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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: 85,696

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 TCANNO
    Maybe you are right but I had one that joined back in 2008 with 17 points.

    Why they should suddenly join my team I don't know.

    Another one joined in 2010 and hasn't set up a page so there is no way to contact them.

    I do have a few teams that are motivated and that is a big boost to me as it means I can carry on.

    Maybe it is the same old story, I am getting stale but I won't give up.

    I did think long and hard about writing this morning blog but I thought I would as I might find an answer, two comments both on the same line make me feel better.


    8 days ago
    My sister and I had a similar experience cleaning out our parents' home. My dad, inexplicably, had literally hundreds of pairs of nail clippers. My mum, bags and bags of bird seed for the backyard feeders and craft supplies used in her various charity endeavours. They did not throw out anything ever. We did: lots to thrift stores too.
    22 days ago
    Thanks for reading my blog about my yard sale treasures! We went again last weekend and found a lot more goodies!! Hope Joe continues to mend well!!
    22 days ago
    I'm glad to see that you stopped by my Blog (20 Days IN!). emoticon
    23 days ago
    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!
    24 days ago
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