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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: 125,399

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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    I have broken through the surface of darkness that was piled on top of me and I am ready to fight any storm that hits me. I am ready to feel the sun shining on me and let the wind rustle the leaves on my branches loud enough to inspire others! Monica Da Maren
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    6 days ago
    Just missing you! Coming by with a hello! emoticon Hope you are doing better! Glad I have your 'real' email... that's how I plan on visiting with you! emoticon
    9 days ago
  • v BARBARAJ73
    Just saying hi! Tried writing comments on your blog over at blogspot but, despite signing in via Google, didn't have any success posting. grrrrr. Will try again another day. Meanwhile, hope you continue on your path to recovery!!!
    15 days ago
  • v no profile image HARRIETT14
    Thank you for sending me that blog. It was good hearing from you. Take care.
    17 days ago
    You should know by now that it's never heresy to have a different opinion about a tool. Spark360 hasn't come out with its tracking tool yet, so we can't even compare it. Kevin (MOBYCARP that was) liked MFP for food tracking. I have tried Cronometer and like that. So many of them offer enough similarities that... you know... pick one and bless you!

    It's also not heresy to see the demise of to have positive effects... I was listening to a guy on TV this morning, or maybe it was yesterday, talking about how trauma affects some people by throwing them into PTSD, but others by making them stronger and more resilient. Same message I heard at the Yellow Ribbon events when my son was deployed!

    May we pull up our bootstraps and be ever stronger!
    19 days ago
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