50 by 50

Jennifer Carruth, IEEE Participant

Hi Walkers! Jennifer here saying hello again from beautiful Southern California. In my introduction bio last week I mentioned that I had a big audacious goal I like to call “50 by 50”: to lose fifty pounds by the time I turn fifty in October of this year. I hope to hit that goal at my Weight Watchers meeting in the next few weeks. I have a lot of plans to help meet that goal and the next: 100 pounds here I come!

This past weekend was a challenge. I spent Friday evening through Sunday morning at a hotel with a group of ladies for an annual get together. We love to eat, drink and be merry, so I had to plan ahead and be very conscious of what I ate and how many steps I took. I couldn’t let this fun weekend derail my plans! My trusty Walkingspree pedometer was there to remind me to stay active. Luckily, we stayed in a lovely hotel with a pool and a gym. I am not quite ready to make a public appearance in a swimsuit – so hitting the gym at least once was the plan. I jumped on the treadmill Saturday morning and walked two miles before breakfast. It felt great and I was almost half way to my 10,000 step goal for the day. After breakfast we headed for the mall for some shopping therapy and I made up the rest of the steps there: ending the day with 13,188 steps. So far it was a guilt free weekend!

I have made a pact with myself that when I do have something out of the norm that I do it thoughtfully and with no guilt. By doing that it permits me to enjoy without beating myself up afterwards.

With my steps for Saturday out of the way I just had to keep an eye on the food. I had decided to keep the snacking in the hospitality room to a minimum. I must admit that I ate 5 M & Ms and they were fantastic! I have made a pact with myself that when I do have something out of the norm that I do it thoughtfully and with no guilt. By doing that it permits me to enjoy without beating myself up afterwards. When we went to the restaurant for dinner I opted for the salmon and shrimp grilled dry and two sides of steamed broccoli no oil. Most restaurants will grant these requests without blinking an eye if you just ask. This was difficult for me when I started making the requests. I have found that there is never any problem getting things the way that I ask for them. All in all the weekend went great. I left the mall with clothes in a size that I haven’t seen in years and that was a real boost!

I got home early on Sunday and went shopping again with my lovely mom. When that was over, I still had a lot of steps that needed to be taken, so I headed over to my cousin Carla’s house and we headed off. We walked and talked and by the time we were done we had logged over 5 1/2 miles! Total steps for Sunday were 18,781 and mission accomplished for the weekend : )

I am really excited that the company that I work for, the IEEE in the Computer Society California office, has a new Walkingspree challenge starting up tomorrow. The IEEE was named one of the 2011 Best Places to Work in New Jersey so we will celebrate by doing a virtual walk from Fire Island, strolling along the coast to Long Beach and then will head into New York City for a little shopping (smaller clothes please!). Finally, we will head over the Verrazano Bridge to Staten Island, before we head to the IEEE New Jersey office. I love that the company that I work for cares enough to continue this program!

I am also really excited this week because I signed up for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure® walk to be held in San Diego in November. Feet don’t fail me now! I am sure I will mention this again in the coming weeks as it really sinks in that I will be walking 60 miles in three short days!

Thanks for reading and KEEP MOVING : )

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Meet Jennifer, Walkingspree blogger

Jennifer will be joining the panel of Walkingspree bloggers each week for a Wednesday post.

Jennifer Carruth, IEEE Participant

Hi Walkers! My name is Jennifer Carruth. I live in beautiful Southern California where almost every day is nice enough to take a walk outside. I am proud to be the mom of two beautiful adult daughters. I am not very proud to say that before starting Walkingspree I was overweight and very out of shape – I could barely take 2000 steps in a day, and it felt like torture!

I started on the Walkingspree program in May 2010 when my employer, the IEEE, gave us the opportunity to join as part of a wellness program. Those 2000 steps have increased, and my goal is now to take 10,000 steps every day. I don’t always make it, but most days I do, and most is ok with me.

I kept walking for a year and increased my daily steps gradually. In March 2011 I decided to step it up to the next level and really get healthy. I am not too shy to say that I needed to lose 100 pounds – so I set my first big audacious goal at “50 by 50”: fifty pounds by the time I turn fifty in October of this year. To reach that goal, in March 2011 I added Weight Watchers at work. I have the pleasure of going to a weekly meeting in my office with a group of beautiful and dedicated women and an awesome leader. I am excited to say that I am already three pounds away from reaching “50 by 50”. I feel so much better already!

In the weeks to come I want to share with you how I have made it so far. I’ll tell you how I participated in my first official 5K walk on the Fourth of July. Since then I have done another 5K and have another two scheduled during the next month. I am even going to start mixing in some jogging soon!

I will tell you about how I got past that 2000 step a day trudge with a truly inspiring walking buddy who kept me moving when all I wanted to do was stay on my seat and eat.

My life has changed forever, and it started with taking the first step with Walkingspree last year.

Writing something that others will read is something I have never done before, so this is going to be a really new experience for me. I guess this is the year for trying new things! I hope that you will stick with me and give me some feedback over the next weeks. Thanks for reading and KEEP MOVING : )

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Meet Lacie, Walkingspree blogger

Lacie will be joining the panel of Walkingspree bloggers each week for a Wednesday post.

Lacie Lyons (Consumer Participant)

My given name is Lacie Lyons, though 11 years ago my name changed… to Mom! So chose which you prefer.

A busy self-employed single mom of two “tweens” and volunteer, I use my sense of humor to keep it all in check.

My children will tell people that I am just a kid, always playing, that all people are kids, just some people forget how to play. Playing with my kids has been such a great reward for me in recent years, learning to ice skate last year, learning to hula hoop with them this year, because when my eldest was born I was unable to even climb two flights of stairs. Realizing I wasn’t able to play with my son, I set on a journey to change my life!

Working to lose 120lbs, and being someone who is an all or nothing kinda gal, I decided I wanted to train to walk a marathon!!

Even though I was diagnosed with Osteoarthritis earlier this year I have kept at it, my stubbornness showing, and am 16 weeks away from participating in the Honolulu Marathon in December (hey, who could say no to Hawaii in December?)

My pedometer is there with me every step of the way (oh yes, pun intended). In the beginning I was forgetting to put my pedometer on in the morning, and since I often walk first thing before even a coffee, the pedometer got left on the dresser. No more!! I put it on and it stays on, even at night, so its there to catch my first stumbly steps out the door in the morning.

The pedometer has become such a focal point in the family that my sons asked for their own so that they can compete with me… wow, they get a lot of steps at recess and lunch break at school while I am sitting in my office!

Join me on my journey, laugh with me, learn from my stumbles and let’s see how many steps I can get in Hawaii! (I estimate 72,000 for marathon day)

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Baby Girl’s Fourth Birthday Walk

Rene’ Brown (CNO Participant)

Hello all!

Today is my first blogging day and I’m excited!

I just left a weight watchers (WW) meeting and received a star for losing 5 pounds! Woo Hoo!

Another WW member got a “ten pound weight loss ribbon.” I’m proud of her! Way to go girl!

I love the meetings because they help me stay focused on what I put in my mouth. And I love my pedometer because it helps me stay focused on moving my feet.

I mentioned in my “bio-blog” that my grand daughter just had a fourth birthday. We’ll that was just this past weekend.  Weekend steps have been tough in the past because for the most part, I get my grands and cart them everywhere. Driving to the store, driving to the play ground, driving to the restaurant – etc, etc. So in the recent past I started to incorporate things for us to do so that “I” can get some steps. Okay – call me selfish – but they’ll thank me for it later.

The first time we walked to the supermarket my grandson said “What, why are you acting like you don’t have a car.” Laughing I told him that I needed to walk more to get more steps on my pedometer and they needed to help me. Of course he offered to wear it for me, but I assured him that I needed to get the steps on my own.

Getting back to Janae’s birthday – I decided to take the kids to lunch at the Chinese Buffet then take a trip to Toys R Us so she could select her own toy. That way – it’s a win-win and I knew she would love what she got because she could pick it out for herself.

When we got outside of the house – my grands headed straight for the car and I walked straight past it. It was too funny when my grand son said “oh no, we’re walking AGAIN – UGH! Now here’s a kid that runs all over the house – jumps from sofa to chair and back again and again and again, wrestles with pillows and rides his bike until breathless and just joined a little league football team – and he says “we’re walking AGAIN – UGH!” My grand daughter – Ms. Prima Donna – walks slower than molasses going up hill in a February snow storm, followers her brother’s lead and reply’s with folded arms “UMP!” So, I try to soften the blow by offering a short cut. Of course he opted for the shorter route – and Ms. CC (copy cat) went along with her older brother.

So we start out on our journey – Down Woodhaven Road until the pavement turned to an all grassy area – then through the parking lot, back through the grass again and ultimately making it to Millbrook Road where they could finally see the Dynasty. Keeping them focused on this leg of our journey was interesting to say the least. Now, when walking alone – I clock “aerobic steps” but with the little ones – forget it. Baby girl stops at every flower, stick, and rock and before I know it – her pockets are filled with her treasure hunt treasures and so are mine. No aerobic steps here – but I’m just pleased to clock steps.

Happy to see the restaurant, but discouraged because they still could not see the toy store their faces began to distorted as they looked at me as if I told the biggest toy store fib on the planet. Reassuring them, “its right over there”, I said – just keep walking, you’ll see it. Well, I don’t have to tell you when they finally saw the Toys R Us sign – life was alright again and I was the absolute BEST!

We finally reached the restaurant where with WW and no aerobic steps in the back of my mind, I made some really good food choices and my grand daughter – her plate was filled with string beans, sugar snow peas, a small amount of noodles and salad makings. Yes, this little girl loves her veggies and will choose them over pizza and hot dogs and will choose fresh strawberries rather than wait for my fabulous strawberry ice cream. But Robert (Ra for short) is the total opposite. With no other option – his greedy little self will devour a dinner salad – but with choices – forget it. His plate was filled with every starch known to man kind – french fries, mashed potatoes, fried rice, noodles and meat. I did manage to get him to eat a little bit of a lettuce salad, but we are still working on him.

In any event after our lunch – we proceeded to the toy store where Lil Mama picked the perfect gift and guess what – I had to go to another store. But all was right with the world – with everyone fed, carrying gift bags, balloons and the crown that graced the birthday girl’s head – we walked about a ½ mile to the Wal Mart – which was not on the short cut route.

With all said and done – Our walk only got me 6,742 steps, none of which were aerobic steps. But that’s okay – I got my step court over 10,000 steps that day!  Hey – what’s the quote…“By any means necessary”!

“Keep Clocking Those Steps”


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I Love Walkingspree! video contest & Walkingspree Bloggers

What do you love most about Walkingspree? Is it the pedometer, or the challenges or competitions?

Or is it the opportunity to get and give support to other members? Maybe it’s watching your progress on Step Tracker or watching your pants get smaller and smaller!

Whatever it is, tell us all about it in a video love letter. Be creative, serious, or zany and just have fun!

Post your video on our Facebook page, or upload them on YouTube and email us a link with your contact information to success@walkingspree.com. Your video could win you a $50 iTunes card or Gift card (your preference)! Walkingspree will be taking submissions until September 1st.

Walkingspree Bloggers

And now we want to introduce you to one of our new Walkingspree panel bloggers. Every Wednesday, bloggers from different programs will be sharing their experience with all of you on this blog. We hope you’ll be inspired by them and will share your journey with them. Please feel free to ask them questions or make comments on their blog posts in the comments section of their blog post.

Welcome Rene’ Brown, CNO employee.

My name is P. Rene’ Brown…just call me Rene’.
Maybe one day I’ll tell you about the “P” – maybe.
I am the mother of one son and I have two grand children who are the apples of my eyes.
One boy who’s five…I’m sorry – “almost six” ;o) and just lost his first tooth and my grand daughter just had her fourth birthday.

I’m a grand mom at heart and although I am going to be 50 in February 2012, I refuse to be a “50’s” grand mom.

When I take my grands to the play ground I actually play with them. I jump on the swings, encourage them to climb trees, run through the sprinkles on hot days, and work on upper body strength by doing pull ups on the monkey bars. – Okay, the monkey bar part – I do my best.

I love adults, but am not too fond of “grown” folks. They are too grown for me. Among other things that I won’t mention here, they are too grown to have a gut wrenching laugh, too grown to play and too grown to have silly fun. One of my most sincere prayers is that God make me (my heart) like a child at play. HE hasn’t disappointed me yet.

I love my church – St. Paul’s at 10th and Wallace in Philadelphia – and minister in music by singing on the Inspirational and Women’s choirs and yes, I wear my pedometer at church – under my robe or when robes are not required – I clip it to my secret place…Shhhh. But I don’t go anywhere without my pedometer.

Once my car needed to be serviced and I planned to drive to the service center, walk home, then walked back to get it when the work was completed. When I realized I forgot my pedometer, I drove back home to get it. Hey, that walk yielded 15,000 steps…and I wasn’t about to waste all those steps. Okay – I’m obsessed – I admit it!

Even my mother loves my pedometer and asks about my step count everyday. As a work at home on-line professor she doesn’t get out of the house as much as she used to. You know the drill – go down stairs, make a pot of coffee, and sit at your desk for six or seven hours. My pedometer really made my mother take a look at how sedentary her physical activity has become and has actually made her get out a take a walk or two during the day. Once my car needed to be serviced and I planned to drive to the service center, walk home, then walked back to get it when the work was completed. When I realized I forgot my pedometer, I drove back home to get it. Hey, that walk yielded 15,000 steps…and I wasn’t about to waste all those steps. Okay – I’m obsessed – I admit it!

I have a ton of interesting walk stories to tell you – catch up with me on my blog and by any means necessary keep…CLOCKIN’ THOSE STEPS.

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