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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 9 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: 124,132

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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    Thanks for your comment on my Mother's Day blog -- you may think you made many mistakes, but just look at the magnificent HAYBURNER and you know you did a lot absolutely right too!!
    3 hours ago
    You're so right! I had my first baby in Japan, my second in the US, and my third in Japan, and there was a world of difference between the US and Japan. There are good things to be said about both health systems, but they're definitely more watchful, thorough, and supportive here in Japan.

    Thank you for commenting on my knee surgery and ministroke blog. I've been out of the hospital for a week now and feel better. Take care!
    16 hours ago
    Hi Eileen! Thanks for following the "bread crumbs" and visiting my corner of Spark world. I am so thrilled to have you back writing your wonderful blogs. I am not as consistent - but love getting caught up with my spark buds when I'm here. Best to you and hugs. Betsy emoticon
    18 hours ago
    Like you I was shielded from the nastiness of the world as a child when they cpuld.I saw some IRA bombings that they could not prevent me seeing but they tried to prevent most encounters with horrible things as a result my husband says I am almost too kind but I say it is better to always dish out kindness.It has often paid benefits to me being kind has led to people saying they were sorry for taking out their bad humour on me and they actually smiled.We all have bad days if only we can remember not to take it out on those around us.
    23 hours ago
    {PERFECT Trivia? Pretty sure, that's never happening!! And it would be bad for our souls, right? Gotta stay humble!!
    23 hours ago
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