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10/29/13 2:45 P

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A Spark member, BRADMILL2922, is 6'7" and weighed over 500 lbs. He's still 6'7" emoticon but now is below 300 lbs. He tells it like it is, admits when he's had problems, and he's a great motivator.

If you think your son would be interested in following Brad, he has very good blogs that he writes regularly and your son could go back and read Brad's blogs from when he first started his weight loss journey. I know Brad would love his encouragement and be happy to give your son encouragement. He ongoing journey one of my biggest motivations.


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Update! Thanks to all the helpful people who have replied to my walking question. Last week, my son walked everyday, a first! Two laps around our compound id about 1000 steps (0.36 mi.). We set the pedometer, so even if we haven't got around to figuring the timing yet, at least he knows how far he went. tonight he will time the walk and then we can figure out his speed, but I think that 1/3 mile per day is a good start for someone over 500 pounds. He is down from 552 to 527 since Aug. 28th (just about 2 months, exactly).

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10/28/13 12:43 P

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If I walk I use my runkeeper App, for my phone. You can put in walking, running, biking, what ever. It tells you how far you've gone along the way. You can download music if you choose to. I have not done that as of yet. I us my IPOD. I love it. You can save the walk and ask a friend to "join" with you if they have the APP too. I love mine. Keeps me focused. Even can tell you to exercise again if you want it to do that.

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10/26/13 6:30 P

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Sorry this not answering your math walking question.How about getting a hand bike like the one Indygirl used in addition to the walking?A pedometer is a fantastic tool to use for step tracking.10,000 steps a day is a great goal. Also there are some very very inspirational stories from men on here.Let your son read them.I DO know how hard it is to motivate the men in our lives as I have my son and husband inactive.Small steps big gains. emoticon

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10/26/13 6:26 P

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I googled "walking calorie calculator" and found this website.

www.shapesense.com/fitness-exercise/
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Does he walk outside or on a treadmill? If he walks outside, use a website like Mapmywalk.com or Communitywalk.com, or use a pedometer to calculate exactly how far he walks.

www.mapmywalk.com/

www.communitywalk.com/

He might want to invest in a heart rate monitor or something like a FitBit that will show him calories burned.

If he walks indoors, he might be interested in Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds videos. They start off with an easy 1-mile walk and go all the way up to advanced 5-mile walks. I think the 1-mile walk is between 15 & 20 minutes. You might be able to find the videos at the library. Some of the older ones are inexpensive.

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"Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight."
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10/26/13 6:24 P

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Thanks for the help! He actually has a big stride since he's 6'5.He also can move faster than one might expect, at least for 10-15 min. We just don't think it's at 2mph. I think the pedometer is a good idea. I can figure how many steps is a mile and then test how long it takes to go a quarter mile or whatever. Currently he's walking around the compound where we live 2-3 times a day and each trip is about 1 block. Anyway, thanks for the help! Alyssa

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10/26/13 5:47 P

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Your son is heavier than me - so would use more calories - and I am guessing he takes very small steps -
Firstly - any walking he does is fantastic - weight bearing exercise even for only a short time is so very important.
Calories - I am 253lb - and for every 1500 steps I burn about 600 cal - remember I said - I duck shuffle walk - very small steps VERY slowly - so that is not a huge distance - about - 0.23 miles

I hope that helps - though its going to require some mathematics to sort out!!

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Hi everyone,do any of you have tips for how to track walking calories burned if you can't walk 2 mph? My son, who is on this journey with me, is finally beginning to walk almost every day. Yippee! He isn't really sure that it matters very much and I'm pretty sure he would be more motivated if he could see that he burned 50 calories for each 10 minutes or whatever. At over 500 pounds, he just can't go too fast right now. He's stronger and more fit than you might imagine though and I think he probably can go about 1 mph, maybe a little more. So here's what I'm wondering? If he walks for 20 minutes at 1 mph, is halving the time going to approximate the calories used? In other words, he walks 20, but only records 10. I have tried to tell him, don't worry about the calories you burn, just do it, and he is beginning to listen. Still, I think if he could see and track something, it would help with his motivation. I wish Spark could add a slower speed for walking since that may be all some disabled or very obese people can do. Even if you can only go slow, an hour of exercise a day is worth tracking. Besides, we all know it DOES matter even if you can't properly track it. Any bright ideas would be appreciated. Alyssa

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