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I'm Diane, also known as Rissa. I am on disability for bipolar and other issues. I'm not ashamed of it- I'm proud! I work hard to overcome my issues and I do want to go get my Master's or a Nursing Practictioner degree and go back to work. I went to USC and graduated! I'm proud of that, too!

I try and walk or bike at least a couple miles a day with my latest record being 7.71 miles in a day! I can't wait until I can run again.. I used to run Cross-Country and was doing 5k's on hills in 33 minutes. I live in Los Angeles where I grew up.

I managed to maintain my weight in 2016, but in the 230's. My goal in 2017 will be to see the scale go down and stay down. I'm going to walk more, and want to finally do an official 5k. I'm going to sign up for a Suicide Prevention 5k and complete that on 11/4/17! I'm training with an old Cross-Country friend!

I can't see Onderland, but I want to get there by my birthday in February. I was stuck in the 230's for over a year, getting as low as 231 and as high as 239, but doing the Ketogenic diet I have lost 17+ pounds and now I'm in the low 220's.

I am in the Cloverleafs for the Fall 5% Challenge, and they have motivated me and helped me get into the low 220's and hopefully by the end of the Challenge I will be finally under 211 again which was my lowest weight in 2014. My highest weight was in the 280's, so I have lost over 60 pounds with Spark People!

Member Since: 5/9/2011

Fitness Minutes: 60,776

My Goals:
I would like to be in the 160 pound range, and to be able to run a 5k again. I'm due to walk one in November 2017! My ultimate goal is to run a marathon.

My Program:
I started the Ketogenic Diet on 4/20/17 at over 241 pounds. As of 9/30 I'm at 221.6! No sugar, extremely limited carbs (20 a day), and high fat. I have a fatty liver, and this was recommended to me by my doctor. I also was borderline diabetic, but my A1c dropped from 5.7 to 5.3 in a month of my diet. It really does work!

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  • v YARELL
    Good start to the challenge!
    10 hours ago
  • v DNJOYS
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    3 days ago
    Hi Rissa - Walking is such a stress reliever for me....I haven't gotten out and walked in some time. Maybe I'll find time to do that today. We're expecting the last sunny weekend for a while up here in WA. I'm new to yoga and doing a 3 week video program, couple days behind but about 2 weeks in. Hope your weekend is great. emoticon emoticon
    5 days ago
    Hi Rissa emoticon Stress can be so tricky to deal with and can affect us in so many ways. I, too, have been dealing with some stress that's really been affecting my mood and motivation -- also my biggest challenge right now. I've been trying to just stay positive, making sure I'm doing my yoga even if I don't have the motivation for any other workouts right now. Hang in there and reach out if you need!
    6 days ago
    My biggest challenge lately has been food. It's never been a problem until this last month. I always seem to be hungry, and make bad choices to boot. What has been your biggest challenge?
    8 days ago
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