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    08-01-2009, 02:22 PM
  #1
Yearling
Help getting horse and rider back in shape?

Not really sure where this belongs so I guess I will try it here. Hehe

Okay.. I am a bigger rider and way out of shape. Due to three accidents in a row I was pretty much bed ridden for 1 year.
First a horse kicked me on a trail ride and broke my leg in two places. Then after that I was walking out of my building and stepped down wrong and due to that leg previously being broken it was week and I broke my ankle. Then I got thrown into a truck and messed up my shoulder and arm. Thus leading to me gaining a good bit of weight.


Then my mare has been out to pasture since March, because she had a foal this past Aug. I will be bringing her home tomorrow hopefully :)

So my question(s) how do we get back into shape? I need help like making a exercise plan. What are some things that could help the both of us? I have a lot of time during the day so I'm open to any advise. I really want to lose some weight so I can fully enjoy my mare. I am very embarrased/ashemed of how much weight I put on and that being said you can imagine I don't like to trail ride with the local goups that ride as I am afraid someone will say something about my weight and it is a very sensitive subject. The trail riding groups we have are great and I would like to be able to ride with them again but like I stated I would like to get back in shape first :) I also am wanting to learn to ride English but again I want to be in shape first.

Also if anyone has any advise on a diet that would be great. Please no rude comments I really just need some advise :)


*Also I do want to put out I am unable to get to a gym. My mom had terminal cancer and I take care of her, my little brother and little sister. So going to one is out of the question. I can however do anything that involves being outside I just need to be near the house in case my mom needs me.*
     
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    08-01-2009, 02:54 PM
  #2
Showing
I am an overweight rider as well. I quit smoking 1 year ago and haven't gotten on the scales in all that time. I know I have gained some, although my jeans still fit Now that I'm semi over the "kick the habit" hump I need to get back on track with the weight as well. I have always had great luck with Weight Watchers. They have an online site now that I am planning on getting on.
Its basically portion control of your food intake and getting off the couch and onto an exercise regime. There is no easy way out of it, that pretty much the only way for long term weight loss.
Don't worry about the riding club and how they may view you. Go and ride with them. If they can't understand the problems you have had in the last year then you probably aren't going to want to ride with them after you are fit again.
Most people should understand your situation though and should be of help to you.
I applaud you for wanting to get back in the saddle. I've had a fairly severe horse related injury as well. I know how much courage and force of will it takes to get back on . Good luck to you
     
    08-01-2009, 03:01 PM
  #3
Yearling
Thanks for the advise. The only problem with weight watchers is I don't really have the money to join anything right now. That is something you pay for right? LOL Sorry I haven't been on any of them sites. Congrats on quiting smoking. My mom tried a million times and could never actually quit so I know how hard that is.

Some of the people in the club are my family members but we don't really see alot of each other so that was another reason I wanted to be able to ride with them again. And I'm not sure they would say anything I'm just afraid they would :)

Horses are my life and as hectic as my life is without them I would go insane lol
     
    08-01-2009, 03:05 PM
  #4
Weanling
www.sparkpeople.com is a free site with lots of information and support.
Also check out www.choosing2lose.com for support.
     
    08-01-2009, 03:05 PM
  #5
Weanling
The thing with weight watchers, adkins, and other planed diets is that you lose a lot of weight but then as soon as you stop the diet you gain it back. What you need to do is slowly introduce lifestyle changes. You know what is good for you and what is bad for you. But you can't change it all at once. Start with one change at a time. For instance, you might start with drinking more water. Commit to drinking nothing but water or allowing yourself to have one glass of something else a day but the rest of your beverages be water. After doing that for a couple weeks and getting used to the change, add another healty change, like maybe getting in an hour of cardio twice a week. Next try to eat less grease or sugar. You get the picture. By changing your lifestyle slowly instead of doing a crash diet and excersize plan your more likely to succeed in the long term rather than just losing alot of weight and then gaining back.

Also going in on it with another person can be great. It holds you accountable for your actions.

And I wouldn't put off riding with groups or learning to ride english because of your weight. First of all your burning calories when your out ridding and every little bit counts. And I don't think anyone is going to make fun of you about your weight. And if they do you don't want to ride with them regaurdless of your fitness level cause they are jerks.
     
    08-01-2009, 03:11 PM
  #6
Yearling
Thanks I will check out those sites :)

Sophie19: Thanks :) I agree I shouldn't let it hold me back but I don't think I have the balance to ride English yet. I mean I have balance but maybe not enough. Haha.

Thanks so much :)
     
    08-01-2009, 09:52 PM
  #7
Foal
I'm on Weight Watchers right now, and I have to admit, it makes me eat a lot more than I am used to! It truly makes me eat twice as much! I don't find it to work as well as me just eating a little less! I can lose weight by just eating more salads, less rice...potatos......and bread!!!!! Also, I go out for a jog every other night! Treadmill is my favorite, but around the block is just as good! I also tend to, keep my scale close by! I weigh myself at least twice everyday! Once in the morning, throughout the day as I feel needed, and before I go to bed! I try to eat the largest meal in the morning so you have all day to burn it off, and then a small satisfying meal at nighttime! And it does help if you have 5 tiny snacks throughout the day instead of 3 meals! Then you are less likely to overeat! And remember eat a little less, but not much, mostly just eat healthier! As for your horse, start him out on the lunge, preferably using a neck stretcher to get his back an neck muscles strong again, and do that at least twice a week, and don't give your horse more than 2 days off. And work on all 3 gaits! They need their exercise! And also, make sure they have a salt and/or mineral block! And, we all know that helps with weight loss! Good Luck!
     
    08-02-2009, 05:51 PM
  #8
Started
Everyone has good advice for you. However, I would not weigh myself everyday. That can be very discouraging. Once you have started trying to lose weight...give yourself a couple of weeks at least (although a lot of people say 1 month), then weigh yourself first thing in the morning. I find that working with my horse and riding in this heat everyday is really helping my own personal weight loss goals, my energy level and also giving me a great sense of accomplishment by getting me and my horse on track. Plus, the bonus is that its a lot of fun, so it's easy to stick to.

BTW...I agree with everyone else...go on the trail rides when you have a chance. I think you will find that you are your own worst critic...not your fellow trail riders.

Oh yeah and I almost forgot...check out the riders weight support group in girl talk.
     
    08-04-2009, 01:44 AM
  #9
Yearling
Alrighty thanks everyone :)
     

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