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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 BOILHAM
    Yep 32 inch waist on levi jeans. But as you know, how one's waist truly measures is usually higher than the waistband size on pants. I'm stll gonna maintain I have a 32 in waist, though.
    2903 days ago
  • v HUNGRYWOMAN2
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    I appreciate the time you took to visit my blog, and the insightful comments.
    I do not drink sugary drinks, but I can't seem to get the plain water in. I do drink a great deal of tea, and since joining Spark have been drinking more herbal teas and adding citrus flavor. Cucumber water is a change of pace in the summer. emoticon
    2903 days ago
  • v JESSIHOVER2
    Thank you so much for the support on my blog. You are right, I have been on quite the journey one day, or more, doesn't hurt too much.
    2903 days ago
  • v BOILHAM
    Hmmm.... I bet I could do an ultra.
    2904 days ago
  • v CELIAMINER
    "Thanks for your comment. We eat similarly. My appetite kicks in early afternoon. My afternoon snacks have as many calories as my lunch. Seems to be working for both of us."

    It's always good to know I'm not alone. Hope you're having a great weekend! Went to the Northern Virginia Sparkers monthly meet-up today and enjoyed meeting Rachel from Burke, VA.
    2904 days ago