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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.

Because I was already really active and fit and water was my beverage of choice, the "easy" ...
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.

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Member Since: 8/20/2009

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My Goals:
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.

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Yoga: 3X per week

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WATERMELLEN
1/24/2016 10:53:43 AM

I'm relying only on what SPT says somewhere about NWLR: namely, that those who've lost 30 pounds and kept it off for 2 years (self-reporting of course) are classified as successful maintainers even if losing the 30 pounds left them obese or overweight rather than at healthy BMI. And they're only 5% of losers. That's why she says that the "successful" maintainer stats are probably artificially inflated: and that only .01% of losers get into a healthy BMI and keep it off for 10 years. Of course NWLR would then also be "underreporting" those persons like yourself who had less than 30 pounds to lose in the first place.

You are so right: fat is the new normal, absolutely.



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SWEDE_SU
1/24/2016 10:05:02 AM

i remember that from the 64 worlds fair too! we had our wedding reception at one of the remaining buildings from the world's fair (i think it was the heliport, though our reception was on the ground floor, not up high).

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WATERMELLEN
1/23/2016 1:09:45 PM

Yup, I think I quoted the stats accurately -- and of course it's only better than the NWLR 5% or the SPT .01% "success rates" I suppose.

But: not "mission impossible"!!



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TCANNO
1/23/2016 6:37:05 AM

You can keep the snow as it is warm here today. Next week rain again.


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MARINGAL
1/22/2016 7:08:46 PM

Thank you so much for the info!



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