My Epiphany

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

So I rode Corey yesterday for the first time in a while. I mean REALLY rode, not just get on paddle around like I usually do. Ive never really ridden being over 200 lbs, so it was really a shock for me. I used to be a great rider, i could get on any horse and ride, no problem, and was taking lessons with a top dressage rider. I was GOOD.. Now I feel like i dont know what the hell im doing on the back of a horse. Corey is amazing, im lucky to have access to such a good horse to ride, especially since my horse Aliya isnt trained yet. And I sure as heck dont want to get on her back until i know I have some of my "skills" back.
Well anyway, my mom was kinda giving me a riding lesson while I rode him, just helping me out a bit. Halfway thru my ride i broke down in tears. I cant ride like this. This is not me. I need to drop this weight so i can do the things that I love again. Right now I have a hard time gripping with my thighs, and my butt is almost too big for my saddle and god knows im probably killing the poor horse under me! So heres my big epiphany. I NEED to loose this weight to ride again. Theres no ifs ands or buts about it. My legs were killing me after my ride yesterday, but i went to the gym last night anyway for a half hour. Then I got up again this morning and rode. Corey was being a pill for me this morning, trying to buck whenever he cantered etc, so i ended up just riding for 20 minutes, but its better than nothing.
On the plus side, last night at the gym I was able to run for about 7 minutes straight! I was very proud of myself. I know it may not sound like much but im the kinda girl that gets winded going up the stairs! But anyway, im being much stricter on my diet now, and considering my riding as part of my exercise, i ENJOY that much more than going to the gym so it works out good for me. It doesnt end up being a chore for me to ride. Its fun and not to mention that the horse im riding needs to get back in shape and loose a few too, so its not only for me, its for him too!
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    Being able to ride a horse is a huge motivator for me to lose weight. I'm way too big right now, and I've always been way too big, so it was just one of those things I accepted I couldn't do. But I CAN, I just need to lose the weight. I can't wait!
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    7 minutes!!! You should be exstatic!!! I know I would be. I have a hard time running for 2 minutes, so I all I have to say is emoticon
    4513 days ago
    Take one day at a time. Riding will come back to you. I too used to be a great rider, now I'm hoping to at least not look bad on my horses and hopefully show once or twice this year. I too have a younger horse which I'm line driving until I get my legs into riding shape. I'm riding a more experienced horse to help me "shape-up". I believe as long as I'm comfortable on the horse and am in correct riding position, I'm not putting too much on their back at one time. I don't mount from the ground, since pulling on the saddle and their withers would be hard for them while I get into the saddle. i gently mount using a mounting block
    4513 days ago
    Way to go for running 7 minutes at a time! That's the way you build up your endurance emoticon ! I started the exact same way with my running. I just had my longest run so far over the weekend - 40 minutes! Keep it up!
    4513 days ago
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