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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: 125,399

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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    Hi! Sweetie, I just SP emailed you. Please email me your actual email address. Not sure how to use the google group yet! emoticon
    23 hours ago
  • v LIS193
    Eileen, thank you for the goodie and your sweet comment. I am going to miss this site so much! It’s been my community for 13 years and my social connection the last year during lockdown.
    1 day ago
    Thanks for your blog comments TCANNO has made a blog maybe I could keep out of trouble by blogging with him :).Lots of knitting to put up :) It is going to take a while to get used to the Google site for me. I really just want to blog. though I am down 4 and a bit kilos getting back into my 'swing ' after the last 5 months :)

    You are a wonderful friend thanks :)
    5 days ago
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    In the process of looking for Spark friends on MyFitnessPal, I found a BROOKLYN_BORN. Would that possible be you? If so, I would like to send you a friend request.

    Hope you're having a great weekend. emoticon
    6 days ago
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