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2008 My first weight loss success .....45 pounds dropped

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My name is Lisa and I am fighting to get back down to my normal weight and healthy lifestyle. I have been a psychiatric nurse for five years and although I love nursing many of my bad habits started due to working 12 hour shifts and overnight shifts. I also work full time, raise my six year old daughter, and go to college full time so stressful days are common for me. I recently received my BSN at Penn State University and am now going for my MSN and nurse practitioner license.

I also recently found out that I have Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension. It basically means I have a buildup of cerebrospinal fluid in my skull that causes headaches, nausea, vertigo, and vision loss. This commonly affects overweight women in their childbearing years. Aggressive weight loss with medications to reduce fluid build up is one if the best known non invasive treatments. I would rather lose weight than have brain surgery. It is time to stop being a hypocrite and follow the medical knowledge I have gained as a nurse. I also had ADL surgery in October 2011 to my right knee due to an injury during my mixed martial arts class. The surgeon found advancing arthritis in my knee when he did the surgery. He says if I do not lose this weight I will have big health problems with all my weight bearing joints very soon. My body is basically telling me to lose weight!!!!

I want to be healthy for my daughter and i do not want to teach her bad eating habits. I am also military veteran and support the soldiers sent overseas. I was overweight in high school and the military helped me lose a lot of weight when i was eighteen. Basic training kicked my butt and I wish I could go back!!

After I got out of the military I gained an unhealthy amount of weight during my pregnancy and have been unable to regain my former health. I also suffer from emotional eating. I lost 45 pounds with with Sparkpeople in 2007 and regained it during a bout of depression and stress eating. This works you just have to apply what you learn to your daily life.

My weight loss buddy and partner in crime is totally awesome. He offers a lot of support and motivates me to better myself. He is the best guy you will ever meet!!

Awards for weight loss starting 12/11/11:

1. 10 pounds down- 10 songs from Itunes

2. 20 pounds down: Smashbox makeup

3. 30 pounds down: Sparkpeople shirt and sweatpants

4. 40 pounds down: massage

5. 50 pounds down: GHD hair styler

6. 80 pounds down: Maurices - two pairs of jeans

7. 90 pounds down: new sneakers

8. 100 pounds down: manicure/ makeover/haircut at the spa

9. 110 pounds down: Victoria's Secret shopping Spree

10. 120 pounds down: laser eye surgery if my Intracranial Hypertension goes into remission

Member Since: 1/1/2006

Fitness Minutes: 3,569

My Goals:
I want to be a healthy role model for my daughter. I want to control my eating habits.

My Program:
I currently am trying to lower my intake of sugar and simple carbs. I am also trying to eat more vegetables and lean protein. I am also drinking more water. I exercise 3-4 times a week and i belong to a gym (YMCA) with free childcare while i work out. I jog or use the elliptical as cardio. I want to get into karate once I am under 200 pounds.

Personal Information:
My name is Lisa and I am from central PA. I need to get healthy.....

Other Information:
HW- around 295

mini goal- 199 6/18/12

GW: 155-165 (12/25/12)

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