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It is time for me to resume a normal exercise schedule in order to maintain my goal of staying fit and healthy. I have been avoiding exercise, slacking off the last couple of months, and I realize that I am becoming lazy. The truth is that time is passing and I am getting older each and every day so in order to maintain an active lifestyle, I must get started now.

Summer is approaching quickly and very soon it will be too warm to hide beneath layers of clothing and I want to look my best. I will resume with my Walk Away the Pounds workouts and I hope to alternate these exercises with my Bowflex home exercise gym.

I will pop in here and check in with the exercises that I complete each day, will you?

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Walk Away Your Waistline!

This morning before I ate my massive lunch, I got my first workout done!

I was not sure how much the exercise would affect me and I began sweating at the end of the second mile. I will admit that it felt good getting it done and it felt even better when I finished.

Bowflex is scheduled for tomorrow and if all goes well, I will get it done too!

Leslie Sansone Walk at Home, Walk Away Your Waistline!
3 Mile Walk with 1, 2 & 3 Mile Markers Featuring the Walk Belt!
Mile 1: 15 minutes
Mile 2: 15 minutes
Mile 3: 15 minutes
I completed all 3 miles w/the walk belt!

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Still walking!

Thursday was my first structured 2 mile walk and I was ridiculously proud of myself. I was looking forward to dropping back the next day to a 1-mile walk, and it turned out to be a good thing as I dragged home very tired on Friday evening. I didn't know if I had enough oomph left to do it, but was so glad when I actually accomplished it. And, yes, 1 mile did seem comfortingly easy.
I am using Leslie Sansone's 6-week walk diet. Today was supposed to be an unstructured 3-mile day. I had quite a few errands to do and I got a pedometer in Walmart. I put it on the minute I could and even as I'm posting this it reads 3.08 miles, so I did it! And that doesn't count all the steps I took before, including going back and forth across Lowe's a bunch of times looking for a certain type of wooden planter that had mysteriously been moved and none of the staff could figure out where.
I already had the walk band which came in the DVD, but I also got some more 2-pound weighted balls. We had a couple at home, both 2#, but different sizes and squishiness, so I always felt uneven when I was using them. Now I have a matched pair. Couldn't find the walk belt, though. I may have to go to an actual sporting goods store or order it from the internet.
I believe tomorrow is a structured 2-mile walk again. I try not to look too far ahead.....

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Still on my walk diet

Today was a structured 2-mile walk. She calls it "brisk." I call it dripping wet and red as a tomato. But it did it!!!! I [almost] kept up and I notice my walking moves are getting bigger. Looking more like the people in the video. We use the band on this walk, and I really like it. My upper body is very puny [aka flabby], so I'm glad Leslie Sansone's program lets me address that while I'm walking.

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Super Fat Burning

I ended up doing some barn cleaning yesterday so I did not get a chance to get a workout done.

I did make sure to get a workout done this morning. I decided to try my three mile fat burning program and I became winded right away. I thought this workout was more than I could handle and after the first ten minutes I was wishing I would have put in my Walk Away the Pounds, Power Walk. Since I had already started, I continued with my Super Fat Burning workout. By the time I was fifteen minutes in and ready to begin the second mile, I had plenty of energy and had no doubt that I was going to complete all three miles with my two pound hand weights.

Walk Away the Pounds with Leslie Sansone
Super Fat Burning
3 Miles
I completed all 3 miles w/2# hand weights!

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Workout Buddy!

Thanks for logging your workouts.

You already inspired me to get started on my exercise routine and now you are making sure I will keep at it since I now have you as a workout buddy.

Have I told you lately how much I appreciate you being here? I really do! Thank you for taking this journey with me since it is a lifestyle, not just a diet.

Teri

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Walk Diet Day #12

Wow, what a difference a week makes! If you had told me I would ever come home after a maniac Tuesday in the clinic [which started even earlier than usual because of our quarterly budget meeting], haul on a pair of raggedy shorts and head straight for the DVD player so I could walk a moderate 18 minute mile with hand weights..... I would definitely have told you to lie down quietly in a darkened room until the delirium passed!

That was on my walk menu today, and I was actually looking forward to it. I took Monday as my day off, as planned. That just works so much better with my schedule than Sundays.

The 1 mile seemed pretty short...almost easy, though it's still a challenge. I'm able to do more of the weights, with the full range of motion. Actually, on the walk diet, I'm not supposed to be doing weights yet. That starts in week 3, I think. But I really like it and I can always drop back to just walking if it gets to be too much.

I'm a little worried about tomorrow. Today was especially easy because tomorrow is supposed my first 3-miler. Three miles in 60 minutes. No hand weights or anything. Just try to go the distance in an hour, and don't worry if it takes a little longer. I haven't exactly planned out how I'm going to do this. On Wednesday, I can usually make it home by 7pm. Sometimes earlier. If I start right away, I could be finished by 8:00. It's even still daylight around here at that time, but I think it's going to be pretty cold.

Oh, well. Not to stress. If all else fails, I can do this walk on Thursday which is a lot more unstructured for me. Technically my 'day off' though that usually turns out to be a polite fiction.

Teri, I'm so impressed you are able to pick up with a 3-mile walk using the walk belt! and p.s. where does one get a walk belt?

Mago

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Walk Belt

Thanks for the laugh. The walk belt came in the same package as my Walk Away Your Waistline DVD. I bought it at Walmart about five years ago but I am sure it is still being sold somewhere.

I am getting ready to take a trip with my mom and sister to Monterey tomorrow. My oldest daughter lives in the vicinity so we are going to pick her up so we can all go to the wharf. I won't be doing any formal exercise but I do plan on walking.

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Less than perfect

Well, my results since last posting are somewhat mixed.

On Wednesday I set out to get my 3 mile walk as soon as I got home, which wasn't as early as I hoped. Right away, I made 2 mistakes: I didn't do any warm-up, just plunged in at the fastest clip I thought I could maintain. I mean, who needs to warm up for walking, right? And I permitted DD8 to accompany me.

Plus it was just a little too late and getting a little too cold for the environment to be really comfortable.

Nevertheless, I was determined. I was really disappointed in the whole thing though. I thought I would enjoy it so much. Au contraire, my feet hurt, my left knee hurt, and DD8 chattered incessantly. I finally told her she could talk if she wanted to but I wasn't going to answer any more questions. Talk about a captive audience! lol Plus, I was irrationally annoyed that she could not only rehearse for her ballet recital for 2 hours prior to the walk, she could run rings around my forward progress in kind of a spiraling forward walk, stop to look at something, then sprint to catch up, and have to slow down so I could keep pace. Egad.

After I made the circuit twice, I called it quits even though my car's odometer would say I had only done 2 miles, strangely my pedometer said I had walked 2.87 miles. If only that were true. It's a cheap one and I don't think it's that accurate.

So that was not quite what I was hoping.

I had great plans for Thursday, Friday, Sat. But alas. Thursday was busier than expected, plus DD8 suddenly had an extra late rehearsal for dance recital. Friday I was just plain thrashed and demotivated. Saturday was entirely consumed by the dress rehearsal and the actual performance. Couldn't find half an hour to walk away the pounds? Well, more accurately I didn't find the time.

So here it is Sunday and I'm back on track. Not beating myself up for being so much less than perfect. Not going to let this stop my grand plan for getting fit, either. Popped in the DVD, did the 2-mile brisk walk with the stretch band. Felt so great! I really enjoyed getting drenched and feeling the burn. I never seem to totally get winded, probably because she paces us so well. I was tired at the end of the second mile, but afterwards I have felt really energized. YAY.

Back on track.

P.S. I ordered Walk away your Waistline which should come with the walk band. Goodness knows that is one area of my anatomy that needs walking away!

Mago

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Walking at home

Hey, imagine this.

Even though it's Monday, I was able to get a 1-mile walk in with the hand weights. I'm able to do more with the weights each time, and it's really kind of exciting.

I started the DVD as soon as I got home; I knew if I started doing something else, I'd never get it done.

I think I actually like exercising. Who knew??

Mago

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Power Walk

I attempted to get this workout done this morning but I got distracted.

This afternoon when I got ready to get it done, I almost skipped it to do Callanetics but I prefer this workout over any other workout and got it done!

Leslie Sansone Walk at Home
3 Mile Weight Loss Walk...A "Power Walk" at Home!
Mile 1: 15 minutes of non-stop muscle moving steps to get you started
Mile 2: 12 minutes of speed walking
Mile 3: 15 minutes to continue blasting calories as you burn body fat
I completed all 3 miles!

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About me

I'm Teri and I am 54 years old. I have been fighting my weight since I was fourteen, dieting my way all the way up to 236 lbs. I started my weight loss program on March 3, 2008, and at that time I was unable to get into the largest pair of jeans I owned, size 18W. I have lost close to 100 pounds, and I now wear a size 4 jeans. My diet and exercise program have me feeling better than I could have ever imagined and I did it without starving or depriving myself in any way.

I am getting myself into better shape and my goal of becoming fit and healthy is getting closer every day.

Here's a link to my Progress Photos.

Current Diet Type
Carbohydrate Addict's Lifespan Program (CALP)

Current Exercise Routine
Resistance/Strength Training using Bowflex, Walk Away the Pounds (WATP), & Callanetics

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