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This was taken at my son's wedding in April 07 and my weight was around 247. I am tall, 6' 1" and a bilateral below knee amputee. I was so proud that day because I danced with my son as the mother of the groom and I hadn't done that since becoming an amputee in the Spring of '96. A couple months afterward I was hospitalized and the medication made me gain weight and it had gone up to 287.8 as of May 20, 2008 upon returning from a reunion down at my other son's house in AZ. I decided then that I needed to do something. I could no longer even fit in my "good" covered legs and am back down to 269.8 as of this morning, June 10, 2008. I would love to get down to the equivalent of 160lbs which was my weight before being confined to a wheelchair and then eventually learning to walk but for right now I would like to at least get down to 250 so I can again be in the allowable weight for my treadmill. I am divorced, mother of three, with two grandchildren residing in AZ. This picture also has my youngest child, my daughter, who was then 23. I am looking to lose weight. At first it was for aesthetic reasons as well as being able to ambulate better. Recently I had a high blood pressure reading and I haven't been exercising as I was a couple years ago. I had belonged to Curves for a year. I am fortunate, though, because I do not have any life threatening illnessess and my blood pressure has been registering normal.

Member Since: 6/10/2008

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My goals are to finally attain my goal weight and to reach a better level of sustained acgtivity.

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I have started NS and will start my activity program on 2/27/12, hopefully. I received a free month at Curves and I have tried them before and think that I will be able to maintian the level of activity required there.

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    Good Morning! Stopping by to ask you to join us in the Back to Basic- September challenge, being held by the American Veterans that are Disabled or Not Team. There will fun, points, fun, prizes, fun, learning, fun, cheering, and did I say FUN! You can join in any time you want. Hope to see you there!
    2093 days ago
    Well that is two nice long posts that disappeared, so I will just say thank you everyone for the warm welcomes. I do appreciate it.
    2183 days ago
    Well I had this nice long chronicological answer on what has occured in my life since we last spoke, Bonnie and I must have touched something because it went into the internet dimension. So this is going to be brief and probably not very cohesive. First I want to thank all who welcomed me and my thoughts go out to the lady that wants to power walk, I am severly disabled but I would be right beside you if I practiced enough to build up my stamina. My legs have been out of whack with the locking device not working in either leg. One day, and you can laugh, I literally walked out of my legs. When one was damaged, I could hear it clicking so I was stomp down on it to keep it on. I guess I wasn't paying attention that day.

    23 May 2008 brother died (possible suicide)

    Exactly two months later I fell in my house and had to go to the hospital from the pain;p however I did complete my online courses and managed an "A" in both classes. But during that time, it was hard to concentrate because I was thinking if the legs didn't get back down to regular size they might have to operate again. I was in my wheelchair solidly for a whole month and the tendon didn't fully get well for about three or four months afterward.

    After transferring from the community college to a nearby college, I decided that teaching wasn't what I really wanted to do. I had been nudged that way by the VA and the major which was my old major pre-army days, and that was mathematics. But the problem was that I didn't want a teaching certificate the first timeso I terminated the courses and I thought I had been released from the roles of Voc Rehab, but I wasn't and she wanted me to think of another career. I am basically a home body and I wanted a choice of action that would be solely or mostly online and my neighbor cme up with Master Gardener. Now we are talking about someone that definitely doesn't have a green thumb, but since all my gardens are in raised beds this year perhaps taking that volunteer course, it will keep me stimulated because I do want to learn about our environment and sometimes volunteering..

    Anyway, Sundaes, like with anybody life got in the way. I am back now and determined to get back in shape and to get down. I was corresponding with another lady at the same time I was talking to you. I will have to look and see if I see her.

    And finally, after barely moving for about nine months, I lasted through the warm-up of Leslie Sasone's walking dvd.

    This comment is being sent all over the place. I just got this laptop and I am trying to figure out why the fon't keeps changing and I don't want to lose this. So, i you want Sundaes, I'll be here as for any other Spark person.

    Along the interim, I have tried Nutrawystem a couple three times and I wonder if I will ever learn that I just plain don't like their food, so I would adjust my diet to keep me the same or to lose. I didn't start coming down for good until Christmas, I think.

    So I forgot to ask, how in the world are you? I have thought about you over the years but you may have to refreshen my memory about what we used to talk. How much weight have you lost since we last talked. I guess my highest in Jan 2005, I may have worn about a thirty, but all I wore was sweats. I am down to an 18/20 women's now so I am happy about that and hope to continue downward. When I hit 200 the whole of Sparks will hear me shouting!.

    But after Friday and my prosthetist exclaiming that I didn't bring my walker, I was feeling good. We always do more conversing than what I am there for, it seems, anyway. I hadn't been walking for awhile about since September on and off. I went back to the VA as I had been outsourced. Martin told me that I was walking fast, but he was slowed by a fall where he broke his leg. Martin is my VA prosthetist. I had a little way to go when he went back in his building and I walked back down to my car. Almost recently I wouldn't have been able to walk two feet, because the first set that was made, one was to tight on my residual and I had too small of a liner on. Things are moving up with those and I am getting a second pair that I can adjust the heel to. I am going to try and wear inch high heels so I can have my foot adjusted to it thereby making the whole heel height that it can go, to 3.5 inches. The foot is only supposed to go to 2.5. Anyway, we will see.

    Wow I feel as though I am very superficial because all this is about me. So tell me what have you been upt too.

    Talk with you soon,
    2183 days ago
    Hi, welcome to the 50+ Females team! We're so glad to have you join our team.
    2184 days ago
    Hi there,
    Im Felicia im new to the siteI live in Lakewood and I am looking for a friend to power walk a couple time a week with..
    2864 days ago
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