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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 7 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: 100,341

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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    Thanks for stopping by to read my Mid week blog, it is so lovely to see the ducks so at home here. We haven't had the Peacock return this year, hoping he is ok, the Shire has been burning off the bush. Lots of Black Parrots have died. It was so nice to have such an exotic visitor out here in the 'sticks' :)
    3 days ago
    Thanks for the goodie! Our lives have been hectic lately, trying to prepare our house to sell it. This house has been a maintenance nightmare, and we're ready for something with a few less problems so we can enjoy our retirement.
    3 days ago
    Release the anxiety of having to know what is coming up in the future by reminding yourself that it’s none of your business! Suzie Kerr Wright
    3 days ago
    Thanks for commenting on my blog about chronic pain. I am continuing to try to figure things out. I only recently started having massages and I've had one maybe every 2-3 months. I've been looking at them as a luxury treat, but I think I will take your advice and think of them more as a medical treatment.

    Enjoy your trip!
    4 days ago
    Hope you are enjoying your time in Europe!!! And I've no doubt you're sticking with the program!!
    4 days ago
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