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My weight loss journey!! Down over 85 pounds since 2007!

I lost 5.25% of my body weight in 8 weeks!! (That was 10.6 pounds that Challenge). I'm so proud!!

This really inspired me!!


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I'm Diane, also known as Rissa. I went to USC and graduated with a Biology degree! I'm proud of that! I am on disability for bipolar and other issues. I'm not ashamed of it- I'm proud of that, too!! I work hard to overcome my issues and I do want to go get my Master's or a Nursing Practitioner degree and go back to work. I'm currently looking for a job, trying to get back into the workforce. I live in Los Angeles where I grew up.

I try and walk at least a couple miles a day at least 3-4 times a week, with my latest record being 8.09 miles straight! 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. My goal is to walk/jog the Los Angeles Marathon on March 24th, 2019!!

I managed to lose weight and keep it off in 2017, and well into 2018! I am now at my lowest weight since my teens! As of 6/16/18 I'm 189.8 pounds! I was trying to get into Onederland at the start of the Spring Challenge, and I did it!! I not only got into Onederland, I got solidly into it!

I am in the Cloverleafs for the Spring 5% Challenge, and they have motivated me and helped me get into the 180's I'm at my weight when I was in my teens!! My highest weight was in the 280's, so I have lost over 90 pounds with Spark People!!!!

Member Since: 5/9/2011

Fitness Minutes: 77,982

My Goals:
I would like to be in the 160 pound range, and to be able to *run* a 5k again. I walked one in November 2017! My ultimate goal is to run a marathon. I signed up to do the Savannah Rock N Roll Marathon on November 3rd!!

My Program:
I started the Ketogenic Diet on 4/20/17 at over 241 pounds. As of 6/16 I'm 189.8! 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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