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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: 76,378

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 the nice comment on my blog! I'm excited to start my running program even if its just once per week for now.
    17 hours ago
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    Do you need to wait to feel hungry before eating? Worst Diet Advice: 'Only Eat When Hungry'

    Why you shouldn’t let hunger drive your dietary decisions . Don't believe it? What happens when you go to the supermarket hungry? Well you shop differently, of course, coming home with items you'd have never purchased on a full stomach. And what happens when you sit down to a meal hungry? Well you're still shopping of course, only this time you're shopping from your plate, your fridge, your cupboards, your freezer, or worst of all, from a menu. emoticon
    You are looking terrific!
    1 day ago
    Hi! Wow! So thankful and delighted to hear from you!!!! Thank you so much for the spark goody and checking in on me :) Yes, I'm still sparking and getting in my exercise at least once a day :) Grateful to have a caring friend like you! Take good care... and keep sparking!
    1 day ago
    Thanks for stopping by this week and leaving a blog comment :)
    2 days ago
    Hi! I am intrigued by your "Where have my friends gone" experiment. I have often wondered the same about my Spark friends. I was a longtime Sparker but since having my son I have taken some long breaks from SP myself. And whenever I would click on here I would notice very little action. Then I would leave SP again because it was just not the same. I am so happy to see an active Sparker who blogs daily! Thanks for the motivation and inspiration!
    P.S. Wanted to add you as a friend but we are already friends! :)
    2 days ago

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