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post #71 of 543 Old 03-22-2013, 12:59 PM
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We didn't have to do anything physical to pass the PT test. We had to pass a 200 question test on all different domains, like how muscles work, the benefits of which types of muscles, BP and heart rate, etc.

For the practical test we had to demonstrate all the machines in a gym, and tell which muscle groups they worked. Also demonstrate non machine exercises for each muscle group, as well as conducting a fitness level test for beginning clients. And then take a client through a work out from warm up to cool down.

I wish it had been a bit more involved.
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post #72 of 543 Old 03-25-2013, 01:20 PM
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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.

K book writing done :) loves to everyone, updates soon.
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post #73 of 543 Old 03-25-2013, 01:56 PM
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Well my small little achievement is I went to visit family this past weekend (thurs-yesterday) with no time for exercise and lots of good food, eating out and alcohol. Took a lot of watching what I ate but I didn't gain! I'll take that because in years past that would have easily been an extra 3-5 lbs in that time.

All I pay my psychiatrist is cost of feed and hay, and he'll listen to me any day!

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well good job. Small victories :)

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post #75 of 543 Old 03-26-2013, 03:35 PM
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Hi All
I hope you don't mind another late starter but I've just found this post and have been pre-occupied for the last month waiting for may mare to foal (which she did 12 days ago).
I'm Rebecca, 41 years old (yikes) and weigh 210lbs .
After having my youngest 2 sons (they are now 14 and 12!), I've piled on the weight and gone from 119lbs up to my almost double weight now!
My incentive is to get fitter, be healthier and next spring, i hope to have my mare re-backed (I haven't ridden for 20 yrs - so as much for her benefit as mine) and start to ride again. She's a 15 2 OTTB and I wouldn't even attempt to ride her at my current weight plus she's been used as a brood mare for the last 7 years and rides ok as long as you don't use your legs so a bit of work to be done with her.
Ideally, i'd like to get to 140lb - less if possible, but I think that 140lb is realistic.
I've tried every diet going and obviously none have worked due to the fact that I need to get off my lazy butt and have a bit of willpower! Actually, i'm not lazy, and I do have a physical job as well as mucking out 4x daily (their spoilt at the moment due to baby just arriving) but I don't have any willpower so need to kick that into touch!
So I need to lose 70lbs in 12 months or get a bigger horse - but I'll be keeping my horse so I HAVE to lose weight xx
So is Monday night our weigh in night then?
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post #76 of 543 Old 03-27-2013, 01:47 AM
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Joining in :)
Finally decided that I've had enough and that I need to change! Can I lose 10lb a month? That's my goal!

I officially started on monday, I've been eating healthy and trying my hardest not too eat bad foods. I'm also starting the gym today.
I've banned myself from horse riding until I lose 40lb!
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post #77 of 543 Old 03-27-2013, 02:03 AM
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10 pounds a month is pretty drastic. Set your goals realistically so you don't get discouraged and quit! The first month I lost 10 pounds, BUT I am now slooowing down and I'm on month 3. I have lost 25 pounds so far and i have 25 more to go until I'm at average weight! The recommended healthy way of losing is 2 pounds a week. As long as I"m losing the 1 pound a week I am a happy camper =)
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Down a 1/2lb from last week. Wanted more, but I know why it wasn't. I need to adjust my dinner time. Four days last week I didn't eat until 7pm not good at all.
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post #79 of 543 Old 03-27-2013, 10:46 AM
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Taffy...KEEP THE JEANS!!!!!!! You will be glad you did.

It's wonderful to see so many of you determined to shed the pounds. I wish you all success. It is so worth it.

My only suggestion to anyone interested (and I have posted this before) is a diet of someone with type 2 diabetes...low carbs and the right carbs...and exercise. It works and it's easy if you're serious.
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post #80 of 543 Old 03-27-2013, 11:41 AM
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Taffy...KEEP THE JEANS!!!!!!! You will be glad you did.

My only suggestion to anyone interested (and I have posted this before) is a diet of someone with type 2 diabetes...low carbs and the right carbs...and exercise. It works and it's easy if you're serious.
I did keep one pair, Just to prove to myself it is possible.

I might try your suggestion on the type 2 diet. Do you have any reference sites that are good?
It is so difficult for me to wade through all the c**p sites to find a reputable diet.
Thanks TC
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