My response of I'm not on a diet is usually met with incredulous looks before the next question of "Oh, well what kind of exercise are you doing?"
Yup, I have become a walker. I'm like the Energizer Bunny – I just keep going, and going, and going...
Listen, a few short months ago, walking to the end of the drive was a big deal. I was morbidly obese and suffered from horrific edema. My feet and ankles didn't even resemble feet and ankles. My legs were like tree trunks. Finding shoes that fit properly was a challenge. Walking was not only difficult, but painful.
In addition to the other b'zillion changes that have occurred since I began consuming raw, living foods, I feel (and look) like I've been wrung out to dry. All that excess fluid my body was hanging onto is gone. Ohmygosh, I have ankles. Who knew?
So, yeah, I walk. And, I walk with gratitude each day. Because I can.
BENEFITS OF WALKING
- Burns stored fat
- Strengthens back muscles
- Easy on your joints
- Shapes and tones your legs and butt
- Reduces stress
- Reduces risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes
- Can be done almost anywhere
- Requires no equipment
- It's Free!
It's cold. It's dark outside. I have too much to do.
I know myself all too well and, trust me, the excuses will only increase now that the holiday season is upon us. So, I am enlisting your help to keep my walking on track.
Every time you turn on the news,
But all countries could have happiness,
If they'd be walking a mile in each others shoes!
~ Jan Nigro, Walk A Mile
I want to walk a mile in your shoes
There are many ways we can give during the holidays without making a trip to the mall. The spirit of the season can best be expressed through the joy of caring and sharing. Sometimes when we are generous in small, barely detectable ways it can change someone's life forever.
- Visit a nursing home and spend time with someone who doesn't get visitors.
- Volunteer a couple hours of your time at a local homeless shelter, crisis nursery or soup kitchen.
- Bake some holiday goodies and take them over to the fire station.
- Request one of the many “letters to Santa” that your post office receives at this time of year. Play Santa Claus and send something on the list in time for Christmas.
- Write a note of appreciation to your mailman.
- Cut coupons out and leave them at the grocery register for others.
- Send a card to someone in the military overseas.
- Shovel your elderly neighbor’s driveway or clean the snow off their car.
~ Aesop, The Lion And The Mouse
I wish you all a wonder-filled holiday season, overflowing with love and beauty!
The Holiday Project: Enriches the experience of the holidays by arranging visits to people confined to nursing homes, hospitals and other institutions.
Operation Christmas Child: Brings joy and hope to children in desperate situations around the world through gift-filled shoe boxes and the Good News of God’s love.
Seva Foundation: For thirty years now, Seva has served people around the world who are struggling for health, cultural survival and sustainable communities. We call it compassion in action.
Adopt A Native American Elder: Provides food, simple medicines, clothing, fabric, and yarns to help these elders live on the land in their traditional lifestyle.
Operation Shoe Box: Sends support, snacks and much needed personal care items to our troops deployed outside of the USA.