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Riding high

Friday, September 24, 2010

Rode Patchwork today. It's been years and years since I have trotted without stirrups and cantered but it awoke a muscle memory and suddenly my riding seat started to come back. It was so productive. I am going to set myself the goal to clock up saddle hours to get back into the swing of things. I do need to get fitter though.

I have been doing exercises from a rider's fitness book. I am focussing on core strength (planks and v sit-ups) and aerobic fitness. Squats are good too and there is an exercise for sitting trot which involves kneeling.

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PTREINER 9/29/2010 4:07PM

  Would you mind sharing the title and author of the rider's fitness book you are using? I have been looking for exercises specifically for riding, but haven't found many. Thanks!

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GOING2LOSENOW 9/24/2010 2:05PM


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MJMONE 9/24/2010 1:01PM


did a core workout last night on my Wii Biggest Loser... squats, planks...yikes...its hard stuff! But worth it!!

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up early to fit in exercise

Saturday, March 13, 2010

It's Saturday - no work, but I am up at 0640 to fit in my exercise before introducing dd to new boyfriend. I have started the Rosemary Conley Amazing Inch Loss plan. I did 5 mins walk then 3 mins run 3 times the past two days and stuck to my calories plus I followed a meal plan from the book. I have been a bit hungry at times. Today I did the Rosemary Conley fat burner workout 1 20 mins + warm up and then 15 mins of the Cher New Attitude step video. I have also done the aerobic challenges from the book (stairs yesterday, 20 minutes on wii fit plus cycling on Thursday) and the toning exercises.

While I have been away I have felt so low. I forget how much exercise helps to improve my mental wellbeing and keeps me on track with the eating.

I am really trying to set the right goals so I am focusing on 10 minutes of exercise a day and healthy eating at least 5 days out of 7.

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LADYRINO 3/14/2010 10:15PM

    Good job - you can do this!

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SANDYHD 3/13/2010 8:33AM

    Small steps lead to consistency and the results we are all looking for, good plan! emoticon

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 3/13/2010 6:07AM

    Yeah for you!! I agree, I feel so much better when I work out. Such a good mood boost! Enjoy your day!

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SPIFFYCAT 3/13/2010 4:29AM

    Great attitude.
Hope the introduction goes well emoticon

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AAKROYD 3/13/2010 3:56AM

    Good job on taking charge. I wish I could attribute my being up early to working out, but I just can't sleep so I'm being productive. The workout will start at a better hour so I don't wake the boy.

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Recent Achievements

Thursday, February 25, 2010

I have cut out drinking Red Bull for nearly 2 weeks (and I had cut down before that)
I have eaten heathily 16 days in February so far (hopefully today will be 17)
I have exercised consistently since the beginning of the year, building on the fitness I built up over the past couple of years.
I am starting to feel my emotions instead of eating to suppress them

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JANTWO 2/26/2010 12:35AM


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FREELADY 2/25/2010 10:06PM

    You have accomplished quite a lot! Hooray!

Looking forward to hearing more about your quest!

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SEXYVIXEN2 2/25/2010 2:42PM

    Good on you emoticon

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PRICKLY101 2/25/2010 2:23PM

    Brill! Keep it up emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ZOOLOVER 2/25/2010 1:30PM

  emoticon Keep up the good work. I know it's not always easy, but you can do it.

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PSYCHABOO 2/25/2010 1:25PM

    Great job! You go girl!

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Eating mindfully may just be my biggest challenge

Sunday, February 21, 2010

and possibly a large part of the reason why I am here trying to lose so much weight. It is actually something that reminds me a bit of quitting smoking. I can hear that voice in my head trying to make excuses for why I should watch the TV or read while I eat (mostly saying my life is too busy). It is a habit I have formed since I was a little girl and I am aware that I associate watching movies with eating. I generally have been eating breakfast at my desk at work (doing work at the same time), lunch is at my desk at work (using Facebook or SP or generally surfing), dinner is my time to watch a DVD and wind down from the day. I completely swamp the feelings I have with food and swamp the eating with TV or computers. I want to break this cycle but I think it has to be through one small step at a time - like
1. not watching TV at dinner time, making the dinner table look lovely and inviting and presenting the food nicely
2. setting a timer for 20 minutes so that I eat slowly
3. keeping a journal of how I feel and how hungry I am as well as what I ate
4. having water with my meals and keeping an eye on my hunger level as I eat
5. having healthy snacks ready but only eating them from a plate and sitting down doing nothing else

I am sure I will add to this if I need to but I intend to start step 1 as my eating mindfully goal - actually I started last night with dinner.

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FREELADY 2/21/2010 11:00AM

    You have amazing awareness, and I love your specific strategies! Applause for a great job on dinner program for day one! One choice, one meal at a time!
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LABYRINTH 2/21/2010 9:36AM

    That is a huge challenge, especially if you are used to "multi-tasking" or have little time to get everything done. With this winter gloom in the evening it is even harder to resist the temptation to nestle down with the tv!


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JOYCEMARIE9 2/21/2010 8:14AM

    Mindful eating is probably one of the biggest challenges for everyone, we are all use to eating what and whenever we want that is one of the reasons we are here. You have a very good idea of what it takes to fix this and steps you will take to make it work for you which puts you ahead of a lot of us. Good luck you can make this happen for you.

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STEELERFAN71 2/21/2010 7:29AM

    Way to go!! I have to say, one of the hardest things is to think about eating. When you have spent most of your life just doing it, you learn a lot when you start thinking about it. I applaud your efforts and wish you well on your goal.

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ASH72461 2/21/2010 7:17AM

  starting is half the battle
i try to keep my hand busy whenever i watch t.v.
that way i don't think about eating emoticon

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I just sparked!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Colleagues at work noticed my healthy salad for lunch. I cycled to the supermarket before work (I did a workout first thing on the Wii) and picked up a bag of mild salad leaves and brought in some kidney beans and sweetcorn and a low calorie dressing.

I have been cycling to work for the past three days while my daughter doesn't have to be taken to school. I will have to use the car next week as she is back but I may have the bike at work to go out during lunch.

I have been writing in my journal today and adding to my goals now I have settled with my fast break goals.

My new goals are to
1. Do a streak of 21 days mindful eating
2. Do strength exercises 3 times a week
3. Come onto SP every day even if I am having a wobble

as well as my initial goals of tracking calories and doing at least 10 minutes of exercise a day

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ROCKYCPA 2/19/2010 9:49AM

    Your goals are excellent - keep up your good work.

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GRAMMYEAC 2/19/2010 9:48AM


Way to go! Great goals, and great motivations to reach them!

Keep on keepin' on!!!!

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*MADHU* 2/19/2010 9:18AM

    emoticon emoticonon your determination and progress ! Have a fantastic weekend !

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4MYBOYSANDSELF 2/19/2010 8:11AM

    Keep up the great work!

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SPIFFYCAT 2/19/2010 7:40AM


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