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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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  • 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
  • I have Leslies DVD's too. I like them, but my primary walks are out doors EARLY in the AM. I really like to do that best, and listen to my Ipod! - 7/20/2015 12:20:09 AM
  • Congratulations on you weight loss success! - 7/19/2015 10:18:02 PM
  • ETHELMERZ
    I've done the same thing with walking and using the exercise bike, all at home, never going to a gym. I've done this 5 times during my life, including eating a better diet, of course, it's very doable. I'm working on doing it again for the 6th time now, I usually can maintain for a few years in between, until I get so tired of it, I revert back. You have kept weight off for 6 months, I wonder how you are doing NOW?? - 7/19/2015 8:07:12 AM
  • 1NANNY23
    Hi Judi

    You are so beautiful ! how long did it take to lose 60 pounds ?

    Deborah - 2/12/2015 5:52:17 PM
  • Amazing story! Good for you!
    Back in the late 80's, Leslie Sansone was my aerobics instructor in western PA - before she started the walking routine. A few years later, her husband (now ex) was our high school principal. As far as I know she was the first to make videos for walking and was honored by the government.
    Keep up your walking! - 8/21/2014 9:05:31 PM
  • thats great 60 pounds - 8/21/2014 8:31:47 PM
  • A great selection of Leslie's videos are posted on YouTube. I have a desktop computer in a small cramped spare room that is too small for exercise, but I can follow her videos quite easily in the hallway outside that room if I switch them to full screen and up the volume a bit. They aren't complex or confusing and you don't need a whole lot of space. - 8/21/2014 4:48:26 PM
  • Thanks for sharing your story. You look amazing!! - 8/21/2014 9:07:42 AM
  • I just requested some of Leslie Sansone's walking DVD's from the library. I'll give it a try--I love walking and I go to the trail with my son a few days a week. Hopefully I can get a walk in everyday before he gets up or something. - 6/26/2014 2:02:25 PM
  • Congrats to you! I have just brought a recumbent bike to be able to have no excuses. - 5/30/2014 9:52:42 PM
  • I am very proud and motivated by you, I too have MS and trip over air, I keep saying I'll walk the dog, but since I moved to Ohio and don't walk her daily she gets under my feet! I am going to have to get me some of those DVD's. I'm a homebody so I like that I can do it indoors! - 3/13/2014 12:55:15 PM
  • This is great. Happy for you! - 3/11/2014 11:36:32 PM
  • DEIRDRE85
    Congrats on your weight loss, your article is inspiring. I, too, use Leslie Sansone's walking tapes and swear by them. Like you, I also have loss a lot of weight this year (71lbs) , after having total knee surgery. I also do weight training and in the summer, water aerobics. I feel better now at 62 then I did at 40. - 3/7/2014 8:52:10 AM

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