It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Both your knees will be aching, and thigh muscles shaking, your heart full of fear! It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Ohhh yeah! Time for No Stirrup November. Every equestrians’ most feared month. So go ahead, pack away those stirrups polish up your boots, and grab your Sekur-Grip it’s time to get riding!
If you are anything like me you are gung-ho the first week and then lie in bed for the rest of the month because you COMPLETELY over did-it. This year I dared myself to make it the entire month. So I sat down and did some research on how to make this year’s No Stirrup November be kick – butt (and not have it kick my butt)!
I need to start by saying I’m not going to be hiding my stirrups up in some rafters for 30 days. I have a 7 year old, green, OTTB, so cut me some slack when I say I need my stirrups at least some of the time to ensure my life’s safety. However, I have pledged to spend 15 minutes of every ride (increasing to 30 throughout the month) without my stirrups.
And that is Step 1 to killing it this November:
Make a Pledge
A pledge is a commitment to yourself to stick to a certain goal. Here’s the trick, set a S.M.A.R.T. goal that you can keep your pledge to.
Got your goal? Ready to pledge to it? Post your goal on the Oh No There’s Flowers Facebook page and read others’ goals!
Okay, so I know as an equestrian I’m supposed to be eating right anyway, but I’m not perfect. I’m also not a doctor, so take everything I am about to write with a grain of salt.
After watching 10 different Netflix documentaries about how our food is trying to kill us, I have made an effort to eat “clean.” This means only eating food that is sourced responsibly and is generally unprocessed, and leaving items pumped with added sugar on the shelves. Although, I don’t follow this religiously yet I have seen a dramatic difference in my body and energy level with the changes I have made.
Don’t worry, this post is not a plug for some miracle diet! It just means that for the month of November make it a priority to really know what you are putting in your body. Just because the label says “Low Fat” or “No Sugar” or “ADA Recommended” does not guarantee it is good for your body. Read the entire label and when in doubt stick to making your own meals with whole ingredients like fruits, veggies, grains, and meats.
Stay Away From Sugar!
My Tip: Stay away from added sugar. The American Heart Association recommends that women consume no more than 25g or 6 tsp of added sugar/day (men – 37.5g or 9 tsp). Watch what you eat and aim to stay at or below this recommendation. I find that if there is added sugar in the product, there is probably other unwanted things in there too!
Enjoy my FAVORITE healthy smoothie this month and treat your body to some healthful, energy packed nutrition.
Don’t Leave All Your Workouts for the Saddle
Let’s get real. I don’t have time to “become fit,” and I really don’t want to. Gyms are boring, runs…boring, reps…boring. You know what’s not boring? Circus class. Yes! CIRCUS CLASS!
For last last two months I’ve been going, once a week, to circus class! We tumble, walk the high wire, flip on the trampoline, twirl on the silks, and swing on the trapeze. I come out of the class looking like someone dunked me in the river…I am S-W-E-A-T-Y. It is a blast and distracts me from the fact that I am working out. So find a fitness class you can love and dive in!
And take 10 minutes everyday to do these workouts that even I can fight through.
Strong Core Circuit Workout Courtesy of Trimmed and Toned
Saddle Bag Slim Down Courtesy of Blogilates
Suns Out, Guns Out Arm Workout – Courtesy of The Live Fit Girls
It’s time! Post your pledge on the Oh No There’s Flowers Facebook page. My thoughts are with every you and your poor booty as you set out to conquer No Stirrup November. And as always please share this post on Facebook, Pintrest, and with family and friends!