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Wow, look at me! I'm blogging. This is as amazing as the fact I have kept to my walking program for 5 months and have logged my 700th mile today. I'm not sure I've ever been so loyal ever in my life.

I started when I checked out a blog from a woman who is celebrating the year she turned 50 by walking an hour a day for a year. I decided to try it with her. That was in November 2009, the month before I turned 60. It just felt right but I wasn't real consistant. Then in January, I remembered I had once checked out a virtual walk site. I Googled it and found Walk Across America and now I only look back to see who might be getting ready to pass me. My beginning goal was to walk 20 miles a week. Now it's 40 and I usually get in 50. I thought walking to our local Wal-Mart-a 5 mile round trip-would be a major goal, now it's on the short walk list and I set my sights on walking around Fremont Lake-11 mile loop. Done. No sweat. Actually there was a lot of sweat that day. 80 degrees in April in Michigan. I guess that's why the shower was invented. Right now I don't have any special place to conquer but I am looking forward to taking some long walks along the shore of Lake Michigan. Next summer I hope to do an actual walk on the Appalachian trail-not the whole thing but a long weekend hike would be fun Oh yeah, I Do have a new goal. There is a nature walk in the dunes made up mostly of a stairway. The last time I was there I lost consciousness(figuratively) somewhere around the 300th step so I don't know how many there are total. This year, I'll be alert, breathing and counting on the last step, I have a feeling meeting this challenge won't be as disappointing as the other 2 were.

Member Since: 4/30/2010

Fitness Minutes: 22,042

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I want to have energy and not feel tired all the time. I want to be a positive and confident person. I want to feel the joy of success.

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My program is to relax and not worry about it. I will walk every day, I will eat healthier. But if I don't then I won't beat myself up over it. Obsession is the enemy.

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I'm Shirley. I'm from Michigan. I turned 60 last December. I love animals and live with 2 cats and hopefully someday a dog. I work in a nursing home where I am blessed everyday of being in the presence of the wisest people on earth.

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    Just thinking of you and wondering how the walking habit is going. I fell down some brick steps the middle of Feb and am still trying to return to walking....although I never developed the daily habit. Wishing you well.
    ANN/ penguinross

    2520 days ago
    You and me, miles apart and yet so often taking the same steps. I LOVE your solution today. Doing for others is such a basic action that makes a HUGE amount of difference.

    Thank you for the comments and the good advice. We'll be fine, you and me.


    2683 days ago
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    I do so enjoy walking those pups & watching their enjoyment as they run around doing their thing emoticon emoticon

    Thanks for stopping by emoticon
    2697 days ago
    So I'm reading the comments on my blog and I came to yours this morning, and yes, you made me feel absolutely amazing! I can't tell you how cool it is to hear that something I said or wrote made a difference for someone else.

    You keep on keeping on, my friend. Success is yours for the taking!

    2697 days ago
    Ha! You know I was not talking to my fabulous Spark Buddies. I was talking to those who sit on the sidelines and grumble or complain or (worse) criticize what we are all working so hard to accomplish.

    Thanks for the smile on my face, though, and yes, get off to that gym!

    2698 days ago
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