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Pushing the Limits


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

I don’t know why I don’t do more blogs the lord knows I love to talk. Maybe because it takes a little through before I speak or I am not really speaking at all just putting down some thoughts. Whatever the reason I am just not putting the time in that maybe I could or should. With that said…here goes.

As most of you know Horses are my passion…and I only have been back in a position to handle them and enjoy them for a couple of months. Prior to that I was laid up for quite a long time recovering from one problem or another. In all this lying up I managed to put on a number of pounds that are not only causing me to be uncomfortable but they distract from almost all aspects of my life. I am trying so hard to lose some of the weight but it is not coming off as easy as it came on. Then …I started to think in reality it took me almost 5 years to gain 70 lbs waiting on knee replacements and another year I put on 40 lbs while bed ridden after the car accident. It’s been just 5 months since I have been walking at all. In that time I have not only managed to walk…but I walk without any aids. I am not out there jogging but I am not using a crutch, walker, or even a cane. I have been able to drop 19 lbs of the 40 I just gained…so that in itself I should consider a winning factor.
Maybe I am looking at this wrong. Instead of the cup half full maybe I should be thinking half empty. I mean…I am thinking it is taking forever, but then again 5 months and moving is very substantial if I really look at it right. With that said….check this out.

I spent the day Sunday going trail riding….I managed to do something I thought I would not be or want to do again. I managed to get upon an unbroken horse..well she is broke but is a wild cat…in her own right. She is a strong mover and has a temper. She is close to 1000lbs of pure muscle….that against my 280…out of shape no muscle form was not something I wanted to picture. But, as they say a picture can replace 1000 words. So I have a few pictures to share with you. NO LAUGHING OR APPLAUDING PLEASE!




Savanna willing to work the horse before I mount her.



Youngest Grand Daughter making sure....the horse is lunged properly.



It takes time to do things right.



I was not taking any chances...she lunges both ways.



Ok...there I am with the help of the oldest Granddaughter trying to set my balance. Keeping my feet down was a work out on this horse but over all she did better than I expected her to. At least she didn't buck, rear or take off.



Maybe it was my big butt that kept her on the ground. What ever the reason I was thankful and found an even balance with her.



Balance came with my feet down...toes up and a straight back. Don't worry its there you just can't see it for the fat getting in the way.



Ok...I've had enough for the day with this horse...my legs are hurting not to mention my ankle and knees. I am not giving up through...my grand-daughter made me promise to get back on her WEDNESDAY. God, I hope it's pouring on Wednesday. I did get to jog a bit, and canter. I can't post...my ankle and knees won't let me...so I have to sit the jog. Lord give me strength.


Have a Happy Thanksgiving.
Joanna

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IMAGINGPRO 12/1/2012 12:41PM

    Love the pics and glad that you were able to get on her and rid some. Stay positive and you will get where you want to be.

Hope you had a very Happy Thanksgiving. Sorry for it taking this long to post. Still dealing with health issues.

Best wishes to you

Dot

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LISBETHSALANDER 11/30/2012 8:57PM

    You look wonderful on the horse. Isn't it a riot what we will do for the grandkids?

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_KATHY 11/26/2012 11:16AM

    Joanna, makes me happy to see you are back in the saddle. You look great. I know you will feel better and better the more you ride.
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Kathy

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DARLENECASEY 11/21/2012 2:17PM

    JoAnna you look absolutely beautiful on your horse. It makes you look slim and you don't have a big but, if I could I would show you mine, now that is a but LOL.
No kidding you look great. I know I don't chat much anymore but I do keep up.
Hugs
Darlene

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SNOWFILLY 11/21/2012 7:37AM

    Good Job!! Brave indeed!! I always do a little ground work too, to see where their head is at. You look great!! Keep up the great work!!! Have a great Holiday. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IOWAGRAMMA 11/20/2012 11:38PM

    emoticon Great job! By tomorrow I bet you'll be looking forward to it! Enjoy and keep up the great work.

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BELDONDOG1 11/20/2012 10:11PM

    Joanna, I have to agree with Lise--I also have to applaud you for this is a great achievement! Who would have "thunk" it! Another thing, stop downing yourself, you don't look bad at all! ((hugs))

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TXGRANDMA 11/20/2012 9:45PM

    Great job, Joanna! You were so brave to have even mounted that mare, let alone ride her at all 3 gaits! Loved the pictures, looked like it was a beautiful day in Michigan. I always do groundwork with Lexi before I ride her, too! Like Clinton Anderson says, if you are wiping the dust off your pants, you didn't do enough groundwork!

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TXMEMAW6 11/20/2012 11:36AM

    What an awesome achievement! Way to go!!! We are all so very proud of you, as I'm sure you are proud of yourself. Keep up the great work! Hugz, Sharon

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ESILBO 11/20/2012 9:32AM

    JOANNA, THERE IS NO LAUGHING MATTER IN THIS. I AM SO PROUD OF YOU. DON'T ASK FOR RAIN BUT ASK FOR SUNSHINE AND GD TO BE AT THE RENDEZ=VOUS. YOU ARE DOING SO WELL, DON'T STOP.
I HAVE TO APPLAUSE, THIS IS GREAT ACHIEVEMENT.
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