This is a photo of a basic English Saddle. I know nothing about saddles or riding horses for that matter (although I would like to try horseback riding one day
I'd like to relate this saddle and it's parts to my journey to getting healthy:
Seat- I MUST get OFF of my seat in order to shed pounds. Move, moves, move, instead of sit, sit, sit.
Twist-Twisting is good---it most certainly will work my waist and loosen me up a bit.
Saddle Flap-Uh, yeah, I guess you could say I have a touch of 'saddle flap' in my saddle area.
Panel-My panel would be my brain. I need to connect my panel to the way I'm feling in order to motivate myself to get going!
Cantle- the definition is:
1. the back part of a saddle that slopes upwards
2. a slice; a broken-off piece
I guess the cantle in my life would refer to the slice of success I experienced last year when I completed 2 SP challenges and lost 10 lbs. The broken off piece would be that I have gained that same 10 lbs back and feel guilty about it.
Pommel- the definition is:
1. The upper front part of a saddle; a saddlebow.
2. Either of the two rounded handles on top of a pommel horse.
3. A knob on the hilt of a sword or similar weapon.
Since a pommel is something that seems you hold onto, I would have to say right now SparkPeople is my pommel because of the SparkFriends here, the challenges I participate in and the tools the site gives me. All these things help me hold onto the hopes that I can reach my goals and become a healthier person.
Skirt-In relation to losing weight, the 'skirt' would have to be the way you can easily 'skirt' around the issues at hand and easily fall back into your old habits. I want to avoid this.
Stirrup Bar (under the skirt)-I would have to say that this relates to underlying feelings, past letdowns, or old baggage that we carry around with us. Although difficult to let go of these things, it is a good idea to try to let go and move forward in your life so that you can move forward and reach your goals.
All of that said, I am preparing myself to get back into the saddle. The BLC19 begins on Wednesday. I definitely am not at the fitness level that I was at last year at this time. I hope it doesn't take me too long to get back to where I was and then to get even stronger from there. I will be relying on the support of my fellow BLC19 team mates (Teal Troopers), as well as my current Spark Friends and team mates from my other teams. I also have a blog outside of SparkPeople and would encourage any follower from there to show their support and encouragement for me. (Every bit counts, believe me.)
And speaking of my other blog, I posted about SparkPeople there today in hopes to encourage others to use the site and get healthy. You can check my post out here:
If you're interested in becoming a follower of that blog (All Around The Circle), feel free to link up with me there (RSS Feed, Google Connect, NetWorked Blogs, Blog Frog).
Wishing everyone @ the BLC19 a successful round! It's going to be tough, but sometimes tough is what it takes to rev us up to get going!