LB, my hearthound, the love of my life. I'll never stop missing him.
Part of the 3rd generatin of Black Angels.
My beautiful Mikey, a 2nd generation Black Angel, who passed away 5/1/08.
"They" say that eventually a person begins to look like his/her dog. Great! I've had Greyhounds for 11 years and right now I have 12 of them. So when does this kick in already???
Hey, y'all! I'm Kate. I live in Cross Lanes WV with my hounds. When I'm not at work or playing with my hounds, I'm usually working (or just goofing off) in my little bitty vegetable garden or working (or just goofing off) on my computer.
10/7/2011 - I wrote the above a long time ago. So much has happened since then. My life took a serious nosedive. My marriage ended, several of my precious dogs passed away (I only have 6 now), and I found myself living well below the poverty level. I got sick, largely caused by stress. My asthma got MUCH worse, my blood pressure rose alarmingly, and I battled with clinical depression. A combination of medications (steroids in some), emotional eating, and quitting smoking packed on all of the 70+ lbs I had lost and then some more. I hit my highest weight ever a couple of months ago. Up to that point all my efforts to lose weight just slowed down the gain some. But FINALLY I'm going back in the right direction. I felt strong enough to really get serious and last week I lost 4 lbs. YAY! So yes, I'm back, and I'll do it again. I've already done it once (I was in a size 6 when my world caved in) so I know I can do it again. :-)
One of my goals as far as SparkPeople is concerned is to lose another 33 lbs. I started on the South Beach diet a few years ago and lost 36 lbs, but then got sidetracked. I must have learned some pretty good habits because I didn't gain a pound of it back! But I'm still 33 lbs from my goal, so here I am.
Another goal is to break a 40 year habit - smoking! I've tried several times and always started again. But they say that every failure is practice for the final success. So I'll keep trying until I make it. But one thing at a time. I want to get the weight loss going again first or I'll blimp out when I quit smoking.
My overall goal is just to be the strongest me I can be, both physically and mentally.
Oops! Well, I met one goal - I successfully quit smoking. In December (2011) it will be 3 years. And I was getting very close to my weight goals when the world caved in on me. I was in a size 6, but then gained about 80 lbs in about 18 months. There
For weight loss, I'm using a mixture of things I learned from South Beach, and new things from SparkPeople. There are always new things to learn that help us get where we want to go.
One thing that helps me is setting short-term, medium-term and long-term goals. A short-term goal would be something like drinking 8 cups of water each day or losing at least 1 lb each week. A medium-term goal might be losing 5 or 6 lbs in a month. And of course the long term goal is losing 33 lbs and keeping it off.
Every time I succeed in meeting a goal, I give myself some kind of reward suitable to the goal. If I lose a pound or more in a week, I might allow myself one serving of some forbidden food I've been missing. If I meet a monthly goal I might give myself one day to eat whatever I want (as long as I don't go overboard!) Sometimes I allow myself to cheat a little, anyway. I've found it helps me to not feel deprived and overall to stay on track better.
I've lived in WV since 1995, but I was born and raised mostly in NC. In between, I've lived in FL, DC, VA, NM, OK, TX, AL, KY, and IN. I really loved NM, but I think WV is forever home for me.
Wondering about my user name? Cuthail Jet was the name of my first Greyhound, aka CJ. Cuthail is Irish Gaelic for "shy". It's pronounced "cool", so cuthailjet is cool jet. When CJ was a puppy, his kennel name was "Shy Guy". But he had outgrown his shyness by the time I met him as a 2 year old.
CJ changed my life in ways I never could have imagined. A month after adopting him, a second Greyhound joined the family. Then a third and a fourth, and, well, addiction had set in big time. I adopted CJ's brother, LB, who became the love of my life. CJ and LB and their two sisters (who I also eventually adopted) were the first generation of "Black Angels". Before I adopted her, one of the sisters had a litter of puppies and I bought two, adopted one and leased one. They were the second generation. And then the one I leased blessed me with a litter of puppies - the third generation. For a short time before Grandma Sweety died, I had three generations of the same hound family.