A Journey of 1000 Miles Begins with a Single Step

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Laguna Woods, California
January 11, 2018 4:32pm CST
For the second year in a row, one of my walking buddies and I logged in over 1,000 miles of walking. In fact, I walked 1240 and she walked 1187 miles. In our retirement community, they have an annual walking challenge. Those people who sign up for the challenge, report their miles each month and walk at least 1000 miles, are given an award and a t-shirt. My friend and I are so proud we were able to achieve this goal again. Frequently when we walk, we are at the beach walking in the sand, which is a bit more work than walking on a sidewalk, so we really are pleased we were able to go the distance. The things I will do to get a new t-shirt! (LOL)
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@Corbin5 (122288)
• United States
11 Jan
Congratulations!!! What a marvelous achievement!!! I am so glad you got that new T-shirt, which should be a great source of pride.
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• Laguna Woods, California
11 Jan
@Corbin5 - Thanks! I'm wearing it in the picture. It is a fun challenge!
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@marlina (80439)
• Canada
11 Jan
I am extremely proud of your friend and of you! That is quite an accomplishment!
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• Laguna Woods, California
11 Jan
@marlina - Thank you! I'm pleased with us, too. We wonder, sometimes, how many years we will be able to do it, but we plan to keep at it as long as we can. My friend is 75 and I'm 68, so we joke that we will be doing it another 25 years ... although that is probably pretty unrealistic.
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@marlina (80439)
• Canada
11 Jan
@DeborahDiane Keep your spirit alive and your legs strong!
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• Laguna Woods, California
12 Jan
@marlina - Thank you! I plan to keep walking regularly as long as I can!
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@Daelii (6379)
• United States
11 Jan
That is awesome! Do you do the same average every day or do you have days you do a lot more?
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• Laguna Woods, California
11 Jan
We try to average about 3 to 4 miles a day. Of course, there are days when we only walk a mile or two, because we are busy, sick or it is a holiday. Obviously, on Christmas and days like that, we barely walk, so we have to walk extra on other days to make up for it.
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@Daelii (6379)
• United States
11 Jan
@DeborahDiane thank you for sharing!
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• Laguna Woods, California
12 Jan
@Daelii - Thank you for reading this!
• Pamplona, Spain
11 Jan
Great photo is that the two of you there? Sure is a lot of walking and I am not sure how much I do but I do a lot also between one thing and another. Congratulations anyway on achieving that both of you. Are you getting a new t-shirt just kidding.
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• Laguna Woods, California
12 Jan
Yes, that is a picture of the two of us. My friend has blond hair and I have the dark brown hair. Thank you for the congratulations!
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• Pamplona, Spain
12 Jan
@DeborahDiane It reminds me that I am going to walk a bit more even if its only round the house as at the moment its very muddy out and slippery so not too good conditions for being outside and much better inside. Just saw your photo in the avatar was not sure if it was you at first sight as I was going through this so quickly as its so cold here your fingers can freeze like frozen fish fingers.
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• Laguna Woods, California
12 Jan
@lovinangelsinstead21 - Stay warm. Keep walking around the house. That is a good way to get exercise and stay warm. I pace around my house when it is raining outside.
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@Hatley (164450)
• Garden Grove, California
11 Jan
c pmgrat;latopms you must be in perfect health now
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• Laguna Woods, California
12 Jan
@Hatley - Ha ha! I wish I was in perfect health! However, my age is catching up with me!
@Hatley (164450)
• Garden Grove, California
12 Jan
@DeborahDiane ga s a sort of happes with us all I ijk
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@TRBRocks420 (85607)
• Banks, Oregon
12 Jan
Well done and, keep up the good work.
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• Laguna Woods, California
12 Jan
@TRBRocks420 - Thank you! I intend to keep doing it as long as I can!
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@LadyDuck (187471)
• Switzerland
12 Jan
What a great idea to organize a walking challenge. I never cared to know how many miles I walk every day, it would be interesting to know. Doing a thousand miles a year, finally is less than 3 miles a day.
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@LadyDuck (187471)
• Switzerland
13 Jan
@DeborahDiane The days we do not get outside we walk less, but the days we are outside all the day we make a lot more than 3 miles. I walk about three miles every day to go to collect our mail at our Post Office.
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• Laguna Woods, California
13 Jan
@LadyDuck - That is wonderful that you walk to the Post Office. That sounds like a good walk. I have noticed that people in Europe generally walk more than Americans do!
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@LadyDuck (187471)
• Switzerland
14 Jan
@DeborahDiane I go to the village through a nice path in the park, it's a little less than half hour walk each way and I feel well when I come back home. In Monte-Carlo I walked a lot more, we never moved the car even to go grocery shopping.
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@moffittjc (47288)
• Gainesville, Florida
13 Jan
Congratulations for a job well done! Quite an accomplishment, and a healthy one at that! I do a lot of walking at both my FT job and my PT job, so I imagine I probably log more than a 1000 miles per year as well. I know that during the week I spend at Disney World every Christmas with my kids, we log about 13 miles per day at the theme parks. I certainly enjoy walking, and now even more so than running, since my knees are finally crying out for me to take better care of them! lol
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• Laguna Woods, California
13 Jan
@moffittjc - Good for you, if you can walk 13 miles. That is awesome! I think the most I have done in a single day was six or seven miles, and I was a wreck the next day! LOL No wonder your knees are crying out! LOL
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@moffittjc (47288)
• Gainesville, Florida
13 Jan
@DeborahDiane But in the case of Disney, there are two factors at work here: one, there are breaks in all that walking (such as when we're on rides), and two, we're having so much fun we don't realize how much walking we do!
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• Laguna Woods, California
14 Jan
@moffittjc - Yes, you are absolutely right. The time flies when we're in Disneyland. It truly is a Magic Kingdom.
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@BelleStarr (40234)
• United States
12 Jan
lol Yes you work rather hard for it don't you. I have been meaning to ask you, how is Elizabeth Wallace. She hasn't been on here for such a long time but I assume you still get together.
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• Laguna Woods, California
12 Jan
@BelleStarr - Yes, we still get together once a month and talk on the phone or text each other between those lunches. She is still waiting for the publisher to publish her book, which has been a very frustrating process. Meanwhile, she has gone on several cruises and seems to be enjoying her home. I will see her next week and I will tell her you asked! If you want to follow her on Twitter, she is @ElizaWallace27
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@BelleStarr (40234)
• United States
13 Jan
@DeborahDiane Thank you yes I will follow her and tell her I hope she gets that very helpful book published soon!!
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• Laguna Woods, California
13 Jan
@BelleStarr - I will tell her that. You can also message her through Twitter. Tell her you remember her from MyLot!
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@Hannihar (45908)
16 May
@DeborahDiane That is great news and wow that is a lot of walking.
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• Laguna Woods, California
16 May
@Hannihar - We are already on track to walk that much again this year. By the end of May (the 5th month), I will have walked around 570 miles! I cannot believe it myself. LOL
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@Hannihar (45908)
17 May
@DeborahDiane That is great.
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• Laguna Woods, California
17 May
@Hannihar - Thanks!
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@nela13 (9880)
• Portugal
14 Jan
Congratulations, sometimes we have walking challenges in our community as well, I use To go with my mother to motivate her and It fees quite good.
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• Laguna Woods, California
14 Jan
That is wonderful that you would go along with your mother to motivate her. I agree that it feels good to take these walks.
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@nela13 (9880)
• Portugal
14 Jan
@DeborahDiane I try to spend a lot of my time with my parents, sometimes my son that is 9 goes with us.
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• Laguna Woods, California
15 Jan
@nela13 That is wonderful. Family time is important!
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@sueznewz2 (10156)
• Alicante, Spain
12 Jan
well done to you both ...
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• Laguna Woods, California
12 Jan
@sueznewz2 - Thanks! We were so happy we managed to do it!
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@sueznewz2 (10156)
• Alicante, Spain
13 Jan
@DeborahDiane you've inspired me too... I already walk a lot.. but I might set myself a target like you have and it might help mevto do more ..
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• Laguna Woods, California
13 Jan
@sueznewz2 - If you wear a Fitbit or a Garmin Vivofit, you would probably be surprised at how much you walk during the day!
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@Shavkat (66783)
• Philippines
12 Jan
That's a milestone in life. Congratulations!
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• Laguna Woods, California
12 Jan
Thank you! I'm glad I got out and did it!
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@Shavkat (66783)
• Philippines
13 Jan
@DeborahDiane I think it is fine to walk around.
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• Laguna Woods, California
13 Jan
@Shavkat - Yes, it is a wonderful type of exercise.
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@YrNemo (14740)
12 Jan
OMG, how did you manage to do that? I walk about 3 up to 5 miles a day, and I practically collapse at the end of each day already.
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• Laguna Woods, California
12 Jan
@YrNemo - If you already walk 3 to 5 miles a day, then you are already walking over 1000 miles a year. Good for you!!!
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@YrNemo (14740)
15 Jan
@DeborahDiane Oh, that was for one year? (I thought you meant for one month, then I just couldn't imagine how you could do that!) I feel better now.
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• Laguna Woods, California
15 Jan
@YrNemo - Oh, you are right! I could NEVER walk 1000 miles in a month. Over a year, it is much more manageable! LOL
@Deepizzaguy (15870)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
23 Jan
That is a wonderful achievement of being to walk over 1,000 miles and be rewarded for it.
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• Laguna Woods, California
24 Jan
@Deepizzaguy - Thank you! We were very excited that we were able to do it.
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@Deepizzaguy (15870)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
25 Jan
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@silvermist (20096)
• India
13 Jan
That sure is quite an achievement.Congratulations for both of you.Nice photo.
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• Laguna Woods, California
13 Jan
@silvermist - Thank you so much!
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@silvermist (20096)
• India
17 Jan
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• Eugene, Oregon
12 Jan
That is quite a feat! Nice shirts as well. Keep up the good walking.
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• Laguna Woods, California
12 Jan
@JamesHxstatic - Thanks! I can literally say I would walk 1000 miles for a t-shirt! LOL
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• Eugene, Oregon
12 Jan
@DeborahDiane Quite a feat!
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@Mshafeeq (1553)
• Bangalore, India
12 Jan
Hearty congratulations @DeborahDiane you have got such good stamina to walk that long. Doesn't matter what you got its a achievement you have made it for second time. This shows how passionate you are.
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• Laguna Woods, California
12 Jan
Thank you! Yes, we are very passionate about our walking!
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@JESSY3236 (7730)
• United States
12 Jan
that's cool.
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• Laguna Woods, California
12 Jan
Thank you!
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• China
12 Jan
It is no mean feat ! You walked ,on average,5.5 km a day.A new t-shirt will await you !
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• Laguna Woods, California
12 Jan
Ha ha! I can honestly say I would walk 1000 miles for a t-shirt.
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