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Going to the Vet

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Today was the dreaded trip to the vet. I dreaded the trip because of the cost (the little stuff they do really adds up) and the trauma to my fur babies. The vet is a really nice, caring guy and the dogs seem to like him. He takes the time to pet them and talk to them every time they see him. They used to be really upset when we pulled the car into the parking lot but now I hold them while they get shots, blood work, anals, toenails etc. so they seem to do a little better. When Tiberius (our male) was being examined and worked on he protested loudly but just leaned against me. Unfortunately, the vet tech took Traci to the other room (to weigh her, draw blood and clip her toenails), and she got very scared. She hates getting her toenails clipped and having blood work. I held her and put her on the table for the vet when she came back. When the vet tried to examine her, she tried to crawl inside my jacket to get away from being touched any further. Poor baby! When she couldn't get into my jacket (I still had it zipped up) she put her little head under my arm and buried her head. Of course when it was all over and the treats were being passed out, she was her usual happy self and made short work of her doggie treat. Now that we're home, Ti and Traci are taking a nap and the house is so quiet that you could hear a pin drop. I think they're so exhausted from their morning out that they need the sleep and they didn't even get their shots today!
They are scheduled for that in June. It's time for some snuggles with my K-9 children I think.

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LUCKYDUCK2 2/26/2009 2:45PM

    You are definitely mom to them! They sure look to your for their safety net by cuddling up close like that. My dogs HATE the vet also. We don't have one who take the time to connect with them. It is more of a wham-bam thank you mam sort of experience.
Up on the table and..... emoticon

I have had them to three different vets and it is the same with all of them. I bring them home and they ignore me for two or three days.

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L*I*T*A* 2/26/2009 12:15AM

    our dogs were like that too...............i always dreaded the visit as much as they did i'm sure..............good to have it over with...................hope youe week is going well........blessings and hugs..................lita

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NVR2HEALTHY 2/25/2009 4:18PM

    My baby Buster is the same way when he goes to the Vet, he always tries to climb in my arms. We are scheduled for shots next month. emoticon

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Slowly but Surely

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

I took my sister to the doctor's office today and then we went out for some play time. First we went to the craft store and both bought shamrocks for our front doors. I got the materials for my Pennies for Pampering Jar. It's going to be very cute! I also found a few other items for immediate use and for Easter baskets. Next we went to Cracker Barrel for lunch and to have a nice long uninterrupted chat. I always love looking at all of the cool stuff there too. I didn't buy anything there because a lot of their stuff was fairly expensive. We finished up there and headed home to wait for an out of town guest. While my hubby and our guest played around with our computer boards, I put the sparkling shamrocks on the 2 front doors and changed my garden flags to St. Patrick's Day flags. It all looks very festive even if I do say so myself. An hour later, the group of us went out to dinner. I was proud of myself and my food choices today. I think I did a good job. All of us had a great time and the day went by quickly. Tomorrow our two dogs are going to be very displeased with me because I'm going to take them to the vet for their check up. I'll probably come home afterwards and spend some quiet time with them as they wind down from the visit. I think I'll make good use of that time and write in my journal.

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CINNIEMAY 2/25/2009 7:31AM

    Sounds like you had a great day! I hope that your sister's doctor's visit was okay!

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LUCKYDUCK2 2/25/2009 12:13AM

    I can just see your puppys tomorrow. You want to cuddle? Forget it! Do you know what they did to me and where they stuck it? LOL My dog loves car rides, but one trip to the vet puts him off for a coupld of months. This visit he cuddled with Kevin in the evenings and gave me the evil eye for two days. He got his teeth cleaned.

What a perfect day! Family time and good food in moderation! Sounds so nice.

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TIMS4FISHIN 2/24/2009 11:58PM

    Sounds like you had a great day. I wished I lived closer to my brother and my sister to do things like that.
Very good on chosing the right foods. I don't think I could have done so good at Cracker Barrel. Oh, they have such good food.
Enjoy your Wednesday and give puppy dogs lots of love after their dreaded visit.

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WooHoo - I got my boot off!!!!!

Monday, February 23, 2009

Good news today! I got my boot off! I have to work gradually into exercise; it takes about a month. The doctor said to start off with about 20 minutes a day for the first week to protect the muscles, ligaments and tendons. Next week I can do 30-35 minutes, then increase it to 40-45 the following week and so on up to 60 minutes. I have to start off with bicycling on the recumbent cycle because the ankle is so stiff from being in the boot. For the first month I will do only the water and the bicycle and some light walking. I am also wearing orthodics now to keep this from happening again. The doctor said that it will be a year before the bone is really strong again, 100% healed, so I have to be careful for an entire year. This means no walking barefoot (probably forever), always wearing some sort of orthotic and putting the boot back on for a while if my foot starts to feel tender. I am so thankful that it is at least 80% healed. I'm going to be super careful so I don't re injure it. WooHoo!!!!!

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BABYFACE26 2/25/2009 10:44PM

    Hello - I am not sure what happened to your foot, with the boot - but I am sharing your joy at getting it off, and starting on the healing process.

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NVR2HEALTHY 2/23/2009 1:29PM

    emoticonYou must feel fancy foot and carefree!

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LUCKYDUCK2 2/23/2009 12:58PM

    That is AWESOME!!! I am so happy to read this . Congrats and enjoy your new freedom and may each day be stronger and with no pain.

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Fun Sunday Outing

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Today we drove to a town close to Daytona to have lunch with our nephew. He came down to Florida for 3 days for some training. We had a blast! My husband and I talked all the way there, listened to the radio and we were singing and laughing. We had a wonderful visit with our nephew and I had a nice salad for lunch. On the way back we put an oldies station on the radio and tried to see how quickly we could identify who was singing. We then proceeded to sing at the top of our lungs. Isn't it funny how very simple things that cost very little can be so wonderful?

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    Hubby and I do that sometimes. It is fun and brings back a lot of memories. I love all music but the old songs are the best LOL. I bet every generation thinks they have the best music. So glad you had a great day and it is romantic when you click with hubby. Have a great evening. Pam

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NVR2HEALTHY 2/22/2009 9:36PM

    I love SIMPLE PLEASURES! It sounds like you had a delightful time!

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LUCKYDUCK2 2/22/2009 6:53PM

    What a perfect day! Simple things shared with those we love are the BEST!

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CINNIEMAY 2/22/2009 6:45PM

    Sounds like fun!!

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Trying A New Approach

Saturday, February 21, 2009

My quest for balance of mind, body and soul continues. Today I joined a new Spark Team called Pennies for Pampering. Since I need to continue to work on my self esteem and positive self dialogue, this team looks like it may be a very good fit. The idea is to use positive rewards for doing positive behaviors as a way to motivate yourself. You set up your own target, daily, behavior goals for a period of a week. Then you attach the number of pennies you would like to reward yourself with for each goal that you achieve. I have mine set up where if I achieve all my goals on any given day during the week, I will get a bonus for that day. My ultimate goal is to achieve all goals on all days and receive a bonus everyday of the week. You save up the pennies you earn in a jar. I haven't decided what kind of jar I'm going to use yet but I do know that it will be decorated to reflect pampering of some kind. (perhaps I'll take a picture of it and put it on my page) As you save the pennies, you can get a visual idea of how much you have achieved. Since I lean toward being very concrete when it comes to achieving my goals, this should work well for me.

The first step is to set up a list of goals that you want to achieve every day of the week. Here are the seven goals that I have set up for myself along with the reward amount that I will pay myself for achieving each goal daily:

1.) Eat 5+ fruits and veggies per day $.10
2.) Drink 64+ oz. of water per day $.10
3.) Sleep between 7-8 hours per night $.10
4.) Do some form of exercise daily $.10
5.) Take vitamin pill, 2 calcium and vitamin D3 daily $.10
6.) Write in my journal daily $.10
7.) Stay within calorie range daily $.15

Achievement Bonus $.25 on every day that I do all seven goals successfully

The second step is to decide what you'd like to pamper yourself with. I haven't decided on a specific item yet but here are some possible ideas:

New outfit
Spa weekend
Exercise equipment
Romantic weekend with my sweetie
Bathing suit
DVD (probably a chick flick)
New workout clothes
Gym bag

Once I've made my jar, set up my weekly/daily goals and decided what to pamper myself with, all I have to do is achieve as many of my goals as possible every day. It is set up to be a win/win situation for me. I get rewarded for doing things that are good for me. How fantastic is that? I get my goals organized and set up (finally) and the only way I can fail to achieve is by not to do anything at all. (which, by the way, I'm not going to let myself do) I am using Spark People's idea of small goals, Coach Dean's idea of saving money in a jar, I'm taking time to pamper myself and it all ultimately leads me to achieve the long-range goal of becoming healthy.

This new approach is just the shot in the arm that I needed at this point on my journey. The message here is never give up on yourself, you are worth the effort it takes to get and remain healthy. I feel re-charged and ready to approach my journey with new enthusiasm.
[ If this team appeals to anyone reading this blog, you can take a look at at my page and click on this team under My Spark Teams.]

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SHOOTIN4STARS 2/23/2009 9:53PM

    Wow! You're ambitious. Pampering yourself with all those wonderful things sure should motivate you! Thanks for your support of the team--


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CINNIEMAY 2/22/2009 4:11PM

    Sounds like a great idea! I will check it out!

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NVR2HEALTHY 2/21/2009 4:39PM

    emoticonYou are strong, you are determined, you are successful! Stay committed to yourself! I look forward to the posting of your penny jar.

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