March 2014

Monday Motivation – The Stars Shine For You

Musical Motivation Monday – by Heather Stewart Greetings AS-tronauts! Here we are striding past the half way mark of this leg of our journey to Mars. I don’t know about you but this is when my motivation starts to wane. Last week we talked about our frustration with being sick; that frustration evolves as you realize your step counts barely break 1000/day let alone 5000. It is this disappointment with your lower than expected step count that can lead to a lack of motivation. I was having trouble trying to figure out what to write this week. I was continuously berating… Read More »Monday Motivation – The Stars Shine For You

Tiara's Tuesday Talk – We Live, We Learn, We Go On…

Tiara’s Tuesday Talk – by Sara Sheibley Sometimes I should really pay attention to my own words. I type them, I read them yet I don’t heed them. This is how the story often goes, but this time I did myself in. For some reason even though I knew I was going to be busy, I knew it was a full day, I knew, I knew, I knew… And now… I wish but any way, I didn’t take my own advice. I was trying to do too much! Am I glad I cracked a new high for steps? Yep… 23,301 steps… Read More »Tiara's Tuesday Talk – We Live, We Learn, We Go On…

Monday Motivation – Where's The Kaboom?

Musical Motivation Monday – by Heather Stewart   Where’s the Kaboom? This past week I’ve been feeling like Marvin the Martian “Oh! Mutiny makes me so angry!” While there hasn’t been a mutiny on Spaceship WYASO2014 it seems there is some sabotage going on. I was sick the week before and this past week I have been trying to catch up and I don’t think I’ve done that yet. Through all of this I have noticed an increase in “flares” (when the inflammation increases creating lots of pain) for those of us with AS and other types of rheumatic problems and… Read More »Monday Motivation – Where's The Kaboom?

Team Spotlight – BeLEIGHve

Team Spotlights – by Joyce Lameire Team Spotlight   BELEIGHVE   Meet Leigh Costello! Leigh started her walk team because “I want to help raise awareness for AS that goes beyond my family and friends.” Leigh’s story is one heard from many with AS  “I was diagnosed in 1978 and being a girl, I got a pat on the back and a best of luck from the doctor who diagnosed me. I have done searches on the internet through the years and since no one mentioned AS again I figured the information on AS didn’t apply to my case. Doctors would… Read More »Team Spotlight – BeLEIGHve

Tiara's Tuesday Talk – Hitting Our Stride

Tiara’s Tuesday Talk – by Sara Sheibley   Here we are at and a lot of us are hitting our stride, figuring out pedometers and just simply WALKING! Isn’t this exciting??? Okay so our feet may not be finding as exciting as we are but hey, a little foot rub and they’ll be thanking you for it! Last year for the first few weeks of the walk I concentrated on assistive devices to aide in walking and things to do to relieve aches and pains. I was in a place at that time where I really couldn’t walk well. Actually…… Read More »Tiara's Tuesday Talk – Hitting Our Stride

Monday Motivation – We Have Satellites!

Musical Motivation Monday – by Heather Stewart WYASO2014 to Houston, come in Houston. HOUSTON we have satellites! All of our lives we are surrounded by people; family, friends, co-workers, associates. We even have phrases like “circle of friends” to describe some of them. We place ourselves in the center and they surround us. Over the years some relationships burn fast and hot, others a slow burn while even others are strong and constant. They say that everyone comes into your life for a reason, the strong constant people, they are our satellites. You know who they are, they are with you… Read More »Monday Motivation – We Have Satellites!

MISSION TO MARS is ready to Blast Off

by Heather Stewart “MISSION TO MARS is ready to Blast Off”, is what Marc Goodwin of the Rockin’ Weebles: Weebles Kick AS told his long time friend. You see, Marc is a trail runner and his friend has AS so when Marc saw posts about the Rockin’ Weebles and Walk Your AS Off he decided to talk to his running friends about AS and see if they would contribute their steps to our Mars journey. Then he took it one step further… I am pleased to announce that this year participants in the Down To Run Endurance Challenge have the… Read More »MISSION TO MARS is ready to Blast Off

Team Spotlight – Walking Tall and Wright

Team Spotlight – Walking Tall and Wright by Joyce Lameire   Meet Gail Wright. She decided to form a team for WYASO because “I was diagnosed with AS in February. Upon receiving my diagnosis I started searching the internet for information, articles and ways to TAKE ACTION.” “I’ve always been involved in athletics….. I grew up going to camp so I rode horses, played tennis, water-skied, played baseball etc. I began running when I was about 40. I then turned my running/exercise into something more meaningful than just exercise for myself. I hiked Yosemite’s Half Dome to raise money for… Read More »Team Spotlight – Walking Tall and Wright

Wednesday Walker Spotlight – Gail Wright

Wednesday Walker Spotlight – by Chris Scott & Gail Wright Happy Wednesday everyone!! What a bunch of steppers!! The numbers I’ve seen rolling in are amazing!! We have almost walked around the world in a little over a week.. That was our goal for the entire walk just a few short years ago. You are all incredible!! Please share your story with us! Here is one of our incredible steppers! I’d like you all to meet Gail Wright, from Team Walking Tall and Wright.  This is her story…   “I’ve always been pretty athletic. Grew up going to summer camp and participating… Read More »Wednesday Walker Spotlight – Gail Wright

Tiara's Tuesday Talk – Don't Ignore Those Nagging Pains!

Tiara’s Tuesday Talk – by Sara Sheibley  We all perceive pain differently. Some of us also fit nicely on that little pain scale in the doctor’s office… (Although 1 looks a little too happy) And some of us use one all of our own.   They call this difference in all of us our pain threshold. How much pain we can endure before it gets to be too much. When it gets to that point, what do you do? Some people go see a doctor. Some of us, especially those of us with chronic illness tend to take something and… Read More »Tiara's Tuesday Talk – Don't Ignore Those Nagging Pains!