In honor of National Heart Health Month (February), I am participating in a month-long fitness challenge with other ladies from my morning exercise class. We have an assigned number of steps to walk each day in addition to whatever we do in class at the studio.

I love to walk – on a walking trail, around town, back on the farm – so I figured this walking challenge will be easy peasy.


Today, the weather here in NW Tennessee is mild and sunny, so I headed out for my four hills/forty minute hike back on the farm. I haven’t hiked all the way to the back pasture since the end of last summer, and I was glad to be out in the sunshine and fresh air.

I picked up a cheapy pedometer at WalMart this morning to count my steps. Today’s target: 5000 steps. Confident that my long walk would probably tally up double the required steps, I closed the barn lot gate behind me and set off at a brisk pace.

I am back home now, sweaty, a little winded, and greatly invigorated. My little pedometer tells me I have walked 3957 steps. Really? Only 3957 steps?! I figured it’d be more like 13,000! I still have over a thousands steps to go! Guess I need to do a couple of laps up and down the driveway before the sun goes down.

Also in recognition of National Heart Health Month, I have resolved to eat more “heart healthy” foods. I am generally a pretty healthy eater, but I am going to try to add more fruit and fiber to my diet this month.


And, because stress is a downer for anyone’s heart, I plan to take advantage of opportunities to de-stress mentally and emotionally: prayer and Bible study in the morning, yoga classes at Caroline’s, play dates with the grandbabies, coffee and good conversation with a friend, a couple of chapters in a good book at the end of the day…

And I’ll be writing, because writing is always good for my heart!

What about you? How can you be kind to your heart this month?

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