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
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!
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!
- 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!
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
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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