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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 LEWILL1982
    I read Gidget and loved it! Haha, friends tell me I'm a bit of an Old Soul...though I'm not familiar with the gleaners reference from your blog, I will look that up.
    2808 days ago
  • v LEWILL1982
    Thanks for your comments, I definitely don't know how to surf, haha. This part of the race is a 1500 meter paddle. I borrow a board every year and wing this part of it. My biggest obstacle is not getting on the board or paddling, it's getting out past the waves to actually get on the board. About the pumpkin in your yogurt, I forgot to mention, just 1-2 TB -depending on how much you want or feel like you need to cover up the tart taste of the yogurt. I usually do 2 TB.
    2808 days ago
    My garden is growing with the help fo my farmer husband. I am still working on those up pounds.

    Have a wonderful day!
    2810 days ago
    Thanks for your comments on Week 66 weigh in.
    2811 days ago
    Thanks for the advice on how to dress for a beginner kayaking class. The class is in placid water to learn the basics, so I'm glad to know I don't have to invest a small fortune in specialized clothing.
    2814 days ago