This is complete and utter bull. All of it.
I decided to lease out my horse, as I can't get out to the barn as frequently to ride any more (got a new job). So I put out an ad, had several responses, and combed through them pretty thoroughly. I picked out one lady who seemed perfect; a middle aged woman who had taken time off from horses to have kids, and wanted a quiet horse to get back into the saddle with. Perfect, right?
So, I set up a meeting at my barn, and she came out. When she realized that I was the owner, her jaw dropped. I went out to get my horse, and bring him in. When I got back, she asked me how old I was, how long I'd had him, and then, how much I weigh. Now, I'm too bloody afraid to get into the scale to begin with, let alone tell a perfect strange how tubby I am. So I side stepped the question awkwardly, and moved on.
I got my boy all tacked up, and she said she wanted to get on first (to see how he is unworked, with an unfamiliar rider on), which I thought was okay, as I do that when I view horses too. So she rode him, a bit rusty, but my boy is forgiving, and she loved him. Then she asked if I could get up and show her "what he can do". So obviously, I obliged.
I WTC'd him, and he was an angel, I showed off his side passes, turns on the forehand and haunches, and finally, I decided to pop him over a small jump (it was maybe 2ft, if that). She actually gasped so loud when I was approaching the jump that I heard her. We went up and over beautifully, nothing amiss at all. So I popped off, and she came running up to me from the fence. She felt my horse all over, and was tisking the whole time. Finally she stood up and said to me "You know jumping can be hard on horses' backs. Especially if the rider is, uhm, not fit."
I just about hit the bloody roof. I cannot believe someone would say that.
So, last night, after having a good cry about it I figured out that I'm done.
Enough with being the fat girl, I'm going to embark on my journey.
So! I need diet and exercise ideas, as I've only ever done crash diets. And exercise and I are not well acquainted.