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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: 116,625

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 It is a good day to have a good day! Let's look forward today. It is a new chance to get things right. emoticon I have plans in place to stay on track this week. emoticon What can you do to stay focused? emoticon We have got this! Together we will succeed! Ruthie emoticon
    3 hours ago
  • v 1ZIPPYC
    What a small world! I'm from Columbus, lived there most of my life, schools in the south end up until 1973. I have an Aunt who lives in Upper Arlington now.
    Been through VA many times to get to Myrtle Beach. The only time in NYC was when I was 8 years old.
    Being a teacher is a admirable, but hard job. Thanks for being one. None of us would be where we are, educated in life without you. I remember so many of mine fondly. emoticon

    15 hours ago
  • v no profile image SAMMILESSACH
    I am taking your advice.....staying connected. I was part of Spark 11 years ago& was one pound from my goal. Well do much has happened since then. I rejoined Jan. 2020 new name and all. This year I am going to be more connected& commited.Thank you! Thank you for your friend add as well.
    15 hours ago

    Comment edited on: 1/25/2021 8:07:21 AM
  • v JUNEPA
    Thanks for your goodie

    The good and the bad, like everything in life. Unfortunately for us, there was some bad. It wasn't all good.
    15 hours ago
  • v RCLYKE
    Good afternoon. Thank you for taking the time to comment on my blog today. Have a wonderful safe day
    23 hours ago
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