Fact: I am in better shape than I was one year ago.
Also Fact: I have a long way to go.
The “Eq Diet” is actually a really, really bad title for this post because I’m concerned about fitness, not weight. Even though I need to lose weight, I’ve come to the realization fairly recently that… I’m not ugly. I don’t look awful. I’m not meant to be a size 2. These are good things to realize for someone who has been overweight almost her whole life!
On the flip side, I also realized that I couldn’t run a mile without stopping right now if my life depended on it. I can’t ride 20 minutes straight without stirrups. I couldn’t hold a two point without stirrups. These are bad things. I need to be able to do these things.
So it’s fitness time folks. Insert your choice of Fergie song here.
I was struggling with how exactly to embark on my quest for fitness. There are no good gyms close enough to where I live that I knew I would go consistently before work, and working out at lunch is not an option if I want to do cardio because my face turns red like a tomato and I am a heavy head sweater and really it’s just not good for anyone to be around me after I work out unless I have ample time to shower and cool off. At first I thought Couch to 5k, but I hate running with a passion and have tried that and given up before. But then while reading a weight loss blog I enjoy, I discovered Fitness Glo.
It’s a subscription based (a reasonable $12/mo) video service with tons and tons of workout videos. Moderate cardio? Yup. Abs? Absolutely. Stretching? Of course. Ass kicking cardio? No problem.
So I signed up for the free trial, and started this Monday in the middle of the 8 week “Beginner” program. The cardio workout I did was 20 minutes long, got me adequately gross and sweaty, and had a lot of lunges…. so I felt like it was a good choice for an equestrian workout.
The goal is for me to hit 3 hours a week exercising to these videos in addition to my normal riding routine. I know I won’t drop to 105 lbs, but I’m hoping to get stronger and leaner and become a better rider for Simon. What do you do outside the barn to work on fitness? Also appreciate any tips for not doing my trademark move – giving up!