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11/12/13 11:41 A

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I bought another pedometer. Much rasier to set. I gave the other one away and they are still trying to figure it out.

GOOD News I'm losing inches, getting firmer. My weight is still the same, I guess it will catch up. I went from a 22 pant to an 18w pant so I am Happy emoticon emoticon

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9/15/13 8:16 P

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I either walk with friends (I dreive to get there) or I do a Leslie Sansone DVD.

"Don't let the fear of the time it will take to accomplish something stand in the way of your doing it. The time will pass anyway; we might just as well put that passing time to the best possible use."

~ Earl Nightingale


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8/26/13 5:04 P

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I recently moved and my new neighborhood is very walker friendly, even if there aren't any sidewalks. It's .82 miles from my house and back. Right now I only do one lap, but I am keeping at a brisk (for me!) pace. 2.3miles/hour.

As far as pedometer goes, mine is attached to my watch so I have no clue how to set one.

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8/25/13 6:53 P

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I paid $15 for a pedometer. I set it up for my pace. ???How come it's not reading correctly. I walked 1/2 mile and it reads 135 steps!! No way this is correct. What am I doing wrong? Bummer emoticon

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8/18/13 8:45 P

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I have decided to go walking tonight. I should have done it earlier, but better late than never. Late dinner, late walk. It beats falling alseep shortly after eating and havng een indoors all weekend, I could use some fresh air.

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7/22/13 10:03 A

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Karla- Good luck to you! I think building up your strength and stamina over time is a good way to go. I have an old foot injury that I have to baby from time to time, and it gave me a lot of trouble when I first got started. Its definitely gotten easier!

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7/19/13 2:48 P

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After trying and failing twice in the past few years, I have decided to try again. I use to love to go on walks when I was younger, but now my knees kill me. A few years ago when I was on weight watchers, I got a WII for Christmas..I have to admit, I have only used it for 7 or 8 times, (although my son uses it alot). Yesterday when I decided to try again, the first thing I did when I got up was to turn the WII on and on the WII Fitness Plus, did some steps (aerobics). I limited it to 5-8 minutes. (All I could do...) This morning, I went to 10 minutes.

I am determined to keep going and keep increasing the activity. When (or if) it cools off, I will try walking at our city park, right now it is way too hot (even in the morning..temp low but humidity very high). I wish my town had a mall...I see people in there walking...for exercise...that way the weather would NEVER interfere. Anyway, I am trying to do little more each day... I decided that this time I would have small goals..and succeed. The last 2 times I tried to lose weight/exercise, I wasn't realistic. I am VERY impatient on some things. I was not overweight until I hit 40 and then it was a gradual increase until now. I shouldn't expect instant results. When I was slim--all those years before 40, I could eat all I want and never do any exercise and I never gained a pound. It is hard to change eating habits when you are over 50. BUT I am determined and glad to have Sparkpeople to help along the way.

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7/8/13 4:07 P

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Hi Pann!

That's another reason why I started WATP. I didn't really feel comfortable walking anywhere outdoors. Then when I find a route, it's way too hot, lol!

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7/8/13 8:01 A

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I wish I lived somewhere that I could walk safely . . . my road is just too busy to walk along. It would definitely make it easier and more enjoyable to get that exercise into the schedule.

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7/7/13 1:41 P

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I love walking, and I use Walk Away the Pounds as well! I think that 2 miles is FANTASTIC! But I have to take my own advice, which is to start slowly and work my way up. I, too, have started off way to strong, and then had an injury! WATP has many levels for everyone, I'm sure you'll be able to find something you like!

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7/5/13 9:31 P

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Hi Druid and Affinity! I'm coming late to this thread, but I just wanted to chime in with a great big WAY TO GO for both of you!!!

Druid -- the great thing about walking is that you can do it anywhere, anytime. But the advice of others is great -- you've got to listen to your body and give it some time. You want to push yourself a little, but not so much that you're hurting. Walking 2 miles a day is FAR FROM LAZY!!! Particularly if you've not been very active recently. I start each morning with a 30ish minute walk with our dog. Some days, that's the only activity I get; other days, I will incorporate a 30-45 minute weight training workout (I'm shooting for three days a week). Keep it up, girl!!

Affinity -- the shred DVD is really, really tough. I'm saving that for tackling in another month or three. I strongly recommend the 10 Minute Solution workout DVDs! They are organized into five 10-minute workout segments each, and so you can mix & match to create a workout at your level of fitness. They're great! I also just got the Biggest Loser Yoga DVD, which I love because there are real people in the background who are struggling every bit as much as I do!

Remember that this is a marathon, not a sprint. As someone else said -- listen to your body and respect its signals. It will tell you what your limits are, if you listen. :-)

Liz

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5/9/13 10:27 P

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Hi Affinity,
yeah I totally hear you. It's like I know that I can do a 5 mile walk, I also know that I won't really feel it that night but I will be extremely sore the next day and then I won't really be able to move much less do any kind of movement that will be beneficial. What I'm trying to do right now is to walk consistently every day. So every day I walk 2 miles (well, every day minus 1 rest day a week). I'm still feel myself dragging toward the end of the 2 miles but I continue to push myself. So, I figure if I can get to the point where 2 miles doesn't find me dragging then I'll increase the distance. I'm not an expert here, but I do know my body..and I know how I handle pain mentally. If I'm hurting too much then I won't -WANT- to go out again.

Maybe try the 30 day shred every other day? Alternate with an easier (but still getting your body moving) exercise on the off days? Maybe just walking on the off days to keep your limber and loosen yourself up. Let me know how you do. I'm always curious as to what works for other people.

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5/9/13 5:50 P

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im in the same boat as you,tho not with walking. i had been doing step aerobics, first 10 min, then 20, now 30. so i decided to try 30day shred dvd....i am sooo sore. its 20 minutes long and your supose to do it every day....not sure that will happen...made it thru 2 days but i do hurt....push-ups....i did the kneeling ones and im hurtin...
i was always told that if your hurting eceptionaly you need to take a break and switch the exercise.....also you dont want to burn out by doing too much too soon. ive done that before as well.
i will see in the am before i decide if i will switch to everyother day system with that

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5/3/13 12:36 P

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I'll check them out and see if I can find them. Thanks again!

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5/3/13 12:24 P

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How about Leslie Sansone walking videos? You can do up to 3 miles I believe. Your library may have some workout dvd's you can check out. Hope this helps. Take good care!!!

Becky

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5/3/13 11:59 A

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Thank you so much for your words Becky. Sometimes I get so overwhelmed with those feelings during one of those episodes that I don't know what to think. I am happy with 2 miles I mean it's more than I was doing before. I just have to keep reminding myself that slow and steady is how it has to be.

Can anyone suggest a workable video program that I can do on days that it's raining and I'm stuck inside? I've tried a few programs like P90 but found it hard to follow because there are just some moves that I can't really do yet. My body just won't let me move that way yet.

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5/3/13 10:06 A

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Druid, you are not lazy. Your depression wants you to think you are lazy, but you are far from that. Laura has given you some excellent advice. Please don't beat yourself up. I know, easier said than done, especially with depression. Just continue to take it one step at a time.

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5/2/13 10:57 P

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hi Laura, Thanks for the input. I thought maybe I was just being lazy but I wasn't sure. It's like I want to push myself but... well, it hurts. lol I made some changes to my plan and I feel pretty good about them. I dialed everything back a little bit, made smaller goals for myself. I think I was just trying to be at the finish line before I ran the race.

Today was a pretty bad day to be honest. The depression got the better of me and I feel really guilty about it. I'm really trying to not beat myself up about it. Tomorrow will be a better day.

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5/2/13 9:28 P

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I've been on this journey for a while and so yes, I incorporate a rest day (or sometimes two) each week. I primarily do strength training 2-3 times per week and sometimes my legs are weary so I will have an additional rest day. I've been better about listening to my body because it really yells at me when I don't. Ha ha!

I'm really impatient so much so that if I'm having a really good week -and by good I mean, I've worked out four days in a row, been eating clean every day and staying in my calorie range - I know by that fifth day I've surely lost at least three pounds. Then come to find out (from the dreaded scale) that I'm back to where I was before the prior weekend when I had a sliver of that cake and maybe a couple cookies, oh and that pizza and beer for dinner Friday night, etc., etc., ,etc. -LOL!

So I understand impatient!

Good luck!

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5/2/13 1:32 P

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Thank you both so much for your thoughts. Both posts actually helped me a lot and gave me some ideas on how to adjust my plan. My goal is still to get out 2x a day, but I think for right now until I get used to moving I'll definitely plan on at least one time per day.

Is there a standard (average) time period where it takes the body to get used to something?

I guess part of my problem is that yes, I'm a bit impatient. It's like - I've decided to do this, and now I want to be able to REALLY DO IT. lol Unfortunately my body doesn't agree. I think today is going to have to be a rest day. I slept for 11 hours last night when normally I have very bad insomnia. I just feel really sluggish and it aches everywhere.

Do you guys incorporate the recommended "rest day" into your week? Is it as important to have a rest day if I'm just as opposed to if i'm doing strength training?

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5/2/13 10:14 A

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Hi Melissa, and welcome!

I'm not an expert in these matters. I think you should pace yourself. For starters, maybe walk 2 miles per day, either in the morning or afternoon. Make sure you start off at a slow pace to warm up. As you approach the end of your walk, again slow down to a slow pace to cool off. You may also want to incorporate stretching to avoid any pain or discomfort the next day. As you feel more comfortable and stronger, I think you'll be able to walk two times per day. But for the time being give your body time to adjust. Don't overdo it.

I hope this helps. I know there are more seasoned walkers out there that I'm sure will provide excellent feedback as well.

Take care, Becky

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5/2/13 10:12 A

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What a great post and question Melissa (Laura here); I don't know what others will recommend but here's my 2 cents. First, I think it is awesome that you pushed yourself to the limits you did your first time out. With that said, sometimes in the past I have gone all gung ho and then been in so much pain or discomfort that I've had to really limit and decrease my workouts or just my walking for the next few days.

I am slowly learning and sometimes relearning that it is slow and steady. It isn't a race or a destination but a lifestyle and a change in mindset. I tend to have a mindset that as soon as I get there (my goal weight or whatever other goal I have in mind) I'm done. Never have to do it again. I can go back to my ol' ways and just relax. Ha! Nope! Ain't happening, you can't drag me back there ever again - LOL. I already know where that path leads -back and knee pain, inflammation, cranky moods, etc. Ha!

So I think think it is great that you are doing 2 miles per day. That is a huge accomplishment. The stiffness is going to go away and the blisters will heal but I would definitely keep up with what you are doing and maybe go 2 1/2 miles for one week, then 3, then 3 1/2 -so you gradually increase your distance. Then maybe you could step up your pace a bit and try to go 2 miles in _____ minutes.

Sounds like you have the right attitude and with that - you totally got this! You go gurl!



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5/1/13 11:16 P

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Hi folks, Melissa here. I've led a pretty inactive life and now I'm overweight (I know... it's a shocker). I've been going through a very stressful time and it's really made me look at what I'm doing. So last friday I said it was time. I got up and went outside, had no idea where I was going just started to walk. I was just going to start with an hour, so I was timing myself with my phone. I got to the half hour mark and I thought to myself that I could totally go for more. Sooo... long story short my tracker said that I walked 5 miles that day. yeah it took me a while and yes... my body was definitely feeling it toward the end.

Probably not a good way to start off a routine. I've been forcing myself to get out and walk every day. It's definitely not the 5 miles like that first day, I'm consistently walking 2 miles each time I go out, sometimes a little more. I would love to go out 2x a day - am and pm. However... because of that first day, I'm extremely stiff now (not to mention the crazy blister I got) and I've only been going out in the pm.

So I guess my question is... Is it okay that I'm only doing 2 miles each time out? Should I be pushing myself further even though I'm stiff and the blisters make it harder to go? I'm not sure I really understand where the line is that separates "pushing myself" and "harming myself". I'm definitely a beginner exerciser so I'm afraid of knocking myself out of the count before I really get started.

Any input is appreciated.
-Melissa (druidnights)

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