Guest Post by Karen Fitch, Team Captain of Fitch Feet What’s your new normal? Do you have one of those quadruple pill sorters like I do? Maybe you have your infusion appointments logged into you smartphone’s calendar? Possibly you are spending the next few hours wrapped up in bed with a heating pad? Perhaps you are eating a bowl of chocolate peanut butter ice cream because it’s the only 19 minutes of joy in your life today? Feasibly, you’re playing gin rummy with your kid because it is all you can manage to do as playing catch in the backyard… Read More »What's Your New Normal?
Our amazing board has been taking a bit of a hiatus since Walk Your AS Off 2016. It takes an enormous amount of team effort to organize our walk each year and we do it with a very small team and virtually no budget. In an effort to get things rolling again, we are going to start delivering some fresh, new, INSPIRING content to you each Wednesday. I’m kicking things off this week by offering this advice: Never Give Up. So, I have a little story to share with you first. Less than 10 days ago, I came home to Taiwan… Read More »15 Reasons To Never Give Up
Photo by Hamed Saber TODAY IS THE DAY! IT’S TIME TO START STEPPIN’! It’s that time of year again…it is WALK YOUR AS OFF! W is for Waiting. It’s so hard to wait for the event to begin on April 1, 2016. A is for Awareness. That’s why we count our steps and promote this annual event—to create awareness. L is for Line-Up. Your line-up, your team, your motley crew—the people that are on your side. K is for Kicking AS, because that what we do—WE KICK AS. Y is for Yes. Yes, you can take one more step (and then… Read More »It's Time To Walk!
Karen Swank-Fitch, Team Captain Team Fitch Feet, has some very wise and inspirational words for all of us. The Walk Your AS Off countdown has begun. Get ready to walk on April 1st, and please stop by and leave Karen a comment. There is this certain song that has stuck with me since I was, say 5 years old or so. I have used this song as one of my “Soundtrack for Life” tunes that I used as motivation for my entire existence…be it to actually get up and move or to motivate myself internally. The ditty is from a… Read More »Just Put One Foot In Front Of The Other
The main event for Walk Your AS Off is almost upon us! Are you ready? I’m sure you are. Throughout the main event this year we will be running a weekly blog round-up of our walkers blog posts. The round-up is your opportunity to share your experiences with the whole of the WYASO community, and help to inspire and motivate each other. What is a round-up? A blog round-up is simply just a collection of blog posts about Walk Your AS Off. There will be a short description and link for each post, so you can read any post you want to in… Read More »Join Us For The WYASO Round-Up
Hello WYASO Warriors! I’m thrilled to see what a great start we have for our 2016 spring season! The awareness that is happening in the AS community for AS Awareness month is stellar this year. There are blue toe nails everywhere thanks to Cookie Hopper and Helgi Olafson and the SAA Twitter & Instagram contest is in full swing. Sabrina is sharing her Daily Dose and those are just amazing this year. The talk of the walk is ramping up and new walkers are registering all the time! It’s not too late to form a team – stepping starts officially… Read More »Let's Set Some Goals!
I started casually practicing yoga my freshman year of college. I took a Yoga class, and I was surprised to find how relaxed and energized I felt after each class. I noticed that my mobility was improving and my back did not hurt nearly as much after class as it did before. As my back and joint pain worsened through the years, I still found myself feeling my best after yoga class. I knew that I was not the most flexible, and no matter how hard I tried, I could not get my body into some of the harder poses. However,… Read More »The Healing Power of Yoga
Why I Walk for Walk Your A.S. Off Why do I walk? I walk because I have to. I walk because walking is a fundamental action that on certain days seems impossible to me. I walk because spending a few weeks counting my steps, managing a team and encouraging others is what I do. Why do you walk? Well, if you don’t have A.S. you are walking in support of someone, most likely someone you know and maybe even love. If you are on my team, you are walking for me. You might be walking to pay me back for… Read More »Why I Walk; Why You Walk
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
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