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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: 266,185

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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    You cannot live a positive life with a negative mind. "Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and the thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see the greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself." -Edmund Lee
    1 day ago
    You're the emoticon emoticon meow
    You take the emoticon
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    but let's make it O- emoticon -al...
    You're a valued emoticon . Have a great 'Hump Day'!
    1 day ago
    Would you believe it's still not entirely scabbed over and this morning I extricated some fibres from my athletic wrap that actually saved my silly knee bone. It looks awful too.
    2 days ago

    "Three of the most powerful words in the English language are 'I AM RESPONSIBLE.' It's tough to do, but when the day comes that you can say those words, believe them, and mean them, it will be the most liberating moment of your life. Taking responsibility for all of your results, for better or for worse, is taking back your power to create results in your life."
    -Tom Venuto
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    Its up to you to make your goals and dreams a reality! Take responsibility, and do your best each day to make progress. You are totally worth the effort, you know!
    I hope your week has been great so far.

    3 days ago

    Lying around, pondering the problems of the world, emoticon
    I realized that at my age I don't really give a rat's rump anymore...
    If walking is good for your health, the postman would be immortal...
    A whale swims all day, only eats fish, drinks water, but is still mostly blubber...
    A rabbit runs and hops and only lives 15 years,
    while a tortoise doesn't run and does mostly nothing except eat, yet it lives for 150 years.
    And they tell us to exercise? I don't think so!
    4 days ago
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