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milmin2043
06-13-2011, 09:12 PM
Hello Friends,

Well, I made it. This morning when I got on the scale I weighed 134. I started out at 235 almost exactly a year ago. The date was June 15th, 2010. Today is June 13th. As so many others here have said, "I am so glad that I started a year ago and didn't wait".

Many of you know most of my story, but for the goal post I will retell a little of it. I was never overweight as a child. My mother was very strict with what we ate. That didn't work out the best for me because as soon as I went to college in the early 80s, and had a meal plan, I would pig out. I finally felt free as though no one was going to tell me "stop eating, you're going to get fat". Then we would drink beer and order late night pizzas, (it started out because my roommate and I were in love with the delivery guy). When I started college I weighed 125. I gained about 40 lbs. in 2 years. I got married a few years after graduating and starved down the 40 lbs. That was the first time I had tried to lose weight.

I gained most of it back within about 5 years. I weighed around 165 at that time. I thought I was as big as a battleship. So funny how our perception changes. I remember vividly how this time around, on my way down the scale, I was overjoyed at seeing 165 lbs. When I got pregnant with my first child, I weighed around 150. After delivery, I weighed 190 and seriously never lost another lb. I didn't gain much with my second child, only about 19 lbs. but I was still huge from my first. After my third child, I shot up again, and weighed around 240, my highest ever.

I was told I had early onset Parkinson's Disease in 1999. I have had 4 brain surgeries since that time to help control symptoms. I don't want to bore anyone with the details of my illness, I would just like to say that since losing my weight, my symptoms have markedly decreased. I have included a few pictures, some from this month (June 1st) when I had my last brain surgery.

I ran a half marathon yesterday. I have run 3 halfs so far, and I have already signed up for a full marathon on Dec. 4th. I start training for that 18 weeks before on Aug. 1st. (Yes, I ran the half marathon 11 days after a craniotomy). Amazing huh? Even with my Parkinson's, I have never felt better in my life. I eat mainly organic produce. About 75% of my diet is made up of food that grows in the ground. I love it. I was addicted to sugar and processed crap foods. I would have never believed that I would so enjoy real food that our bodies are meant to eat. I was the epitomy of a sugar addict. So, I am living proof that anyone can do this. I completely avoid my trigger foods and will always as long as I want to keep my new size 6 wardrobe. I started at a size 18W.

Well, if you have read all of this, congratulations for not falling asleep and thank you. Best wishes to you all.

Rhonda


sunlover
06-13-2011, 09:27 PM
Wow! Congrats. What a great story! You are an inspiration!

traveling michele
06-13-2011, 09:29 PM
Congrats Rhonda! Wow! Incredible story and great pictures.
Please join us in the maintainers' forum.

Where in Texas are you? I am transplanted Texan from Houston.


TwynnB
06-13-2011, 09:40 PM
Amazing!! Congratulations!!

milmin2043
06-13-2011, 09:41 PM
Thank you ladies! Michele-I am from the Dallas/Fort Worth area. I am really excited to be able to post in the maintainer's forum!!

Thighs Be Gone
06-13-2011, 10:00 PM
You have done an amazing job. Congratulations.

aimeebell
06-13-2011, 10:07 PM
Simply amazing!

k15g15
06-13-2011, 10:14 PM
AMAZING! You should be soo proud! Good luck on your full marathon!

skinnymomskitchen
06-14-2011, 11:06 AM
COngrats that is truly amazing and inspiring!!

170starting
06-14-2011, 01:52 PM
YOU are genuinely an inspiration. Congratulations on meeting your goal. SO proud of you. :hug:

runningfromfat
06-14-2011, 03:03 PM
Wow, congratulations! Your story is very inspirational, thanks for sharing!

midwife
06-14-2011, 04:11 PM
Congrats!! You are such an inspiration!! This morning when my alarm went off for me to get up and go running, I wanted to turn it off and go back to bed. Then I said, "Um, excuse me, did you have brain surgery this week?" and I told myself, "Um, no." And then I told myself, "Even if you had surgery, Rhonda didn't use that as an excuse!" So I got up and ran. Cause if you can do what you did going through all of the stuff you went through....well, there is no plausible excuse that I can come up with to not do what I need to do. You just pretty much destroyed all of the excuses on the planet.

Sunshine87
06-14-2011, 04:17 PM
You are such an inspiration!! I am so proud and I am sure your children are too!

WLGirl1
06-14-2011, 04:38 PM
Congrats. If I can be half as strong as you, I have nothing to worry about!!! Sending hugs!!!

Beck
06-14-2011, 06:37 PM
Congratulations! You are an amazing inspiration; thanks for sharing your story and your success.

SeeImTryin
06-14-2011, 06:48 PM
Congratulations - you are such an inspiration.

milmin2043
06-15-2011, 12:08 AM
Thank you again to everyone who has responded. I love running because it provides me with endorphins and a rush of dopamine that left me long ago. I look a little strange running at times because I might drag my leg a little, or limp a little, but who cares? I'm out there doing it. I rarely allow myself any excuses and honestly, once I get out there, I feel so much better.

I am really excited about running my first full marathon. I'm just hoping not to throw up on anyone at the start out of excitement! Again, thanks to all of you. I love reading all of your stories as well.

milmin2043
06-15-2011, 12:23 AM
I hope these don't bother anyone. I wanted to show a little of what I went through on this last surgery on June 1st. Mainly to show other people that whatever your challenges are, you can do something to better your situation.

The last picture is of a race I ran in between my brain surgery on April 13th and this last one on June 1st. It's been a rough couple of months. I am having my gall bladder removed on June 30th, and then hopefully that will be it for surgeries for a while. I love running and I'm tired of interferences. LOL

darius
06-15-2011, 05:10 AM
I had my gall bladder operation about 4 years ago. Good luck with yours.
What an inspiring story; congratulations exceeding your goal.

Nola Celeste
06-15-2011, 03:52 PM
Congratulations!!! :cheer:

I don't know how I missed this post yesterday. You look so strong and lean and beautiful! You deserve to feel hugely proud of yourself. :hug:

bellastarr
06-15-2011, 04:07 PM
congratulations...u look awesome!!!

Streudel
06-16-2011, 08:07 PM
I know I've said this before, but I'll say it again: You are such an inspiration to me! I thought about you before my first race. I almost didn't go through with it because of an ugly domestic situation that came up 2 days before. With your story in mind and the encouragement of my daughter, I refused to use the excuse. I am so glad I went through with the race. I took second place in my age group!


Thank you for sharing your story and congratulations on all of your successes in life! :D

milmin2043
06-16-2011, 08:24 PM
Congratulations Streudel! That's awesome!!

As soon as I stopped allowing any excuses, my entire life changed. I can't believe how much different things are for me, and not just weight loss.

Thank you so much for your kind words throughout my journey. I appreciate it so much!

Shaunnadona
06-16-2011, 08:24 PM
Wow your story is inspiring! My dad has parkinsons and I know what a challenge it can be to face that and do all you are doing! wow!
Shaunna

jessica2231
06-17-2011, 10:43 AM
Omg! your such and amazing inspiration. I am so glad to have read your goal story. it is people like you who show me that i really can make it to my goal. I just have to stick to it. So simple. But why dont we do it on our own. Well im beginning to beleive the old proverb, "it takes a village to raise a child" wich is why we need inspirations like you for support. Thank you!

CourtneyDaisey
06-17-2011, 12:56 PM
Congrats on meeting your goal!!!!! :hug:

maplemag
06-17-2011, 01:02 PM
Wow, you are truly an inspiration to us all! Congrats!

EZMONEY
06-18-2011, 08:25 AM
WOW X A Bazillion = YOU!!!!!!!!

skygirl
06-18-2011, 12:27 PM
Milmin, wow, congratulations! I have been following some of your posts and I am so happy for you and so inspired by you. You look so healthy and vibrant and strong. You rock, and I'm glad to hear that with all you have accomplished that you've noticed an improvement in your symptoms, that must feel great, what a great bonus. :) I notice you are in Texas, how are you weathering the sweltering heat in your workouts? ;) Again, many congrats! :)

hhaffner
06-18-2011, 08:14 PM
Wow.
You are an amazing person.
Thanks you so much for sharing - very inspirational

patchymama
06-18-2011, 08:21 PM
Amazing! Congratulations! :)

Violet73
06-18-2011, 08:49 PM
Congrats!!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing your story! You are truly an inspiration, not only in weight loss but overcoming obstacles :)

milmin2043
06-18-2011, 08:53 PM
Thank you again to all of you. To the poster who asked about the heat here, I have been extremely cold lately. Not sure if it's the weight loss or my operations, but something is a little off. It was 111 degrees this afternoon and it's the first day in months that I haven't had to put a light sweater on. Crazy huh? I ran a 5k this morning and came in first in my age group of 45-49, with a time of 27:31. That is really good for me. I pushed it quite a bit harder than I usually would. I really want to break into the 26 minute range this year. Thank goodness it started at 7:30 am before the heat got too intense.

Thanks again for all of your responses.

sheramama
06-18-2011, 08:54 PM
CONGRATS!!!!!!!!! Your story is truly inspiring. You are an amazingly strong person and you deserved this victory :)

January77
06-19-2011, 12:41 PM
Congratulations!

I have health problems too, major:(...but seeing what you have accomplished in a year...wow I am so inspired, I really am ...:bravo:

JessLess
06-19-2011, 02:02 PM
Congratulations!

jdnyc
06-19-2011, 03:00 PM
That's truly amazing! I'm sure you're feeling so proud of yourself and doing the Happy Dance!:carrot:

beth4365
07-01-2011, 07:48 PM
Your story brought me to tears.

Beautiful woman... all my best to you.

Watkat
07-01-2011, 09:30 PM
Congrats!! You are such an inspiration!! This morning when my alarm went off for me to get up and go running, I wanted to turn it off and go back to bed. Then I said, "Um, excuse me, did you have brain surgery this week?" and I told myself, "Um, no." And then I told myself, "Even if you had surgery, Rhonda didn't use that as an excuse!" So I got up and ran. Cause if you can do what you did going through all of the stuff you went through....well, there is no plausible excuse that I can come up with to not do what I need to do. You just pretty much destroyed all of the excuses on the planet.

Amen to that!

Watkat
07-01-2011, 09:31 PM
Thank you again to all of you. To the poster who asked about the heat here, I have been extremely cold lately. Not sure if it's the weight loss or my operations, but something is a little off. It was 111 degrees this afternoon and it's the first day in months that I haven't had to put a light sweater on. Crazy huh? I ran a 5k this morning and came in first in my age group of 45-49, with a time of 27:31. That is really good for me. I pushed it quite a bit harder than I usually would. I really want to break into the 26 minute range this year. Thank goodness it started at 7:30 am before the heat got too intense.

Thanks again for all of your responses.

What an inspiration you are for all of us! You need to write a book. I am so motivated now. Thank you for sharing this with us.:hug:

bebita5
07-02-2011, 12:26 AM
your amazing... Thanks for sharing

Looking4Me2011
07-02-2011, 07:04 PM
This is my first post, my first day here and I love that I found this post right off the bat! That is simply amazing and even though I'm new and I don't "know" you, I am so proud of you! Way to go!!!! This is great motivation for me!!

sidanne42
07-02-2011, 07:14 PM
Hello Friends,

Well, I made it. This morning when I got on the scale I weighed 134. I started out at 235 almost exactly a year ago. The date was June 15th, 2010. Today is June 13th. As so many others here have said, "I am so glad that I started a year ago and didn't wait".

Many of you know most of my story, but for the goal post I will retell a little of it. I was never overweight as a child. My mother was very strict with what we ate. That didn't work out the best for me because as soon as I went to college in the early 80s, and had a meal plan, I would pig out. I finally felt free as though no one was going to tell me "stop eating, you're going to get fat". Then we would drink beer and order late night pizzas, (it started out because my roommate and I were in love with the delivery guy). When I started college I weighed 125. I gained about 40 lbs. in 2 years. I got married a few years after graduating and starved down the 40 lbs. That was the first time I had tried to lose weight.

I gained most of it back within about 5 years. I weighed around 165 at that time. I thought I was as big as a battleship. So funny how our perception changes. I remember vividly how this time around, on my way down the scale, I was overjoyed at seeing 165 lbs. When I got pregnant with my first child, I weighed around 150. After delivery, I weighed 190 and seriously never lost another lb. I didn't gain much with my second child, only about 19 lbs. but I was still huge from my first. After my third child, I shot up again, and weighed around 240, my highest ever.

I was told I had early onset Parkinson's Disease in 1999. I have had 4 brain surgeries since that time to help control symptoms. I don't want to bore anyone with the details of my illness, I would just like to say that since losing my weight, my symptoms have markedly decreased. I have included a few pictures, some from this month (June 1st) when I had my last brain surgery.

I ran a half marathon yesterday. I have run 3 halfs so far, and I have already signed up for a full marathon on Dec. 4th. I start training for that 18 weeks before on Aug. 1st. (Yes, I ran the half marathon 11 days after a craniotomy). Amazing huh? Even with my Parkinson's, I have never felt better in my life. I eat mainly organic produce. About 75% of my diet is made up of food that grows in the ground. I love it. I was addicted to sugar and processed crap foods. I would have never believed that I would so enjoy real food that our bodies are meant to eat. I was the epitomy of a sugar addict. So, I am living proof that anyone can do this. I completely avoid my trigger foods and will always as long as I want to keep my new size 6 wardrobe. I started at a size 18W.

Well, if you have read all of this, congratulations for not falling asleep and thank you. Best wishes to you all.

Rhonda

Rhonda, :hug:

Thank you for sharing your inpirational story with all of us. I read avidly and never once yawned. :) You are an amazing, strong, wonderful woman. It is an honor to read of your awesome success. Thanks for motivating me and reminding me that yes, I can and will succeed on my weight loss / health gain journey. Best wishes...you ROCK!! :carrot:

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milmin2043
07-06-2011, 01:00 AM
Thank you ladies (and everyone). Whenever people take the time out to read goal stories and just say "way to go" it makes my day. Above all else, those of us who have lost the weight will probably say it is by far the toughest thing we've ever done. We know how people feel who are just starting and how people who have reached their goals feel. I wish you all the very best.

This weekend, Runner's World contacted me about my story. They published my letter in the July issue and wanted more info. To add to my successes a little, I had gall bladder surgery last Thursday (June 30th), and ran a 5k on Monday (4th of July). I won in my age group again with a time of 26:57.

Thanks again all!

Michinmn
07-07-2011, 06:01 PM
wow, you are truly a warrior princess!! thank you for sharing. You are a true trooper

ZebraBri
07-07-2011, 06:50 PM
This is absolutely wonderful. Congratulations :)

Michinmn
07-09-2011, 10:07 AM
Just simply awe struck. AWESOME JOB!! And what a pillar of strength you are, 11 days after brain surgery, you are running in a marathon!
I tip my hat to you. I just imagine too, that feeling of waking up, jumping on the scale and seeing such a different number. I can't wait....
Such awesome accomplishments all around.
Thank you for sharing such a tremendous story.

laurielou
07-09-2011, 10:14 AM
Great job! Congratulations!

RudeImp
07-09-2011, 10:52 AM
what an inspiring story.. congrats..

bargoo
07-09-2011, 12:16 PM
Congratulations !

FrouFrou
07-09-2011, 02:14 PM
Awesome!

peace4me
07-09-2011, 03:11 PM
Awesome job! Congrats! You are so inspirational! :)

milmin2043
07-10-2011, 11:18 PM
Thank you all! Anyone can do this if they really want it more than anything else. All of you inspire me to keep going. I want to be a statistic, a person who sways the odds in the other direction. I refuse to gain this weight back. I hope all of you are with me on that!! We can change these dismal statistics, one story at a time.

DiAna 1017
07-11-2011, 01:42 AM
how did you lose 101 pounds?

DiAna 1017
07-11-2011, 01:44 AM
today was my first day on the Atkins diet. it was hard. All I ate was meat and olives diet root beer and coffee is that okay. I hope I did good can anyone tell me if I did. this is my first time being on the Atkins diet.

DiAna 1017
07-11-2011, 02:19 AM
Read your story. You are truly an inspirational to all of us that are struggling with weight. Congratulations May God be with you.
DiAna

nomadiclee
07-11-2011, 02:39 AM
Thanks for sharing your story, and congratulations on all your hard work! :-)

MablesGirl
07-11-2011, 07:50 AM
You are such an amazing inspiration! Congratulations.

shellofself
07-12-2011, 07:37 PM
You are SUCH an inspiration!!! I'm trying hard to fight back tears! Congratulations on that HUGE accomplishment!

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING YOUR STORY!

Individuals like yourself give me strength to continue on this weight-loss path.

Thank you!!

Tejas
07-12-2011, 08:39 PM
Wow. You have an amazing story; thanks for sharing. The surgery pictures were a nice touch, seriously! I kept looking at the dates of the posts. You just did this, this month. Fantastic.

I'm going to make "no excuses" my mantra.

I'm in the DFW area, and my first name is Rhonda also.

______________
to Diana107; there is an Atkins thread on 3FC; you should check that out.

milmin2043
07-13-2011, 04:52 AM
HI Rhonda!

Small world huh? Thank you for the nice words. I have decided that no matter what happens, I will continue to keep fighting. No excuses.

Tejas
07-13-2011, 06:00 AM
Rhonda, are we both insomniacs? :lol:

I hope you let us know if your story gets published.

Rhonda

milmin2043
07-13-2011, 04:00 PM
I sure will and thank you again. Yes, I have had trouble sleeping through the night for a while now. Not sure if it's menopause, brain surgery, weightloss or what? LOL

TheGymNerd
07-14-2011, 05:28 AM
stay at it. i am glad that you found something that is working for you.
i hope you stay at your goal forever!

photobuff42
07-15-2011, 01:13 PM
Wow, wow, wow! What a great story! Best of health to you!

hdallas78
07-15-2011, 01:21 PM
You are AMAZING!! Congratulations and enjoy being a Maintainer!

Soon2BSlim
07-15-2011, 02:43 PM
Wow...good for you...your story brought tears to my eyes. So happy to hear that not only do you look beautiful (shaved head & all!) but that your illness seems improved as well. I'm just finishing my first week (lost 6 pounds) and need all the inspiration I can get to keep the motivation level I currently have....I'm definitely inspired by you. Thanks for sharing!

loosing40
07-18-2011, 02:18 PM
You look amazing, CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! Love your story!~

LaMariposa
07-22-2011, 03:49 PM
Awesome!!! Good for you!!!

lilneezy
07-24-2011, 02:17 PM
Congratulations!!

milmin2043
07-26-2011, 03:06 AM
Thanks everyone!

SarRawrNaomi
07-26-2011, 03:31 AM
Congrats you look great

tessendicott
07-27-2011, 12:09 PM
This is the kind of story that makes people realize we have no excuses for sitting around the house doing nothing. Good job!

proudmommy09
07-29-2011, 01:51 AM
Amazing job you have done!!! Q about your eating, what did you eat?

milmin2043
08-01-2011, 02:04 AM
I pretty much cut out all sugar, except that in fruits, and I don't drink any calories at all. I eat lots of fish and fruits and vegetables. I also eat whole grains. I allow myself occasional treats so that I don't feel deprived.

CyndiM
08-15-2011, 07:26 PM
Amazing and inspiring, thank you for sharing your story

Lucky72
08-15-2011, 09:20 PM
That's awesome! I laughed at your middle picture because at first it looked like you were wearing a skirt with a weird huge pocket. I now realize they are your old shorts. LOL

Sued1971
08-15-2011, 09:26 PM
I am new to the forums. And I must say stories like this are truly inspirational! My mother has early onset Parkinsons, my grandmother did and so did my great uncle. I don't know what my future holds, but I want to be as healthy as possible should I end up there. It is wonderful to see you didn't let it stop you!

milmin2043
08-15-2011, 10:32 PM
Lucky-that is actually a really funny story about the shorts. My son came with me to stay at a hotel before a half marathon. He was at home and was coming to the hotel later in the day. I asked him to bring a pair of shorts for me to lounge around in. He brought these as a joke. I pulled them out of the bag and almost died when I realized I could fit in one leg of the shorts!!

Sued-They claim there is no known genetic link in Parkinson's. However, I too had a father, grandfather, and 2 great uncles with the illness at earlier ages than normal for the disease development. Thanks for your kind words. Best wishes to you!

StarvingPoet
08-17-2011, 08:39 AM
Awesome work! Congratulations! :)

fatmom
08-19-2011, 10:57 AM
Well done! I love the pic of you fitting into one leg of your old pants. Thank you for sharing your story.

TransformingMyself
08-19-2011, 12:47 PM
Congratulations, you did an amazing job! :)

eyre13
08-19-2011, 10:04 PM
COngratulations! You are such an inspiration!!!

allgirls
08-20-2011, 03:33 AM
Congratulations!

GAJulie
08-20-2011, 08:10 AM
You are amazing...congrats!!

MsRatFink
08-22-2011, 02:33 AM
Milmin: You are an extraordinary woman. Thank you for sharing your story and being an inspiration to us all!!

Also, I love the shorts pic. You should make those shorts into a mini skirt. You have the legs for it and you could use one leg. I bet that was an amazing feeling.

Thighs Be Gone
08-22-2011, 09:36 AM
Congratulations! Thanks for sharing your story! You have done an amazing thing Lady. Hats off to you today!

RRB2
08-22-2011, 03:30 PM
Congratulations! You look amazing!

Snowwhite85
09-01-2011, 04:08 AM
Congrats! Keep up the hard and great work!

shakaboo
09-01-2011, 02:27 PM
wow fantastic! wtg

milmin2043
09-02-2011, 03:16 AM
I wanted to share that my story is going to be published in the November issue of Fitness magazine, for anyone who is interested.

Summer2010
09-02-2011, 06:57 AM
WoW. You are one hot looking momma!! Congrats and thanks for the inspiring story.

Divaintheworks
09-02-2011, 08:57 AM
Congratulations on your success...I am definitely going to pick up a copy

djs06
09-02-2011, 12:06 PM
You look so great! Congrats on your success and your story being published- that's so cool!

guacamole
10-26-2011, 11:25 AM
What an accomplishment! Continued success on your journey to a healthy life!! I am keeping your story in my mind for inspiration. Fresh fruits and vegetables....things that grow in the ground....

rachaelm
10-26-2011, 11:42 AM
What a wonderful success story! I love it. Congratulations on meeting & maintaining your goal.

And congrats on the Fitness article, how exciting!!

soccrmom12
11-14-2011, 07:56 PM
Congratulations!

GwenSue
11-16-2011, 12:09 PM
Congratulations!!!! I hope your symptoms continue to decrease and you continue to be healthy!

milmin2043
01-08-2012, 03:09 AM
Thank you everyone. The article was in the Nov/Dec issue of Fitness Magazine on page 26. I also had 2 articles in the Dallas Morning News that corresponded with me running the Dallas White Rock Marathon. :)

wanzulfikri
01-08-2012, 06:23 AM
Wow!

Great story you got there with all the tribulations you faced, you deserved the success.

Buutastic
01-08-2012, 08:35 AM
That is so fantastic, congratulations not only on the weight loss, but on being recognized for your success and continued inspiration for the rest of us!!

miliminime
01-18-2012, 10:39 PM
You're really amazing! Your weight loss story especially resonates with me because my mom was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson's disease too, in 2000. I know firsthand what a struggle it is, and I find it so inspirational that you lost all this weight and became so fit while having PD. I hope you have a lot of health and happiness in your future! :)

Staceyh2012
01-26-2012, 12:46 PM
Well done xxxxx

lcard
02-27-2012, 01:53 AM
u r truly inspiring!

milmin2043
03-07-2012, 09:50 PM
I thought I would update my progress pictures, since I never really had a good "before" picture in my first goal story.
It has been 1 year this month that I have managed to maintain over a 100 lb. weight loss. It hasn't always been easy, but not many things worth having are really easy.
Thanks again for everyone's support.

TiffNeedsChange
03-07-2012, 10:55 PM
Awesome picture! Congratulations on maintaining. You look lime a new person :)

milmin2043
03-08-2012, 01:15 AM
Thank you!

dawn77
03-09-2012, 01:15 PM
This is an amazing story your doing a great job keep up the good work:carrot: