Thursday, April 28, 2016


Motivation; the reason or reasons one has for acting or behaving in a particular way.

That's what the Internet tells me motivation means. So what motivates you to reach your goals whatever they are?

My motivation has changed so many times over my adult life it's hard to keep up. It has been things like fitting a wedding dress, being a certain weight before I had children, fitting my butt in a certain size saddle, getting a tummy tuck, wearing a bikini.

Now sometimes your motivation can also be your goal. So from the list above most of these were goals the only one I achieved was fitting a saddle of a certain size. I still wore a wedding dress even though it wasn't as small as I wanted, I still had children, haven't had a tummy tuck, and I wear a bikini at home only in front of my husband.

A bad horse accident several years ago has changed my motivation completely. I took like very much for granted and it was very much about what one looked like and what one had. I always had a picture in my head if what I should look like. Now it's all about how I feel and being able to do the things I love for many many years.  Enjoying my friends and family and feeling great.

I would like to share with you a couple of my biggest motivators.

My children. Farmfitgirl, 9 years old and  Farmfitboy, 7 years old. These two are my biggest cheerleaders.  They motivate me because I want to be able to keep up with them for a very long time and help them reach their goals. To teach them that loving and taking care of yourself is very important. That fuelling our bodies with healthy food and moving our bodies daily is a huge pay off.

People in the background.  It sounds like an odd one. Each time a Facebook or Instagram friend say "You make me want to move my body more " or "you inspire me", it brings me to tears.  This is the biggest compliment I could ever get.  Each time I hear or read it, it makes me push a little harder, run a little faster or pick the healthier for me food. If me moving my body and eating healthy can help someone else be their better selves then right on and I will keep doing it.

Last but farm from least is Farmfitpa ( he hates that name).  My husband and stood beside me for 14 years always going along with what ever my plan is at the time. I have always wanted my husband to be a horse guy and well he's not. However we have now found that we love going mountain biking together, doing boot camps, lifting weights and recently he started running as well. I want to keep doing these things with him for a very long time. And maybe, just maybe one day he will ride horses with me.

Motivation can come in all sorts of different forms. It can be that family event coming up, an outfit you always wanted to wear, friends, family or even a quote from the Internet.  For me people motivate me more then things now. Once you find the one thing that really motivates you, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish.


Sunday, April 10, 2016

**taptap** Is this thing still on??

Holy heck, I knew it had been "a little while" since I had posted over here...
but I did not realize it had been over a year!! :o

I haven't been very active over on my main blog the last few months either, but I'm hoping and planning to be posting on both blogs more often.

I'm looking for at least one new contributor, I have someone in mind I just need to talk to them about it.  But hey, if you read this blog and are interested in joining in let me know :)
Also I'm tossing around a few ideas for posts and regular content.
So here's to renewed beginnings!

Thursday, January 29, 2015


Monday night the husband and I were watching the news and a story caught my attention. 

Apparently the majority of adult overweight/obese Canadians that were a healthy weight during adolescence either do not lose weight and keep it off or, if they do, they lose a small amount.  The average being 6lbs.

Pretty damn sobering don't ya think?

That is one group of statistics I want to remain in the minority of!  I'm also extra proud of the 40+ lbs I've lost so far.  This has re-motivated me right when I needed it.

I think I want to write *6LBS!!!* on a sticky note and put it on the treadmill and fridge.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Holiday Weight Gain?

So many people find the holidays a hard time to lose or maintain weight.  I think part of the reason people often gain over the holidays is they feel obligated to have what's offered to them.  So my game plan was to have a little of whatever I wanted, but only if I really wanted it.
I am quite happy to be able to say I didn't gain weight over the holidays, in fact I lost a *teeny* bit more.  And I indulged myself, sometimes a bit too much lol.  I made sure that I also kept myself busy and moving when possible.  Sometimes that's part of the challenge... traveling to visit often involves lots of sedentary time and then when you are out there is often lots of sitting involved as well (playing cards & games, watching movies with the fam, etc)

I went for a massage on Monday, I usually go monthly for maintenance, and when we were doing the usual Q & A about any health changes or pain I told MK that I've now lost 40 lbs :) 
She looked at my sheet and said, "Wow that's another 10 lbs since your last appointment 6 weeks ago!"
(My December appointment had to be missed, and yep I could feel it!)

Now I can happily say I've hit one of my milestone goals, 40 lbs down, but it's not the big one I've been looking forward to.  That one is *soooclose* I can taste it (haha taste it, food, weight loss... yeah sorry weird/dorky sense of humour here) I'm really hoping my next blog post will be about that!

One thing I've really noticed, as my weight goes down my chronic pain is more manageable (for the most part.  I won't lie, I've had a couple bad flare ups) 
OH!  One more exciting bit of news... I sold my Pozzi saddle and started shopping for a "new" saddle.  I found a Lynn McKenzie and tried it out, my mare likes it and I liked how I rode in it AND it's a 14.5 seat!  I've always ridden in a 15 or bigger, I never thought I'd see the day I was in something smaller than a 15! :)

So how have y'all fared over the holiday season?

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Awesome Thing

In my last post I had mentioned that the most awesome thing had happened, and then I left you hanging... for a bit longer than I intended oops!

My "winter sport" with the horses is Team Penning.  One night at penning I was sitting on a bench in the lounge chatting with friends when Laureen S came up to me and said "I just have to say you look amazing!  I didn't even recognize you!  Not that you didn't look good before!" 

She proceeded to tell me that she had turned to Nell (my bestie) before the break to ask why I hadn't come with her.  Nell asked her what the heck she meant, then pointed over to where Voodoo & I were chilling and said that I was actually on Nell's team with her.  Laureen told me that I had lost so much weight she hadn't recognized me at all, that she could especially see the difference in my face.

That was a pretty amazing feeling!  It's one thing to know you're gradually losing but sometimes you don't realize how different you look until someone points it out.  Then I realized I had lost (and kept off) at least 30 lbs, if not more, since I had seen her last winter.  So yeah, that was pretty awesome :D

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

It's Been Awhile

You know how it goes... things are ticking along nicely and then life hits you in the face.  You get too busy, you get injured or sick, changes at home or work.
Suddenly you notice that all the progress you've made is gone... the 30lbs you'd lost has crept back on :(
But hey, that was months ago.  You pick yourself up and get back on track and then the most awesome thing happens... but I'm going to make you wait a day or two for that story!

So yeah, I gained back almost all the weight I had lost.  Life has been crazy, both work and personal, and I'm not sure which way my head is spinning.
But I have picked myself up.  I'm doing something very "unfemale" and putting myself first more often.  I've made some changes in my life that may not seem so big to some people but for me are huge.
I'm still overweight but about to hit a MAJOR goal and I'm feeling healthier than ever (at least physically).  Some of my changes are still a struggle but others are now new habits.  Baby steps right?

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Maybe I'm Crazy

I've been thinking about running.  The thing is I used to run track in school (long jump, high jump, sprints & relays).  I wasn't great at it but I did okay, but most of all it was fun. 
However after the car accidents and putting on weight running was no longer fun.  My joints hurt and I have shin splints.  But running is still in my mind.
After losing the 30lbs I've found that I can run short distances.  Even something as easy as running across the yard to the barn used to leave me winded and now it's nothing.  And those little sprints have rekindled that "I love to run" feeling.
I know that to start really running again it will take time and I'm hoping that by taking it easy I won't have as much trouble with the shin splints.  I'm pretty certain that losing weight and getting in shape will help with the joint problems too.
Holy heck though, running has gotten technical!  All the discussion about stride & form, different clothing options, etc etc... kinda makes my head spin. 
My goal isn't to run a marathon or even a half, so maybe my goal isn't to be a "real runner".  I'd like to try a 5K though, and if that goes well maybe move up to a 10K.
I'm going to look at some C25K plans (Couch to 5 K) and also see if I might be able to get into a learn to run program at a local runner's store (which will really depend on if it fits my work schedule.)
I've got a treadmill plus miles of roads at home, plus beautiful trails along the river in the city if I'm brave enough to "go public".
Is there anything you used to do when you were younger/fitter that you'd like to try again?