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Walking to Become Fit

Monday, September 10, 2012

About 2 months ago, I began using a pedometer again and found that I had a hard time getting 10,000 steps a day. When I worked, I walked all around a large building (with steps), meeting with people instead of talking with them on the phone. 10,000 was easy then. To help me reach my daily walking goals now, I decided to start walking outside each day. There is a large park near the house and I began morning half-hour walks. I then discovered a path along a creek and I mapped out a new 2 1/4 mile route. The other day I even walked for 4 miles - just exploring a new area. I really enjoy getting out now - seeing all the animals and saying "hi" to folks that I happen to pass. Where I used to have trouble reaching my goal, I rarely get under 12,000 steps now and usually it is 15,000 or more. It is amazing the progress you can make by just "getting out and doing it." You not only get a sense of accomplishment, but you start actually enjoying the activity!

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LYNNIERN 10/6/2012 9:49AM

    Excellent blog; I have a hard time reaching my goal of 10,000 some days and appreciate all your great suggestions! emoticon

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YENGLISH100 9/23/2012 3:22PM

    Walking is difficult for me due to arthritis, but I am working on it. Thanks for the ideas.

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MOM23JS 9/13/2012 4:50PM

    Great job!!! Not just great for the body but the mind always enjoys these walks too!!

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NWFL59 9/10/2012 9:01AM

    Excellent! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
I too 'visit' several different areas to vary the scenery, people I meet and the walk experience in general. It definitely helps me keep moving. I still spend way too much time in the sitting position either using my computer, watching TV or doing some drawing project. emoticon

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MYBULLDOGS 9/10/2012 8:20AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

my sister walks 15,000 steps a day at 63 years old and has lost 105 pounds.

i gave up grain and sugary products and have lost 44 pounds at age 60.

we are both still loosing weight until we reach our goal


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ANDYINBC 9/10/2012 8:20AM

    Fantastic, absolutely fantastic! I somewhat understand where you are coming from. Each day at work I average 8000 to 10000 steps, on this past weekend I reached a high of 3000 yesterday. It was tough!

Good for you on getting out, exploring and hitting those 10000 plus numbers. Keep up the great work!

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Motivation to Get Healthy

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

I used to be very active until my wife got seriously ill and couldn't do any of our favorite activities any more. It finally "hit home" how out of shape I was when we visited some friends (a couple) in Virginia. The wife in Virginia was a former co-worker in Texas and we used to go jogging together. Since her husband couldn't hike because of a recent motorcycle accident, she and I went on a hike in the mountains to a waterfall while our spouses waited for us. It was a 6 mile hike, with a 2,000 foot change in elevation. Although I only stopped for a brief rest once, I was huffing and puffing and struggling on the uphill sections. My former coworker was constantly having to slow down and wait for me. I was so embarassed that I had let myself get so out of shape and overweight. From that moment on, I decided to get back in shape again - not only for myself, but also so I could better take care of my wife. I once did an extremely difficult 23 mile hike in the Grand Canyon. While I might not be able to do that specific hike again, I want to do the difficult 10-15 mile hikes again. So far, I've lost about 24 pounds of the 60 I want to lose using the SparkPeople program. Even though I'm not where I want to be yet, I feel so much better! Food that's good for you even tastes good - I haven't even crazed a chicken-fried steak in the last month or so! I guess that's progress!

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GREEN-EYED-LADY 9/26/2012 10:44AM

    I'm just getting started and your blog is the first I've read. It is very well written and very motivating. My prayers are with you and your wife.

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BABACHAN 9/4/2012 9:23AM


I recently visited my elderly mother, who is on dialysis, and for some reason during this visit, it hit me that if I didn't change my eating and fitness habits, that I would be on the same track! I am not sure if I can avoid the same fate, but I decided I am not going to just accept it. I am going to take a pro active approach to my health and, if need be, I will go down swinging!

Best of luck to you on your Spark Journey!

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ANDYINBC 9/4/2012 8:52AM

    Nothing better ( or worse) than a strong dose of reality to spark our motivation and get the fitness journey going. I have wanted to get out for some of the hikes I used to do but know my weight limits me and my cardio is poor. Good on you for taking the steps to get back on track and ready for the next hike, 24 of 60 is great success, keep it going!

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Motivation to Exercise

Sunday, August 26, 2012

I have to keep the goal in mind - lose weight and get in shape so I can do the long tough hikes I used to do. I also want to look better - and see my belt again! It won't be easy some days, but I have to remember the progress I've made so far and how I will get where I want to be if I just continue what I'm doing!!

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NWFL59 9/7/2012 4:00PM

    Great general goals? Have you specified smaller and measurable goals that will add up to your over all weight loss goal and other measures of your health improvements along the way? I found it helpful to do so in my weight loss/wellness journey. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANDYINBC 8/26/2012 12:17PM

    Great goals! For me, I just wan to get to a healthier weight so I can get back into jogging and hiking without the extra weight killing my knees.

Keep doing and you will get there!

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