Let’s get REAL

This is my first post in a while, but I think the topic is so important and means the most to me. 
There are hundreds of thousands of fitness accounts out there focusing on both men and women looking perfect and lifting heavier than anyone else, eating better, etc. I’m not one of those people. Yes, I love working out! It relieves me of stress and allows me to feel good about myself. I post pictures and workouts on my social media to share my progress and influence and motivate others to get active! It’s a great feeling that I think everyone should get to experience.

One of the biggest parts of being healthy and looking/feeling great is your diet. And I don’t mean that you have to DIET. I mean the food that you eat does have an affect on your body and can be a burden or be beneficial to your overall appearance and physical health. Personally, I don’t go on crazy diets to lose weight or go on a “cleanse” to be healthy. I think if you are interested in that kind of thing, that’s great!! It’s just not for me. Maybe I don’t have enough self control to stop myself from eating. I just LOVE food! I always find myself indulging in chocolate or some sort of yummy dessert at a restaurant. 

Unfortunately, I know I won’t be able to continue my poor eating style for a long time. My body just doesn’t work that way, and the calories will start catching up to me. At that time, yes! I’ll start watching what I eat and cut out desserts instead of stuffing my face with whatever I can get my hands on. 

My main message here…do what works for YOU. I’m not a health expert or a personal trainer, but I’m a person who has respect for my body and knows I need to take care of myself. I never push myself too far but rather just far enough. My limits are going to be different than others, and once you realize that what works for others may not work for you, everything feels easier. Live up to your own expectations instead of someone else’s! Make your own goals and go get them!
…and that’s my dose of positivity for the day:)

BACK it up!

“It’s a beautiful day to be alive”! Ugh, I couldn’t agree more @WhitneySimmons The weather is literally perfect and I cannot wait to sit outside and enjoy it! This morning I headed to the gym feeling replenished from yesterday’s day off, and I had a great back workout!! I never used to workout my back and kinda just ignored it all together, but when I finally began doing workouts specifically targeting my back, my entire body felt to much stronger! So now obviously, I include back days in my weekly schedule.

Today’s workout includes….

Dumbbell row: 4 sets of 12 each arm

Bent-arm dumbbell pullover: 4 sets of 12

Dumbbell incline row: 4 sets of 12

Close-grip lat pulldown: 4 sets of 12

Wide-grip lat pulldown: 4 sets of 12

Face pull: 4 sets of 12

One arm lat pulldown: 4 sets of 12 each arm

Don’t forget an ab workout at the end 😉 B730512A-DB2B-4701-90EA-4DE733FA225Aimg_3736.png

 

George

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This is George. He was the second horse that I have ever leased and I completely fell in love with him. I started riding during the summer of 2016 in Connecticut, when I was finally able to afford it. After years of asking for a pony on every birthday list, I took it upon myself to get myself a horse and learn how to ride. It wasn’t until the first month of my senior year in college that I actually began taking lessons for riding english style. I was quick to learn and falling hard for my leased horse, George.

It isn’t the riding that I love, it’s the horses. It’s the idea that these majestic animals can understand their “people” on a deeper level. When you get on a horse, or even as soon as you step up to one, they can sense your feelings. Are you nervous? Afraid? The horse will be afraid too, and as a large animal they can move fast and it could seem intimidating. Approaching a horse with an open and calm mind is the best way to win its heart. They will be interested in you (and of course, hope you have food in your pocket). The horses know when they are being good or bad, and understand that their large bodies can hurt people. One must know that horses mean well. They want to be loved and taken care of.

Today I am leaving for Texas and will be attending the Houston Rodeo. There are several horse shows, exhibits, meet-and-greets-, etc. I constantly pray that each and every horse that is being shown is treated well and has a loving owner. RESPECT animals, they just want to be loved.