I ran across a wonderful blog about one woman's journey to change her life around by improving her health. The woman is Laurel Dodge and her blog is What If? I spent two evenings reading her entire blog about exercise and how she lost 115 pounds. More important, she gained back her health. Her blog really inspired me to challenge myself a little more.
Then, I read Marie's blog The (not always) Lazy W about her Iron Goat challenge for July. She wrote about running 26 miles in July. I thought to myself how I had struggled this last year walking a half mile a day a few times a week... and why don't I increase that? Why don't I make up my own Iron Goat challenge and increase that to one mile a day? Then I settled on walking one mile a day in July for a total of 26 miles out of 31. Do-able!
Sometimes we just have to make a game out of the mundane, difficult things in life so we can see if what we are doing is working and make a change if those things are not.
--Marla Gilley and Leanne Ely, Body Clutter love you body, love yourself
So I have been walking with Sardis one mile each day for the last week. I just look for a good time, as early as I can, and put on my walking shoes. It has been a challenge getting it done each day because I've been busy with other projects. It rained today, but I just enjoyed the gentle rain. I was pretty wet by the time I made it home (so was Sardis).
After I finish the walk, I write down how far I walked on a calendar on my desk. I mark a 1 each day and below that I wrote 4/26 today. To write that number over 26 is the biggest reward for me! Yes, I know there are 31 days in July, but setting my goal at 26 gives me a little wiggle room. I feel good about that number. I believe I can do it!
Isn't it funny how much better you feel after you take a walk than before?
Hope you are having a wonderful day!