Monday, March 25, 2013
We got a bunch of snow yesterday/last night. I don't know the official numbers, but it's around a foot. Here's a picture of my house taken at 6 am this morning. I'd just finished walking my puppy Lulu, who is doing fairly well at housetraining...though she has peepeed in every room in the house.
Sunday, March 17, 2013
Since making my goal weight in June of 2011, I have been on again, off again about tracking my food, having good food habits, and getting regular exercise. I'd spent $100 on a boot camp, and then only went 3 times... All that changed on Friday. Her name is Lulu.
Lulu is a 4 month old pointer/lab mix. (We think.) She is a rescue dog. She was found when she was about 8 weeks old, skinny and flea-infested, outside a Cabela's--World's Foremost Outfitter (a place like a Bass Pro Shop.) The people who found her turned her in to a really wonderful rescue group that fosters both cats and dogs that have been found. In fact, her rescue name was Cabela, but I couldn't have that, because it would be shortened to Bella, and God forbid anyone should think I named her after a Twilight character!!!
So, Lulu came to my house on Friday. She is big enough and needy enough and hungry enough that I can no longer sit on the couch to eat. So I am exhibiting better eating habits because I'm eating at the dining room table and actually making a meal rather than eating one thing and then another. (Let's see, I'll start with a sandwich...still hungry, so now I'll eat some yogurt...still hungry, time for a handful of pistachios...time for the rest of the pistachios...you get the picture.)
And Lulu is a dog who needs to be on a schedule. She is being crate-trained, so that means I need to get up at 6, pull on some clothes, take her outside to pee, feed her, and be prepared in 3 minutes to walk out the door on the poop walk. And then some. Today we went about two miles in 36 minutes...and that includes three stops for poo and NUMEROUS stops to get the morning news (you know, the sniffing kind...) Poor Chica the Chihuahua. gets left behind when we go, but I put her food down before I leave so she has a half hour to eat before we get back. And then it's her turn, but we only go about 1/4 mile.
I also am getting some weightlifting in the mix. Lulu currently weighs about 20 pounds, and is terrified of my 17 pound cat Wasabi. He turns into a giant puffball and STALKS her. If she gets within three feet of him he flies into action, trying to claw her eyes out (Thank goodness he is front-declawed.) My house has a long hallway, and she can't walk from her crate to the living room without walking by....THE CAT. So I carry her from her crate to the living room to the kitchen and back again. Hope this doesn't last too long! I'm afraid of the cat, too!
Anyway, I weighed myself this morning, and I've lost 3 pounds!
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Since my last post, I've been mostly eating better, tracking my food on My Fitness Pal, and doing a little bit of walking. I've pretty much stayed the same weight, so it is really time to kick it into high gear. Tomorrow morning at 5 a.m. (and this is after working until 10 tonight!) I am starting a Woman's Bootcamp! Only hope I'll be able to walk home after it's over at 6. At least for 5 weeks I'm going to try and get myself back into the exercise habit. Bootcamp is Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and my friend Christina talked me into doing it with her, so at least I won't be suffering alone!
I'll check in from time to time and let you know how it's going.
Sunday, January 06, 2013
I note that the last time I blogged was September 30. That's a LONG time ago!, and my weight shows it.
I finished with the 30-day heart monitor on October 25, and met with the cardiologist on November 15, at which time I learned that THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH MY HEART and the "event" that occurred during my 24 hour heart monitoring was an "artifact". While it's good news that my heart is fine, I was kicked out of the gym for the entire time I had the heart monitor, and really got out of the exercise habit, and to deal with frustration that is normally controlled with exercise, I also ate like a crazy person. As a result, I gained 23 pounds in 3 months on top of the 25 pounds I'd gained since reaching my goal weight in June, 2011. So, last week I was at 188 pounds. I had a doctor's appointment (my annual physical) last week and fortunately I haven't had any major health consequences from the weight gain (yet...). I asked the doctor to help me with accountability to get me started, so I am going to meet with her monthly again like I did during my initial weight loss, and she wants to see my food and exercise log. So I've really worked the past week at getting back on track...and had a 5 pound weight loss. Also went to the gym twice. This week my goal is to track food and exercise, and get to the gym Monday through Saturday (yes, I got a doctor's note and get to go back!) I started logging my food and exercise at MyFitnessPal which I find a bit easier to use than SparkPeople's trackers. I'll continue to log my weight here, though, and also try to blog more regularly.
I did have a great winter break...just spent it mostly at home, de-cluttering. I cleaned out every drawer and cupboard, scrubbed the bathroom floors on my hands and knees, took several bags of clothes and linens to the Salvation Army, watched Downton Abbey seasons one and two, and went to four movies...two by myself and two with friends. I played with my animals, and read, and just relaxed. Bought a new iPad and am having fun with it, too. Today I am back at work, but the semester doesn't start until tomorrow, so it is QUIET!
Sunday, September 30, 2012
In my last blog I told you all about the new kitty. On Thursday when I went to clean her litter box, I noticed that she hadn't defecated at all, but had peed up a storm. Bad sign. I took her to the vet and discovered that she had not only diabetes, but also kidney disease. So I called the previous owner and told him I was not willing to provide the treatment this all would entail, and we agreed it would be better to put her down. So we did. Two cats lost in less than two months. I also learned that if I am to get another kitty, it has to be a kitten. Grown up cats have issues with dogs and other grown up cats.
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