BROOKLYN_BORN   49,706
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So Happy to Join the 5%

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.

Now, that I've reached 5 years of maintenance, I never want to go back! Gradualism was my ...
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.

Now, that I've reached 5 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). Thatís why, even as I approach 5 years of maintenance, I continue to log in to Sparkpeople every morning.

This program is responsible for my success and I intend to stay right here. Besides, thereís always new things to learn, new ideas to keep things fresh and new people to meet.

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Member Since: 8/20/2009

SparkPoints: 49,706

Fitness Minutes: 43,499

My Goals:
Cardio, strength, balance, flexibility - to work on improvement in all areas.

Every morning - stretching/balance routine

Aim for 20+ miles/week

My Program:
Monday - Short run and aerobics/weights class

Tuesday - 5 miles

Wednesday - 30 min of weights

Thursday - 4-5 miles with Interval training to build speed

Friday - same as Monday

Saturday - long, slow, distance (work toward 10 miles gradually)

Sunday - easy walking miles

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ALICIA363
1/20/2015 7:31:05 PM

You are a spark cheerleader! It's all about cheering each other on.
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I especially enjoy your perception of maintenance--that the first step to losing weight is to stop gaining it, and that plateaus are maintenance practice.
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GABY1948
1/20/2015 7:22:33 PM

I had to come and tell you...I LOVED your comment on WATERMELLEN's blog today. I so totally agree with you. That obesity is a disease IS controversial....and my question, if all the salt and sugar was taken out of foods to addict everyone and only healthy foods were available...would the obesity epidemic still be so rampant? I personally think NOT. Oh, well!



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MJZHERE
1/20/2015 7:11:03 PM

Thanks for the scale. Such a must for me.



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DOVESEYES
1/20/2015 6:55:01 PM

Thanks for the goodie, I agree totally with the blog. Daily weigh-ins are important to me.



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WATERMELLEN
1/20/2015 6:35:44 PM

Thanks for that scale goodie!! Not sure why there's such resistance to daily weigh-ins on Spark but maybe some people get obsessive . . . especially with the inevitable fluctuations??



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