Well May has come and gone and I think my little walking "experiment" has been a complete success. Not on a grand scale mind you, I only lost 3 pounds, but there was other insight gained and I am ready for "the next step".
During the month of May I tried to walk 3 miles everyday, but there was 6 days I didn't walk. To compensate I would walk 4 miles the next few days. At the end of it all, I averaged 2.75 miles a day, burning about 350 calories each time. My last walk was Friday, and I went 6 miles.
What I was trying to accomplish in May was to establish a new habit, independent of diet and the weight-loss mentality, that exercise is going to be a part of my life regardless of what I eat or where I am on the "not ready to diet" scale. I think it has worked. I REALLY looked forward to just the simple act of walking for an hour, really looked forward to a rather secluded time by myself, just me and my Nano, thinking about stuff, working stuff out...and I came away with some rather interesting conclusions, not the least of which is WHY I AM FAT AND WHY I WANT TO BE, a topic I am eager to share with you in a post in the near future.
This task was NOT EASY, despite the very simple premise. For the first two weeks every fiber in my being kept saying, "stop walking, this is stupid unless you are going to diet". It was a real mental challenge to NOT equate exercise with diet, it was very hard to separate the two on a daily basis. But by the end of the month, I succeeded and never the two shall meet again. Diet and exercise work great together, but you CAN do one without the other...and you should.
Besides, for many obese, the stress of dieting AND exercise is too much, many quit after three days. Why the all at once mentality when you have waited so long anyway? What is a few months of gradual steps compared to years of being fat and miserable?
The daily walking really jogged loose a few things about me and my weight-loss anyway, things that would never have surfaced if I had been trying to "not eat" things. I ate like I normally ate, which is not all that good to be honest. I just wanted to see if exercise can be successful with out diet, and it can.
Yes, you can lose weight just by walking. It takes A LOT of walking, but it can be done. Particularly when you do it at night or in the evening when you would normally be eating poorly anyway. Transfer time and energy away from eating and use it for something good for you, a win-win situation.