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"Home Workouts Helped Me Lose 53 Pounds"

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With a desk job and little daily exercise, Peggy Wilke gained weight quickly. But by committing to daily exercise at home and throughout her day, she's now slimmed down to a size she loves.

"I Did It!"

Last summer, Peggy Wilke practically lived in her vegetable garden. "It's amazing how you can tone your body simply by digging and hoeing," says the 36-year-old graphic designer from Farmington Hills, Michigan. Just a few months before, she weighed nearly 180 pounds and had zero enthusiasm for participating in physical activity of any kind.

Peggy was slim as a teenager but started to gain weight in her early twenties when she was working as a proofreader. "I'd sit at my desk all day and never exercise. I was living on fatty foods like macaroni and cheese, whole milk and pizza," she says. Her weight climbed to 150 pounds by the time she was 30, but she still didn't consider herself overweight -- and didn't change her habits. "I knew my clothes weren't fitting right, but I ignored it." As a result, she gained nearly 30 pounds more over the next five years.

Reality finally hit almost two years ago, during a shopping trip with a friend. Peggy took a pair of size 14 jeans into a dressing room only to discover she couldn't zip them. "My friend was trying to be helpful and asked me what size I needed. I was too embarrassed to say 16, so I told her I'd changed my mind."

Peggy decided to start exercising, but the gym in her town was expensive and inconvenient. "I'd read that building activity into your daily routine could help you slim down, so I looked for ways to do that." Her first change was to take over the morning dog-walking job from her husband. "We'd cover a mile and a half at a fast clip," she recalls. She also began working in her garden.

She kept a food journal as well. "It helped me see that I was eating too much of the wrong foods -- bread, cheese, butter -- so I cut back." Peggy also made other changes in her food choices and eating habits. She stopped "picking" while she cooked, substituted water for soda, and ate more slowly. "I used to eat so fast that my brain didn't have time to register when I was full," she confesses.

Within six weeks she lost 11 pounds. To complement her daily activities, Peggy started working out with aerobics tapes three times a week. "I love doing the tapes in the morning, when I have the house to myself," she says. She continued to lose one to two pounds a week, and seven months later she hit 125 pounds. "Getting fit has really boosted my self-esteem," she says. "The best part is that I did it for me, not for my husband or anyone else. This is one of the biggest accomplishments of my life."

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fscmt1 wrote:

I think this is just great. I would love to do the same. I need to lose 40 lbs. desperately. Mine weight has me taking two blood pressure meds. and looking at my lab result cholesterol meds are next if not something worse. I have had three back surgeries and cannot exercise like you. I can't even walk that much. I try to do Zumba but can only do a small amout at a time. Any suggestions for me? I am so happy for you and I know you must be elated. Great Job!

3/11/2014 01:30:03 PM Report Abuse
krm19651 wrote:

Now this is what I was looking for. As a stay at home mom, it is extremely difficult to find a reasonable work out to do at home. I have a child at home and can't just leave to go to a gym and don't have the cash for a membership or expensive equipment. We need more of these self-help, at home, no equipment workouts. Thanks.

3/14/2012 08:19:41 AM Report Abuse

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