We are two weeks into our challenge and I have been so pleased with all the great responses we have gotten from readers and they just keep coming! Cheryl and I (one of my challenge partners) have stepped up our walk up “butt hill” every morning and as we huff our way up the mountain, we have been mulling over your comments and ideas.
I was most impressed to have our humble little challenge joined by someone who had just celebrated the loss of 100#. Wow. Here I am whining about trying to lose 5 pounds and you have achieved an unimaginable milestone. And yes, I have spoken with several other riders who have lost 50-100# about how that affected their riding. All have reported to me that they had to re-learn balance on the horse; and some have commented they had to re-learn how to use their aids (seat and legs) because they could now feel their seat bones. I suppose as your body changes in shape, your center of gravity changes as well. I am not sure of the mechanics of drastic weight-loss as it relates to riding, but it is interesting to me. I’d love to hear from you about exactly how weight-loss (in any increment) has affected your riding.
Many of your comments have included personal tips for dieting and ideas about rewards. Cheryl and I have been mulling over these ideas as we walk up the hill. For some, it is not a challenge for weight loss as much as a challenge to get more fit. Take Cheryl for instance; she’s a waif. She really cannot afford to lose 5 whole pounds since she had already lost 2# before our weigh-in where she tipped the scales at a whopping 113. But she wants to be more fit—so how do you quantify a fitness challenge? And, it has lead me to ponder this question: is it easier to lose 5# if you have only 5# to lose or if you have 100# to lose? I’ve thought about this a lot over the past two weeks and have come to the conclusion that they are equally hard, but for different reasons. What do you think?
For me, I am holding steady at a loss of three pounds—only two to go! But this weekend we are headed into dangerous waters and I am really worried I will be set back in my challenge. Rich and I are headed up to Granby, Colorado, with Dually and Diggs, to the C Lazy U Guest Ranch www.clazyu.com , where we will attend a three day Versatility Ranch Horse clinic and competition www.nvrha.org . The ranch is a 5-star resort, complete with gourmet full-course meals in copious proportions. I am really good at not buying high-calorie food and can maintain some semblance of self-discipline at home and when traveling—but put it right in front of me and my determination dwindles.
Rich and I have discussed our strategy to try and overcome the temptations of the weekend, with a little in-put from my challenge buddies, and we have decided on a multi-pronged approach. First, we are going to not eat potatoes and bread; that should help a lot but it is a hard push for me since I could live on bread alone (as long as I had butter). Secondly, we are going to remind ourselves to slow down and only eat until we’re full—not until we hate ourselves and fell sick. I personally subscribe to the theory of wearing tight pants to dinner so that there’s not too much room to over-stuff. We decided not drinking was unrealistic since this is a hugely social event but I am going to forego my beloved martini for a wine spritzer (which I won’t consume much of since I don’t really like wine). Plus I will take my regular walk every morning. If I can survive the weekend without gaining any weight, I’ll consider it a success!
Anyone have ideas for maintaining a healthy weight when you are vacationing or partying? Do in-between-meal snacks help you eat less when you sit down to the dinner table? And if so, what’s your favorite healthy snack?
I hope those of you that have signed-in on our challenge are having some success. Please let me know how it goes.
Enjoy the holiday weekend!
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