YOU WANT TO WORKOUT BECAUSE . . .
YOU WANT 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, “What’s wrong with me?” because you can’t figure out what to do.
I want you to know there is nothing, absolutely nothing, wrong with you.
What you’ve been missing is a whole Self (body, mind, spirit) approach to your health and wellness. An approach that fits your life—an easy, doable “work-in” vs a hard to schedule workout. An approach that includes connection, community, loving accountability and ongoing daily support.
I believe you deserve to look and feel your best, I believe you deserve a happy, healthy, long life, and I know a whole Self approach to creating health is the 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. 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 without gym memberships or fitness classes, without more time and money down the drain, without the feelings of shame and self-loathing that accompany many of the health offerings out there.
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 brought my strengths, work experience, and passion to 1MWW where I created the 1MWW 3-Step Practice for you.
You see, I know from (ugly) personal experience that a whole Self approach 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 mySelf 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 chilly 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. I had hope again!
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!) The reports revealed the science of walking and I discovered why walking had transformed my life. I learned things like:
Moving more throughout the day by taking walking breaks is more effective than a hard daily workout.
Walking significantly decreases cravings for sweets, (like say--chocolate)!
Walking treats or prevents over 100 diseases.
Walking boosts self-esteem.
Walking is a natural anti-depressant.
Walking connects us to our innate wisdom.
Walking every day can add up to 7 years to our lives.
I was absolutely blown away with my new knowledge, which only validated my experience: walking had transformed my body, mind, and spirit! Suddenly I was not only a walkaholic, 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 helping you be the YOU you want to be.
With the 1MWW movement, I’m on a mission to transform women’s lives. Because getting the exercise you want and need doesn’t need to be expensive, grueling, or complicated, and looking and feeling your best is the life you deserve today--not "someday" in the future.
I know walking is the ultimate way for us to create those lives because walking is a transformational activity for our whole Self (body/mind/spirit) that is free, saves time, and saves lives. Walking is the multitasking miracle for women. My mission is to get the word out about the power of walking and to inspire and empower women to become walking women.
My vision for 1MWW is to create the biggest virtual community of walking women in the world. To realize that vision, I set the audacious goal of inspiring and empowering one million women to transform their lives by simply walking. While we can’t all walk together in real life, we can walk together virtually, hold eachother accountable, and offer true support and encouragement.
I believe in the power of women connecting, coming together to learn, experience, share, support, create community and transform. 1MWW’s members-only Facebook group is that place. It’s also where I share the 1MWW 3-Step Practice, support you daily, grow the movement, and it’s where together, we grow the good we do in the world. I’d love to have you join us.
Membership is just $1/month. Please join the 1MWW movement and start living the life you deserve today; I can’t wait to walk with you!