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
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
Why walk? Walking can be really tough. There was a time when my AS felt horrible after walking, even high impact activity such as running felt better. When you have a spondylitis disease, any and all activity feels completely out of the question at times. There are days when I force myself to do exercise and I’m still a ball of pain. Flares can be very stubborn. If it feels so bad to move, why do it? Because it feels worse not to. Every time I’ve given myself a break from exercise, it’s made me feel worse and flares last… Read More »Why Walk?
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’m not sure if you noticed, but last week, no blog from me. I was in the hospital. Semi-not AS related, but come on, everything is AS-related in our bodies. I was MIA or as I like to say in-Kaiser-ated because my immune system allowed an insignificant insurgent bacteria to grow and duplicate and multiply and get way out of hand. Did it do this because it has been brainwashed to pay attention only to my spine or sacroiliac? Did my immune system miss a red flag when my armpit began to swell, redden and in the course of one… Read More »Where Does Strength Come From?
As many of you know, dealing with A.S. can be quite a battle. A few nights ago, I was walking in my bedroom when I slipped and fell to the ground. Thankfully, I landed on the carpet, but it still was not a good feeling especially because I was in the midst of a bad flare. As I lay on the ground, frustrated, in tears, feeling defeated, and unable to pick myself up, I realized something. Throughout a lifetime of dealing with A.S., there are many times where we can feel beat up and knocked down. However, if we allow… Read More »When I get knocked down…
Teams are beginning to register for our 2015 spring event and the weather seems to be getting better for many. As we prepare for our fourth year we are looking for bloggers to post about our walk, awareness activities, team highlights, general information about Spondylitis, and possible gear reviews. If you are interested please email [email protected] Please join us in welcoming Nicole Maher – she will be blogging on Wednesday’s. Here is her first post: Are you ready to Walk Your A.S. off in a few weeks? My name is Nicole Maher and I live in Southwest Florida. After years… Read More »Welcome New Walk Blogger Nicole Maher
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
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