I'm so happy to see so many people on this thread! How fantastic! :-D It's very inspiring to see so many other people who are getting healthy and fit.
I have just recently jumped back on weight loss wagon. I hopped off last summer, but luckily, I didn't gain much weight back. I'm currently at 224, and I'd like to be around 175 by the end of the summer. I think it's completely feasible, I clean stalls 3 times a week, I ride 3-4 times a week, I play golf with my dad on the weekends, and I'm sticking to a 1500 calories per day diet. My mother is diabetic, so our meals are more focused on complex carbs and protein, which means lean meat and vegetables. We also quit drinking soda and only drink water, tea, or a drink mix like Crystal Light or equivalent. All of us are doing great, losing weight at a healthy pace, and we are feeling more energetic! It's amazing how good you can feel when you take care of yourself.
I just started taking dressage lessons in the end of March, too. I'm seeing such great results from them, both physically and mentally. I've been riding for a long time, never had any trouble with just recreationally loafing around, but this is different. It's more challenging and the results are more rewarding, I think. It also gives me more motivation to get in shape! The more I get fit, the better I will ride.
Good luck everyone! Keep on keepin' on!
"A rider who would trade partnership for obedience
will have to settle for neither."