On the weight loss track?

United States
March 14, 2007 2:23pm CST
I have began a walking group in my group of friends. We meet at a local park and walk together. Mainly so noone will quit. It's a lot harder not to walk when all of your friends are calling from their cell phones wondering where you are! I exercise better if I am in a group. I am not disciplined enough to do it alone, so this way I am motivated to continue walking. Three girlfriends have been walking only a month and have lost at least 12 lbs each! I haven't recognized any weight loss, but my body is shaping differently as I use those muscles! Got any ideas for motivation?
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@cefaz_21 (2597)
• Philippines
16 Mar 07
I have also been unmotivated to lose weight for ages until I was diagnosed with PCOS ( hormonal imbalance) that makes me fat and insulin resistant. Now I am not only motivated to lose weight but I am forced to if I really want to have kids. It would be better though if I have friends to join me with this weight loss program but unfortunately,none as of this time-I'm still encouraging some of them to walk even just for 30 mintues 4 times a week which I am currently doing. My constant companion is my husband and that's so sweet of him to do the exercise with me every morning.
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• United States
16 Mar 07
Congrats on having a hubby who doesn't mind walking! Mine simply refuses to do anything but work, play online games, watch a few tv shows and sleep. lol I have begged him to go with me before I made my circle of friends go with me. He wouldn't go because his excuse was always "I had a hard day at work" :-)
@cabergren (1182)
• United States
16 Mar 07
You have to build some muscle first to lose weight. So don't be surprised if at first you actually gain a little weight. It is perfectly normal. They say you should walk for a half hour a day. It is really great exercise.
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• United States
16 Mar 07
Thank you for your response. I am looking forward to walking each day now. In the past, I would dread it, much like going to the dentist. :-)
@beaniegdi (1966)
14 Mar 07
I think that is a brilliant idea, maybe if you need motivation to continue you could set yourself targets and goals that you can aim for. For example walking 10,000 steps a day is said to be the minimum to walk to lose weight and be healthy. I would have thought knowing how much your friends had lost by walking would be good motivation. I once read of a woman who lost over 10 stones just by walking and she used to put a back pack on that was filled with weights to make it more of a calorie burner!
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• United States
14 Mar 07
Thanks for the suggestion and response! Never thought about adding weight to my walk. I'll bet that really helps in turning fat into muscle. Talking to my skinny friend earlier, she stated that she would rather be fat working out because she wouldn't have to build up as much. She thinks that building muscle is harder than turning fat into muscle. I disagree with her because fat is stubborn!
@clarkebar (130)
• United States
14 Mar 07
This is so true. Friends are always a welcome motivation in the weight loss journey. As you mentioned, it is important to make sure you are not just looking at pounds lost, but are also focusing on body changes. I like to give myself little rewards for committing and doing things. Not food, but something else I have been wanting, that usually motivates me !! Good Luck !
• United States
14 Mar 07
Thanks for responding! I have set the goal for a new business suit once I ose a few more inches! I can't wait to make it to my goal size which is an 8.