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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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    Thank you for your concern. Medical issues - seeing surgeon again today trying to keep from another surgery. Because of the mind fog, sight issues can't keep up here. Will be needing the sp support eventually when I am back to normal - almost no activity so will have to build back up. Hope all is well with you.
    2804 days ago
    Thanks for stopping by my Spark Solution blog. I really did need to get back to the simple rules for awhile, and this challenge seemed like a good opportunity. I haven't been following it rigidly, but it's in the back of my mind.

    Hope you are getting packed for your next wonderful adventure. Have a blast!
    2804 days ago
    I'm green, I want to go so badly this year, but I don't see how it can happen.
    Enjoy your trip, enjoy the food, walk, walk and walk. Easy on the bread & pastries.
    You'll do fine.
    BTW: I'm leaving for a family visit Thursday or Friday. I'll be home around the 6th.
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    2805 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/20/2013 12:44:29 PM
    What fun to be a motivator for YOU when you were a motivator for ME! Isn't that a wonderful thing? So today I was all smiles as I did my little run (40 minutes). Now off to do math, but I wanted to thank you first!

    Edited to add: Yes, I lived in Fairfax County, too. Then Richmond, then Fauquier. Most of the first 40 years of my life in Va. My mother was born here and retired here. I packed up in a hurry and moved out here when she was sick after Dad died.
    2805 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/20/2013 12:03:10 PM
    Thanks for the medal goodie to help me celebrate my one-year maintenance Sparkversary! Finally joined the 5%, and I want to stay in this group with motivators like you.
    2805 days ago