Thursday, July 4, 2013

Healthy July

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!


  1. Great for you! I need to get serious and walk and set goals to get healthier. Keep up the good work.

  2. Congratulations on taking the first steps. I can't wait to get back to walking and exercise, but have to give this ankle another week or so before I push it too far. (Cast came off on Tuesday - yahoo).

    Marie from the Lazy W inspires me in so many ways, her running is just another admirable thing she does.

  3. Good for you Lottie and Thanks for the websites. I am going to check them out. I am starting my weightloss again, yes again. Hopefully I can make it this time. Keep up the good work.

  4. Inspiring post, Lottie! I will check out the links too. I can always find 10 things I "need" to do instead of walking. I try to fool myself that housework is enough exercise, but it isn't.

  5. Im doing a Days Exercised Challenge where I mark on the calender each day I exercise. Good luck to you.And love the picture by the way :-)

  6. Wishing you reach your July goal Lottie! I just achieved one step for myself in getting a special bike for people with physical problems so I could get on a bike again. I have a couple of chronic illnesses so doing just a little exercise is tasking but I refuse to give up. It has been freeing to be able to get back on a bicycle again. So I can understand your wanting a goal you can work to. Enjoy the walks with Sardis most of all and the goal will take care of itself.

    Hugs from Holland ~