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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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Is there anything else you’d like to tell people about indoor walking?
I guess the critical point I would stress is that walking (especially indoor walking) is 100% flexible! Even hotels invariably have DVD players these days, so when you go on vacation it is easy to take your favorite workout with you!

The kind of walking I did (Leslie Sansone’s “Walk Away the Pounds” DVDs) is, in my opinion, perfect for people who may be very overweight, new to exercise and/or have limited space or resources for equipment. There are no excuses about bad weather. Even when it’s too rainy, snowy, windy, or hot outside, you can walk inside. For moms with small kids, it's great because you can fit in a walk while the kids are napping. Or if the kids are old enough, they might enjoy walking with you.

When I started, I really was not anxious for anyone to see me. I was embarrassed about how I looked when exercising. Working out at home gave me the privacy I need to experiment freely and try to push myself as far as I could without being embarrassed! I would get up at 4:30 a.m., drag myself out of bed, change into workout clothes, and just walk into my guest room and do my thing. Then I could shower and get ready for work. I didn't have to waste any time "getting somewhere" to work out either.

I have MS, and I need to be careful about not getting too hot. I also have days when my balance is not as good, and sometimes I trip (even over the air!). But walking in my own house allows me to control a lot of environmental factors. If I do not feel well I can stop at any time, without having to drive home, because I am home!

Lastly, getting involved in a SparkTeam is a super way to reinforce your walking routine!
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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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