A Moment in Time - 2006
2014-happy half marathoner at mile 12
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BROOKLYN_BORN is a SparkPeople Motivator!
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.
Cardio, strength, balance, flexibility - to work on improvement in all areas.
Every morning - stretching/balance routine
Aim for 25+ miles/week
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
Secrets of Success
This user doesn't have any secrets of success.
|348 Maintenance Weeks
Thanks for the comment on my blog. My doctor says that plateaus are your body practicing for maintenance. I just wish I didn't have so many practice runs.
20 days ago
As I was visiting working my spark challenges, I read so many comments concerning regaining the weight after reaching goal weight.
This concerns me, my friends, as I too have regained some weight. Even though I hadn't reached my goal weight. I had slipped into depression and had stopped exercising. I do know the reason behind my weight gain.
I would like to point out that this is not a diet, it is a way of life. It is not something you do to fit into that special dress or to look good for your daughter's up coming wedding or your reunion. This has to be a new learned way of eating healthy for the rest of your life and exercising regularly. I cannot stress it enough that this must become a life style for you it YOU WANT to remain at your healthy goal weight.
Once you get to your goal weight, you may want to discuss with your doctor on how best to increase your calories for weight maintenance. Yes, I said increase your calories. You will slowly increase your calories just a little, in order to maintain that new you. But you must continue to exercise in order not to regain weight.
Again, I cannot stress this enough that you need to talk to your doctor or even a dietician. Losing weight and exercising is a great way to get in shape, but there is so much more to maintain that new found health.
I want all of you to be Happy Healthy and Fit.....read, research and talk to fitness experts, doctors and dieticians.
22 days ago
You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism. ~Erma Bombeck
Happy Independence Day!
25 days ago
Thank you for reading my blog about my crafty creations!
25 days ago
Thank you for suggesting we try to meet someplace. In real life, for a change, LOL!
Just booked our flight to Philadelphia for July 10. Not sure if we'll make it to VA, it's a maybe. DH went to UVA. Of course, who knows, we might pass through in November on the way back to South America - he always talks about going to a football game. (BRRRR!)
I'll keep you posted - would love to meet up if we're nearby! (Or if you want to come to Philly for a museum or something. We could make that happen.)
25 days ago