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Monday, September 02, 2013

As some of you know, I have been doing a virtual walk to Subiaco Abbey in Subiaco, Arkansas.
When I found the "Where are YOU walking to?" sparkteam shortly after I arrived her at SparkPeople, I had only been walking on a regular basis for maybe a couple of weeks. I hadn't done this for twelve years since the Fibromyalgia diagnosis.

Now, because of the external motivation and support I found here at SparkPeople, I am finding new intrinsic motivation to take care of my body---something I have rarely wanted to do because of self-loathing for the majority of my life.

Here I am now, hitting the gym during on the days when it is just too hot to do my walk outside, and I'm really looking forward to it...something I haven't done in many, many years.

So here is the update on my virtual walk:

4/29/2013: 207 - 2 = 205 (I wonder how much thinner and healthier I will be when I finally arrive?)
5/07/2013: 205 - 2 = 203 (I'm back from out of state and back on my virtual party trip.)
5/09/2013: 203 - 2 = 201 emoticon
5/11/2013: 201 - 1.6 = 199.4 (Big dogs loose on property at corner; didn't want to go near them to finish 2 miles and don't know the mile markers to make it up if I walk the opposite direction)
5/14/2013: 199.4 - 2.4 = 197
5/16/2013: rained out
5/17/2013: 197 - 2.5 = 194.5
5/19/2013: 194.5 - 2.8 = 191.7
5/21/2013: 191.7 - 2.4 = 189.3
5/23/2013: 189.3 - 3.7 = 185.6
5/27/2013: 185.6 - 2.5 = 183.1 (I think I had a Fibro flare after the last walk/run. And Saturday, I had a reaction to the sun while I was mowing, so no walking for several days until today. It feels good to finally be back out there!)
5/28/2013: 183.1 - 2.5 = 180.6
5/29/2013: 180.6 - 2.5 = 178.1 (28.9 miles so far) emoticon
5/30/2013: thunderstorms and tornado watch...didn't run
5/31/2013: 178.1 - 2.5 = 175.6
6/01/2013 - 6/18/2013: out of town for grandson's birth; no distance tracked during that time and very little fitness minutes accumulated
6/19/2013: 175.6 - 1.6 = 174
6/22/2013: 174 - 3.4 = 170.6
6/24/2013: 170.6 - 3.2 = 167.4
6/25/2013: 167.4 - 3.4 = 164
6/26/2013: 164 - 3.2 = 160.8
6/27/2013: 160.8 - 3.2 = 157.6
6/29/2013: 157.6 - 3.4 = 154.2
7/1/2013: 154.2 - 3.5 = 150.7
7/2/2013: 150.7 - 4.3 = 146.4
7/4/2013: 146.4 - 4.1 = 142.3
7/5/2013: 142.3 - 2.5 = 141.8
7/12/2013: 141.8 - 2.2 = 139.6
(over-training...legs in knots...took a break)
7/27/2013: 139.6 - 3.1 = 136.5 (my first official 5K since 2001) emoticon
7/29/2013: 136.5 - 3.2 = 133.3
8/2/2013: 133.3 - 3.4 = 129.9
8/6/2013: 129.9 - 2.8 = 127.1 (the first time I've trained in a thunderstorm) emoticon
8/8/2013: 127.1 - 3.6 = 123.5
8/10/2013: 123.5 - 3.6 = 119.9 (87.1 miles so far)
8/14/2013: 119.9 - 5.0 = 114.9 (Yay! I finally made the 5-mile mark!)
8/15/2013: 114.9 - 3.2 = 111.7
8/16/2013: 111.7 - 3.5 = 108.2
8/19/2013: 108.2 - 4.33 = 103.87
8/20/2013: 103.87 - 6.3 = 97.57
8/22/2013: 97.57 - 5.66 = 91.91
8/23/2013: 91.91 - 7.01 = 84.9
(injured foot and rested it for 4 days)
8/28/2013: 84.9 - 7.5 = 77.4
8/29/2013: 77.4 - 6.05 = 71.35
8/31/2013: 71.35 - 7.6 = 63.75
9/1/2013: 63.75 - 4.3 = 59.45
9/3/2013: 59.45 - 8.35 = 51.10
9/7/2013: 51.10 - 7.20 = 43.90
9/8/2013: 43.90 - 2.0 = 41.90
9/11/2013: 41.90 - 6.52 = 35.38
9/12/2013: 35.38 - 6.9 = 28.48
9/15/2013: 28.48 - 5.0 = 23.48
9/16/2013: 23.48 - 6.92 = 16.56
9/25/2013: 16.56 - 3.4 = 13.16
10/5/2013: 13.16 - 5.31 = 7.85
10/14/2013: 7.85 - 7.85 = 0

Edit: (10/14/2013 )I FINISHED!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon My reservation at the abbey is set for Oct. 25th and 26th. emoticon emoticon emoticon
I'm planning a celebratory blog for the day I finally finish this walk. I have contacted the abbey to find out about a personal retreat there and am waiting to hear back from them.

I'm looking now for the destination of my next virtual walk. There is one place that I really, really want to go to and have wanted to see for several years. It will take me about as long to walk there as this one has taken me. The difference is the amount of mileage I will have to cover per week, every week without fail. I'm looking forward to posting a blog about it when the time comes to declare my next destination.

It's time to get up and get moving today so I'll close now.

Where are YOU walking to?


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HAPPYDOES 9/3/2013 3:16PM

    I have my next destination picked out. It is a place I've wanted to go for a long time. I don't plan to "leave" from the abbey, but rather from my home. I'm very excited about this new destination!

As to the retreat at the abbey...
I cannot seem to contact anyone concerning a retreat. the phone numbers don't work and I have received no replay thus far to my email of about two weeks ago. emoticon Perhaps I will hear something by email before I finish this walk.

I don't need new shoes yet, but I may consider a different type for my next ones.

Deborah...I've never been to Florida. I hope that when you finish your walk, you will fit into that swimsuit and that you have a wonderful time in Key West!

Thank you all for your comments and encouragement. emoticon

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EMMACORY 9/3/2013 12:48PM

    So cool! Where is your starting city? Maybe some of us sparkies can give you suggestions for your next destination. emoticon Do you need new shoes yet? emoticon

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DEBORAH2180 9/3/2013 9:03AM

    That is so awesome! I hope you do get to do a retreat there! I am walking / jogging from Chicagoland to Key West. I am nearing the middle of Kentucky now. Still have a long way to go and I too plan on actually going there once I reach it virtually. Hopefully by then I will be near my goal weight and actually feel comfortable wearing a bathing suit. I hope your next destination is just as thrilling as your first! Will you be "leaving" the Abbey to your next destination?

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MAWMAW101 9/2/2013 7:48PM

    Love it. You are doing such a good job on the walking==it was great talking to you! emoticon emoticon

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SMILEYGRL28 9/2/2013 11:46AM

    You're doing emoticon emoticon

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