Thanks guys! I found an old pair of jeans that havent fit me in probably 8 months, and they slid on with no problem, maybe the happiest I've felt in about a year!
I just got a new puppy, so I'm going to start taking her for walks in the evening as well, just to keep myself active on the days when I can't make it to the barn.
Cowgirl Linda, I tried the Atkins diet about a year ago with my dad. I found it really really hard to stick to it. I hate having to avoid specific foods, and I find that if I try and stop myself, I end up just caving and eating much more than I should have. If I'm having a craving for something sweet, I'm not going to deny myself a cookie or two. I'd much rather eat carbs in moderation, and work out than basically live off of meat, eggs and cheese. Besides, I found that as soon as I was off Atkins, I gained all the weight back.
For without a horse, i could not fly.