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I need my coffee to wake up with! (Not my pup, just a cute pix)

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: 257,021

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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    Smiling is infectious: you catch it like the flu, When someone smiled at me today, I started smiling too. emoticon
    I passed around the corner and someone saw my grin. emoticon When he smiled I realized I'd passed it on to him.
    I thought about that smile and then I realized it's worth! emoticon

    A single smile, just like mine, could travel the 'round the earth. emoticon So if you feel a smile begin, don't leave it unprojected.

    emoticon Let's start and epidemic quick, and get the world infected! emoticon
    Have a great week. Keep tracking, drinking your water and getting in some fitness minutes! emoticon
    My great Spark Friend, BARBIEE52 posted a little quote about sharing your smile with the world a couple daze ago and it reminded me of this silly little this smile is brought to you by Barb and Me!

    PS I'm not much of a smiler but I'm practicing! emoticon

    23 days ago
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    You're a valued member of the Hoarding Team. Have a great week! Stop by and chat!
    25 days ago
    I'm glad you liked the police dog Jollies. A Spark teammate was offended by the cuss word and told me so. emoticon
    25 days ago
    I can rarely get links to work LOL

    But don't worry it was 20 seconds and NOT that fascinating, the cats were cute thoguh LOL!!

    40 in the back yard?! That's nuts!! These cats were kittens of the original two cats. What happened is the momma cat had 3 litters, 2 liters died (super sad, but I was too new at my work to even talk about maybe fixing the cats). The 3rd litter 3 cats survived... then they had kittens, there were 3 kittens that survived out of that litter. So I got 4 of them fixed (3 adults, one younger one) and the other 2 who were a little under 6 months and we were able to trap them, take them home, tame them and they got adopted. I felt bad cuz their brother we couldn't catch in time, so he lives with the other 3 in our parking lot. I feel bad for them but I am glad we don't have more kittens, so so far so good. The Fire dept. across the street had spring kittens and one lady there caught them and took them home (with the mom) thank goodness!
    27 days ago
    Tooth got patched up but needs a crown. Father of Ex son in law now at rehab, son in law in critical care with no explanation, but my A1c is stable... At least that!
    29 days ago
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