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Yukon - Walk This Way -- WINNERS!!!!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

emoticon We got the results of our City Wide Walking Challenge last week. I have held off writing about it because I was hoping for a lot More Information, but the article about it came out in the Local Newspaper today so I will share what I DO Know.
emoticon Our Family Team, the RADICALLY AMBULATORY DUDES AND DIVAS won 1st Place in the Team Category. The RADD Team consisted of Me, My Husband (GWCANNON), My Dad (AIRFORCEBOB) and My Sister (MOMINE).
emoticon The Goal was to walk at least 30 minutes a day for 6 Weeks. It was a completely FREE Program sponsored by the local Hospital, Health Department, the City Parks and Recreation Department and several local businesses. Part of the "Package" was a Free T-Shirt, Blood Pressure and Blood Sugar Testing, and a Weight Check. I am kind of sad that only 69 people signed up. I am VERY Curious about how many of those actually completed the Challenge. Completing The Challenge consisted of just turning in the Log Sheet they provided you documenting your Total Minutes Walked. It was all done completely on the Honor System and you could walk whenever and wherever was most convenient for You.
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"For the winning Team, participating in the program was about more than just competition and prizes -- it was about spending time with Family. Jeannie Cannon inspired her Family to move more after losing more than 160 pounds by joining a Gym and Walking More. Her Father, Robert Marr is 78 years old and walked at least 3 Miles A Day each day of the Walk This Way Program.
Even a cancer diagnosis couldn't slow down the Team's progress. Jeannie's husband Gary was diagnosed with Colon Cancer last month but made No Excuses to get out of exercising and joined the Family Walks daily. "

emoticon I cannot tell you how PROUD I am of my Family/Team!! Dad and Maxynne Maxynne don't even live in Yukon but they participated enthusiastically. One evening when they were here visiting here they arrived VERY Late, but did not let that stop them from walking. Carrying flashlights we walked 3 miles at the Park long after the Ducks, Squirrels, and Geese had called it a night, LOL!! Maxynne's middle son joined us for the walk that night.

emoticon I hope that Maxynne doesn't mind me quoting part of her Comment on my last blog. It really did tickle my Heart! I am So Proud of Her, My Dad and Gary!! There are just Not Enough Happy Heart Icons or Words to express it.

emoticon "I have just started bouncing back after a SERIOUS down time after vacation. Don't know what happened, just cratered. Doing a little exercise for just 10 minutes at a time brought back the mood, motivation, and mobility to get back into my evening walk.
One night while nursing a headache, dad talked me into going for the walk by telling me we could go just a little ways, "to blow the cobwebs out". LOL We went the whole way. Hahahaha"

emoticon Whatever Your Excuse is today, Kick It To The Curb & Go For A Walk!! It doesn't matter if you walk for 10 Minutes or 100 Minutes, you WILL feel better and you will be Proud Of Yourself!!
(and if you tell me about it in the Comments, I will send you a Spark Goodie!!)

emoticon Now, if you will excuse me, I'm going to go Practice What I Preach, LOL!!
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    emoticon Job well done!

    Ya'll should be proud of your accomplishment --- I am sure you are.

    God bless!
    1335 days ago
    So proud of you and yours, and glad to have found you here on SparkPeople.com and with the Turtle team! emoticon on your first place finish! emoticon
    1340 days ago
    I am happy that I could "tickle your heart". emoticon

    The conniving old man knew if I started, even for a little ways, we would walk the whole silly thing!! Hahaha Funny thing is that neither of us can remember whether the headache made it back with us or I managed to ditch it along the way. emoticon

    I am pretty darn proud of you too, sis! You certainly stuck to your guns until you finally got me hooked. I am SO lucky to have a sister that would work THAT hard to save me when I wouldn't save myself!

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    1340 days ago
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    You do have an awesome family! You rock!
    Exercise has always had a priority for me because I enjoy doing it. I centered my vacation in Hawaii two years ago on trail hiking as to me that is more fun then sitting on a beach (I also have to protect my skin from the sun allergic because of meds and skin coloring, red hair and freckles.)
    Yesterday did 180 fitness minutes, and this morning 60 min of intervals on the elliptical. Wanted to get outside, but there is a nasty wind blowing the dirt around as well as heavy forest fire haze again :-(
    Enjoy your day!
    1340 days ago

    emoticon what a team God put together for you!!! That's so cool, that your family became so involved!

    When I received clearance, my mom and I started walking 5Ks together, and after the 3rd 5K, I ended up in a wheelchair, until the doctors figure out what's going on with me. I'm champing at the bit to do some real exercise, as I used to do. The best I can do is march in place sitting in my wheelchair, which I take care of. Sometimes it's a little, sometimes it's a lot. I won't be doing any today, as I over did it yesterday. I spent the day at the VA hospital, and I was marching in my chair between some of my appointments, to pass the time. It was a bit too much, and when I tried today, my body immediately told me NO WAY!!! I'll listen and get back to the marching from a wheelchair, soon.

    Thank you for sharing your team experience with me.

    - Nancy Jean -
    1340 days ago
    interesting great job
    1340 days ago
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