|New Sneaks = Motivation to get my ass in gear|
Over the past few weeks I've been doing pretty ok on the diet front - I've definitely fallen off the wagon once in a while; having a beer on a weekday after a particularly stressful day, or enjoying a piece of ice cream cake on my friend's birthday. But overall I'm sticking to good habits, not overeating, and avoiding an excess of carbs and sugar on a daily basis.
In terms of exercise, I've been keeping up with at least a short daily workout, and even started running again now that the sidewalks and road shoulders aren't completely covered in snowbanks.
But GUYS. I am so not running or riding fit right now. I probably went about a measly 2 miles the other day, and the next day my entire body just hurt. Everywhere. How can running hurt my abs more than actual ab exercises?! And now that I'm actually riding my pony again (YAY), I shortened my stirrups up to jumping length the other day and attempted some 2-point.
My thighs were not ok with that.
Overall, my position feels weak and sloppy and I feel like I've lost SO much body control over the winter. It's a little disappointing to start off the season feeling like a floppy beginner, even though logic tells me that both Dino and I will be fit again in no time.
EuroPony has a lot of catching up to do, too, and I can feel that he definitely isn't even close to his peak fitness after a couple months off. I've started letting him jump little fences - 2' tops - to break up our getting-in-shape flatwork, and homeboy really appreciates it! Our flatwork is pretty gross, however, and I'm frustrated that we aren't right where we left off in the fall. But, the only thing to do is keep on keepin' on, and eventually we'll both be muscled up again.