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Original Weight - June, 2006 - 311 lbs.

Graduation pict, UALR - BSW, May, 2008 - 176 lbs.

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At my worst, in June of 2006, I weighed 311 lbs. One night we had water pipes explode due to increased pressure. In my run to the telephone for help, my wet feet hit the linoleum and when I landed I tore the ligaments in my knee.
The surgeon said I had to lose weight, but gastric bypass is not an option for me. He said that he'd see me in two years for knee replacement. But with it taking more than 3 mths for this minor surgery to heal, would replacement heal at all?
I began losing then, because I was simply in too much pain to get to the fridge. I reduced, then eliminated all the snacking I was doing. I began to eat more fruit and vegs, not snacks. When I fell to one side, instead of binging for a week, I went right back to the schedule.
I'm now at 167. I'd like to reach 135 - 140, but also I really need to tone up all the loose skin I have from all this loss! I know that might not be totally possible, but if I can tighten my muscles it may help some.

Member Since: 1/19/2009

Fitness Minutes: 12,569

My Goals:
Weight - 135 - 140.

Clothing size - M 12

Dream clothing size - M 10

Build muscles from lax condition.

My Program:
Joining UALR Boot Camp to force me to exercise!

Begin to hike. YEP

Begin to ride bike - have to get her fixed first! lol

Park in back of parking lots to make me walk more. YEP


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I'm a non-traditional student at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, working on my MA - gerontology - I will graduate May 15, 2010.

I am in the National Assoc. of Social Workers, the Arkansas Gerontological Society, the Epilepsy Foundation of America, the Indian Intertribal Assoc. of Arkansas, the UALR Adult Student Advocacy Program, and the UALR Master of Social Work Organization.

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I've always loved crafting. I had my own business in beadwork for 20 years.

I've always believed in helping people, from the time I was a child.

"If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away." Henry David Thoreau, 1854, Walden

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    Happy Spotlight Day! Hope your day is wonderful!
    6 days ago
  • v DI_NAMIC
    Hi Milinda. Wishing you every success and lots of fun with the Gem Summer Challenge. emoticon

    6 days ago
    Milinda, how fun to get to be the GEM of the day on weigh-in day! I think that means you'll be starting this coming week off on the 100% right foot!
    emoticon Well, it's a good thought anyway. Hopefully your knee is doing well today, I can sympathize with that having knees that are on their last legs (pun intended!) as well.

    Where in Arkansas do you live? I've seen some remarkably beautiful pictures from Arkansas and I always like to picture where the GEMS live.

    I hope you have a most wonderful day and that the journey to your goal is smooth and downhill all the way!
    6 days ago
    Milinda – welcome to the GEMS and I’m glad you’re our GEM of the day because it made me go look at your page again. I’ve never been to Arkansas but I’ve seen some pretty beautiful photos of the place. I see you did complete your BSW, are you working in the field right now? My youngest is a Pysch nurse so I feel the area of SW is always close at hand. I also see you’ve had some knee problems, I empathize with that, my days are numbered with mine as well. Hopefully loosing weight has helped a bit at least. You haven’t weighed in yet for the weekly weigh-in so here’s to hoping there is good news on your scale!
    7 days ago
  • v KATIE5668
    Congratulations on your success at achieving a healthier weight and increased enjoyment of life. Plus are in the spotlight!! I hope you get a smile from each greeting that comes your way.Thank you for being a team member and inspiration to others!!

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    7 days ago
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