Today has blown some cobwebs away!I spent a lovely afternoon in a blustery and cold stable yard in Lincolnshire with my other half and my Mum. We were there to see our mare and find out how she was progressing with her training.
Mum arrived at my house kitted out in her riding gear and looking eager to move, so we set off to see our neddies first. They were all quite happy – my Welsh lad had broken a strap on his rug, so I sorted that out and gave them all a bit of love before leaving them to their lawn-mowing activities. My little Shetland makes me laugh as he has a habit of rolling after he has eaten something lovely – so if you give him a carrot in the field, he will munch away and then go off for a roll! He had a few treats today from me and then went and found a lovely patch of mud to roll in…I am wondering if he is related to a pig somewhere along the lines!
It was then time to hit the road – and two hours later we arrived at the yard and waited for the trainer to get back from her morning of hunting. A bit of time was spent chatting and then the horses were bought in and tacked up. My Mum hopped, okay clambered, aboard and at this point I became worried. The wind was quite high and our mare seemed on her toes and at one point I thought she was going to bugger off across the field with my novice Mum. The thought of them hacking out through the village was a bit much for me to bear and I sat nervously waiting for her to get back. Probably nerves along the lines of those she had as I whizzed around on horses as a teenager…payback time!
And she did get back in one piece and with a smile on her face – but we do need to sort out a new saddle and some proper equipment for my Mum, as the saddle was slipping a little and I don’t think my Mum was comfortable. The last thing you need on a just-backed horse is a saddle that isn’t right – on any horse in fact – so a saddle shopping spree is on the cards.
Seeing our mare reminded me of the progress I have made too. At first her training was slow going, a bit like my weight loss. Then something clicked for both her and I and we are making great progress now.
As with weight loss and lifestyle changes, when you begin to train a horse to become a ridden horse you have to take things slowly. Running over and slapping a saddle on and jumping aboard is asking for serious trouble…you will literally be heading for a fall and will likely get a hoof in the backside too! The same can be said for weight loss. If you try and make too many changes too quickly then things can come tumbling down. That isn’t to say that you don’t embrace your weight loss, but just that you are realistic. Accept that there will be set backs and that things take time, effort and practice.
I will say again – you cannot go from sinner to saint overnight – just as getting on our mare and taking her hunting would be a stupid thing to do. Do not set yourself up for a fall! Take on small challenges and work on one area at a time – tackle your fizzy drink habit, or the bottle of wine a night habit, or the family sized bar of chocolate habit…but if you have all of these habits and try and ditch them all at once…well, you are a far better person than I if you do it without slip ups!
I am going to wrap up now anyway – literally and figuratively – I need a fleecy blanket to warm me up and my eyes are tired from my new specs and so I can’t write much more!
My evening is being spent watching Prison Break – where have I been for so many years? This show was a hit ages ago and I have only just discovered the joys of tattooed inmates! I am also in the process of arranging a get together with the ladies from my charity do a couple of months ago, so am sorting out details for that too – exciting.
I hope that you are having wonderful weekends!
Breakfast: Smoked salmon scrambled eggs with spinach, cherry tomatoes and mushrooms.
A good food day today. A nice ‘weekend’ breakfast (which just means that more effort was put into it!) of smoked salmon trimmings mixed with eggs and black pepper and scrambled, with fried spinach, mushrooms and tomatoes. Lunch was a packed affair for my road-trip. Dinner was a takeaway affair…a last minute job due to forgotten shopping list items. A local kebab house does lovely grilled chunks of lean meat, so I went for that option instead of the cheese, chips, doner and mayo-loaded option that the old me would have gone for. It was delicious, but I couldn’t finish it and am still bloated. The yogurts haven’t been eaten yet…and I might not fit them in; I just liked the look of them in the fridge!
Exercise: Not much – just mooching in a field in Lincolnshire!
Thank you for reading,
Weight Loss Bitch xxx