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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Happy Anniversary and the 365-mile Challenge

One year ago today, Sept. 17, 2008, I was so disgusted to see a recent picture of myself (first picture below) that I decided right then and there that I was going to change my life... and I did. I'm still a work in progress by all means but the things I've learned, the people I met, the challenges I've faced and the goals I've accomplished over the last year are irreplaceable.

Instead of a normal celebratory anniversary (eating out, taking it easy, relaxing), I'm having a Non-celebration Celebration and I've decided to be spot-on with diet and exercise today! And I want you to join me!! Diet-wise, I'm gonna eat clean, clean, clean, loading up on fruits/veggies/lean proteins/whole grains. No processed foods at all!! Exercise-wise I'm gonna get my butt moving. Normally Thursdays are my days off from exercise but there's no way I'm not going to do anything today, however I am gonna keep the exercise light in anticipation of this weekend and the...

365-mile Challenge
Remember I called all of YOU out last week (read here)?!?!?! Well the challenge is here and getting started tomorrow, so BRING IT!! We need to do a total of at least 365 miles (or minutes, see below for the 'rules') worth of exercise over the weekend (Friday to Sunday) as part of the Non-celebration Celebration. Remember, this is a celebration of everyone in my life who has been an encouragement and support system for me and anyone else who struggles with their weight/fitness. It's not about me, it's about YOU, so get moving! And did I mention there's a small prize for the person who contributes the most miles?!?!?! It wouldn't be a Celebration without presents, right?

Like anything else, there needs to be rules:
  1. Exercise like I know you do already (add in some extra if you can).
  2. Come back to this post daily/end of the weekend and log how many miles you did for each day.
  3. If you're doing an exercise that doesn't log miles (workout dvd's, exercise classes, playing a sport, etc.) log your minutes instead of miles on this post. Every 15 minutes of exercise will count as 1 mile.
  4. Enjoy you're slimming body!
Even if you're just starting out and only walk half a mile, LOG IT, because 365 miles is a lot! So every little bit counts!

I will be tracking who participates and how many miles they log and it's my personal goal to out-mile the leader among all of you! So push me to my limits and get in those miles!!! I'll be updating this post throughout the weekend with the 'Top 5 Mile Holders', 'My Personal Miles', and 'The 365-mile Challenge Miles'.

My Personal Miles
(last updated: Sunday, 8:45p)
22.95 miles (umm... so you guys spanked me!)

Top 5 Mile Holders
(last updated: Sunday, 8:45p)
  1. Mark (longrun) - 80.40
  2. Jeff (http://danglethecarrot.blogspot.com) - 62.00
  3. Amy (http://amykins514.blogspot.com) - 54.00
  4. Maxine (http://tminus37.blogspot.com) - 51.74
  5. Dani (http://dani31608.blogspot.com) - 51.00

The 365-mile Challenge Miles
(last updated: Sunday, 8:45p)
YES!!! That is not a mistake: 946.9 miles so far and I'm still waiting on several late posters!


WriterMarie said...

Look how far you've come in a year...Happy Anniversary sweetie! xoxoxo

Susan said...

Wow ! What a transformation ! Happy Anniversary !Just shows what a persona can do when they put their mind to it !

Anonymous said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am tracking my miles and will send them all in one tally. Thanks for the challenge, and Happy Annieversary.

dani31608 said...

Thanks for stopping by!

I am also tracking my miles and will send them to you in one big lump! I want to thank you for hosting this challenge and congratulate you on your anniversary! Keep up the good work! =)

Christine said...

Wonderful progress photo. You should be proud! You rock. ♥

MAJL said...

Happy Anniversary! I am very excited about the challenge!

Josh / 2feet1goal said...

I thought I had already pledged my miles but now I just can't be sure.. so I am going to pledge a total of 20 miles. At least 16 of these will come in the form of walking miles and the other 4 will likely come from sports or weight lifting.

My only question is.. does it start tonight at midnight or tomorrow morning? HEE!


Annalisa201 said...

LOVE your photo collection. HAPPY Anniversary! You are amazing, an inspiration to me.

Dana (www.eatsleepgetfit.com) said...

Awesome job on the transformation!

Stephanie said...

WOW! You're an amazing success story! Great job!

foolsfitness said...

Wow a year... It's real for you now, it's no fluke, you are a proven. That must be some feeling! I'm already thinking about what next april 1st is going to look like for me.

Well since I can't make my pledge in cheese curls and while I keep my caloric intake under 2000 I can't promise all clean food. Actually chimichungas are part of my diet.

Ok no promises but (thursday- 7.32 miles over the day walking showed on my pedometer)and 45 min. in the gym pool doing slow dog paddling (but always moving!)

I hope the prize is a Richard Simmons Food Mover! I really want one of them... or a Richard Simmons deal-a-meal (Do they still make them?). Anything Richard Simmons. I'm on a kick about him... he really is a cool guy, he's just real... and I've been eyeing getting one of those food mover things for a while now.

Foolsfitness congrats... and challenge accepted. -Alan

Kate said...

Starts tomorrow - ok - got it!!!! I LOVE your photos - you are so beautiful and inspiring!!! Great idea!!!

Chupsie said...

Wow You look great!!!!! I will be walking today, rain or shine (outside or inside) JUST FOR YOU!!!! (and me!) You have come so far and I want to be apart of it! LETS GO GET'EM!

MackAttack said...

This is awesome. I'm in!

foolsfitness said...

Foolsfitness brings it on with

6.58 miles

walking on Friday morning (I aimed for 7 but ran out of steam)


Anonymous said...


I've been following you on MFD for a while, and I love your attitude and admire your discipline. Congratulations to you on changing your life.

I ran 4 miles this morning and then did 20 minutes on the ARC trainer. Tomorrow I will free weight for an hour and I dedicate them all to you.

Take care,

Jennifer (holyoke)

Melissa Cunningham said...

Happy Anniversary!!very proud of you for the lifestyle changes you have made,and the example that you lead for others! keep on keepin on chica!!
and btw,im in on the challenge!
friday-4 mile run so far....
ill be adding in the miles over the weekend!

Anonymous said...

I'm kdmetz8 from MFD... today I ran 3 miles and did an hour of yoga. Starting the weekend of on a good foot!


Betty said...

Friday and I am 5 miles in plus 30 min weight training

Dana (www.eatsleepgetfit.com) said...
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Dana (www.eatsleepgetfit.com) said...

Friday the 18th - 12 miles biking....

The Amazing Shrinking Girl said...

You guys ROCK!!! Friday morning (in Hawaii anyway) and we're already almost a third of the way through the challenge! You guys are really gonna push me to get in those miles!

Megan said...

Geez, I sound like a wuss compared to all these 12 milers 8 milers!

I did a 45 minute step class on my lunch break.

I'll check in with you tomorrow and Sunday! Good luck, and Congrats!

Lance said...

hey whats up. did about 2 miles of cardio today and 45 of the 24lift at 24 hourfit.

Lawrence said...

Congrats on making your anniversary! You look great. I ran a 6 miler today. See ya later..

~Tammy said...

I'm in today with 2.55 miles. Congrats on your 1 year fit anniversary!

Jeff said...

Hi Annie -- I did freestyle laps for 1 hour today at the pool - If I got it right I think that adds up to 4 miles! I got a BIG weekend planned running and on the Bike. Will report back on Sunday!

C said...

My 3 kids and I took a 2 mile walk today so that is another 8 miles you can add to the total. Great idea!

My Own Two Feet said...

365 Mile Challenge Results for Today:
- 3 mile walk home after work (3 miles)
- 45 minutes weight training (3 miles)
- 45 minutes basketball (3 miles)
- 30 minutes batting cages (2 miles)
- 1.5 hours outdoor-laser tag (6 miles)

Total Miles Today: 17 miles

Laurie said...

Happy Anniversary!! This challenge is great! We're going to wayyyyyy surpass the 365 mile mark!

Today (Friday) I've got 2 hours of exercise (1 hour Boot Camp class and 1 hour Zumba) in for 8 miles!


Anonymous said...

Great progress pic! Congrats!

Aunty Eileen said...

Grandpa and I both walked for 45 min. on Friday, 9/18/09. Today, I plan to line dance for 4 hours at our party so you can log this too.

em said...

So, I did 5 miles yesterday, and will do 4 miles right now!!!!!!!!!!!!

~Tammy said...

My miles today - 1.19. I'm sorry I just couldn't push myself. Suffering some wicked lead legs.

I weight trained for 15 minutes as well.

foolsfitness said...

7.25 miles for sat for foolsfitness. 45 minutes pool (3) and pedometer walking 4.25+3= 7.25

The Amazing Shrinking Girl said...

WOW WOW WOW!!! You guys are amazing!!! I don't think I can reach my personal goal of beating the top mile holder because you guys are ANIMALS!!!

Keep the miles coming!

Annalisa201 said...

Friday - 5 miles
Saturday - 12 miles
Sunday... working on it (well, not RIGHT now cuz I'm here, but I'll let you know :)

Lisa Jones aka "Jones" said...

i did 30 mins yesterday and 6.8 miles today. will do more tomorrow. keep up the great work everyone!

Amazon Runner said...

My husband Jeff is not an online person but wants to contribute: He swam for 1 hour on Friday and will do so again on Sunday. Also put him down for 1 hour rowing machine, 2 hours weight training and a 3 mile walk.

For me, Lori-Ann, for the weekend put me down for 3 miles of walking, 1 hour of cardio and 1 hour of weight training. Good luck and I hope you reach your goals.

Lisa Jones aka "Jones" said...

add another 15 mins for me.

My Own Two Feet said...

Another Contribution From Me!

5 miles hiking on 'very difficult' and 'difficult' rated trails.


Lance said...

did an hour of cardio about 9 miles, went lifting for about 45 mins and the walk home which is about 40 mins. i think its about 2 or 3 miles from 24 hour kapiolani to rainbows. not really sure. anyway so about 12 miles total today.

Laurie said...

Saturday (9/19) I walked 2.5 miles plus 30 minutes of exercise for a total of 4.5 miles. :)

Alissa said...

Sorry I missed the challenge! I have a small injury that has me sidelined till Wednesday. :(

Diane Davis said...

MFD person here...

9/17 - 3.4 miles
9/18 - 3.1 miles
9/19 - 5.9 miles


PS... awesome job rocking it!!!

Jeff said...

Ok, updates from the weekend:

Saturday - 6 Mile Run
Sunday - 52 Mile Bike (done in 3hr 10 minutes)

That 365 mile goal is going to be CRUSHED!


Betty said...

6 miles on Saturday and 7.1 miles on sunday!whoot whoot one full half marathon for the whole weekend!!

Missresa said...

Okay Annie... You can put me and my husband down for 8 miles... I wish it would have been more, but I got sick on Saturday, and I haven't worked out since... You're doing great!

Hadley said...

My contribution: 7 miles.

Good luck and congrats on all your success so far!

Shelly said...

FRi~1 mile
Sat~2 mile
Sun~1 mile

Total~4 miles
Hope that helps a little

My Own Two Feet said...

My Sunday Contribution!

Weight Training - 1 hour
Basketball - 1 hour
Total Sunday Miles - 8


p.s. Jeff, you are a beast.

MAJL said...

My contribution: 51.74 miles

Friday: I accumulated, 34 km's which translates to 21.1 miles. Here is the breakdown:

1) Taught one cycling class which is like cycling 25km's
2) Walked home from work which is now 6 km's (had to make a detour)
3) Speed walked to a potluck yesterday which was 1.5 km's each way

Saturday: Today, I accumulated 11 miles as part of Annie's challenge; a 10 mile run an 15 minutes of ab work.
Sunday: I did 60 minutes of indoor cycling (30 km's) and 30 minutes of yoga, so 19.64 miles

Anonymous said...

Hi Annie! I'm a GAG-er. I got 16 points between walking and classes this weekend. I logged it here:


foolsfitness said...

(Sun) 2.99 miles on the pedometer... rats... I guess no Richard Simmons Food Mover prize for me.

Foolsfitness totally outgunned by the P90Xers! Good job all!- Alan

Dana (www.eatsleepgetfit.com) said...

Friday - 12.0 Mile Bike ride

Saturday - A whole lot of nothing...

Sunday - 14.7 Mile Bike ride

TOTAL - 26.7 Miles


Anonymous said...

I had three miles for yesterday and today for a total of six miles. Happy anniversary!

Motonomore said...

Friday: 2 miles
Saturday: 4 miles
Sunday: 2 miles

Nancy said...

I did a total of 18 miles this weekend. (Gagger)

dani31608 said...

Friday - 4 miles
Saturday - 7 miles
Sunday - 40 miles !!!

No joke! I stayed on my stationary bike for 4 hours and watched DVR'd Dexter episodes until I reached the 40 miles mark! It was a joke around the house all evening, as everyone bet on how long I'd last. Haha!

Thank goodness tomorrow is my day off from exercise! I can barely walk! =P

Total miles: 51

Ladybug said...

Another "Gager" checking in...

Week 3 Challenge Results

Friday: 1 hr 5 min. on treadmill... 4.25 miles

Saturday: 1 hour Zomba Class...4 miles

Sunday: none

Total: 8.25 miles

Christine said...

Add 5 more miles for me!!!

(That makes a total of 13.8 w/ the miles on my last comment.)

Lawrence said...

Ok, I did the Niketown Race for the Kids today... 3 miles!

Amy said...

Hi Annie!! Another GAGer checking in.

Friday - 7 miles on treadmill, 10 miles on stationary bike
Saturday - 11 miles on treadmill, 5 miles on stationary bike
Sunday - 11 miles on treadmill, 10 miles on stationary bike

Total - 54 miles!

Thanks for this challenge, Annie!! It really pushed me during a time when I needed it. And it really isn't that bad to just get on the treadmill or bike and let the DVR go!

Lisa Jones aka "Jones" said...


another 30 mins and 5 miles (7 mi total today)

so for the weekend a 16.8 total

Keeven said...

Hi Annie!!

Friday - 3.75 miles on treadmill, 45 minutes exercise (3 miles) = 6.75miles
Saturday - 3.1 miles on treadmill, 7.1 miles on stationary bike, 45 minutes weight training exercise (3 miles)= 13.2miles
Sunday - 5 miles on treadmill, 1 hour 30 minutes weight training exercise (6 miles) = 11 miles

Total - 30.95 miles!

This is really an awesome challenge. Gives you the adrenaline to keep pushing!

Annalisa201 said...

Okay, for me, add another 4 miles for Sunday. Not nearly as much as I planned for, but I have this horrible head cold, sneezing, headache... lucky to do anything really! Actually "determined" is the better word, not "lucky".

SUPER CONGRATS for blowing your goal out of the water, and for inspiring all of us to have such a fantastic weekend! You're awesome :)

Mrs. Sheila said...

I managed 3 miles yesterday. That is it... for me. Ya'll did fantastic!

Annie, you are such an inspiration! Love sharing your anniversary with you!

Mandie said...

Wow! What a spark this was! I literally feel awesome for not slacking this weekend and pushing out those miles! THANKS!!!

9/18 ~ 5 miles power walking! (I have a blister on my foot to prove it!
9/19 ~ 5 miles biking
9/20 ~ 2 miles walking (should have been more, but hey, it COUNTS)

Thanks again girl! And SUPER CONGRATULATIONS for not only making it as far as you have with your 1 year anniversary, but for the challenge! WOWOW!!!!!!!!!!!!

dustee said...

congratulations, o 'great master...I bow-wow to your accomplishments! you are my hero! congrats to all your supporters too - everybody's a winner!

Anonymous said...

Hey Lianne! It's Mark - GREAT JOB!