As part of a work wellness program, Blue Cross/Blue Shield had a challenge called Walk Across America. It was a 9 week event and the idea was to get 10,000 steps each day for a total of 630,000 over the entire Challenge. Participants formed teams and we had weekly updates. My results are below:
Not only did I hit the goal, but I exceeded it. And walking that much for 9 weeks, after doing a 4 week challenge in the spring has made my legs tight and strong.
Here are some of the ways I got my steps recently:
Sailing along Narragansett Bay. I know it seems that I wouldn’t get that many steps sailing, but getting to and from the boat and to and from a restaurant and loading and unloading gave me alot of steps.
We had a beautiful day. The couple that own the boat are old friends and she has RA. She’s one of my only really close friends with RA and we are on the same meds and I think probably have about the same level of disease activity – which is that we lead busy, active lives and try not to let the RA keep us down.
One last Trip to Fenway Park for the last home game of the season. This involves a lot of walking through the city. The Red Sox have not had a very good season. Better luck next year.
With all this walking, I should have lost some weight. I definitely slimmed up a bit, but all this activity can’t be done without some eating. And we’ve had some good eating, including a trip Friday night to Frank Pepe’s Pizza in New Haven, CT. That was the summer sensation pizza. Fresh Tomatoes, Fresh Garlic and Basil and Mozzarella. They’ve been making pizza since 1925 and it’s the very best I’ve eaten. I wish I could say that was all I had……but it wasn’t!
My favorite way to get steps through the entire summer was like this: