Fit to ride: 10lb down and circling ads

Alyson is well on track for her healthy-eating plan. Here she explains what she's been up to for the last couple of weeks. 

Wow, where have the last two weeks gone? To be honest they’ve flown by in a blur of bananas, eggs (as any dieter will know – they are staple components of my shopping basket) and pain.  But all in all, it’s been a good couple of weeks.


I’ve managed to stick to the diet and I’m please to say I’ve lost a pretty impressive (I think) 10lb (hopefully I’ll never have to say I’m over 20 stone again!).

Getting active

I dug out my old trainers and leggings. The leggings, I had last worn, when decorating and were covered in paint splashes – trendy, or so I thought.

So, feeling incredibly nervous, I plucked up the courage and turned up for my first personal training session. A lovely woman opened the door and met me with: ‘Good morning, come on through, I thought we’d do a baseline fitness assessment first’. 

Sufficient to say that almost a week later and I’ve only just about recovered – if that was the assessment then what will I be like after the real thing?  

Without giving too much detail, some situations this week have involved lots of ‘hovering’ and trepidation.

Apparently, my quadriceps were protesting bigtime. But thankfully I’m now fully recovered and ready for the first proper session tomorrow. I’ve even bought some more leggings (from my local supermarket).

The support team 

When my family noticed I was spending all my spare time, literally every waking moment, on my phone and that I seemed constantly distracted, I had to let them in on my plan.

They’ve now come up with the idea that there must be a horse version of tinder as all I seem to do is look up horses and swipe left or right.

I must have looked at every online ‘horse for sale’ advert at least 10 times. I’ve even gone as far as to contact one or two of them.

I know I need to slow down. I’ve still got a very long way to go before I can even contemplate riding so I probably shouldn’t rush into anything just yet. I can but dream.

I’ve even been looking at youngsters – thinking maybe we could be on this journey together; that we could spend lots of time bonding and doing groundwork and that by the time I’ve lost enough weight he/she might be ready to be backed.

I’m a bit out of practice though – 22 years is a long time and I’m not as young as I once was. I think a ‘schoolmaster’ may be a more appropriate purchase than a youngster – as nice as the idea seems.

Where to next? Obviously, I need to continue with the diet – to learn to view carrot sticks as a fair swap for chocolate (if only!?!?), persevere with the personal training sessions and try to resist making any rash purchases.

I've also come up with another plan, but I’ll tell you about that next time…

Alyson x