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Poster:hadesbabe
Date:2010-04-13 20:30
Subject:fitness books
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If this comm is still alive :) ... has anyone here read/used either Fitness, Performance and the Female Equestrian by Mary Midkiff or The Rider's Fitness Program by Dennis/McCully/Juris?  I'm keenly interested in others' opinions on these two books. :)  Thanks!

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Poster:evil_c
Date:2009-01-15 10:00
Subject:Weight loss & better body tone.
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Mood: bouncy

I've lost, up to todays date, 42lbs in weight since July. YAY! By the time the mares come back into work later this year I'll be slim and healthy and happy and fit and ready for riding (and jump) again!

As for toning the muscles... I have gone down 4 dress sizes. I'd say thats a good result :D I know I'm certainly happy about it! Everyone now notices and so I feel even better about it. I find that whilst I can tell I've lost weight and inches because of the dress sizes lost, what makes me feel best about it is when other people notice. Just a few days ago my manager told me I am looking great and it is very noticeable that I have lost all the weight and that made me feel far more fantastic than just looking at what look like tiny jeans I'm not wearing. Of course, when I first started working with said manager I was a UK size 24 (US size 22) and now I am a UK size 16 (US size 14) so yeah, its a hell of a change.

A good trick to do in these things that kept me motivated... 42lbs is just under 20kg. Thats the weight of a bag of horse feed (here anyway). So, I carried a bag of horse feed around for as long as I could the other day and I had to put it down after a few minutes. I have no idea how I managed to carry that much extra weight around without collapsing on the floor.

Good motivation when it comes to inch loss, I've been measured every month since July and since then I have lost 29inches off just my bum, stomach and thighs. 29 inches is just a number to me, means nothing, but then someone said to me thats 2ft 5inches. Thats also actually over half my height but then I'm reeeeeealy short at just 4ft 8.5inches tall. Putting up a jump thats 2ft 5inches is a good eye-opener as to how much in inches I have actually lost. Wow, I know people who won't jump their horses that high because its a "scary" height :D

If you want to be motivated to losing some more weight, I think a good suggestion is fill a bucket with something equal to the weight you want to lose and carry it around the yard for as long as you can. Then imagine how much better you'd feel not carrying that around all day every day. If you have lost weight, do what I did, try carrying something around thats that weight for a while and see how much harder it was for you before you lost the weight. It makes you feel great!

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Poster:dragon_moon
Date:2008-07-09 15:50
Subject:Introduction
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Mood: curious

Greetings! The community seems a bit quiet at the moment, but it's a great idea so I thought I'd give it a go. :o)

My goal is to become healthier - eat better and exercise more. Sounds incredibly simple, but it's very hard to do sometimes! I have been helping my grandfather haul hay, so that's been quite the weekend workout! For many years I haven't been riding that much and it's rather disheartening to realize that your skills don't just stay the same that way. ;D I've started riding again this year - about six weeks ago, and already am feeling a lot more comfortable in the saddle. My goal is to lose weight in order to be healthy and also to enjoy being active with my horse and my dog.

How does everyone juggle time for exercise and riding? Or do you do your best to make riding time physical? (Lots of posting? Mucking stalls? etc) Just curious, because by the time I get home from work and we finish riding, there's not much time for anything other than eating dinner and winding down before bed. (I get up at 5:10 am and can't really imagine getting up any earlier!)

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Poster:halfpass_19
Date:2008-01-10 10:34
Subject:Setting some goals
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Hiya everybody!  I've finally gotten around to joining this community because my pathetic short-lived attempts at regulating my fitness just aren't working. I'm just going to explain my situation and post my goals here, because if they're in writing somewhere, I'll feel more accountable for achieving them.  :D

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Poster:evil_c
Date:2007-12-17 00:01
Subject:GI Diet?
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Mood: thoughtful

Has anyone tried the GI (Glycemic Index) diet?

Good diet? Bad diet?

I NEVER feel full, no matter how much or what I eat!

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Poster:jane_deux
Date:2007-10-31 21:07
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so, we've become inactive again. i'm hoping we can jump back into this community though. i know i need some advice and support, and i'm always happy to have people to share what i know with.

my biggest battle right now is food. i live in a dorm. i eat in the dining hall or i make things in the microwave. i can boil water in this plug-in thing i have, but i do not have a stove or oven, or even a freezer (i have a fridge though). i also dont have $50 to spend on groceries every week. i need CHEAP, healthy, EASY meals and snacks. how do you stop yourself from eating all the fried, cheesy, salty, and sugary stuff that tastes SO good?

workouts have been good becuase my team is still in season so we have mandatory workouts 4x/week, as in; you dont workout, you dont ride. but this weekend is our last show and after that the workouts kind of die off. but i am determined to keep up what ive been doing. i need personal motivators!

this is really bad, but how i motivate myself is by watching shows like "Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader Tryouts." All those gorgeous girls with amazing bodies make me really really want to stick to my plan. what are your personal motivators?

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Poster:moonshinetears
Date:2007-09-03 16:58
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Mood: curious

I figured I could ask here in case anyone knows.

What kinds of things can I do to shrink my ass and my thighs?  Lol, I know a strange question, but that's my problem.  My butt and my thighs are, in my opinion, huge.  And I want to shrink them.

Any ideas?

Oh yeah, and I've lost a total of 6lbs so far. :)  Minimal I know, but it's the best I've done so far.

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Poster:jane_deux
Date:2007-08-01 20:45
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so i am doing OK with my summer exercise. actually, i am doing pretty badly :(

BUT i just cut a day off of work so i can spend more time with my horse, and i am hoping that this will mean i wont be too worn out to exercie the rest of the week.

my newest plan is to buy a jump rope, because i just cannot bring myself to run anymore. but i figure, a half hour of jumping rope is about equal to running a mile... so that is my plan.

also- if you want to maximize your workout when riding... shorten your stirrups a hole. i did that today, and damn my legs burned!

and ive been volunteering myself to help with hay... once i've volunteered i know people are counting on me so i won't back out, and that is a great workout!

i'd love to hear more ways of getting exercise without actually planning a workout.

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Poster:moonshinetears
Date:2007-07-31 11:20
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Mood: anxious

Starting tomorrow, I am joining the people in my work on doing the "Biggest loser".  From tomorrow and for the next 3 months, I will be attempting to lose 10% of my body weight.  I get weighed tomorrow. :-/  But I'm actually looking forward to it.  In addition to my riding and biking (biking is almost every day... riding is about twice a week (ugh, I wish it was more)), I will be working out at least 3 times a week with the people here at work.

I just laugh at what our reward is at the end of 3 months... lunch. XD

I'll let you know how this works out.

Man, if only the dark side wasn't so tempting.... (in refernce to my icon. XD)

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Poster:spirithorse21
Date:2007-07-26 09:38
Subject:Moving right along
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So, we're all busy getting fit and that's why there's no time to update, right?

Things are going really well for me.
- I've lost 11 pounds!
- I'm riding at least 5 days a week
- I have several horses to ride, so I'm usually on a horse for a couple hours or more each day
- I'm still eating right and walking to work
- My meal portion sizes have shrunk and I feel great about it

I feel really good about all this. I'm back down to the weight I was at in mid-march. At that time I felt fat and awful. But now, I feel pretty good. I can see I'm making progress, and (unlike in March) I'm firmer now too. Thanks to all the riding, everything is just so much more firm and I know my metabolism is kicking up a few notches. I was even pleased when I looked in the mirror the other day before work.

I'm sure I could be doing better, but this week is fair week, and then I'm going on vacation, and then its state fair. And I'm a fair freak. And I don't believe in skipping all that wonderful fair food for some diet. Fair comes once a year. I can diet all year long. But still, cheers for progress!

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Poster:jane_deux
Date:2007-07-16 19:51
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i need help

i cannot stick to an exercise plan. it lasts for about a week or two and then i fizzle. i work full-time in a physically demanding job, and i have nobody who will support me or exercise with me. at the end of the day, the idea of going for a run is just impossible to me. i am just in a rut, i work out on my days off, but that is only 1-2 days a week.

i hardly have time to ride my own horse, i feel awful about that.

i am thinking about getting a pilates and/or yoga tape to watch. i somehow feel like that will make working out easier to plan for. has anyone had any experience with these? ones you would recommend?

also, i would love any other advice anybody can offer for a girl who always feels to drained to work out.

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Poster:spirithorse21
Date:2007-07-03 09:09
Subject:Progress report
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Mood: contemplative

I haven't heard from anyone in a while. Well, I can fix that! Here's a little progress report. Maybe everyone else can chime in too. :D

I was going to wait until I had lost 10 pounds to make a report. But I'm not there yet, even though I should be. Maybe you all have some suggestions and how to keep it going? I'm doing really well, but I seem to be stuck at the moment.

I think I posted here that I did get my horse. We are doing very well together and really progressing. I think we're almost to the point that we could go out for some long-distance trotting mixed with cantering. I'd like to do some galloping, but he's still too unbalanced for that. Funny enough though, I now have three horses to ride! I've been advertising my training talents for a year down here, but only just now got any work (I think thanks to having Will and being at the barn everyday!). I have two horses to ride three times a week each, plus Will at least 3 times a week. And weekends = either my horses in Terre Haute or other outdoor activities, such as hiking or canoing. That is a lot of calories. As in, usually 1000+. I'm still walking to work and walking the dog, but the gym has fallen to the wayside. There just isn't anymore time for traveling to another place to dedicate more time. But I'm not too upset. I've never enjoyed the gym anyway. I'd rather be outside.

In place of that thought, I need to make sure that I add something to my routine to help me with endurance and core strength. I am almost to the point that I can take my horse out for longer rides, so that should cover the endurance. I've been thinking of switching from walking to work to biking to work. I would get to work faster (not that I need too), but there are hills involved. So that could be good. For core strength, I have a lovely new yoga video (Yoga for Inflexible People), and I need to do some old fashioned work, like crunches (but probably on a ball), pushup, and I might try to get a bar for chin-ups. We'll see.

I have been keeping track of my food and I'm doing very well on the calorie count. The last two weekends have been god awful, but I don't really feel that bad about either one. Yeah, I ate pizza. Yeah, I ate too much ice cream. But a girls gotta binge sometimes, right? Otherwise, I've been very good. Count everything, no snacking, get a balanced diet, and eat lots of fruit an veggies.

Anyway, all of this has resulted in a loss of 7 pounds! I've plateaued the last two weeks though, and I'd like to keep it going. I'm going to Europe in August and I'd like very much to be between 170 and 175. I don't think I can make it down to 150 by Oct. 20 now, but my biggest motivation for that was looking good in a bridesmaid dress... I tried that on over the weekend and it looked great in a size 12, so I can feel very good about that! But I want to keep going. For me. For my horses. 150 is still my goal, even if it takes longer to get there.

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Poster:madcowmuramatsu
Date:2007-06-15 10:13
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Hey kids!

How is everyone? Are you still pumped? Have you kept your enthusiasm while I've been dealing with my falling-apart mare?

Yes? Good! Tell me about it!

No? Well, me neither, but I'm cranking it up again!

I've been going for walks and such but I haven't exactly been sweating to the oldies or doing whatever. So for the next three days (starting small!) I'm going to challenge myself to push it a bit. Tonight? Running. Tomorrow? Gym. Sunday? Maybe a hike?

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Poster:spirithorse21
Date:2007-06-12 22:39
Subject:I got a new exercise machine!
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Now, you may be wondering what I'm talking about.


William aka WillyCollapse )

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Poster:madcowmuramatsu
Date:2007-06-06 21:49
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Fitness challenge check-inCollapse )

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Poster:jane_deux
Date:2007-06-05 21:06
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so, i had absolutely no time today to do any exercise. well, i could have gone running in the dark while it was raining, but opted out.

BUT i did make an amazing discovery: i can exercise while doing barn chores. while going stall to stall filling water buckets with the hose, i did leg lifts, squats and heel raises while waiting for the buckets to fill. i got in about 4 reps of 15 of each move!

any other clever ideas of ways to incorporate exercise into your day when you dont have time to set aside for working out? i know about chair calisthenics... but i don't ever sit in a chair.. i work at the barn and as a nurse's aide, so im always on my feet but not doing anything that i qualify as 'exercise'

so... get creative!

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Poster:madcowmuramatsu
Date:2007-06-03 14:39
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Fitness Challenge: Days 5 and 6Collapse )

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Poster:madcowmuramatsu
Date:2007-06-01 10:59
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FITNESS CHALLENGE, DAYS 3 AND 4Collapse )

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Poster:madcowmuramatsu
Date:2007-05-30 20:13
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FITNESS CHALLENGE: DAY 3Collapse )

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Poster:madcowmuramatsu
Date:2007-05-29 07:53
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FITNESS CHALLENGE: DAY 2Collapse )

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