|My Feet In The Ocean!|
|My Serengeti Badge! 500 Miles!|
This little badge from Fitbit appeared in my inbox last week.
I'm amazed and excited to reach 500 miles! I don't care how long it might have taken me, I just care that I. Did. It!
|Walking On the Beach with T and G!|
For my 17 year anniversary of getting sick, I got myself a Fitbit Charge HR.
Over the past year or so, I've been working to increase my steps.
This started with just walking more steps around the house.
A good day might be 2,000 steps. Tops.
While at the beach I started walking. Bit by bit.
I started walking 1/5 of a mile.
Then 1/4 mile.
Walking at the beach was perfect because the climate was temperate and the ground flat.
When we left the beach I was walking about 3/4 of a mile most days.
I got to a mile!
|I LOVE to Walk in the Water!|
Now, I regularly walk a mile as many days of the week as I can.
I have good days and bad days. Good weeks and bad weeks.
Some weeks I can walk a mile almost daily. Some weeks I can walk a 1/2 mile here and there. And some weeks I miss most days completely.
|It's Great to Be Able to Walk the Puppies!|
Still, I can walk ONE mile.
|G and I Go In the Waves!|
It feels incredible to walk again.
I missed it so very much.
For as long as I can remember, walking has been something that brought me incredible joy and peace, serving as an emotional, physical and spiritual form of healing.
Now that I can walk again, I crave it. I miss it when I can't do it.
As my friend, Kristina said: "Movement is a joyful, uplifting thing."
|Getting Our Toes Wet|
The fresh air. The feel of my feet against the ground. The bounce in my new step. Holding the dog's leashes in my hands. Saying hi to all of the neighborhood dogs. Walking with Mom or a friend or holding hands with Kiernan. Seeing all of the neighbors and stopping to chat. Watching the sky. Hearing the neighbors cheer me on and rejoice in my healing. They say: "Wow! I'm so happy for you!" Their jaws drop. I laugh and smile and we all share in the joy.
It makes my heart and soul happy.