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Ten Thousand Steps and Other Myths We Abide By

It was recently revealed that the old adage we all should take ten thousand steps a day for our health was just a marketing ploy and has no medical basis! This all started back in 1965 when a pedometer company decided it’d be a great way to get people to buy their product.

It turns out that for women, a mere 4400 steps a day will do it. That is all that is needed to contribute to heart and cardio fitness. What the heck? How could something stay in the public’s mind as a fact when it has no medical basis at all?

But now that I think about it, not a single doctor has ever told me to make sure I take ten thousand steps. Not ever. We’ve all been traipsing around shopping malls in the dead of winter, trying to get our steps in and now we know it won’t make a darn bit of difference!

How we believed in this for so long with no evidence at all is a testament to our trusting natures. Our wanting to believe. Kind of like our relationship goals. If we hang in with a relationship that’s been going south for years, (How long is 10,000 days?) it will somehow get healthier.

I remember during the beginning of our relationship, the Ex and I loved going for walks in the hills of Los Angeles. Such lovely terrain in Griffith Park. We were broke and it was free and free-ing us from our hot one-bedroom apartment in the Valley.

Then we moved to another area without many nice places to walk and it all fell by the wayside. And the last few years of our relationship we had separate ways of working out.

Neither of us seemed to notice, but looking back, all those hours we walked and talked and planned a life turned out to have been rather important to our Couple-hood.

We were walking together because we wanted to be together, not accomplishing some fitness goal.

These days I’m walking my steps with my dog and my thoughts. He is long gone, having walked away to a new life I know nothing about. We have not spoken in years. You’d think that’d feel weird but it doesn’t. It’s hard to romanticize a relationship that ended due to infidelity. It’s like a sepia tone that covers every memory of being that young in love couple never dreaming they would step away from each other forever.

We all go through major life transitions when relationships end… Through this website, I will share my thoughts as I walk the path of “New-Self” discovery. It doesn’t matter which side of 50 you are on. The real question is, Are you ready to live life? To forge a Path of Your Own Making (For a change!)? Then stop dwelling over the What-Might-Have-Beens and join me. Share your thoughts here, comment on mine, and let’s do this together!

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