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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.

Other Information:
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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  • v TLWILSON629
    Hi Rachel-

    I'm just checking on you. How was Europe? How is your treatment going? I take Metformin daily. It's got some "interesting" side effects. I hope you're adjusting to the meds well.

    Hope all is well.

    Grace & Peace,
    4564 days ago
    just click the my tools thing and under that click fitness and add cardio to that. I read your blog and I am jealous .... but I hope you have a great time.
    My mom had a stroke so I haven't been around the house much ... I too am being tested with the weight thing. I am hoping I can lose a few pounds with it all....any hooooo happy birthday girl and be safe

    4610 days ago
  • v TLWILSON629
    Hi Rachel - I hope you had a great holiday weekend. Thanks for stopping by my page last week. I've been buried under data, but working my way out. School started today for three of my kids (tomorrow for my college student). Fun, fun, fun! I'm getting lots of bike riding and walking in as the nights are nice and cool. Exercise starts next week at church - yippee!

    When you get a chance let me know how things are going.

    Grace & Peace,
    4612 days ago
    By the way, you are very pretty. :) Don't feel negative just because you don't fit a certain societal stereotype. The reality is that no one fits the stereotype--except for a few genetic mutations. ;)
    4613 days ago
    Thanks for your comment. I've been so careful lately. lol I wonder is I do need to shock my system a little. :) I will keep going as I am for a bit and see if anything happens.
    4613 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/1/2008 7:29:56 PM
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