Baby Steps
10 June 2021

245,148 steps in April – an average of 10,659 per day, 104.5 miles, 15,357 calories burned. 262,801 steps in May, another 112 miles. I have walked the distance from London to Paris, in fact, I only have about 40 miles or so until I make the distance from Boston to Philly – and I’ll hit that this month for sure. The walking is going well – I’ve burned well over 30,000 calories that never would have been burned. But more than that – walking in the fresh air, seeing the sights, it gets my mind right. I’m loving being able to walk freely.
In addition, I’m hitting the gym three times a week – with a trainer present twice a week – kicking my hide and making sure I don’t slip out with some easy excuses. Strength gains have been excellent (more rapid than anticipated). Still have a long way to go in terms of being comfortable in my own skin – but I’m more on track than I’ve ever been in my life.
That’s the secret – the regularity. Not how hard you can go, but how often. Not having a perfect day, but having good months. Walk on!

Peter van der Walt is a fiction author, although you may find some non-fiction and the odd essay out there. Fans can find his newsletter, posts, updates and developments at Currently, he is hard at work on his next story. When not writing, he has far too many interests to reasonably keep up with. He lives with his partner in Devon, England.