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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: 122,914

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 WEDDWT
    Hi BB,
    I went to the library to p/u a foreign film I had on hold, thought I'd share the title with you.
    "The Teacher" "Ucitelka", it's in Slovak with English subtitles, released 2017. It's billed as a wry black comedy and sardonic morality lesson; 1980s Cold War Czechoslovakia.
    I am looking forward to listening to the language to see if anything rings a bell (besides Dobry Den). This is my first ever Slovak movie. I just happened to come across it while browsing library DVDs online.
    Have a pleasant evening!
    1 hour ago
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    5 hours ago
    emoticon We can have excuses, or we can have results. emoticon WHich will we choose today? emoticon emoticon emoticon Ruthie emoticon
    7 hours ago
    Our state, according to the news is the first state to mandate mask wearing Forever more! ... emoticon ......We were already planning to do so even if it had not been mandated. Even though I've had both shots, Someone passed their so called "common cold" to me about 3 years ago and I was so sick, thought I'd die!! ..(I have an auto immune disorder and I cannot kick those very fast).... I am happy for people to continue wearing them in this state because I hope to never catch a "common " cold again if I can help it! .... (Glad we are well stocked with masks!)...
    16 hours ago
    Thanks for your comment on my accountability blog. emoticon
    17 hours ago
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