Walk Off the Weight

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2014-05-25 17:52:10 -0500
Started 2014-05-12 09:50:13 -0500

Many of us have been told if we just loose some weight our numbers will be better. That may or may not be totally true, but being healthy is a goal and overall health trumps specifics for me anyway. I choose to walk and I found this article on how I can improve my walking to work better for me. http://www.everydayhealth.com/fitness/workout...

Here is an excerpt from the article.

" How to Start Your Walking Workout

The speed and distance of your walking workout are not as important as the time you spend walking at a brisk pace. If you have any health issues talk to your doctor first and find out what is a safe pace for you. Start gradually and walk only as far and as long as is comfortable. Follow these fitness walking guidelines:

Work up to at least 30 minutes of brisk walking a day.
Warm up by walking at your normal pace for about 5 minutes and then pick up the pace for about 15 minutes.
While you walk, swing your arms and maintain good posture.
Take long strides, but don't strain yourself.
Slow down at the end of your walk and do some gentle stretching.

Every week you should try to add about 5 more minutes to the brisk part of your walking workout until you can get it to over 30 minutes. "

The point is to get moving. I am adding the 45 day challenge workouts to my daily walks. I am looking forward to getting more results.

82 replies

Pegsy 2014-05-25 17:52:10 -0500 Report

I walk 6-7 days per week sometimes twice a day and I do resistance training 3 times per week. I never gained weight from the resistance training, even in the beginning and I think it was because I had so much weight to lose. I have lost over 80 pounds over 2 years and I still have another 10 to 15 pounds to go. I usually walk at least a mile and on days when I have a lot of time and am in the mood I will walk as much as 3 miles. It also does a lot to reduce stress.

Edie 2014-05-18 14:36:43 -0500 Report

Thanks Gabby, as you know I had been walking from 1 to 3 miles daily till it got real cold last fall and am just starting back up my walking again. I am only do 1 mile 2x a day for now. once we get our Home moved over onto our own land about a block and a half from the Walking Trail then I will be walking in the Morning every other Day and Riding my new Bike the other Days with Sunday off from the Bike Riding. I hope to be able to do better this year than last year. Hope to talk to you soon Love Ya Friend.

Tony5657 2014-05-18 05:21:52 -0500 Report

Thanks Gabby! That's an excellent article. I've been taking my early morning 45 - 50 minute walks using the advice mentioned in the article for about 3 years. With the exercise and eating diabetic friendly food I lost 40 lbs. and have kept it off. (Patting myself on the back LOL ) I start out in the dark & by the time the sun is starting to come up, I'm in the beautiful park you can see in my profile. Often I see the most beautiful sun rises there along the banks of the crystal clear, spring fed river. My friends always are there - the geese, ducks & deer so I talk to them. Sometimes I even get a "quack" back. LOL
Ol' Tony5657 in New Braunfels, TX - Goose/Duck Whisperer :o)

jigsaw 2014-05-17 13:59:55 -0500 Report

Can't walk enough! Great advice for an excellent form of exercise. Simply put, you can't go wrong.

Softballmom1609 2014-05-16 18:40:40 -0500 Report

I walk everyday for at least 10 minutes. I am trying to add to that but have some pain due to neuropathy. I am determined to walk as much and as often as I can. It has helped my numbers for sure.

Hops 2014-05-15 20:09:04 -0500 Report

If you live in a big city see if the local ball park is hiring food vendors. I was a peanut and Cracker Jack vendor for nine seasons at the Metrodome. Typically I walked 10 miles a game. The great thing is you are your own boss. You get paid a commission based on your total sales. It was a fun way of staying in shape while taking home an extra $10,000 annually and I was lucky to see two World Series, a Super Bowl, two Rolling Stones concerts and a Paul McCartney concert. "Peanuts, peanuts here, who's ready for a nut!"

MewElla 2014-05-14 14:47:27 -0500 Report

My daily walk each day has made a major difference in my life, health and general overall good feeling. Not always to get out each day, but I make it a priority as I know I must do this for myself.

kitten 11
kitten 11 2014-05-14 14:46:26 -0500 Report

I weighed today. Rats gain a pound back. I was doing so good, I lost 30 lbs. sents January of this year. When I found out my blood sugar was so high. Got to go back to measuring my food.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-05-15 09:49:21 -0500 Report

I learned that as you start exercising more that you may gain some weight at first. This is because you are building muscle mass that has been lacking. Of course thats not where my weight gain just came from.

artqween 2014-05-16 07:32:24 -0500 Report

weight lifting gains muscle that can increase weight gain, however if u just walk a very lengthy routine sort of u won't gain u'll burn off, dancerize the same way,.. if u add weights to cardio u may gain a little weight depending on how much weights u add and consistency,.. :)
Trudie Ann

And to alllllllllllll

haoleboy 2014-05-16 08:59:56 -0500 Report

Say What???
Curious as to where you get your information … I have lost 165 pounds and weight and resistance training have been an important part of my daily routine.. It is in fact recommended for type 2's … but con't just take my word for it …http://goo.gl/TCJhcc

Glucerna 2014-05-14 21:08:51 -0500 Report

The value of weighing yourself regularly is that you can catch small amounts of weight gain quickly, and get back on track right away. Measuring food intake is a great idea! ~Lynn @Glucerna

artqween 2014-05-14 14:35:50 -0500 Report

Kitty11 u helping her and getting involved in her cancer cure is a start… Ask her how u can help even further
;)… If u both go to church, you both ask for their help:…
See what our club can offer u and ur mom??

We will pray for ur strength, consider "Hope hospice,… "???

elefty 2014-05-14 10:27:01 -0500 Report

My grandfather, before he passed away, lost fifty pounds just spending an hour or so walking around the pool in his backyard. It's a great way for people who can't do really strenuous exercise to get their heart rate up.

shorty1965 2014-05-14 08:52:06 -0500 Report

I don't have them up load because my partner is next
To me and we talk to each other sometimes while we
Walk so I have them low so I can hear her,
Thanks for that advice it was a good thought;)

artqween 2014-05-14 05:52:51 -0500 Report

Gabby walking does help combat stress: change of scenery, fresh air, breathing in and out, bonding with urself,… all preventing a possible stroke ;) or worse :-/

Especially when u were a caregiver… the client was in different situation sort of bejng cared for instead of the other way around .. That can feel odd to the client… I hope this makes since?? :)

JaredLahti 2014-05-13 19:09:42 -0500 Report

I don't walk a whole lot but I do work out 5-6 days a week training for triathlons. My favorites are swimming and running. I don't believe in stretching before working out though but that is me. I've lost 60 lbs. through my exercise

artqween 2014-05-14 04:48:16 -0500 Report

O yea!!! Love swimming! We can burn/lose thousands more lbs from swimming, beings the water helps us balance our lbs possibly??

" Hugs to allllll btw :D always think positive " and hug urself when u need to or have alone time ??

Also keep jn mind high blood pressure affects our mood. Calming down/relaxing is the key ;) along with cutting way back on salt intake also possibly helps ??? :) be good to urself everyone

kitten 11
kitten 11 2014-05-13 12:37:23 -0500 Report

I have started walking in the morning to help loose some weight. I was doing good, but my mother n law has goten sicker from cancer this week. Stress has not helped my sugar level. how do I deal with this?

artqween 2014-05-14 04:05:14 -0500 Report

Kitten 11, good luck on walking.. always stay hydrated as u walk?? Water water ;) hug hug hug

i am root'n for u and ur mom. Consider getting lots of resources,… foods that will combat her cancer,.. and making sure u don't inherit it as well :(?? beverages, fruit, vegetables and so forth… remedies remedies,… feedback your here and with ur mom positive thinking, u r her positive core,… :)

GabbyPA 2014-05-13 18:00:46 -0500 Report

I found that when I was a caretaker in overload mode, my walks became VERY important for my sanity. I felt guilty at first, but it was my time to clear my head, scream a little if I needed to and regroup for my return. Actually, it was this time in my life that helped me start doing my daily walks.

artqween 2014-05-13 13:12:39 -0500 Report

cancer center, 1 800 cancer society, komen.org,… :( good luck… U have been tested also? U may have cancer through her? :-/… Hope not though… kitten 11

kitten 11
kitten 11 2014-05-14 14:28:43 -0500 Report

I had breast cancer. but had it removed. I feel so guiltly that we can't help her, she was my rock when I was sick.

tabby9146 2014-05-13 10:47:40 -0500 Report

This is exactly how I began exercising again, way back in early 2008 after something like 15 years of not exercising. I could not get over how much better I felt, and it wasn't long before I was losing inches! However, I did not lose weight quickly at all, this was before I was diagnosed, and still not eating as well as I do now, so it was hard to lose weight, but once I got my blood sugar under control and knew what I was dealing with, I got a treadmill and sometimes walked fast outside, and the weight just came off much quicker. This is such a good exercise and one of my main forms still today.

tabby9146 2014-05-13 10:50:53 -0500 Report

I find what helps me most and keeps me doing longer, is the Ipod, must have that with me, with my fave. music, all the upbeat happy songs, the ones you can dance too, that is what I like. I am from the "disco" era of the late 70s. and the 80s music. :-)

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-05-13 13:02:14 -0500 Report

We always tell people when out walking, running, jogging or waiting for a bus to use one earbud. This way you can hear what is going on around you and it is safer. You will hear someone walking or running up behind you. Also pay attention to what is going on around you. I see young people running or jogging who don't stop at intersections and nearly get run over because they didn't hear the car horn. Always remember safety first.

shorty1965 2014-05-13 07:03:50 -0500 Report

Yes the treadmill alway start at a slow pace and we take the kids to school and walk the before we get on the treadmill:)

shorty1965 2014-05-13 06:34:21 -0500 Report

That is very good ,me and my co worker do the
Treadmill 5 days a week and I lost 4 pounds and she
Came down 2 pants sizes and it feels real good and we don't over do it but we put our head phones
On and keep it moving.
Walking has always been the best way to lose wight to me.

artqween 2014-05-14 04:10:43 -0500 Report

Shorty plez reconsider head phones, leading cause of hearing issues,, ur ear drum is "very" sensitive :(??? I care…

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-05-12 23:24:39 -0500 Report

Hi Gabby: I have even got my husband to walking with me. The way I got him to do it is I showed him a video on Geo-cashing. He was hooked. We have already went to three local sites and found two of them. He has enjoyed it so much hunting for the sites that he is walking and hiking with me every other day. I went to Curves several years ago for a free trial and I still use their warm up and cool down exercises before walking, hiking, and geo-cash hunting.

GabbyPA 2014-05-13 18:03:08 -0500 Report

Is that rock hunting? I have never heard of geo-cashing.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-05-14 00:26:15 -0500 Report

Hi Gabby: Like Glucerna said (although I spelled it wrong) You go on line and down load locations, then you go out using your GPS and hike, following dirrections and hints, looking for the locations. It reminds me of an Easter Egg hunt, when you find the container there will be items in it. You can exchange items, or just log into the geocaching site and log in weather you found it or didn't find it. Sometimes there will be an item that has a # on it that people are trying to get moved around the country or the world and the fun is seeing it travel around when they check the site and see where it is logged in next. It's usually a small item like a mini toy. People are playing it all over the world and sometimes an item travels to other countries. A lot of the time the areas that the geocach is in is a park, at/near a lake or just a beautiful outside area. I suggest taking a camera, it is has always been beautiful in the areas we have been. Check out the web site that Glucerna posted, also you can go to Youtube and see some videos people have posted.

GabbyPA 2014-05-15 10:53:45 -0500 Report

That sounds so cool! I have to see if there is any of that here. I went to the site, and I don't have the technology to do it officially, but it would be neat to set something up with a paper map...it looks like a lot of fun.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-05-15 15:45:26 -0500 Report

It is, you have fun, and get excerise. I would just bet there is a lot there, people are doing it everywhere. Watch some of the videos on Youtube of people who go. Take your camera. I have to remember the next time, or even if I just go hiking to use some Off or other bug spray, Ticks and chiggers are starting to get bad here. The trails are really good, but if I just get close to a tree or bush they jump on me. My husband is the same way about poison ivy.

Glucerna 2014-05-13 21:46:16 -0500 Report

Geocaching is a lot of fun, plus great exercise. http://www.geocaching.com/ explains it: you follow coordinates to look for a hidden container. You can do this anywhere, and it's fun to do while traveling to discover new places. ~Lynn @Glucerna

silvertabby 2014-05-17 16:41:13 -0500 Report

I met a lady in her 70's who is part of a horseback team that geocaches in the woods on horseback! Sounded like a lot of fun…

Becca023 2014-05-12 16:04:35 -0500 Report

Trying to remember to wear my Fitbit again so I know more accurately what my step count is at. 3600 steps is my goal, then I'll up it a little each week til I'm at 10,000 steps. I forget how steps it is for 30 minutes and it all depends on how fast or vigorous I'd walk too. The more steps I can get in that 30 min window, the more calories I'll burn.

silvertabby 2014-05-17 16:43:36 -0500 Report

Fitbit? I like how you describe your plan to increase your steps. Sounds like something I would enjoy. Where did you get the Fitbit?

Becca023 2014-05-17 19:44:05 -0500 Report

Hi Silvertabby
I got my Fitbit at Best Buy a couple years ago. Since then Fitbit has come out with several other models, but I like my standard Fitbit. It does everything I want it too. Cost was about $100 but well worth the price.
You can also go directly to their website or Amazon carries it as well. I think even eBay has them too.
Don't go for the fancy wrist ones unless you like the extra bells and whistles (and cost). The standard Fitbit can hook right on your clothing. I wear mine on my bra, no one knows its there and it doesn't interfere with whatever I'm doing, awake or asleep.
Let me know if you need any other info.
Smiles and Hugs

Type1Lou 2014-05-12 14:43:12 -0500 Report

I just got back from a 2-week vacation in France and did a whole ton of walking which really helped me keep my numbers in reasonable range. With a pump, I was able to reduce the basal rates to compensate for the effect of the walking which is great…very minimal low episodes! I was also able to indulge in a "Chocolatine" (a chocolate filled croissant) for breakfast and the occasional "Choux Chantilly" (cream puff filled with real whipped cream)…yummmmmmmm. Now, if I can only discipline myself to walk regularly at home, I'll increase my insulin sensitivity and tone up!

GabbyPA 2014-05-12 20:10:09 -0500 Report

Oh, la la....do you have any pictures to share?

Type1Lou 2014-05-13 07:22:31 -0500 Report

Thanks for asking Gabby! I'm still sorting through them…funny how I see my Mom in those pictures (it's really me but I look sooooo old?!!) Will post a few once I get myself organized! Still getting over the 6 hour jet lag (we're 6 hours earlier than France time)

tabby9146 2014-05-13 10:49:39 -0500 Report

I look forward to the pics., I was only in France one time, Paris, for a week with my parents and brother, and one of my grandmothers, way way back when I was a small child, in 1972/73. I loved it!!! I still remember so much about Paris and I want to go back!

Type1Lou 2014-05-13 17:26:10 -0500 Report

This was my 2nd visit to Paris (first one was in the 1980's)…my absolutely favorite city that I've visited is Venice…the one in Italy. We went there 2 years ago and there's just something magical about it. I would go back there anytime!

tabby9146 2014-05-13 18:53:48 -0500 Report

how is Paris now? I wonder how it has changed since the 70s. I wonder if it is still as clean as it was back then.

Type1Lou 2014-05-14 17:27:22 -0500 Report

I found it friendlier this time. I speak French pretty fluently but they can peg me as American (is it the accent or the clothes?) During the trip, I fell down several times and locals were quick to rush to my aid and offer help. I was just being klutzy, not used to walking on cobblestones. I did notice there were a good number of street people and beggars but, unfortunately, that seems to be part of every big city nowadays. I'm not sure if it was "as clean as it was" when you visited but I didn't find it dirty. We used public transportation (train, metro, and buses) and only ran into one REALLY wierd guy on the Metro…again, not uncommon in large cities. After 9 days in Paris, we made our way through Burgundy (Baune), Avignon, St Paul de Vence, Nice and Monaco. It was my first time visiting the south of France. It was a good trip. My husband and I are traveling as much as we can while our health still permits. He'll be 72 and I turn 65 soon.

artqween 2014-05-12 14:40:48 -0500 Report

Also guys I strongly request that with any activity you do, plez warm up first such as stretching, bending,..
to get your limbs ready for your incredible workout whether it be a light or intense workout your limbs will be ready… then you may want to take some non aspirin after you stop so your muscles/.. won't hurt u much??? And always have and possibly have cardio festive music to pump u up??? :D

Rmj814 2014-05-12 14:08:25 -0500 Report

I'd Love to, right now I have a cast on one foot.. diabetic ulcer on the plantar part of my foot. The cast is to help the sore heal better, that is my hope anyway.. I see people walking by my home, and I want to join them… some day I will. I do chair exercises, but thats not the same. One of these days my feet will be walking around the block !!

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-05-12 23:14:00 -0500 Report

I will be looking forward to hearing about your first walk around your block when you recuperate from your foot ulcer.

robertoj 2014-05-12 13:50:11 -0500 Report

Since I fell last Thanksgiving I don't exercise much. After I healed I took another minor fall. I ride a bike daily and take short walks. Before I became anemic a couple of years ago I used a pedometer to track 10,000 steps daiiy. It was a great motivator.

elizag1 2014-05-12 13:34:02 -0500 Report

I try to walk everyday, problem is the days are very windy…I know walking has helped me alot, my knees do not hurt but, losing weight is the problem still because of the thyroid problem…I like the excerpt. I do use videos to do other exercising like, jump rope or cardio, I tend to forget to stretch, so keep that in mind, thanks! I too just take off and go…

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-05-12 12:07:26 -0500 Report

I have been walking for years. I just walk out my front door and walk. I don't need a video or support to do this nor do I care if anyone walks with me. I have lost a lot of weight walking.

Trudie Ann
Trudie Ann 2014-05-12 23:17:14 -0500 Report

Awesome!!! Good for you. I am glad to hear you have lost a lot of weight. If you don't mind me asking, how much have you lost?

Just Joyce
Just Joyce 2014-05-13 12:55:11 -0500 Report

So far 70lbs. I think I might have gained back a few running to the ice cream truck Sunday evening.

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