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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: 77,739

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 JANICEB0414
    If you decide to have your mother-in-law live with you, you need to be aware of what that involves. Talk to the Social Worker. We had my Mother live with us for 10 days while my brother and his wife were on vacation. My Father was in the Hospital and she couldn't be left alone, so I went to pick her up. She became very disoriented in our house and was very unhappy. One night in the middle of the night I found her up and with her suitcase packed and wanting to go home. My brother and I decided to have her go to assisted living where they had an alzheimer's wing. When my father got out of the hospital, he joined her there and they were happy. She made friends and got along much better. She was with my father and they had activities for them. After my father passsed, she got worse and had to adjust again. You should talk with your husband and your sister-in-law and her husband to decide what is best for your mother-in-law about what help you would get for her if you decide to take her or if she is better off in assisted living. It is extreemly hard when your parent has alzheimer's disease.

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    11 days ago
  • v JANICEB0414
    Another thing you can do for your Mother-in-Law is make her a picture album and go through it with her. I made one for my Mother for Mother's Day with pictures of her Mother, her Sisters, and I put it in Chronological order and wrote at the bottom what was going on around each picture. I went through it with her to help her remember. It had her and my father as a young couple before they got married and my brother and I as children and her grandchildren and her playing with the grandchildren all the way up to when she was in assisted living. She loved it. I have it now and it is a wonderful way for me to remember her as well.

    12 days ago
    Thanks for the blog comments, it was great to get a whole number loss :)
    12 days ago
  • v SURVIVOR61
    Here is a New Daily Mantra!! Post it Where you Can see it....

    Pound by pound, inch by inch, choice by choice We will become healthy and fit!
    We struggle, but we grow. We fall, We will get up. Even amid adversity, We keep moving towards our goal weight.
    Today our portion size is shrinking and so is our waistlines.
    Today we are beautiful, We are fit, We are healthy; and more so every day!
    Today We are making the right choices and the right changes to have the body We want!
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    Thanks for stopping by!! emoticon
    12 days ago
  • v THERESA135
    Thank you for the tech. help!
    13 days ago
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