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2012 fitness goals - for the love of horses

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

I've recently gotten back into horseback riding. English riding, to be specific. Dressage, to be even more specific. I've had 9 lessons over the course of this semester and have loved (almost) every minute of it. I probably mentioned before how I'm always making new goals and new dreams for myself. My new one is to be an event rider - for those of you who don't know, it's dressage, cross-country jumping, and show jumping each, either on one day, or over the course of 3 days. And I also think it would be really awesome to write for an equestrian publication, since I'm a print journalism major now.

But fitness is important for riding. Not only to avoid injury and post-riding soreness, but to improve my riding as well. I need cardio and muscle endurance, as well as muscle strength. I really want to build up my qualifications as a rider, so I need to be in the best shape I can be. Here are some goals to accomplish by the end of the summer, to get me ready for the fall 2011 showing season:

-Run 9-minute miles on the elliptical
- Run 8-minute miles on the treadmill or outside
- Run 11-minute miles on the more difficult cardio machines
- 150 lbs on the seated calf machine (I'm at 105 right now)
- 65 lbs on the rotary torso machine (at 35 now)
- 75 lbs on the leg curl machine (at 42 right now)
- 50 lbs each on biceps and triceps (at 30 right now)
- Take a yoga or pilates class at least once a month
- During the summer, either trade barn work for riding lessons (when not riding with the school team), or take at least one lesson a month

I'll have to think of diet goals...I'm happy with my weight but would like to eat healthier...hmm?

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TXGRANDMA 12/13/2011 7:54PM

    Great goal! You are brave to want to do eventing! I think it is very dangerous! I will stick with my western riding, Thanks! Good luck to you! emoticon

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Doing well today so I felt like sharing!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Ok, I feel extra-healthy today, so I just felt like sharing my food plan for the day. So far I've had breakfast and lunch.

- 1 serving of Lavish Dark Chocolate oatmeal. It's a new kind I found at Target - the oats seem less processed than, say, Quaker.
- 1 bottle of Starbucks mocha frappuccino. I planned out my day in advance so I knew I could afford it.

- Sandwich with 2 slices Pepperidge Farm light oatmeal bread, 2 small slices salami, and 1 slice provolone cheese
- 1 serving Chobani strawberry Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup Archer Farms butternut squash soup with Mrs. Dash seasoning added

Snack 1:
- 100 calorie pack of Lorna Doone cookies

- 1 grilled chicken sandwich from made to order place on campus, topped with BBQ sauce and grilled onions
- 1 small apple
- 1 indiv. bag of baked potato chips
- 1 Fiber One 90 calorie brownie

Snack 2:
- 1 Nonni's biscotti, again because I can afford it
- 1 cup hot tea
- If I'm still hungry, another small apple


Planning ahead

Monday, July 25, 2011

So yeah. I have friends now, more than I ever had before, and better ones than I ever had before. And they invite me out to eat...a lot. What's a girl who watches her weight to do? PLAN AHEAD. I'm currently in the process of going through common chain restaurants and writing down the lowest-calorie menu items that I will actually eat to store in my purse in case I'm out with friends and they spontaneously decide to take a trip to Arby's. And for when the calorie counts aren't available on the restaurant's website? I take a look at the menu and pick out some things that are grilled, in marinara sauce, or that just plain would be healthier. You have to do a little planning ahead to make it work.

And that goes for what I eat at home, too. If, the night before, I make a list of everything I'm going to eat that day and put it into my SparkPeople nutrition tracker, and then I'm less likely to eat something that's bad for me that I didn't plan out. Also...variation is key. I'm going to get bored eating the same one or two breakfasts over and over again.


Snack plan

Saturday, July 16, 2011

I'm banking on 2 snacks per day, with 6 interchangeable options, each that will get used 2-3 times a week.

Snack 1: Edy's Blueberry Acai fruit popsicle
Snack 2: Skinny Cow PB Chocolate sandwiches
Snack 3: Peanut butter banana shake, made with skim milk and PB2
Snack 4: Clif Bars for when at work and given no lunch break - on these days, I get only a 10-minute break
Snack 5: Fruit with light whipped cream
Snack 6: Quick imitation cheesecake, made with part-skim ricotta spread on graham crackers, and topped with fruit

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PUDLECRAZY 7/19/2011 5:18AM

    Looks good!

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HJFOGARTY 7/16/2011 8:31PM

    they all sound awesome - thanks for posting and sharing - you've got some great ideas there.

stay strong and take care of you

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TISHTOES 7/16/2011 6:44PM

    Thanks for posting.

I recently tried Jell-o Temptations, both lemon meringue pie and the chocolate mousse ones.... very yummy and 60-100 calories. I've also been having chocolate pudding at night if I'm craving ice cream and it seems to satisfy me.

When I get the munchies and just want to go "crunch" I will have microwave popcorn or some Special K and that doesn't seem to do much damage.

Good for you for having "plans" and sticking to them!


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Lunch plan

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Lunch 1, 2x: Butternut squash soup with grilled cheese sandwich (made with light wheat bread, Morningstar Farms veggie bacon, and Kraft Singles light cheese)

Lunch 2, 2x: SmartOnes frozen dinners

Lunch 3, 3x: Leftovers from homecooked dinners

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TISHTOES 7/16/2011 6:27PM

    I can (& do) do Lunch 2.

Now.... about those snacks..... (I hope you will post them also).


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