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Week 16

A challenging fundraiser can help you lose weight while you support others

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On a training walk in 2007 and at the SF Avon Walk last year! On a training walk in 2007 and at the SF Avon Walk last year!

By Lisa Spodak ResultsNotTypical@worldnow.com
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Starting weight:  209

Last week:  216

Week 16 weigh in: 212

Weekly change:  -4
Overall change:  +3

I definitely feel like I'm finally hitting my stride again – four pounds down this week!  And that puts me three pounds ahead of my one-pound-per-week goal to hit 190 pounds by my birthday!

In addition to following a meal plan this week, I also managed to make it to the gym six times, which I'm sure made a big difference.

Last week, I talked about the Blood:Water Mission challenge I'm doing (to avoid all drinks except tap water for 40 days); this week, I'm going to talk about The Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.

In 2002, a friend of mine started talking about doing the Avon Walk (which, at that time, was a 3-day 60-mile walk) and wanting me to do it with her.  I was intrigued by the idea because in addition to it being a substantial physical challenge, I was inspired by my mother, who is a breast cancer survivor.

We made the commitment and started walking… and walking… and walking.

It was fun, a great way to explore New York City (We walked to Coney Island! We crossed the Brooklyn Bridge!  We walked to New Jersey!), and so good for us, too.

Then the weather was so bad on the weekend of the event that we only got to walk one day before the rest of the Walk was canceled.  I knew I could finish and wanted desperately to finish, so without too much thought, I signed up again for the following year (though the format changed to a 2-day marathon-and-a-half walk).

After a much dryer and more pleasant experience the next year, I was hooked and went on to do the Walk every year, often multiple times in different cities around the country. 

In retrospect, I'm grateful for that miserable first Walk because I sometimes think if it had been an unmitigated success, I would have considered my project "done" and moved on to other things. Now I have something special and rewarding to look forward to every year.

This is the perfect time of year to start a training program (you can see in this example from Avon how they build up gradually from 14 miles in a week to more than 40), so the only thing left to do is to find the right event to train for!

Here are some long distance events for you to check out:

Some helpful resources:

 

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