Fitness Articles

''I Walked From a Size 14 to a Size 8''

BONNIEBELLE2 Varied Her Walks to Reach Her Goals

269SHARES

I also joined a hiking group and that was never boring because we went to various state parks and walking trails, took different routes, or started the routes from a different directions. Some walks were more challenging than others. There were always different people going and different things to see on the hike.

What tips would you give someone just starting a walking program?
  1. Start off slowly and listen to your body.
  2. Set goals and try to challenge yourself.
Besides weight loss, what other improvements have you noticed?
I lost inches and dropped several dress sizes (from a 14 to a size 8 or 6). I have more self-confidence and self-esteem. I have more energy; I sleep better at night. And I have a more positive attitude! I’ve noticed a difference in my relationships with others because I feel better about myself!

Is there anything else you’d like to share with other walkers?
Just do it! The hardest part is starting and then finding ways to stay motivated. I would plug into a support group such as SparkTeams or the SparkPeople Message Boards. You can also exercise with a buddy and set up a reward system for motivation. I would also recommend varying your program to avoid boredom and also to prevent your body from getting used to the routine.
Click here to to redeem your SparkPoints
  You will earn 5 SparkPoints
‹ Previous Page   Page 2 of 2  
269SHARES

More Great Features

Connect With SparkPeople

Subscribe to our Newsletters

Member Comments

  • I really like Leslie Sansone walking dvds--they are some of the few that you can exercise to and watch TV at the same time, as you can mute and just keep an eye on while you are moving because the movements are so simple. I have a small TV/DVD combo next to my big TV and pop one of Leslie's DVDs in when I am running out of time at night and want to watch something on TV, but need to fit in exercise before I go to bed. - 6/29/2014 2:29:51 PM
  • Good for you! thanks for sharing. You look absolutely terrific. - 6/29/2014 7:28:00 AM
  • Great article. - 4/15/2014 5:46:36 PM
  • I keep walking and for some reason, this big butt keeps following me around! LOL

    Walking has become he best medicine for me physically and mentally. I find the air clarifying to my brain. The only problem is stopping every once in a while and making notes of things I need to do in my iPhone! But at least I am being productive and multitasking.

    Now, if I can only get my butt to jump off a bridge, all would be well. hehe - 12/9/2013 12:22:51 PM
  • This is reassuring. I have always heard walking was the best long-term exercise. Encouraging to hear about your results. Thank you for your article! - 12/9/2013 12:00:27 PM
  • JCS60SIS
    I loved reading this article. I lost a lot of weight about 15 years ago, just walking and eating healthier. I have just started walking again and I am loving it. If I can help it, and I believe I can, I will never stop walking again as I now know just how important it is to keep doing it. Thank you for the inspiration! - 6/15/2013 11:05:15 AM
  • That's how I started walking and now I do water aerobics. I workout I the gym on the treadmill and lift weight and stretches and a couple more things in the gym. Don't know the name. - 5/30/2013 8:12:54 AM
  • Just started walking again i also do a Leslie Sansone Dvd love it!!! - 3/25/2013 4:22:26 PM
  • Just started walking again i also do a Leslie Sansone Dvd love it!!! - 3/25/2013 4:22:19 PM
  • Thank you for sharing your story! Lately I have been using walking as my main form of exercising. It's nice to know that walking can be a great tool for weight loss. - 2/17/2013 10:07:44 PM
  • As obvious as walking is, I never thought of it being a main way to lose weight ! You are an inspiration ! I am at a road block, and have been since my daughter was born, 2 years ago. I always say I'm going to make myself healthier, I just lose my way in the mist of daily activities. I am going to be taking my daughter out, in her stroller everyday and go walking. Thank you for being such an inspiration ! You look fantastic by the way! - 2/9/2013 10:59:54 PM
  • wow great job!! You look great! Thats inspiring thank you for sharing. - 1/28/2013 6:39:11 PM
  • Love to walk and this looks like something I can accomplish - 9/4/2012 7:59:08 AM
  • thank you for the inspiration!! - 8/7/2012 1:03:43 AM
  • I am doing a walking program and it is always inspiring to see what people have achieved. Great Job! - 6/3/2012 11:56:29 AM
Popular Calories Burned Searches: Walking: 3.15 km/h (19 minutes per km)  |  Walk/Jog: >10 km/h (6 minutes per km)  |  Treadmill: 20 km/h (3 minutes per km)

x Lose 10 Pounds by October 31! Get a FREE Personalized Plan