Weight Watchers Walk-It Challenge 2010

My guest writer today is my wife Jill. In the last year she has lost 29 pounds.

Weight Watchers Walk-It Challenge

Jill, on lap 2, is enjoying the race

Weight Watchers issued a Walk-It Challenge two months ago. Everyone was encouraged by our inspiring leader Lois to do something challenging even if that meant walking to the mail box and adding some more steps each day.

We decided to run and found the on-line training guide that started with walk 5 minutes, run for 2 minutes and then walk again. Four days a week the time running was gradually increased until we could actually run up to 20 minutes twice with a 1 minute walk in between. We all added MP3 music to make the running more enjoyable. I borrowed my niece’s player — sorry about washing your MP3 player, Shauna.

Weight Watchers Walk-It ChallengeEach week there were reasons why we couldn’t go but there was always one of the four of us that wanted to meet the goal and encouraged the others. Mostly Shauna who is not a Weight Watchers member. We found it easiest to run when it was cool even if it rained. Some of the places we found to run were the Legacy Parkway Trail, the Lagoon Trail, Davis High School track, West Bountiful and Kaysville trails and Utah Botanical Center. We liked the paths with no hills the best.

The objective was for each Weight Watchers member to earn a charm by participating in a 5K. We were excited and ordered the T-Shirt and put the URL of our web site on the back.

Our Walk-It was held in Centerville at noon and consisted of going around the outskirts of the park 3 ½ times until the 3.1 miles was achieved. There was a good turnout even though it was hot. We were very excited to have Kent and Rick along as photographers and to write the captions. And check out the videos at the end of this post.

Weight Watchers Walk-It Challenge

The participants met at the Ward's home before travelling to the race.

Weight Watchers Walk-It Challenge

The athletes looked relaxed just prior to the start. No anxiety here.

Weight Watchers Walk-It Challenge

Weight Watchers leader Lois instructs the runners for the start.

Weight Watchers Walk-It Challenge

An unconventional confetti start sees Susan take an early lead just ten yards out.

Weight Watchers Walk-It Challenge

Shauna has already moved ahead but Susan still leads the main pack.

Weight Watchers Walk-It Challenge

"We have been running 4 times a week and the consistency pays off in weight loss and health benefits."

Weight Watchers Walk-It Challenge

Shauna increases her lead.

Weight Watchers Walk-It Challenge

Susan: "I was hoping to run the entire time but it was hot."

Weight Watchers Walk-It Challenge

Susan: "I got a side ache the 2nd lap so I slowed down but it didn’t go away. I ended walking to get rid of it."

Weight Watchers Walk-It Challenge

"Four laps around the park finishing the fourth lap down the middle through the trees."

Weight Watchers Walk-It Challenge

"Today was more of a struggle than I had hoped for as I drank too much water before the run."

Weight Watchers Walk-It Challenge

Melissa keeps up the pressure. She is going to give Jill the run of her life.

Weight Watchers Walk-It Challenge

Shauna along the finishing stretch.

Weight Watchers Walk-It Challenge

Weight Watchers Walk-It Challenge

Shauna 33:29

Weight Watchers Walk-It Challenge

Susan is next to enter the last tenth of a mile.

Weight Watchers Walk-It Challenge

Weight Watchers Walk-It Challenge

Susan 39:58

Weight Watchers Walk-It Challenge

Melissa and Jill are urged on to the finish by Shauna.

Weight Watchers Walk-It Challenge

Weight Watchers Walk-It Challenge

Melissa 41:18 - Jill 41:21

Weight Watchers Walk-It Challenge

Melissa: "Our times were a little slower than Monday’s 5K, but the temperature was a lot hotter so we’re all happy with what we got."

Weight Watchers Walk-It Challenge

Good work, wife.

Videos

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