Saturday, June 5, 2010

The On-Again Dressage Show

Whew. Bogart is officially completely sound, and I have sent my entries off for the recognized show, Dressage on the Beach, for June 19-20. Now, to lose 10 pounds by then.
Think I can't do it? Watch me! I know, I know, you are probably thinking, that is a bad way to diet. Yes, it is. but still......
I have all the patience in the world for training horses and students, and abolutely no patience at all for any other aspect of my life. If I don't lose 1 pound per day, I feel like I am not trying hard enough. The key, though, is to balance good nutrition into those few calories that I allow myself to eat for these days that I am losing weight.
I feel like high protein, low fat, low carb, lots of dark green veggies, and 'grazing' rather than sitting down to a meal work best for me. Today, I have probably gone to the fridge five times, and taken out about 1/2 ounce of seared top sirloin slices each time, and at noon (or thereabouts) I steamed about 1 cup of broccoli and grated 1/2 ounce of Irish Cheddar Cheese over top. I will steam some more broccoli/cheese around dinner time, and might have another 1/2 ounce or so of steak if I feel like I need something heavier on my stomach. Then tomorrow I will trade the steak for either turkey or tuna for the protein and maybe asparagus or zucchini for the veggie. I will continue on this until I reach the weight goal, and then will add in some starch like rice. It should take about 10 or 12 days.
Then I will be in good shape for the show clothes. I am riding two to three horses per day now, so the fitness level is good, it is just my penchant for great food--I love to cook gourmet meals for my hubby and myself--that is my downfall. But I certainly don't suffer when I want to lose some weight. I love the food I eat on my "diet". I don't deprive myself of anything; I just think of it as simplifying.
Now that I have gone off on this tangent, I will post more about the show later.......