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2014-happy half marathoner at mile 12

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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: 125,399

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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    Congrats on the 48 years of marriage. Have a wonderful weekend.
    2123 days ago
    Thankyou for my goodie, if we support each other we know there are others who know how we feel. Have a great day.
    2124 days ago
    You are so sweet to send Sparkgoodies! I enjoy your blog and it helps me stay focused. Have a great weekend!
    2124 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/21/2015 5:52:32 PM
    Thanks for the blog comment! It's hard to figure out what's right for ourselves, and I think the myriad of quick fixes and rules-based diets doesn't help since they promote the idea that one program will work for everyone.
    2124 days ago
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    Thank you for responding, I like those virtual walks too check out and
    they both have great walking tours etc. My sister was born in Brooklyn, in fact I lived there from age 1 to 12 years, where we lived is called Ridgewood now. My sister was born in Wycoff Hospital I think or Bushwick (not sure if spelling right). We went to PS 81 Queens but I think it is now PS 81 Ridgewood. It was on Cypress Ave . Keep up those walks, hugs, Joyce
    2125 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/20/2015 2:10:47 PM