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

TIME4JUDI Walked Without Setting Foot Outside


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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Member Comments

  • 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
  • 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
    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

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