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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: 86,127

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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    Thanks for stopping by my epic weekend blog. I did not know that story about the Mets. Hoping for a great Cubs week this week.


    Always great to have your support! I hope you are having a great start to your week.

    1 day ago
    Thank you for your support on my blog about the scale. It was really helpful.
    2 days ago
    Thanks for stopping by this week and reading my blog, Hubby has always been a 'stickler' for supporting local business for the same reasons as you. It can be hard though when prices and charges are so high and wages haven't gone up in so long. I do understand those who buy cheaper if they can get it.
    2 days ago
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    Thanks for reading and commenting on my blog. I appreciate your support emoticon
    3 days ago
    (I hope I'm not posting twice, but the comment I left a few moments ago didn't seem to post.) Thanks so much for the add, and I also wanted to say emoticon emoticon emoticon on those ***360 weeks*** in maintenance that you've accumulated! That's so encouraging...and translating it into years is so impressive, too! All the best to you in this coming week, Cara emoticon
    4 days ago
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