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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), & 3dogs. 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"). 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 ...

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: 265,897

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.

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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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    Having a dream... Courage. emoticon
    Visualizing your dream... Persistence. emoticon
    Physically moving towards your dream... Guts. emoticon
    Letting go of the "cursed hows"... Wisdom. emoticon
    The look on your friends faces when they see your lovely organized home... Priceless. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    Yeah, that oughta light a fire - emoticon
    Have a great week!
    8 hours ago
  • v EBETH13
    Hahaha, now the pumpkin spice shredded wheat cereal is pretty good....tried the Life and didn't really taste a big pumpkin hit......Oh! There was a pumpkin spice cookie butter...GROSS!

    Anyway, thought that if you embraced it or would be a funny blog post by you!!
    1 day ago
    Your dog walking made me think that there really is a lot more to it than cleaning up after a pet. I never owned a dog or a cat. Both my parents worked and there was no time or inclination. I will Watch that creature more carefully in future.
    2 days ago
    Yeah, I meant 20/20... not 200/20... gee that is an almost funny typo!
    3 days ago
  • v EBETH13
    Thought of you and wanted to see if you would do a blog on "embrassing or not, the Pumpkin spice revolution happening in our grocery stores!!!! Oh my goodness, I can't stand what half of the stuff they have pumpkin-ized.....chocolate chips, poptarts, tortilla chips, marsh..gulp..mellos, pudding.........hacking up a hairball.......have you noticed??

    4 days ago
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