October 7, 2012 10:29
Well it seems like autumn has arrived with the noticeably shorter days and cooler mornings. I love the autumn colors and the way the air smells out here in the country. I especially love the absence of insects as does my horse, Terry. Fall seems like a more comfortable time of the year for walking; not sweltering hot with bugs and no deep snow to trod through. I am lucky enough to live on the edge of a forest reserve and always have a walking partner or two depending on how many dogs we have at the time as I enjoy dog-sitting my “grandkids” for the most part. Having dogs on the trail is always entertaining; watching them chasing the squirrels and prairie chickens as well as wrestle with each other usually directly in front of where you are trying to walk. I like to think that my dogs will see a bear before I do so I don’t “surprise” a bear on the trail. Usually by fall the bears aren’t as hungry and the babies are on their own but I do practise bear awareness and have a huge respect for nature that can maul me to death. On one particular lovely afternoon I decided to take the “short cut” back from my walk as I was pooped and no one was watching. I had to crawl through two-strand barbed wire fence while Terry was trying to inspect my pockets for treats and the dogs were milling about my legs. Fast forward and the butt of my yoga pants is caught in a barb and not wanting to rip my best pair of yoga pants I slid out of my pants which was not too gracefully and proceeded to do the best to get my pants off the fence before a neighbour sees me in my gitch. There are times when I am so thankful for the country life and the privacy it entails. My horse is one of my many motivations for getting fit. I’m sure if he could talk he would say, “One at a time please.” When I get on. Being overweight has made my balance “off” and being out of shape has left me with weak legs and core. I truly miss the actual experience of riding not just being a lumpy passenger and being overweight makes that “trip to the ground” faster and the velocity of impact much greater. Fall is a great time for eating healthy with all the gardens being harvested. This week I experimented with brownies made from beet puree, not low in fat or calories however a great addition to a bagged school lunch. A fresh salsa cruda with garden tomatoes and corn that I used to top chicken breasts as well as low fat Saskatoon berry muffins made with fresh orange juice and oatmeal. It has been hard to resist buying Halloween treats that are out on all the store shelves but I’m trying to stay strong and might buy my treats on October 30 to ensure they won’t be all eaten before Halloween. When I think I “need” a mini kitkat I try to imagine riding a sitting trot with nothing jiggling until the craving goes away. It’s so worth it! . Follow my journey on “Real HOT Real Life”! Be sure to sign up for our free “Real HOT, Real Life” newsletter RealHOTRealLife@horseownertoday.com for great tips, recipes and much more.