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09-01-2006, 12:28 PM
Ok Ladies...it's a new month! Time to set your mileage goal for September!

I just barely made my 135 mile August walking goal, but I did make it! Yay me! My September goal is 180 miles. I'm training for the breast cancer 3-Day in Tampa Bay in October, so don't feel any pressure to walk 180 miles yourself. I certainly wouldn't be walking 180 miles unless I needed to in order to prepare for the 60 mile breast cancer walk!

Please join me as we walk our way through September!


09-01-2006, 07:13 PM
I'm in for 90 miles for September with 4 of them done this morning. This might be pushing a bit, but I think I can do it.

Wow Genesis-most impressive!!

09-01-2006, 09:42 PM
I'm new to 3FC and will make a modest start on the walking challenge. I'm going to say 60 miles and I've done 3 of them today.

09-01-2006, 10:38 PM
Welcome, Tejas!

60 miles is a GREAT goal and is certainly not modest!

Congrats on your first 3 miles for the month...keep it up!

09-02-2006, 06:53 AM
Thank you for the welcome. I thought that I could do 3 miles a day for five days a week fairly easily. Then I would add another 15 somewhere along the way.

I like to walk but manage to lose every pedometer I buy. I've marked off a route in the neigbborhood and will use the treadmill.

This should be fun.

Michele L
09-02-2006, 10:40 AM
I'm increasing my goal to 85 miles this month! I've made 80 the past two months, so this should be achieveable! I'm also aiming for "Onederland" this month! Only 4 pounds to go!

Michele :wave:

09-03-2006, 11:14 PM
Hi everyone, I would love to join the challenge. My goal for the month is going to be 80 miles...I look forward to getting to know you all!

09-04-2006, 01:34 PM
good morning gang :wave:

I haven't been on the walking thread in months, but I'm back today. I'm off of work and slept in and then did 3 miles with Leslie! :carrot: whooohoooo Now if my boss doesn't mind me sleeping in again tomorrow I will do the same ;) but really I've got to figure out a way to get my walking back in...I'll either have to get up at 5 each morning and do it, or I'll have to walk during lunch, but one way or the other, I've got to get back to it.

Hope everybody has a bkessed day!


09-04-2006, 03:33 PM
i am new here also and i am going to try walking 60 miles this month good luck to everyone this month. question, when do we check back in? so far i have 3 miles in 57 more to go.

09-04-2006, 06:36 PM
I did 3 miles on the treadmill today! woohoo! I really need to find a safe place to walk, where I can keep track of how many miles I'm doing, because this treadmill is NOT reliable, not to mention it's in the dusty garage. I might try to do a couple more miles tonight if I have the energy. Hope everyone is doing well!

09-04-2006, 07:38 PM
Welcome everybody! So nice to see so many people here this month!

Stacey99, check back in as often as you'd like. I tend to check in fairly regularly to post my miles and keep myself on track. I post my miles in the following format, but you can do whatever you'd like.

September goal = 180 miles
Miles walked = 10
Miles to go = 170

09-05-2006, 09:54 AM
I have a quesiton for everyone, is it OK to walk without an incline? I am doing a 0 percent incline and walking at about 3 mph.

09-05-2006, 05:48 PM
Hi guys-My walk was cut short this morning and I only logged in 2 miles. My walking partner and I ran a 5K yesterday and her knee was flaring up this morning.

2 cool things from the holiday weekend:

I ran a mile race and hit exactly an 8 minute mile (I have NEVER run that fast!)

I ran the 5K in 28:04. That is a personal best for me, and it was a cross country course which I'm always slower on!!!! HAPPY ME!


September goal - 90 miles
Miles walked - 14 miles
Miles to go - 76 miles

Its great to see so many walkers around this month.

09-05-2006, 09:18 PM
Hi everyone! I am new and a little late but would love to join the challenge. My goal will be 100 miles. Will add my miles I have done this month so far.

Today 2.25mi. before it rained.

September goal- 100
Miles walked- 19.87
Miles to go- 80.13

09-06-2006, 01:12 PM
Just checking in to keep myself on track!

Goal: 80
Completed: 8
Miles to go: 72

Plan on walking 5 miles today

09-07-2006, 05:54 AM
Jumping in here. I will aim for 200 k's which is 124.27 miles

Sept 1~13
Sept 2~10
Sept 3~4
Sept 4~11
Sept 5~12
Sept 6~11

Total 61/200

09-07-2006, 06:05 AM
2 cool things from the holiday weekend:

I ran a mile race and hit exactly an 8 minute mile (I have NEVER run that fast!)

I ran the 5K in 28:04. That is a personal best for me, and it was a cross country course which I'm always slower on!!!! HAPPY ME

Wow Brandy I'm impressed with your times, way to g0

09-08-2006, 06:30 AM
Goal: 80
Completed: 12
Miles to go: 68

I'll aim for 4 today.

I didn't walk yesterday! :( I need to make sure I do it in the morning or it just won't get done.

09-08-2006, 01:31 PM
Sept 6- 1.12
Sept 8- 5.15

Sept goal - 100 miles
Miles walked - 26.14
Miles to go- 73.86

Have a great day everyone!!

09-08-2006, 05:06 PM
Did my usual 4 miles this morning.

Goal - 90
Walked - 22
To Go - 68

09-09-2006, 03:08 AM
Sept.7~9 k
Sept.8~8 k


09-10-2006, 03:02 PM
Hey guys, I'm going to leave the challenge because I've decided I want to start turbo jamming instead..good luck to you all and I hope you all reach your goals!

09-10-2006, 07:46 PM
I'm a tad late, but I wanna join ya'll! I, unfortunatly, took the summer off. WHOOPS! Well, I'm back and kinda motivated. We'll just have to see where I end up!

I'll make my goal 42 miles since there are 21 days left of September.

09-10-2006, 11:30 PM
Ok, I'm back... again. Fell WAY off the wagon and gained back a few lbs. NOT happy about it! So back into routine, I go. :^: It's a must, really. DH and I have slowed down our activity level in the last few months and have both seen a gain in weight... loss in esteem. :( We gotta get movin' though, got the 5k Run for the Cure to do in a few weeks! :running:

So you're stuck with me, ladies. ;)

My goal this month isn't nearly as high as it's been in the past, but we'll see how it goes. I'm walking DD to/from school and dance class three times a week so I might find that I rack up the miles quite quickly and then exceed my target.

Hope you're all keeping well. Sounds like everyone is off to a wonderful start this month! Keep up the amazing work, ladies! :coach:


09-11-2006, 12:31 AM
I love this! I'm going to say 50. I'm currently walking two miles a day, so that means I have to rev it up to three.

Wow....50 miles sounds like a whole lot.

09-11-2006, 11:25 AM
September goal = 180 miles
Miles walked = 42
Miles to go = 138

09-11-2006, 04:05 PM
Sept. 9~2 k
Sept.10~14 k

94 km/200 km=124.7 miles

09-12-2006, 08:22 AM
September goal - 90
miles walked - 32
miles to go - 58

Wow! Welcome to everyone who has just found this thread.

Macdeez-good to see you back! I also slacked off this summer with my eating program. Hope we can help each other get back to where we were.

09-12-2006, 02:54 PM
Alright I am going to join in the September challenge as well. My goal for the month is going to be 20 miles, since I already do about 2 - 3 miles a week that should be an acheivable goal for me.


09-12-2006, 05:32 PM
September goal = 180 miles
Miles walked = 54
Miles to go = 126

Man oh man am I behind schedule. Here's my plan for the rest of the week....

Wednesday - 12 miles
Thursday - 4 miles
Friday - 20 miles

We'll see if I can pull that schedule off. If so, I'll be on track to make goal for the month. If not, I'll have some more catching up to do in order to make goal!!!!!

09-13-2006, 01:22 AM
I'm wondering if there are any equivalents for walking. SO, if you do 30 minutes on the elliptical or something like that, do you count it as walking? Or, is walking, walking.


09-13-2006, 04:14 AM
Tejes I wouldn't count the elliptical as walking because you are not lifting your feet. Elliptical is more like gliding and not considered as good as walking. If there is some reason that you can't walk, I still think it is better than doing nothing. When I went to a trainer for a while he was totally against ellipitcal or ski machines, or glider for the reason that you are not lifting your feet at all so it is easier than walking and he didn't consider it exercise. The X-Weighted Trainer on tv doesn't like those machines either. Now I have tried both and feel that there is some effort put into it so I consider it exercise. I know I put more effort in to my walking out doors than I do on any machine. Well that's my two cents lol. Does your machine tell you how many miles you have gone? If so I would think you could count it.

Sept. 11~5 k
Sept. 12~12 k

111 km/200 km=124.7 miles

09-13-2006, 08:23 AM
I don't usually do the elliptical, but I include my running miles in with my walking. I did this because when I started, I was only running 10-15 minutes a couple of days a week. I'm now up to between 2-4 miles depending on the day. I suppose I could start seperating the total, but now its a habit.

Today I got in my 4 miles with a 2.6 mile run within.

September goal - 90
total walked - 36
left to goal - 54

09-13-2006, 09:41 AM
Everyone is doing great ladies! I got another mile in last night and will continue the journey! Keep up the outstanding work ladies!


09-13-2006, 12:00 PM
Thanks for the information about the elliptical. I find that it is hard on my knees...even the newer ones that are supposed to be better.

But, I am finding that pounding the pavement is also hurting one knee. The walking to the WATP DVD's doesn't cause the same problem. I'll check all this out with my podiatrist, but it's interesting...no doubt, the floor in my house is softer than the sidewalk!

09-14-2006, 01:20 AM
hi! ^-^ Would it be okay if I joined you all? I have to admit I'm a bit intimidated by the thought of me committing to exercising~ I'm not sure what a good amount is to start off at...

Since I'm starting late, I thought maybe I could start with a mile a day? And maybe eventually work my way up..

My Sept. goal will be 18 miles :O I reeeeally hope I can stick with it ^-^

I did use a treadmill today for the first time in forever @-@ and lasted for a mile .. have to be honest, I didn't think I could really do much more than that xD But maybe I can squeeze some extra walks with my dog :) and enjoy the weather before it gets too cold :)

I'm 1/18 miles so far :D Cant wait to try for another tommorow ^-^

- bekko


09-14-2006, 09:57 AM
Good morning ladies!

Staying focused on getting my walk in each night! Hope that this helps with the WI tomorrow. Keep up the great work ladies!


09-14-2006, 05:15 PM
Brandy, thanks so much for the "welcome back"! Yup, we can certainly help each other get back OP! I could use all the accountability I can get at this point! :) Good job getting those miles in, you are well on your way this month!

bekko, welcome! I know that getting started with exercising can be a bit overwhelming but you chose a fabulous way to get started. Personally, I really enjoy walking (outdoors, mostly) so it doesn't seem like exercise at all. And now that we're heading into fall, the temps are perfect! Congrats on making the choice for a healthier you!

Wannalose13, good luck on your WI! Staying focussed is what this is all about! :)

Tejas, hope your podiatrist has good news for you! The WATPs videos are great! I love the walk/kick one! Good for getting your heart rate up!

Kokomo, wow! You are burnin' some major tread! WTG! :)

Genesis, you are doing fantastic, too! And great plan for the next couple days! I'm sure you'll make your goal with the attitude you have!

Anyone I might have missed, a great big :wave: !

As for me, I've only walked an additional 4mi, but will do 2 more tonight. DD has school tomorrow so I'll be walking 2 (to and from x2 -- drop off, pick up) and 2 more in the evening. I'm still low though. Gotta get movin'! Hoping to rack up some miles this weekend (hoping the weather improves just a smidge).

Other than that, all's fine here. Hope you all have a GREAT Thursday! :)


09-15-2006, 02:02 AM
mel I joined the Kickstart walking program in Kelowna through the Recreation Centre so I'm wearing a pedometer and count all my steps for the whole day.

Sept 13~9 k
Sept 14~17 km. Today was more steps because there was a group walk and I walked to our meeting place and back. It was a bit further away than I thought it was so the km added up. Plus I was cleaning and getting ready to go to Vancouver for the day. I'm really sore tonight lol

137 km/200 km=124.7 miles

09-15-2006, 09:30 AM
Hi everyone, I'm leaving for Kansas City today to participate in the Breast Cancer 3 day walk. I'll be back on Tuesday. Keep up the good work!!!

September goal - 90
Miles walked - 40
Miles to go - 50

09-15-2006, 10:43 AM
Good morning all!

I walked another mile last night and hope to get another mile or two in tonight.

ArtsyGirl - Good luck with your Cancer walk!

Kokomo - Keep up the great work!

Macdeez - Thanks for the encouragement..........I will have to agree with you that staying focused is the key to success.

Have a great day & weekend everyone!

09-16-2006, 03:18 PM
Kokomo, that's great! I had no idea that the rec centre here offered that program. Then again, I really haven't checked into *ANY* of their programs. It's definitely cool to talk to someone from the same city! :) Let's keep in touch! :) Great job getting all those km's in! I'm sure with that sort of progress, you're gonna reach goal in NO time! Have fun in Vancouver!

Brandy, good luck on your 3-day walk for breast cancer! We're all here :cheer: :cheer: :cheer: you on! :)

Jen, good for you for getting a few more miles in! Have a great weekend!

As for me, I've managed to get another 8 in (mostly indoors as the weather hasn't been too cooperative). Today looks nice though, so I'm gonna put DD in the stroller and head out for a walk. Hoping to get another 4 in today. :)

Nothing else going on this weekend. Fall is definitely here though.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Best wishes and stay happy and healthy!


09-18-2006, 04:29 AM
Way to go ladies :carrot:

I upped my walking this month but I am having trouble controlling my food. I'm going to change my weight tracker, I'm up 7 lbs. From 163 to 170 Yikes. I have got to get this under control. I'm pigging out way to much on junk.

Tejas Walk Away the Pounds is great exercise. I would do the exercise that is the least stressful on your knees. I find if I do too much to soon it is hard on my knees. So maybe skipping a day between will help or do some other kind of exercise, like swimming.

Thanks Jen I have been walking for years but had gotten lazy. Wearing a pedometer all day gets me up and walking more.

Brandy Good luck with the 3 day cancer walk. I was hoping it would be on tv but haven't seen anything on it here in Canada. I do hope they show some of it on tv. I have seen the ads for it and it looks hard but challenging and rewarding to do.

Mel Our trip to Vancouver was great once we got over the Coquihalla highway. Fog, snow, hail and rain on our way there. On the way back serious fog. Thankfully my husband drove in the fog. My daughter drove there. The cooler weather has been great for walking in. The other night I almost turned the heat on, it was cold in the house.

Sept. 15~14 km
Sept. 16~9 km
Sept. 17~1 km--migraine.

161 km/200 km=124.7 miles

09-18-2006, 01:10 PM
I've been slacking so bad... only another 3mi to add to my total. I'm waaaaaay behind. Need to get my rear in gear! ;)

Another 2mi (at least) today. The weather is hideous and both DD and I are on our way to getting colds. Blech. So we'll see. I have a busy busy week ahead of me so I'm really hoping that with all the craziness, I'll be able to rack up some good miles.

Anyway, I'm off to get DD ready for school. Hope you all have a great Monday!


PS/ Glad to hear you had a great time in Vancouver, Kokomo. Yeah, that highway can be quite trecherous anytime, but add in fog... or snow... eeek!

09-20-2006, 05:54 AM
Feb. 18~11 km
Feb. 19~10 km

182 km/200 km=124.7 miles

09-21-2006, 09:52 PM
Walked 5mi on Tuesday. Walked 5mi on Wednesday. Up to 37mi. Don't think I'll make my 60mi this month, I've got a heckava cold now. Guess we'll see.

Keep up the great work, ladies!


09-22-2006, 04:43 AM
I have surpassed my goal of 200 km so I'm going to up my goal anther 50 km This is the most I have walked in my life in a month :carrot:

Mel hope your cold leaves you soon.

Brandy how did the cancer walk go? Maybe you posted about it some where else.

Sept 20~9 km
Sept 21~15 km

206 km/250 km=155.34 miles

09-22-2006, 05:04 PM
Hi gals-Sorry I haven't been posting. I returned from the walk on Monday, but was busy teaching, and had 2 birthday parties, working, and babysitting that I am just now feeling human again. MAN was I EXHAUSTED!!!!!

The Kansas City walk was nice. Different from what I'm used to in Michigan, but a terrific experience all around. I'd urge all of you to seriously think about participating in something like this. It truly is life changing.

Anyways, just cuz I didn't post doesnt mean I didn't walk.

Here's my update

Miles walked - 53.5
Miles to goal - 26.5

I think I'll reach my walking goal, but won't come close to my exercise minute goal this month. Oh well.

09-23-2006, 03:56 PM
Brandy, my MIL was diagnosed with breast cancer in February and has undergone a mastectomy, just finished her last chemo treatment and begins radiation in a few weeks time. Next Sunday, DH and and I are doing a 5k run/walk for breast cancer in honor of her. Sadly, we just started raising money a few days ago but have already raised close to $1000 and are hoping to keep the funds rolling in until run-day! :) WTG on your walk! I don't doubt for one second that with everything you've had going on you are tuckered out!

Kokomo, good for you for reaching your goal... and striving to top it by 50k! That's phenom! :)

As for me, still under the weather and haven't walked in a few days. Actually, we're all sick 'round here but we're taking Sunday as a veg-out-and-relax-day so I should be ready to go on Monday. Let's hope anyway.

Hope you're all having a great weekend! Take care and best wishes!


09-24-2006, 04:08 AM
Way to go on your walk Brandy :carrot:

Mel Have you ever been to Chickadee Ridge in Armstrong? We went there this past weekend and they have over 200 minature horses and you can go in the fields with them. Also other animals was a fun place to take our grandson.

Sept 22~1 km another migraine day
Sept 23~17 km

224 km/250 km=155.34 miles

09-26-2006, 08:50 AM
Hi gals-

miles walked-64
miles left -26

Hope you're all walking strong! I've been super busy and finding it hard to get everything done. Hopefully it'll lighten up soon.

09-26-2006, 04:55 PM
Brandy, I hear you about being super busy, lots going on here too. Good work getting 64mi in thus far! Keep it up! :)

Kokomo, no, I've never been to Chickadee Ridge. Sounds like fun though.

As for me, I've only managed to get another 6mi in. Ugh. Lagging, big time. Oh well, at least I've got my eating back OP. I'm finally feeling better, that was a nasty cold for sure, so I should be able to at least hit the 50mi mark. Still 10 short but whatever. I'll do better in Oct. <--- Can you believe that October is just a week away?! Man alive.

Anyways girls, I hope you all have a great day! Take care!


09-27-2006, 02:38 AM
Sept.24 12 km
Sept. 25~5 km
Sept 26~15 km

256 km/250 km=155.34 miles

I have beat my second goal

09-28-2006, 09:08 AM
Just a quick update-

Goal in September - 90
Miles walked - 69
Miles to get done - 21

Great job everyone!!!

09-29-2006, 01:53 PM
Will be doing 4mi today... maybe more! :)

Have a great day, ladies!


09-30-2006, 12:53 PM
Walking 6mi today (3mi each way to meet DH for lunch) -- which brings me only 3 short of my goal. Maybe I'll do a WATPs DVD tonight just to finish things off.

Tomorrow, bright and early, is the 5k Run for the Cure and we're doing it in honor of MIL. It should be pretty emotional for us all. DD will be in the stroller... and we had a pink shirt made up for her that said "Running for Gramma". I think this will be something we do as a family every year from here on out in support of her. :)

Nothing else planned for the weekend, we might get started on our Christmas shopping after the run tomorrow. We'll have to see.

Anyway, hope you're all doing well. Have a great last day of September... WTG on all of your miles, ladies!


Michele L
09-30-2006, 01:39 PM
Good morning, walkers! I made my goal of 85 miles this morning by doing the WATP 5 Mile Advanced Walk with all the boosters! I also passed 600 miles for the year and 10000+ steps everyday in September! The effort paid off because I found "Onederland" this week! :carrot: :carrot: :carrot:

Have a great weekend!

Michele :wave:

10-01-2006, 02:24 AM
Hi Ladies -

Sorry I haven't posted for a loooong time. I had a great 1st half of the month & then came down with the flu.

I was at 90 miles by the 16th...on track to reach 180 miles for the month. Then I had to travel to Seattle for 2 weeks for business and caught the flu on the flight to Seattle. I was SICK...I had every symptom in the book (nose, chest, stomach, fever, etc.). I was down for nearly 2 weeks, which totally derailed my mileage goal. I managed to squeeze in an additional 27 miles while sick with the flu, but that's it. Oh well, I'm feeling better now and I'm doing 15 miles in the morning with my walking buddy.

10-01-2006, 05:58 PM
Hi All:

I haven't been posting much and I haven't reached my goal of 60 miles. I got 50 miles done and feel very good about it. This effort has sent me back to the podiatrist because one knee and one foot were hurting. I've got new orthotics ordered and next month, I'm gonna get that 60 done!