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Weigh-In Wednesday: Health & Fitness Goals

After reading numerous posts on 2015 goals, I’ve noticed a trend among equestrian bloggers that goes beyond improving our riding skills. Many of us have health and fitness goals — from losing weight to hitting the gym to eating right. We’re all pretty awesome at supporting each other through tough times with our equine partners… so why not support each others personal goals as well? I admit, I’ve had health goals on my list every year but for some reason those seem that most difficult to accomplish. So I’m initiating a monthly blog hop for us to talk about these goals, share our success and motivate each other to really make our health and fitness a priority this year.

For me, my big goal this year is to lose weight. While I really don’t want to admit this out loud, I will in the interest of being upfront and honest: I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been and I don’t like it one bit. It’s frustrating for me, because I’ve been trying to eat right and I ride 4-5 days a week… so why am I still this weight? But 2015 is the year I’m going to put myself first and really step up. I have to be careful though, and take things baby step by baby step. It’s easy for me to make big goals and grand gestures, but when I don’t accomplish things I get down on myself and the whole wagon falls apart. So over the next four to five weeks, I’m going to work on two things:

#1 Be More Active

I don’t care if it’s a 30 minute walk with my dog or a 20 minute workout video at home, the key is that I need to get up and move. The point here is twofold: obviously more activity will help me lose weight, but I also want to add exercise into my weekly routine without it being the biggest chore ever. Sometimes I get too busy to actually go to the gym [or at least I feel like I do] and getting up before work to do so is a losing battle.

#2 Don’t Go Back for Seconds

Aside from not exercising enough, my second biggest problem is portion control. I love food and it’s really hard for me to say “no” sometimes… especially to pasta. So my goal for the next month is to only eat one helping of everything and not go back for more — even on Sundays when my mother-in-law cooks the best food ever.

What are your health and fitness goals for this year?

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29 thoughts to “Weigh-In Wednesday: Health & Fitness Goals”

  1. Those sound like fab goals, I need to increase my fitness levels. I added a fitness goal to my 30 b4 30 list yet haven’t done a tap about it since…great idea for a blog hop *thumbsup*
    Accountability and awesome blogger support is def a productive way forward methinks ☺

  2. I just started with these goals too. I downloaded two apps on my phone that have been great. The 7 minute workout circuit and Lose It. I figured of I can’t find 7mins a day to work out I have a major problem! The Lose It app is great for portion control, being able to see how much I actually eat vs what a portion actually is. Been doing both of these for a week and a half and already down five pounds.

  3. Great goals! I’m adding in veggies to EVERY meal, walking the dogs 5 days a week, and doing core exercises at least one day. I want to add running back in once the weather is warmer. 🙂 It’s all about sustainable lifestyle changes, right?

  4. Teaming up with a horse friend has been the best thing for me, we keep each other on track. Mine are more fitness goals than weight goals, but since I’ve gotten back into swimming I decided it’s also time to return to the sport of triathlon. I really liked it, and in a way it really kind of forces you to cross train and eat well. Like you said, exercise seems like a chore to me if there isn’t something specific I’m working toward (and general fitness doesn’t do it for me, I’m too competition oriented). Even with just a month back at the gym I’ve lost 4 pounds and am feeling much stronger in the saddle again. The core work from swimming is EXCELLENT for riding. And as much as I love riding, unless you’re sitting on 3 or more horses a day and/or doing barn chores, it’s just not enough exercise by itself. Granted, between work and riding and gym and real life, I’m pretty exhausted. But I can’t wait to do a few little triathlons this year in between horse shows.

  5. This is an AWESOME idea! I really want to lose the weight I put on over the holidays (I just love food. So much.) and on days when I don’t ride so intensely that I’m actually sore, do a Pilates workout or go for a run. I KNOW that I feel better all the way around when I’m fit, but it’s SO hard to get into the habit of being more active, especially in the winter!

  6. A fitness blog hop is a great idea! My goals also include losing weight- but I’m trying to look at it like “I want to run a few 5Ks, eat out less, and exercise daily”. If I can accomplish those things, I’m pretty sure the weight will mostly take care of itself.

  7. Portion control is my major weakness. I plan on starting running when the weather improves so I can be fitter for my potential upgrade this summer…looks like all the bloggers have similar goals, which is nice!

  8. I did whole 30 a year ago (b/c I was testing food allergies, not in order to lose weight), but I lost about 20 pounds in 5 weeks. So if you want to lose weight, I’d recommend it. You actually can eat as much as you want – like have a steak for dinner every night – you just can’t eat certain things like soy and dairy and grains. So it’s not a starvation diet.

  9. I’m starting running the gallop track at my barn, the goal being to run my entire XC course the day before I ask my horse to ride it (or sometime before the show). Soooo at least 1.5 miles on terrain…. reasonable, right?

  10. So I may have the best boyfriend ever. And he cooks for us, constantly. I am always trying to be healthier and since we moved into together (July of last year) I have been healthier than ever in my whole life (without even trying). On Sunday he makes 8 lunches for us for the week, then we go out to lunch of Fridays. It is always meat and veggies (usually grilled chicken and we switch up the veggies) and sometimes quinoa mixed in. For dinner, he makes us only meat and veggies. This is a HUGE change from how I grew up. My dad was the kind of guy who had bread at EVERY meal. Every, every, every meal. The first few times Matt made me dinner I was appalled by the lack of yummy biscuits or toast, but then I realized how awful carbs like that make me feel. It took me maybe even a full month or two to not crave them, but I can honestly say I have never felt better. I don’t feel bloated, I weigh less, I feel better, and I know my body is so much healthier. I know I am super spoiled that he cooks all of our meals, but I cannot say enough great things about not eating bread and about taking work lunches!!!

  11. I’m right there with you. I lost almost 20lbs two years ago, but gained about five of it back over the course of my junior and senior year of college (um, hello drink specials and late night pizzas). I actually love working out and have really been focusing on getting up early to work out, but I really struggle with food. Mainly because my dream is to actually live in Candyland and be Princess Lolly. With a pony.

  12. I’ve been eating pretty much mostly pasta the last month…. let me tell you, it’s not good for the waistline (but so good for the taste buds!!) I feel your pain….

    Good luck with your goals though!! You can do it!

  13. Well, I’m lucky that I actually really enjoy getting my sweat on at the gym, however, I also really enjoy eating. I do a good job of eating a light breakfast and light lunch, but then by the time I get home from work/the barn/the gym I’m absolutely famished and I then proceed to eat ALL THE THINGS! Despite having been consistently working out since last November now I have lost maaaaybe 1 pound. I’m certainly not overweight, but I am the heaviest I have ever been which doesn’t make me feel good about myself. I do want to lose some weight, but mostly I just want to feel athletic again. Plus I rode a pony, so I figure the more fit I am the easier it makes it for her!

  14. What a wonderful idea! I will be joining you in working on both of these. Considering I will be spending most of 2015 riding my semi-retired guy and waiting for my young horses to be old enough….starting 2016 lighter and fitter would be awesome. 🙂

  15. Great idea. I plan on doing the same. I figure my boy would be much happier with me if I was several pounds lighter (like I was when I first got him). And I would be much happier with me if I were much healthier.

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