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A Moment in Time - 2006

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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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  • v TCANNO
    It does seem to me that SP has a mind of its own. With me it started last August. I was stable with my weight and all of a sudden it started to go up, not but much but a little every week. I didn't worry if it came down or back to where is was. Then suddenly id didn't came down but kept going up. After nearly three years this was worrying.

    I put up the calories, I brought them down but no difference..

    Then suddenly for no reason SP put them right up last week. That is when I wrote to Coach Jen.

    Still not found the answer.

    Have a good week


    37 days ago
  • v ANAKIE
    Thanks for the comment on my blog. You are right that the other 2 that are supposed to be trying to lose weight aren't serious about it. DH only needs to lose about 30# and DD1 needs to lose about 60# but isn't trying very hard. DD2 is a college athlete and can eat pretty much anything she wants and not gain-her training includes running 5-10 miles regularly and a long run is about 14 miles, or for fun she bikes at least 15 miles. They all got pretty much what each one wanted and didn't think much about the total quantity or what it would do to my will power. It's just they do this kind of thing too frequently. I lost 30# when both girls were away at college but since they are home again every time it looks like I'm making progress, something like this happens.
    I will figure out how to make sure it doesn't happen as often. I have to.
    37 days ago
    Thanks for visiting my blog. We had a great time.
    38 days ago
    Thanks for stopping by to read this weeks blog have a great day !!!!
    38 days ago
    Thanks for your congratulatory note.
    38 days ago
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