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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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  • v no profile image SIORANTH
    Thanks for stopping by my blog! It's sad that we haven't met before this, but please feel free to look me up if you happen to go over to My Fitness Pal. :)
    7 days ago
    Read your comment on Gloria's page about the 'leak'. emoticon

    I really appreciated the early notification because it gave me more time to save blogs, comments, recipes, etc. that I want. With my own blogs, I saved many comments too.

    With almost 12 months of posts, there was a lot to go through. I was fortunate that 6 weeks ago I decided to save my past blogs with comments. That left me with 'only' 6 weeks of new blogs to copy. Taking time to read replies was very encouraging.

    Most of the recipes I printed to PDF and deleted my link as I went along. A couple, I printed off so I will use them immediately.

    With 3 weeks of vacation coming up before the Aug. deadline, I had to work hard to preserve what I want.
    7 days ago
    emoticon That is how I felt when I read about SP closing. If you would like to keep in touch, send me a SP mail and I can give you my email, FB name, address or however you want to stay in contact. Have a wonderful and healthy day. Ruthie emoticon
    9 days ago
  • v no profile image SPEDED2

    On SWEETENUFGILL post you said that you have joined Google group lifeboat. There are so may "lifeboat" links. Will you please share what you have found and possibly the link? You have such a wonderful talent for writing, may I be so bold as to request a post with some details about this group?

    This is truly a sad day for many of us.

    Thanks in advance. emoticon
    10 days ago
    emoticon Hello My Spark Friend! Just wanted to stop by your page and wish you all the best this lovely summer ahead. emoticon I am so sad that SparkPeople will be gone to us outside the United States. I have made many wonderful friends here both Americans and others around the world and across Canada and will miss you all very much.
    β€œIn the summer, the song sings itself.” - William Carlos Williams
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    10 days ago
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