99 Walks (How an Instagram post kicked my butt into gear)
You’ve seen me talking this month about making sure I get my walk in each day for 99 Walks. I said I’d talk more about that later. Well, welcome to later. Full disclaimer, 99 Walks asked bloggers to share on their page and I will be getting a little gifty for my review, but I have always only shared things here that I truly love, so I wouldn’t be talking about this if I didn’t think it was worth it.
Let’s flash back to the last week of September. I was scrolling through Instagram as one does and saw a post from a fellow MN Blogger, Anna of annarendall.com (formerly Girl With Blog) talking about getting a walk done to get miles for her 99 Walks program. I have been watching Anna’s journey of walking and how it has helped her get in shape and even lose weight, but it was her mentioning 99 Walks that really got my attention. What the heck does 99 Walks mean? She had tagged them, so I went to their Instagram page. And from there I went to their website. I started reading and something inside me just exploded, in a good way. If I was a cartoon character, there would have been a light bulb above my head. I’ve been making every excuse in the book for not exercising and I’ve been feeling sloth like and gross and lost as to how I could even fit any exercise into my day. But as I read about 99 Walks I discovered that it was something that was very do-able and their mission and purpose actually made me WANT to do it.
99 Walks is an online walking community and support group. There is a membership fee, you pay $16 per month (discounts are available for 3 and 12 month memberships), but membership gives you access to the FB community, exclusive newsletters, podcasts and online classes, the opportunity to join a team and access to the app for your phone. And the best part (at least in my opinion because I’m highly motivated by rewards) if you meet your monthly goal, you receive a piece of motivational jewelry. For example, if I meet my goal in October, I’ll receive a bracelet that says I Can and I Will.
I signed up the same day I discovered it. I joined the FB community right away and have found everyone to be welcoming, friendly and encouraging. I love the daily emails that they send out with tips, ideas and motivation. I’ve only done a class or two but I’ve found those to be pretty awesome as well. The app is super simple to use to track your miles. If you’re walking inside on a treadmill (or a trampoline in my case), you can add your miles yourself. I just put in the amount my Apple Watch tracks when I workout.
The recommended monthly goal is 33 miles total. If you break that down, that’s a mile a day plus a little bit extra here and there if you think about it, totally do-able! I like being able to track and see my progress. I’ve even been taking a short walk on a break at work and have been able to squeeze in a half mile here and a half mile there. It all adds up. I’m at 20 miles for the month so far and we still have a couple of weeks to go. And best of all, I am finding myself starting to lose a little weight. I’m down five pounds since starting the program. Slow and steady wins the race. And this is one race I am going to win.
If you are curious and want to know more, I recommend checking out the site right here. And Anna, I don’t know if you’ll ever see this but I just want to thank you for sharing about this amazing community and getting this lazy girl lacing up her walking shoes and getting moving again. I feel like a new person and I plan to keep it that way.