Keeping up with Peggy is on the move in the Billion Step CT Challenge


News 8’s Jocelyn Maminta says “A beautiful sunny day!”

“Yes, a nice cool breeze, says Peggy Forrest, “It’s a beautiful trail to walk.  I come here everyday after work. I walk the full trail with a couple of loops added in — to get my miles up.  So my trail walk is six miles each night.  How fast do you go? I walk a fast  pace.  It’s about 15-16 minute per mile.”  

It’s no wonder Peggy stands out on the leader board of the News 8/Griffin Health Billion Step Challenge.   

She is “Peggy Is On The Move”  — with more than two million steps and counting.

“It’s nice to be out in nature,” she says.

Logging more than 15 thousand steps a day, “There’s geese, there’s deer, I’ve seen rabbits,” Peggy explains as she walks on the Derby Greenway of the Naugatuck River Trail.   

“I test myself.  I want to make myself better in my health and my wellness and do as much as I can and the billion step challenge has given me that accountability so I have to report in everyday and somebody else is going to see how many steps I have everyday.” 

Healthier and energized.

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“It’s a great feeling,” says Peggy who has struggled with her weight her entire life, “Three years ago, I actually had gastric bypass surgery done and I took it as my second chance in life. I’ve lost 140 pounds so far.  I’m just going to keep going. I want to keep it here.” 

She adds, “Every time I reach a goal for a week straight, I then up my goal so that I can challenge myself. I’ve had a couple of days where my steps didn’t get uploaded and the support team that is involved is so great and so helpful. For me, it’s more important to be a better me than I was the day before.”

“Being able to join the WTNH and the Jocelyn Team has meant a lot to me.  It makes me feel like I’m part of a team so it’s great.  Thank you.”   

Generally, Peggy ends up somewhere between 18 to 20 thousand steps a day. 

When the cold wx arrives – Peggy plans to hit the treadmill at her gym

She’s motivated.

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