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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 6 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: 76,843

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Cardio, strength, balance, flexibility - to work on improvement in all areas.

Every morning - stretching/balance routine

Aim for 25+ miles/week

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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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    I agree and I am still trying to figure it out - They come through to their pages from the internet - that's why we shouldn't have anything personal like e-mail addresses, your age, tel. no. etc on there. One gal - I don't know if they got into her computer by the same channel - said she was hacked from someone in China!
    She ran to her bank immediately.

    Maybe that's also why so many decide not to go online. But they are still here.
    5 hours ago

    Comment edited on: 5/30/2016 1:28:31 PM
    If it was this time of year in 2012, and my son was deployed, chances are good that we became friends about the time I posted about the Quest for the Vets, my first Obstacle Course. That would have been his second deployment, to Afghanistan. The first was to Iraq in 2009/2010.

    It's on page 91 of my collected blogs. Like you, I've never deleted a blog (except I think two, where I decided they were ill advised to be posted at all), nor a comment. So I have a rich history to mine, as well.

    As for SSG Amy... she served with the 467th Med Det out of Madison, WI. She was young and patriotic, and it was her crumpled spare stripe with which my son was pinned at his promotion to SGT in pre-mobilization training for Iraq, in October, 2009. Less than a month later, Amy lost her life at Fort Hood Texas. I found out about the stripe, and that my son still had it in Iraq with him, months later. I was able to share the story with her parents at a yellow ribbon event later. And when I have to pick ONE name to put on a form, I generally go to hers, or to MAJ Caraveo, with whom I rode in a van at a yellow ribbon event in September 2009... and with his wife and four children! His was the face that on the news coverage first made me acutely aware of how close my son was to that tragic event! My 13 half marathons have been in memory and honor of the 13 (.1) fallen from Fort Hood, and I joke about being able to pass the torch now that my son is home and has bested me in a half...

    But somehow, I do not think my swimming, biking, running days are over. emoticon
    10 hours ago
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    Thank you for the goodie!
    21 hours ago
    Yep, I'm still here! I will need to track forever I think, plus I've developed a couple of real friendships where we've kept track of each others' ups and downs for years now.
    1 day ago
    Thanks for the goodie!!! Have a great weekend! xoxo
    1 day ago
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