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Guts to Glory

I Walked Off 100 Pounds

Marie Bowe

Bowe posing after having lost a 100 pounds.

My name is Marie, and I am an obesity survivor. I lost 100 pounds, and I have kept them off for four years now. It will be five years this coming January 2011. I did it without crash diets, pills, shakes, surgery, or special diet foods

I lost the weight the safe way. I ate less and exercised more. I used the easiest portion-control system: I ate on smaller plates and bowls. No measuring. Of course I exercised too. My exercise of choice is walking. I received a wake-up call from my father’s doctor. My father suffered from heart disease.
He told me that if I didn’t lose weight, I would have the same problems my father had. I knew that he was serious. The next day I began walking. I walked to the store, and it was so hard. I didn’t realize how out of shape I was. But I made it, and I decided to walk for 30 minutes and increase my minutes as walking became more comfortable. I now walk 10 miles every day. I walk five miles to work and five miles back. I really love it. It has become my prayer and meditation time. I’m like the postal service: I walk rain or shine. The only weather that keeps me from walking is icy weather. (I tried walking in ice once, and it was a disaster.)

Walking is the best exercise there is. You don’t have to drive to a gym or wait your turn for workout machines. You put on your sneakers, stretch, and put one foot in front of the other one. I have depended on this body for all these years to take care of me. I’m 47, and now it is time to show my body the appreciation it deserves.

I have dedicated my life to helping others achieve the healthy bodies that they desire. I have a weight-loss support service. I help people stay on their program. I am also the head of the Step It Up club. It is a walking club for those who want to lose weight. I am known as the Motivation Queen. In the past I tried a lot of weight-loss programs, and none of them offered any real support. You need support to succeed in losing weight.

Everybody is different. What works for you may not work for everyone. Choose a program that suits your personal needs. Exercise is mandatory. Make it as much a part of your daily life as brushing your teeth.

The more active you are, the more calories you’ll burn. I would suggest walking, because it is so easy and convenient. Use your walking time to clear your head and focus on what you want to make better in your life. You will feel so much better, because when you feel better, you do better.

Take this time to change your thinking to positive thoughts. Remove as many negative thoughts as possible. Negative thinking will only slow you down. When you change your way of thinking, you can change your eating habits. Walking will also help decrease your appetite. It will rev up your metabolism.

The main thing is to stay focused. Believe me, you can do it. I have the most fun walking. I live in Little Rock, AR. We have all kinds of weather. I’m known as “The Walking Lady.” Everyone knows me from walking. All the bus drivers, utility company drivers, all know me from seeing me walking. I know that 10 miles may seem like a lot, but it took me a while to get there. I just stayed focused on going that extra mile.

I want to wish all walkers the best of luck in the future. I hope that there are people out there who love walking as much as I do. It helped me lose 100 pounds, and I don’t ever plan on finding them again. I know that if I keep walking, I never will.

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