Category Archives: Across The Land

Walking has been good for me

In my opinion, a lot of advice for staying as healthy as possible entails detailed instructions that may lead to a lack of interest.

Walking is something I have done all my life, no instructions needed. When I was extremely overweight walking was a chore sometimes, but I felt better afterwards.

It turns out that many folks think walking may be one of our best exercises.

Use Google and read some stuff and see what you think, try the Mayo Clinic.

working on 2019 goals

Partnering with mom, sleeping, eating, resistance training, aerobics, social media, and miscellaneous other stuff, take up a lot of every 24 hour period for me.

I haven’t mentioned jogging and walking.

The chase for the 2092 miles in 2018 took away some options, spent a lot of time on foot. I’ve enjoyed the long range goal though, but . . . . .

At this moment, right now, my plans are to limit the amount of long range goals and go heavier on short ones. (time)

Still pondering . . . . .

Doing an important job

Get up, get dressed up and do the work. Day after day after day, that is what the old guy does. (me)

To me, keeping mom safe, me healthy and raising awareness and money concerning Down Syndrome is a big job, important job, and one worth doing well. Sometimes it’s hard, sometimes not so much.

She’s ninety years old as this is being typed. I’m 68.

the miles on foot

Staggering miles, but I was living a dream, and it continues on. My feet were taking me places, lots of places, these miles were on foot.

2012 – 1680 (5 months)

2013 – 4032

2014 – 5588

2015 – 3700

2016 – 1348

2017 – 710

2018 – 2100 (estimated)

In 1953 the car rolled over me, and the doctor spoke slowly as they informed mom and dad that my walking days may be over. Lots of prayer and rehab put me back on my feet, and although I had been wounded, I didn’t know any better, and began a life that has included a lot of miles on foot, good miles.

Pain is a companion, at times, but it doesn’t stop me, nothing much does.

some thoughts about 2019 Goals

There will be some. Here are some of the criteria to be used.

  • Is it worthwhile?
  • Is it attainable?
  • Is it date certain?
  • Is it measurable?
  • Is it in conflict with other goals?
  • What strings are attached, if any, that would stop the attempt and judge it a failure?

There will be a “miles on foot” goal for 2019, for sure.

I will make myself accountable by telling others of my goals, and

will fight vigorously to reach them.

I read in Psychology Today that our brain is a goal setting machine.

Goal – 2092 miles on foot in 2018

The original goal was 1200 miles and that proved to be too easy. In 2017 there was no goal and the miles on foot ended up at 710 miles, so 1200 sounded reasonable.

Revised ~ Be on foot at least 2092 miles between January 1, 2018 and December 31 of the same year. The measurement would be provided by the Charity Miles application. I felt the goal was attainable and could be part of my exercise regimen.

The most likely obstacle would probably be injury or sickness on my part or changes in mom’s health. I am a caregiver.

As of this evening the miles on foot are 1967 after 340 days (5.78 miles per day so far) 125 miles are still needed with 25 days left. (5 miles per day)

There’s not much cushion, but my gut says it’s looking good.

This process has proven to me that goals have value in my life, kept me on track and proved to be somewhat exciting.

My goal setting checklist:

  • Is it worthwhile?
  • Is it attainable?
  • Is it date certain?
  • Is it measurable?
  • Is it in conflict with other goals?
  • What strings are attached, if any, that would stop the attempt and judge it a failure?

Wednesday December 5, 2018 blog post

How do I define “Never Give Up?”

It means believing in myself, being willing to accept failure and learning from it, not compromising on important values, walking the walk I suggest, and maybe most importantly, to me, to Keep Going, Keep Setting Goals, no matter how much I fail or succeed.

Some pictures from today:

The hourglass represents a question Mark asked of me. “Jack, we all get sand in our hourglass, and we never know when it will run out. What ya gonna do with yours?”

Since June 1, 2012 the old guy has been on foot, raising money and awareness for charity. Today, the 19,000 mile mark was reached.

Keeping mom safe, myself healthy and raising money and awareness concerning Down Syndrome.

I came back to post a collage with the stroller and train tracks.

Brave monkey

This is Courtney’s

She was a little girl, and this was her monkey. Courtney passed away a few years ago with cystic fibrosis. Her mom let me take Brave monkey with me in 2013. When I came home, the monkey went home.

The monkey was with Courtney while she had her lung transplant.

Tuesday December 4, 2018 blog post

“Go to your Strengths Athlete.” I read that in the book, and enjoy how it makes me feel when thinking of it.

The Charity Miles application says this old guy (me) was on foot over 8 miles yesterday.

Here are some pictures . . .

Mom walked a mile

Brave Monkey- one of my companions on the Epic Journey

On page 37 in the book Momentum, Mark speaks of one mans explanation of the word Athlete.

What is my mission? Staying healthy, keeping mom safe, and raising money and awareness concerning Down Syndrome.

My thoughts about a quote

Love comes when manipulation stops; when you think more about the other person than about his or her reactions to you.Joyce Brothers

It seems to me that when life gets serious and decisions made may have a significant and long lasting impact on an individual, the time for candy coating and walking on eggshells may have come to an end.

This is an interesting quote and may take some consideration.