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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: 84,154

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 to read this weeks blog, it was the 'hardest' beginners pattern I've ever tackled but I do love a knitting challenge :)
    3 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

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    19 days ago
    It hadn't even occurred to me that people would be uneasy about coming here because the city is always flooded with people from all over the world and the U.S. It's a shame that your tour was cancelled. The Ukraine part would have been the draw for me, which reminds me, here's a brilliant group I saw when they toured the U.S. when Russia was doing its worst. ago. My friend and I were two of a handful of Americans amongst an audience of crazy Ukrainian ex-pats and 2nd and 3rd generation Americans having the time of their lives. Members of the band spoke about events and unfurled the Ukrainian flag to a tearful crowd (including friend and me).

    YouTube has much more. Three powerful woman and a man who can hold his own (he gets center stage in this one). Their music is a mix of traditional and contemporary and what-all else.
    31 days ago
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    It is well worth the $30 for the Premium, it is faster and no adverts.

    I think you will like it

    I hope you had a good break

    31 days ago
    I wasn't sure when you'd be home again. Maybe I was hoping you'd explore farther after the language course ended. But you had a nice piece of time and obviously made the most of it. Settle back in at your own pace and let jet lag take its course.

    32 days ago
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