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I walked how far? 3,000 miles?

Thursday, August 08, 2013

I had been slacking and not getting enough exercise in the winter of 2011. I was allowing the winter weather to prevent me from driving the 8 miles to the gym on any regular schedule, resulting in extra weight and flabbiness. I decided to give myself a Christmas present and invest in a Fitbit that, while pricey, had a lot of features I like including online tracking. So in January, 2012, I started my wearing my Fitbit and tracking my walking program. At first, it was a challenge just to get in 5,000 steps, but I gradually built up to 10,000. I made a goal for myself to work up to walking between 4 and 6 miles per day. I wanted a flexible goal because, in reality, it is hard to make that goal each and every day ~ and I tend to feel failure when I don't meet my goals. I wanted success.

This week, I got a notification from Fitbit that between then and now I have walked 3,000 miles. Wow! That feels like an enormous accomplishment. I have had the pleasure of having some wonderful places to walk in the past year and I am celebrating by posting a photo journal of some of my walking highlights since I got my Fitbit.

Our local nature reserve

A nearby state park

My neighborhood

My back yard

My friend's back yard

Outdoor Education Camp

Around my school

Around town

Various gardens; this one is Schuermier Gardens

The Great Wall of China

The Chengdu Panda Preserve

The Temple of Heaven

The Ancient City Wall of Xi'an


Reed Flute Cave

Tao Mountain

This was a very steep climb on a very hot day. We racked up 150 flights of stairs on this day, according to my personal trainer, Monsieur Le Fitbit.



Botanical Gardens of Golden Gate Park

Muir Woods National Park

The Pacific Ocean


I have enjoyed sharing these walks with my sister and niece, my son and daughter-in-law, my students, and of course with my faithful poodle companion, Stella.

It's all about the journey! Walking is a most enjoyable way to stay fit. If you have not yet tried it, it is not too late to start. You can start slow and build up stamina. It is a joy to experience the world at walk speed; so often we are too busy going warp-speed to really savor what is around us.

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    I too love my FitBit and find it very encouraging. This was a great blog, with wonderful of pics of impressive walks you've done.
    I read your mouse tale today and went on to read more of your blogs and explore your page. We have quite a bit in common and it motivates me to know that others are walking similar paths to the one I'm on!
    Tks for sharing your Spark journey,
    1491 days ago
    Hi Chris! Bravo to you and your toesies! Thanks for sharing your enthusiasm and special pictures. That Great Wall is astounding. So nice that you have loved ones to share those walks with! Enjoy!

    Hope you are happily anticipating your school year start. I miss Septembers. One of my former 4th graders came to see me at the shop Saturday to say goodbye before he goes off to college this week...on a full basketball scholarship. So proud and happy for him!

    Hugs to you and Stella!

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    1520 days ago
    Kudos to your walks AND your eye for and appreciation of nature...I am so blown away by some of the simplest, most beautiful scenes outdoors as I walk or cycle along...

    1527 days ago
    I LOVE my Fitbit too and find I walk much more because of it. Your China trip looks a lot like ours, wasn't that an AWESOME country to visit? Your pictures are beautiful, thank you for sharing them. Walk on!!
    1528 days ago
  • JLITT62
    Thanks for inspiring us with your walking AND your beautiful photos!
    1529 days ago
    Thanks Chris, this is wonderful
    1530 days ago
    Wow!! This is really cool! Now, I new you had been racking up some serious miles, but........that's a lot of miles!!!! You being a shutter-bug also helps you to put it all together!! Nifty!! So keep walking with your camera as one of your walking buddies so you can always see where you've been and what you've done and can share it all with your SPark friends!!! hehe
    Keep up the great work! You're in great shape! You are an inspiration, my friend!
    1530 days ago
  • MCGS62
    love the pictures as always.. Where is reed flute cave ? it is beautiful Elena is really in ;-) to caves .

    3000 miles that's LA to NY wow
    1530 days ago
  • ROCKMAN6797
    Congratulations on the achievement Chris!
    Thank you for the pictures, walking has certainly allowed you to see many different sites!

    1531 days ago
    What an awesome achievement. I feel encouraged to keep going.
    emoticon back, i'ts great to see you back blogging. I've missed you!
    1531 days ago
    You are such an inspiration!
    1531 days ago
    Love the areas you get to walk! I have nothing but sand, sagebrush and lizards to look at emoticon I really envy some of the Sparks walks, such beautiful scenery to look at and making the walk much more worthwhile. I am waiting for the delivery of my fitbit, can't wait to start using it!
    1531 days ago
    Loved the pictures. emoticon on your mileage. So now that you have walked across the country, what's next? The distance around the equator? emoticon -- Lou
    1531 days ago
    love the pictures, wow, many many miles, I got my fitbit in July, love it, and plan on 10,000 steps a day, sometimes 15,000 I have not made 20,000 yest but I will in the future, 3,000 miles unreal
    1531 days ago
    Love the photos - congrats on this accomplishment!!!!
    1531 days ago
    Wow impressive! You have walked the equivalent of the US from coast to coast! Good for you! emoticon
    1531 days ago
    Super blog . . . love the photos, love the pride in accomplishment!
    1531 days ago
    Beautiful photos, and very inspiring places to walk!
    1531 days ago
  • JUNEAU2010
    Lovely pictures! I'm in the Bay Area, but have not been to Golden Gate or Muir Woods in far too long...

    Thanks for sharing your lovely walks!
    1531 days ago
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