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post #41 of 47 Old 01-05-2011, 10:04 PM
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It's kind a cool to hear how many ladies out there ride no matter their size. As to riding with skinny folk, some of my best friends are skinny civiliians. I don't think they even notice I'm fat. I can outride any one of them, for that matter.
I don't hold it against them that they are skinny.
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post #42 of 47 Old 01-05-2011, 10:16 PM
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Well I have to say that you are really pretty! I think you are fine the way you are but there is nothing wrong with making yourself feel better. I myself would like to get back to 120, what I weighed my sophomore year of high school. I was at one point almost two hundred after going through a really rough breakup and depressing time in my life. And one day I just had to get out of it so I started working on a farm with Mustangs, and you get a work out training those guys! So I'm down now between 150-160 depending. But anyways good luck with getting to where you feel good about yourself and I hope the tips everyone gave you were helpful when you are riding.
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you two look good together - I am so glad this thread started - I like to see pictures of real people who are happy - and of courses horses who are happy with their people !

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post #44 of 47 Old 01-05-2011, 10:59 PM
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Just came across this post and I'm thrilled to see so many of you struggling with the same thing I have been. Well, not thrilled that we have extra weight know what I mean!!!! =-)

I actually was 120 in high school -although I never rode back then. Slowly over the years I gained weight until I was sick of it. I had a lot of starts and stops and never seemed to be able to really make any progress. At my heaviest, I was 265.

I finally went to my Dr and she did a full workup on me and we found two issues that actually were affecting my ability to lose weight. One was something called PCOS or Polycystic ovary syndrome. The second was the fact that I am ADD/OCD. Once I was on medication for both, I found that I -finally- had the ability to lose weight permanently. Since then, I've lost 65 lbs and started riding! =-)

I don't find that I have the balance I never rode before now...but I do notice that I have to tweak things every now and then with how I sit to make things comfortable. I'm also lucky that I'm flexible and actually can do a standing mount...however to make it easier on the horse, I use the mounting block until I lose more weight.

Yoga has done me a world of good. We have a Wii and the yoga program on there is excellent. It also has balance exercise that help a lot.

Hmmm...I sort of wandered there with my thinking! My point was that I always encourage people to have full workups done with their doctors when attempting to lose weight because you never know when there is something small lurking in there that might sabotage your efforts. =-)
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post #45 of 47 Old 01-05-2011, 11:09 PM
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This is a little off-topic because I'm NOT trying to lose weight, but just a tip. I struggled to get myself in shape through running and had such a hard time forcing myself to do it, nobody to schedule workouts with. I suggest for anybody in that situation, to try workout videos. I know I always thought there was NO WAY I would try any of those! And believe me, you do feel silly at first, BUT they're actually really fun for me :) I've done Chalean Extreme and P90X and found both of those to be fun. I've also done some random yoga and pilates ones that were fun too. I'm not trying to advocate any specific product...but for those of you who are looking for a way to get motivated, some of those videos are helpful and you don't even have to drive to the gym! haha...

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Pictures of ME (sorry, I don't have one yet of me with George) :
All I have are these from Christmas - I don't like my picture taken.
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post #47 of 47 Old 01-05-2011, 11:23 PM Thread Starter
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btw - since this thread is getting really off topic, I started a thread about losing weight elsewhere. So if you want to follow along and/or even join in - go here : 2011 riding to fitness resolution!!

George is our Standardbred X-Race Horse, X Amish Horse, who has found a very special place in my heart. We love our GEORGE !
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