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How I Lost 2 Inches From My Waistline In 4 Days!

Updated on April 3, 2012
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Move It And Lose It!

Now that I've got your attention, here's how to lose inches all over your body in mere days: walking! It's true, I kid you not!

Walking can be done anywhere, anytime, and with anyone. Well, there are exceptions to this rule...I wouldn't walk in a field with an angry bull...at midnight...with someone that only wears red, BUT, you get what I'm saying. Right?

Here's how I discovered that I had lost those two wonderful inches. Last Friday night, I was trying on some clothes I had packed away a few years ago. I need some spring and summer clothes, so I was going through my closet. Sometimes, that's the best place to shop!

Anyway, I found a pink button-up shirt that I used to love to wear, but I had packed it away because I couldn't button it near the bottom. Some people can wear clothes that way, but mine have to fit. Actually, I've been told that I wear my clothes too loose. I guess I think I'm hiding something behind all that fabric! Silly me!

Well, those pesky two buttons on the bottom of my pretty pink shirt would not button when I tried it on last Friday, but today they do! Now, I'll be honest here, they button, but I wouldn't wear it just yet. It's still too tight for me and I'd be tugging and pulling the whole time if I wore it now. I'll do another test next Tuesday to see if I've made any more progress!


Just Do It!

When I started walking a couple of weeks ago, I started out on the road in front of my house. It's usually quiet in the early morning hours with few cars. Most people slow down when they see people walking and I always make sure I walk correctly, meaning I walk against traffic not with it.

Last week, I had a couple of close calls while walking. A huge truck carrying logs buzzed by me going way too fast and it kind of took my breath away. He was able to move over, and although that let me know he saw me and should have made me feel more safe, it was not safe for him because he had to enter the other lane of traffic.

The other occurrence was done intentionally, I think. A white truck with protruding side mirrors was heading towards me. I did what I normally do, and moved over to the tiny strip of grass by the side of the road. There's only that little bit of grass and beyond that is a ditch so I have to be careful not to trip myself up and go tumbling. The driver must have seen me and decided to scare me a bit because he(or she) did not move over and if I had not moved my head back, the passenger side mirror would have clocked me! I knew right then and there that walking on that road was not for me!

So, I decided to make a walking track on my own property. The only hazards in my yard are holes, snakes, and ticks, and I'd much rather deal with those than that white truck!

I've heard it before and so have you, walking can be done anywhere. I don't have anything fancy, it's just a yard. I only walk behind the house because I will end up killing the grass and making a track so it might end up looking pretty ugly until I get cedar chips or something to put down and make it look all official.

Even if you have to walk in a circle around your car, you should really think about walking for exercise. It's so easy. It'll seem like you are not doing anything special, but just give it some time, you'll see results plus you'll feel better!

Go do it! Now! Well, first read my tips below!


Walking Tips

Do a warm-up!

  • Warm up those muscles or they might attack you! I do 15 minutes of toe-touches, sit-ups, leg kicks, squats. Anything to increase your heart rate!

When walking in grass, wear long pants!

  • Tuck your pants into your socks. Ticks will have to travel farther to get at your skin, but they will get in so you might also consider some kind of spray to protect yourself. I admit I don't wear any, but I definitely need to!

Carry a walking stick!

  • It will help you with balance and can be used to smack at snakes and the neighbor's angry poodle! Note: I said 'smack at' not hit, so don't think I'm a critter abuser!

Time yourself!

  • I started out walking a steady pace, not too fast/not too slow, and walked for about 30 minutes. Today, I increased it to an hour and I do that once in the morning and once at night.

Drink water before, during, and after!

  • Water is just important. Everyone knows it. I shouldn't have to tell you that!


To Make A Long Story Short...

...too late!

I lost those 2 inches by exercising. I didn't change my eating habits, I just moved more. It's as simple as that!

This should work for the average Joe or Joan because I have thyroid problems and a very sluggish metabolism and it works for me!

Get out there! Move!


Note: I am not a licensed doctor, personal trainer, or exercise nut. I'm just a fluffy human that needs to shed and wants to share what works for me because it might just work for you!


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    • valleyforge84 profile image

      valleyforge84 5 years ago

      good hub. straight to the point. voted up. walking is a great way top start out an exercise program.

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      lmarsh1203 5 years ago

      I love that you refer to yourself as a "fluffy human". It made me smile! After having two kids there is some fluff I still need to lose. Congrats on your weight loss, I hope the shirt is wearable soon!

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      alliemacb 5 years ago from Scotland

      Good hub. We tend to underestimate the good that walking can do us. Very interesting

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      Healing Herbalist 5 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      By walking I lost 75 pounds (Well I changed my diet too). Walking is so under written about as an exercise. Vote up.

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      valleyforge84, thank you for the comment and vote! I really like walking so I think I'll stick with it for awhile!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      lmarsh1203, thank you so much! I won't know how much I've actually lost until my next visit to the doctor scheduled for sometime in June. I started to "diet" at the end of February, but didn't exercise and managed to lose 10 pounds as of my last doctor visit March 21st. I really think adding exercise is going to give me that extra boost!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      alliemacb, yes walking is good for the soul and body, in my opinion! Thanks for the comment!

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      cloverleaffarm, 75 pounds! That's great! The most I've ever lost was 50 pounds in about 3 months and that was by changing my diet, but I rarely exercised. I actually like exercising, it's just the getting up and doing it! It's way too easy to talk yourself out of it, plus I hate doing it by myself and all these lazy people around me are happy just to sit on the couch! =P

      Thanks for the comment and the vote up! I really appreciate it!

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      Healing Herbalist 5 years ago from The Hamlet of Effingham

      Just so you know, this is one of the articles that was stolen by bigezinedotcom. I found it this morning while looking for ones they might have stolen from me. You can read the hub about it here. It tells you what to do about it.

      :https://hubpages.com/community/Our-Hubs-Got-Stolen...

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      cloverleaffarm, thank you for letting me know!

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      Chloe Davis Smith 5 years ago from Duluth, MN

      This hub has a misleading title. There are many things that can affect how your waistline changes. Eating a large meal/drinking a lot of water are the main things that come to mind. Your weight can change as much as 5lbs during a day due to waterweight.

      That being said, walking is a great way to exercise and lose weight. If this hub was about walking as exercise with your story at the end it would impact me more, right now the focus is your story and it's a "results not typical" sort of story.

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      nochance, I thank you for your comment!

      The title of my hub is "How I Lost 2 Inches From My Waistline In 4 Days". That means how "I" did it. I'm not giving expert advice or telling others how to do it. Tip: read the "note" section at the bottom of my article.

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      kjforce 5 years ago from Florida

      My "wasteline" got out of control, due to health issue restrictions ( couldn't walk) so now I am out of the wheelchair and can move slowly using a walker..I walk to and from our barn everyday.OMG, what a diff..and I take ,Raspberry ketone supplement..lost 5 lb,only 60 more to go..thanks for writing the hub, I needed some additional incouragement...

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      kj force, I'm happy that you are making progress! Keep on keepin' on! I've never heard of that supplement, but it seems like it's working for you! I'm glad you enjoyed my hub and found some encouragement in my words! That makes me very happy!

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      PurvisBobbi44 4 years ago from Florida

      Hi,

      I enjoyed your hub and you have inspired me to move it. Sitting behind a computer for many hours can make anyone fluffy---and with all the Christmas cooking and visiting friends---I am afraid I will become Queen of Fluffy.

      Have a great Holiday,

      Bobbi Purvis

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      Lisa 4 years ago from Tennessee

      PurvisBobbi44, I love walking but I must admit that I haven't been making time for it lately and I can sure tell the difference! This is the perfect time of year to be more active so we can eat all the goodies!

      Thanks for the comment and have a wonderful holiday season! :)

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      I am very glad this worked for you!

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