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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 - Samurai the Papillon, and Spartacus the rescued chihuahua (also known as "the little weasel) & their bratty little sister, Sharona - I think she’s a chihuahua/ Boston Terrier mix. She may be younger, but she’s bigger than the boys! Just added to the mini-pack at the end of January 2018 - a rescued teacup Chihuahua, Shiloh. She has a heart murmur, so the only way she can go on the walks is if I carry her.

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 was an RN working 12 hour night-shifts - retired 30 November 2017 after 40 years in Federal service (including my 10 years as an Army Nurse). Still having trouble sleeping at night, and not napping in the daytime.

Member Since: 6/12/2007

Fitness Minutes: 302,049

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.

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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    emoticon Mirror, mirror on the wall I'll always get up after I fall.
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    emoticon I'll set my goals and achieve them all!
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    We got 4 inches of wet, heavy snow. I shoveled it off. Back down to the cement again except for a berm of ice formed when the whole snow pack came sliding off the patio cover. But I did get a whole bunch of it chipped away. It was about 5 feet wide and 6 inches deep and is now about 18 inches wide and 2 inches deep. Hopefully Mother Nature will help me get it all off by mid-week. I have water coming in one basement window but can't really see where it's originating? I'm ready for Spring but I don't think it's in the near future. I'm not unhappy with the freeze-thaw method that is going on. If not for the refreeze at night I think we'd be in for serious flooding! Was sure surprised when I saw all that snow this morning!!
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    6 days ago
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    Happy St. Patrick's Day. Hope you are enjoying the weekend? Here's another Irish Blessing..."May your day be filled with blessings like the sun that lights the sky and may you always have the courage to spread your wings and fly!"
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    I'm not really a chocolate fan but the coffee tastings sound wonderful! You are so lucky that you dropped the phone before you left the house...must have been your luck of the Irish red hair that kept you from losing it! I spent the day getting ice jams out of the rain gutters and chipping ice away from the sidewalks! At least it was 40 degrees today...having a heat wave! Put my corned beef in the oven early so it was just falling apart and went really well with the cabbage and carrots and parsnips and turnips and tiny potatoes.
    6 days ago
    A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book.--Irish proverb emoticon .... Happy St. Patrick's Day! ..
    7 days ago
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