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Walking Success Stories: How I Got Healthy

Get inspired by these real women walkers (including two former Walking Challenge participants!) who took strides toward better health. Read their stories and use their tips to stay motivated, eat better, and make walking more fun.

By Angela Law

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Teresa Rodden
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Teresa Rodden

Age: 42

Hometown: Portland, Oregon

Occupation: Certified Personal Coach

I've Walked to Get in Shape For: 2 years

Why I Started Walking: I wanted to relieve stress.

My Walking Routine: I meet my sister before work on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. We go for two- to four-mile walks, which last around 30 to 60 minutes. I also lead a three-mile beginner-to-immediate walk a few times per month.

How I Stay Motivated: I've been leading walking groups since July 2008. I wanted to meet other walkers, so I used meetup.com to form a group to go on Sunday walks in the Portland metropolitan area. It was a success and I have been heading up walks since. When I'm overseeing everyone, I have no excuse not to walk. I have to be there—it's accountability!

My Greatest Walking Achievement: I've made a lot of friends as a result of my group walks. I'm guessing I must have also logged at least 200 miles by now—and that's a conservative guess.

My Favorite Walking Fuel: Fresh fruit

How I Make My Walks Fun: I use my group walks to meet new people. I love to talk and it doesn't matter who I walk with. We always chat nonstop and the walk is over before we know it.

My Best Walking Tip: Invite people to walk with you. You might be the inspiration or push someone else is waiting for.

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