7 Days Of Giving

6 Geese-a-Laying
5 Golden Rings
4 Calling Birds
3 French Hens
2 Turtle Doves
AND  a Partridge in a Pear Tree!

The holidays are here AND the spirit of giving is upon on us!

In 7 DAYS… Babe, babe’s parents, and yours truly will be walking in the 2012 Los Angeles Jingle Bell Run/Walk at the Alex Theatre in Glenda CA, supporting and raising awareness about Arthritis!

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When: December 9, 2012

Where: The Alex Theatre – Glendale, CA

Event Schedule: More information via the Jingle Bell Run/Walk website

Donation Drop Off and Late Registration 12/9/2012 6:30 am – 8:00 am
Morning Program & Warm Up 12/9/2012 7:30 am – 8:00 am
Timed Runners Step Off 12/9/2012 8:00 am
Runners/Walkers Step Off 12/9/2012 8:15 am
Program to award medals and prizes 12/9/2012 9:30 am – 10:00 am
Tot Trot 12/9/2012 10:00 am – 10:15 am

Allow me LESS THEN 2 minutes to share how YOU can help………..


If you decide to come out, please look me up! I will be the gal rocking these black ear covers! ahhhh yea…

Rockin ear covers in 64 degree weather

Much Love,

P.S. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Officially a Legit Walker?

Hat, cotton shirt, pants, walking shoes, trekking poles, pepper spray, phone, and I head out the door to walk as many times a week as my health permits.

Increasing my walking distance and stamina post-vestibular disorder has been a LONG JOURNEY!

Here is a photo of my early vestibular(balance) days, when walking around the block felt IMPOSSIBLE….

Early vestibular days of me laying on couch next to my dog wearing sea-bands

I was in a funk and depression FOR YEARS after my vestibular dysfunction appeared. One day someone mentioned to me..

Marissa, you are going to be “dizzy” regardless if your inside your home or outside your home.

WHAT? Well heck! She was right. I initially dismissed her statement. Deep down I didn’t want to believe life beyond my four walls was forever changed.

She was right AND being logical! I was “dizzy” outside my home as well as inside.  There was no escape. SO, I have been pushing ever since to venture out more. Since this vestibular condition NEVER leaves me, it’s going to have to join me while I push
beyond the limits of what it permits.

I mentioned to my fiancé that I wanted to try walking sticks, and he purchased me a pair of trekking poles (THANKS BABE)…

Marissa's trekking poles

I snapped a photo of me on my first walk ALONE post-vestibular issues!…

First time walking alone post-vestibular using my walking sticks

I painted my walking poles purple for lupus awareness month….

Poles spray painted purple for lupus awareness month and POP Day

It started initially with walking down the block and eventually I reached 2.1 miles…

2.147 miles says my pedometer

All I want for Christmas is to walk AND complete a 5k walk for arthritis!

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I FINALLY hit 2.7 miles! (Please pray I get here again. I have yet to hit this milestone again!)…

2.75 miles says my pedometer

I was able to walk far enough (BY MYSELF) to purchase my own meals from el pollo loco AND subway…

El pollo loco receipt and Subway bag

And now I want to give a shout out to my cousin who sent me 3 AWESOME walking shirts (she is a racing, triathlon, diva!)…

Racing shirt my cousin sent me

Thanks girl! You are helping me look the part of a legit walker. :)

Much love,

P.S   It’s ok if we fail or have setbacks let’s just promise each other to  keep continuing the take incremental steps in a forward direction! WE GOT THIS

Go Ahead It’s Just Sprinkling-Breaking Beyond Life Barriers

Sitting down tying my shoes I heard Gram yell over from the next room… “Mija, it’s starting to rain.”

I quickly finished tying up my shoes and walked over to acknowledge Gram. I could sense my defenses rising and a hesitance about walking in the rain.

“Should I take a jacket? Maybe I shouldn’t go?”

Grams response… “Mija, go ahead it’s just sprinkling.”

I threw on my hat, grabbed for my walking stick, and headed out the door.

The intensity of the sprinkling started picking up after rounding the corner of the second block. I slowed down and contemplated turning back. I thought to myself…

“I don’t have an umbrella. What if the concrete gets too slippery and I fall. I should seriously turn back…”.

I quickly convinced myself to keep going (“Gram says it’s just sprinkling!”).

About a mile, into the walk the sprinkling turned to rain and it started coming down hard. I was about to get annoyed, and then something happened.

I found myself at the intersection where I normally turn around and head back home. Next thing you know I was pushing on the traffic signal button with the intention of walking across the street.

Beyond that intersection, about half a mile up is the grocery store and Target. When I first moved in with Gram I could only dream of walking to the grocery store. I envisioned walking to the store, shopping independently, purchasing a few items, and walking back home.

On a day filled with excuses and my walk threatened by weather, I realized I was MUCH CLOSER to my goal of shopping independence than ever!

I moved beyond that intersection, reached the grocery store in the pouring rain, turned around and headed home.

Walking home in the rain felt AWESOME! I didn’t have time to worry about feeling yucky because I was so pumped that I hit a significant milestone.

The WEIRD THING was, the last few blocks walking back home the rain let up, and it was back to… “It’s just sprinkling!”.

As I headed up the driveway, Gram greeted me at the door.

“I feel so guilty that I pushed you to go. I didn’t think it was going to start raining like that…”.

My response…

“Gram! I made it to the store, take my picture.”.


Had to share this photo! Gram’s first few shots using the iPhone camera. Guess you don’t need to see my head. heheh Pants, shoes and 1/2 of my shirt were soaked. Rain never felt so good!

The lesson…

Hesitation, fear, excuses, pressure, outside factors are simply distractions. When all those barriers are up, and you push beyond those distractions you began to reach the seemingly “impossible” goals.

Much love,

Thank you Jenny Craig! Don’t Mind If I Do-5k Walking Training Schedule

“Ready, set, let’s get your booty walking”  It’s time to bust out a 5k walking training schedule!

That sounds like a plan to me!

For those that may not recall, I got the green light from my vestibular rehabilitation therapist to walk in the Jingle Bell Run/Walk supporting arthritis awareness.

I was PUMPED, but quickly realized I needed a plan of attack.

That is where Miss Jenny comes in…

I stumbled across her Run/Walk webpage that prepares their members to walk in the American Heart Association Heart Walk 5k (3.1 miles).

Walking Workouts - Prepare for Heart Association Walk | Jenny Craig

Perfect! It’s neat to see that walking can be just as SEXY and GLAMOROUS as running. Whoop Whoop!

Hope Miss Jenny doesn’t mind if I use her walking training schedule as my guide.

They offer 4 different training programs that will prepare you for a 5k.

Having a training schedule will allow me to achieve the following:

  • Work toward actually reaching the 3.1 miles before walk/run event.
  • Building up the stamina for the run/walk.
  • A workable plan to follow, keeping me focused on my goal.

My current health situation will present days where I may fall off the training program… BUT  I can ADJUST the program to work for me!  THANKS JENNY.

Off to schedule time for booty walking!

Much love,