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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: 77,919

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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    That's wonderful that you sponsor her, and other kids. And that program is named for the Hermano Pedro whose church and tomb I visited!

    Do you know what kind of work she plans on doing? DH and I put my adopted son in Liberia through Physician's Assistant training - he worked with Drs without Borders during the war, and during the ebola crisis. Works at a hospital in the TB outreach program. So I feel like we not only helped him, but a whole community of people. The little bit we do helps so many more people than the one child we support.
    17 hours ago
    Thanks for stopping by to read my blog have a great day!!!
    21 hours ago
    What's the name of the village where your sponsored child lives? We might be near there!
    1 day ago
    Thank you for the nice commentary you left on my blog today ...... "How many spark points do you use daily?" .......... I appreciated you reading ..... and wish you all the success Sparks has to offer! ..... emoticon

    2 days ago
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    Thanks for stopping by and keeping in Touch emoticon Here is our new Mantra!

    Today nothing, and I mean nothing, stands between me and my goal weight. I am there before I know it!
    3 days ago
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