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    MICHCLEARY   60,474
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2,262 mile Virtual Journey finished

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Three years ago this month I started a virtual journey on one of my spark teams. The goal was to start from wherever you lived and journey by tracking your mileage to Forks, Washington. That was the place that started the Twilight Saga in the original book Twilight. In order for me to get there, I had to track 2,262 miles. This month I finished that journey.

Here are a few pictures from along my journey:

During the journey I trained for and completed my first and only half marathon. I did the Dallas Rock N Roll.

I did a mud run and a foam run.

I've run with tattoos, tutus, and finished in color from the color run.

I've lost count of how many 5ks I've done with my BFF and daughter in tow - we really loved the glow in the dark electric run.

Ha - not a big fan of running with head gear!

I love my Twilight Sisterhood and the support I've had from many of the women on the team. We've watched our kids grow up and seen our lives change over the last three years.

It's brought me great joy to know that I have impacted my children's lives by eating healthier and working out. My youngest daughter completed the Hell Run and has inspired me to try more difficult races.

This blog would be too long if I posted pics of everything. I think what I'd like to convey about the journey was that through the process of tracking mileage through walking, jogging, running races, swimming, zumba, biking, etc., etc., is that I learned how to make being active a consistent and routine part of my life. It's helped me keep off 80 lbs that I lost along the way.

I gained enough confidence to get certified as a personal trainer and a Fit 2 Fight boot camp instructor. I enjoy teaching a small group of women on a weekly basis now for more than a year.

Just a few pics to end the parade - life gets messy so roll with it and workout. Our foam fest medal, my medal from my one and only 5 mile race, and then joy of joys - a picture of me with my youngest and oldest daughter! Finally got my other daughter to do her first race with us!

I just celebrated my 51st birthday this month and I tried paddle boarding as my birthday party outing with daughters and friends in tow. At the end of the month I'll celebrate my 4th year here on SP. All of this rolls into a deep satisfaction that I didn't let excuses from life, health, age, and circumstances keep me from being active and achieving healthy lifestyle goals.

I'll always end these kind of blogs by saying if I can do this then so can you. If you need encouragement let me know. I'm happy to try and help those who want to help themselves and need some support.

This week I'm on vacation in Destin and I've logged my first six miles of walking on the beach to start my second virtual journey. Have you ever tried anything like that to help you stay on track? Why not start one today?

Many thanks go out to all the people who have encouraged and supported me along the way! In the end no matter who supports you, the workout will not get done unless you get up and do it. Set a goal and go for it! The reward is so worth it.
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

CELTICLISA 10/11/2013 12:59PM

    Thank you for the inspiration, that's exactly what I needed to read today!

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2BEABETTERME 8/22/2013 9:05AM

    I am in LOVE with this idea! I'm trying to decide what awesome place to virtually journey to (maybe I'll be able to actually go when I have virtually reached my destination).

Way to work hard and meet your goal! Thank you got inspiring me to work towards something new, different and fun!

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FINZFANATIC 8/20/2013 6:28AM

    Wow, great job!! The best part is that you've made running FUN! I didn't think that was possible, but those races look like a blast. Congrats on accomplishing your goal!! emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 8/19/2013 9:27PM

    As I read your blog, I reached for more pizza. Sigh. Yes, I made that choice and I know why. I have not acted on all the good information in SP nor lived by the good example of my sp family such as yourself.

I can, however, well imagine that sense of satisfaction, accomplishment and joy that you have. Your blog radiates all kinds of great and wonderful feelings! I am so happy for you!

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MASRITE 8/19/2013 2:25PM

    Just loved reading this blog!!! You've accomplished so much and should be very proud of yourself. So glad you got your daughters in it with you. It's a great feeling. I love taking a picture at the end of the mud run with my kids. We might not run it together (some are just too fast for ole Mom!), but we end up at the finish line together. Enjoy!!!

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TRIPLE_EMME 8/19/2013 11:10AM


I remember when you started your virtual journey to Forks. Congrats on reaching your destination.

emoticon on discovering new things about yourself / doing new activities along the journey.

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RUNNER4LIFE08 8/19/2013 10:59AM

    emoticon job and emoticon on the mileage! You have been an inspiration for me from the start. I look foward to hearing about many more of your miles.

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FUNLOVEN 8/19/2013 9:04AM

    What an inspiring blog to start my day. I know you don't blog very often so it is always good to hear from you. I am wondering how you go about doing a virtual journey. It sounds like fun. emoticon on all that you have accomplished over the past 3 years !

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TRAVELGRRL 8/19/2013 8:35AM

    You truly have changed your life and those around you -- what could POSSIBLY be more rewarding?

You have inspired me to start my own journey, and to start today -- MONDAY -- with a "no excuses" approach.

Congratulations!!! Thanks for posting all those wonderful pictures. You look so happy, confident, and have such zest for life!!!!!

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VALYNN26 8/19/2013 7:22AM

    You have done AMAZING!! emoticon

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FIFIFRIZZLE 8/19/2013 3:32AM

    How inspiring. I hope when I have been on Sparkpeople for four years that
I will be looking back on some adventures.
Well done!

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NEW-CAZ 8/19/2013 2:51AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Have a great week emoticon

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 8/19/2013 2:27AM

    What an inspiration! I'm doing a Mordor walk that I think will take about 3 years to complete, its from the Shire where the Hobbits started to Mordor where they melted the ring. And maybe back again. =)

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MARILYNROBERT 8/18/2013 9:53PM

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JADED_CHICK19 8/18/2013 7:44PM

    You've done an amazing job!

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