Rosie, aka Skyhaven, is a BellaOnline forum member and frequent contributor there. She is also very new to walking. Here is Rosie’s story.
Deborah: When did you start walking for fitness?
Rosie: January 1, 2008
Deborah: What a great start to the New Year! How are you doing?
Rosie: I walk on my treadmill 5 to 6 days a week, from 1 to 3 miles. Most times, it is still a struggle and a whole lot of frustration, since results don’t happen overnight.
I keep a log of the date, miles and time it takes so I can see my progress.
Deborah: Great idea! So, what finally made you get off the couch and start walking?
Rosie: I got off the couch and started walking because I got a good look at myself, and didn't like what I saw. Also, I was having trouble walking when I left the house, (from not walking) - a lot of leg, back, and foot pain. Like they say if you don't use it, you'll lose it.
I had to pull my legs up by my socks to get dressed or put my shoes on. I am scared of getting diabetes, along with other medical problems that can be avoided with diet and exercise. I finally stopped making excuses and became honest with myself, that I alone am the only one who can make changes in my life to keep me healthy. Not for any one else but for myself.
I have no self esteem because I don't look good. Well I guess I can change that also and maybe like myself. Losing the weight would be a big accomplishment to looking better, sure I can lay back and do nothing (who cares) and that’s a whole lot easier then walking, but my laziness is making me sick. I just feel so good when I log on to BellaOnline and say I'm still walking. And I get support from the people there - it keeps me motivated,
When I think someone is gong to say “Hey, Rosie are you still walking?” I think what a let-down to myself to have to say “No.” So, I will get back on the ‘mill tomorrow even if it’s just a mile, so I can say, “Yes, I am” and feel good about myself
Deborah: Have you noticed anything different in just one month?
Rosie: I sure do! I can lift my legs without pulling them up by my socks. I can walk farther outdoors with less pain.
Deborah: Have you changed any other health habits—diet, sleep, etc.?
Rosie: I have also given up all cakes and cookies, and made major changes in the way I eat. Diet and exercise go hand in hand.
Deborah: What would you like to say to our readers?
Rosie: Only we can make ourselves healthy. No one else is going to do it. Most of us are born with two legs. Shame on us if we don’t use them. I’m scared of getting older and if I don’t make healthier choices in my life, I will get sick. No one is going to take care of me but me. So, even at 60 years old, I CAN DO IT and I will.
Deborah: Thank you so much for sharing your story with us, Rosie. You are an inspiration to others and hopefully, many more will follow in your footsteps and take their first steps today.
For more info on starting your own walking program, you'll find Training Plans, Motivation and more in the articles here on the Walking site.
Plus, be sure to visit our Walking forum. See what Rosie and our other walkers are up to, and join in -- tell us your story, ask questions, hang around.