How i lost 80lbs

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How i lost 80lbs

Postby befriend » Wed Feb 20, 2013 8:54 pm

i walked 1 hour a day at a regular walking speed, ate regular sized meals, and i went from 235 to 159 now. all i did was walk. i think exercise regiments of intense workouts to lose weight and dieting are not fitting. its so hard to get motivated to do a richard simmons video for 45 minutes, but walking takes no drive. just walk, if your moving your burning calories. i didnt even lift weights.
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Re: How i lost 80lbs

Postby Alobha » Wed Feb 20, 2013 9:07 pm

Great job befriend! :smile:
After having some knee pain, I'm starting to shifting to just walking, too. Mindful walking is easily possible and listening a one-hour long Dhammatalk is a fine thing, too.
How regular did you go out for a walk? Everday? Three times a week?

Anyways, right way to go! ;)
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Re: How i lost 80lbs

Postby Ben » Wed Feb 20, 2013 9:37 pm

Well done befriend!
I also walk everyday as part of my health and wellbeing routine that includes a near-vegetarian diet, RPM classes, regular cardio/strength workouts and swimming.

You might be interested in this site: www.myfitnesspal.com which I have found to be extremely useful.
Keep up the excellent work!
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Re: How i lost 80lbs

Postby Coyote » Wed Feb 20, 2013 9:45 pm

Hi Befriend, well done also!

How long did it take you, if I might ask?

I am looking to lose a stone (or two) and get into shape. But I do kettlebell training and a martial art. I would recommend it (kettlebells) to anyone, and my routines only take 25 or so minutes.
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Re: How i lost 80lbs

Postby manas » Wed Feb 20, 2013 10:16 pm

befriend wrote:i walked 1 hour a day at a regular walking speed, ate regular sized meals, and i went from 235 to 159 now. all i did was walk. i think exercise regiments of intense workouts to lose weight and dieting are not fitting. its so hard to get motivated to do a richard simmons video for 45 minutes, but walking takes no drive. just walk, if your moving your burning calories. i didnt even lift weights.
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Good work, befriend. :smile: Are you noticing an increase in physical and/or emotional wellbeing as a result? I find that walking in the early morning, before the roads are filled with traffic and hence pollution, is very beneficial.

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Re: How i lost 80lbs

Postby David N. Snyder » Wed Feb 20, 2013 10:44 pm

Congratulations! Do you have any before and after photos? Or if you don't want to show those, that is of course okay.

I know what you mean about moderate exercise. No exercise is bad for obvious reasons and sometimes too much exercise can be counter-productive. Some who over-exert on a too strenuous set, over-eat later, consuming much more calories than were burned.
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Re: How i lost 80lbs

Postby Modus.Ponens » Wed Feb 20, 2013 11:27 pm

Congratulations!
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Re: How i lost 80lbs

Postby befriend » Thu Feb 21, 2013 2:00 am

i walked every day give or take some days, it took me maybe 8 months. i dont feel any emotional benefits. but im sure i saved myself from many illnesses. but i guess i do feel better in the sense, im not afraid of getting diabetes anymore, and i look better. i have an inspirational story. but its something that can be maintained easily. walking is just kind of more natural i think. oh i also have more stamina when im working, i have a very physically demanding job, if i didnt lose this weight i doubt i could even do the work.
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