When I was 100 pounds overweight, I eased into a healthier and more active lifestyle by walking more and eating cleaner. I suffered from a multitude of aches and pains from carrying the extra weight on my body but I found that I could walk relatively pain free. The more I walked and fueled my body with healthy foods, the stronger my body became and the better I felt.
I put Chase in his stroller and we would go to local parks and walk on our own or meet friends to do stroller walks together. This pic is one of my favorites of Chase and I from 2008. I was wearing my Stroller Strides Healthy Mama Challenge t-shirt and feeling good. I had already lost 30-35 pounds and felt better than I had in a long time. I was also able to “hide” behind the BOB stroller so I felt like I didn’t look “quite” so big. This was from one of our family walks and Troy was with us, he took the pic
While I enjoy running and the endorphins I feel from a good, hard run, I will always have a soft spot and joy in my heart for walking. Sometimes there’s nothing I enjoy more than walking and taking my time to enjoy the scenery.
Running the Dopey Challenge injured allowed me to do that for the first time since I started participating in runDisney races. I had such a good time taking my pace slower, walking more, and stopping for pictures. I was sore and my feet hurt so much after the marathon. After a good night’s sleep, I felt great – full of endorphins, not sore, and able to walk around easily. I credit the extra walking and sticking to my training for that.
Right now I’m recovering from a bout of walking pneumonia (no pun intended!) post Dopey Challenge. I’ve finished my course of antibiotics but still have the occasional cough and shortness of breath. I’m getting ready to do the Walt Disney World Princess Half Marathon Glass Slipper Challenge this weekend and know I’ll likely have to take these races easier as well. It can take up to 5 weeks to feel recovered enough to run like normal. The timing stinks but I will make the best of it!
Even while I was at home sick, I walked on my treadmill to stay active. I got an email about the Vionic Walkabout 30 day walking challenge and knew it would be perfect for me to do. It’s a commitment to walk 30 minutes a day, 6 days a week for 30 days. You can walk anywhere it’s convenient – outside, on the treadmill, at the mall, wherever you want
Here’s the information if you’d like to sign up too! It’s free and hosted by SparkPeople and Vionic shoes.
The 30-Day Walkabout Challenge is a walking program suitable for everyone. By joining the challenge, users will receive a 30-day walking plan, a strength-training routine to help become a stronger walker, plus daily challenges and smart injury-prevention tips to tie it all together. “Walking can become almost equal to jogging in terms of getting your heart rate pumping for a healthy cardiovascular workout,” says Dr. Andrew Weil, noted integrative medicine expert. “It is probably the safest [exercise] option of all, with the least chance of injury”.
Inspired by Australian tradition, Vionic Group’s Fourth Annual Walkabout Challenge aims to help create healthy habits over the course of a month-long program beginning February 1st. Users can sign up for the 30-day online challenge throughout the month of February.
This year, Vionic is partnering SparkPeople, an online digital health platform that helps users reach their goals and lead healthier lives through free nutrition and fitness tools, expert created content and a vibrant, supportive community. SparkPeople has about 16 million lifetime members, many of whom lost weight and achieved better fitness through walking. SparkPeople members have organically formed hundreds of walking support teams on the site, and others even meet up for in-person walking groups. I’ve been a member of SparkPeople for years and love the support of the SparkPeople online community.
On Vionic’s Facebook page and Instagram, users will also have the chance to “Walk to Win,” competing for weekly footwear prizes and the grand prize: a trip to California wine country! Through photo contests, Vionic will give away weekly prizes such as new Vionic shoes, Dr. Weil Cookbooks, and more. To share on social media and get in the action use the hashtag #VionicWalkabout
To learn more about the free 30-Day Walkabout Challenge, and sign up to take part in the challenge yourself, just click here: http://www.vionicshoes.com/2015-vionic-walkabout