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May 17, 2013

NASH: 1,000 miles, one step at a time

Several weeks back I wrote about some health concerns that came to light after some test that I had run. I have had some time to alter my behavior and I have shown some improvements, but I still have some work to do. The problems that I am experiencing are the results of years of not taking the best care of myself so they will not be corrected overnight.

One of the major concerns of my test results was my cholesterol level. I was given a prescription of a cholesterol lowering drug as one of the steps toward improvement. One concerned reader questioned whether my health care provider just recommended “the drug” to improve my cholesterol. She was very concerned with my behavior, including what I ate and what I did toward meeting some goals that we set.

While changing my diet and improving what I eat is very important, I also needed to make exercise an important part of my daily life. She insisted that just by walking I would go a long way to getting to where I need to be.  

As many people do when the new year rolled in I made a resolution to “exercise more.” At first I didn’t have a plan, but shortly discovered a motivation. A friend of mine was a member of a group that had formed on the social network site Facebook and I thought it seemed like an interesting challenge for me.

The group is 250/500/750/1,000 Mile Challenge 2013. The idea is to pick a goal, and keep track of the miles you travel whether it be “run/bike/walk/hike/hip/crawl for 500 or 1,000 miles over the course of 2013, and to encourage others along the way.” On New Year’s Day this seemed like an interesting idea and I thought I would at least give it a try, what harm could come from this.

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