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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: 124,298

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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  • v LESLIE871948
    Yo Brooklyn, after you pick up the weights, then you need to move them one way or another, just in case you missed that :):)

    Tee Hee.

    I forgot I missed you, but I did.
    1 day ago
  • v no profile image HARRIETT14
    Thank you for the balloons goodie. That was sweet of you.
    1 day ago
    emoticon I love that shirt at the end. That's really why I tell the story. I really did used to make gazillions of those little boats. Especially when I was bored in a classroom. I'd make a big one and fill it with tiny "lifeboats". And we had a creek across the road from our house where I sailed those notebook paper boats till they waterlogged and sank.

    Thanks for the bloglove
    1 day ago
    Thanks for your lovely comments on my blog what a great idea I love things that make memories.
    2 days ago
  • v MARTHA324
    Thanks for reading my home again blog. All in all it was a great trip and even more important, a wonderful time in Florida!

    We really do have the best of both worlds and we often remember that our "problems" are champagne problems. Home and cozied in with the rain outside.
    2 days ago
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