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Movingforward123 Wed 26-Jun-13 23:32:46

Is anyone walking for weightloss? If so what have your results been so far?

I never walk anywhere, so
I'm thinking walking for an hour 2-3 times per week to start off will help to improve my shape (and get rid of the muffin top) am boost my fitness levels!

And hopefully progress from there. I would love to hear inspiring stories from others grin

Movingforward123 Mon 08-Jul-13 12:00:26

Hiya spry I've not been on thread for a while! The walk to the shopping centre went well. Dd loved it grin

I have strayed walking a little and need to continue.

Do you think you need to br walking fast to get results and loose weight? Or do you think all walking helps?

I think I am going to tell my personal trainer that I'm stopping our sessions as I'm not following the sort plan and I feel I'm wasting my money confused but I feel bad to tell him!!!

Mollydoggerson Thu 04-Jul-13 13:59:16


ClarinetV2 thanks for telling us your story, it is very inspriational.

Yes I did get out last night, one hour fast walking. My whole body is tired today, I feel like i've been to the gym. Most interesting thing is, I really enjoyed it. Literally 5 steps out the door and I start to feel really good about it and when I get back in I think 'I'm starting to get addicted to walking!'.

So regardless of weight, it has got to be good for us (of course!).

I'm still 11 stone 5, but in nice proportions. I don't think I will ever get very thin given my liking of biscuits, but then again I think shapely bodies are attractive. I would like to loose one stone, that is all.

clarinetV2 Thu 04-Jul-13 08:44:18

Well, Molly? Did you manage it last night? The 15 min lunchtime walk sounds like a good idea.

Midnight - it's 80lbs I've lost, not 20. Started kind-of half-heartedly last August but in earnest in September. The first few months I lost around 10lbs a month, but since Christmas that's levelled off to a fairly steady 6-7lbs a month. I think the weight loss itself is almost entirely due to eating less, but the walking has helped self-esteem-wise (I'm in my late 40s with lifelong deep-seated issues with food/body image) and it's definitely the psychological reason I've been able to keep my eating under control after literally decades of yo-yo dieting and never getting below 11 stone since my mid-teens.

Mollydoggerson Wed 03-Jul-13 14:18:12

Have been sabotaged for the last few days, relatives supposedly visiting and then cancelling last minute Monday night, rescheduled for Tuesday night and then no show! So no walking for me.

I went out for a brisk 15 min walk after lunch today, and I think I will try to incorporate it into every day from now on. It feels good to stretch the ould legs.

I'm also going walking tonight it if kills me!

IShallWearMidnight Tue 02-Jul-13 14:32:12

inspired by this thread I walked the long way to the shop to buy a bottle of wine last night blush, and invested in a fitbit today. Will park further away from school in a bit and walk some more, and will see at the end of the week, exactly how far I do walk and how little it actually is and where I can fit some more in.

Clarinet - how long has it taken to lose the 20lbs?

clarinetV2 Tue 02-Jul-13 12:21:07

Thanks, Molly grin

OP, how did your walk to the shopping centre go?

chrome100 Tue 02-Jul-13 10:06:44

I don't have a car so walk everywhere - to work and back (6 miles in total), to the shops, into town, carry my shopping home etc. I reckon I average between 6-10 miles a day. I don't feel like I lose weight (although perhaps I'd be fatter if I didn't walk everywhere) but I do have very toned legs without even trying so I do think it helps. I love walking. I could cycle to work as it's a nice route and would be quicker but I choose to walk as it's so much more fun.

Mollydoggerson Mon 01-Jul-13 22:15:26

clarinetV2 you are amazing!!! well done!!!

clarinetV2 Mon 01-Jul-13 17:31:04

I love my walk to and from work - half an hour each way along the beach to the bus stop my end (prom in the winter when it's dark, on the beach itself in the summer). At the other end of the bus ride I then have a short but steep uphill stretch including a long flight of steps to work. Twice a week or so I try to go for a lunchtime walk up a nearby hill which is a brisk hour's walk with about 200ft of ascent. I've been doing this since about November, while eating carefully. I've gone from just over 15st in August to 9st 7 this morning (which was my target, yippee!). I know a lot of it's down to eating less, but the walk is really important too. Don't know how it works physiologically, but I love the time spent in the outdoors in all weathers, it makes me feel upbeat and good about myself, and if I'm walking along the prom it means I'm not sitting on the sofa thinking about how much I want a cake. I did try the gym and swimming back in August/September, but all that getting changed and faffing about wasn't for me, and I didn't enjoy it half as much as walking.

FieldsOfCorn Sat 29-Jun-13 21:48:37

movingforward I was 14st 10 when I started, so a lot to lose, 10 st 6 is the top of my healthy bmi, so still a long way to go but I'm now 20 pounds down. I do worry because it's coming off quickly but guess it will slow down and I'm eating well, even discovered a love of cooking.

Movingforward123 Sat 29-Jun-13 09:29:19

I keep feeling very confined at the moment as im not working and looking for work. And that's why i think walking is a good idea right now.

I'm going to walk to a shopping centre today which will take about an hour, I NEVER do things like that, my dd seems very excited about it as she gets to scoot, do wish me luck grin

I hope my ankle is ok after, but my physio did recommend walking!

Mollydoggerson Fri 28-Jun-13 11:19:10

Movingforwad123 I usually walk fast for about 1 hour, but I find if I get out of the habit, I can let it slip for a few days/ a week and then it's hard to get back into it.

I really want to up my exercise levels for lots of reasons. I want peachy skin, at the moment my skin is dry and patchy. I agree walking is great for your mood and it also makes me feel healthy and like someone else said, you can feel the blood pumping around and you don't want to eat crap, you just feel overall fitter, slimmer, more health conscious. Just by doing the exercise.

goodasgold Fri 28-Jun-13 00:13:38

I do quite a lot of exercise now, but I've never been as thin as when I walked everywhere. And I think I ate more too. I used to walk briskly for about four miles per day and was half a stone lighter than I am at my currently healthy weight.

Movingforward123 Thu 27-Jun-13 23:58:56

Fieldsofcorn - wow that's amazing weightloss, do you mind if I ask what you weighed to begin with?

And did you do much walking before the five weeks? Or was you like me and drove everywhere?

I use mfp but never stick to my calories hmm I comfort eat and I feel bored a lot. Hopefully if I start walking and improve my mood I will eat less!

Wiifitmama Thu 27-Jun-13 22:19:24


Bakingnovice Thu 27-Jun-13 22:16:24

What's a fit bit and what does it do?

Wiifitmama Thu 27-Jun-13 20:57:15

Over the last three years (1.5 of weight loss and 1.5 of maintenance) I have bought more fitness gadgets and equipment than you can imagine. The only one that has truly transformed my fitness level on an ongoing and maintainable basis is the fitbit. I cannot recommend it enough.

Wiifitmama Thu 27-Jun-13 20:54:37

And I totally agree about it being mood lifting (though I also found that with running outdoors). If I have had a difficult day, I head out the door as soon as dh gets in from work for even a short walk and I feel much better.

FieldsOfCorn Thu 27-Jun-13 20:53:52

I'm doing this too, I've replaced all short car journeys with walking and I have a fitbit, it's addictive, I always do my 10,000 steps per day and often 20,000. I've linked my fitbit to mfp but don't count the extra calories. I'm eating about 1,400 calories a day and have lost 18 pounds in 5 weeks without it been difficult or feeling hungry.

I really enjoy the walking and hadn't thought about the effect it has on your mood until now but I think it does help if you're feeling down. I had a lovely walk in the rain tonight.

Bakingnovice Thu 27-Jun-13 20:50:04

Good point wiifitmama. I walk lots with my kids. We get to have a proper chat walking.

Wiifitmama Thu 27-Jun-13 20:40:19

Just to add - if you do have older kids out of buggies (I have 3), it is very good for them to get used to walking places. Kids today don't walk nearly enough. Their step count should actually be more than an adult, not less. Recommended daily steps for an adult is 10,000 and for children it is 12,000. You can build it up slowly for them, but they should be able to do it. Unless your kids are at school all day and you don't work (I home school so they are always with me), you will never get enough walking in unless they are doing it too.

Bakingnovice Thu 27-Jun-13 20:27:25

Walking really lifts my mood. It's the fresh air, the blood circulating which you can feel so powerfully pumping through your body, and most of all its the time to think. For me, long walks gave me time to gather my thoughts and sort them out, to rationalise and to just be me. No cooking, no one to feed or iron for. Just me walking and looking at life all around me and feeling its going to be ok. Sounds so cheesy.

Like others, I incorporated the walking into my day. Two school runs and then a long park walk. And just like wiifitmama said, it takes a big chunk out of the day. This was ok when I could just put dc in a buggy and walk. But much harder to do daily now they are older.

I feel so strongly about walking/ exercise for helping with depression. It's the only thing that works for me.

NoRainNoRainbow Thu 27-Jun-13 19:39:32

I'm 5'2" I think the healthy weights for me are between 7st 12 and 9st 7? I think? So I'm nearly at the top end, I'm a flabby size 8-10 and would rather be a toned 8 grin

baking is spot on. I've had some low points and mild depression. It does make you feel so much better! The fresh air and endorphins I think!

Wiifitmama Thu 27-Jun-13 19:07:42

I walk for weight maintenance and also to lose the few pounds I bounce back up. I lost 110 pounds over a year and half, which included all different exercise including running. But now, due to injury, the only thing I do is walk. But I walk a lot. I have a fitbit and walk on average 7 miles a day. Sometimes more. I do what NoRainNoRainbow said and add it to journeys I need to make anyway. I live in London with no car so I walk to a lot of places I go, or get on and off the tube many stops earlier than needed and walk the rest. Walking takes a lot more time as a form of exercise than running for instance, so to add a walking session into the day can seem very time consuming. But just adding it in throughout the day into what you are doing anyway makes it much more manageable.

Movingforward123 Thu 27-Jun-13 18:59:47

wow 10miles per day sounds alot. how long did that take you?

Why do you think it cures depression, is it just the thing of moving more and releasing endorphins etc?

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