First: While my son was here, he hiked down to Plateau Point & then down to the Colorado River. I have not gone to either spot…YET. I have a hiking trip with 2 camping nights at “Indian Gardens” on April 13th & 14th. Plateau Point is about 1.5 miles away from Indian Gardens…and Indian Gardens is 4.6 miles down into the canyon. My boss has also given me 2 days off before this adventure is supposed to begin…so I guess I can even start earlier.   I keep telling people that as long as you ain’t camping with a tent & sleeping bag that you can watch a sunset at Plateau Point…spend the night there and wait for the sunrise the next morning… maybe I will.

I noticed on the weight watchers site, that they are having a walking challenge on May 22,2011. I sent a notification for it to the WW leader (Sarah) here but she was already making posters for it. There is no official walking challenge set for Arizona, but Sarah will be doing something here for it.

Today I also found a marathon & half-marathon set for the evening of December 4th on the strip in Las Vegas. Hmmm, wonder if I can get ready for an half-marathon in 8 months. Hmmm, will I still be in the area? Yes I probably will because I can’t really afford to live anywhere else. But the course in Vegas will not be as hard as the marathon here at the Grand canyon…which will be in early November. The temperature will also be better in Vegas during December too.

When I went to the clinic last week, the Dr told me to start walking everyday. And he said walking during work in the cafeteria didn’t count. So maybe if I think of walking and/or jogging as “getting ready for a half-marathon” and not just as “Dr’s orders”, just maybe I can do this. The weather is getting nice again lately, so maybe I can start walking home from work if I am not tired or the weather doesnt get to hot. Actually it would be easier for me to just grab a flashlight and walk to work in the mornings. It used to take me about 30-40 minutes to walk from home to the cafeteria;
On “the walking site”  there is  a 12-week beginner’s schedule to help get started with a walking program. You start off walking 15-20 minutes at a time during the first couple weeks and by the end of the 12 weeks you should be walking an hour a day. (not including work).

1. Burns calories
2. Slims waist
3. Tones legs & butt
4. Easy on joints…mostly my knees
5. Strengthens bones
6. Lowers blood pressure
7. Cuts cholesterol
8. Reduce risk of diabetes
9. Help to sleep better
10. No special equipment