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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). That’s 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, there’s 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: 54,990

Fitness Minutes: 47,145

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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LILLIPUTIANNA
3/9/2015 12:22:56 PM

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Reaching the 5% who maintain is pretty amazing! Grats to you!





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ANGELCITYGAL
3/8/2015 9:41:05 PM

Thank you for your comment on my blog. Have a great week! emoticon



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TCANNO
3/8/2015 6:28:18 AM

Many thanks for your comments on my page.

I have found it quite easy but when you see the weight go up it does make you think and helps to put you back on track.

The good thing is to look back and remember how hard it was getting to where you are. Once you remember that you are ok, or at least I am.

It does make it easy when you remember that you had lots of friends on here ready to help if you need it, and "so far so good" is a good quote.

Trev






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WALLAHALLA
3/7/2015 10:35:29 PM

emoticon March on toward your goals with power and might! emoticon



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SYLPHINPROGRESS
3/7/2015 11:55:26 AM

Oh, dear, oh, dear. I suspect that all brands of commercial string cheese are the same. When I wrote that they're junk, I was referring to the disappointing taste, texture and general lack of toothsomeness. The "hate myself" part referred to my difficulty in eating too many. It wasn't the ingredient list or nutrition data I had in mind; I don't think those are the problems.

Laurie



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