5 Years and Still Walking Strong

posted Nov 13, 2016, 3:05 PM by Walk Strong Calgary   [ updated Apr 8, 2017, 6:05 AM ]

This week marks the 5-year anniversary of the night I popped my very first Walk DVD into my player... a Walk that changed my life. While I could certainly say "I wish I had found this sooner," I believe in God's perfect timing, and He led me to Leslie's workouts when I needed them most. 

I won't go into my full story, which I've shared many times, but suffice it to say, had I not started the program when I did, I would have been medicated and on stress leave. Everything changed, however, with a simple three-mile walk, and I'm now a huge advocate for using exercise to help deal with stress and depression. 

Here are just a few of the benefits I've reaped through the Walk at Home Program:

  • Inner Healing
    - That first month or so of walking in front of my TV gave me the inner strength and confidence I needed to pursue the final stages of my dream of becoming a published author. Had I not found Walk, I would have walked away (no pun intended) from that dream. 
  • No More Depression - The winter of 2011-2012 was the first winter in over 10 years wherein I didn't feel depressed... Every year it was getting worse and lasting longer. I've had only a few minor episodes since... Hallelujah!
  • No More Chronic Sinus Headaches - My sinus headaches were so bad and so frequent that my doc was baffled. Advil was a staple in my house... in the largest bottles available. Soon after starting the program, I began to notice that if I had a headache when I started a walk, it would be gone by the time the workout was over. I put it to the test over time and it was uncanny. Within about 6 months my headaches were almost completely gone. The ones I get now are few and far between, and are so minor in comparison that I often don't even take anything for them. Praise God!
  • Walking Broke the Annual Plateau - I used to have a cycle wherein I'd gain weight in the winter, lose it in the summer... all but that last 10 lbs that eluded me. I never seemed to be able to break through that plateau. With Walk at Home, I lost those 10 lbs in just 6 weeks - now THAT's getting your WALK on! 
  • Opportunity for a Career Change
     - About two months in, I was googling the program and came across a website wherein you could get certified to lead live classes. Long story short, I went for it, was certified in 2012 and in 2014 left an office career of 25+ years to do fitness full time. It was one of the BEST decisions of my life!
  • My Amazing WALK Family - I truly am in awe at the number of wonderful people who've come into my life since I found the program. From my fellow Walk 15® Instructors across the USA & Canada (LOVE YOU!) to my local class participants and fellow Walkers met via the official Walk at Home Facebook page... Janey-Girl in England, Olga in Russia, Carol in Australia, Asmaa in Wisconsin... Julie, Brenda, Dawn, Maria... I can't possibly list you all! You rock... I mean WALK!
Every morning I have a reason to get out of bed... many reasons actually. I'm very thankful to be in such a great stage of life, and I count my blessings every single day. Next year is the big 5-Oh for me, and I'm going in with the best mental, spiritual, emotional and physical health of my life thanks to Walk at Home and Walk 15®!
Health is Wealth!
- Nancy Ehle, Master Walk 15® Instructor
  Founder & CEO, Witness 4 Fitness