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Color the Coast 5K for Autism Society of Oregon

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Sunday, Feb. 5th I told my daughter that I loved TOPS, and it was keeping me from gaining weight, but I wasn't losing any either. I needed a ten week challenge. Something with a beginning and an ending. My daily walk average was 2000-3000 steps. All winter, I lapped the dog park once a day and it seemed hard. I wasn't even making the quarter mile lap around the ball park. I could only walk a mile with a lot of pain and fatigue.

Monday, Feb. 6th I went to TOPS and one of our long time active members promoted the 5K for Autism on April 8th. I have heard the speech every winter for the last couple of years, but this year it resonated with me. The event had a beginning and an ending. It was for a cause near and dear to my heart and it would involve other people to help me stay accountable.

Tuesday, Feb. 7th I signed up online, made a donor page and donated $10.00. Then I went to Facebook with the link and challenged my friends and family to put a penny or two a day away for the fundraiser and think positive thoughts for my success with this challenge. I asked everyone for a $2.00 donation in pennies. On Spark People I looked for the Couch to 5K Challenge and couldn't find it. Joined the 5K Your Way Walking Challenge instead.

Wednesday, Feb 8th I recruited the only close friend I have that can walk farther than me to help me. Both she and her husband have bought into this and are helping me find new and fun places to walk.

Thursday, Feb 9th The donations started rolling in. Not just $2.00 but $10.00 and $25.00. One friend asked me to make sure some of the steps were for her since she couldn't walk due to surgery. I could never let my friends down now. Walking program is doable. I like the mix of walk and cross training.

Monday, Feb. 13th Weigh in at TOPS. Down 4.6 pounds. No binges the prior week and although my meals were hearty and I had two desserts during the week, I restricted the snacks, carbs and processed foods, staying as much as possible with fresh and organic foods. I ate lots of fish.

Thursday, Feb. 16th Today was a big walking day. Not only was it pouring rain and a bit chilly, I was scheduled to walk 1.75 miles. Buddy and I did it. Despite how wet he is in the picture above, he smiled the whole walk. Not a soul in sight, so I let him off leash. I think I really like walking in the rain. I was a bit wobbly when finished, but I used the hiking poles and my new memory foam sneakers with the fancy socks and so was not in a ton of pain. Like Buddy I was soaked to the core. It felt good putting on warm clothing and settling down to rest a bit with the computer.

I can't tell you how happy I am. Is there a walkers high? I am sure there is and I found it.

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