Two Trips Challenge Update

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I am having a wonderful time in Fort Worth.

I’m judging Road to the Horse with my friend Sandy Collier, Bryan Neubert, Jeff Williams, and Joe Wolter.

The best part of this experience is to be immersed in such knowledge and wisdom about horses from the contestants and the other judges. It’s an incredible treat.

It affirms one of my core beliefs about learning and growing. Be open to whatever you can learn from whomever. You never know where gems of knowledge and wisdom come from. It truly is awesome.

If you remember, last week, I mentioned that my mentor, Dr. Jim Loehr, said that the simplest way to boost confidence is to get in the best shape of your life. Because it’s Spring and time for my horse Nic and me to get in better shape, I thought it would be fun to challenge all of us to do one thing to get ourselves in better shape, as well as our horses. The challenge is to be committed to doing this for two weeks.

This podcast marks the beginning of week two.

So here’s my report.

First of all, right after I sent out the video, I immediately tripped and skinned my wrist and knees. It was one of those fluke things. I tripped on the end of a blanket sticking out at the end of the bed in the guest room.

I have to say that although very sore, the next day, I walked way more than usual and did gentle stretches. And I must say I’ve been doing yoga or walking a little more each day.

But, what’s been even more challenging is being in Fort Worth, away from home and on a vigorous schedule. I’m sure you can relate that it’s always a challenge to eat well and exercise when we travel.

In the past, it’s been a pattern for me when I’m away from home, that the eating part doesn’t suffer too much… HAHA… but with working long hours and sleeping in a different bed, the exercise was something I shorted myself on.

But, I’m happy to say that I’m staying the course for the challenge. It’s made me realize that it’s so easy to let exercise slip when it’s not convenient. I can’t say that I’m making huge gains while I’m here in Fort Worth, but I’m not losing ground.

I’ve decided that I’m ready not to let my fitness program slip anymore when I travel. I can at least do core conditioning and stretches in my room early in the morning.

And I think as time passes and we get older, we really can’t let exercise slip for the sake of our health and strength… and of course to stay in condition for our wonderful horses… and riding… and balance… and timing… and feel.

So, that’s my update.

And I’ve been so excited all week. I received almost 100 messages in different ways that people were in on the challenge for both themselves and their horse.

If you are one of those folks, how are you doing? And of course, if you slipped, there’s nothing wrong with that. Just get back at it.

Ok. I’m ready to hear your update.

Leave a comment. And let me know how your horse’s fitness program is going – and yours, too.

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18 Comments on Podcast:
Two Trips Challenge Update

  1. Catherine Parke on Sun, 28th Mar 2021 1:28 pm
  2. Barb many congratulations on your award! Much deserved. You are an inspiration to all women working in the hire industry. Sticking to fitness challenge I find it really helps me to journal my workouts. Catherine

  3. Elaine Bohlin on Sun, 28th Mar 2021 1:57 pm
  4. Barb, Congratulations on your award! Well deserved – you have helped so many people and their horses!

    When the only airline pilot training job I could find after 9/11 meant living in a hotel in Milwaukee for 4 to 5 days a week for 2 1/2 years, I would run in the neighborhood near the hotel or in the lighted parking lot if it was dark or the hotel gym treadmill if it was snowing or cold. Also did weights. Tried to eat salads and whatever was the healthiest at the hotel or nearby as I only had the hotel van for transportation.

    The rain and getting my final COVID vaccination set me and my horse back a bit this week but we are back at it now! Fun that it is a shared goal of our group! Elaine

  5. Judy on Sun, 28th Mar 2021 2:55 pm
  6. Wonderful! Congratulations Barb! You are so inspiring and such a wonderful coach. You deserve this award and so many more. Thank you for your continuous support as we try to learn from you. You have been so generous with your time and I really appreciate that. I am so bummed that you had to cancel your Solvang clinic in CA. Thanks for that push to get in better shape. I’m really struggling to get back into a routine so your reminders are very helpful. Gotta take baby steps.

  7. Cindy Togstad on Sun, 28th Mar 2021 3:38 pm
  8. A BIG Congratulations Barb on your award! I watched the Road of the Horse today and it was very exciting! I did see you! Lol
    I have exercised everyday 30 to 40 minutes and I have felt so good! I wasn’t able to ride my horse till yesterday because of rain and no indoor arena. I am going to ride today was well. What a great way to start spring and get ready for the horse shows I couldn’t go to all last year! Thank you for all your help!

  9. Jackie Snyder on Sun, 28th Mar 2021 5:19 pm
  10. Congrats on your achievement, Barb. Well deserved.

    I love being a part of this challenge for me and my horse. It has inspired me to go the extra mile to make sure I get my yoga practice in – almost daily – but one day when I had to feed extra early and get on the road with Rascal – no yoga, but I did make it a point to have a high protein shake with vitamins in the morning and bring a PB sandwich to eat for lunch where I was riding – usually I sort of ignore eating. Rascal is pretty fit, but even on days when we don’t ride (we ride most days) I do something for his fitness – analyzing supplements and changing his regimen one day, braiding/unbraiding his mane so he isn’t too hot when we work (he has hair like a yak) and bathing one day to help loosen all that hair!!!

  11. Cindy Newell on Sun, 28th Mar 2021 5:23 pm
  12. Barb, Congratuations on your Western Horseman award! Woohoo! I have to admit that I didn’t exercise as much as I had planned last week. BUT, I think my horse lost a little weight and I know I lost weight because of watching how much I ate. I let exercise go at shows, but I decided that after I feed my horse, I will go back to my trailer and do at least 50 jumping jacks. It should help with nerves also!

  13. Claire on Sun, 28th Mar 2021 6:05 pm
  14. Barb-Many heartfelt hugs on your well deserved award! In my mind you are “The Kindest Teacher” award winner too! M & I had a great “first ride” today in lovely weather and it was just awesome-we have been trying to be more mindful of food and exercise for a while now-but it is always good to be reminded-especially with the metabolism and size of a shetland pony. (I truly envy your long legs!)One of my “tricks” now is to make myself speed it up…up the stairs, out to the barn, back to the house…It seems to help without being an “extra”. Happy Easter everyone!

  15. Joanne Milton on Sun, 28th Mar 2021 7:16 pm
  16. Well, I can say that I didn’t skip any morning stretching exercises last week. Can’t ride right now because of my knee, but my students have been legging up my horses! I had my knee assessment appointment on Tuesday & I’m booked to meet the surgeon this coming Thursday! I’m hoping a new knee will get me going again! Not to mention the physiotherapist gave me 3 more exercises to add to my regimen to help strengthen my knee in preparation for surgery.

    And a huge congratulations to you an yet another award that just proves how wonderful you are! So happy to be here!

  17. Kelly A McGuire on Sun, 28th Mar 2021 8:10 pm
  18. Hey Barb Congrats on the award! And thank you for your update and your honesty. Its so amazing to learn that YOU struggle on the road in keeping your usual routines in check! As a non pro I find that the longer and bigger the show, I start losing my “normal” self and start to unravel therefore it has affected my performance. Somehow knowing that a seasonon pro like you also struggles makes it somehow maybe this is something I can learn to deal with. Thank you so much and I hope you are back to 100% in no time.

  19. Harolyn Deason on Sun, 28th Mar 2021 10:36 pm
  20. Well done on your award. I know you do what you do because you love it. The award is the topping on the cake! (Kind if like achievement goals that we have little control of!) I love the accountability, thank you for challenging me. Think of and do exercises daily. Benz looks at me as if to say, “you go on ahead without me😂”

  21. Carol MacGregor on Sun, 28th Mar 2021 11:44 pm
  22. Hi Barb, So sorry to hear that you tripped on the blanket and hurt your wrists and knees. But glad to hear that you are keeping up with your exercise program even after your fall, and your heavy travel/work schedule. I tripped several months ago on a short stump that I did not see, and my knee still hurts some- 🙁 . And just tonight I was watching the last two contestants on the obstacle course of RTTH on RFD-TV. It was so inspiring. I heard Jack Brainard speak which was awesome because he is an amazing horseman at 100 years old. Sounds like he still does ride a horse–amazing. Anyway, as the judges were lining up I thought I saw Sandy Collier, then I saw YOU!!! I did a rewind several times to make sure it was you because the clip was quick. But I knew for sure when I saw how your pant legs were tucked into your boots. Super neat that you were there. Wade Black did an awesome job on a difficult horse. Regarding exercise, I’m using my treadmill every night, but I really have not included my horse in any ex. I need to get him (them) involved right away after Easter Sunday.

  23. Carla Whitney on Mon, 29th Mar 2021 8:25 am
  24. Congrats on your award. Well deserved! I’m always so impressed at how busy you are and yet stick to your plan. I’ve somehow managed to pull a tendon in my glute and haven’t ridden in a month. So I decided if I can’t ride her, I’ll walk her. This has devolved into a tighter bond with my horse than I’ve ever had before. Trying to get into PT but due to virus I can’t get in until June. So walking, stretching and yoga at home will get me ready for April. I believe this will happen.

  25. Maria on Mon, 29th Mar 2021 8:37 am
  26. Barb,
    Loved the video that was made in conjunction with your award. You are so kind, humble and real. You are so blessed.

    I’m getting in on the challenge a week late but will do my best to move more this week and will try to eat more mindfully. I confess I bought my favorite Easter candy last week…I am a chocoholic but will do much better this week.

  27. Claretta Walker on Mon, 29th Mar 2021 9:08 am
  28. Thank you and congratulations.

  29. Kelli on Mon, 29th Mar 2021 1:08 pm
  30. Congratulations on your award. I’m so glad you have been honored and recognized for the work you have put in, especially to help others who love horses the way you do.

    I also wanted to let you know I have replaced “No problem” to my self talk/reminder in all situations or slip ups in and out of the arena. My husband commented you seem to be less stressed about my usual hectic life. I told him it’s because it’s “No problem, I got this” 😜😂😂😂

  31. Pam on Mon, 29th Mar 2021 2:25 pm
  32. Thanks Barb for the fitness challenge. I’m so sorry to hear about your fall. On the up side my horse is doing great. She’d ready for anything I throw at her as we are getting ready for her 1st show season. I am managing to stay fit but know I need to raise my cardio program. On the down side as the first show is approaching in 3 week while working her on cattle I managed to break my hand. Think I caught my pinky finger on the front of my saddle pad during a lightening quick turn. I’m still riding but me being a die hard I’m trying to figure out if I can show in 3 weeks. I’m quite bummed but doing what I need to do to heal. I’m thoroughly enjoying your pod casts and daily messages.

  33. Janice on Mon, 29th Mar 2021 3:47 pm
  34. I didn’t actually jump on this commitment but, definitely feel a responsibility to getting my 2 mares in better shape. Fortunately, barn work is a great workout for me but I can work on being healthier for sure. I have a chubby quarter horse and what some refer to as a fatlinger. She really must get in shape. I have started some light longeing,, every other night (as I’m able to). I feel we’re one a good path.

  35. Molly on Tue, 30th Mar 2021 11:10 am
  36. Congratulations on your award! How wonderful to be honored for giving back to a world that you love!

    So, I always try to stay in shape. I do yoga twice a week with an instructor and walk twice a week. During Covid I did a video series with my husband called Lift 4 – weightlifting (light for me) and aerobics. I must admit, I started getting bored with it all about 4 weeks ago and slacked off. I can feel the difference. But when you slack off, you get used to that rhythm of NOT working out. You’ve inspired me to get back to it. My mare, LOVE, is due for a more consistent workout herself! Spring has sprung and we two girls are going to get back in shape!

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