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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: 112,141

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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    . . . it is less about what happens to you in life, and more about what you decide about you and your life after it happens. Charly Emery
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    18 hours ago
    thanks for reading my blog have a great week
    1 day ago
    I didn't have any weight problems until I was 46 and reached menopause. My son seems to not remember when I was thin.
    1 day ago
    Great hips as in great hip joints with no arthritis, or nice curvaceous hips?

    When I was at my adult smallest, about 145 lbs, I had to go up a size for a winter coat, because both my shoulders and my rib cage needed the room - and of course the hips were a bit too big. (The salesperson helping me actually commented that my ribs were big, LOL!)
    1 day ago
    The comments on your blog were terrific and I'm glad to see it recognized as a popular blog post!!

    Back in the day when I was still going to stores to buy clothes . . . I'd always carry a tape measure with me. It's my waist measurement which tends to be thicker than standard size pants in correlation with my much smaller hips/thighs etc. I've always had that more straight up and down body type . . . and if I'm up a few pounds, it will be sitting right around my middle.

    Oh well oh well. Continuing with the healthy eating and the moderate exercising and feeling pretty good!!
    1 day ago
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