Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Day 365-WalkedTheYear

Dear Reader, 

One year ago today, I set a challenge in front of myself to walk 365 days in a row. There was no forethought, no discussion with anyone, not even myself. Something bigger than me told me to do this, so I did it. 

And it's done. 

Today was not my last walk, but it was my last day on this project. Here is a smattering of what I have learned about daily walking:

  • It makes you healthier
  • It makes you a better writer
  • It clears your brain
  • It's meditative
  • It's reduces and/or eliminates pain
  • It clears your lungs
  • It makes you crave walking
  • It makes your dogs better behaved
  • It inspires others to follow suit
  • It helps your work on your alignment
  • It fills your head with fantastic ideas
  • It's good for your self-esteem
  • It encourages you
  • It builds muscles the right way
  • It lessens your common cold occurrence
  • It gives you a stress-relieving outlet
  • It helps you sleep better
  • It helps you lose weight
  • It connects you to yourself
I'm sure there are other things I'm not remembering right now, but there is a lot of good things about daily walking. I have walked on the beach, in the woods, with the flu, recovering from surgery, and plain old street walking. I have walked in the country, in the city, in a foreign country and in my neighborhood. I have walked in the sun, rain, wind, snow, spring, summer, fall and winter.  I have walked barefoot, in Crocs, in my silly Monkey Toe shoes, and once in some Merrills (which sucked). and I'd like to thank my kids for their support and love, The Huz for all that is awesome and his freakishly unflagging support and acceptance, my dogs for their companionship,
LaRue, Tootie and Betty

my Mommy for reading my blog every day and telling all her friends to read, Mike Cyger for the unintentional inspiration, Katy Bowman for her wisdom and generosity and the friends who followed the blog, commented, passed it around and walked more as a result of my efforts. 

I am not done walking, and am not done writing--far from it. I may post on this blog 1-2 more times to connect you with my other writing endeavors, but I think that the next couple of months will just be getting settled in our new home in Montana. 

Thank you, Dear Reader, for giving my little project your time and attention. I hope that these efforts have inspired you to walk more, every day. And remember to enjoy every little thing, since that's what we're here to do. 

Walk on, 


  1. I never missed a post, and looked forward to it every day. I loved the wisdom and insights, and was charmed every single day by your creative sign-offs. WELL DONE, woman! Your dedication is so admirable - you honed your discipline muscle as much as anything physical. Proud of you!! Please do another blog 'cause I'll miss this one. Love, - Tracy

  2. Ditto! May Love & Light follow you where ever you go,and may there be no trip hazzards on your new sidewalks! Have fun settling in and discovering your new walking routes, and know you have added miles of steps to your friends and followers. Job well done! xoxo Later Gator!

  3. Your blog and musings have been a bright spot in my morning for this past year. I am so proud of this endeavor, and you. Rain or shine, you got yourself outside and walked, and wrote about whatever thoughts you had, and shared them with us in such a funny and inspiring way.

    I hope you find something else to blog about, because this 365 days has changed your mindset in such a wonderful way. I am so very proud of you. Mommy

  4. Well done! I know I am reading this WAY after your accomplishment, but as I have just found my new hobby, you are my inspiration for getting out there EVERY day! with the pooches. Thanks so much for the blogging of your journey. I enjoyed every single post!