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Keith and Sharon's Story

 

Walking is a great thing for couples. We can spend time together. We’re always going in opposite directions, but walking brings us together, moving in the same direction. It also helps families get the kids out doing something healthy and noticing more about the world around them. There’s nothing worse than sitting, no matter where you are.

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Angie's Story

[Angie Rivera-Malpiede is the executive director of Northeast Transportation Connections and a Walking Movement Leader in Denver, Colorado.]

Jonathon showed up in my office when he was first launching this thing called Walk2Connect, and I was asking him questions like, ‘Really? You just get people to walk?’ and he said, ‘Yep. I’ll take you and your staff for a walk.’ So, we walked the loop of all five [Northeast Denver] neighborhoods.

 

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Roots run deep in Ecuador

There are trees in Ecuador--trees whose roots run deep and whose trunks reach up to the heavens with strength enough to withstand the strongest of tropical storms. Touching one such tree, the prized and coveted now-protected mahogany, Cesar, our Kichwa guide, said, "We come into the jungle, not to hunt, not to harvest, but to soak up energy." 

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It's Data, All This Learning. Tender Data

From December 19th to January 2nd, 2020 I walked 220 miles moving from Fort Collins to Pueblo, Colorado. Even though I finished my journey two weeks ago, it feels as if 'the walk' is just starting. Listening to my body more each day, recently I have been stepping into self-regenerating narratives such as "I am enough, my opinion matters, my stories matter." The world years to hear my stories, my aches, my witnessing. And the world wants to hear your stories too. 

Day 0: Arrive at Fort Collins*

Walking theme: Walking as synchronicity**

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Breakfast of Walking Champions

3 Ingredient Chia Bowl (see below for ingredients) is the Breakfast of Champions! 

I just got back from visiting my family in a tropical paradise called Hawaii. Each morning my sister walked outside to pick some tropical fruit and prepped her breakfast in anticipation for the adventurous day ahead. Bananas, Liliquoi, starfruit, mangos, papaya and the list goes on. This simple meal provided energy, fiber, protein and a freshness about it that powered my day. 

We have all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day but do we really treat it that way? 

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Don't go on a diet in 2020. Do this instead.

As a personal trainer and wellness coach, I listen to a lot of goal setting. Every single goal that is set is a new exciting adventure. Over the years, I have learned to listen a little deeper to the actual meaning behind the goal rather than just the transaction from the goal itself.
The number 1 goal most people set every new year is to go on a diet! Crazy I know. While I do believe managing a healthy weight in important, it is through a consistent and mindful lifestyle approach that really does the trick. So please, don't just go on a diet. Find a way to make these new healthy habits stick around for a lifetime. 

 

Here are 3 ways you can make your 2020 goals stick over the next year.

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Larry & Kermit's Story

[Larry (left) and Kermit (right) walked the 71-mile High Line Canal in the summer of 2018 with Walking Movement Leader Chris Englert, who contends that Kermit is the oldest person to have walked the entire way, at age 82! Featured by Darcy Kitching]

 

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Cherry's Story

[Cherry is a Walk2Connect Walking Movement Leader in Longmont, Colorado. Featured by Darcy Kitching]

Anything with activity, fun, connection with people – I’m up for it! When I first started walking with Walk2Connect, I wanted to get healthier and build my endurance and strength. I suffered from a lot of different health conditions: pre-diabetes, obesity, acid reflux, snoring. They were all weight-related conditions. I decided that if I wanted to live a healthier life, it had to start with me. I had to find something that worked for me.

 

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Safety Tip of The Month - Shoveling

 


Just like "respect and you will be respected" or "see and be seen", shoveling your sidewalk will help you (and others) walk and roll safely during winter time. Most municipalities leave it to the residents to maintain the sidewalks outside their homes and to clear the snow within 24 hours of the storm stopping. If you live in Colorado, like I do, shoveling early (even when it's still snowing) and periodically, with the help of the clear skies and sunshine, will clean and dry the sidewalks magically. But not after this snow storm! When you are rolling in a wheelchair or mobility scooter you heavily depend on the sidewalks to be accessible. This fierce lady that took the matter into her own hands!

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Maria's Story

[Maria Rosa Galter is a core owner of the Walk2Connect Cooperative and the owner of Walking Inspiritus.]

One of the reasons I love to walk or hike is that when I’m walking with someone else, I go into deeper relationship with that person. The conversation is not superficial. Walking has always been a place of deep connection and healing for me. There’s a beauty in walking with another person, but there’s also a beauty in walking by yourself. I love to do walking as a contemplative spiritual practice, and I create walking retreats. I think one of the things we’ve lost is our connection with the sacredness of the earth upon which we walk, the sacredness of the spaces we travel through. We’ve lost the idea that everything around us is sacred, including the air we breathe. I like to think of the sacred as a river that runs through every aspect of life: everything we touch, everything we see, everything we smell. Our body is immersed in a sacred experience. We can reconnect with that by walking in nature and experiencing the holy in everything we see.

 

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