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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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  • 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
  • This is a wonderful article. I have a heart condition so this may be something that would work well for me:) - 1/27/2014 2:45:07 PM
  • MTGRANMA1949
    I had back surgery 3months ago and am doing PT exercises. I started doing Leslie Sansone's DVD, 5 Fay Slim Down. I only walk a 14 minute mile with her after a 5 min. warm up. I love that I can do it in my bedroom because we have snow and ice outside. It has really helped those lower back muscles come back alive after being down for months. I have lost 6 lbs since the beginning of Jan. and healing quicker by moving around. Your post will keep me motivated. Thank you.
    Amazon.com is the cheapest place I have found to get her DVDs - 1/20/2014 9:37:46 AM
  • JCW001
    Thank you for sharing your story. You've motivated me to stick with my indoor walking. - 12/19/2013 4:48:46 PM
  • WOW! Congrats, you truly are an inspiration! I cannot wait to try the DVDs you used! I think I saw them on Netflix, I am ordering right now! Thanks sooo much for sharing. This is just what I needed!! Feeling so inspired:D - 12/18/2013 9:09:49 PM
  • JENNA463
    Nice Story, I will must try. Can you suggest me how can i buy good quality plus size dresses i live in USA. - 11/28/2013 12:04:00 AM
  • Thanks for sharing, I will look for these CD's on your recommendation. - 11/1/2013 7:43:26 AM
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