How Horses Heal My Soul: 4 Ways Horse Helped Me Lose Weight & Get My ‘Happy’ Back

Weight loss is hard. You’re continually facing challenging emotions. It’s easy to question yourself and feel like a failure. As your body changes, it’s natural to feel tired, hungry, and super emotional. I want you to know if you are struggling with your weight loss journey, you are not alone. It’s normal to feel this way.

In this article, I want to share how horses heal my soul and help me feel inspired when the going gets tough.

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Andrea Otley
Want to make getting on your horse easier? Here’s how...

Get on your horse easier in 5 simple steps.

Is the fear of not being able to get on your horse holding you back from enjoying time in the saddle? You really want to get back to riding your horse regularly, but you dread it because you struggle to get on. What if you focused on getting in better shape to make getting on easier?

Today I want to go over five simple steps to make getting on your horse more enjoyable.

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How To Get In Shape To Ride - My Fitness Routine Revealed

Summer is around the corner. Many horsewomen are motivated to shed some pounds and get in shape to ride their horses. Motivation is only the first step. What is the second step? Coming up with a fitness routine that fits our busy schedules and compliments our lives instead of competes with them.

Now, I workout regularly. But I didn’t use to workout at all. My love of exercise has evolved over the years. Today, I want to share my fitness routine so you can get ideas and inspiration. In no time, you can create a love of fitness and the habit of working out.

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Exciting Announcement: New Blog for Horse Rider Fitness

Hi, I’m Andrea! I write weekly articles to help horsewoman create a burning desire to lose weight and get fit to ride. A recovering sugar addict, I lost 31 lbs of baby weight and have kept it off. At 41 years old, I'm in the best shape of my life. I understand the struggles and challenges brought on by our way of life.

My passion is sharing my weight loss secrets and fitness strategies with other busy horsewomen looking for ways to shed pounds and inches, get more energy and feel confident in their own skin. My motivation-based coaching is designed to get you the quickest, longest lasting, real results possible.

Here’s the link to my blog.

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MotivationAndrea Otley
My Top 4 Tips for a Successful 2019 Horse Show Season

As I reflect on the 2018 reined cow horse show season and get ready for 2019, I’m excited to share my four best tips to horse showing success. After posting my redemption story and the NRCHA Celebration of Champions results article, I was overwhelmed with feelings of gratitude for the support of my friends on social media. Connecting with so many people around the country is the coolest thing ever! You've wished us luck, cried with us, told me I've inspired you to go show, my words are doing a poor job of expressing my gratitude right now.

I feel like giving payback, to help you cut the corners that I had to go through. There’s no better feeling than hearing someone say, “... because of you, I'm going to start showing, I’m going to chase my dreams.”

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LifestyleAndrea Otley
My First Trip to the NRCHA World Championship Show - Results

A few weeks ago, I shared my redemption story of how I went from dead last at the 2017 AQHA World Show to earning over $22,000 in my first full year showing in the NRCHA. When I finished up that story, we were heading to the NRCHA Celebration of Champions in Fort Worth, Texas.

Today, I want to let you know how it went. Stay tuned for my next post because I also want to share my four best tips for horse showing success that anyone can apply, no matter what level of horse showing or competing you're at.

From February 19-22, 2019, I showed in Fort Worth, Texas at the John Justin Arena in the Will Rogers Memorial Center. Being in that place was an experience in itself. Holy cow!

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LifestyleAndrea Otley
Free Healthy Habits For Healthy Horsewomen 21 Day Challenge Starts Soon!

What’s the secret to my horse show success?

I seriously contribute most of my success in showing Hook (TI SMOKUM PLAIN CHIC) to developing strong, healthy habits. I think the difference between people who do well and those who don’t, is focus and consistency. If you want to stay consistent, you can't make things too complicated or hard to follow. It has to be something that is doable, daily.

I created the Healthy Habits for Healthy Horsewomen 21-Day Challenge to help horsewomen like me get focused and consistent so they can enjoy success with their horses. Sign up today. It’s free!

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Fitness, MotivationAndrea Otley
10 Easy Super Bowl Snack Recipes

Looking for easy Super Bowl snacks to serve during the big game?

This year, we’re staying home to watch the Super Bowl. Here is a list of Easy Super Bowl Snack Recipes that my family will love and won’t wreck my diet. They’re quick and easy and don’t require hours in the kitchen to prepare. Best part? They' are #cowgirlupdiet approved!

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RecipesAndrea Otley
How to Burn Stored Body Fat for Energy

Have you noticed how the keto diet is all the rage right now? So many people are skipping the critical step of learning the science behind burning fat for energy. They have no idea what they're doing, no idea how it works. And no wonder! If you google “keto diet” you’re bombarded with tips, tricks, how-to’s and recipes. Who do you trust? Where do you even start?

Have you ever thought about where you get your energy? There are two primary energy sources: one is sugar (glucose), the other is fat. The glucose energy comes from eating carbohydrates - bread, rice, oatmeal, potatoes, chips, cookies, candy, cake, etc. The fat energy comes from a process where the body produces ketones, a type of acid.

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MotivationAndrea Otley
Why You’re Not Losing Weight - 5 Dieting Myths Busted

Does this sound familiar? You’re following your new diet plan to a tee! You’re exercising, you’re watching what you eat. You’re meal planning and prepping. You’re turning down the yummy desserts and alcohol. You’re being SO GOOD! WHY CAN’T YOU LOSE THE WEIGHT?? You’re so frustrated! What the hell?

We’ve all been there, right? I know I have! I remember feeling like there was something wrong with me. Like I was a failure.

What finally opened my eyes and led me down a weight loss path that actually works? I realized I believed in some common weight loss myths. Let me share them here.

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MotivationAndrea Otley
[Clean Week] Fitness Program Review, With The Horse Rider In Mind

I tested Clean Week in February 2018, as a way to get back to working out again. I had a nasty cold for a few weeks and hadn’t worked out. I wanted to try a workout program intended to help people kickstart their fitness. I was curious to learn more about the new Beachbody trainer, Megan Davies, and to see what her training style was like. I wanted to know if Clean Week would be a good fit for our Cowgirl Up Fitness Community as a way to help them get started.

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[A Little Obsessed] Fitness Program Review, With The Horse Rider In Mind

[A Little Obsessed] Fitness Program Review, With The Horse Rider In Mind

I tested A Little Obsessed in February, 2018, for two weeks to see if I’d like it, to see how hard it’d be and to get a feel for the fitness style. I also wanted to get ready for the full version. I was curious to see how the resistance loops and strength slides might improve my horse riding.

Prior to starting ALO, I was only doing short, low intensity workouts due to a nasty cold. I was not at my peek fitness level, by any means.

 

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Getting Fit To Ride - 9 Tips To Help You Look Forward To Working Out

Is “life” getting in the way of your exercise routine? Maybe you are trying to get your workouts in but you’re too busy right now. Maybe you’ll do it tomorrow...next week….next month...Have you been there? I have! But now I workout consistently. So what changed for me? Let me share! Here are 9 tips to help you go from dreading your workouts to actually looking forward to them!

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