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A Moment in Time - 2006

2014-happy half marathoner at mile 12

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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: 80,132

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 NUMD97
    Could be gone by the early summer. Didn't mean it as a critique. Perhaps just a tad jealous that you can shop online. You're lucky. I have found the quality at times wanting when I do the online thing. And interestingly, when I went back to the website, I clearly saw how poorly the darts were sewn. Wish I had seen that before the purchase. I'm still using the suit, but love the one I bought in the store much more.

    And now that I'm a "senior" =sigh=, I can get swimming lessons as part of the Silver Sneakers program. Hooray! I wouldn't mind relearning some strokes that I learned a good 60 [wow!] years ago. Can't hurt.

    Enjoy the pool! And good for you to take it up again. You continue to inspire.
    14 days ago
    Thanks for your comments on my blog this week. Bonnets are making a come back :) !!!
    14 days ago
    Thank you, my friend, for reading my blog about my emoticon ! I am looking forward to a good year 5. I am so glad to call you friend!
    15 days ago
    I went to her page to welcome her also and I saw she didn't have the team.
    Have a nice evening,

    15 days ago
  • v ANAKIE
    Thanks for the comment on my blog. My doctor says that plateaus are your body practicing for maintenance. I just wish I didn't have so many practice runs.
    15 days ago
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