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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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  • v SOPHIEDO13
    That even makes more funny !! Nice to have a priest as a family friend ;-)
    2784 days ago
    Thank you for your support on my blog. Haven't been able to keep up with all that is happening with my sp friends but hoping to do so soon.
    2802 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/22/2013 2:47:08 PM
    Yes, you are right! When I went back to your page I recognized the table "full of junk food" I think I laughed about that the first time!! Critters are exactly the reason I don't try to garden anymore. The animals could eat faster than I could harvest anything.... I think one year they even ate OVER the fence, so I hope that doesn't happen to you. I found it was less labor intensive and ultimately less expensive just to go to the farmers' market, but it is very satisfying if you are able to harvest your own crop!! Good luck with your garden and enjoy your trip!! sounds awesome!! emoticon
    2804 days ago
    Cruising around pages trying to find my lost motivation . . .

    Keep doing the great work you are doing and you will reach your goals in no time!

    Have a great day!!

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    2804 days ago
    Its funny you commented on my blog I don't recall if we have communicated in the past, but I know that I have read some of your writing. But anyway, the funny part is you were exactly one of the people I was thinking of when I was writing my blog. I guess at the time I was thinking that you still life in Brooklyn and I was hoping that was not going to offend or insult anyone by what I was saying. Like I said the city is everything to some, but others..... not so much!
    Not to worry...... I still jump when I hear something rustling in the woods!! LOL!! emoticon
    2804 days ago