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So Happy to Join the 5%

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.

Now, that I've reached 5 years of maintenance, I never want to go back! Gradualism was my ...
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.

Now, that I've reached 5 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 as I approach 5 years of maintenance, 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’s always new things to learn, new ideas to keep things fresh and new people to meet.

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Member Since: 8/20/2009

SparkPoints: 67,095

Fitness Minutes: 56,544

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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LIVEDAILY
8/31/2015 2:53:42 PM

Thank you for the emoticon goodie. Mail hasn't come yet today. Every day since last Wednesday, I've been checking the mail. Tomorrow is September 1st, and if I don't hear otherwise, off to the school I go.
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8/31/2015 2:10:13 PM

Thanks for reading and commenting on, "Slightly Redesigned Start Page Is Your Chance To Leave Feedback". I really appreciate it!
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MARY0825
8/30/2015 9:13:38 PM

I really appreciate your words of encouragement! emoticon



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DOVESEYES
8/30/2015 7:59:08 PM

Thanks for your blog comments, I like to add the pounds as well as it is hard to convert sometimes. Thanks for consistently encouraging me as I go along.
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RUSSLANE
8/30/2015 7:10:03 PM

What a coincidence: my uncle is medical examiner there, and his wife is a nurse alongside him. He's had an interesting week.



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