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Mid-twenties, paralegal, trying to reverse the effects of hormonal issues that have led to weight gain and other health problems.

It's been a year almost but now I'm back.

For those of you that don't know, I was diagnosed with Cushings Disease in October 2008. I had brain surgery in December 2008 to remove a tumor from my pituitary gland. It's been a long and winding road since then, and I've experienced every "rare" side effect post-surgery that someone possibly can. I've kept my doctors very busy...from pseudotumors making me go blind due to adrenal insuffiency to kidney name it.

My tumor is on its way back but while my cortisol levels are still "normal" I'm trying to lose as much weight as I can and get as healthy as I can before I try to battle Round Two.

I have lost 24 pounds since my surgery, so it's happening slowly but surely. I still have several more to go, but I'm doing okay.

I'm very encouraged with my results so far. I love to eat healthy and exercise - now if only the weight will continue to come off!

Weight issues have been a lifelong struggle for me - and unfortunately always will be. My dad's side of the family tends to lean toward the "heavier" side, as does my Mom's family. My mother struggled with obesity for years until she finally found her solution. I've tried pretty much everything under the sun except Atkins. I've tried low-carb/high-protein, I've tried the California Weight Loss Center, I've tried Weight Watchers. In fact, I ended up GAINING 17 pounds on Weight Watchers. Talk about a nightmare! I've tried limiting calories and limiting fat. I've tried it all, pretty much. But I've finally come to realize that it's so much easier when you appreciate and LOVE yourself, regardless of what the scale says. I am a beautiful creation of God...I am a jewel in HIS crown and I should start acting like it! Once I changed my attitude about myself, the weight started coming off. And once I let God take control, it started coming off as well. No longer do I beat myself up for being "too fat" or "not pretty enough." Neither of those are true and I now realize this. I also do not beat myself up when I "fall off the wagon." I just pick myself back up and start again the next day. Life is much too short to be sad - and not eat brownies every now and again! :-)

I've recently re-evaluated my goals. Instead of focusing on the BIG picture, I've decided to break it down into mini-goals. 10% at a time. I'm three pounds away from reaching my first 10% goal. I plan on achieving four separate 10% goals to get to where I need and want to be. 10% is so much more doable than 40%, don't you agree?! Three more pounds - and then I'm celebrating with a pedicure and a scoop of ice cream from my favorite ice cream shop - the Pied Piper!

If you'd like to read more about Cushings Disease, please visit my blog at

Member Since: 12/22/2006

Fitness Minutes: 532

My Goals:
Weight loss to reverse effects of what I now know is Cushings Disease. Not really concentrating on an actual weight, just inches and overall health improvement.

My Program:
Currently detoxing with the help of my good mate, Mariana. Let's get through that step and then we'll go from there!

Personal Information:
Physically, I'm in Tennessee, but my heart resides in London.

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I'm a foodie - I enjoy figuring out ways to make healthy versions of the food I love. You only live once - enjoy it! I love to travel and love other cultures. And love people in general. I'm very active in my church and absolutely love the Lord with all of my heart and soul. He's helping me big time with my weight issues. There's no better coach than Him! :-) :-) :-)

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    Thank you for the kind comment on my blog. Today is my third day on the SBD and I'm already feeling the burn, so to speak. Your encouragement is really going to help me through.

    3532 days ago
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    Thanks for stopping by my page. Your profile image is beautiful! You've got great bone structure! Phase 1.5 is an interesting comment. What do you eat and what do you leave out (I already know about the brownies :-)?

    Grace & Peace,

    3535 days ago
    hello there
    3543 days ago
    Hi! I'm popping in to WELCOME you to “SparkNashville-the Official Team" and introduce myself as your team leader. Make sure on your "My Teams Page" that you click "New Topic Notification" so that you will get Team information. I have found that the more active we are with our team, the more successful are toward our goals.

    Come join us at the TOWN SQUARE (found on our home page) where we get to know each other and keep each other motivated on a single posting thread.

    On August 24th we are planning a Meet & Greet at the Frist at 1pm. I'll be sending a team email out.

    I've lived in Nashville since 1984 and I work-out at Urban Active Murfreesboro Rd. Since I joined Spark People and started my weight-loss journey, I have lost 54 lbs & 31.5 inches... slow and steady but continual.

    Historically, I have put myself on "diets" and moaned, groaned and complained to being deprived... I had DIET RAGE! This time it is different. My positive attitude is what is different for me this time. ELIMINATING EXCUSES is my mantra... Only positive thoughts and motivational’s the elusive key to weight-loss success and a happy life!

    Have a GREAT journey... and remember to eliminate excuses that keep you from attaining your goals and you WILL get there. WE ARE STRONG! WE CAN DO THIS!!!

    God Bless!!! =0) Camille
    "It's easy to say you're too tired, too stressed, too busy, too this or too that. Too bad. The only way you'll strip away the fat is to start by stripping away the excuses." -- Dr. Oz & Dr. Roizen- "You on A Diet"
    3544 days ago
    that is just go to the page of the person and click the add as friend button. You can go to the top menu click the community spot and then below that click sparkpages...on that page is a search area. Thus the ability to find people in your area or your friends.
    I am just glad to see your pretty face on sparks boo boo!!!
    love and miss ya

    3551 days ago
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