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As of this morning, I’ve reached my goal for the Avon Walk!  It’s not reflected on the site yet, but as soon as the checks I’m mailing today register, I’ll be above 100% of my goal, baby!  I’ve been blown away by the generosity of friends and family near and far during this fundraising effort.  And I’m truly thankful for the support, I had no idea I’d reach the goal so quickly.

Of course, since we are a team, we are fundraising together and can still use a few more donations, so don’t be shy!  Every little bit helps!

Everyone on the team has started walk training.  Last weekend was 10 miles on Saturday, 6 miles on Sunday.  It felt awesome to be out there knocking down some major miles.  I think I’ll for sure have a farmer’s tan perfected by the end of this.  To aid with training, I recently purchased a camelback and a new iPod nano.  Walking for hours is actually pretty fun when you’ve got the jams on.  I felt like Richard Simmon’s last weekend… sweatin’ to my oldies!  I’ll do a blog post soon about the tunes I’m listening to during these long walks, y’all know how I love to talk about music. 

That’s all I got for now.  Thanks to everyone for their support – you really have no idea how much it means!  Go Team Walkin’ For Our Assets!

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As of this week, we’ve got a new team member for the Charlotte walk!  Without further adieu, here’s her introduction from Jen:

“Bethany has bravely joined our group (even after seeing Emily’s training video). I’ll give you the basics, she’s an accountant so she’s automatically in. She currently works for the FBI, loves ice cream, just joined a bowling league and a kickball league, and is new to the DC area (recently moved from Boston). She’s super and she’ll be a great walker. Her main question about the walk was whether we’d be sleeping in tents – once she realized we are Westin ladies, she began to contemplate the walk so I know she’ll fit in perfectly.”

Welcome to the team, Bethany!  We’re excited to have you.  Here she is doing a bike tour last fall during Oktoberfest in Munich.  What a rockstar!

P.S. If anyone else is interested in joining the team, just let us know!  People’s generosity has been out of this world so far, so there’s plenty of time to get involved, fundraise and walk for those assets!

Jen is off to an early lead in the flair department.  Check out her training outfit from yesterday.  There’s no way Jamila and I can compete with those shoes.  If for some reason the sun decides not to shine in Charlotte, I think our team will be ok since our leader obviously glows in the dark.

Wicked Witch of the East Coast meets Rainbow Brite?

Wicked Witch of the East Coast meets Rainbow Brite?

You may wonder how I inherited the name “Tina Turner Legs”. Well, a few years ago I was working out at my old Bally’s in Dallas, doing one of the leg machines, when a lady comes up to me. She says, “Damn, girl, you got Tina Turner legs”. I can’t imagine the look on my face when I said, “Thank you?” in return.

At the time I was working on a project with Jen and Jamila, so I shared the story with them. They found it hilarious and it’s been a joke between us ever since. Sometime after the comment was made, we were wrapping up work for the day, and I went into the ladies room to change into my workout gear, so I could hit the gym on my way home. I’m not a fan of gym locker rooms, so I preferred to change at the client site. Jen and Jamila could not believe I changed into my workout clothes at the CLIENT SITE so they decided to take a picture of me. I was feeling a little sassy, so decided to pose showing off one of my Tina Turner legs. They of course thought this photo was ridiculous, but it’s a photo Jamila and I have to take together every time we see each other. It’s really too much.

The original TT Legs - circa 2006

The original TT Legs – circa 2006

You can expect to see a lot of TT Legs on the walk in October.

Official TT Legs Pose of 2009

Official TT Legs Pose of 2009

Official TT Legs Pose of 2010

Official TT Legs Pose of 2010

Official TT Legs of 2011 - The most risque TT Legs to date

Official TT Legs of 2011 – The most risque TT Legs to date

Jen, Jamila, Christen and I have signed up to do the Avon 2 Day Breast Cancer Walk in Charlotte on October 27-28.  We’re all CPA’s and met while working at EY, so we (Christen) came up with the super clever team name “Walkin’ for our Assets”.  Between now and October, you’ll be seeing some blog updates related to training and the walk.  Christen is still a part of our team, but is now “knocked up” with twins, so she’ll be walking vicariously through us the end of October.  We’ll have to Skype her during the walk and such.  I’m really excited about it (insert jazz hands) and can’t wait to start raising money.

Speaking of… here’s a link to our team page.  And here’s a link to my fundraising page.  Stay tuned for more updates, including a training video recently shot.  Oh yeah.

The team:

Me, Jen and Christen enjoying a game of pool in DC

Me, Jen and Christen enjoying a game of pool in DC

Jamila and I "clownin'" outside of Jason's Deli

Jamila and I “clownin'” outside of Jason’s Deli

Nicknames for the team:

Jen = JB(a) (recently married, so we have to accomodate the new initial)

Jamila = JAM (see James Brown video at the 1:05 mark)

Christen = Little Dipper (inside crockpot joke)

Me = Tina Turner Legs/Jazz Hands (cause they’re my favorite)

And last but not least… the special lady I’m walking for!