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.
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).
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.
Quoting from the Newspaper Article:
"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. "
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.
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.
"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"
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!!)
Now, if you will excuse me, I'm going to go Practice What I Preach, LOL!!