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Jul. 6th, 2005 @ 09:36 am Walk!
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Everyone that knows me face to face, knows that I am obese.

It's something I've struggled with for decades, in 2000 I got stomach bypass surgery and lost 150 lbs. I had gained 70 of it back, but am again on the downward slope with my weight and have in fact lost 20 lbs since I moved to AZ. Hopefully I'll be able to keep losing and get back to that 150 lost or even better. I've done most of that loss by just walking, some days as much as 8 miles, but I try to walk at least one mile every day. All this is measured by the pedometer my honey got me last year.

I'm posting this in part to encourage my friends but also to head off what I'm sure will be a dozen well meaning emails from those concerned for me. Thanks guys, I love you all, but I've seen this already.

The nutshell version of the article is this quote from James Hill, head of the Center for Human Nutrition at the University of Colorado at Denver:

"The message we need to give people is, get out and walk," said Hill, whose group America on the Move encourages walking and small cutbacks
in calories to lose weight. "Any speed is fine. Some speeds are better than others, but get out and do it."



To my friends that aren't happy with their current weight, (even you skinny folks that just think you've put on a few!) do what I did and am doing, get a pedometer, note what your daily steps are, and work on building it up. Start with the steps, it's a lot more satisfying to go from 800-3K steps a day to 2-8K a day then it is to go from 1/4 mile to 1/2 and not be able to do even the 1/2 the next day. Let it average out, you'll have days that just stink and you can't get out, but get back to it as soon as you can.



And now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to walk around the office!
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From:helcat
Date:July 6th, 2005 04:52 pm (UTC)
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I am seldom actually worried about my weight--I more worry that I will run out of clothes that fit. I gained 20 pounds in three months--that's worrisome, more than the fact that I'm a 26 bmi.

of course, now that I think about it, perhaps you gave me yours~~~ congrats on dropping some upon moving. but perhaps i will get a pedometer. hmmm.
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From:ferragus
Date:July 6th, 2005 05:00 pm (UTC)
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yeah maybe I did!

You're pretty active that I've noticed, but really what could it hurt to take a 15 minute walk after dinner, or add the same to lunch.

{{hug}} You're still gorgeous to me!
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From:helcat
Date:July 6th, 2005 05:05 pm (UTC)
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I am just hoping that it has to do with the dietary changes after my surgery and not some metabolic/digestive change. I'm still within my established parameters, but gaining that much that fast is worrisome. I do take walks at lunchtime, now that you mention it--now i'm curious to see how much walking I can get in there!
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From:terrymcgarry
Date:July 6th, 2005 05:09 pm (UTC)
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Congrats on the twenty you've dropped!

I've read in several places I trust that walking is just as good for weight loss and general health as running is, without the stress and damage to joints and bones and so on that running can lead to. It burns the same calories, it just takes longer to do it. There are plenty of other ways to get aerobic conditioning. And I just like walking better than running.

Luckily for me, we have a boardwalk here and I know how long it is, so I can gauge how many miles I've walked or biked that day by how many boardwalk lengths I've done.

I seem to have a black thumb with pedometers. The first one I got to see how many miles I logged at my old job just walking from my office to the Makeup Department and back. It died from unknown causes. The second one I got I think died from drowning on a camping trip. They're nifty things, though. If kept well away from me. *g*
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From:hoosier_red
Date:July 6th, 2005 05:15 pm (UTC)
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I know that I always feel better when I've been walking regularly -- it really does make a difference in your metabolism.
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From:shadowhelm
Date:July 6th, 2005 06:36 pm (UTC)

Good for you!

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That reminds me! I've got to do kata today. Also, I need to walk a mile as well. Thanks for reminding me!
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From:dptwisted
Date:July 6th, 2005 10:30 pm (UTC)
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We just got a treadmill. My problem with walking outside is the UNGODLY HUMIDITY.
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From:ferragus
Date:July 6th, 2005 11:00 pm (UTC)
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OMG! He LIVES! Well he posts anyway.

Yeah humidity sucks, but so does (turns to check the temp) 109 °F / 43 °C in the shade! (And it's going to get hotter still!)

At least the office is huge, I really can walk a mile just doing a loop of the halls on all three floors three times a day. If I start to feel guilty about it, I just look at the folks outside every hour for 5-10 smoking (smoking outside at 100+, now that's hell) and I figure I'm costing the company less.

Back at home, if I'm up early, I can walk before 10AM and not get too hot, plus there's a gym in my apartment complex that's rather nice.

Good seeing you DP!
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From:dptwisted
Date:July 7th, 2005 08:33 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, finally updated my friends list, after, oh, 2.5 years or so.