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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: 106,107

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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    emoticon Hello Clover-Mate!
    Looking forward to a Healthy Challenge together !!

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    15 hours ago
    Thanks for the comments and good wishes. I love the Isa reference...and probably millions do..I'm no runner and cannot walk unassisted, but it still is relevant to me as a promise of the new body I'll have at the Resurrection. My favorite thing was always roller blading. I cried the day I gave my blades away as my health would no longer permit it.
    I have often half in jest, said that Jesus willl greet me at the gates of heaven with a new pair of blades/!!!!' I can't wait.
    have a good rest of your week.
    1 day ago
    ♥ -:¦:-*♥~.•*´¨ )♥~*-:¦:-*♥~.•*´¨ )♥~*-: -*♥-*
    Celebration + Appreciation = Motivation Tina Tessina
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    HUGS my dear. Gone a few days to Mayo Clinic w/DH. He has thyroid nodules and needs to have them evaluated. Then, HOPEFULLY, he can have his spinal surgery on 04 November. Challenging.

    HOpe you're doing well.
    1 day ago
    emoticon emoticon Cloudy Monday!

    "Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still." - Chinese Proverb -

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    Hope you had a lovely Monday. Have an enjoyable Tuesday and be thankful. SPark On! emoticon
    1 day ago
    Thank you for your encouragement! Good to see you here also. I always enjoy your blogs - so often we have, like our return, been on the same page.
    2 days ago
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