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Anyone lost a lot of weight walking?

Thursday, March 15, 2012

I have seen a lot of runners that have lost extraordinary amounts of weight. But, after yesterday's workout, I'm worried that I might not be quite ready for running. I woke up this morning with the WORST knee pain. And I have never had knee issues before.

I have this friend, Eugene, who lost over 100 lbs in just over a year and ALL he does is WALK. Well...and eat healthy. Duh. Granted, he has a very structured program and he was out there walking EVERY day with everything in him. He could walk a mile faster than many people could run it.

My question is...has anyone on SP lost a lot of weight WALKING and not running? I feel like I could go a lot longer with less injury if I stick to walking. I like it a lot and I do believe in the health benefits. I know that I would need to push myself, the same way I would if I were training for running races. And, I do intend to train for races.

In fact, my boss has knee problems and her doctor told her that she only had so many steps left (running) with her knees in the condition they are in. He gave her the choice between running til her knees quit or walking instead for much longer. She chose walking. In 2 weeks, she will fast-walk a half marathon. Today she told me to pay attention to her Facebook statuses because, if I notice, she never says, "I RAN 8 miles today." Instead, she says, "I DID 8 miles today." Haha. Never did notice that before. Clever.

I don't know. This blog is kind of meandering...just putting down some thoughts I've been having. The last thing I need is to get injured and gain even MORE weight! Ugh!
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    Walking works. My husband used to be a runner. He always tells me it is not good on the joints of the knees.
    If you continue to be consistent with your walking routine, watch what you eat, I know that you can lose the weight.
    Weights for strength training is another good way to tone up and if you like to dance, peiople encourage one another to do Zumba.
    All in all any actitivity is better than sitting down.
    Keep up the wonderful work.
    2133 days ago
    Walking works!! I'm 200+ pounds lighter because of it. As I lost weight I added other types of workouts, but walking remains my favorite. Hope your knees feel better, it's discouraging when they hurt.
    2133 days ago
    Walking works. I'm proof!
    2134 days ago
    Walking works! A brisk pace and a consistent regimen will get you there as long as you are also exercising portion control! emoticon
    2134 days ago
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    I like the DVD's called "Walk Away The Pounds." They are low impact and you don't have to worry about the weather or need special shoes or clothes. So far I've lost 20 pounds in 10 weeks.

    Elevate your leg and ice your knee, you don't want to have issues down the road. Take care and be well. emoticon
    2134 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Walking works for me when the weather permits. What is important is that you find something you are comfortable with that you can stick with. Be kind to your body. When you heal, start walking. You'll enjoy it!
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    2134 days ago
    Sorry to hear about your knee pain. Hoping it is temporary and the result of something easily fixed. How are your shoes for example? I went to a running store and had them evaluate me so I knew what shoes were the right ones for me. Turns out I pronate a little so I need to get stability shoes. Did you do any other type of exercise that might have put your knee in a vulnerable place? If you want to continue to run, I've heard that a good method to follow (and I am going to be trying it hopefully next week!) is the Jeff Galloway method. He firmly believes that by run/walking rather than all out running you can avoid burnout and injury. None of this is to say you should or shouldn't still run. Just trying to think of things that might need to be considered before giving up on it.

    Now to answer your question on walking and losing a lot of weight. I have not lost a lot of weight by walking but I've heard of MANY who have. A friend of mine walked outside 6 miles almost every day of the week in about an hour and a half (15 min mile) and she SHED weight very quickly. I'm also just now getting consistent in any sort of walking routine which is part of it for my results. It is also a great cross training workout for running so I am definitely incorporating it. I just read on Leslie Sansone's blog that walking one of her miles w/o a "booster" is about 100 calories per mile. Using a booster bumps it to 125 to 150 calories per mile.

    Hopefully I've offered some sort of help with my answer! Here to support you!! emoticon
    2134 days ago
    let me tell you that walking is an extremely powerful weapon at your disposal. I lost 30+ pounds doing nothing but walking, then i switched up to cycling THEN started jogging. There are TONS of walkers in events from 5k's to half marathons, some even walk marathons.

    What im saying is make it happen, the running will always be there when you build up enough to be able to start. It takes alot of time for your body to make the adaptations to withstand the pounding that the joints and connective tissues will take..

    Fyi... Due to issues with my leg and a foot injury, i will be walking the vast majority of my upcoming half marathon and im happy to be able to do it, it gets me out there..

    Walk my friend and make ut happen...
    2134 days ago
    Prior to my pregnancies, I lost 65 lbs and all I did was walk and watch my calorie intake. I would walk about an hour and 30 minutes each day, not even a crazy fast paced but I didn't take the time to smell the roses either. So it was a steady pace and I had to walk about 5 days a week but it did work for me.

    Walk for now, gain some momentum and then add in some jogging. It doesn't have to be all or nothing...even 5 minutes of jogging in between walking will be a great start.

    I also discovered pain when I ran. But if I get adjusted by the chiropractor (they can adjust your knee as well) and stick to a treadmill, I had absolutely no pain at any time.

    Hoping to get back into running soon but its a process that you kind of have to build up too. Good Luck and keep on keeping on!!!!
    2134 days ago
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