I am going to join this thread because fitness is a big part of my life. When I was younger I was bullied about my weight to a point where I developed an obsession with losing weight. Since then, I have realized that it isn't always the number on the scale that matters-it's the muscle tone you have, the confidence you have, and how in shape you are.
Look at professional football players for example. They weigh a lot, no doubt about it. Some of them are quite chunky in fact-however they can still play a 2 hour game running around a field, throwing a ball, lifting, running, jumping in practice-and they're still considered overweight or obese in some cases.
Anyways, I really want to join this because I became very involved with fitness and began doing some serious studying. I've learned how to properly lift weights, how to do cardio without injuring myself (that took some trial and error
), and I felt like a machine-absolutely unstoppable. I noticed a serious improvement in my riding and especially my self esteem. Hell I felt like a supermodel! (if supermodels were only 58 inches tall and ghostly white anyways
) It was very hard and sometimes it will still be hard even when you are in shape and hit your goal! Something that I learned to do to prevent burnout is to always set a new goal. I never set a real goal for weight loss-I set a goal for what size I wanted my waist to be at first. When I hit that goal, I set another one to increase my muscle strength. When I hit that one, I set one to increase flexibility, and after that one to increase endurance. Let me tell you, you will never run out of possible goals
Now I also want to join this because my fiance and I are expecting our first child in July and I had to stop working out in my first trimester because of the pregnancy. This nearly devastated me. I LOVE lifting and working out. It feels amazing, and my doctor said I couldn't do it anymore. I became very lethargic and stopped watching what I all put into my mouth. As you can imagine, this had a negative effect. I loss muscle tone and gained fat which made me feel gross which then led to a spiral effect. I want to join this thread because I'm now starting working out again and want my muscles back and everyone needs encouragement now and then.
I have a few pieces of advice for everyone on this thread: BE CONFIDENT. You can do it. You need to have that confidence in yourself, and you need to realize that you really do have the self control to take charge of your life and be healthy. Make sure you do it for yourself. You want to be healthy. You want to be a better person, be around longer for family, be a better rider. Envision what you will look like, trust me it helps. When I remember how I looked pre-pregnancy I get this fire under my ass to go work out and get my muscles back and ohh it works.
Be DETERMINED. Don't let anyone tell you that you can't do it-show them you can and then rub it in their face. I used to get those side glances at the gym that made me feel like a blob. When I went to the gym when I was in shape though, heck those people that gave me the side glances were then looking at me like "wow...I never expected that result". It feels amazing.
KEEP YOUR MIND ON TRACK. This is a BIG one. You need to stay FOCUSED! Keep your goal in mind! Make a goal board. I have one. It's a cork board with a photo of a blue ribbon on it (for western showmanship with my mare this summer), it has a horse trailer on it (our next big monetary goal besides a house), it has the AERC logo on it because within the next year I would like to ride in a 25 LD with my mare, and it has my old fitness goals on it. This will be something to remind you daily of your goals. Put your board where you will see it daily so it makes an impact. Set a daily goal to accomplish and you will realize that you really can do it.
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