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My First Horse Show (with pictures!)

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

At the ripe ol' age of 36, I decided to compete in my first horse show! My little horse, Trigger is not ready for this sort of adventure yet, so I "borrowed" my trainer's horse, Magee... Gee's Magee is his registered name. Magee is tall, dark and handsome (just about the most handsome horse I've ever seen!) and get this - HE'S ALSO 36! Boy, is this guy aging well, and the judge must have agreed because she loved him. Long story short, I just recently decided to go to the show, which only gave me TWO practice rides on Magee beforehand. I felt ill-prepared, to say the least. And nervous as heck! I woke up Sunday morning with butterflies in my stomach, not sure what to expect, but my trainer and friends assured me I'd be fine - I had Magee! And he'd take care of me.

Take care of me, he DID! That awesome horse made my first show experience one I will never forget. Brushing my nerves aside, I had the time of my life! Here's why...

I entered myself in 7 classes... And placed top 4 in ALL of them! At the end of the (very long) day, I had earned 1 first place ribbon, 1 second place ribbon, 3 third place ribbons and 2 fourth place ribbons. Mind you, some of these classes had 15 entrants, so I left that day feeling VERY proud. Needless to say, I am officially addicted and already have plans for the next local show June 23rd! Yahoo!!!

Below are a few pics my hubby took. I am pretty disappointed with the way I look, but hey, this just gives me more incentive to drop these icky pounds!

Hope you are enjoying your Wednesday and, as always, thank you for taking the time to read my blog. xoxoxo

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LORIAPO 5/24/2012 11:02PM

    I think you look great!
and Magoo too!! Wow, to his 36!!

I am so proud of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!<
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KELLEY1010 5/15/2012 9:25PM

    I think you look great!! Gorgeous horse too!! I am sooo jealous!!!

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MRS_TOAD 5/12/2012 8:38AM

    emoticon What a beautiful horse and a rewarding experience!

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SHAUNDA 5/11/2012 3:03PM

    Awesome job and you look awesome too!!!! Way to go!

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BAILEYS7OF9 5/11/2012 12:13PM

    yay horse show update!!! Can't wait till you enter Trigger!!

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JRDIAMOND4 5/10/2012 1:23PM

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emoticon JOB!!

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SNOWFILLY 5/10/2012 6:46AM

    emoticon Good for you!!! You look emoticon!!!! Glad that you had fun!!

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BLUE42DOWN 5/10/2012 1:46AM

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You look just fine and sit him very well!

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LIGHTHOUSEGIRL1 5/9/2012 11:09PM

    emoticon...... emoticon emoticon..... emoticon job!!! emoticon emoticon

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WYO_CASEY 5/9/2012 8:01PM

    Good looking horse. I used to show in 4-H and FFA. Now I do ranch rodeos & team penning when I can. Other than that it's all working cows, checking fence and hunting with the horses. Plus breaking them when I have the time!

There's no place quite as comfortable as a-top a horse. emoticon

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I guess I'll just keep on truckin', er... I mean trackin'!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Am I the only one who diligently tracks for a few weeks at a time, then slacks off, gains a few pounds, decides to start tracking again, loses a few pounds (repeating this cycle over and over again)???

I have found (by repeating this cycle more times than I can count) that I am a rock star when I actually do track my calories daily. My stomach stays flatter, I tend to eat at home more often (easier to track when I know exactly what I'm eating), I feel accountable for my decisions and actually LOSE weight... And all of these things lead to a happier me!

Now, when I take time off from tracking, I still try to keep track in my head of how much I'm consuming, but it's definitely an estimate, and every time I do take time off, I gain! I would guess that when I'm not counting, I probably only go over my goal by maybe a couple hundred calories, but still, I think those few extra calories must really affect me!

I would really love to be able to just eyeball things and take note (in my brain) of how much I've eaten each day... It's tiring and time-consuming to measure/weigh/track, but I guess if that's what I need to do to lose and maintain, then so be it. At least I get results that way - After being "stuck" at 147 for weeks, I started tracking on Friday the 13th and I'm already down 5lbs! Go, ME!

Hope everyone's having a great week and the sun is shining wherever you are!

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LORIAPO 4/30/2012 8:35PM


Soon... emoticon

Then you will feel like one hot mamma again!

How's that sweet little girl doing, anyway?


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MRS_TOAD 4/28/2012 8:49AM

    emoticon You are doing so well! Keep up the great work.

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KELLEY1010 4/25/2012 10:42PM

    I am exactly the same way!!! Thats very good you are down 5 pounds!!! Im back with tracking and hope to have the same results!! WOO HOO for us!!

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BAILEYS7OF9 4/25/2012 1:28PM

    emoticonI found the only way to do this eyeball thing is to eat the same foods!

I have not stopped trackiig, to ingrained I guess, but that's a good thing! I am however, no longer caring about getting every point I possibly can on SP. Weaning myself off of that and the time it takes.

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SNOWFILLY 4/25/2012 9:05AM

    YES!!! GO YOU!!! emoticon

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JANUARY GOALS MET! So, what's in store for February???

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

I am feeling pretty proud of myself today. I successfully completed the 30-Day Shred! No small feat when that meant getting up at 5:00am everyday! It was a struggle for me physically, but I did it... Yahoo!

I didn't lose any weight this month, which is a bit disappointing (I mean, it IS called the 30-Day "Shred", right?) I'm pretty sure all I shredded were a few extra hours of sleep, which I will try to make up for in February! I know, muscle weighs more than fat, blah blah blah... And I'm sure I did gain some muscle, but believe me, I've got plenty of extra FAT pounds on this little body that need to come off. I'll continue to work on it. I took measurements January 1st and will re-measure tomorrow morning. I actually can't wait - My mid-section does feel a little slimmer! We'll see...

January Goal Results:
- Floss daily: CHECK!
- Complete 30-Day Shred: CHECK!
- Drink 8 glasses of water daily: I think I fell short 4 days (not bad, out of 31!)
- Stay under 25 grams of sugar 5 out of 7 days a week: I went over a couple of extra days, but not by much and less than 25 grams is difficult (sugar is in EVERYTHING)! So in my eyes, I rocked it!

Tomorrow is a new month and a new set of goals, and I am looking forward to a challenge!

February Goals:
- Floss daily
- Drink 8 glasses of water each day
- Take a spinning class at my gym 2 times a week
- Run 2 times a week
- Track and stay within my calorie range 5 out of 7 days a week (allow myself a little freedom the other 2 days)

Heading to Tahoe this weekend, where we've rented a 6-bedroom house on 80 acres with some friends! I'm ready to have some fun in the snow, relax, enjoy Super Bowl Sunday and NOT wake up at 5am... And you bet I will be packing my running shoes!

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LORIAPO 2/13/2012 8:18PM

    Hope you are having a great February!

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MRS_TOAD 2/2/2012 8:14AM

    Way to go on meeting your January goals. You did a GREAT job.

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BAILEYS7OF9 2/1/2012 5:28PM

    emoticongreat job!!!

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SNOWFILLY 2/1/2012 8:35AM

    WOO HOO for January!!! I am sure you lost inches. The pounds will be next, just keep working at it. emoticon Feb. is here and you will rock it!!!
Have fun on your trip!! emoticon

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Ready to see those numbers DROP...

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

On the scale AND on the tag of my jeans!

It's been a long time since I added a blog entry. TOO long, I think, as a few more pounds have crept up on me. Back in August, I stated that I had hit my highest ever non-pregnant weight (141.8, I believe it was)... So I am saddened to say that I have FINALLY reached an all-time high of 144.4. I say "FINALLY" because I am just over it! Enough is enough. Time to take some serious action!

My plan (resolutions) for 2012?

Floss every night, of course. Drink my 8 glasses of water each day. And consume under 25 grams of sugar 5 our of 7 days a week. So far, so good!

And every month, I will have a new fitness goal. I know from experience that I get bored with doing the same things over and over and having the same routine. And my body gets bored! So, January 1st, I started the 30-Day Shred, which would be better named "30 Days of Pure Misery". It is HARD! At least for me, it is. I tried the 30DS before and only made it to about Day 9, but this time, I have hung in there! Today I am on Day 23, with only 7 days left and I am feeling pretty good - definitely not ready to stop. I am also running consistently (3-4 mornings per week) to get that extra cardio in! Although I haven't YET seen many results in the way my body feels, the ways my clothes fit OR on the scale, I will continue to stay strong and I will NOT give up this time.

February is right around the corner, so I've been brainstorming my next goal... I'm thinking 2 nights a week of spinning classes at my gym? I haven't attended a spin class since mid-2009 (when I was pregnant!), but it delivered results - I remember that!

I've been in a bit of a slump these past few weeks; feeling down about myself, tired of being uncomfortable in my current (size 2/4) clothing because the waistband of EVERYTHING is too snug, dreading a trip to Mexico that my husband is treating me to (in March!) because the thought of wearing a swimsuit is horrifying, and just feeling frustrated that I'm not the tiny thing I used to be... WISHING I had my old body back. I am realistic though and know that being hard on myself will get me no where, so I broke down and bought a new pair of jeans in a size 6 (my waist is thanking me!) to get me by until I slim down and I even bought a new "tankini" swimsuit for Mexico in hot pink! It's not the sexy little bikini I was HOPING to wear on this trip, but I must say, it doesn't look too bad on me! I'll just save the bikini for summertime.

Happy New Year to all of you! I know it's going to be a great year for all of us! xo

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KELLEY1010 2/1/2012 8:47PM

    I love your attitude!!! Keep being strong girl!!!

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MRS_TOAD 1/26/2012 8:14AM

    As hard as it is, you are doing everything right! Just keep mixing things up and pretty soon your weight will be going in the "correct" direction. In the meantime, celebrate the fact you are running, eating healthy, feeling energetic... In other words, despite what the scales says, you are getting healthier by the minute!

Go, Desiree, Go!

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LORIAPO 1/25/2012 9:06PM

    Added weight feels awful, I know. It sounds like you have a realistic attitude about losing it though.
Good for you for getting so far doing the 30 day shred! I have the dvd here, just waiting for me to be ready for it.
Spinning class is so much fun and such a great workout. I only attend sporadically because I can only go when my body says I can; but I just love it whenever I get to do it.
I think by March you will look fabulous for your sweetie when you go on your trip to Mexico! Even if it's not the bikini this time, that pink tankini sounds pretty hot!!!
Use your food tracker faithfully & whenever you want something sugary; just think of Mexico!
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BAILEYS7OF9 1/25/2012 5:37PM

    You are not alone! I am so digusted w/ myself today as well.. this has to end! I have to use my treadmill weather I like it or not as there is just too much ice outside!

also think I need to recalculate my calories in as my calories out have reduced.

I need to be more focused on my strength training. How are you doing with that?? I get a lot of strength training ideas off runners world.

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SNOWFILLY 1/25/2012 8:09AM

    I know how you feel about kicking butt in a challenge and not seeing anything. I am doing the Jan. Jumpstart, and the same thing is happening to me. Like you, I am keeping at it, because it takes my body longer to adjust. But man, that cardio is almost killing this old lady. I am starting to feel a little bit thinner with my clothes, but not enough. So I know that you will see some changes in the next month. Keep switching it up. Your trip sounds exciting!!! I am sure your husband thinks you look great in your bikini. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WILDHORSEANNIE 1/25/2012 12:31AM

    Well I don't know how tall you are, but you look pretty lanky. I bet you look better in a bikini than you think. You'll still look hot to you husband and thats what counts the most. But I also know all about the body image thing and how it affects your entire being!!! Just keep working at it. You are on the right track; but you are at a busy time of your life with a toddler needing attention and all. Its distracting , and you probably eat a bit mindlessly. Track your food if you don't already (I suspect you are good at it sometimes, and then fall off the wagon at other all of us.)
Try to do different things to keep yourself fresh...of course it sounds like you do that too!!! Its a constant adventure, for sure...... emoticon

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CUTTINABBY 1/24/2012 8:22PM

    Desiree sorry to hear you found a few extra pounds . I have too . Darn that Christmas season !!
It is definately time to recommit as a new year is upon us.
Make sure when you loose the weight you give away those size 6's or you may find they become more and more comfortable . THAT is a lesson I have learned over the winter.
All that exercise is good just make sure you are eating enough so you don't stall the weight loss by starving from eating to few calories .
Above all enjoy your trip and that pink tankini .After all it's not every day that a ranchers wife get to go to Mexico ..sigh. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Desperately in need of a pep talk!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

I'm eating healthy, staying within my calorie range, exercising like a crazy person (Literally - I am on Day 11 of the Insanity workout), and I'm still gaining!!!

My weight has reached an all-time HIGH of 141.8 - highest ever for me, aside from being pregnant. And my spirit has reached an all-time LOW because I am not happy with the skin I'm in and I am actually putting more effort into getting in shape right now than I ever have! This is one of those things about eating right and exercising that just baffles me. The more I try, the worse I look and feel.

I am aware that perhaps I am gaining muscle, especially since I started this pretty strenuous Insanity workout, and believe me, I wouldn't care how much I weighed if I was seeing positive results with my body (like slimming down)... But I FEEL bigger, my clothes don't fit comfortably anymore and my gut, love handles and butt are seriously expanding - Just in time for bathing suit season! YAY!

I am super unhappy. So, what do I do? Continue this workout? Eat less? Call a personal trainer? Or accept this new chubby bod o'mine and start buying clothes in the next size up? Cringe...

In all seriousness though, I need a pep talk! Thank you, Spark Friends! xoxo

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KELLEY1010 8/16/2011 7:44PM

    HORMONES!! Have them checked!! They will mess you up!! Mine are all over the place and I am under going treatment now. I have the same exact problem. I work out, eat well, but NOTHING but gaining! YIKES!!! See your doc!

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MRS_TOAD 8/12/2011 7:17AM

    Have you consulted with your doctor to see if all your blood levels and hormones are at their right levels and that your thyroid is working correctly? Have you asked them if you are where you should be with your regime?

You are not alone, dear SPal. I have another SPal that was going through this exact situation for several weeks and then last Friday the scales started moving in the direction she had wanted; that is, down!

I know it is difficult and frustrating, but hang in there! emoticon

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JRDIAMOND4 8/11/2011 10:48AM


Let me say first, I don't believe in cutting out any foods and My dad beat it into my brain that anything man made not God made is garbage for your body such as artificial sugars etc. I just wanted you to read about the blood type diet, if you haven't already. Do I believe it is the answer to your problem? I don't know but it is food for thought. My DH is type O LOVES LOVES meat. I am type A HATE meat. When I read the blood type diet it says that type O's are meat eaters, they process meats better than other types. Type A's do not process meat as well and therefore prefer more veggies in their diet. I am not sayin that is true in every case. I read that type A's need time for their bodies to catch up so yoga is an awesome exercise for them. If you are a Type A maybe you are stressing your body. I'm not saying jump on the Blood Type Diet wagon but see if there is some info that may work for you. I am eating less meat and I don't feel as bloated all the time. Not sure that is a coincidence.

Believe it when I say you are not alone in needing a pep talk. I need a back lashin behind the shed bwhahaha I had met my goal and was maintaining it extremely well. Decided I didn't have to exercise as much. One day lead to two and three four five week month.... AND 10LBS. UGH!! I can't seem to get motivated. It is like I am stuck in this rut. Bleh!!

Happy Thursday emoticon,

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PALOMINOGIRL3 8/10/2011 2:55PM

    OH NO, B! I am certainly NOT prego! I just meant that I am heavier now than I ever have been, with the EXCEPTION of the time I was pregnant! This is how rumors get started. Hehe.

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BAILEYS7OF9 8/10/2011 2:49PM

    first, congrats on being preggo.

I would think you are also getting bigger because the kid is getting bigger? yes no? I have never been preggo, so not sure on that one.

and like the others said, you are probably retaining water, maybe more so than ever as being pregnant does this too (I think!)

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LORIAPO 8/10/2011 1:35PM

    I was going to get on here and say exactly what ARCHIMEDESII just said.

Keep eating right & exercising; but fit in some easier 'recovery' days every once in a while (maybe every 3rd day or something). When you get plenty of sleep & do some light exercise stuff & stretching instead of the serious 'cranking it up & muscle building' type of exercise.... then that extra water should come right off. (If it doesn't, maybe you should get your thyroid checked.)

My body always holds alot of extra water for repair too; so I've been through this many times over.
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SABRINA1024 8/10/2011 1:31PM

    yeah, i like that better. but, horrormones are still evil.

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ARCHIMEDESII 8/10/2011 1:24PM

    Take a deep breathe... what you're experiencing is perfectly NORMAL. When you work your muscles intensely, they soak up water like a sponge. This is what they are supposed to do. You may also notice that your muscles swell in size a bit AND the scale goes up !! This is NOT a gain in fat !! In order to truly gain one pound of fat, a person needs to eat an extra 3,500 calories on top of their normal intake. So, if you know you didn't eat an extra 3,500+ calories, then you know you didn't gain fat.

Why did the scale go up ? water retention. Your muscles are retaining water as a result of being worked intensely. This is going to happen when you strength train OR engage in intense exercise.

Don't worry ! Your body will release any excess water it doesn't need, but it could take a few days. Ever notice your weight goes up during TOM ? Most women tend to gain weight during their menstrual cycle. Is that a fat gain ? That too is nothing more than a temporary water weight gain that passes in a few days.

DON'T cut your calories !! You're not gaining fat. You're just retaining water.

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SABRINA1024 8/10/2011 1:17PM

    ok, here it is skinny minnie......
i understand being uncomfortable in your own body, i'm a short 145 lbs.
perhaps your body is confused and you just need something to nudge it in the right direction. HORRORmones aslo screw you up. after you have a baby your entire body changes and there are things about it that just wont budge. THAT MY DEAR IS LIFE. unless of course you have enough money to hit up a surgeon who can take care of that for you. seriously, do the best you can do with what you are blessed with. being overweight isn't your problem, and its not that you are unhealthy.. your body has just changed and you arent used to it.
dont give up on your spark plan, give it more time.

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