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I need my coffee to wake up with! (Not my pup, just a cute pix)

Samurai, Spartacus & Shalako - challenging a big dog across the street!


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I share my home and life with 4-footed friends - 2 cats (Starkist & Shadowspawn), & 4 dogs. My little dogs are smallest dogs I''ve ever had - Shalako the Pomeranian, Samurai the Papillon, and Spartacus the rescued chihuahua (also known as "the little weasel"). I recently (Jan 2017) adopted a chihuahua/Boston terrier mix, Sharona. I'd forgotten how active & destructive puppies can be! We''ve been walking about 30 minutes to 2 hours daily.

I got the lap-band surgery in Nov 06. So far, I''ve lost over 120 pounds (3/9/10). Recently changed my end goal to even less. (155). Sigh ... about 25 pounds have found their way back.

I''m an RN and work 12 hour night-shifts - boy, does that throw your metabolism off! I have things planned in the daytime for my days off, and have to sleep in the daytime on work days. All the tips for improving sleep say "set a routine and stick to it". Uh, huh - that'll work.

Member Since: 6/12/2007

Fitness Minutes: 283,139

My Goals:
Mini goal - I'm gonna bust thru 200 by the end of July!! DID IT!!! 7/13/09

Finally made 2 separate week weigh-ins of less than 175 - yeah! 3/14/13

Get in shape so my knees don't keep stressing.

Guess I'd better give up on retiring any time soon!

My Program:
Walking my little dogs every day. Throwing in strength exercises while I wait for the sniff breaks for them.

Personal Information:
Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.
Groucho Marx

If man could be crossed with the cat, it would improve man but deteriorate the cat.
Mark Twain

I always like a dog so long as he isn't spelled backward.
G.K. Chesterton

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I'm a reader. Can't go to the bathroom without book in my hand (even if I don't open it in the little room). Love my cats and dogs.

When you don't think the program will work, remember the motto: Try it our way for at least 6 weeks and if you are not satisfied we will gladly refund your misery

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    I'm always so happy to hear from you. I could go on about that, but I'd just be repeating myself. Hope you know you're one of my faves.

    Thanks for the input. For the longest time, I, too, vastly preferred to eat my calories rather than drink them, but somewhere along the way that changed, and recently I became alarmingly more excited about drinking alcohol at the end of the day when I came home from work than I was about eating the healthy meal I had prepared. Drinking on an empty stomach magnifies the effects, so at first I would feel very good and then suddenly not so good. I haven't been sick from drinking since my youth, but in my adulthood it made me dumb and groggy, on into the next day. I also noticed that when drinking, my mood was tilting toward hostility, instead of being my former mellow, carefree, sociable drinking self. In recent years, it has not been pleasurable to drink with others, because the purpose of alcohol is to escape from myself and be mindless. So I think when you use something to escape from reality (and this might be true even of frivolous pursuits like reading comic books or playing video games), then that's a kind of substance abuse. I don't strive for perfection in eating--I know I have to eat to live, but I have a feeling I might have to strive for perfection in abstaining from alcohol. I'm not against drinking in principle, but I always regret drinking whenever I'm the one who did it.

    Sorry, didn't mean to write an essay. Thanks for listening, my dear DESERTDREAMERS!
    5 days ago
    No, it's just a "photo opp". 🐮
    6 days ago
    Thank you for your comments on my post with my dogs. I see you have 4! emoticon
    7 days ago

    You were born to be real, not to be perfect.

    You are here to be you, not to live someone else's life.

    Every day you make some progress and every day
    You make a few mistakes.

    Through it all, your wisdom continues to grow

    and your experience continues to broaden.

    Be gentle with yourself.

    Accept who you are,
    Where you have been,

    and what you have to work with,

    for in this moment you can make positive
    Use of it all.

    Reach in and touch the purpose

    that makes you feel most alive.

    The world around you is filled with
    places where that purpose can do great things.

    It is never too late to offer your unique

    and genuine gifts to life.

    Now is the time to do great things,
    Even in the smallest of ways.

    Choose to fully and graciously live life as it comes.
    The richest rewards by far are the ones to which
    You most sincerely give of yourself.

    7 days ago
    Fungus on my left foot, big toe. I was so nervous, but I had it done yesterday afternoon and have not experienced any pain at all!
    10 days ago
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