Numbers used to stress me out…you know, that old statistics class anxiety?
Nope, not now!
They’re amazing confidence boosters…big time!
What brought about this shift of brain sidedness (I’m a total creative, except when I’m in research mode) is my curiosity about Winston and my heart.
No…not that kind of mushy heart stuff, although I AM smitten with him…
More like hard statistics about what happens to my heart rate when I ride Winston. A workout ride.
Enter using my fitness tracker, documenting heart rates, foot steps…yada yada.
I actually enjoy trying to figure out what is really happening when I ride, BOTH Winston and Belle.
That interesting little chart is my resting heart rate and my elevated heart rate after riding Winston at a steady trot and canter with periods of posting for 30 minutes. Non-stop.
Cool huh! Recorded with my Vivosmart HR, blue toothed to my phone.
Now…to make sure that wasn’t a fluke…I also recorded the results for the same workout the next day (yesterday afternoon…Tues). The fitness tracker thinks I’m using an elliptical gym machine…hah!
Let me explain something. The first highest peak, with heart rate high of 163, was when I was riding Belle during my lesson. Walk, trot…no posting. The second peak was riding Winston in the evening.
What do you think of that?
I also recorded my footsteps, started my ride in the evening at 8590 steps, after my 30 minute session with Winston it was up to 11,646…a difference of 3050 added during my workout!!!
Ok, numbers can tell you a lot. For example, when I refused to accept the standard recommended American diet anymore I dragged my Type 2 diabetic husband Bill along with me on this journey to fitness.
He used to love to eat out…ALL the time. His blood sugar levels were regularly at 242 plus! His doctor told him he would need to start insulin shots. I think that scared him into willingly accepting our lifestyle/diet changes.
His morning blood sugar levels are now regularly 134!!! He is down a pant size and a half. His Dr is astounded.
I love to prepare meals with the healthiest combinations of colorful, satisfying, natural and organic foods I can find. And….Bill loves it!
That’s grass fed beef in organic pasta sauce with organic 3 beans over gluten free fettuccine, organic romaine, organic apples, olives and a bit of cheese.
Annnnd that is home made organic, gluten free banana walnut bread. See…you CAN live well and eat Well!
By the way…my mare Belle…the AQHA diva, is doing better each ride. Looser, happier.
She also gets a home made supplement of Golden paste twice a day (tumeric, organic coconut oil, black pepper and Ceylon cinnamon).
And I often enjoy the Golden paste in warm almond milk at night and added to my bullet proof coffee in the am. Yummers!
And now, for that promised video…in retro black and white…just because.
Finally, an inside peak to where my heart rate and faith come into play. On yesterday’s chart…there was a spike indicating my heart rate went up… an hour or so BEFORE my ride. This is where I was anticipating and becoming anxious and obviously working up my heart rate. It was very revealing…and humbling.
This is my life verse:
So, you know what? I’m taking THAT truth to the ring with me tomorrow! Thankful that I’m in His hands!
Wishing you….happy, peaceful riding!