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''I Walked My Way onto a Magazine Cover!''

How Walking Changed TERRAHNE's Life

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Terrah (TERRAHNE) was just 22 years old and felt self-conscious about being overweight. Over the years, she tried all sorts of diets and programs to lose weight, but wasn't successful. At 223 pounds, she joined SparkPeople, got off the couch and started walking. After 18 months, she has lost 73 pounds and reached a healthy weight. Her inspiring story of walking for weight loss even landed her on the cover of a 2008 issue of a national magazine! Here's how she did it.

Terrah Before Terrah After

How did walking help you reach your goals?
Walking has changed my life! Walking was (and still is) my main form of exercise. When I started I could only walk one mile at a time. Fast forward 18 months, and I'm walking up to five miles a day! But for me, walking alone wasn't enough to lose weight. It wasn't until I started tracking all of my exercise and my food intake on that I was able to see results.

What other exercises do you do besides walking?
I just started doing Turbo Jam DVDs and I love it! It is definitely one of the best workouts I have ever tried. So I would definitely recommend giving it a shot. As far as my "lifestyle change" goes, I try to make sure I stay within my calories six days a week. I do allow myself one cheat meal each week. It keeps me from feeling deprived.

How do you keep your walks fun and interesting?
I always walk with my iPod so that I can listen to my favorite music. It keeps me motivated and energized during my workouts, no matter where I'm walking. I also do a little bit of running to change things up. Walking in a nice setting also motivates me. I like to walk in a beautiful park near my house.

How much walking do you currently do?
I started walking just 1 mile at a time—and that was hard. But I gradually increased my mileage as I got more fit. Now I usually walk between 2 and 5 miles, at least 4 to 5 days a week.

What tips would you give someone just starting a walking program?
My best tip would be to keep your walking shoes in your car. That way, you can easily go straight to the gym, park, or trail without going home to change. I found that when I have to go home first, I'm more likely to make excuses and miss my walk than if I walk right after work. Just keep it up and you will see wonderful results!
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Member Comments

    I hope the person in the article is still doing well, many of us have had good results, but they didn't last.....there should be updates showing the person every 6 months. Been there and done that. - 9/17/2015 7:09:37 AM
  • I used to walk. In fact, it was my main exercise. But now I have back problems and can't walk for more than 20 min. before my leg goes numb. So walking for exercise is out of the question. - 4/22/2015 10:01:08 AM
  • Fantastic. Congratulations..
    I walk, used to run, had to give up, knees replaced. Walking is my main exercise with some weight training thrown in. But to make walking really work you have to really walk, not stroll . And do increase your distance. At least 4,5 days a week.
    As I age I do understand some people have limitations, so just get out and move. it all helps.
    Spark On!!!
    - 8/28/2014 5:45:07 AM
  • You look beautiful. Thanks for the encouragement.
    - 9/16/2013 10:05:26 AM
  • Congratulations on your accomplishments. It is truly inspiring to read about others' journey. Thanks for sharing - 3/6/2013 9:43:17 PM
  • Congratulations, you are an inspiration. - 12/22/2012 1:22:34 PM
  • The Before and After pics show the results and speak for themselves. Thanks for sharing as well the things that go with the walking! Good idea to keep the walking shoes in the car. - 12/22/2012 1:03:22 PM
  • Thanks so much for sharing your journey with us. You are a true inspiration. - 12/22/2012 1:01:25 PM
  • Thank you for reminding me that walking is enough! I was a runner for years but I can't seem to start running but walking is doable! I am going to put my old shoes in my car now! - 12/22/2012 11:59:05 AM
  • congrats on showing the fortitude to reach your goals and the best of luck on keeping on track. Your fellow sparkers which you continued success for life. - 12/22/2012 1:18:05 AM
  • Thank you for the great tip about leaving your runners in your car, but mostly, thank you for inspiring me to walk again. - 12/22/2012 1:02:04 AM
  • You're so right about your secret for success: tracking food and fitness. It's the only way to succeed and sustain success. - 12/22/2012 12:26:21 AM
  • This article in Women's World is the one that introduced me to Sparkpeople. - 6/18/2012 3:44:16 PM
  • Loved this!! :D - 6/17/2012 5:05:58 PM

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