Wednesday, June 25, 2014
I am back. I am committed. I know I have been absent for quite awhile, but there has been a lot of crazy stuff going on, and a lot of it had to do with my health. I will post more about it later, but probably not until next week.
We are moving this weekend and until things settle down I don't know how much I will be on, but I will be on. I am so close to 200 lbs which will be 40 lbs off. I cannot wait.
Having lost this much weight has made a difference. I can't imagine dealing with some of my issues with an extra 36 lbs on my already messed up joints.
Anyway, must get back to cleaning and packing. I hope everyone is doing well and reaching their goals.
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
This morning I got up and I did 2 km, in the rainy, cold, darkness. It was pretty miserable, but definitely worth it. This afternoon, though, I had an internal debate about whether to take a nap or to explore a trail with Webster. Luckily I picked the exploration of a trail because Webster and I had a great time. It was this trail that I have been driving past between the library and McDonald's where I buy a coffee every once and awhile. It turns out that it links to the park that is about a 15 minute walk from my house, so next time I will just walk through the park to get to it instead of driving.
Here are a few photos I took. Please forgive the horrible selfie, I have never taken one before and Web Dog wouldn't stop moving his head.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
This morning I got up to go for my walk, and luckily checked the temperature before leaving the house. It was almost freezing! Long johns were quickly added to my walking attire, along with mittens. I love mittens! The crisp fall air felt wonderful though. I did my 1.9 km route in 25 minutes again, and then went home to take the dogs out back. I would take them for my walk, but taking both of them when you are alone is tandamount to suicide and they don't exactly cooperate with my trying to walk fast enough to get my heart rate up plan. Webster just went crazy with the colder weather. He started flying back and forth in the backyard, just having a blast. Eliza kind of joined him, but she doesn't fully understand Webster and his reactions so it was more halfhearted.
When I got home I did the abs workout video again. Ouch! I know I will be thankful for the strength I gain from it in the future, but when I am lying there holding my stomach because my abs hurt it is hard to think about the future.
I went to the barn today too. I didn't ride because it was really windy out there and the indoor arena isn't fully finished yet. I just wasn't up for riding outside and having it go like this: walk, spook, trot, spook, walk, spook, halt, spook, trot, spook, canter around madly like the devil is chasing us, trot, spook. I brought Ellie in, and brushed her. She was filthy, and I didn't want to put her rainsheet over all of that dried mud. I also fed her, which made her a happy pony.
Eliza came out with me today. She hadn't been to the barn in probably over a month and she just loves it out there. Her happy face just makes me so grateful. She has had a pretty rough life before we got her. She was found by the SPCA, half starved, eating crap on the ground by a dumpster. We are pretty sure that she is a Shih Tzu/Poodle mix. We don't know how old she is, just that she is probably between 7 and 10. She used to cower when we leaned over her, and would run away from raised voices. Now she is just a lovable monster and thinks that people were put on the planet to give her love.
This is Eliza after enjoying an ice cream cone. Her "brother" Webster is in the background.
This is a video I took at the barn last winter.
I hope that link works. Anyway, I'm getting super tired and it's not yet time for bed. Darn! Must keep myself occupied for a little longer.
Monday, October 21, 2013
But it is a good sore. Yesterday I did the butt blasting workout video (which is EVIL) and the 20 minute core video. Then I decided that I should go and ride. I rode for over an hour and did a lot of 2-point and sitting trot, as well as riding without stirrups. I also did a little bit of yoga on The Mare's back. She was a bit spooky though, but not as bad as Friday. I was really sore last night, but feeling better when I woke up this morning, so I went for a walk, and pushed myself to where I knew I wasn't overdoing it but still pushing a bit. After the walk was an arms strength video, and some yoga. Right now I am all achey, but it feels so good. It is the ache that tells you that you have actually done something, vs the ache that tells you that you have hurt yourself.
I am so ready for a nap, but I don't want to sleep all afternoon and have trouble sleeping tonight. I have been watching an episode of Heartland online and working on the scarf I'm knitting my best friend for Christmas. I'm trying to do mostly homemade gifts this year, because I am broke but also because I feel that they have more meaning.
Tomorrow I am going to take it easy and just do some yoga as well as going out to ride Ellie. If I feel up to it afterwards, I might take my mother's Australian Shepherd, Webster, on the rail trail for a bit. He really loves it!
Friday, October 18, 2013
I finally made it out to the farm. I guess I wasn't as over the recent depression episode as I thought because I just couldn't face the 30 minute both ways drive out to see my beast until today. That's ok though, because I know she is super well taken care of and that if there was a problem that the barn owner would contact me immediately.
Anyway, so I went out today. Ellie's best buddy is home from training for a couple months, so she is very happy. They were just hanging out in the field, chewing on each others withers, when I got there. Her head shot up as soon as she heard my voice though. It always makes me feel good that she knows me. She was filthy though, a full week of not being groomed along with rain and mud and nasty mare hind legs really gave me quite the workout cleaning her up. She got so fuzzy in the last week. I love her fuzz, it just makes her so unbelievably cute!
The ring was pretty wet, so we just warmed up there and then went on the trails, where we did mostly trot. We had a lovely canter up a hill, which was awesome because she has not been happy cantering, for some reason it is stressing her out so I have been just doing what I can to make it relaxed and we don't canter if she gets hollow and fast. As soon as I brought her back to a walk afterwards, we turned a corner and she spun out from under me. I have no idea what she spooked at, but I know that I was looking at the ground underneath me and thinking, "yup, totally coming off this time!" The only part of me still touching the saddle was my left foot in the stirrup. Somehow I managed stay on, I have no idea how, but it happened and we continued our ride. She just about had me off another two times, and I thought it was hilarious.
I guess I should explain why I think that almost falling off is hilarious. Two years ago I wouldn't even handle my horse without help. She became dangerously herd-bound and I was such a mess after my dad's death that I couldn't deal with her. I hadn't ridden her in over a year because my confidence was gone. I was riding an old guy at the old barn, but when I left I had nothing to ride. One of my friends was trying to get me to sell her, which I just couldn't do because she had been a part of my life for almost 8 years at that point. My new barn owner finally took me under her wing and worked with both of us on groundwork. She also lent me her 20 year old ex-schoolie mare to ride. I had a blast on her, and within a month I was back to riding my gorgeous ex-racehorse. It took awhile, but now I have actually even popped Ellie over a couple of low jumps, which was a first in about 7 years!
So here we are, almost 10 years into being together. We are trail riding solo, and I have enough confidence that an almost fall sends me into laughter instead of a panic attack. It was such a beautiful morning and Ellie and I had a wonderful time enjoying it together.
Here is a bad picture, but it is from this morning. I have captioned it "Look Ma, no bit"
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