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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 7 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: 90,287

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 your blog comments have a great week :)
    2 days ago
  • v HOLLYM48
    Thanks for the comment on my blog and for the never ending encouragement here on SP~!
    The journey is always better with friends!
    Spark on!
    2 days ago
    Thank you for your kind words and support after reading my blog!
    2 days ago
  • v GABY1948
    OK you got me going....LTGL so I went to the search and put it in:

    Hope it works for you...but there were a BUNCH of different spark places it was used....and it is........................................
    .......Living The Good Life

    Sure wasn't what I thought it would be...kinda let down! LOL

    Have a great day and CONGRATS for featured blog! I def "liked" that blog and was plraying it would make it!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    2 days ago
  • v TCDRAGON54
    Hello fellow Weight Warrior! I really enjoyed your blog. So many comments resonated with me. I still have a long way to go in my own weight loss journey, but I too am thankful for those who helped in 'recalculating" my path to success. Good luck in the weeks ahead. We can crush this!
    2 days ago
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