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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: 80,132

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 NUMD97
    I looked at Jane Fonda's website the other day, I forget what piqued my curiosity, and was quite surprised to see a "selfie" of her without a front-tooth veneer. It had come loose while she was vacationing in Spain, and the dentist there repaired it twice, at least so it held till she got home. What struck me is lack of ego and how disarming she is. Yes, she admits to having had plastic surgery (and what a surgeon! Incredibly gifted), but to appear with a gap in her teeth, looking like an episode of "I Love Lucy" when they portrayed country hicks, was quite a shock. Good for her! I am truly glad that in her dotage she is finally coming into her own and appears happy.

    Thanks for stopping by, B_B.
    3 days ago
    DH picked up a stomach thing in Guatemala, so we've been visiting drs and the ER for testing - still no answers, but staying close to the bathroom for him. Ugh. Probably won't make it close to your area, until we clear this up.

    But will keep you in mind!

    Enjoying visiting family and just being able to talk to everyone in English!
    6 days ago
  • v TCANNO
    It does seem to me that SP has a mind of its own. With me it started last August. I was stable with my weight and all of a sudden it started to go up, not but much but a little every week. I didn't worry if it came down or back to where is was. Then suddenly id didn't came down but kept going up. After nearly three years this was worrying.

    I put up the calories, I brought them down but no difference..

    Then suddenly for no reason SP put them right up last week. That is when I wrote to Coach Jen.

    Still not found the answer.

    Have a good week


    6 days ago
  • v ANAKIE
    Thanks for the comment on my blog. You are right that the other 2 that are supposed to be trying to lose weight aren't serious about it. DH only needs to lose about 30# and DD1 needs to lose about 60# but isn't trying very hard. DD2 is a college athlete and can eat pretty much anything she wants and not gain-her training includes running 5-10 miles regularly and a long run is about 14 miles, or for fun she bikes at least 15 miles. They all got pretty much what each one wanted and didn't think much about the total quantity or what it would do to my will power. It's just they do this kind of thing too frequently. I lost 30# when both girls were away at college but since they are home again every time it looks like I'm making progress, something like this happens.
    I will figure out how to make sure it doesn't happen as often. I have to.
    7 days ago
    Thanks for visiting my blog. We had a great time.
    7 days ago
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