1. Weight Loss Journaling/Blogging
Inspired by a special side blog of a well-known equestrian blogger, I started blogging about weight loss on My Fitness Pal. However, its completely private - only I can see it. So its more like a journal where I brain-dump about challenges, motivation, and track weekly weight progress. It has been a surprisingly helpful way for me to vent frustrations, talk myself through challenges, and get back on track.
2. Amy's Organics Frozen Meals
I get mine at Albertsons but there's more variety at health food stores. They range in calories from 250 to 420, and many are gluten free, dairy free, GMO free, vegetarian, vegan, etc. I've come to accept that I simply don't enjoy cooking daily, and having some healthier convenience food options always in the freezer helps prevent me from hitting the drive-through on the way home from the barn. I normally add a small side dish of veggies, and the meals are satisfying.
3. The Beck Diet Solution Blog
The Beck Diet Solution is a set of numerous cognitive therapies to help you be successful on whatever diet and exercise regimen you select. The Beck Diet Solution Blog goes over real-life examples of strategies being brainstormed and put into action. You get a glimpse into private sessions where people are confronting their dieting struggles, and I've found many posts helpful.
4. Active Fun
Besides riding, my physical activity is normally limited to working out and walking the dogs. But my husband and I are trying to have more active dates, where we go hiking, kayaking, or swimming instead of going to dinner and the movies. Extra calories burned, and more fun!
I'm working on viewing riding as a sport and not just a hobby, and that I'm an athlete and not just someone who rides. This helps be think about exercise and eating in terms of fitness and not just on losing weight. Improving my riding is not just about learning more skills, but about developing my overall fitness. This mindset has helped me stick with meal planning and working out.
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