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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: 82,457

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 your blog comments
    19 days ago
  • v NUMD97
    Thanks for stopping by, B_B, to comment on my blog, "Is This How It Ends?"

    The purpose of my posting it was to stimulate thought and for some perhaps to examine how they are going about weight loss and to perhaps see how the BMI (the only value taken into account really) affects the outcome. In no way is it scientific, as it does not take into account the rest of one's medical history. But it certainly has given quite a few something to think about it.

    I just see it as another tool.

    I used to work with a family physician who rounded with me in nursing homes, while I was a medical student. All the ones we visited were well into their 90's and quite "with it". A joy to behold. How one lives one's life well before that, marks the quality (barring unfortunate genetics, as you cited) of life in our later years.

    Watching the new Netflix series with Jane Fonda (78) and Lily Tomlin (74) is something to behold. When Lily did these deep sideways knee bends and immediately bounced back up, I was in awe. She's a heckuva comedian, but an athlete, I never would have suspected. She apparently took good care of herself in her younger years.

    BTW, I am thoroughly enjoying your latest adventure. And good for you to jump right in and dance, and not be self-conscious about it! THAT'S the way to do it!

    All the best as your studies continue,

    23 days ago
  • v NUMD97
    Many thanks, B_B, for stopping by, especially on your vacation, to comment on my blog, "Give Yourself A Pat On The Back". I very much appreciate it.

    Have a MARVELOUS weekend!
    24 days ago
    Thanks for the blog comments, I really enjoy the game.
    34 days ago
    Thanks for your blog comments this week and your friendship that helps me so much.
    37 days ago
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