YOU KNOW YOU NEED TO WORKOUT.
YOU KNOW YOU NEED TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF.
And you’ve tried. You’ve tried gym memberships, yoga, Pilates, and more. And none of them worked. You simply don’t have the time or the energy. And if you do manage to squeeze in a workout, you feel guilty that you aren’t doing something that’s more important. You’re thinking, “Something’s wrong with me,” because you can’t figure out what to do.
I know what to do because I did it.
Whether you want to get in shape, lose weight, feel better about how you look and feel, or you need to workout because you’re worried about your health, I can help.
I believe you deserve to look and feel your best, I believe you deserve a happy, healthy, long life, and I know walking is the ultimate way to have that life. That’s why I founded One Million Women Walking.
Hi, I’m Laura Boulay, Founder of One Million Women Walking.
I’m the walking guru for women! I believe in the YOU you’re longing to be and I’m here to tell you that you can get in shape, get healthy, and look and feel your best--by simply walking. I’m an intuitive step-by-step mentor and a fierce champion for you and your dreams. Your whole Self (body/mind/spirit) is who I’m here to help.
What does this mean for you? I know how to help you take care of your Self and get the workout you need--without gym memberships, without fitness classes, without more time and money down the drain.
Before 1MWW became my mission, I was an author, entrepreneur, and business consultant. My strengths were gathering data, seeing connections, and creating strategy while my passion was helping women create authentic, thriving lives and businesses.
I bring my strengths, work experience, and passion to 1MWW where I take the happy, healthy YOU you long to be and use my superpowers to create step-by-step, all-embracing walking programs that give you the results you want and the transformation you need.
You see, I know from (ugly) personal experience that walking transforms women’s lives, because that’s just what happened to me.
The Big Mess
Have you ever been in a place where your whole life was just one big huge mess? And as a result of that big huge mess you were a big huge mess too? You didn’t like the way you looked or felt but you were trapped by the mess? You were in the ugly self-fulfilling downward spiral of bad thinking and bad behavior and feeling bad. You were basically hopeless.
I was in exactly THAT place when I was going through my divorce. I was losing my home, I was unemployed, I was in deep financial trouble, my identity was shattering, and my dreams were dying. I was so afraid and unsure and insecure and I was terrified of what my uncertain future held. My life was falling apart and I was falling apart too.
My behavior at the time was not helping. I was sitting and trying to think my way out of the mess I was in but my thoughts were just a cyclone of negativity and fear and anger. I was eating way too much chocolate during the day and drinking way too much wine at night. I was literally spinning out of control and I did not like the way I looked or felt--I didn’t recognize my inner or outer Self at all.
Before I completely Self-destructed, inner wisdom stepped in and saved me. I realized that if I didn’t stop spinning around and around in the same negative thoughts and behaviors I was going to lose my mind. In that a-ha moment I knew I needed to DO something. So I did! I got up, put on my sweats and my tennies and I went for a walk.
I lived in Minnesota at the time and it was a cold fall day so I layered on gloves and a hat and a scarf and I walked for several hours in the cold wind--up and down the hills of the little town where I lived. I walked until I was dripping sweat. I walked until I had jello legs. I walked until I had not a thought in my head. And then I looked around me and saw a world I hadn’t connected to in a long, long time. There was a beautiful river below me, blue sky peeking out from behind gray clouds, the smell of wood smoke in the air, the crackle of leaves underfoot, the feel of a cold runny nose. I realized I was alive and still here. I felt alive and still here! I walked home a changed woman.
That walk was a huge turning point for me. It was my line in the sand with my self-destructive thinking and behavior. Anytime I didn’t like the way I was thinking or feeling, I’d get up and go for a walk. I did this for a long time because my divorce took a long time. Sometimes I’d walk 2 or 3 times a day--in any weather, inside or outside, it didn’t matter.
Through the months of turmoil, walking became my daily sanctuary and I missed it desperately if I didn’t walk. While I couldn’t affect many outcomes of the upheaval in my life--how long the divorce would take, whether I’d get any of the jobs I’d applied for, whether I’d find a decent place to live--I could go for a walk and, having gone for a walk, I felt better mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. Over time and many walks I made decisions. And I found solutions. And I got stronger. And I became happier despite the mess I was in.
What I experienced as I walked my way to a new life and a new me was nothing short of a major life transformation. Walking literally saved my life. I walked my way from my biggest life crisis to employment, a new home, and mental and physical health.
The New Beginning
Over the years it took for my divorce to become final, I became a confirmed walkaholic--I was completely addicted to walking. You know how, when you really love something, you become more aware of it? That’s what happened next. I started seeing reports about the benefits of walking and given my background as a researcher, author, connector and strategic planner I saved those articles. (Confession--I’m also a data geek!) Then I read two stunning reports about walking that inspired me at a heart and soul level. The first was from Dr. Vivek Murthy who was our Surgeon General at the time. Dr. Murthy released Step It Up, a national call to action for all Americans to walk more. Step It Up detailed all of the benefits of walking I was experiencing and explained why walking was the perfect workout! The second report was from a cardiac specialist in the UK, Dr. Sanjay Sharma. Dr. Sharma’s study found that 25 minutes of daily brisk walking can add 7 years to your life. SEVEN YEARS! That blew my mind.
I not only was a walkaholic but now I was a very vocal walking enthusiast. OK, truth be told I went a little overboard in sharing my enthusiasm for walking--data geek me could rattle off walking statistics at an alarming rate to anyone who would listen--friends, family, total strangers I’d run into when I was out walking. Despite my overzealousness, people were genuinely amazed at what walking does. I just knew I had to share my own experience and the science about walking. I wasn’t sure how I’d do it so I took my enthusiasm, my passion for helping women, my strengths and experience for a walk and the 1MWW movement was born. I literally walked 1MWW into being, which is only natural because walking increases our creativity by 60%!
Where I Am Today!
To my delight, all the paths of my life have converged in the 1MWW intersection--my super sweet, sweet-spot. I’ve gone from afraid and unsure to founding and growing a women’s health movement. Today I get to help women like you look and feel their best and live the happy, healthy lives they deserve. I love my work as the walking guru for women and every day I’m wildly grateful that I’m doing work that helps you be the YOU you want to be.
With the 1MWW movement, I’m on a mission to transform women’s lives. Getting the exercise you want and need doesn’t need to be expensive, grueling, or complicated.
With my step-by-step action plans, trouble shooting and support I will help you create a customized walking plan that gets you the results you’re after!
If you’d like some help getting started on your journey to the happy, healthy, long live you deserve, The Truth About Women Walking, is the place to begin. For FREE, instant access to this e-book I wrote just for you, go HERE now!
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