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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: 116,427

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 commenting on my ‘psychic’ blog. I’ve always had that strong psychic connection to my loved ones and sometimes it spills over to other areas of life....
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    Have a lovely day
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    OMG I remember that song!!!

    Hey lady, you lady
    Cursing at your life
    You're a discontented mother
    And a regimented wife
    I 've no doubt
    You dream about the things you'll never do
    But I wish someone had a talk to me like I wanna talk to you
    Ooh, I've been to Georgia and California and anywhere I could run
    Took the hand of a preacher man
    And we made love in the sun
    But I ran out of places and friendly faces
    Because I had to be free
    I've been to paradise but I've never been to me...
    Please lady please lady
    Don't just walk away
    'Cause I have this need to tell you
    Why I'm all alone today
    I can see so much of me
    Still living in your eyes
    Won't you share a part
    Of a weary heart that has lived a million lives
    Ooh, I've been to Nice and the Isle of Greece
    When I sipped champagne on a yacht
    I moved like Harlow in Monte Carlo
    And showed them what I've got
    I've been undressed by kings
    And I've seen some things that a woman ain't s'posed to see
    I've been to paradise but I've never been to me...
    Hey, you know what paradise is?
    It's a lie
    A fantasy we created about people and places
    As we like them to be
    But you know what truth is?
    It's that little baby you're holding
    And it's that man you fought with this morning
    The same one you are gonna make love to tonight
    That's truth that's love
    Sometimes I've been to crying for unborn children
    That might have made me complete
    But I, I took the sweet life
    I never knew I'd be bitter from the sweet
    I spent my life exploring
    The subtle whoring
    That costs too much to be free
    Hey lady I've been to paradise
    But I've never been to me...
    I've been to paradise - never been to me
    (I've been to Georgia and California, and anywhere I could run)
    I've been to paradise - never been to me
    (I've been to Nice and the isle of Greece
    While I sipped champagne on a yacht)
    I've been to paradise - never been to me

    Thanks for that walk down memory lane!! Now that I read through the lyrics.... how depressing :((( If only she had connected with herself and found her true heart's desire, she might have been happy!
    19 hours ago

    Comment edited on: 1/22/2021 5:12:38 PM
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