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''I Haven't Missed a Walk in Over a Year!''

Daily Walks at Work Helped LOGHOUSE Lose Weight

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After several false starts to lose weight over the years, Rick (LOGHOUSE) tipped the scale at 289 pounds. A weight loss challenge (and exercise buddy) at work motivated him to walk every single day for more than a year. He's now 40 pounds lighter and three pants sizes smaller thanks to daily walks. Find out how walking helped Rick lose weight, gain energy and overcome chronic back pain.

Rick Before Rick After

How did walking help you reach your goals?
Just walking through the grocery store or from my car to my desk at work hurt my back. I had to do something about my weight and discomfort, so headed up a "weight loss challenge" at work, which runs quarterly and has two-person teams. I teamed up with a guy who immediately got me walking every day at lunch (something we've done every day since for more than a year). I've since added treadmill and outdoor walking at home and have done some occasional light jogging and even tried out some interval training.

What other exercises do you do besides walking?
I recently restarted my once "moderately" successful weight training program. I'm going in a different direction this time, using the TNT program from Men's Health. I've opted for this as an easy way to change things up and keep things interesting. I also started doing the 100 Pushups Challenge a while back, which helped me progress from only 13 pushups to 44 during my last exhaustion test. My last workout had 160 pushups in 5 sets (not bad, eh?).

How do you keep your walks fun and interesting?
I change my routes frequently. Our lunch time walks at work keep evolving and roam all over the industrial park I work in. Using, we've mapped out about 10 routes that range from 1.6 to 2 miles in length. Two-mile walks are a challenge in our half-hour lunch time, but we can do it if we really hustle. During bad weather or in the winter, I walk inside our factory (seven laps is just over 2 miles). At home, I walk all over. Since I live in a rural area, all the walk routes I take here are more than three miles. My MP3 player helps LOADS, too. It's loaded with live recordings of my favorite acoustic music to keep me motivated while I walk.
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Member Comments


    Thanks for inspiring us lazy-bones !
    - 5/24/2016 11:25:37 PM
  • Rick, thank you for this encouragement. I've been thinking about adding a walking program & I do believe you've just tilted the scale from considering to commitment. Thank you.
    - 5/24/2016 10:40:41 AM
  • Quite inspiring!
    It reminds me souvenirs... I remember my first few 10-minute walks, it was tough, but today, I can walk over 70 minutes without feeling as bad.
    The key: Baby steps, just a little at the time and eventually, we are motivated you to increase it, to our own pace.
    The results are incredible.
    - 5/5/2016 5:25:22 PM
  • Congratulations on your persistence and determination! Way to go. Having a buddy system is the best way to keep your motivation up.


    - 4/29/2016 3:31:07 PM
  • Inspirational - think I'll be more consistent in my walks! Thanks for sharing your story. - 4/26/2016 9:27:58 AM
  • Thank you Rick for being such a wonderful and inspirational addition to our SparkFamily!

    Don - 10/19/2015 9:21:48 AM
  • Rick.
    Thank you for sharing your story. I am very impressed with your success and hope you keep up the great work! I am recovering from 2 surgeries and walking is the only activity I can do right now. Once PT gives me the green light, I will be able to add some weight lifting.
    I like your idea to walk at work and change up your route. I am also going to add in some music the days I do not have a walking partner.
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    Diane K - 7/27/2015 1:13:47 PM
  • The doctor has told my Hubby that he needs to get 'moving' and walk, but every time he's in pain and refuses to go out again... I don't know how to keep him moving... Congrats on your weight loss and exercise goals though! ^_^ - 7/27/2015 12:30:30 PM
  • Impressive, sir! Congratulations! - 7/27/2015 11:28:09 AM
  • EWAGNEV493
    Neat & inspiring story! - 7/27/2015 10:04:27 AM
  • Awesome.

    I mostly walk alone, and I'm okay with that. I plug in satellite radio and walk.

    WTG - 7/27/2015 6:21:22 AM
  • What an inspiration him are!!!!! And you've made your walking time a priority by finding creative ways to get it in! Thanks for sharing! - 4/13/2015 6:49:10 PM
  • Great Job! What an inspiration you are! Thank you for sharing! :D - 4/13/2015 2:35:28 PM
  • Wow! Good for you. I am going to try to walk more myself. - 10/20/2014 2:32:43 PM

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