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Saturday, March 17, 2007

Well, this blog seems to be a monthly thing. I don't think about it often enough, and I should as it can be a great tool for me.

I have found a wonderful correlation between my riding and my Pilates. I now go from a riding session with my coach to a Pilates session, with requests from Scarlett, my coach. Such as, "I lean forward or back, or sit to the left, etc.". My Pilates instructor then helps me on the machine or the floor to learn the proper position and body control to make the correctness happen. It is so cool.

The latest has been a head position. In fact, when we worked yesterday she talked about me being "on the bit", like I ask my horse. Back of the neck long, with the chin tucked slightly, and the whole unit pulled back even with my shoulders. Add this to lowering my sternum, tucking my tush with ONLY my pelvic floor, and you have.... TADA!!! Balance! A lot of work to hold on a moving platform, but it works!

My personal life has gotten even busier now that I am president of our quilt guild, but it is still manageable. I am slowly learning that I can trust myself with food if I follow some simple rules:
1. Eat ONLY when hungry.
2. Stop eating when full
3. For emotional eating, find another outlet (handwork, walking, etc.)
4. There are NO "Evil" foods, only foods that I must think about before ingesting them.
5. Give in to cravings before they become binges, but portion them out in small servings before ingesting. NO BAGS of anything allowed withing a craving! I can go back for seconds if I HAVE to, but I do not allow myself to eat unconsciously.

Now that I have established these rules for myself, I find myself better able to control my over all intake.

I have a horse show next weekend, and I can't wait to put all this in practice!!!

Y'all take care, and keep on keeping on!!!
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