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Me, 12 Years ago. With me is Stonehenge, (6'1" at the shoulder). Who IS that lady, Can't be me!!





Falcao and I at a show a year ago, getting ready to go out to ride a test





A good trot shot from the Scottsdale Show... We won this class!



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Another year closer to my goals!

A few years ago I decided that being 345 pounds was not the way I wanted to be. I couldn't ride my horse the way I wanted to, couldn't hike without feeling like I would die, and I felt self concious about eating in front of other people. Losing the weight is a hard road, but it is well worth it.

The Breast Cancer 3-day I walked in 2006 was the BIGGEST challenge I have ever done. It was also the most incredible experience I have ever had. I walked 38 miles. Would have done ...
A few years ago I decided that being 345 pounds was not the way I wanted to be. I couldn't ride my horse the way I wanted to, couldn't hike without feeling like I would die, and I felt self concious about eating in front of other people. Losing the weight is a hard road, but it is well worth it.

The Breast Cancer 3-day I walked in 2006 was the BIGGEST challenge I have ever done. It was also the most incredible experience I have ever had. I walked 38 miles. Would have done more, but I sprained my foot on the last day. I walked through blisters, heat, fatigue. This taught me persistance and the value of a goal. I spent the whole year training for the 3-day. It was an event that taught me that even though I didn't completely meet my goal, I could still be a success and a hero!

My newest had been facing 4-8 weeks without being able to workout due to surgery on my knee. I severely injured the cartilage in my left knee and had to have surgery. I will find a way to at least maintain my weight loss during this time. Any pounds lost, or exercise found will be bonus!

I am now cleared by my doctor. I am back to working with a personal trainer 2X a week, and starting the first of the year, I'll be doing Pilates 2X a week in addition to riding Falcao. With Karen, my personal trainer, I do 1 hour of pool workout including strength training one day, and a half hour of aerobics under supervision another day. It has been challenging because the half hour of aerobics is interval training, but I find I am enjoying it more than I thought I would I enjoy the flollopy (is that a word?) feeling after a good workout.

I am making time for my horse, work part time, Quilting, and my husband. I still make sure to make time for myself........ I have found that this is key!




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Member Since: 4/4/2006

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My Goals:
Ride Prix St. George Dressage before I'm 60, (just 4 years away!) lose another 80 pounds.

An intermediate goal I have set for myself is to ride 3rd level by the end of this year.



My Program:
I am riding my horse as often as I can to increase my skills as a rider, watching what I am eating and staying away from sugar (my downfall).
I am also taking Pilates and working twice weekly with a personal trainer. I need her to kick my butt every now and again, and listen when I need it. She is a real friend, too.

Personal Information:
I was born in Chicago Illinois, and at the age of 13, my parents moved us to New Mexico. I met my husband in college there, and we were married 8 years later. We started owning horses shortly after we were married, although he is not a rider. We currently live in Tucson, AZ, and love it here. I quilt for a living and love my job.

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I have learned that it is much easier to make an excuse why you CAN'T do something rather than do it. But the satisfaction comes from actually achieving something you thought was almost impossible for you. Tell the world, and it commits you to success.

"Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious truimphs, even though checkered by failure . . . than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat -- Teddy Roosevelt

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12/24/2009 7:00:33 PM

Hope all is well with you. I'd like to wish you and your family a very "Merry Xmas". Hope to hear from you in the coming year. emoticon



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MARDELLROGERS
11/25/2009 6:39:11 PM

I'm brand new to sparkpeople and still figuring out the navigation and process, but I was looking for fellow "horsepeople" when I came across Quilthorse. I must say, I am so inspired by you. You are amazing! I love your happy face. Your good spirit shows in your face.

And the weight you have lost is so terrific that it motivates me to DO something about myself.

I just let myself go due to some stressful life situations, and now have this pudgy middle that I want to eliminate. I am a tiny person and most larger people laugh at my desire to lose weight, but it is all relative - on a small person, it shows up faster and looks like more.

I was always an athlete - had horses most of my life, starting out English hunter/jumper, showing, 4-H, then competitive trail riding, then endurance racing. I was a champion 100 mile endurance rider up to the late 1980's, so I know about goal setting. However, Life took a turn and I gained weight. Now, do not laugh, I am 4 ft 10 1/2 inches tall and I ALWAYS weighed 88 pounds. I was up to 114 pounds, which is a lot to me. I need to get a new scale but I think I'm around 108 now, according to my doctor's office.

My eating habits are atrocious - I love sweets, but am starting to track what I eat (it's shocking when you write it down!)

Anyhow, I haven't joined any teams yet or anything, but this website is awesome and you were the most inspiring person of all the horse sites I looked at so just wanted to let you know to keep up the good work. I know if you did it, so can I. Thanks! Mardell Rogers



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11/23/2009 10:25:24 PM

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11/21/2009 2:29:07 PM

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