Lost a bunch of weight walking
My story is simple. I have a desk job and work long hours, which doesn't leave a lot of time for getting exercise. About a year ago, I was really packing on the pounds because I got used to nibbling all day long.
One morning I decided that it all stopped. I made up my mind to start walking everyday at lunch. My biggest hurdle though was that there wasn't really a lot of places to walk near my office so I took to the streets.
It was quite difficult to keep this up during the cold winter months here in downtown Chicago but I didn't let that deter me. I just bundled up and kept warm by moving.
In six months, I had lost around 20 pounds. I was packing my lunch everyday and I included lots of things like carrot, apple, bananas, and celery to munch on instead of grabbing snacks out of the vending machine. Since I walked at lunch, instead of getting up for coffee, I heated up some soup or oodles of noodles (with a couple of saltines) instead. The weird thing is that I didn't get as hungry as I had before I started walking. My legs are really getting toned whereas before they just looked wrinkled and flabby.
In one month shy of one year, I have lost around 40 pounds. My clothes are all too loose now and I desperately need to
go shopping for new clothes! The best thing is that many of my associates at work are now walking with me. We use each other for motivation. Plus, I've met so many nice people over the last year I'd have never met if I hadn't gotten up off my bum and got out of the office.
Before I started, I didn't really have any goals for how much weight I wanted to lose. Since I was around 80 pounds overweight, I have a bit more to lose before I'll be satisfied. But I'm gonna keep up the walking cause it's made me realize how unhealthy I really was before! My lungs are getting stronger whereas I used to get winded really easily.
I don't have any pictures to share but I can't say enough good things about moving. I didn't have to join a gym and I've saved a bunch more money by not eating out. Walking is just a plain and simple way to remove some of the excesses! I suggest that everyone try it!
That is so great to hear Linda! Just goes to show that when you make up your mind to do something and carry it out, you make progress! Mind over matter.
I know it must've been terribly hard to go out in the cold temps too. Kudo's to you for setting your mind to something and making great weight loss strides! Keep up the good work!