"I haven't posted any 2015 horsey goals at all because I'm having trouble quantifying things or setting a specific end goal like a particular show or jump height. As you can guess, I want to ride regularly, keep my horses sound and healthy, and catch a few shows and clinics this year. I also want to buy a trailer so I can take advantage of more training and showing opportunities. The details beyond me getting out and working consistently and saving my $ are vague beyond that. Pony training just takes as long as it takes I guess, and there is no point in stressing over meeting bigger picture goals for the time being"
Thanks to Tracey's health and fitness blog hop I later added the following:
-Lose 15-20 pounds through healthy eating.
-Work on fitness. Run a 5k, ride 5x a week, stay active.
I like how the me of a year ago says "Ohh, not really setting goals..." then goes on to mention lessons, clinics, trailer shopping, saving $, losing a fairly substantial amount of weight...nope no goals there at all lol. Then, of course I got a new job and life changed pretty substantially. On the downside, I have less free time, on the plus side, I now have access to coaching and a small local show circuit. On the really awesome side, our barn also goes to the bigger events, including Rebecca Farm. Big changes, and so many opportunities.
|Nothing to do with anything, I added a new photo app to my phone and it apparently thought I wanted cartoons rather than pictures the other night. A bit of a surprise, but cartoon ponies ARE pretty fun.|
...ride regularly...: Yes. I'm proud of this one because my life has changed completely, including a new job, new town, and new barn. But I can honestly say I rode 4-5x a week every week, all year long.
...horses sound and healthy...: Fingers crossed, yes
...a few shows...: If by a few, I meant two, then yes, OK let's count it. (We attended one dressage, one hunter/jumper, both just local events). I'm giving myself a bit of a pass on this as we moved to the new barn/town mid season and my life was pretty chaotic this summer.
...clinics...: Yes, rode in a dressage one last winter that was no fun at all, a cowboy one that was a bit better, and a weekend Backcountry Horsemen clinic/camp out. I'm totally counting all the ones I audited too. (Some clinic notes here and here) Current trainer is also one of my favorite clinicians, so she counts too :)
...buy a trailer...: No longer neccessary since trainer has a huge trailer with room for everyone. Still on the wish list though, just not urgently!
...saving my $...: Nope, let's not even try to pretend that happened.
Lose 15-20 pounds through healthy eating. Meh. More like 10, and partly because I'm simply too busy to eat all the chocolates of the world. Healthy eating is a still a somewhat hit or miss affair: I ate a grilled cheese sandwich for dinner last night, a mocha for breakfast and a cupcake for lunch lol. Another 10 pounds would be a good thing, but 15 more would make me unafraid to wear a bathing suit in public ;) This weight loss thing is taking forever, seriously. I'm (an embarrasing) 40lbs down from my all time high, but it's taken 3 years to get here.
Work on fitness. Run a 5k, ride 5x a week, stay active. The 5k did not happen. I was running the distance earlier in the spring without issues, but life changed and now I don't have time or daylight to run at all. On the plus side I feel I am pretty active. I usually ride a minimum of 5 times a week (schooling rides on a green horse are almost as good as a good gym visit lol, and 2 of the 5 rides are rather punishing lessons). I work at the barn part time as well, feeding and mucking 15+ horses and we all know that's labour intensive. I walk/hike on the weekends. I'm not under any illusions I'm going to get super fit this way, but it's a good balance for me. Some weeks I feel run down, but mostly I feel pretty good.