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QuietHeartHorses 03-04-2013 10:56 PM

Skinny Up! The Rider Wellness and Weight Loss Thread!
Here it is! The new weight loss thread we have been talking about! The purpose of this thread is to help each other reach our goals with motivation and support. To start, let's share a little bit about ourselves, what our goals are, and how we plan on reaching them. Feel free to share tips, recipes, or anything else diet or fitness related. Letís keep it fun and resourceful!

My name is Meagan, I am from southern Michigan, and I have one horse named Riley who I adore with every ounce of my being (which is too many ounces at the moment). I have been dieting since the beginning of 2013 as a New Year's resolution. I started at 240 lbs and so far, I have lost 30 lbs. I need to lose another 60 to reach my goal weight of 150. Right now, my mini goal is 200, then 175, then the big kahuna! I have already seen a difference in my riding, I have more strength and endurance. I can only imagine what I will be able to do once I have lost more.

My diet is simple. I eat 1200-1500 calories per day, I eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies, I keep an eye on my fat intake, and that is all. I just chose better foods and eat the right portions of them. I also work at my barn cleaning stalls 3 days a week for an hour each day, and I ride at least once a week. Once I lose a little more weight and the weather warms up, I'd like to start jogging. One day, I'd like to be able to run. I am a very active outdoorsy girl, so it will be nice to be in shape and do more of the things I love.

Letís get to work! We can do it!

alexischristina 03-05-2013 01:56 AM

I've never been sure whether I belong in this forum, I don't consider myself plus size but I definitely was and I still have some goals to hit so why not, right? I've basically done a complete turn around since I graduated, I think my highest weight was 150 lbs, which is a lot when you barely reach 5 feet tall. I wasn't active, I was eating crap food and I honestly hated myself. I can remember looking for a show shirt and crying in multiple tack store change rooms because EVERYTHING looked awful and made me feel like a whale. I think that was the 'straw that broke the camels back' so to say. I'm currently 118 lbs, am training for a 5k and fixing my diet and exercise routine after getting obsessive and giving in to an even unhealthier lifestyle (eating 300 - 400 calories a day and exercising for hours). I've gone from being at risk of obesity, as far as BMI, etc. to in the 'healthy' range, and would like to hit and settle at 110, but right now I'm mostly focusing on maintaining a super 'clean' diet and lifestyle, and amping up my cardio ability / gaining strength.

So there's my long winded introduction :lol: I have hundreds of recipes and at-home workouts saved on my computer that I'll probably get around to posting if people are interested. :wink:

Tracer 03-05-2013 05:17 AM

This is a great idea :)

My name is Tracy, I'm 21, 5'6/169cm and hovering between 121 and 118kg (267 and 260lbs). Obviously, this makes me morbidly obese. I've always had a problem with weight but, although it must sound like I'm crying wolf, I do have a larger figure. I actually have the perfect bone structure for a footballer - I'm all shoulders and quite a bit wider than the average person.
A few weeks ago, I got the best possible inspiration - I was offered a free lease of a horse I used to ride, and loved. I've had horrible experiences with diets in the past, so I decided not to do one. Instead, I began riding the exercise bike that I had borrowed from a family friend late last year morning and night, just doing a mile each time. It took a while, but I also began to change the way I ate - I'm trying hard to cut out my main offender, bread, and am incorporating more fruits and vegetables.

When I began, I was a solid 121kg. Now, I hover between that and 118kg, depending on when I weigh myself. I have noticed some slight changes in my clothing, and a significant difference in muscle already. I'm working hard on my legs - My lease horse is a sturdy 16+HH and I have no hope of getting on from the ground (not that I would with my weight), but as it is I'm going to need a veeeery big mounting block, and would like to have the strength to mount from something smaller.

My goal is 80kg/176 lbs. I know my body and, although according to BMI I would still be overweight, I would be comfortable at that weight, and I know that it would be suitable for my body. Getting down to what they classify as healthy would be ridiculous for me.

And there's my story.

ladygodiva1228 03-05-2013 07:31 AM

Let's see I'm 38 5'9" and weigh as of yesterday morning 273lbs hangs my head in shame. Though the heaviest I ever was 325lbs. My ideal weight for me personally would be 175-180, but if I can get to 200 that would make me so happy. Mini goal is to lose 25lbs for July 4th.

Need to up my exercise and track my food intake.

PaintedFury 03-05-2013 09:18 AM

This is a wonderful idea!

My name is Lisa, I live in south Arkansas, I am 36, 5'5", and 236 lbs as of this morning. That actually makes 8 lbs that I've lost in the last couple of weeks, yea me! I am in the process of quitting smoking, and am SO worried that I am going to gain weight with that decision, so I have taken some steps to help prevent it. I keep a food journal that I write down everything that I put in my mouth. It helps me realize exactly what I'm eating. I also keep a personal journal to help keep track of my moods and such. As for exercising, I wear a pedometer; two actually, and my goal for now is 10,000 steps(about 5 miles) a day. I managed over 12,000 steps(about 6 miles) yesterday. I plan to keep moving, and monitor my food intake for a while to see where I'm going wrong, and correct that as required. Other than that, there are no concrete plans of change for right now.

I look forward to meeting other people that are on the same road as I am, offering and receiving support when it is needed most. Good luck everyone, and God bless.

xxdanioo 03-05-2013 10:53 AM

I'll join in. :)

My name is Dani, and I'm in south Sask. Canada. I am 22, 5'9 or 5'10, and 235lbs. My ultimate goal is 160. My current goal is 200.

I haven't layed out a plan yet on how to acheive this, but two of my biggest downfalls are bread and cheese. Yum!

I have two horses, a coming threee year old, and yearling.

I think I will start a food journal, and tracking intakes etc. I like making lists and charts, but i do lose focus easily if it gets to complicated. I'm hoping to stick to it this time though. For me, and for my Walterbb.

NBEventer 03-05-2013 10:59 AM

My name is NBE(sorry don't like to get to personal on public forums) and I am 28, I have a 20 year old Warmblood mare named Nasty Brat.

My goal weight is 135. I am 5'2 and (god help me I am going to admit it) 185 currently. I used to be 115lbs then life happened and I had injuries that side lined me and then chronic migraines and diagnosed with fibromyalgia and the medications blew me up to the gross blob I currently am.

I am on a diet where I do two shakes a day and graze healthy snacks like almonds and fruit. I also have just started with a personal trainer. I work out at the gym 5 days a week doing cardio and fit fix circuits. I just started yesterday and am full out. Goal is 150 by May :-)

QuietHeartHorses 03-05-2013 01:42 PM

This is a great start! It's nice to meet other people who are all on the same path. Good luck to everyone on your weight loss goals. I'd like to share this handy little chart that I found online when I started tracking my calories and exercise. It breaks down most of the jobs that we do every day at the barn. You might be burning more calories than you think!

Mucking Stalls for 30 minutes = 240 calories burned

Unloading and Stacking Hay Bales for 20 minutes = 250 calories burned

Carrying Feed Bags for 10 minutes = 50 calories burned

Emptying A Full Wheelbarrow (walking briskly) 5 minutes = 30 calories burned

Sweeping The Barn for 30 minutes = 110 calories burned

Vigorously groom your horse (body/dandy brush) 10 minutes = 45 calories burned

Vigorously groom your horse (curry comb removing dead hair) 10 minutes = 70 calories burned

Hand Walking Your Horse (walking briskly) 20 minutes = 90 calories burned

Riding your Horse In Walk 20 minutes = 60 calories burned

Riding your Horse In Working Trot (rising) 20 minutes = 150 calories burned

Riding Your Horse In Canter 20 minutes = 190 calories burned

Lunging Your Horse 20 minutes = 115 calories burned

Amazing, isn't it? Just one day working at my barn and I burn 500-600 calories!

NBEventer 03-05-2013 01:51 PM

Lunging is a heck of a workout. I didn't really know how much until I started lunging my brat a couple times a week. She is a dream to lunge but you need to be a few steps behind her to push her forward. My legs and thighs feel the burn after a half hour lunge session with her.

I also am always on my feet walking around the arena when I am teaching. As well as doing the barn on weekends.

I start with my personal trainer tomorrow. Which I am excited about. I did 25 minutes on the bike today at lunch and I walked to and from the gym. I was talking with my PT today and she said where I was in such great shape before I will be seeing quick results if I follow my workout plan. So fingers crossed!

Sevastion27 03-05-2013 08:30 PM

My name is Sevastion. My current weight is 212 lbs and my ultimate goal is to weigh 150 by September but my mini goal is just to get back down to 200. I'm 5 ft 2 in. I eat so much fruit! But I'm still huge :( its rather discouraging but I will maker it work ;)

I own 4 horses: one is a gray percheron and Morgan cross, another is a bay quarter horse,I have a buckskin as well as my paint ;)

Just to put it out there...there is this website called fit day that you can track everything you eat and it gives the approximate number of calories...its really great
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