Walking All Over Cancer -Week 2 

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 Day 5 – 15,602 steps

         

This was always going to be a good day for steps but I didn’t expect this many. School run this morning got me started, followed by Fresh Air Fridays (FAF) a walking personal development group, and a walk with my walking buddy. I am top of my Fitbit challenge group – that has never happened before!! Another first today – I did a headstand at yoga. I will credit FAF for that achievement. I have thought about attempting a headstand at least 10 times before and backed out. Topic of today’s FAF session was our ‘comfort zone’. I got out of mine and saw the world up side down. It felt good.  Photos – gifts from my walk along the Basingstoke canal.

Day 6 – 12,971 steps

Started the day with a short walk, listened to Nonviolent Communication by Marshall Rosenberg on Audible. Reflected on giving feedback, letting go of judgments and being specific about naming behaviour. It was a challenge to go out for a 2nd walk I would have rather sat and had a coffee! Pushed my total up to 8,954, confident that this would rise to 10,000 walking from car park to Mayflower Theatre to see Sister Act. Added on a few more with a trip to the bar and dancing to the final song. It was a super show …Alexander Burke was great.

Day 7 – 7,504 steps 

Difficult to walk today, my Uncle passed away last night. I visited him for his 80th birthday celebration in Australia 6 months ago. Prior to this visit I hadn’t spent time with him for 40 years. I am so glad I seized the day.

Day 8 – 11,189 steps

This morning I made it to circle dancing and it was an enjoyable way to gain 3,200 steps. It was confusing for some voters who found themselves faced with prancing women rather than poll booths. They realised their error before entering the hall and were able to access the correct room. I discovered that shopping for clothes is another pleasant way to increase steps. The rain didn’t deter me from walking to vote (daily total 7, 800) and then continuing to walk after voting which took me to 10,000. A theme of honest communication today; I am inspired by 2 women who were brave enough to say exactly how they felt and what they needed. After a busy day the walking cleared my head and I realise I like ‘walking in the rain with the one I love’ …. and by myself.

Day 9 – 14,113 steps 

A lovely walk along Highcliffe beach, it was so peaceful and took me to 8,099 steps. It reminded me of days spent on Canggu beach in Bali. That evening I saw Take That concert screened live in the cinema, dancing added another 3,990 steps. My favourite song in the concert was Hope.

‘Everybody needs a little hope….learn from every lesson, face the lonely fear, bathe in every blessing, burn your brightest flame….

Day 10 – 15,364 steps 

FAF in Pamber forest, the trees are immense, I really felt like I wanted to hug a tree, I gained 7,890 steps. A family tradition is to collect small change through the year, bag it up and take to the carnival. Walking there, around the fair and back added 5,000 steps.  A bit of discrete dancing to a 60’s, 70,s, 80s DJ – Daughter amused at the stall holders of a certain age jigging to ‘storm in a teacup’ by The Fortunes.

Day 11 – 11,674 steps

Oh dear! I may have drunk just a little bit too much last night. It is 11am and I have completed 266 steps. A 45 minute walk with a bottle of water and music has got me halfway to my 10,000.

Music on shuffle gave me;

Most joyful – I just called to say I love you, Stevie Wonder

Most moving- Supermarket Flowers, Ed Sheeran

Most surprising – We all stand together, Paul McCartney

An evening walk takes me over the 10,000 mark.

 

What I have learnt so far on my 10,000 a day challenge;

I am aware that the extra steps are costing me time. It is a challenge to make the time for an extra 45 minutes daily walking. I have been creative in my collection of steps and I am learning that I don’t have to rely on walking to provide the steps, I could dance more daily.

The extra steps add joy to my life in many ways – being outdoors, connecting with others, feeling fitter, gaining gifts of nature, being touched by music and using my passion for writing to record the journey.

 

Walking All Over Cancer – Week One

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Day 1  9, 287 stepsDancing queen

The challenge did not get off to a great start … I went out for a walk without my Fitbit on and thought that I had lost my steps (showing as 3,000 on my phone) my daughter calmly taught me how to add them manually. The rose in the photo is called Dancing Queen. It was the first song that Steve & I danced to 40 years ago – I just had to buy it. Today this represents – stopping to smell the roses.
 Day 2  10, 278 steps 
                     white flowers   Nanny - I love you
Not ‘two walks a day’ today but three. First walk to shop in morning. Typical shopping trip as bought more than I could easily carry and didn’t buy what I went in for – milk. Later challenged by needing to take into account 5, 7 & 12 year old.  12 year old surprisingly willing to walk anywhere, 5 year old doesn’t want to walk anywhere. 7 year old happy to go to the park and others agreed= walk 2. Later when 7 year old gone home and 5 year old in bed, 12 year old and I have a pleasant walk to the shop with non stop chat = walk 3 Mission accomplished on two counts now have milk and 10000 steps.The photo’s represent the pure beauty of children and the simplicity of their words
Day 3  10,716 steps
                               extraordinary sights
Took 5 year old to Flip Out birthday party shame he didn’t wear my Fitbit, he jumped for an hour.  Only 3000 steps at 6pm. Waited for temperature to drop as it has been hot today. Waited too long! Just started to rain as I was putting on my trainers. It didn’t last long though and I walked for over an hour. Spoke to lovely mum on mobile who at 85 years old walks an hour a day – inspiration. Listened to audible ‘Change your questions – Change your life’ reflected on judgments and assumptions. Also the value of asking questions to expand options – love the creativity in that. Photo represents the extra in the ordinary.
Day 4 – 11,383 steps

                              Salix flamingo

Playing Boules with 7 year old in the sunshine is a good way to get some steps. One long walk gains 7,000 steps, followed by a 20 minute walk on a gorgeous evening to top up to 10,000. Couldn’t resist a dance to Little Mix on One Love Manchester tonight. Photo is a Salix Flamingo, a lovely delicate flower that I adore. Once on a training course I was asked to name an animal that means something to me, I choose a flamingo. I think the trainer was as surprised as I was. Where did that come from? I later looked up the symbolic meaning of flamingo’s; balance, beauty and grace……
                      flamingo-totem  I’ll take that!