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''I Walked Off 60 Pounds in the Comfort of My Home!'' *

TIME4JUDI Walked Without Setting Foot Outside

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Judi (TIME4JUDI) is long-time SparkPeople member with multiple sclerosis (MS). By walking indoors with the help of walking DVDs, she lost 60 pounds in seven months! Now she shares her advice and tips with others who want to walk off the weight without setting foot outside.

Judi Before
Judi After

How did indoor walking help you reach your goals?
Walking with Leslie Sansone’s DVDs is my primary exercise. Starting the day with a walk feels so great, and gets your metabolism going. I know it worked for me. Really, it’s virtually all I do. I have been maintaining my 60-pound weight loss for about six months now.

How did you keep your walks fun and interesting?
  1. I varied what I was doing daily with an assortment of Leslie Sansone DVDs that were two to five miles long.
  2. I chatted on SparkPeople with other walkers daily, and we challenged one another to do more and to try different walks.
  3. I varied the "walking boosters" I was using with the walking DVDs, including Leslie's walking belt, stretch bands, and dumbbells.
What tips would you give someone just starting an indoor walking program?
First and foremost, make sure you have comfortable and supportive walking shoes. I think Leslie’s DVDs are awesome to walk with! She is upbeat and energetic, and you don't need to learn any fancy or complicated moves to follow along! Walking is something you CAN do, and you WILL see results! I recommend that beginners choose two DVDs to start with—one that you can comfortably do and one that is more of a stretch. Alternate them. You don’t have to complete the harder one—just do as much as you can. But it is good to try to do a bit more than you are comfortable with!

Besides weight loss, what other improvements have you noticed?
Along with losing over 60 pounds, I now wear a size “small” (between a 4 and 8) instead of XL (size 16-20). I feel confident when I shop and when I get dressed, and my self-esteem is better. Plus, my neurologist is very happy about my progress and my continued efforts to maintain muscle strength.

What other exercises did you do besides walking?
By the way, I also often used another DVD for toning by Prevention Fitness Systems, called "Express Workout - Belly, Butt and Thighs." I added that to my routine after I had been walking for a few months. Stretching is also important! I like to do gentle yoga before I walk (I love Gaiam's AM Yoga DVD before I walk), and then I often do the PM Yoga afterward. I am careful NOT to stretch too extensively before I walk while my muscles are cold.
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Member Comments

  • Thank you So very much for the Inspiration. I know I can do this workout and even get out to walk my dog for 15 to 20 minutes a day.
    - 4/14/2016 12:40:30 PM
  • How many minutes a day did you walk during those 7 months?

    - 4/14/2016 12:09:01 PM
  • I love Leslie Sansone videos!! I experienced successful weight loss with her programs years ago and have just recently picked up a few new DVDs (some workouts are also available on YouTube). Her videos are perfect for beginners and on those days when running out to the gym is just not an option. For intermediate exercisers, adding weights and other resistance can boost the walking workouts tremendously!

    I have tried other walking videos, but always find my way back to Leslie... I just like her! ;)
    - 4/14/2016 10:53:30 AM
  • Thank you so much for sharing! This has really encouraged me to do this. I have Parkinson's and share many of your initial feelings of embarrassment and concerns. Congratulations and thanks again. - 12/23/2015 1:59:07 PM
  • You are truly an inspiration for me. Some days I feel tired (or lazy) and find excuses not to walk. Now I can think about you and realize there really is no "good" reason not to walk. I will definitely check out the videos and pick up a couple for when it's raining, snowing or too hot. Thanks for sharing your story. - 12/21/2015 8:55:05 PM
  • Leslie Sansone was my aerobics instructor in the late 80's - back in western PA. Her husband was our high school principal. - 12/14/2015 9:05:53 PM
  • Thanks for sharing. You have definitely busted all my excuses for not working out. - 12/14/2015 3:30:04 PM
    Several of us have done this without dvd's, just timed ourselves, you really don't need to go outside. Why do people always lose weight in 10 pound increments though? It's never "59" lbs. or "63" lbs, sort of odd. - 12/14/2015 5:44:38 AM
  • I love Leslie's dvds. I have quite a few. I have been using them for 5 1/2 months and have lost 48 pounds so far. They are great and so much fun. Congrats on the weight loss! - 10/21/2015 11:51:45 AM
  • Congratulations! You truly are an inspiration. Keep up the good work. I am so proud of you. - 10/21/2015 9:26:31 AM
  • Check out Jessica Smiths Dvd's as well. Hers are a little more costly but the are so much fun. She has a great 15 minute one that u can do when ur pressed for time or you can do two of them to make a 30 minute walk. She also has a 21 Day Walk Dvd that is a lot of fun. She includes her mom as the modifier. She appears to be in her early 50's and in good shape. You have three walk levels to choose from. I have four of her Dvd's, love her, her style and personality...ver
    y motivating! - 9/20/2015 7:31:42 AM
  • Way to go! Thanks for all the tips. - 9/6/2015 8:06:31 PM
  • Congrats! I have a whole collection of Leslie DVDs, but she gets on my nerves. However, your story gave me a good kick in the butt. So, I will have to dust those babies off and start walking w/ Leslie again! Thanks!

    - 9/6/2015 1:44:01 PM
  • Congratulations! Sixty pounds off of you and improved muscle tone...with MS?! You are one strong and fit lady. How awesome that you worked within your limits yet still pushed yourself to find what you were capable of. Leslie has an infectious spirit and great attitude, lacing up the sneaks and walking with her is like hanging with friends. I also appreciate her efforts to help tone as you walk, and even Leslie has jumped on the HITT bandwagon to help her followers achieve their max calorie burn. What an inspiration you are, thank you for sharing your story. All the best, deb - 8/28/2015 6:39:36 AM
  • First, I want to say congrats for losing so much weight just by walking!! I also have multiple sclerosis and now feel motivated to try these workout dvds. Good luck in the future and thanks for the info about these specific walking dvds!! - 7/20/2015 1:10:26 AM

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