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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 9 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: 103,885

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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    We had a wonderful drive from WA to AZ. And are enjoying exploring this corner of Arizona.
    346 days ago
    Ooooh, thank you for the site! Looks like you had a wonderful time!!! I've heard that Ollantaytambo is more interesting than Machu Picchu - and of course much less crowded. (And those garbage cans with the puma heads!!!!!)

    And it must have been fascinating to be in Peru for Day of the Dead!!! We were in Ecuador one year and saw people having picnics with their live family as well as deceased family in the cemeteries!!! Really, that's how it was explained to us!!!

    Your photos make me want to go back to the Galapagos!!!!! LOVE Joe's morning yoga with the seal!!!!

    Thank you again for sharing your site with me!!!

    And where are you off to next?
    346 days ago
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    Wishing you Holidays filled with fun and laughter, and very best wishes for a prosperous new year.

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    347 days ago
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    Congrats on 9 years of maintenance. You are a real inspiration for me, especially since I am new at this beginning stage of maintenance after losing 90 pounds over 2 years. I added you as a friend and send best wishes your way.
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    358 days ago
  • v KATIE3908
    Congratulations on nine years of maintenance!

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    359 days ago
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