Oh my goodness. I can't believe I'm about to post this pic for the world to see. I guess though that after admitting my weight to you all, showing my naked arms seems a lot less dramatic.
I generally reserve this torture for my neighbors only but I'm showing it here for a couple reasons.
1) It shows mental progress. I am still not embracing my bare arms per se, but hey, they made their debut and that is HUGE progress for me. Granted my riding mates, hikers, bikers, and some random birds were the only witnesses at the time. Baby steps, people. Baby steps.
2) It shows physical progress. Riding up into the mountains as we did on Sunday wouldn't have been comfortable or fun for me 100-some-odd pounds ago. Not to mention how my poor horsey would have felt! But here we are, loving life, enjoying the view, and looking pretty darn good given where we've come from. Plus, I'm off my horse on the trail .... and I was able to get back on without a bench, stump, or ladder. Yes, I am still amazed by that fact!
So, here you go. Me, naked arms and all.
If you look really close you can see Mt. St. Helen's through my horse (Buttons) ears.
On another note, I looked up the calories expended while horse riding on LoseIt! app and it said that riding for 5 hours (as we did on Sunday) burns 1,317 calories. Wowza! Doing something I love and exercising at the same time. How cool is that?
Truthfully, I don't know how accurate that is ... but ... I'll take it! :)