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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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    Great comment on the obesity epidemic blog. It was spot on - like you said, just look around anywhere you go. I never read the article - just the blog and comments, but am going back now to read the article itself.
    2613 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/22/2012 10:41:14 PM
    So I was a teacher also - third grade. Maybe we should just write down everything we can think of and compare and get this out of the way lol.
    2613 days ago
    Thank you for your kind words on my blog. I am trying to get out of whine mode - it has been a long haul (7 yrs) and it just felt so good to not have the pain and becoming active. Then falling rollerskating and being put out of commission again, along with pain, is a little discouraging. But you are right - I know Who to turn to and He has never left me down.
    2614 days ago
    Thanks for the friend add...added you back. Wow, 147 weeks of maintenance - what an inspiration!
    2615 days ago
    Alright, we are in this together! Here's to the nutrients to our bodies and the calories we need! emoticon
    2615 days ago
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