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How I Lost 30 lbs in six months….

Photo Credit: Creative Commons - Angela Penn

Photo Credit: Creative Commons – Angela Penn

I’ve written a few times on this blog about the scary heart issue that I had toward the end of last year and my subsequent overnight in the hospital emergency room.

I also wrote about the ongoing fight I’ve been forced to face against myself to lose 40 pounds at the recommendation of my cardiologist.

Since I’ve started this journey, I’ve lost 31 pounds total – and I hope to lose the remainder before the summer ends.

While I’ve been going to WeightWatchers to help manage my food intake or input, I’ve also been very conscious about my exercising or outputs.

Everyday since I’ve started this health-improvement journey, I’ve walked at least 30 minutes – often more – achieving an average number of daily steps that are more than 10,000 per day.

I’m convinced that the walking has been the key for me and the success I’ve had thus far.

Here’s an interesting infographic that bears that point.


I know everyone is busy, but I squeeze the daily walk within my lunch hour – if I can do it then anybody can. Also, it doesn’t require a gym membership or anything other than comfortable shoes and your decision to do it.

If you’ve been waiting to move more – start now, no more excuses!

Question: What do you do to keep in shape?

  • http://deuceology.wordpress.com Larry Carter

    I run. I’ve been getting around a total of 12, 000 steps daily for a while.

  • http://deuceology.wordpress.com Larry Carter

    And it’s awesome that you have lost weight.

  • http://www.kenzimmermanjr.com/ Ken Zimmerman Jr.

    Keep up the great work, Tor. 31 pounds is a great accomplishment. Pushing through the plateaus is the hardest part.

    I work out about 20-25 minutes around 10:00 a.m. at the work gym. I start at 6:00 a.m. and feel this 20-25 minute boost helps my productivity immensely. I alternate weights and cardio. I eat lunch about 20 minutes after I finish. On the weekends, I do a longer workout for both, about an hour. I do take a day off here and there but generally I do 7 of each workout in a two week period. If I was doing longer sessions, I would not work out near this often due to over training concerns.

  • Robbnn

    See, that’s healthy. I know I’m capable of bursts of discipline, so being about 40 pounds more than I wanted to be, for a month I limited myself to 1000 calories a day and a bit of walking. Lost 32 pounds. Month over and a cruise month at that and I put some back on. Then I got sick. Really sick. Goal weight hit, though, so 24 pounds in four days. Yikes.

    Know I need to work exercise in there somewhere. We’ll see…

  • http://JonDHarrison.com/ Jonathan Harrison

    Weight is not an issue for me, but skinny does not equal healthy. I have only just started seriously working on my health since this January – I run at 6am 3 days a week and the only thing that has kept me going is listening to great podcasts!

  • http://www.adjuvancy.com/wordpress Roy A. Ackerman, Ph.D., E.A.

    The best kind of walking- away from the donut shop, the dessert cart, the bar…
    Mazal tov on that loss- now you’re giving me impetus!

  • http://simplystatedbusiness.com Cathy Miller

    I ♥ walking. After 30+ years in stressful corporate life, I walked away-more like crawled. I was in horrible physical (and mental) shape. I’ve always been a walker. I’ll be doing my 10th 3-Day, 60-Mile Walk for the Cure in November.

    But, I had gone away from my daily walks. Four years ago I started them back up. I’ve lost a lot of weight and am in the best shape I’ve been in a long time. Making time for walks is a priority to me now. That’s all it takes.

    Congratulations on your fabulous success!

  • Donna McBroom-Theriot

    Currently Sean T is kicking my butt with Rockin’ Bodies and Abs. I am also a walker and I’m working on losing 40 pounds and getting in better shape.

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  • http://sparkvoice.wordpress.com/ DS

    As one who needs to follow your example, thanks for sharing how you’re making a real life change

  • http://www.alexbarker.org/ Alex Barker

    Hi Tor,

    I’m a clinician and I tell almost every patient that for every 5 lbs you lose, you release 60lbs of pressure on your joints! Great motivator for people who suffer arthritis.
    Love that infograph. I’m printing it now and posting in my patient rooms.

    • http://www.seannisil.com/ Sean Nisil

      Alex, incredible fact. I had no idea the weight to pressure ratio was so extreme. Thanks for the info.

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  • http://www.seannisil.com/ Sean Nisil

    Tor, thanks for the motivation. Like you said, no excuses.