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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: 254,202

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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    YOU are in charge! Sure, a big wind may shift your direction this way or that - emoticon
    or sometimes, life may seem to take the wind out of your sails. emoticon
    But you are the captain of your ship. emoticon You are at the helm!
    Whatever weather comes your way, emoticon emoticon emoticon
    you can steer your way to success!
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    5 days ago
    Thank you so much for your supportive comment on my blog about my continuing struggles with my daughter. As a nurse in an emergency room, you must have experienced firsthand the trauma that can be associated with emotional or mental disorders. So I really appreciate your kind words of understanding and reassurance.

    6 days ago
    You do enough blogging ( with content ) so every now and then a quick emoji is appreciated. My complaint is with one word bloggers. A one word comment is great !
    6 days ago
    It's over a week since the assault on my gums ( and wallet) and still sore. I've increased the foods I can eat and struggle with this at every meal. Crunchy still out ! I was not offered nitrous...but warned it would be uncomfortable...& it was. Stil
    9 days ago
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    Thanks for stopping by my page and leaving a note. Have a great night!!
    10 days ago
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