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Kayella 01-23-2013 01:00 PM

Horse VS. Owner Healthcare
 
I guess this is kind of a rant/revelation. Recently people have been telling me that I take better care of Henny than I do myself. I know this is true, and I openly admit it. It's kind of weird to say the least. I worry and fret about his diet while I'm sitting on the couch eating some chocolate. Yeah. I think that if I took as good of care of myself as I did Henny, I would be in amazing shape. Like sexy bombshell shape. So why don't I? I guess a lack of self-motivation. It's so easy when someone else is constricting your diet and making you work out. But only I have my self-control to blame when I decide an extra slice of bread won't hurt.

I carefully balance Henny's diet, when I don't give a flip what I eat. I make sure he doesn't get too many treats, when I like to snack all the time. I ensure he gets daily exercise while I'm there with hand walking and trotting, but I sit behind a desk all day. I've made small improvements though. I love fruits and vegetables, so I try to eat as much as I can. I will substitute a sweet tooth craving with an apple or an orange. I bike down to feed Henny 3-5 times a week, but that should be bumped up to every day. With the stinky weather and it being freezing outside, I find little motivation to get on that bike sometimes. I used to be able to do the splits and put my entire hands on the floor if I bent over. Now I can't even touch my fingertips. I've gained about 30 pounds over the past 4 years. I am overweight, but I'm not plus sized. I thought I weighed too much at 140 pounds, and at 175, I am feeling the effects of the weight gain.

Sooo I guess what I'm saying is, I need to get in shape! Like, seriously. I need to take care of myself like I take care of myself. I take pride on how good of shape Henny is. Why can't I take pride in how good of shape I'm in? It may seem easy, but it really is difficult to find that motivation sometimes. It's an uphill battle. But I know I can't be the only one dealing with this. :wink: I hope this serves as some motivation for you. If you'd like to share your struggles, success stories, or other opinions, please do so! It will only encourage me that much more to truly take care of my body. /endslightrant

waresbear 01-23-2013 01:21 PM

How is your knee? Oh, & put down the chocolate!!!
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Kayella 01-23-2013 01:26 PM

Stiff :/ Been bothering me more than usual lately. I'll be doing something as simple as walking and it'll threaten to pop out of place. Dang knee. And yes, chocolate is a no-no!

DancingArabian 01-23-2013 01:35 PM

Join myFitnessPal and let us invite you!
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waresbear 01-23-2013 01:40 PM

That sucks! Before I had the surgery, if I did anything strenuous, my knee would fill up with fluid. I must say though, after I got it fixed & built up the muscle, it feels just as strong, if not stronger than the other one. So there is hope for you! By the way, you are still a bombshell! Ok, time to go ride in the snow, arghhhh!!!
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Kayella 01-23-2013 01:42 PM

I just joined! My username is Kayella23. I don't see how people have that username. I made the name Kayella up. No one should use it but me :wink:

Mine doesn't swell up, it just wants to dislocate LOL. Once Henny stops costing me so much money, I can have the surgery and not have to worry about it. Have fun in the snow, Karen! :)

JaphyJaphy 01-23-2013 01:42 PM

I understand where you're coming from. My biggest motivation to take better care of myself has been the fact that if I am healthier, I will be able to do the things I love better. I bit my nails all my life, and had tried everything I could think of to stop. One day, I got a banjo (which I'd wanted for a long time). I couldn't play properly with super short nails, and I realized that if I ever wanted to play, they'd have to grow! It was probably 6 months or a year before I stopped biting completely, but the end result was well worth it. I'm doing the same thing with my weight/strength/flexibility. It's for me yeah, but mostly it's so I can be a better rider for my horse. It's kind of a strange perspective, but it's what has worked for me.

Kayella 01-23-2013 01:45 PM

That's great, Japhy. It's always good to have some kind of motivation, no matter what it is. Just having the motivation to change is the important thing.


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