Hi! I am new to this forum but wanted to join in!
My name is Nancy and I am 31 years old, 5' 3" and live in mid-MI. I have a 16 year old Paint mare named Gia, who I ride just fun and for "mental therapy" lol.
I have been heavy my whole life, but the largest I have ever been was this past Fall and weighed around 225lbs. I was afraid to get on the scale, but after a couple weeks of low cal eating, I got on and weighed in at 220 (Jan 7th). I pushed myself really hard in January and February by low cal eating, 1-3 hours exercise/day on treadmill, weight machines and doing what I call "freestyle" cardio (going "crazy", jumping around, dancing, doing my old cheerleading routines, etc). I started by walking at 2.7-3.0mph on the treadmill and slowly building up to 3.5-6.0mph. I jogged my first full mile on January 30th, something I hadn't done since high school! I plan to start running outside soon (have a cold now lol) and will train for my first 5K in November!
One of my main reasons I want to lose, in addition to being healthier, is for Gia. I want to have more confidence in the saddle and not have my weight be a factor. I have already noticed a difference in my riding and hope it keeps improving!
I have since lost my strong motivation and lost track of the strict eating habits and exercise routines I had in January, but I am now in the 200-205 range (weight is 203.5 this morning). I really need to get back to it. I am hoping with Summer coming I will lose more by being outside a lot! My official goal weight is 137, but would be happy around the 150 mark. I really want to be about 170 at our county fair at the end of July, but I don't think it will happen by then lol!