August Update on my 2021 Walking Goal of 1200 km

By the time we finished, we were completely drenched, right down to our underwear! I’d never seen my runners so wet and muddy.

Time is flying by, and so is summer. 🙂

I did over 100 km of walking in August, so I’m happy with that. Scroll down to see a recap of the year as well as my walking distance up to the end of August.

This month’s walks were varied and interesting.

Several times in August, I walked in Beaudry Provincial Park, which is about a 30 minute drive from my house,

It’s approximately 953.4-hectares in size and located along the Assiniboine River, west of the town of Headingley, Manitoba. It was designated a provincial park in 1974.

walk in Beaudry Provincial Park in Manitoba

When I walk in Beaudry Park, I usually go with my sister, Ursula. On one of our walks on August 9, we got caught in a storm part way through.

walk with my sister in Beaudry Provincial Park

The walk started off ok on a cloudy morning. When we got about a third of the way, it started to rain. No big deal, right?

Well, the rain got pretty heavy, and combined with the thunder, we were stuck in the forest in a storm. We persevered though.

The trail was easy to walk on at first, but then it turned into a mudfest.

By the time we finished, we were completely drenched, right down to our underwear! I’d never seen my runners so wet and muddy.

muddy runners after walk in thunderstorm in Beaudry Provincial Park on Aug. 9, 2021

As usual, I went on many neighborhood walks. It’s just so quick to step outside my door and go.

walk in my neighborhood

I also went to a nearby forest in the city a few times. Fortunately, I was gifted with a close-up deer siting one day.

saw a deer on my walk in Assiniboine Forest

My husband and I went to Gimli one Sunday afternoon, so I got in my walk along the beach.

My 2021 walking distance to the end of August is: 730.19 km. That means I have 4 months and 469.81 km to go.

I can do this!

Here’s a recap of the year:

116.76 km August (always happy when it’s over 100)

104.69 km July (not too shabby)

99.1 km June

154.43 km  May (I killed it this month!)

48.87 km  April

 33.85 km  March (10-day water fast from March 20-29, so much less walking)

50.36 km  February

122.13 km  January (high number due to initial dedication and interest)

2021 distance total is 730.19 km. 

If you haven’t yet started a walking routine, I highly encourage it. Not only do you have an easy and simple way to move your body everyday (I’m usually 6-7 days a week), you gain a feeling of accomplishment when you follow through and do it.

Be HEALTHY (Healthy Eating And Living Transforms and Heals You),

Alison Carrey

July Update on my 1200 km Walking Goal: just past the halfway point :)

If you’re not moving your body in other ways, like swimming, cycling etc. then walking is a great go-to, which you can rely on every day. Put on some runners and step outside your door. It’s that simple.

There were so many beautiful days In July; I got outside for 26 walks, walking a total of 104.69 km.  I’m pretty happy with that.

On those really hot days, I made sure to get out earlier in the morning for a walk. Instead of complaining it was too hot outside, I just adapted to the conditions. When we move into autumn, I’ll need to be mentally ready for cooler weather, and not use it as an excuse to skip my walks.

Moving our bodies every day is so important, especially in our modern, more sedentary society. It’s really easy to make excuses, though.

At this time, I’m not doing any other exercise, except for a few resistance exercises that I do a few times a week (not consistently). So, walking is my jam.

walking goal

If you’re not moving your body in other ways, like swimming, cycling etc. then walking is a great go-to, which you can rely on every day. Put on some runners and step outside your door. It’s that simple. If you haven’t read all the reasons walking is so awesome, check it out.

Most of my walks were in my neighborhood this month, but I did get to some nice wooded areas in parks. Loved those!

walking in the
animal life on a walk

Here’s a summary of my 1200 km goal for 2021 so far:

104.69 km July (not too shabby)

99.1 km June

154.43 km  May (I killed it this month!)

48.87 km  April

 33.85 km  March (10-day water fast from March 20-29, so much less walking)

50.36 km  February

122.13 km  January (high number due to initial dedication and interest)

2021 distance total is 613.43 km. I’m officially past the halfway point. 🙂

If you need to move your body on a regular basis, try walking, and consider setting a weekly or monthly goal. My 2021 walking goal helps me to stay motivated and reminds me about what’s important to me.

Be HEALTHY (Healthy Eating And Living Transforms and Heals You),

Day 4 of my 4-week Hyper-nourishing Health Reset

Our lives get so busy that we often forget to connect how we feel with what we ate.
My energy levels are huge today, and I know it’s because of…

Today is day four of my 4-week health reset using Dr. Brooke Goldner’s hyper-nourishing protocol. If you missed the details about how I am resetting my health, check out my Day 1 video.

My energy levels are huge today, and I know it’s because of the nutrient-rich blender of smoothies I make in the morning and then drink through the day.

Our lives get so busy that we often forget to connect how we feel with what we ate. I can tell you that when I eat pizza, cheese, potato chips, fried chicken or ice cream, I don’t feel energized. I feel full, then tired, and sometimes even sick if I overeat (which would be often).

When I eat smoothies and salads with raw, dark leafy greens like kale and with raw vegetables and fruit, I feel light, clean and airy, like I could fly.

If you’d like to hear more, check out my Day 4 update on how things are going with my health reset.

If you’re looking for more energy and are tired of feeling tired, eat more raw veggies and greens to see what happens. Just this tiny step can make a world of difference.

If you really want to tackle your fatigue, check out Dr. Goldner’s site.

Be HEALTHY (Healthy Eating And Living Transforms and Heals You),

My 4-week Hyper-nourishing Health Reset

I deeply believe that changing from a less-than-stellar lifestyle to a healthy lifestyle takes practice until you get it right.
I won’t give up; I’ll keep trying.

After a couple of months of celebrations and indulging, I find myself needing to reset my taste buds….again. Time to get off the wine, processed food and high-fat/salt combinations I crave.

I deeply believe that changing from a less-than-stellar lifestyle to a healthy lifestyle takes practice until you get it right.

I know I’m not the only person who commits to eating healthy food and exercising, starts off with huge enthusiasm and confidence, and then falters and goes off track, eventually giving up.

Sound familiar?

If you’re like me, you try and you try, and you keep “failing”. You feel like you’ll never achieve your health or weight-loss goals.

I won’t give up. I’ll keep trying, and today is Day 1 of a health reset using Dr. Brooke Goldner’s hyper-nourishing protocol.

Check out my video where I describe the details.

I wish you success on your own health journey. Remember to not give up. You’re worth the challenges and obstacles you face along the way.

Be HEALTHY (Healthy Eating And Living Transforms and Heals You),

Update: Two Weeks after my 10-Day Water Fast

After completing my 10-day water fast, I began what I think is the most important part of fasting: re-feeding: what I eat after the fast.

There are two phases of re-feeding:

  1. The foods consumed in the first week to ten days after the fast
  2. The way of eating that continues on a daily basis, for long-term health

I follow the re-feeding protocol used at True North Health Center (TN) in Santa Rosa, California. My confidence in fasting and re-feeding comes from my knowledge from two key books:

  1. Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s Eating and Fasting for Health
  2. The Pleasure Trap by Dr. Doug Lisle and Dr. Alan Goldhamer

I also have first-hand experience fasting at TN for an 18-day water fast early in 2020 (right when Covid-19 hit, so I had to speed up my re-feeding).

My Re-feeding Phases

Day 1: fresh juice (celery/watermelon; celery/apple, celery/carrot/apple and celery watermelon). Day 2: fruit (except citrus) and juicy vegetables like lettuce, cucumber, zucchini and tomatoes. Day 3: Add all raw vegetables and citrus fruits as well as cooked veggies. Day 4: Add starchy vegetables like potatoes, squash, carrots. Enjoy thin soups. Day 5: Add legumes and thicker soups. Day 6: Add whole grains. Day 6: Add nuts/seeds.

Long -term way of eating: I am eating whole, plant foods without any added oil, sugar or salt. Occasionally, I will use mustard or a condiment that has a bit of sugar or salt, but that’s it. No alcohol for me. It is toxic to the body, and for a person like me recovering from breast cancer and wanting to prevent it from spreading or returning, booze is out.

Learn more about my weight-loss and mindset shifts that are helping me move toward long-term changes in my lifestyle and ultimately, optimal health.

Be HEALTHY (Healthy Eating And Living Transforms and Heals You),

Welcome to my Journey to Health and an Ideal Weight

Like so many women, I’ve struggled with my weight and attempted to lose weight many times.

Guess what? I’ve been super successful! Losing weight over and over again. 🙂

The problem is…I keep gaining it back. 😦 Currently, I am about 40-50 lbs overweight.

Early in 2021, I found myself in a deep funk. One that lasted for weeks instead of just a few days. I was in a state of what I call an “almost depression”, combined with anxiety and overwhelm.

This month, I knew I needed a drastic shift to get my body and mind reset.

I wanted time to complete a water fast to:

  • reset my taste buds
  • get a head start on my weight loss, and ultimately,
  • to help me begin and maintain a healthier lifestyle that will lead to me feeling vibrant and comfortable in my own body

I know a water fast sounds crazy to most, but it is, in fact, the fastest way to heal your body. Since I had breast cancer in 2020, achieving a healthy weight and having strong health is more important to me than ever before.

Although I was hesitant and afraid at first, I’ve decided to share my journey with other women because I know it will help me, and it might help you.

At this point in my life, I realize I no longer need to be afraid of what others think. From now on, I choose to be free to be me.

Check out my video to learn more about my journey and to see where I am on Day 4 of my water fast.

Note: I am not a doctor, nor am I an expert on water fasting. You should not attempt a water fast without consulting your doctor. People with underlying conditions and/or who are on medications may not be suited to a water fast. The best way to water fast is to do a supervised water fast, under the care of an experienced physician (which I have done before). See True North Health Center to learn more about safe water fasting.

Be HEALTHY (Healthy Eating And Living Transforms and Heals You),