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JulieinPA 01-05-2011 10:20 PM

2011 riding to fitness resolution!!
Is what inspired me to type THIS thread :wink:

In a nut shell (so you don't have to go read all of it) : As a thin and healthy teen I rode horses with a balanced and very comfortable seat, I was on top of the world! YEARS later (I'm almost 30!!) and approx 100lbs heavier I feel TOTALLY awkward in the saddle. I've concluded that several factors have contributed to this "awkwardness." my WEIGHT is one, but also - I have a 6yr old (will be 7 on Friday!) and a 7month old. I am VERY cautious and somewhat paranoid about EVERYTHING. If you give me something to do - I can come up with 10 things that could go wrong! I'm just so quick to think of what MIGHT happen badly! This obviously is not helping with my riding. I'm to nervous that something might go wrong. So so far I've realize my WEIGHT is an issue for me, as is my MENTALITY that something bad could happen. And one more thing that I believe plays a major rule in all of this - MUSCLES. After YEARS of not riding consistently, those "riding muscles" have not been worked, and need bulit back up.

Sooo - Weight, Mentality, Muscle tone.

Here's my goal!! :
My new years resolution for 2011 (and on) is to ride frequently to build my confidence AND my muscles, AND to change my lifestyle to lose weight and gain muscle tone all over.

Specific Goals (itemized):
Riding Goal
RIDE RIDE RIDE!! - I will ride atleast 1-2 times per week as long as I'm not sick, and as long as it's atleast 30degrees outside!!

Weight Loss Goal
Work it Baby! I am going to change my life style to a healthier one. My diet will not be a "diet" and I don't even like that word. It's a lifestyle. I will eat healthy foods which will mainly include lean meats, veggies, fruits, my protein shake (gotta have that!), and GOOD carbs ... meaning whole grains, carbs from fruits and veggies, etc. And I will avoid sugars and starches. I will enjoy a cheat meal at 1 meal per week (believe me - this works - I don't think I could do it without my cheat meal), but I won't PIG OUT. I will also watch my portion sizes - you can even eat to much health food! So portions are still and always important.
Goal in NUMBERS: Lose approx 2-3 lbs per week
Monthly Numbers: Lose 10lbs per month
LONG Term Numbers: Lose 60lbs by Aug.26th

REWARDS - for every 10lbs of weight I lose, I will get reward. Wether it's a facial, or Teeth Whitener, or whatever. But it won't be anything that would be detrimental to my healthy lifestyle.

Toning Goals
TONE IT UP!! I will exercise at least 3-5 days per week. My only excuse to skip any workouts will be if I'm sick. My workouts for now will vary, because I live 15 min. away from the nearest gymn, and when it snows here (which it does A LOT this time of year) our roads are AWFUL and I don't drive on them. So when I'm home bound I will do either my Wii Workouts (I have Jillian Michaels Ultimatum 2011 AND I also have Outdoor Adventures, plus I have Wii Fit). Or I'll do an exercise DVD/Video (which I have a whole collection of). Then once spring comes and the snow clears, I plan to hit the gymn once again. And maybe even try ZUMBA :)
Oh and I can't forget - HORSE BACK RIDING - to tone my "riding muscles."

If anyone's interested ... I'm going to post about my weight loss/gain history and how I got where I am today...

MyBoyPuck 01-05-2011 10:31 PM

I don't do resolutions, but in December I did promise myself to work more toward an independent seat. A little no stirrup work each ride and pilates twice a week for starters. So far so good. We'll see how it goes.

VelvetsAB 01-05-2011 10:40 PM

Amazon has a book (that I just bought actually) that is geared towards equestrians. Each excercise is fully detailed and they look easy to follow. The excercise takes up two pages side by side, and on the left hand page, has a little blurb about how the excercise relates to riding. I cannot wait to start doing the workout plans in the book.

JulieinPA 01-05-2011 10:45 PM

My Weight Loss/Gain History. This is how I got where I am today ... the good, the bad, and the ugly.

I was a healthy, robust teen who was approx 135lbs and never did a workout (intentionally) or diet in my life to that point. I just enjoyed life. I rode horses, I loved long walks, 4-wheeler riding, swimming, etc. Life was great!
Then I got married :wink: lol
Ok so seriously - I got married on Aug.26th 2000. When I got married I was average weight for my height (I'm 5'7" tall). I was averaging between 150-155lbs. I was healthy and still just enjoying life. Then 2001 I got pregnant! YAY! We were so excited! However, after my very first Dr.appointment, I had a miscarriage. I could barely control the tears. It was awful. Up until then - that was the hardest thing I ever went through. I cried daily. And every time I seen a baby or a pregnant lady. Then approx a month and a half later - PREGNANT AGAIN!! All that excitement came rushing back! Although I'll admit by now I was somewhat hesitant to be over joyed for fear of miscarrying again. Well, 1 month - all good. 2 months - all good. 3 months - a TEENY TINY spot in my underware. I called the nurse and told them. They said it was probably nothing, but I should come in and get an ultrasound. So I did. That's when things got worse than ever before. I had an ectopic (aka Tubal) pregnancy. Since I was already 3 months along they had to do an Emergency scopic surgery. I couldn't even leave - it had to be done right away. Again, I couldn't cope. This was even worse than before. It was like having my heart (what was left of it) ripped from my body and tore apart piece by piece and stomped all over on the floor. I was devastated. We stayed at my parents house for the 2 weeks following the scopic surgery. I had a VERY tough recovery. It was awful. I also went into depression. If I wasn't depressed already from my miscarriage - I was SURE depressed by now. Between those two little babies that I lost - I GAINED 30some lbs! I'm sure you can say it was due to a mixture of stress and depression. I never took that 30some lbs back off. EVER - to date! So by then I was weighing in at between 180-185lbs.
That's when I went through my time of rebellion. I rebelled against God, my church, my husband, my family. It was an awful time and our marriage almost fell apart.
Then MIRACULOUSLY I got pregnant with our beautiful Sweet Jasmine. The year was 2003 and my due date was for Jan.2004. That girl was the best thing that happened to us at that point! (and currently she's one of the two best things that has EVER happened to us). She saved me ... AND saved US. I straightened my life up and turned myself around. I went back to church, I stopped doing all the rebellious things I was doing,etc. January 7th 2004 our Precious Miracle was born at 8:53am. I had gained 48lbs during my pregnancy with her (I ate like a piggy, plus ended up with preeclampsia - aka toximia). I was in the hospital for 3 days with contractions trying to have her and she would not come out so finally they took her via c-section. She was (and still is) perfect! Perfect!
Anyway - back to the weight ... I barely lost any of the weight that I put on while pregnant with her. I carried it around for years. Then I got serious and started eating healthy and working out, and I lost 30lbs in 3months (eating like I mentioned in my goals in the post above). Then my Pap died. That was a huge blow. We knew the day was coming - he had cancer. He looked nothing like himself and was deteriorating fast. So we knew it was coming soon. But it was still a big blow. As soon as he passed away - so did my healthy lifestyle. That's when the meals from friends and family started coming in, and deserts of all kinds. I ate like a pig. And continued to for a while - until I gained all the weight back.
2006 I got pregnant again. ANOTHER TUBAL. I was devestated again, but somewhat expectant of it, which is sad. That's when the Dr. told me that his estimate is that I only have a 50% chance of ever having a healthy pregnancy again (in my uterus instead of a tubal in other words).
Well atleast we had Jasmine. That's what helped me "keep it together." And I was eventually (after some time) Ok with it. It didn't matter to me anymore. I was happy with what God gave us.
Well - then in Nov.2009 I find out I'm pregnant AGAIN! Of course for ME all the fears come rushing back ... miscarriage, tubal, surgery, depression, body changes. I went to a specialist ... only to find out that I had a perfectly healthy pregnancy and baby! Miracle number TWO!!! On May 28th 2010 our BEAUTIFUL little Jessica was born! I'll never forget the moment they pulled her from my uterus (repeat c-section) and I heard her first cry! Nothing will ever take that memory away from me. Now she's 7 months old and a bubbly bouncy (almost crawling) bundle of joy and pride! We love her so much! And her big sister simply ADORES her! (and vice versa) Anyway - with my pregnancy with Jessica I put on almost 50lbs again. BUT within the first 2 weeks I dropped 30lbs!!! (goodness, if ONLY we could lose that much weight that FAST any other time!) However, ever since the 30lbs came off, I haven't dropped anymore.

SO now I'm at 238lbs. I WANT to be at somewhere between 135-155lbs.
I have ALOT of work to do!
But I know I can do it. I just need the will power and the encouragement. I gotta stick to my guns!

Well, sorry this got so long, hopefully it wasn't to boring to follow. But that's me and my weight issues in a nut shell (a really big nut shell .. lol)

Hopefully I can keep this thread going with pictures and updates (I'll go look for some pictures now, although I don't have many since I'm heavy - that's one reason why I'm always the one BEHIND the Camera!)

JulieinPA 01-05-2011 11:13 PM

6 Attachment(s)
Ok - here's PICTURES as promised :

#1 Me and my Hubby on our wedding day.
#2 Me and my hubby a few years after getting married - still healthy and in good shape.
#3 Me pregnant (and ready to burst) with our first child "Jasmine"
#4 Me after losing weight and feeling great! (right before my Pap died)
#5 Me pregnant with our second child "Jessica" in 2010
#6 Me a week and a half ago at a family Christmas dinner

rum4 01-06-2011 12:16 AM

Good luck Julie and I will be rooting for you

momo3boys 01-06-2011 09:32 PM

What a great story starter! I can't wait to hear your results. I am not overly over weight, but I lost all my muscle tone a few years back from Hyperthyroidism, trust me you DON'T really want it! I literally couldn't walk up a flight of stairs in one trip! I to am starting to do similar changes as you so I can't wait to hear how it goes. Today was my first day exercising again and I have had breakfast four days in a row now...a real feat for me!

rottenweiler 01-06-2011 10:00 PM

Thanks for posting a link for that book. i have been telling my husband about what muscles I need to work on to get a better seat but I don't know what exercises to do at home to help and I don't have my own horse to ride (or anywhere within reasonable driving distance to go more than 2x a week)

Beau Baby 01-06-2011 10:05 PM

This is such a great idea and I applaud you for making something like this up to stick too. Since you seem to have a lot of information about this sort of thing I had a question. Do you have any exercises to create a flatter, more tonned stomach. That is my fitness goal for the year because I want a flat not flabby stomach. I just don't know any exercises.

JulieinPA 01-06-2011 10:48 PM


Originally Posted by Beau Baby (Post 879782)
This is such a great idea and I applaud you for making something like this up to stick too. Since you seem to have a lot of information about this sort of thing I had a question. Do you have any exercises to create a flatter, more tonned stomach. That is my fitness goal for the year because I want a flat not flabby stomach. I just don't know any exercises.

Oh yes absolutely! I will tell you first that there is no such thing as "spot reduction." It has been a controversy for a while, but then the truth came out after much research that was done scientifically and proven by nutritionist, etc. that you cannot "spot reduce." However - that's pertaining to "reduction" ... so in other words - losing weight. If you're only interested in toning an area ... then that's a whole other story. You can tone specific muscles. If you need to lose weight and tone - you need some cardio and some toning exercises. But if you only need the toning ... then I would recommend these exercises for your abs :

CRUNCHES (crunches ROCK for getting toned abs!)
You can do regular Crunches AND Reverse Crunches. They each tone different areas of your abs. The regular Crunches tone the upper part of your abs and the reverse crunches tone the lower part of your abs.

This is a great ab workout to!! It works more than just your abs.

You can do this at they gymn, or if you want to do it at home, you just need to find something sturdy on each side of you. Like perhaps - stack your bales of hay in order that will give a small space in between bales where your body will fit, then you could do this exercise in between the hay bales.

Vertical Crunch
This is a great crunch to --- but then CRUNCHES ROCK! So any crunch is great for your abs!

PLANK on Elbows and Toes
This one works great - but is MUCH harder than it looks for sure!

If you're not familiar with these exercises, just google them. I'm sure you can find pictures and explanations. If not, just say so and I'll point you in the right direction.

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