Year Three – 2014

World AS Day in Taiwan with The Walking Spondies

Hi Everyone! My name is Carrie Kellenberger and I’m Team Captain of The Walking Spondies. I thought I’d take the time to update you all on what our team got up to on World AS Day, which is always held on the first Saturday of May each year. This year, World AS Day fell on Saturday, May 7th, and we decided to host our second Walk Your AS Off team event at Da’An Forest Park in Taipei. This was our second team walking event for 2016, and we decided to host a potluck picnic in the park for the afternoon… Read More »World AS Day in Taiwan with The Walking Spondies

How The Numbers Stack Up

After circling the globe, then reaching the moon, we have headed off towards worlds unknown – MARS! We haven’t shared much how big this goal actually happens to be – honestly we were afraid to freak you out or discourage you. As Jennifer shared in a blog post last year, Imagine what we are doing – and it may help you understand the thinking behind such a bold move. So – here is the scoop… We need approximately 80 Billion Steps to get to Mars and this is why we’ve set a time frame of ten years to accomplish this.… Read More »How The Numbers Stack Up

2014 Walk Your A.S. Off – Step Announcement

What an amazing year we’ve had! We are well on our way to Mars now walkers and it is all thanks to you – every person who took even one step towards our goal. Thank you. Thank you to all of our team captains  – Joyce Lameire, Michael Mallinson, Bruce Williams, Michelle Fitch, Colleen Vasquez, Ashley Laughlin, Gillian Anderson, Marlin and Jacquie Gregor, Leigh Costello, Aoife Brady,  Ria Bower, Michele Seher, Tess Johnson, Adrienne Taren, Gregg & Sarah Lemieux, Jessica Upchurch, Karen Hall, Melanie Long, Robin Kindrick, Susan Swarts, Prashanth BP, Melissa Levanduski, Caitlin O’Leary, Tony King, Robyn Dishong, Abbe Kaufman,… Read More »2014 Walk Your A.S. Off – Step Announcement

Our World AS Day Events & Comittment

For our third year of Walk Your A.S. Off we decided that we had to become “Champions of World AS Day” since we have our finish line every year on this important day. Also since we are a worldwide walk we thought we could be a place for the organizations and people across the globe to come together. And… well, someone needed to do it! We’ve set up a new Facebook page for World A.S. Day and Walk Your A.S. Off celebrations! This page will be for everyone – no need to have been part of the walk to participate… Read More »Our World AS Day Events & Comittment

Monday Motivation – Our Teammates

Hello everyone – Jenna here! I am writing this week’s Monday Motivation (ok… on Tuesday) for Heather because she isn’t feeling so great unfortunately. Please send her some good vibes – & a comment below would be lovely. When I heard from her yesterday I told her I would write something so not to worry. I immediately knew what I wanted to write about – the motivation we get from our teammates and fellow travelers on this AS Walk. I feel inspired by their courage, their grit, and their dedication and those qualities motivate me beyond measure! Here are some… Read More »Monday Motivation – Our Teammates

Tiara's Tuesday Talk – Walk on brave soldiers, WALK ON!

I recently opened the website for this very walk and saw “walking to raise awareness” because that is all that fit in the tiny window of my mini-computer. Of course the end says “of Ankylosing Spondylitis” which we are. We are also raising awareness in ourselves. In these 341 million steps we have walked I’m sure you have learned a bit more about the AS community, the people walking it, running it and literally running it (the people behind the walk) and even a little bit about yourself. First off let me say a huge “WAY TO GO!” for all… Read More »Tiara's Tuesday Talk – Walk on brave soldiers, WALK ON!

Motivation Monday – Keeping The Habit

Here we are AS-tronauts – stepping off for week nine on the first leg of our journey to Mars. What a ride it has been! All of us have contributed over 340 million steps so far we are zooming right along. As I was contemplating our motivation this week my strongest supporter, my mother, said something I found really interesting, “sometimes motivation comes from habit”. The more I thought about it I agreed with her. Think about it…each day we strap on our pedometers and walk around with it all day. We do it for ten weeks and along the… Read More »Motivation Monday – Keeping The Habit

Step Totals – Week 1 Through Week 6

  What an amazing job everyone! Here’s the break down: Total: 341,341,683 People: 330,649,767 Paws: 10,691,916   Let’s finish strong! We’re averaging around 63 million steps per week which is just awesome everyone! We have a couple of big walk events coming up that will add some pretty big numbers but I’d love if we could hit a BILLION steps this year (might be a stretch but we’ll be posting some ways to get additional donations in the next couple of weeks). Last year we took 654,568,770 collective steps. Do you think we can hit a BILLION this year? For… Read More »Step Totals – Week 1 Through Week 6

Tiara's Tuesday Talk – Step Conversions

This week has been rough due to a lot of personal stuff going on but on the good side all this running here and there did lead to a pretty awesome step count week. Thanks to loads of activity with loads of stress, my body aches EVERYWHERE. Then there is the weather. Almost 80 today and they are calling for flurries Wednesday in the very early morning hours or as other people still consider it, night time. Humidity, no humidity. Cool day, warm day. Rain clouds but no rain. Of course it has been great weather for the Cherry Blossoms… Read More »Tiara's Tuesday Talk – Step Conversions

Monday Motivation – Visions Of Our Destination

Musical Motivation Monday – by Heather Stewart   “You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the signpost up ahead – your next stop, the Twilight Zone!” – Rod Serling   I spent most of the week pondering what to write about. What on Earth could I put on paper to keep our AS-tronauts motivated? What are our visions of our destination? As luck would have it a saw a book about “local boy” Rod Serling and I started thinking… Read More »Monday Motivation – Visions Of Our Destination