In answer to the question about what I do for our horse's DSLD:
when he is doing good we lightly exercise him without a rider.
He is on BL Solution, VitaCalm (magnesium) and also Vitamin E with Selenium.
We had found that joint supplements actually made his condition worse & he improved
only after we stopped the joint supplements. He improves much with the Vitacalm (magnesium) and the Vitamin E with Selenium. Cold weather seems to make it worse for him, though that was last year when he was on joint supplements. The cold weather this year so far (knock on wood) seems to not have had a negative effect on him, so maybe what we thought was the cold bothering him was the wrong supplements.
Weight seems to be static, though jeans etc continuing to fit better STILL have to commit to working out- I have a mega stuffed week the first week of November & I need to manage the level of stress that creates for me. Several appointments for kiddos, and myself. A significant (to me) meeting that will determine whether or not my husband and I will have to find a way to fund the endurance ride I was asked to take on for a year. If the one club we are in takes it as one of their rides, we work for free (volunteer) and the club gets all the profits or all the losses. Rides can be cancelled due to weather etc, so it is a financial risk. We are hoping they take it on, so we don't have to take the $$$$ risk. But then again, we lose some of the decision making.... so I guess I should not stress over it, it is an either way thing we will make it work out.
There are doctor, dentist and optometrist appointments and a home inspection....a riding lesson (one to give and one to take) and two podcast episodes to create. So, am feeling a bit of ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
how did all of this end up in one week.......
Now singing "I will survive" LOL
I am two weeks out from the time I should be craving chocolate, though I am telling you what- I AM CRAVING CHOCOLATE. And it is a crazy strong urge. WONDER if it is because I am adjusting to cutting calories? I think I better meal prep like crazy over this next week or I may miss the mark totally.
So, not too much else to chat about other than stress, which sucks and is no fun. Less riding usually equals stress build up also. The other thing that helps me shed stress is running/walking/hiking.
SO in hopes of starting back to my running goals, going to plan to restart my 5k program- my new book on marathon training is due to be here on Wednesday- just some light reading! Playing with the idea..... maybe a goal before I'm 50? Wondering if I could..... hmmmmm...... I am thinking I can restart my 5k program.... build up the time on my feet again slowly. Over those few months, read the marathon book and see how I am doing. I know that I likely could push through a 5k right now- though my goal is to do the exercise injury free. Right now I'm toying with the idea to follow my favorite trainer's program for 5k, then when that is done, for 10k, then when that is done, for half-marathon and then make the choice to move up or not. I imagine that if I can stay injury free- I am about to find out a lot about myself in this process. Either that I got what it takes, or just not motivated enough. I have seen that the method of run/walk/run intervals has done extremely well for me & to the point I can see that just by adding time on the feet to build endurance that maybe, just maybe it is doable. Or maybe it is just my bored winter brain making plans my summer self will not agree with?! We shall see, I think I have at least a 50/50 or 40/60 chance of doing it.
SO the ride on Grace with my friend was wonderful. Her daughter opted not to go, so she offered to let our son ride their pony. We all had a blast! Two hours of fun, sun, beautiful leaves, great horses, awesome company and peels of laughter heard throughout the forest. It was truly a great day to ride.
Christinaloves (can she learn to love herself)