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The Power of Walking

Pw = (mg / p) [3gL / 2]1/2{1 – [1 – p2v2 / 6gL]1/2}  *

Right after napping, my favorite exercise would have to be walking. It’s easy, it’s free, you don’t need any special equipment to do it, and almost everyone can walk.

Stand up, put on some tennis shoes (please, your feet are good things!) and some comfortable clothes, put one foot in front of the other, and then repeat, 10,000 times a day.

Walking for Fitness shares ideas on getting started with a walking routine, teaches you that technique does count and speed does matter. You can walk for weight loss and you can even learn to use a pedometer (it’s easy, I promise)!

Even the CDC has a healthy weight loss plan that involves starting a walking plan.  I was particularly encouraged by this website as the pictures they use of those beginning the program aren’t of Olympic walkers, they’re of REAL people!

EZine has an article (written by Connie Limon) about beginning a walking routine. I really enjoyed reading this  article because it was written for beginners – I absolutely recommend this link!

If you’re in a place where walking outside isn’t the safest, what about starting a Treadmill Walking program? I have access to a gym and plan on using this when a) the weather gets bad and b) when my foot allows me to be really active again.

*this is really the power generated by walking. I suck at math (but am pretty good with naps, words, coffee and Laffy Taffy) but think it looks cool!

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How I know that I know what I’m talking about, ed II

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Game Over

Relationship Tip: Don’t change yourself for anyone but yourself.

Slowly, over almost a decade, I changed to make someone else happy. I changed my weight, I changed my exercise habits, I changed my religion, I changed my interests, I changed my taste in music, I changed my hair color, and I even tried to change my family, all to make him happy. Not only did I make myself incredibly unhappy, but he knew I was unhappy.

When he left that very unhappy woman, she didn’t realize why she was so unhappy for a few months. Then she woke up one day and realized that she didn’t have to buy crunchy peanut butter if she didn’t want to. She didn’t have to run every. single. day. She didn’t have to eat real meals, if she wanted popcorn or cereal for dinner, no one cared. This woman realized that going to bed on a Friday night at 8pm was a personal decision and if it made her feel good, she was going to do it.

The woman I am now does most things for herself. She sleeps in on days when she doesn’t feel like getting out of bed. She stays up too late sometimes. She drinks coffee the way that she likes it (which changes from day-to-day). She still dyes her hair (she’s cute as a blonde and as a brunette) and she still tries to run every day, but that’s her own choice. Every day she’s learning who she is and who she is to become, and she’ll never change for anyone but herself.

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