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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: 111,889

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 NUMD97
    Congrats on three years in maintenance! Apparently, you're going to be one of the "shining examples" for the rest of us poor shlubs still in the trenches.

    Keep a seat saved for me, I hope to be there someday.

    Thanks for stopping by, and all the best,

    2880 days ago
    I use my lamp for my herbs more for light than anything else, it is just a regular lamp with a long bulb. Despite getting 4-5 hours of direct sunlight, the lamp really helps with a couple of the herbs that were looking stringy. I'm on the third floor of an apartment building and I have my heat set for 71, so even by the cold window, the herbs are plenty warm.
    2881 days ago
  • v LESLIE871948
    I love tracking my food too. Go figure.
    2881 days ago
  • v LOREN009
    Your story is so inspiring! I know exactly what it's like to have a "healthy" amount of extra weight on you that no one really thinks you should lose.

    emoticon for sharing!
    2881 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/10/2013 6:12:31 AM
    emoticon for the comment on my blog!
    2881 days ago