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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 7 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: 101,743

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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  • v COBEBU
    Thanks so much for reading my blog and the encouraging words. 😊

    7 hours ago
    I hope your MIL was at least good g to your kids. Mine had some issues too. Now that I am older, I realize there had to be some mental illness there. It is amazing we both got good hubbys.
    9 hours ago
    Ok .... I could not find weights for a goodie .... emoticon ... so this will have to do ... emoticon ..... Good going on those goals! .... emoticon
    9 hours ago
  • v NUMD97
    Ooooh, hon, it's a loooong way from done. After Noah parked his ark in my kitchen I had to cancel the fridge. Now I have to do the floor, and I'm debating between ceramic and porcelain tile.

    I'm trying to focus it one room at a time. And I need a workable kitchen not only for the obvious but for a big project.

    BTW, I decided to stare down my excesses and find a way to live with them. I don't think working with "triggers" is realistic. And I thought of you. And I had a taste of the cake (half a slice), and it worked! At least for yesterday. We'll see how today goes.

    But you sure keep on inspiring. And I thank you for that.
    18 hours ago
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