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So Happy to Join the 5%

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.

Now, that I've reached 5 years of maintenance, I never want to go back! Gradualism was my ...
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.

Now, that I've reached 5 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). Thatís why, even as I approach 5 years of maintenance, I continue to log in to Sparkpeople every morning.

This program is responsible for my success and I intend to stay right here. Besides, thereís always new things to learn, new ideas to keep things fresh and new people to meet.

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Member Since: 8/20/2009

SparkPoints: 52,935

Fitness Minutes: 45,618

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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ALIIDA
2/26/2015 7:43:21 AM

Thank you very much for your comments on my blog. Very wise words that will help me a lot. You're so right that if we overreact to annoyances, we need a change of attitude.



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DOVESEYES
2/23/2015 8:26:49 PM

He's Feb 25 and I'm 9 months later but not the same day. Thanks for your comments.



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LIVEDAILY
2/23/2015 12:49:39 PM

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a note!!
Thanks for the goodie!!

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MJZHERE
2/22/2015 11:46:49 AM

Staying on track is the key alright. Hoping to get there.



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DEBORAH2180
2/22/2015 8:59:24 AM

Thanks for posting on my blog! I was unaware that there is a group heading from Virginia to Oregon. I just chose my destination and went with it. I have been to Key West for about 45 minutes and had to leave. I have always wanted to go back and stay a little longer. (My mom and I drove it and she became very sick on our drive there - we lived in Ft. Lauderdale at the time, and drove home) That's awesome to be in Yellowstone! Another place I want to visit! Good luck in reaching your destination! I was in Oregon last August and it is such a beautiful state with their forests and waterfalls. The beaches are beautiful but so very cold!



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