Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Inning One

"C'mon baby! A walk is as good as a hit!"

If you have been around baseball, you have heard that shouted by players and fans.

What does it mean?

Simply put, a walk puts you on first base as does a hit.

Therefore the conclusion is " a walk is as good as a hit."

Walking a mile a day, every day for the rest of your life will change your life forever.

Walking in baseball is an art.

Barry Bonds accepted it.

Few pitchers dared to throw the ball over the plate when he approached.

Ricky Henderson worked it. Ricky could do almost anything he wished in his HOF career. Setting the all time record for walks was only one of his many personal records.

What will walking do for you?

For one thing, it will take you to the healthiest point in your life. Yes, you heard me right. If you start walking today, that first mile might prove difficult. You might even quit. You might quit tomorrow as well.

But if you persist--it will be life changing.

In weeks, you will discover energy you have never felt within your body.

In months, you might reach your perfect weight.

In 2014, I had to lose a kidney due to a kidney stone infection which had attached itself to my right kidney.

Luckily, if otherwise healthy, the human body can function very easily with one kidney.

I decided it was time to make a change in my life.

Always a casual athlete--hardball--followed by softball---followed by racquetball, then cycling and recreational walking, I became a walking addict!

In one year, I gave up kidney stone causing Coca Cola which I had been addicted to for decades and replaced it with blends of fruit juice.

And I started walking!

I started with a mile. Then two. Then three. Sometimes 4 and 5 and even as many as 10.

Now, I don't have to count the miles any longer. I will soon be 68 years old (my 50th anniversary with Casey).

Yes, it has been 50 years since Casey sought me out on my high school diamond.

I am in better shape than that callow 18 year old was on that day.

And it's all in a lifetime.

Come take a walk with me.


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