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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Audiobook Review: Walk Away the Pounds by Leslie Sansone

AUTHOR: Leslie Sansone 
PUBLICATION DATE: January 1, 2005
PUBLISHER: Hachette Audiobooks
FORMAT: Abridged audiobook, 3 hrs 2 mins
GENRE: Non-fiction, Health & Fitness, Sports & Recreation
ISBN: 978-1594831324
Losing weight has never been easier or more fun than with Leslie Sansone's Walk Away the Pounds. For over twenty-five years, Leslie has helped more women get off the couch and onto their feet than anyone else in the fitness industry. Her secret? If you can walk, you can achieve the weight-loss goals you dream about...with none of the intimidation or negative messages that have stopped you from succeeding before.

Whether you are a beginner or have been walking with Leslie for years, whether you are a teen or a senior or somewhere in between, you will see results. You will lose real weight, and keep it off-twenty pounds, forty, sixty, or even more. All you need is fifteen minutes a day for starters, two feet, and a willing attitude. There is no fancy equipment to buy, no fad diet to follow, and no fitness club to join.


I found this to be a very motivational book. Sansone is a fantastic speaker, and what I love most about Sansone is her common-sense approach to exercise. Our goal should be to become “fit” not “thin”, and the two words are not synonymous. I often found myself nodding my head in agreement with what Sansone was saying. Now, when she talked about exercising in one’s own living room, I incorrectly assumed she was referring to walking on a treadmill and I almost stopped listening to the book because I don’t have a treadmill! I was disappointed because I thought her walking program needed to be done on a treadmill. However, because I so enjoyed her motivational speaking, I kept listening anyways. I soon realized that she was talking about walking on the spot and not on a treadmill. Well, this is actually something that I have never considered. I wholeheartedly agree that walking is fantastic exercise, but it never occurred to me that health benefits could be achieved by merely walking on the spot.

Sansone describes four different steps to add to the “walking” for strengthening different muscles. She also talks about adding hand weights or an abdominal belt for upper body strengthening.

Sansone’s walking program appeals to me because I cannot always get outside to walk. My 4 year-old is at an age where she doesn’t want to be pushed in a stroller or pulled in a wagon. She wants to walk, but she obviously cannot walk to my pace. We end up going for shorter walks which are still enjoyable, but I feel that I don’t derive the same calorie-burning benefit that I would get if I was walking alone. Last summer was great because I could still get away with pushing her in a stroller, while my 9 year-old rode on her bike or scooter and had no trouble keeping up. In fact, she often outpaced me!

I am definitely intrigued with giving the indoor walking a try. My library has a whole catalog of Sansone’s Fitness Walking DVDs, and there are programs for walks of different durations from one to five miles. I have requested them through inter-library loan, and I can’t wait to try them out!

I would highly recommend this audiobook for anyone who enjoys walking or for anyone that is needing some motivational support for getting fit!


  1. My aerobics group often exercises to one of Leslie Sansone's tapes-- usually the Two Mile tape, sometimes the Three Miler. We think they're worthwhile.

    1. Thanks, Marilyn! I was really surprised to see how many DVDs she has available, and this is the first that I've heard of her! I'm glad that you enjoy them and I'm looking forward to trying them!

  2. I love Leslie! I have this book and I have a couple of her workout dvds. Her workouts are really good. Which reminds me...I need to get mine out, get off my butt, and get going again! Great review. Let me know what you think of the workouts. =O)

    1. Hi, Michelle! I just looked at Chapters online and was shocked at just how many DVDs Leslie has! I'm so glad that my library has a ton of them so I can try them out before I buy. I'll be sure to let you know what I think of the workouts.

      Maybe you should create a Leslie Sansone Workout Challenge, LOL!! I'd join you :)

  3. I've never heard of her either, but it sounds like she's offered you a good solution for exercising! Good luck!


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