Saturday, October 30, 2010
How can I be upset to be aching and sore after horseback riding? I've wished to ride horses all my life, and now at 51, I get my chance. A 67 year old friend wants me to go riding with her at least once a month. She rides her horse, I ride her mule named Amy who is a sweetheart and a smooth ride, and an 81 year old friend joins us with his horse. I have to disagree with the SP fitness that says I burn 430 calories an hour horseback riding, but I definitely do get a workout. Its more like strength training exercise riding Amy, as she has a stubborn gear that calls for arm muscles. Going down steep hills also gives a good workout on the legs, and our ride yesterday was up and down and all around some beautiful Colorado country near Colorado National Monument.
Made a huge batch of minestrone to eat on through the week, and stocked up on fresh veggies so I will have no excuses not to succeed this week. My first week I haven't tracked much with food, just getting settled in and used to the exercises and still trying to find a way to drink all that water. But I know success is bound to find its way to my door the more I incorporate positive habits. Slow and steady is my motto this time. In the past I've jumped gung ho into a program and did too many changes at once and it lead to failure.
At any rate, I'm moving slow today, but will muster up the oomph to get in my strength training sets in today as well so I will have a full week done.