A Moment in Time - 2006
2014-happy half marathoner at mile 12
My new Spark T-Shirt
BROOKLYN_BORN is a SparkPeople Motivator!
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.
Cardio, strength, balance, flexibility - to work on improvement in all areas.
Every morning - stretching/balance routine
Aim for 25+ miles/week
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
|339 Maintenance Weeks
My Wonderful Spark Friend !!
Remember just because it is a Holiday Weekend doesn't mean you can't have a good time and stay on track... just watch be sure to weight the hamburger meat out to 3-4 ounces, layer it with plenty of veggies like lettuce, cucumbers, onions, radishes or your favorites!! Try adding some grilled vegetables to the list... Family BBQ's can be the greatest way to get your family on board to trying fresh grilled vegetables and "Yes" even grilled "Fruits"... Try gilled fruit and veggie kabobs... along with your favorite salsa. Even visit Chef Meg for some of her favorite recipes for grilling!!
"Memorial Day Weekend Blessings!!"
Remember to Plan for those desserts to, no more than 1/8th of a slice if you put it on your tracker!! You should have plenty of room for it!! Let's be Happy with our choices, not sorry about it later!
2 days ago
Yes, my ST is using body weight as resistance. I have three routines and just do a different one depending on the day of the week. Monday/Friday is my hardest on the core; Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday focus is on legs; Wed. and Sunday are easy but still work all body groups. (So do all days, I just have different levels of easy or difficult built into what I do. Every day includes wall or bench pushups, different squats, and calf raises. Plus balance poses in addition to the stretches and crunches or whatever.)
I do half in bed, and the other half in the shower. By the time I'm dressed, I've finished my ST.
I probably should change them up, but them I'll have to memorize three new routines.
2 days ago
No, Lowell was the closest SP group I could find way back when starting here. I'm in Andover ... just right up the road after driving through some of Tewksbury. We should meet up for an iced coffee at Dunkin Donuts. Do you visit Lowell often?
2 days ago
Thanks for the goodie!!!!
2 days ago
Thanks for the goodie, and, yes, I have to work to keep the flame alive, so your goodie is a great reminder!
3 days ago