family to be a part of. I am so blessed to have had this opportunity.



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SPARKLISE 3/22/2013 11:38AM

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LOVESLIFE48 3/16/2013 8:48PM

    OMG!! What an amazing opportunity!! I'm so jealous!! You met Leslie!! Is she an awesome in person as she is in her videos?!?!! emoticon

So glad you experienced this!!

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EATVEGAN 3/15/2013 3:36AM

    I didn't know there was such a thing as a Walk Leader, or that such a person could be certified. I have heard others mention Leslie Sansone, but have not seen any of her videos. Could you recommend a basic beginning one for me? It looks like you had a wonderful time at this gathering. I am really happy for you. It is wonderful to help others. You helped me with your blog.

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RUNNERRACHEL 3/15/2013 12:56AM

    Amazing! So happy for you. What a great experience!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 3/14/2013 8:01PM

    I'm so glad it worked out for you to go and be a part of what sounds like a totally amazing experience! What a wonderful thing to be a part of!

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TRAVELGRRL 3/14/2013 3:39PM

    Your blog is especially meaningful to me because I was IN The Villages in January, visiting my parents who have a winter home there. It looks like you had an AWESOME time and it couldn't happen to a more wonderful or deserving woman. Congrats on getting to meet your idol!

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/14/2013 3:33PM

    So glad you got to go and experience that, Kathy--it looks and sounds like a wonderful time all the way around. WOO HOO!

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ROBYNROSE26 3/14/2013 1:45PM

    That is so great Kathy, so glad you were able to go and that you had such a wonderful time!

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INSPIREBYNATURE 3/14/2013 1:25PM

    aWW this makes me so happy! I'm so glad you had an amazing time!

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KITHKINCAID 3/14/2013 10:45AM

    So happy for you. This is amazing! Glad you got to go!

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MARYBETH4884 3/14/2013 10:08AM

    Wow what fun!

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LASKIE2 3/14/2013 9:41AM

    emoticon On becoming a Walk Leader! Your pictures of this event are fabulous! It's always great to attend these annual events- to meet or unite with other Leaders or peers. Look like you guys had a large group of walkers. I love Lesile Sansone, I have 4 of her "Walk Away The Pounds" DVD's. Thanks for sharing your reunion pictures!

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POOKASLUAGH 3/14/2013 9:04AM

    How fantastic!!!

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FLORIDASUN 3/14/2013 8:19AM

    What an AMAZING experience! SO glad that you shared it with us. I love Leslie too...what an empire she has built for herself and the BEST part is that she is helping others along the way! emoticon emoticon

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DAWNESS0404 3/14/2013 2:59AM

    Looks like such an amazing time! I have several of Leslie's DVDs and really love her!

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JUDITH316 3/14/2013 2:29AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon I'm so thrilled that you were able to go, by the looks of the photo's and comments you sure had an awesome time... thanks for sharing, I cheer you on, keep up the great work...Walk On emoticon

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MISSROCKABILLY 3/14/2013 2:15AM

    It sounds like you had an incredible time! I love Leslie! So glad that you were able to go and to meet her, awesome!

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UNICORN212 3/14/2013 12:56AM

    I am so glad you were able to go! It is hard to believe it has been nearly a year since you started!
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HLTHYRNRMOM 3/14/2013 12:22AM

    emoticon looks like a great time! You can hear the passion in your blog, so exciting!!

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MOMFAN 3/14/2013 12:13AM

    You are looking so amazing and happy!! What an inspiration!!

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ADVENTURESEEKER 3/13/2013 11:58PM

    Sounds like a fun and refreshing time!

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