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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). 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: 52,878

Fitness Minutes: 45,561

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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WATERMELLEN
2/13/2015 8:22:31 AM

Hey, thanks for the add (formally) as a friend. We ARE friends aren't we!!



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WATERMELLEN
2/11/2015 6:27:46 PM

I'm right with you, wouldn't have said a word to the "8-milers" either. They'll figure it out, and it feels so bad (especially if a bit larger) to think that you don't "fit in" at a gym!!



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GABY1948
2/11/2015 11:56:12 AM

Right now, I am using half light flavored and half Greek but tomorrow when I go to the store I am going to get STONEYFIELD and try maybe 1/4 light and 3/4 Greek....thank you so much for "teaching me this!

You know, when I had my feet done (each at a different time) it was for bunions and the flat feet....and it was in 2010. Back then he did the surgery and I had METAL "casts" coming out my feet....I would not even LOOK at them at all but DH did all the looking (they were in the bones to heal and then he removed them after the healing time (2 weeks approx). I never would even look at them...I'm a scaredy cat, lol...then he did the second surgery and did the other foot. I'll tell you, I would do it ALL OVER again five times over for the feet I have now........and the best part is, when I saw his last, he told me that they don't use the big external "casts" anymore that have come up with things that actually do it from inside that I don't believe come off after. But I repeat I would do it ALL over again....no more sore feet anymore!

I have one question for you.....are we sure we weren't "separated at birth?????" emoticon emoticon





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GABY1948
2/11/2015 11:10:47 AM

I agree with everything you say....but my last two surgeries basically took a bone out of each foot and "reformed" my feet and now I don't have to wear orthotics and I absolutely LOVE my doctor....as does EVERY woman that goes to him....he's like 47 and 6'7" tall...but his wife shares an office with him she is the same kind of doctor emoticon probably to keep an eye on him....LOL

Seriously, I have wanted to go to plain yogurt for a long time but I went to mixing half flavored and half Greek....but was afraid to go just "cold" to all Greek. Now I know HOW to do it! And I will! emoticon
And you should write a testimonial to the Stonefield company!!!!



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LINDAKAY228
2/11/2015 9:31:48 AM

I know what you mean about your mom and how important flexibility is. My mom had osteoporosis so bad she was bent over almost 90 degrees toward the end of her life. Several years before that, they tried to do physical therapy with her to strengthen the back muscles but she just complained it hurt and quit after 1 or 2 sessions. Sometimes PT does have to hurt to get better. I did flexibility before, but as I grow older and also after my stroke I have become really dedicated to it to keep this bones, joints, muscles, tendons, etc moving LOL.



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