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Bacon Tree Blues

What do you get when you take over 2000 strips of bacon, strings of chicken McNuggets, cheeseburgers and bottles of booze and mix them all together?   If you are watching a video of the Canadian You Tube cooking show, “Epic Meal Time”, the answer is a Bacon Tree.

These are the types of mindless videos you may run across in the winter if you don’t stay active.  I don’t know about you, but sometime near the end of last year, when it was colder and darker, I found myself developing some bad habits of sitting/hibernating more than I am comfortable with.  I guess you could call it the “Bacon Tree Blues”.  However, I was getting tired of the monotony of it all.  

So, I joined a gym and decided to start a walking challenge to get myself, and anyone else who was interested, to pick themselves up and start moving again.  After all, “The journey of 1000 miles begins with one step”.  -Lao Tzu.

I rolled out the “Walk 100 Miles in 2015 by St. Patrick’s Day” Challenge on the Endomondo website.  The idea was to take small steps to Get Pueblo Moving.  If you started on New Year’s Day, it was only 1.32 miles a day.  I knew by making myself walk that first mile, I would probably keep going.  I also liked the idea of having the flexibility to be realistic and able to miss a day or two, but still be able to make up the difference on a different day and meet my goal.

Participants tracked their progress on the website or by using a related smart phone app.  All miles counted as long as they were related to walking, hiking or the treadmill.   Converting steps to miles was fair game too.  Running did not count in this challenge.  The nice thing about the website was it gave us a chance to communicate with each other and provide support.    

It helped me personally to pay attention to how far I walked on an average day at work and to make sure I strived to go even further.   I loved the variety of counting my miles whether I was in the gym, out hiking on a trail, or just walking the dog.  Best of all, it re-motivated me to get out of my rut.  I even tagged along with my husband to hike/climb the Manitou Incline a couple of times.

In the end, we had 21 participants in the challenge and boy did we walk!  We tracked a combined 1,766 miles to be exact.  That’s only about 40 miles shy of walking the distance from Pueblo, Colorado, to New York City!  And, the caloric burn was amazing topping out at 165,112 calories.  That’s close to the same number of calories featured in the ”Bacon Tree” video.

I’m happy to say that by the time St. Patrick’s Day rolled around, I was no longer “hibernating” and in great shape to get out and be active and enjoy the warmer temperatures,  I had officially shaken off the Bacon Tree Blues.

Great job to everyone who participated (whether or not you tracked your miles)! 

Although it wasn’t a contest, here are our results for Most Miles Walked in 2015:

 

2015 Most Miles Walked   

 

Place

Name

Miles

1

Timothy McGhghy

239.76

2

Stephanie Chambers

201.76

3

Scott Goins

179.46

4

Samuel Lee Chambers

128.85

5

Shylo Dennison

126.72

6

Mike W Archuleta

123.52

7

Nicole Saint Cuppy

116.83

8

Joshua Wilcoxson

109.52

9

Dr. Amber Golshani

108.04

10

Weston Burrer

99.6

11

Julie Woods

48.34

12

Amy Fowle King

47.7

13

GRAMMY ...

42.25

14

Rose Anne Johnson

41.35

15

Jeanie Haupt

40.73

16

Amanda Spencer

39.27

17

Victor Reyes

33.35

18

Mike Cuppy

20.99

19

Travis Connelly

8.81

20

Anne Henrikson

7.52

21

Corinne Brown

2.07

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, we still have some sketchy weather ahead of us, but Spring is officially here on March 20th. Don’t get the “Bacon Tree Blues” - get up and move!

Next Challenge:  Keep your eyes out for Pueblo’s next challenge – the National Bike Challenge and Commuter Cup - Starting May 1st, 2015! 

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