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Closet Revamp Walking

Closet Revamp Walking

Things, things, things…  Why do we collect and hold onto so many things?  With this thought in mind, I did some closet revamp walking this past month! It was liberating! For more than 10 years I’ve wanted to examine my closets, pinpoint redundancies and streamline my “hang up” clothes closets, fold up drawers, shelves and trunks of clothing.  I’ve been holding onto so much for way too long without re-evaluating! The Closet Revamp Walking Mission So this

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Walk at Work

Walk at Work

What have you been doing to get some walking in this winter?  Well…if the days just don’t seem long enough to get that walking time in, how about finding a way to walk at work!  Walking outside in cold messy weather is not exactly what I dream about!  Do you?  And dreary snow/rain-filled work commutes can make an additional drive to a walking venue almost unbearable at times.  So it just makes sense to walk at work some days, right? Whether

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My Best 6 Tips for Pre-Christmas Shopping Mall Walking

My Best 6 Tips for Pre-Christmas Shopping Mall Walking

Christmas approaches, so here are My Best 6 Tips for Pre-Christmas Shopping Mall Walking! A while back I wrote the blog post My Best 5 Tips for Successfully Walking the Shopping Mall.  Please keep these important tips in mind any time you walk the mall!  The tips I’m offering today are meant to address shopping mall walking scenarios before Christmas, when most of us are on a mission!  My Best 6 Tips for Pre-Christmas Shopping Mall Walking: 1.   Explore a

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Summer Park Fest Walking

Summer Park Fest Walking

Ahhh…to partake in the joys of local Summer Park Fest Walking! Our neighborhood summer park fest announcement boasted a gamit of activities to be enjoyed including craft displays of homemade wares, a car show, boat rides, food, drinks and live music!  “Sounds great,” we thought.   Plus no need to drive anywhere and hassle with parking–it’s all within walking distance to our neighborhood private lakefront beach—how great is that?  So it was settled! With the event spanning all afternoon through

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Summer in the city Walking

Summer in the city Walking

Summer in the city walking is one of my favorite things to do… It reminds me of all those summers growing up when the family took all-day trips to tour museums, walk the lakefront and drink in the beauty of the city of Chicago! So these days I make sure to do some summer in the city walking in our grand and beautiful city! It’s a mix of exploring the “cool ‘n new” and a reflection back on family togetherness!  Thinking

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WALK while you Listen and Talk!

WALK while you Listen and Talk!

This being Valentine’s Day month… …it’s the perfect time to WALK while you listen and talk to a loved one! The ear is the avenue to the heart.  -Voltaire Of course the best way to do this is to take a walk with that someone you love, so that you can walk while you listen and talk with them…see each other’s faces, the emotion in one another’s eyes and enjoy the view of nature’s beauty,

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Cleaning for Holidays is a way to Walk it Out!

Cleaning for Holidays is a way to Walk it Out!

With the Christmas & New Year holidays drawing near…cleaning for the holidays is a way to walk it out! The inevitable pre-holiday cleaning preparation for house guests and get-togethers is in full swing for many of us! It’s nowhere close to being a favorite pre-holiday activity of mine—that’s for sure, but it has to get done! So look on the bright side…cleaning for the holidays is a way to walk it out! You can actually get

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Walk the City Art Museum!

Walk the City Art Museum!

Walk the city Art Museum… …explore the newly remodeled enhancements, the current exhibitions and rediscover the traditional beloved collections—up close and personal while you walk! Summer is the perfect time to take a special trip downtown to walk the city… …stop into art galleries, museums, drink in the beauty of the outdoors in city parks and admire the spectacular views of your city’s distinctive architecture! I am constantly amazed at how breath-taking our city of

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Walk to discover signs of Spring!

Walk to discover signs of Spring!

Lingering winter got you down? Try taking a walk to discover signs of Spring! The past week has left me stunned with a surprise snow storm with 6+ inches of snow—whack! …not at all what I’ve been dreaming of for the first few days of spring! But soon after, warmer weather beckoned me outside to walk and discover signs of Spring! Jonquils and Daffodils are bursting through cold ground and leafy mulch, announcing the buds of

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Join an Indoor Walking Club

Join an Indoor Walking Club

Need some companionship to keep the walking spirit alive? Join an indoor walking club to walk more comfortably on those snowy, rainy or very cold days of winter! I joined our local park district walking club where we walk around the park district gym each day for an hour or so…and all I pay is about $2.50 a month! It’s so great to get some walking in with fellow walking enthusiasts in a comfortable environment

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Have FUN Interval Walking in Winter Cold!

Have FUN Interval Walking in Winter Cold!

Winter temps in the teens or single digits in your area? I can relate to that! We’ve even had our schools close a couple of days because of negative degree weather with close to -30 wind chills! Soooo…are we destined to forego outdoor walking because of the Polar Vortex? Or are there some tricks to get around this chilly challenge? If you’re like me, you’re not ready to be banned from the great outdoors until

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Enjoy Halloween Walking

Enjoy Halloween Walking

Enjoy Halloween Walking as great fun way to get some walking in and to… … see all of the cute, creative and maybe scary Halloween costumes that trick or treaters are parading! Of course you want to make sure that somebody is at your own house to hand out candy while you enjoy Halloween walking in your neighborhood, but get those feet walking around the block, too! If you have children who are trick or

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The Fall and Winter Walking Path Ahead…

The Fall and Winter Walking Path Ahead…

So what’s up for the Fall and Winter walking path ahead? Forecasts of an unusually extreme winter may seem scary, but will that keep you from the enjoyment of walking? Certainly NOT! Just as I’ve been telling you all along here, there are truly so many ways to have fun walking no matter what the weather might be! There are Fall Festivals to look forward to, apple picking orchards to visit, and parks filled with bewitchingly

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Walk among the Wildflowers

Walk among the Wildflowers

Treat yourself to the luxury of walking among the wildflowers! Every morning… I take a walk around my garden to marvel at the sight of my own wildflowers playfully intertwined in bunches—each a different shape and color! It’s like meeting new friends, each with a colorful smiling face, drifting in the breeze, glowing in the sunshine… And then I extend my walk to the trail park to relish in the splendor of wildflowers in nature—fields

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Walking in the Rain?

Walking in the Rain?

Walking in the Rain?  Seriously?  Although April showers bring May flowers, I can vouch for lots of May into June rainfall in our area, too! Yes, our flowers are blooming and continue to be refreshed with rain showers—no complaints on that!  But…what do you do when a sudden downpour literally dampens your plans for an anticipated walk to enjoy the spring into summer green-green foliage and brilliantly hued flowers? Have no fear, help is on the way! 

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Spring Fashion Mall Walking

Spring Fashion Mall Walking

Bring on the Spring!  I’m so ready to walk outside in warmer weather—aren’t you? But…with winter lingering on, Mall Walking is still one of my best ways to get some “out & about” exercise and to shape up my spring wardrobe at the same time–for FREE!  Here’s how… With spring just around the corner, store merchants are highlighting the new spring looks!  And…OK, I won’t lie…like most women, I do love to shop for new

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Winterscape Dance Walking at home!

Winterscape Dance Walking at home!

From my sheltered coziness inside, peering out to a winter wonderland… Yes..this is my most enjoyed way to appreciate nature these days—from the heated indoors, through my picture windows…how about you? Most of the sidewalks are still piled with snow in our area, so what better way to continue my love of walking than walking around the house! To enjoy the winter wonderland, I just stand in view of a full-sized window (a patio window’s best),

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Walk into Fall…a Colorful Experience!

Walk into Fall...a Colorful Experience!

Alas summer is long gone and the fall season is in full swing…moving swiftly towards winter… A weather forecaster’s remark that our Chicago weather is currently almost 20 degrees colder than normal for this time of year, made this fact blatantly apparent! I have to admit that at first this triggered some despair as I reminisced about the glorious weather I’d enjoyed while walking this past summer—ahhh…those were the days… But quickly, I realized I needed to change

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