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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: 49,706

Fitness Minutes: 43,499

My Goals:
Cardio, strength, balance, flexibility - to work on improvement in all areas.

Every morning - stretching/balance routine

Aim for 20+ miles/week

My Program:
Monday - Short run and aerobics/weights class

Tuesday - 5 miles

Wednesday - 30 min of weights

Thursday - 4-5 miles with Interval training to build speed

Friday - same as Monday

Saturday - long, slow, distance (work toward 10 miles gradually)

Sunday - easy walking miles

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GABY1948
1/20/2015 5:33:23 PM

I totally agree with you! It has become a MUST for me....because I fluctuate so much and now I know that is nothing but NORMAL for me! I'm with you! emoticon



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JCORYCMA
1/19/2015 10:31:44 PM

Thanks for your kind words on my blog! Your page is so inspiring to me! We are truly all in this together! emoticon emoticon



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1/17/2015 5:43:12 PM

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WATERMELLEN
1/17/2015 4:31:01 PM

That "running out of time" thing is so true -- another pervasive form of scarcity (although we still have the same 24 hours a day our ancestors used to draw water from the well down the street, chop wood, light the fire in the stove, heat the water, launder everything by hand on a scrub board, peg it outside on freezing winter days and bring it in and thaw it and iron it by heating the irons on the same wood stove (having chopped more wood if necessary . . . ). Yeah. And so on. My grandfather's house was just like that: no plumbing, no electricity: constant work all year round.

Nobody was heavy . . . !! But like you I find carrying appropriate snacks is very helpful . . . and discourages me from picking up fast food that derails me.



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KRISZTA11
1/17/2015 1:46:01 PM

Thank you for reading my blog, and for your thoughtful comment!
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I think watching TV or reading while eating is not a bad thing, as long as I pay attention to each bite, or at least many bites, and listen to the TV or book between bites.
No distraction at all and eating slowly at the same time seems to be too much for me. I can do it sometimes, but not often.
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