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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 4 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 4 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: 36,955

Fitness Minutes: 35,884

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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SLENDERELLA61
9/5/2014 7:00:57 PM

Have a great time at your 5K tomorrow. A baseline sounds like a great thing to start your season with --- enjoy the journey!!



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SMILES4383
9/3/2014 1:13:33 PM

Great..... I have mine in 2# increments 2,4,6,8,10,12 then they go to 5# increments...where I put on 1# wrist bands to help me go higher without pain. I've been looking for 17# for a while. I will most likely end up getting those weight plates (magnetically attach to my iron wts)

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KATELJM
9/3/2014 12:00:13 PM

The GC caused you a long rehab for your knee, yet you still go back... for the dessert! Yes, I understand that the GC is a good solution for feeding teenage male bottomless pits.

I'm working on my ability to face all sorts of situations and take responsibility for making good decisions.

Last night, my step-daughter asked her DH, "Mike, did you offer Gigi wine?"

She and I had had a discussion about a month ago; she had said she was worried about what I could or could not eat. At that time I had said, "I like being asked, because sometimes I might want to say yes. But I can always say "No, thank you. It only becomes an issue if someone tries to push food on me. And don't think of feeding me as a burden; I will try almost anything, but if a dish isn't diet-friendly for me, I might eat the rest of my dinner calories when I get home."

So I am happy that my step-daughter understood. Last night she served Rachel Ray's Sloppy Joe and Macaroni casserole. I had no idea how many calories were in it, but was relieved that it looked lighter than regular Mac 'n Cheese. I had 1 cup. After a while, I decided I was still hungry, so I had 1/2 cup more. When I got home, I entered it into the SP nutrition calculator -- 400 calories per 1/8 of 9x13 pan. My amount fit comfortably into my calorie range for the day, and I registered a loss this morning. Yeah, my hunger sensor is working!

I have less than 7 pounds to a healthy weight, a little too early to join an SP transition-to-maintenance team, but since I reduced my target weekly weight loss, my day seems more "normal." So I am doing prep work for transitioning to maintenance (no, I'm not competitive or anything like that, not me!).



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LIVEDAILY
9/1/2014 3:19:48 PM

emoticon Thanks for reading and commenting on my blog! And the friend add! I've added you as well. Yes, I live in NJ - sort of "stuck" here for awile, but my heart is in VA and FL - that's where family lives.



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PHEBESS
8/29/2014 11:32:13 AM

VERY cool website - I'm impressed! Looks very professional!!! (And much more technically involved than our little blogspot blog!)



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