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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: 86,183

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

Every morning - stretching/balance routine

Aim for 25+ miles/week

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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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    My sister and I had a similar experience cleaning out our parents' home. My dad, inexplicably, had literally hundreds of pairs of nail clippers. My mum, bags and bags of bird seed for the backyard feeders and craft supplies used in her various charity endeavours. They did not throw out anything ever. We did: lots to thrift stores too.
    29 days ago
    Thanks for reading my blog about my yard sale treasures! We went again last weekend and found a lot more goodies!! Hope Joe continues to mend well!!
    29 days ago
    I'm glad to see that you stopped by my Blog (20 Days IN!). emoticon
    30 days ago
    We're on the other side of the state, but if you come to WA, let me know - maybe we can manage to meet up somehow!

    And I can understand postponing your trip for a while. Hope Joe continues with his speedy healing!
    31 days ago
    Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog. I am still getting used to "sparking". I hope that both you and your husband are well. We actually got to go 48 hours without an appointment this weekend.

    You are so very kind and generous to take some of your time to read my blog. I appreciate it!
    32 days ago
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