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 back yard
My friend's back yard
Outdoor Education Camp
Around my school
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
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.