Mexican black eyed peas + is walking enough exercise?

is walking enough to lose weight after pregnancy? // #exercise #weightloss

I’ve been doing more walking as exercise than I ever have before.

Right after I had Tyndale, I got it in my head that I wanted to get back into running. But a few things happened. I quickly found out how uncomfortable it is on the joints to run with an extra 50+ pounds. I also found it extremely difficult to make the time to run. I bought a jogging stroller for exactly that, but here’s the truth: I hate pushing things when I run. Especially a 50 lb. stroller.

So, I’ve been walking. I can walk. I like to walk. And I can include my kids in my walks. So everyone wins. I also do workouts online (more on frugal fitness, here; my top 5 fave workout DVD’s, here). But the majority of my exercise is walking.

You may wonder, is walking enough exercise? 

I think this quote by Dr. Andrew Weil answers the question.

is walking enough to lose weight? // #exercise #weightloss


And you know what?

A few years ago, I might have said, walking is for sissies–I’m doing HIIT & step workouts & running 5 days a week (note the superiority).

But there is such a thing as too much exercise (this recent article from Newsday discusses why), especially too much high impact exercise. My current reality is: walking fits nicely into my life so that’s what I do.

And, I love walking!

It seems such a natural extension of life, a natural, low-impact, long term & sustainable form of exercise.

Walking can be enough exercise.

It’s all about your intensity (is it brisk?), duration (10 minutes won’t cut it), & how often you’re doing it. I aim to get a few miles in most days of the week, & I find that’s about enough cardio (though I do add in a few sessions of higher intensity cardio, weights a few times a week + yoga).

{Loved this piece from NPR on Why Walking Matters.}


weight loss update

So I kinda hit a milestone–I’ve hit below 170 lbs. (169.8 lbs.).

This means I’m about the weight I was in a got married (which was before I went vegan). I’m still about 25 pounds off of my pre-pregnancy weight, but I’m getting closer, & by golly, it feels great.

Starting weight: 204 lbs.
Last week’s weight: 170.8 lbs.
This week’s weight: 169.8 lbs.

Net loss: 1 lb.
Net total loss: 34.2 lbs. 

{Here, for a recap of all prior weeks.}

How do you like my little tie dye man?


The truth is, weight loss does get more challenging the closer you get to your goal.

The first 30 pounds were rather effortless. Not entirely, but it wasn’t too difficult.

These last 25 pounds or so, I’m going to have to get even more deliberate & focused in my efforts. I’ll keep you posted on some of things I’ll be doing to keep the weight loss going at a steady & sustainable pace.

The last few weeks, the loss has been less than I’d like, & each week I try to change one or two things to see if that will help increase the loss.

This next week I’m going to focus on eating more intentionally, & eating slowly, being mindful.


Mexican Black-eyed Peas

Like many of my slim + slender recipes & most of all my recipes in Fit, Strong, Lean: The Diet, this is a meal in a bowl.

I like this meal because, like my pumpkin oatmeal:

1) it’s super quick (like 5 minutes?)
2) very filling
3) nutrient-rich
4) fits the bill for a good FSL (Fit, Strong, Lean) food.

quick meal in a bowl -- Mexican black-eyed peas // #vegan #glutenfree


mexican black-eyed peas

serves 1-2

Here’s how I made it:
combine all ingredients–

    • 1 1/2 c. cooked black eyed peas (about 1, 15 oz. can)
    • 1, 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
    • 1 TBS. Mexican hot sauce
    • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
    • 1/2 tsp. mild chili powder

Top with a dollop of guac, some vegan bacon bits (totally optional!), shredded lettuce, &/or additional Mexican hot sauce. Serve with baked tortilla chips.


Do you walk for exercise? 



  1. Elise
    on May 28, 2014 at 8:55 am said:

    I enjoyed this post. I also really liked the NPR link. I’ve unfortunately been dealing with a pinched nerve in my foot, so walking hurts and is out of the question, except necessary walking. I’ve definitely been feeling the mental effects of not exercising much. I’m still doing crunches and arm weights, but I haven’t been able to do any aerobic exercises that put pressure on the ball of my foot, which is basically all of them. I just got a new one piece-swim suit this weekend, so hopefully, I’ll be able to use it soon.

    I used to run a lot, so I’ve gained almost twenty pounds since this problem started in February. I’m working on eating less, but I love food so much. I eat fairly healthy and vegan, but I just need to keep an eye on quantity.

  2. Joya
    on May 28, 2014 at 8:33 am said:

    I’m so glad you wrote this, I’ve been struggling lately with myself and exercise. I have really great places to walk and I haven’t been taking advantage but it’s all changing, I got a little lazy over the winter I think;0)

  3. janet @ the taste space
    on May 25, 2014 at 10:01 am said:

    Interesting perspective. Yoni just shared this article about walking. I think he makes a good distinction wrt cardiovascular benefits vs weight loss.

  4. Caroline @ Fighting For Wellness
    on May 24, 2014 at 7:15 am said:

    I REALLY enjoy walking, and think it’s great exercise! I walked outside all winter, even when the “feels like” was -30! Congrats on the weight loss.

  5. Lisa C.
    on May 23, 2014 at 9:20 pm said:

    You did it again. You wrote about something that has been on my mind. 😉

    My treadmill broke last week. It was dying a slow, agonizing death. But I pushed through and kept using it (while it stuttered and smoked and squealed…LOL). Alas, it no longer starts.

    So my deal is this: I only like running on my treadmill, in my air-conditioned game room. I don’t want to invest in a new one and I am a little worried about buying a used one from a stranger (Craigslist).

    Like you, I have to exercise with little ones. The treadmill was great because I could use it while they played. I’ve been pondering adding more walking in until I can invest in a new treadmill.

    I have read a few articles about potential harms of long distance running anyway, and walking does seem more natural. Running tends to feel like I am sort of pushing myself while walking just seems like a more natural human activity.

    I also struggle with (sometimes severe) plantar fasciitis and I wonder if it would improve if I ran less and walked more?

    I’m rambling. But thanks again for reading my mind 😉 and writing about something I have been churning over in my mind!

    Way to go on the weight loss! Remember you are still exclusively nursing a wee one so that also makes those last pounds harder too. My body *always* holds onto a little until about that first birthday.

    Have a great weekend, Janae!

  6. lfwfv
    on May 23, 2014 at 7:23 pm said:

    Yup, walking, stretching, and fit2b workouts online are all I do. Love my pedometer too!

  7. Meredith @ Unexpectedly Magnificent
    on May 23, 2014 at 7:05 pm said:

    I’ve already mentioned how much I love walking. 😉 It’s definitely enough exercise. I spent a semester in Paris and walked *everywhere.* I lost so much weight! I like that it’s a good workout without the sweat.