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Simple Steps Success Stories

Many Simple Steps participants have shared their success stories - read about how regular walking has made a difference in their lives!

“I began Simple Steps on April ‎1‎st‎.  ‎I have been walking at least ‎30 ‎minutes or more each day‎.  ‎I LOVE it‎!  ‎I try to walk over ‎my lunch break and then again when I get home at night with my family‎.  ‎I am already feeling better and I also have noticed ‎that my clothes seem to fit better as well‎.  ‎Amazing how a regular walk can make a person feel so much healthier‎!  ‎I have ‎also started drinking more water and eating healthier meals‎.  ‎I hope that my husband and kids see the difference it can make ‎and get on board with me‎!  ‎Thanks Simple Steps‎!”‎   – Jennifer (Lakeville)

“There is a new employee in my office and I enjoy walking with her outside for ‎30 ‎minutes every lunch day that it is possible‎.  ‎It ‎has given me energy and a new outlook on working harder in the office‎!  ‎I really enjoy walking with my new friend‎.  ‎It makes ‎my day complete‎!”                   – Kimberly (Lakeville)

"My husband and I have enjoyed what even just a little extra walking has added to our lives‎. ‎We have noticed small businesses in our city than we would have before‎, ‎and we’ve even helped the local community by picking up trash on our ‎way‎. ‎The weather has been beautiful‎, ‎and these extra moments outside are a gift with how fleeting the weather can be!"              Andrea (Eagan)

"I started Simple Steps a year ago with a couple of my co‎-‎workers‎. ‎It‎’‎s great during lunch to enjoy some nice weather and ‎get some exercise‎. It has also been a nice ‎"‎break‎/‎outlet‎" ‎to get out and do something good for my mind and my body‎. ‎I would highly encourage others to take a healthier step forward and join Simple Steps‎! ‎It has made me stronger and keeps me feeling refreshed in stressful moments‎. ‎Now that the weather is getting nice again it’s time to get out and walk‎!"   Amber (Prescott)

"I have gone from almost no walking to regularly hiking local trails with my family. When I first started this spring, walking just 2 miles was painful and exhausting. But over the last few months I have worked my way up to doing 4-7 miles on the trails. My brother and I have noticed how much shorter it seems each day as we are losing weight and regaining endurance. So far I have worked up to walking just over 10 miles in a day and I felt amazing after that. I have set a goal of doing a 14-mile hike for my 40th birthday. My brother has scheduled the day off work and plans to join me. I try to do destination walking but the lack of sidewalks in my city makes walking with small children dangerous."                                 Victoria (Apple Valley)

"Since participating in Simple Steps my husband and I have discovered several Dakota County Parks through Simple Steps ‎newsletter‎. ‎It was fun finding new parks close by‎. ‎We enjoyed all the trails, and we wear our Simple Steps caps while walking‎."               Carol (Eagan)

"Two ‎years ago I could not walk more than a very short distance because of arthritis in my back‎. ‎I had a lumbar fusion in Sept of ‎ 2009 ‎and began to walk short distances several times a week‎. ‎ Over the next two years I increased my walking distance ‎(‎now ‎up to ‎5‎-‎7 ‎miles a day‎) ‎and the number of days that I walk ‎(‎now I walk every day either at the mall or outside)‎. ‎I have also started walking with a friend over the last several months which holds me accountable for walking every weekday and I have‎ enjoyed walking with my family on the weekends‎. ‎An added benefit is that I have lost ‎50 ‎pounds over these two years‎! ‎I have ‎ so much more energy and I sleep great‎!‎"                  Julie (Burnsville) 

"Simple Steps has had a wonderfully positive effect on me both physically and emotionally‎. ‎On a recent visit to the doctor I ‎ was told my average blood sugar was ‎"‎excellent‎." I showed the doctor my Simple Steps calendars and was congratulated‎. ‎That felt good‎.‎ Nothing brings me more serenity than an outdoor walk‎. I enjoy the peace of nature‎. ‎If I am stressed‎, ‎the walk diminishes the stress‎. ‎It is for me and me alone, and as a woman I need that‎.‎ Marking the time on the Simple Steps calendar does wonders for my‎ self-esteem and keeps me committed‎.‎"                          Diane (Eagan)

"During the school year‎, ‎a group of moms get together for coffee every Monday morning‎. ‎I have gotten in the habit of walking ‎to our weekly get‎-‎together instead of driving‎, ‎I probably walk ‎2-‎3 ‎miles on those days‎!"          Lori (Inver Grove Heights)

“I like the fact that you encourage us to get walking partners. It’s not so easy to say "ohforgetaboutit" when you are accountable to another person. I'm feeling the health benefits of almost daily walking and loving it. Thanks!”     Deb (Hastings)

“I have added more steps to my day by being conscious of how much I have walked. I've tried new routes in adding more walking and have tried walking with new people and that adds another dimension to the benefits. It certainly helps with stress which seems to be increasing. My walks take me outside in fresh air and usually sunshine which adds vitamin D to help with stress. Thanks for bringing the program to Dakota County! It works great!!!”              Kathy (Bloomington)

“Thank you Dakota County and the Simple Steps program. This program has kept me motivated to walk as many days a week as possible. I enjoy spending time with coworkers outside of the office environment. Everyone is more relaxed and we can talk about anything. Since I have walked at least 30 minutes for 5-6 days each week in June, I have lost 8 pounds. As another bonus, I have managed to get my husband to walk with me one morning each weekend and he is not even a part of the program.”                Karen (Farmington)

"I have been a participant since Simple Steps started and have had the pleasure of benefiting from it in many ways‎. ‎I am healthier‎, ‎mentally‎, ‎fiscally‎, ‎and socially. ‎It is amazing how bringing together people in a ‎team ‎environment can do for all involved ‎(‎without even realizing it‎). ‎My team looks forward to our group walks and ‎feeling GREAT and refreshed‎. ‎We will continue to walk even after the program ends. ‎Some of my team weren’t “walkers” before joining Simple Steps and have found this hidden life treasure ‎through this program‎. ‎Thanks to all the organizations that have brought this program to Dakota County to promote healthy ‎living - ‎it is working!"     Lisa (Hastings)

"I have been able to add three fifty-minute walks a week to my routine. In addition to this I have formed healthier habits such as parking farther away when I go to the store or using the stairs in my apartment and other buildings.”      Anna (Little Canada)

"Since I started Simple Steps about six weeks ago‎, ‎I have never felt better‎! ‎I walk in the morning before work‎. ‎I go out early‎ ‎when it’s still cool outside‎, ‎the birds are chirping‎, ‎and everyone is still waking ‎up‎. ‎I take that time everyday ‎(‎that it’s not raining‎) ‎to myself‎. ‎Time is very limited in my life‎, ‎especially when it comes to ‘alone ‎time‎.‎’ So this program has really kept me motivated‎. ‎I think about NOT walking for the day‎, ‎and then remember that I have to sign ‎in and mark my time‎. ‎Then I am right out of bed…WALKING‎!"                     Jacque (Burnsville)

Last updated: 5/16/2013 8:55 AM