one step at a time

How many steps do you take in a day?


The company I work for does sporadic “contests” to encourage people to get healthy. i’m pretty sure it’s a plot to decrease health care cost… but i’m okay with that.

the latest one “On the Move” encourages people to set a goal for certain number of steps a day. they give you a pedometer. and you walk. or you run. or you can even swim! (though they discourage you from wearing your pedometer in the water… i guess it’s not very fashionable). Images 1

on the honor system you log your activity. for those participants who exceed their goal, they are placed in a drawing for all sorts of wonderful prizes (that i do not remember).

considering it’s the busiest time of the year for me at work. and my post-op knee recovery. i almost opted out this time. but then, i was guilted into it.

and what does a girl do when she’s feeling guilty…she makes everyone else join her! 

i convinced my co-workers that while we may not have the most steps…we’ll win in the long run. that being said… mandatory walk breaks for the office start next week! which will be good, considering i did a trial run today… and even WITH the puppy walk… i’ve got 6,000 steps today. 

that is just shy of the 10,000 step/day recommendation and even still short of the lowest level 1 (7,500 steps) in our little contest. 

Steps to miles<<<< that’s 5 miles!!! better get to movin’!


PS ~ today should have been physical therapy thursday. but there’s been a mix up with my prescription and the doc is now changing orders. saying non-weightbearing exercises only. so i guess we’ll just pretend that all those mini-squats, foam jumps, trampoline balances, and bicycle rides haven’t happened….. until after july 2?! << that’s when i see the ortho again and should be “cleared” for running (and now evidently everything else)


we’re going on a walkie

my little bella girl needs to loose weight. 

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no, her neck is not broken…. she’s just a strange monster

bella is our little rescue pup. she lived next door to one of the fire stations my husband worked at several years ago. the family left her chained up in the backyard 24/7. she had an igloo, but that was about it. majority of her food & water came from the firemen or mother nature.

g has a heart of gold and couldn’t bear to see a living thing hurting like that. so after having a conversation with the family… he picked her up one morning as we started making arrangements to deliver her to stray rescue. stray rescue is a local, no-kill (!) shelter in the st louis area. they are a wonderful organization. check them out by clicking on the pictureLogo

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i guess because it was the weekend… or perhaps it was meant to be… we couldn’t seem to get through to have someone come pick her up. 5 years later she’s an integral part of our pack.


tucker is younger, healthier, and much happier with her around.

IMG 2507all that being said, bella has some food issues. she still eats faster than she should (we have a special bowl to try to slow her down) and she eats more than she should (she seems to be famished every minute of the day).

this last weekend, at the vet, we weighed in. t is 58 lbs (maybe a pound or two heavy) and b is 72 (!!!!!) pounds. 

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b is going on a diet. we’re going back to carrots as treats and daily walkies!!

IMG 0949this is a pic from winter… but it’s one of my favorites