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A Moment in Time - 2006

2014-happy half marathoner at mile 12

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I carried an extra 25 lbs for 25 years. In the era of the "Biggest Loser" that may not seem like a big deal. I had always been told by family and friends that I could "carry it." The photo of me finishing a half marathon back in 2006 attests to that. Finally, on Jan 1, 2009 I decided that I just didn't want to "carry it" anymore, not for 13.1 miles, not up and down stairs, nowhere.

Because I was already really active and fit and water was my beverage of choice, the "easy" advice of "move more and drink water" did not apply to me.

Now, that I've reached 6 years of maintenance, I never want to go back! Gradualism was my plan and now maintenance is my goal.

The 5% in my title refers to the percentage of people who successfully maintain their weight loss after a certain number of years. The number of years varies with each study (3, 4, 5 or more). That's why, even after all these years, I continue to log in to Sparkpeople every morning.

This program is responsible for my success and I intend to stay right here. Besides, there are always new things to learn, new ideas to keep things fresh and new people to meet.

Member Since: 8/20/2009

Fitness Minutes: 84,066

My Goals:
Cardio, strength, balance, flexibility - to work on improvement in all areas.

Every morning - stretching/balance routine

Aim for 25+ miles/week

My Program:
Running 4-5 days/week including 1 day speed work, 1 day hill work, & 1 long run included.

Strength training - 3X/week

Yoga: 3X per week

Tai Chi - every day

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    We're on the other side of the state, but if you come to WA, let me know - maybe we can manage to meet up somehow!

    And I can understand postponing your trip for a while. Hope Joe continues with his speedy healing!
    18 hours ago
    Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog. I am still getting used to "sparking". I hope that both you and your husband are well. We actually got to go 48 hours without an appointment this weekend.

    You are so very kind and generous to take some of your time to read my blog. I appreciate it!
    1 day ago
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    That is a pity that you lost it but I like the Garmin Vivofit because it put everything together on the Garmin site.

    I hope you do get another one because they do help to keep you motivated

    2 days ago
    Thanks for stopping by to read this weeks blog, it was the 'hardest' beginners pattern I've ever tackled but I do love a knitting challenge :)
    2 days ago
    Hi Brooklyn this is a challenge that is lots of fun, lots of motivation, and a chanch to lose 5%, but I don't think you have to worry about that, but I still am working on my 5% check it out

    Fall 5% Challenge Invitation

    Are you looking for a way to get fit, lose weight, and have fun along the way? Check out the Fall 5% Challenge! Team members will work towards losing 5% of their starting weight in 8 weeks by participating in team challenges that focus on exercise & healthy lifestyle habits. Let’s have fun, make new friends and get in shape! Challenge starts in September 24th. Please click on this link to join the Challenge and pick your team.

    17 days ago
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