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Tserisa by Savannah Horrocks

Here I am with a vulture named Pierre. I think my arms are smaller now!

ChuChu with a very small apple.


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Disability and health problems have really destroyed my fitness level. For a long time I couldn't even walk a block and used a power wheelchair to get around. I'm doing better, but the effects of years of being unable to even get around to do chores about the house, and the medications I was on then, have really done a number.

A medication I was on made me eat almost nothing for years. As soon as I went off of it (Dec. 2015), I gained a ton of weight. Was my metabolism destroyed or did I start eating more than I ever had before? Or is one of my other meds increasing my appetite? I don't know. I'm always hungry and no matter how many vegetables I eat I have cravings for more, more, more. I'm trying to use SparkPeople to gain some control.

Member Since: 7/7/2010

Fitness Minutes: 2,513

My Goals:

* Lose the weight I've gained due to college, medication, grieving, and life changes.

* Goal Weight: 108 lbs by New Year's Day, 2011!

* Get to an "athlete" level body fat percentage; 14-20%.

* Be able to hike better than ever. Able to conquer "Difficult" hikes in the Gorge!


* 120 lbs by September 23rd (my birthday!). -- MET!

* 110 by Halloween!

My Program:
This is definitely working for me! I'm seeing amazing progress.

* Exercise at least 180 minutes a week.

Primarily I am exercising on the elliptical, though I find it boring, because my doctor has told me no walking, running or cycling. I am currently doing between 30-60 minutes 4-6 times a week, depending on migraines. I try to mix up the settings, and do both harder, shorter workouts, and longer, easier workouts.

* Work in strength training using my body as resistance.

I'm really not good at getting this in. I find strength workouts extremely boring.

Currently focusing on quad-strengthening as treatment for my patellofemoral syndrome. Leg lifts, hip abduction, squats. Three times a week.

* Watch my calorie intake; cut down on sugary drinks!

* Eat more raw and whole foods and fewer processed foods.

Personal Information:
Oregon, USA

Horseback riding instructor (dressage and therapeutic riding for the handicapped) and student.

I have many wonderful pets: ChuChu, my African grey parrot; Morgan, a miniature poodle; two young kitties, Chainsaw and Massacre; one foster cat who will go to her Forever Home soon, Eew; several fish, and one horse, an Arabian gelding named Xandy.

My hobbies include reading, writing, camping, hiking, gardening, and ceramics.

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