Yes, You Do Have 30 Minutes to Walk Today

Yes, You Do Have 30 Minutes to Walk Today

“I’m so sorry,” the email began. “I swear I’m not one of those people who miss deadlines, but I hurt my back and I won’t have the column to you on Friday.”

I was laying in my bed, alternating between ice and heat - because that’s what they say you should do. Neither were working. I had done something bad at the gym earlier that week and simply breathing sent shooting pains up and down my spine. I was stopped in my tracks. Laid out and laid up. On my calendar that week was two full days of meetings, one writing deadline and a dinner for a women's networking group that I had created. A meeting at my daughter’s school to discuss her class schedule for the coming year and my son’s 18th birthday.

Looking for a Magic Bullet? Look Again

Looking for a Magic Bullet? Look Again

Aren’t we all looking for the magic bullet? The one thing that will make us thin, turn our house into a showplace and move our business to “the next level?”

The media is replete with tales of overnight success. Justin Bieber puts a homespun video on Youtube and becomes a bazillionaire. A couple of students found the company Rovio, release the Angry Birds and become millionaires overnight.  Lana Turner gets discovered at a drugstore counter.

Why Walk In the Cold

Why Walk In the Cold

A deep freeze has gripped much of the nation. Yesterday, the temperature in Sag Harbor was 7, there were patches of ice where an earlier rain had frozen and branches continued to be brought down by the howling wind. A friend in Michigan reported it was -19 and even in Florida, my mother abandoned her morning walk because it was just too cold. 

When it is cold, millions of years of evolution tells us to seek shelter and stay in the cave. Don't expend any unnecessary energy. And eat up because the cold is taxing on your body and you don't know where your next meal is coming from.

We need to fight that urge. We need to push ourselves to remain active. In fact, walking in cold weather has a slew of benefits. Here are five:

What do Kourtney Kardashian, Beyonce, Sarah Jessica Parker and I Have in Common?

What do Kourtney Kardashian, Beyonce, Sarah Jessica Parker and I Have in Common?

We’ve all rediscovered the fanny pack. In Style Magazine reports that “Celebrities Celebrities Are Obsessed with This Retro Accessory.” As an incredibly busy working mama, 99 Walks’ Pack Leader, I couldn't be happier.

I bought a simple black Herschel fanny pack (okay, they call them “hip packs” now but we all know what they are don’t we?) from Urban Outfitters. Herschel. Urban Outfitters. Cool by definition right?

My 13-year-old-fashion-conscious teen was horrified when I told her what I had done. But then I modeled it for her. “Well, it’s not as bad as I thought,” she conceded.

Play the Long Game

Play the Long  Game

January is a time when many jump on the New Year’s Resolution bandwagon. I’ll admit I’ve done it, too. But, to be honest, I have my doubts about those pesky resolutions. Why? They never seem to work out for me. It’s a lot of pressure and expectation and if you let yourself down even once (becausee we all know it’s going to happen. None of us are perfect,) it’s like you failed. And failure shouldn’t be an option. 

Playing the long game? This is a smarter option.

If You Don't Know Where You Are Going, You Are Likely To Get Lost: Tips for Goal Setting

If You Don't Know Where You Are Going, You Are Likely To Get Lost: Tips for Goal Setting

Setting goals is important because if you don’t know where you are going, you are likely to get lost.

Effective goal setting takes practice. Set the bar too low, and you won’t achieve as much as you might. Set it too high and you set yourself up for failure. Make your goals too ambiguous and you’ll be unable to track your progress or know when you have achieved them. And, perhaps most importantly, setting goals that are not deeply, truly and profoundly important to you is a waste of time because you will never be inspired to do the hard work it will take to get there.