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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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    Thank you for your kind words and prayers.
    2608 days ago
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    Hello right back at ya :-) Thanks for stopping by and commenting; its very appreciated. My orthotics have been a tremendous help, but I have recently had a pain flare up again, but hey that's what ice is for. I like that you call yours industrial strength lol. I will heed the advice and start slow, and hope that I can get my feet used to it. Happy Sparking!
    2609 days ago
    Thank you for the lovely comment on my blog. I appreciate the support.
    2609 days ago
    Hi! Thanks for visiting my page...I'm glad you've decided to be more active on Spark. I've added you as a friend...feel free to add me back if you like. I read your blogs and really enjoyed them. My husband has finally ceased his affair with Little Debbie since he's now pre-diabetic, but I have a very slim teenage daughter who is the junk-food queen!
    2612 days ago
    Glad you are thinking about natural foods too. Yes, grass-fed beef is good stuff. Give it a try! emoticon
    2612 days ago