Saturday, July 12, 2014
This week was bad for me on the scale. It went up to a place I haven't been in a while and I am so angry with myself. It's not like I don't know what I am doing wrong. I am eating wrong and drinking wrong. When we eat at home, my husband is making sides of french fries and macaroni and cheese. I think I am tired of fighting him for healthy things. He decided to lose 10 lbs and he did it. Now, he is maintaining so he makes whatever he wants.
When we have been going out, I have been ordering a lot of soup which I know is loaded with fat and salt. I have been having a lot of salads with mayonnaise. I have also been ordering things with heavy sauces.
I am not sticking to my goals and I don't know why. Part of it is the frustration with my feet. It seems like every time I get on the right path, something goes wrong with me whether it is my neck, back, feet, heels whatever.
I am at a point that I feel like giving up. I just want to eat what I want. I know that is not going to work, but it is how I feel. I am so sick of fighting and getting no where. Maybe I am just too old for this. Maybe I don't want it bad enough. Maybe I am just tired of it. There are so many maybes and no answers. Maybe I should just give up!
I am tired and I am frustrated!
Wednesday, July 09, 2014
Things have been relatively quiet so I have been spending a lot of time with JC. Unfortunately, he has some rash or something on his neck and it is bothering him quite a bit. The vet said the bugs around here have been horrible this year and it is affecting a lot of the horses. The girl who takes care of him is going to be gone from tomorrow until next Sunday so I will make a point of getting out there more often to make sure he is ok. The woman who owns the place will be taking care of the horses.
In between riding, a new Walk it Out challenge is going on so that keeps me moving. Trying to get my steps up.
Overall, things are good :)
Saturday, July 05, 2014
I went for another group lesson on JC today. He was awesome! He was sort of crabby as there were 4 other horses in the ring and the riders are fairly new and kind of all over the place. I decided not to get frustrated by it, but to use it to learn to go around traffic (that's what we call other horses in the ring). One of the hardest things for me to do was to maneuver around the warm up ring before I showed. Warm up rings are nuts. Horses are going every direction. People are running around making noises and some horses are just acting naughty.
These lessons are really helping me to focus on maneuvering him and keeping him calm. The thing with JC is he is the only horse I have ever owned that actually works your abs. His former trainer used to say the same thing. You can an ab workout every time you ride him. The tough thing today was that she made us trot slow. OMG, that is a killer with him. He doesn't lift his legs very high to help push you out of the saddle when you post so you have to do it yourself through your legs. You never want to use your hands because then you are pulling on the horse's mouth and they don't like that.
When you think of posting, basically think of doing squats while on a moving object that weights over 1,000 lbs and you have to life your entire body weight out of the saddle. That is the best explanation I can give for it. You also have to hold yourself upright at all times. You do not lean back nor do you lean forward. You are holding yourself up. It is all about balance.
I know there has been a lot of debates by some people on spark that horsebackriding is not a workout. I don't know how many of those people have ridden in a flat saddle and done anything more than walking. I burned over 400 calories riding him today and then another 250 calories bathing, toweling and walking him.
There is not one muscle that doesn't get used when riding a horse. Believe me, you have to be very controlled in your movements. Riding English Saddleseat is a very precise thing. I had forgotten how hard it is to post and canter etc until I was watching young kids learning to do it today. It was funny.
There came a point that my abs were so sore I wanted to stop, but I kept going. This has turned into a very good thing for both of us. He has also lost some weight. The vet had always said he was "fleshy". Now he looks like he is in perfect weight. Moving to the new place and having windows and light and people around keep him from thinking about eating all the time. At the old place, he would finish his dinner in 15 minutes. Now, he is still picking at his hay a couple of hours later.
I will get back there again on Tuesday. I am going to be ready to show him again next year!
Friday, July 04, 2014
I went to the barn to ride JC today. I hadn't been there since last Wednesday. The weather was awful and I got busy and I put him on the back burner. I keep forgetting that I can't do that as it is not just me that is affected, but him too. When I got out there, he looked terrible. He has hair missing from the underside of his neck. He was caked in mud and he was pretty angry with me. He wouldn't look at me.
I have trouble remembering that he is no longer in training. Yes, there is a trainer at the barn and we do take lessons from her on occasion, but he is not one of her training horses. It is my responsibility to get out there and check on him and groom him. He had mud in his mane and his tail. He has welts which a lot of them have from the huge bugs we have this year. It's like these bugs are resistant to fly spray. The horses are asking to come in by 12:00 because they can't stand the bugs.
We spent some time talking to him and cleaned him up. By the time he was tacked and ready to ride, he was in a better mood. I was going to take him outside, but we have just mastered the inside and, considering his state of mind and his whatever he has on his neck, I just decided to stay inside.
He was such a good boy. I am mad at myself for not mentioning his neck to Caitlin. I noticed it when I was there last Wednesday. When I was currying his neck, he reached his head way up in his stall and kept twitching his lip. He does that when you itch a spot and it feels really good. She thought maybe another horse had done something to him, but when it occurred last week, there was no mark on him. He either got bit by a bug or it could be an allergy. She put him on some medication and it doesn't seem to be bothering him.
After I rode him, he got a soapy bath which he loved. Here they have a warm water wash stall. She had me use the medicated soap on him. Then, I had to towel him dry. That is an arm workout. I am so sore ugh! But, he looked so good and he seemed so much more comfortable.
She told me that she can always tell when he starts missing me. She said he starts rubbing his tail. As long as I come out regularly, he leaves his tail alone, but when I am gone longer than a week, he starts rubbing it. She said it could be that he doesn't feel he gets the attention the others get because they are all worked by Caitlin. It could be he thinks I deserted him. Who knows?
I do know that I am not going to neglect him anymore. I can go out there any time from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Even if I just go out and lunge him and walk him, at least I am spending time with him and moving my body. No more putting him on the back burner.
Back tomorrow for another group lesson
Horses...they do a body good!
JC and Sarah
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