Several years before I got pregnant, I was at the weight I am at now. It was a combination of birth control hormones and depression. My self-esteem was low. I hated taking photos. I had no energy. I was a miserable person. Those of you who know me well know that this is not the kind of person I want to be.
And then, one day, my mom introduced me to Leslie Sansone.
It might sound hokey, and maybe it is, but this lady seriously changed my life. You’ve probably seen her videos at Target and Wal-Mart. She’s always perky and smiling on the cover. She’s not staring you down with her six-pack abs promising to shred you in 30 days like Jillian Michaels. She’s been around in the fitness video world for a while.
I remember the first day my mom brought the DVD to my house. “Just TRY it,” she said, “We can do it together.” I hemmed and hawed and gave her mean looks. We got through one mile and I was huffing and puffing. But, you know what? I was suddenly smiling! It’s hard not to smile when you are moving your body. Endorphins, or something. It’s just fun.
I started doing the workout video a few days a week. And then, when I wanted to branch out, I ordered a few more from Amazon. One of the great things is that her videos are rarely over $10. I especially like her older videos, where her “walkers” are real people. They’re not all thin. They’re not all young. They’re not all wearing sports bras and matching booty shorts that make you cringe with shame at your holey sweatpants even though you’re alone in your own living room. They’re people who have had success with her program. That was so inspiring to me, as I began my journey. They’re like me! They did it! And I can do it, too. I can, and I did, and now we can do it together. (Some of her new videos do contain perfectly primped 20-somethings, which I don’t really like. The quality and ease of the workouts, however, has remained consistent.)
The videos are aerobic, but easy to follow. Her program is comprised of four basic steps, which she builds on in different combinations throughout the workouts. They’re walking workouts, so each video is the equivalent of 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 miles of activity. They incorporate light strength training, which is so important. You don’t need to be coordinated to do them. These videos are seriously for anyone.
I popped in that very first Walk at Home DVD today. I made it through 2 miles (30 minutes) before the baby had a meltdown and I had to call it quits. And it made me smile. So much so, that I wanted to share it with you. I’ve got a copy of the video on its way to me from Amazon right now, and I’d like to give it away.
Things I’ve Learned From Leslie:
1. You don’t have to do everything 100% all the time. This is big for me. I’m usually a go hard or go home type of person. Having been in great physical condition previously, it’s extremely frustrating for me sometimes to have to pace myself and do things slower than I did them before. But my body isn’t in shape, and I need to modify some things so that I can build up the endurance back to where it was. And you know what? That’s good!
2. 5 minutes is HUGE. Leslie says this all the time, in several videos. Small doses of exercise add up! Do what you have time to do, when you have time to do it. Having a stressful day? Get up and get moving for just a few minutes and see how much it changes your perspective.
3. It’s a great day to take a walk. It is. It doesn’t matter if there’s 4 feet of snow outside or if it’s raining or blazing hot or you just can’t get to the gym. Take a walk! Right in your living room. Get your body moving.
Find something that works for you, that you feel connected to, and go for it. Be healthy, be happy. I wish those things for each and every one of you!
If you’d like to win this copy of Leslie Sansone’s 3 Mile Weight Loss Walk, please leave a comment below. Giveaway will close and I will number the comments and draw a winner on Saturday, October 25 at 10:00PM.
((I purchased this DVD with my own funds. This blog is entirely based on my own experiences. Please consult your doctor before beginning a new workout regimen. You can find DVD’s on Amazon.com or by visiting Leslie’s website, www.walkathome.com.))