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Down 100 pounds now!!

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

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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've accomplished the goal of getting a job! I'm a CNA and I work in a Long-Term Care Facility. 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 jogging 9 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 long-term goal is to walk/jog the Los Angeles Marathon in 2020! My goal for 2019 is to do a half marathon, hopefully in less than 4 hours!

I managed to lose weight and keep it off in 2018! I am now at my lowest weight since my teens! As of 12/29/18 I'm 179.8 pounds! I was trying to get into Onederland at the start of the Spring 2018Challenge, and I did it!! I not only got into Onederland, I got solidly into it! Unfortunately, I had a heath setback in the Spring 2019 Challenge, and I'm pushing 200 again. I refuse to get there, so I'm committed to going to the gym and walking again.

I am in the Cloverleafs for the Summer 5% Challenge, and they have motivated me and helped me get into the 170's I'm at my weight when I was in my teens!! My highest weight was in the 280's, so I had lost over 110 pounds overall with Spark People!!!!

Member Since: 5/9/2011

Fitness Minutes: 101,656

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 plan on doing the Los Angeles Marathon in March 2020!

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Looking for something new. Right now, just trying to eat healthy, when hungry, what my body is really *craving* (mostly protein and salads).

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If you want to find me anywhere online, just look for Larissa238- emails (gmail preferred), Facebook, Twitter, you get it.

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    Hey Rissa! :) Thanks for the comment!

    School is over so I am officially on Summer Vacation - which means tomorrow is THE DAY FOR CHANGE! I'm excited and have been changing little things here and there! I can't wait to start this journey!

    How are things for you??
    3708 days ago
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    3714 days ago
    Hi Larissa :) Thanks for the sweet comment! :) I'm excited to officially have my first friend :) We'll push each other to meet our goals! :)
    3716 days ago
    emoticon Welcome to SparkPeople! emoticon

    Be sure to check out the message boards, join some of the fantastic SparkTeams that are out there, and add some SparkFriends... the support & motivation that you will find on here is amazing!

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    3731 days ago
    emoticon Greetings and emoticon

    Congrats on taking the next step to reaching a healthier you by getting active with SparkPeople - it's a great community, wonderful resources and fantastic support. You're off to a great start already!

    Please check out the SparkTeams - I think you will find a lot of others 'just like you' there or at least others who have similar characteristics and circumstances. You can choose SparkTeams by age group, lifestyle or interests, geographic location or several other ways.

    Some of the teams I like and think you might like include the Official 10-minute Daily Exercise Streak Challenge, Starting Over Weekly Mini-Challenge Team, 10k Steps A Day and Motivation & Positive Attitude Plan - but there are so many to choose from, you can have a great time looking for the ones that seem to fit you best! In fact, I suggest joining more than one group, post your intro there and write blogs as often as you can - you will find tons of friends and support that way, I promise!!

    In my experience, SparkPeople is like a emoticon in some ways - it's lots of fun and easy to make friends because we're all in this together. I like the way a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE is emphasized instead of a 'quick fix wonder diet' so it's good for people wanting to lose weight, maintain a previous loss, get healthier, improve fitness and many other goals including gaining weight or saving money - it's about waaaaaay more than 'just' losing weight so you have definitely come to the right place!


    If you ever need any help using features of the site, there are tutorial videos under the HELP section that can show you how to use the features of the site. You can also find them on the START page and several other places on the site.


    Be sure to read and 'study' The Spark book because it outlines the overall program and is compatible with most types of eating plans. If you haven't already discovered the SparkDiet linked at the bottom of the START page, check it out - the program is simple but extremely effective. There is a TON of information on this site - so much it might even seem overwhelming but fortunately we don't have to 'digest' everything at once! The FastBreak program is a good way to start.


    Another nice thing about SparkPeople is that we have permission to be human - we don't have to change everything at once or be in a hurry to reach our goals. Take a few baby steps and then a few more and before you know it, you'll have completed a long journey - I hope you enjoy this community as much as I have - it teaches us how to make positive lifetime changes because that's the only thing that will work over time!


    3733 days ago
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