Thursday, March 7, 2013
Just keep going
It was raining, icky, cold out. I trimmed my mare's hooves and then, gave her a massage.
I was avoiding going out in the cold rain.
I knew I wouldn't melt. That is what I told the barn owner, when I saw her briefly, " I need to just keep going, and not let this stuff stop me"!
So I DID go on out into the foreboding day.
I recently installed the "My Fitness Pal" App back onto my new phone, and have been doing very well with my diet tracking. It even gives me "pep talks" in the form of "exercise note's, as I document Cardio /Strength and workout activities. It is quite hilarious! But, for me right now, super motivating. The all to recent non- riding-winter- blaws- weight , has to leave me!
The mare and me, happily set off, breathing in the moist air. She took in liquid refreshments, as needed, and they were plentiful.
All in all it was a great 3 1/2 mile walk...burning off several hundred calories. Today, I am a bit sore from how fast my pace was, in between the mare's grazing times. I walked and she trotted! The last long hill up was the killer though. I got myself into position behind the mare. Rope in left hand, Tail in right. "Okay", I said chipperly, there she went. It was too slick to actually walk, so she kinda moved her feet a bit faster. I was joggin' behind! Before we actually reached the top, I said several times, " And....." .
It is the precursor "half halt" word I use before a change. She kindly stopped for me, after I said the "AND". Huffing a little, I again asked her to move forward with the ,"Okay".
My goal, before long, is to be able to walk up the entire long hill, with no stopping. If the mare stops, that's fine.
That was really fun! The mare took just as much delight, I am sure of it, in munching the greens we found everywhere.
Today, now the SUNSHINE is out!
I will be burning some of my calories upon my bay- Grass Powered Beauty!