Sunday, April 16, 2017

YES, YOU CAN!!!

Each morning is your opportunity to say yes, I CAN. Yes, I CAN run, walk, bike, hike, swim or headstand for one mile (15 minutes) a day. Take the Challenge and Smile Baby Smile (Remember, I’m “just” a walker) Believe in yourself & your fitness Dreams!!!
http://www.active.com/virtual-ca/walking/virtual-events/virtual-extreme-walk-4-diabetes-3100-mile-challenge-2017
Take the Challenge and sign up today!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Everyone Gets a Medal!

Thank you!!! Many of you have signed up to take the 52 Days Challenge let the training begin. Let’s get this party started! Everyone gets a medal sign up here and Train Baby Train!  http://www.active.com/virtual-ca/walking/virtual-events/virtual-extreme-walk-4-diabetes-3100-mile-challenge-2017
After you sign up remember you still need to train...Let the training begin and Smile Baby Smile!
Training for 3100 Miles is hard but who said you can’t have a little fun. Fun in the sun in Long Beach happy workout weekend! 

Yesterday’s training marathon at Spring 7 Day 5 at Belmont Shore Beach in Long Beach, I received a few compliments one man said “your body is sexy & beautiful like Sarah in Terminator 2”. Today’s workout, Shoulders!!! Now that made me SMILE!!! 
I'm wishing you a stress free work week and a fabulous workout!  www.yolandaholder.com 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

TAKE MY CHALLENGE

52 STRAIGHT DAYS!!!

Take My Challenge: I have the hard challenge of power walking 60+ miles daily for 52 straight days and YOU have the easy challenge a mile or more daily for 52 straight days! Lucky YOU!!! It will take YOU less than 15 minutes to walk, run, bike, hike, headstand or swim and it will take ME 18 hours to walk 60+ miles daily. Working out 30 minutes a day helps keep the doctor away and it makes you Smile Baby Smile! Try it for 52 days and see how you look and feel.
Sign up today and share with your friends and family!
www.yolandaholder.com  
http://www.active.com/virtual-ca/walking/virtual-events/virtual-extreme-walk-4-diabetes-3100-mile-challenge-2017

Friday, March 24, 2017

Epic Challenge for YOU!

Happy Workout Weekend!!!   I’ve got an epic challenge for YOU!  Run, Walk, Bike, Hike, Swim, Headstands or 31,000 Steps daily for 52 days!!!  Join me on my epic journey to Sri Chinmoy Self Transcendence 3100 Mile Race in New York.  I must walk 60 miles daily to reach 3100 Miles in 52 days. Challenge yourself by working out for 52 straight days.  Say good-bye to your inner critic and hello to your new admirer.  The IMPOSSIBLE IS POSSIBLE.  Sign up today at http://www.yolandaholder.com/  or http://www.active.com/virtual-ca/walking/virtual-events/virtual-extreme-walk-4-diabetes-3100-mile-challenge-2017   

Monday, December 26, 2016

Happy New Fitness Year 2017

HAPPY NEW YEAR and HAPPY NEW YOU
Happy New Fitness Year 2017!!! I’m headed to Across the Years Six Day Race in Phoenix Arizona you can follow me on the live webcam 24/7.  My goal is to power walk 410 miles to break Amy Howards’s 137 year record.  The race starts at 9am Wednesday December 28th and ends 9am January 3, 2017.  Have a safe and fun New Year’s celebration and remember keep moving your body and SMILE.  http://www.acrosstheyears.com/
-Yolanda "Walking Diva" Holder

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas

MERRY CHRISTMAS
Christmas Run in Santa Monica California and Headstand Day 329

Friday, December 23, 2016

21 Days of Inspiration and Motivation - Day 23 with Violeta Heisler

Dream Big
I like to say I am a dreamer, I like to dream big!
Although this has not always been the case, all thru my childhood I struggled with my weight. I was a chubby kid, because of it I was bullied and made fun of also because of the color of my skin. I was not confident and that's when I think my depression started to develop. I hated my self! Things only got worse when in my teens I was in a abusive relationship that lasted for years, it destroyed my confidence and self steam. I was in a deep hole where alcohol was a daily routine to bare with my life and feelings. 

One day I decided to end the abuse and vicious cycle and let go of the bad. Promise not to drink anymore and left my partner at the time.  Taking care of work and my two little girls was stressful, so I decided to make a change and I joined the YMCA. I was never a runner or athletic it was tough with my confidence issues but I went thru it. One night I had a dream, that I was running then flying! Till this day I will never forget the feeling of freedom I had. So I decided to step on the treadmill, first day was 15 min and I was out of breath! Then the next day 20 min and so on until I was running for an hour. Then the miles became more and more for that 1 hr of running, so one day I decided not to go in the gym and run in the streets, I ran like 8 miles and thought "this is awesome!" "I can do this, I can run a marathon" silly of me I registered for the LA Marathon. 2009 it was moved to May. So yes I had 1 month to run from 8 miles to 26. That month let me tell you, I was in pain! But I did it, I crossed that finish line at 5:15. I was sold I had found my place, that's where I knew I belonged!

I registered for my second marathon in Las Vegas that December of 2009 and PR at 4:34. Unfortunately coming back home we were in a car accident where we went off the cliff and rolled down landing upside down, thank God my girls were fine but I was left with concussions, abrasions and 7 broken bones in my spine. I could not walk not to say run. I fell into that hole again but this time I didn't let it get to me, with the help of my good friend Andres I recovered and ran my first half marathon with CAR racing at 2:25, a month later my second half with a 2:15. After 6 months of that horrible accident I ran my 3rd full marathon in San Francisco with 4:55.
Then in that moment I knew what my dream meant! 

Running has taken me to places I've never been, I have meet wonderful people along the way, built lasting friendships and it has made me stronger physically and mentally. I still deal with depression but I know all it takes for me to get better is to go out for a run, I ran 5 full marathons, 5 halves and 1 5k while pregnant with my little Mia and now I have a big dream of completing 100 marathons by march in my beloved city at the LA marathon.
So far I've run 92 full marathons and over 60 half marathons, and yes after all been thru I'm still here, 92 marathons after standing tall and strong! 
Follow your dreams, even if people tell you that you're just a dreamer! Reach for those dreams and the stars because you are the only one standing between you and those goals, and remember you are worthy and beautiful regardless of anyone's else's opinion!  I have wonderful friends and a very supportive husband, and I can run!! God is great!
Thank you for letting me share and I hope if I can help a soul I've done good!
-Violeta Heisler-