THIS THREAD : being an overweight rider feels AWKWARD!
Is what inspired me to type THIS thread
In a nut shell (so you don't have to go read all of it) : As a thin and healthy teen I rode horses with a balanced and very comfortable seat, I was on top of the world! YEARS later (I'm almost 30!!) and approx 100lbs heavier I feel TOTALLY awkward in the saddle. I've concluded that several factors have contributed to this "awkwardness." my WEIGHT is one, but also - I have a 6yr old (will be 7 on Friday!) and a 7month old. I am VERY cautious and somewhat paranoid about EVERYTHING. If you give me something to do - I can come up with 10 things that could go wrong! I'm just so quick to think of what MIGHT happen badly! This obviously is not helping with my riding. I'm to nervous that something might go wrong. So so far I've realize my WEIGHT is an issue for me, as is my MENTALITY that something bad could happen. And one more thing that I believe plays a major rule in all of this - MUSCLES. After YEARS of not riding consistently, those "riding muscles" have not been worked, and need bulit back up.
Sooo - Weight, Mentality, Muscle tone.
Here's my goal!! :
My new years resolution for 2011 (and on) is to ride frequently to build my confidence AND my muscles, AND to change my lifestyle to lose weight and gain muscle tone all over.
Specific Goals (itemized):
RIDE RIDE RIDE!! - I will ride atleast 1-2 times per week as long as I'm not sick, and as long as it's atleast 30degrees outside!!
Weight Loss Goal
Work it Baby! I am going to change my life style to a healthier one. My diet will not be a "diet" and I don't even like that word. It's a lifestyle. I will eat healthy foods which will mainly include lean meats, veggies, fruits, my protein shake (gotta have that!), and GOOD carbs ... meaning whole grains, carbs from fruits and veggies, etc. And I will avoid sugars and starches. I will enjoy a cheat meal at 1 meal per week (believe me - this works - I don't think I could do it without my cheat meal), but I won't PIG OUT. I will also watch my portion sizes - you can even eat to much health food! So portions are still and always important.
Goal in NUMBERS: Lose approx 2-3 lbs per week
Monthly Numbers: Lose 10lbs per month
LONG Term Numbers: Lose 60lbs by Aug.26th
REWARDS - for every 10lbs of weight I lose, I will get reward. Wether it's a facial, or Teeth Whitener, or whatever. But it won't be anything that would be detrimental to my healthy lifestyle.
TONE IT UP!! I will exercise at least 3-5 days per week. My only excuse to skip any workouts will be if I'm sick. My workouts for now will vary, because I live 15 min. Away from the nearest gymn, and when it snows here (which it does A LOT this time of year) our roads are AWFUL and I don't drive on them. So when I'm home bound I will do either my Wii Workouts (I have Jillian Michaels Ultimatum 2011 AND I also have Outdoor Adventures, plus I have Wii Fit). Or I'll do an exercise DVD/Video (which I have a whole collection of). Then once spring comes and the snow clears, I plan to hit the gymn once again. And maybe even try ZUMBA :)
Oh and I can't forget - HORSE BACK RIDING - to tone my "riding muscles."
If anyone's interested ... I'm going to post about my weight loss/gain history and how I got where I am today...