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Pegz63 Amateur 12 posts since
Aug 6, 2011
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Aug 6, 2011 12:45 PM

350 lbs vs. Mackinac Bridge in 2 yrs.  Can it be done?

I am a 48 year old woman who doesn't currently participate in any exercise program.  I am unable to walk for more than 10-15 minutes at a time.  I have a DREAM.... to walk the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan on Labor Day 2013.  I realize this is alot of work, alot of weight needs to come off, and a body transformation.  I am wondering what sort of tips you might be able to offer me to get me headed in the right direction.  Any encouragement would be welcome.




  • Gravity06 Pro 102 posts since
    Feb 5, 2010

    North of 350 here.





    How long is the bridge?



    I would suggest weight training.  Perhaps do some 5Ks to build up your stamina (it's done wonders for me).


    Started Walking March 2009


    2010 Gasparilla 5K Fun Walk (1:17:09)

    2010 AFLAC Iron Girl Clearwater 5K Run/Walk, (1:14:10)

    2010 Miles For Hope 5K -- Clearwater (1:22:14) (Oh, that bridge!)

    2011 Gasparilla 5+3K, (2:03:18)

    2012 Gasparilla 5K Fun Walk, 3/3/12

  • Steve Bralla Amateur 23 posts since
    Feb 10, 2009

    In a word,YES!  You can do it.  The only way you can't is if you don't try.  Don't worry that it's 10-15 minutes now as that will get much better the more you do.  Set small goals, make them and set harder goals.  Keep a log so you can't cheat on yourself.  Keep us informed how you are doing.

    I know you can make it!



  • Cathy Cole Rookie 2 posts since
    Jul 27, 2009

    Start adding a couple of minutes ---  just when you reach that 10 - 15 minutes timeframe and you think that you need to be done, pretend you hear my voice telling you to go on for 2 more minutes.  You can do ANYTHING for two minutes!  Add 2 minutes every week.... if you did that for a year you'd be up over 100 minutes, and I'll be that a 5 mile walk would be somewhere closer to 75 minutes...  You can do it!  Two more minutes!  Two at a time.

  • JoZeeMom Rookie 3 posts since
    Aug 21, 2011

    Love this advice!  It's so true...sometimes when we look at things it can seem impossible but I can do ANYTHING for 2 minutes! Thanks, and I hope you don't mind me borrowing this advice

  • JoZeeMom Rookie 3 posts since
    Aug 21, 2011

    Hang in there.  It will be so worth it!  I walked the bridge several years ago.  I couldn't do it now because of the weight I've gained.  I keep waiting for the motivation to hit me to do something about it.  Life just seems to get in the way but I really hope that you make your goal.  I'm rooting for you

  • JoZeeMom Rookie 3 posts since
    Aug 21, 2011

    Just not my time.  I have to deal with some personal issues before I can concentrate on myself.  I appreciate the offer and hope that I can take you up on it some day.

  • OshCat Pro 179 posts since
    Mar 15, 2011

    Keep going Peg!  The view from that bridge when you're walking it is AMAZING!  You have a realistic goal leading you on.


    Do remember that it's ok to take a rest day now and again to give your body a break to recover a little bit.


    New Year's Color Run (5k) - 01/01/13

    Oshkosh Half-Marathon - 04/21/13

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