Hello! New here! (with pics!)
Hi, everyone! :D And a Happy Thanksgiving to all!
You can call me TianTian (it means 'everyday' in Mandarin). I'm a 22 year old female with a lot of heart and a thriving passion for life, love and horses! Currently I am in college and switching majors from film studies (a super fun major) to equine studies (a major that's closer to my heart).
I am 5'5" and I weight exactly 200 lbs. I'm posting in this part of the forum because I am going to be attending Meredith Manor June 2013 as a Jumping Major! I am terrifically excited and I cannot wait! Though I do have a few concerns...
About my weight:
Now! On to the topic of horse riding. Here are a few photos of me to help illustrate my concerns:
Me: 180 lbs. (and just after a nice, long trail ride!)
Post-Car wreck (the day after; I was hopped up on SO MANY PAINKILLERS!! Hence my utterly goofy smile) :
Oh yeah, in addition to that car wreck, THIS happened (rolled my left ankle and got a second opinion... and I couldn't help making a de-motivational poster, haha):
Oh! Here we go... this was the photo set I was looking for:
Yep! So there's my journey in a nutshell. The bottom right picture above is current as of last year (my hairstyle has changed and my neck has finally thinned out; that's about it). My biggest problem areas are my thighs and my bum... and lately my tummy (but only because I edit film on the side and sitting at the computer for hours on end does NOT help).
How did I lose 40 lbs and keep it off, you ask?
Please let me know if you have any questions and I'll be happy to answer them! Thanks and have a great day!!! :lol:
Hello OneTallDay and welcome to the forum. You've posed a lot of questions here - I'm going to take the easy way out and just sit back and read what the other members will have to say.
Thank you! :D
By the way... I was hunting around in my old pictures and I found one from a ren fest in 2008 (please forgive my ridiculous wench outfit and the fact that my posture is clearly off on all counts; it was a fake horse and my friends literally threw me into the saddle, haha! The stirrups were SO LONG!!).
Hopefully this will give you all a better idea of what I'm up against in terms of me on a horse (albeit a fake one in this photo.. and it's hard to tell the size of my thighs but what can you do? lol).
EDIT: Related: riding a camel for the first time. I hate the back seat.
Wowzer...You are a smart kid! Most people your age are not anywhere as close as you are to being focused on their health.
I can only tell you what has worked for me...low carbs. I don't eat "white" (except for the rare occasion I go out for sushi). Whole grain foods only (you have to read labels). Lot of veggies and selected fruit in moderation. There s a great little book, The Calorie King Calorie, Fat and Carbohydrate Counter. Makes it easy to calculate just what you are injesting. I haven't counted a calorie, just carbs. The weight fell off. Note: This is my program only...eat as if you are controlling Type 2 diabetes with diet...may not be for everyone. And I do get moderate exrcise.
It sounds like you also have a handle on exercise. I think it can be difficult to focus on specific areas because it seems like we all have different body structures to work with. Hopefully someone here can give advice that will help.
Good luck to you! You're on the right track, that's for sure.
Good luck with Meredith Manor..I dropped out last month after 2 months of it. There are more than enough plus sized riders there, and you're much smaller than them, so I wouldn't stress over it. :p
I downloaded a calorie counter app on my iPod touch and lost 40lbs..I gained 20 back while I was at MM. I was getting exercise and decent food (their food is MUCH better than what it was when I first visited), but all the stress cancelled that out and I gained. Now that I'm home I'm going to try and lose another 30-40 to get down to my ideal weight (180, because of my bone structure).
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Note: I don't know what your ankle can handle. I had a friend mess up her ankle and she basically had to stop riding for 3 months to just let it heal. I am worried you aren't giving your ankle time to properly heal. What has the doctor / physiotherapist said about it?
I've got a friend who's currently going to Meredith Manor. She'll be done by June if she decides to do the 9 month program. I don't really have info on the riders there though. I know there's a variety of skill level and experience. The girl I know is not overweight, and she's keeping her 13-something hand pony there who wouldn't be appropiate for a heavier rider (he's older and, as I said, a pony).
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Thank you everyone for your warm welcomes and sound advice! Where I live now... it's winter, so as much as I wouldn't mind swimming, I am two sizes too big (literally) to fit back into my racer-back swimsuit (the agony!!) and it is too cold! Otherwise, I'd definitely be in the water; I gotta do something with these big feet of mine! :D
Stress at MM? I could see that happening. What was the big cause of stress for you, Iseul (if you don't mind me asking)?
Strength exercises? Good call! I'm on it!
In regards to my ankle... *sigh* I don't even know where to begin.
And I forgot to mention that I frequently get tendonitis in my wrists. And have allergy and exercise-induced asthma. But those two are pretty much under control.
My life is one never ending adventure after another. :wink: But I manage to survive!!!
Well you definitely have a good attitude about it all!
I would say stay away from jogging and maybe stick to speed walking/walking up and down hills. Maybe even look into an elliptical. I am not sure when you rolled your ankle, but I sprained my one index finger and it took about 3-5 months to heal. A finger is something I can choose not to use (though I didn't realize how many things I did use it for until then) ... A foot you can't really decide not to use.
Maybe look into an ankle brace to wear while riding to give your some added support. Riding would worry me because you are supposed to sink your heels down, and that can put some strain on your ankle. It sounds like you haven't really got the chance yet to get on a horse and really try out your ankle - perhaps you can do that.
Also careful with your wrists, weight training should not hurt them - if they do, your form is wrong or you are lifting too much weight that might make your form wrong. I have problematic wrists so I am nervous about getting back into weight training but I am going to take it slow and really listen to my body. I can't do real push-ups because its too much strain on my wrists (I can't do them regardless lol...), so I do an assisted push-up on an angle against a study chair or table against a wall.
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