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30,000 Steps to GLORY!

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Sunday, August 11, 2013


This is a Group Woohoo Moment! Saturday was an epic day for me and some of my friends. A while back, my buddy Tom (STEELERTOM) said he was going to earn his 30,000 Steps in a Day FitBit badge. I said, “Oh, wait ‘til my neck injury heals and we can do it together!” He was patient and waited practically the whole summer. Next, we roped Shelley (SHELLEYHOWARD) and ‘Ricka (MOONSTREAM) into joining us. And then we decided this was too good to keep to ourselves, so we put it out on SparkPeople and had 25 SparkBuddies decide to join us, virtually. The more, the merrier! So yes, I know this vlog is a little long, but we had a lot to cram in, so I did my best. :)


This is us towards the beginning of our journey.

Originally, we planned on walking an eight-mile loop, stopping for lunch, letting the day cool off, and going back for another round during the evening. Well, the day started off so cool and overcast, we decided to keep on going and get the 30,000 all in one swoop. This meant a 15-mile walk.


This was my usual spot in line--last. But I’m OKAY with that. :)

We ALL hit our 30,000 steps somewhere along the 13-14 mile mark.


This is me, after I hit my 30,000.

It was a beautiful day, but I confess to getting a little overheated during the last leg, after the sun came out.


This is what I looked like at the end. I was kinda seeing stars... lol

But I made it. We all did. And I think that was the best part about the day, that we did this together. Having friends who support you and share your journey is an incredible gift. That’s why I encourage people to go ahead and share their weight loss/fitness goals with friends. There’s a good chance some of them will walk alongside you. And that makes things way more fun.


Woo to our Hoos

And here’s the badge:

We didn’t intend on being overachievers, it just took us 5,000 extra steps to make it back to our cars.

And here’s where I ended up for the day:

Trust me, I was in no danger of hitting that 40,000 mark by the time I got home. Whew!

I know we gave everybody a shout-out in the vlog, but I wanted to give you an extra one here. Here are our SparkBuddies who were participating with us for all, most, or part of the journey. Thanks for joining us; it was a lot more fun, knowing you were stepping out too.
SHOUT OUTS TO: MIMIDOT, SKIRNIR, LOLAJO54, 40PUDDLEJUMPER, BLESSED2BEME, DANAPRIME, CPULLEN34050, MRSKATEDUVALL, VALKYR8, MINDA31807, KIN59VARA, SALLYLEE84, RACHELLELP, NIKKIJ55, WENDYSPARKS, LYNNIERN, HAPPYGIRL_90, ISLAMOM, KSCHRAUT, SNOWYOGA, GOALWTIN7, FITBIZZZ, RUNNINGWILD, DEBBYFROMMT, VAL_LYNNE

Grab some friends--do something epic. Spark ON, Brave Sparkers!!!

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STEADFASTNSEE 9/4/2013 4:55PM

  Shelli, I "only" did 6,000 steps on my NuStep (in 47 mins!) But I was so proud of myself! I have Cerebral Palsy and my previous record was 5500 steps in 65 mins. What you are accomplishing has been AWEinspiring!

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MSBEKANATOR 8/31/2013 3:54AM

    You guys are so inspiring!!!

This was awesome! Loved the ending, with friends like these, anything is possible! You are blessed!

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ROCKYCPA 8/17/2013 11:25PM

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SJKENT1 8/17/2013 6:15PM

    WooHoo squared emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 8/17/2013 8:21AM

    That is so awesome! You guys did great! I wish I would have known about this before you did it and maybe I would have tried to do it with you guys (virtually). I got my 30,000 step badge in March when I did the annual Bataan Death March Memorial, which is an annual event at White Sands Missile Range to remember and honor those of the original Bataan Death March and all other military past and present. This was the 4th year I've done it. They have a 15 mile course and 26.2 mile course. I am not ready to attempt the 26 yet. It was very hard but I felt so good that I made it so I know the feeling you had about hitting that goal. You guys and all the online people who did it with you vitually all ROCK!

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FITANDHEALTHY67 8/16/2013 10:14PM

  I knew you could do it! emoticon emoticon

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WIO_ALISA 8/16/2013 8:16PM

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 8/16/2013 1:21PM

    Wow, that is absolutely amazing! Love all of your smiles!

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CANDIK48 8/16/2013 12:15PM

    Good for y'all! That's a great accomplishment!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 8/16/2013 9:09AM

    Wow that's awesome!!! What a LONG way...great job! :)

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JANEMARIE77 8/16/2013 8:16AM

    WOO HOO way to go you all

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SIMONEKP 8/16/2013 7:58AM

    awesome!

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WATERDIAMONDS 8/16/2013 6:53AM

    What a true inspiration you all are. Thank you!!!


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NEWTINK 8/16/2013 5:59AM

    I am so proud of all of you emoticon

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JIBBIE49 8/16/2013 1:07AM

    Hugs.

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WEEPINGANGEL74 8/15/2013 11:19PM

    emoticon WOW... You guys are amazing... basically y'all ROCK!!!

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JERICHO1991 8/15/2013 10:34PM

    Great job! Congrats.

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SKINNYROBIN100 8/15/2013 10:00PM

    You and all your buddies, are just "the Bomb"!!! You guys inspire and aspire to keep moving forward!!! ALWAYS!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon + emoticon = SUCCESS!

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DAILYCHOICES 8/15/2013 9:30PM

    emoticon You guys ROCK!

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JSEATTLE 8/15/2013 9:10PM

  You guys really INSPIRE me!! Way to go and I guess it's time to get me a FITBIT!

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CMCGRUN 8/15/2013 9:01PM

    How courageous, exhausting and fun!!!! Great job guys! emoticon

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UWPALUM 8/15/2013 5:20PM

    Awesome! I'd love someday to get the FitBit, but until then I have a digital pedometer. The most steps I've had is a little more than 16,000 and I know how crazy tired I was after that! Great job!

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LIVELYGIRL2 8/15/2013 5:07PM

  That is super you got a bunch of people to join you and Tom and the virtual ones too! Now I'm going to go watch your video.

I located my manual podometer and have to get a new battery. If I can use it enough, maybe a fitbit eventually.

BTW- do you know if the Fitbit has WFI emissions like cell phones?

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SUSIEMT 8/15/2013 4:48PM

    Woo Hoo to your Hoo!

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SALLY_MANDER 8/15/2013 3:09PM

    You guys are incredible!!! Way to go!! emoticon

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BONIFIANT 8/15/2013 2:50PM

    Sounds like such good camaraderie. Super congratulations!
emoticon !!!!!!!!!!!!!

How did your feet feel the next day, did your back hold up?

Keep on keeping us laughing and challenged, please. It is wonderful beyond words emoticon ! emoticon

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ALLIEALLIE2 8/15/2013 2:11PM

    emoticon ness!! Proud of you guys and proud to say I "know" you:)!!

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GRATEFUL_BEING 8/15/2013 1:06PM

    emoticon what a great group of friends to do this with!

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PENOWOK 8/15/2013 10:53AM

    THAT is truly amazing!! So very proud of you All!!

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SCRAPBECCA 8/15/2013 8:43AM

    So awesome! Thanks for inspiring me to push further as well. The most I have done in one day is 17,000ish. I am going to go for 20,000 one day next week when I am on vacation.

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IDICEM 8/15/2013 6:49AM

  Congrats to everyone who made the goal!!

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MINDA31807 8/14/2013 10:40PM

    I definitely need a day where the kids are with Grandma and Grandpa to go for the next step badge.
Fall 40,000 step challenge, maybe. A nature hike with cooler weather and changing leaves, sounds like a lovely day.


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RUNNER4LIFE08 8/14/2013 9:53AM

    That is a lot of steps for the day! emoticon job to all participants!!!

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HAPPYMENOW58 8/14/2013 5:29AM

    Loved your pictures!! Wayhooooooooo!! Well done!!

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SNOWYOGA 8/13/2013 11:14PM

    I loved this and thanks for the (meeting, of new SP friends) You guys did great, but what's next? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PBROWN5110 8/13/2013 10:33PM

  Cool! Not only do you do amazing things, but you're all laughing while you do it! Fantastic. emoticon

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KIPPER15 8/13/2013 8:56PM

    emoticon emoticon Fantastic!!

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