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Friday, September 09, 2011

Planning.

The man who fails to plan really plans to fail. I don't know who said the original version of this, but that one came from the great philosopher/rapper Chali 2Na.

It takes awhile for that to sink in. And even when it does, sometimes my mind spits it out again as I say, "Eff this," and stick my head in a bag of salt and vinegar chips.

But really, I do best when I plan. When I was planning my dinners after my lunches, I managed to stay not only in my calorie range, but on the LOW END of the calorie range for 12 days straight. I also have a tendency to say "Eff this" when I mess up once. Oh, I try to get back on the wagon immediately, but then it's like, for two days, then it's for no days...for a month or something.

So I gotta plan. And I will. I have the tools. I just gotta use them. SIMPLELIFE4REAL (aka My HERO) has posted a link on her blog to her ingenious 8-week meal plan that never recycles a dinner. It would make a good template OR even a whole meal plan for me. ELLEYKAT kept it simple, just by logging first, then eating. Very smart.

Hmm, what other plans can I make?

And I welcome anyone to point me back to this blog when I post another one about salt and vinegar chips, stuffed crust pizza and multiple bowls of Frosted Mini Wheats. I can certainly have those...if I plan for them.

  
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TWNOMWE 9/15/2011 9:07AM

    Thanks for the reminder.
I also find that when I do not plan my meals in advance, I end up over eating.
Same goes with shopping with out a list.

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BETTERJULIA 9/12/2011 2:47PM

    Planning is HUGE for me to! Thank you for the reminder!

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LINDABENEDICT 9/9/2011 10:50PM

    Great plan !

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RUTHXG 9/9/2011 10:40PM

    Yes! We can do it by making it as easy as possible for ourselves = planning! As long as we don't try to plan some kind of very elaborate, precarious meal scheme that sets us up to fail. Let's plan for simplicity, deliciousness, & ease.

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PASTORMIKE7 9/9/2011 10:14PM

    Plan-Plan-Plan !!! That is the only way to keep you on the winning course in life !!

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Fooooood and Rain

Thursday, September 08, 2011

I wavered with the gym. The rain here is awful. It was hard to see even with the windshield wipers on at their fastest. Driving was a little scary, but I made it okay to the gym parking lot. I circled for a spot, like I normally do. As I started a new loop down a new aisle, it started to pour EVEN HARDER. Then I sneezed five times. Then I left.

I feel kind of lame about that, but I really couldn't imagine. And I lived in New Orleans for four years, without an umbrella, so it's not like I'm a rain wimp.

So, here I am at home, wrapped in warmth with a cuppa. Which is fine, but I can't figure something out.

How do I get the right mindset to stay in my calorie range?

I do really well for awhile, then I stop doing well, and then I become an eating machine. I often have struggled to find an eating plan that works for me, keeps me full enough, and is in SP's calorie range for me. And I'm still not there.

Right now, my problem is salt and vinegar chips. I eat those like it's my job. That has to stop. Cold turkey. Also, the last couple days, Sour Skittles. I eat those when I have allergies, because they scratch the roof of my mouth and my throat when they're itchy.

Maybe if I quit both of those, that's enough for the calorie range to work itself out.

  
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HOPESINGH 9/9/2011 10:37AM

    Are there any mood issues behind this tendency to get out of your range every time all over again? Do you just feel deprived? I think it's often hard to make the move from "diet" to "lifestyle", knowing you really give up all the "good stuff" on a regular basis, unless you see them differently. Not sure I have good advise though...
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/9/2011 8:26AM

    I have the same problem you do, but with different foods. The best thing I can do for myself is not have those foods in my house, because if they are there....I WILL snack on them.


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SPBETTERWAY 9/8/2011 6:32PM

    I love the salt & vinegar taste too! It's addictive. I can't eat just one. Whatever the bag says, that's how many calories I'm going to add to my week. emoticon

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TAICHIDANCER 9/8/2011 6:20PM

    When I'm eating out of control, I try to figure out WHY I'm doing it, not just notice the fact that I am doing it. Because for me it is seldom hunger. Almost always there is something else going on that I'm trying to deal with by eating. Figuring out what's really going on usually helps me.

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 9/8/2011 6:16PM

    oh def, sour skittles are what, like 180 cals a bag? ... same for the chips - that will probably buy you 300-500 cals a day to work with, even if you replace them with something healthier and are still over your range, that's better than skittles and chips.
It's funny because I love both of those things too!
I bought some salt & vinegar ALMONDS from the sprouts market near me and they really satisfy that taste- I only need to eat like 3 or 4!

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RUTHXG 9/8/2011 6:10PM

    I think you made a good call about the gym, given the hard rain.

As for staying within range & getting hungry, for me it's a combo of two things: (1) getting the trigger food out of the house & (2) making sure that your good food is yummy & mouth- & tummy-satisfying (good texture, enough protein &/or fat to make you feel full). It's always a challenge, though!

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BETTERJULIA 9/8/2011 5:50PM

    What has worked for me is small meals even 2 hours - if I start getting hungry like mind hungry hey it's been x since lunch I haven't ate I should EAT IT ALLL NOWWWWW sscchoolck ----- noise of hoover mouth...But eating small meals keeps me from doing that - I can say hey I just ate an apple and almonds 45 minutes ago I can wait another 45 and have my chobani w/ granola and then the day goes. I also bookend with a big breakfast and big dinner.

Keep moving forward!

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Quick One - Advice Needed

Thursday, September 08, 2011

I have a head cold. I have a pressure headache, my nose is stuffy, I'm sneezing. My throat hurts a little. I coughed once.

I think I read somewhere that you can exercise with a head cold, just that you shouldn't with a chest cold. So I'm still planning to go to the gym after work today.

I started to waver a little bit when one of my colleagues sprayed me with Lysol and told me that I should go to the gym so I can infect everyone there, and maybe take the Metro there to expose as many people as possible. He made me sound like I was trying to engage in biowarfare. It made me feel a little bad.

So is it socially irresponsible of me to go to the gym? Should I go home and do weights instead? I may have to anyway, if my headache gets worse, but if it doesn't, am I a bad person if I go out and possibly spread my germs?

  
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KASEYCOFF 9/9/2011 3:42AM

    Okay, I can maybe concede your co-worker had a point, but - what if it's an allergy? That's non-contagious. I think I'd have been so tempted to say (in response to his spraying the Lysol) 'You won't mind that I used your coffee cup this morning, then.' LOL!
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DOGMOMMY 9/8/2011 8:11PM

    i say go... just wipe down the equipment when you're done.

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ARCHIMEDESII 9/8/2011 3:39PM

    PS - Your co-worker is Howard Hughes ? If not, he's sure heading that way !!!

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ANNASBF 9/8/2011 3:17PM

    hmmm... just a thought... maybe your previous blog with all the frustration you were feeling was really the fact that you were getting sick rather than all the poo and such you were facing... a combo, maybe?

I hope you feel better really, really soon. These viruses are a pain!!!!

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BETTERJULIA 9/8/2011 3:16PM

    I vote go!

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BEATLETOT 9/8/2011 3:14PM

    Okay, so it looks like 11 for, one against. My head hasn't gotten any worse, so I guess I'm goin'. Just for a little while, and no talk test concerns.

Ruth, he totally sprayed me with Lysol. It's okay, I invited him to do it by raising my arms to make a cross, so he could get them good. We're buds...no offense meant!

Carly, no, he's the guy who never gets sick because he sprays sick people who come into his office with Lysol!

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ARCHIMEDESII 9/8/2011 3:05PM

    How do you feel ? If you're hacking up gunk you only read about in Stephen King novles, no you should NOT go to the gym. However, if you have a slight sniffle, a little light cardiovascular activity could help open up your nasal passages.

If you feel fatigued with aches/pains, you should stay home because the exercise could make you feel worse. A person should never ever try to lift a heavy weight when fatigued. So, no strength training for you today.

If you have a little bit of energy and want to get some activity in, take a walk around the neighborhood.

Feel better ! And I know how you're feeling. I'm getting over those evil germs myself.

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LOVEBYRD 9/8/2011 2:33PM

    I say go for it!! I would say, just be mindful of others and cover your cough, etc...but the fact that you are worried about it at all, tells me that the ppl around you are fine!!

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L*I*T*A* 9/8/2011 2:28PM

    just go for it ...................
use caution when sneezing or coughing and wash you hands often etc which you probably do anyways.........good luck and hope you will be feeling better soon.........
blessings and hugs.....lita

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AMAS92568 9/8/2011 2:02PM

    If your body has energy and you are NOT running a fever, go for it. I've always heard you aren't contagious unless you are running a fever. Besides, once we realize we're sick, we've already passed the germ to so many people it isn't even funny.



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CARLYG8 9/8/2011 2:01PM

    Let me guess...this person is the one who calls in sick if he has a hangnail. He bites the bullet, takes the day off (bless him) because he is only thinking of others! Am I close??
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I say only you know how you feel. Do you feel like working out will make you feel better...or worse?? Better...then by all means go. Worse? Then take a rest day (or two) and feel better!!

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SHRINKINGLULU 9/8/2011 1:48PM

    Your co-worker sounds like a drama queen!!
I went on Tuesday with the hopes of sweating out a cold I felt on the verge of and it certainly worked for me!! Just be conscious of not licking the doorknobs and drinking fountains and whatnot.

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SKYWATCHERRS 9/8/2011 1:36PM

    It sounds like you're pretty sick - you might oughtta go home and rest.

Yes, it's true that exercising with a light head cold or light sinus infection is okay and can actually help you get better, but if you have a bad cold you might be doing more harm than good.

The sicker you are, the more you need rest. Your body will be burning crazy calories trying to get well, so as long as you don't use your illness to pig out, missing a couple workouts will not damage your progress one bit.

Listen to your body - if you feel utterly wiped out, don't go to the gym. It's not worth exhausting yourself and getting sicker.

If you cough or start to get chest congestion, DO NOT GO TO THE GYM. If you start running a fever, DO NOT GO TO THE GYM.

Hope this helps and feel better soon!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 9/8/2011 1:31PM

    Oh, please... there are so many germy people EVERYWHERE and half the time they're spreading the germs and don't realize it because once you show symptoms, you've already been "sick" and spreading them for awhile. I think you could go if you're not coughing like crazy and all over equipment. It's really how you feel. I personally hate working out even if I'm a little sick (except I do like a nice walk), because I had one traumatizing experience in 2002 after taking a spinning class with a mild cold - sick for 3 months straight after that! Let us know what you do!

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RUTHXG 9/8/2011 1:29PM

    He sprayed you with Lysol! You, your body?? That's highly offensive!

I agree with everyone--if you're up to it, go ahead to the gym. They probably have hand sanitizer here & there, right? Use it frequently & sneeze or cough into your elbow, & you'll not be hurting anyone.

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ALLIECAT1014 9/8/2011 1:24PM

  Its not irresponsible. A sanitary gym will have good air circulation as well as people having to wipe down the machines afterwards. Exercise also helps boost your immune system. Just make sure you don't push yourself too hard! Fell better :)

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REBECCAMA 9/8/2011 1:22PM

  GO! Do it!! Don't worry about the germs. You are going to a gym, not kissing and hugging everyone.

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JOSIEISHEALTHY 9/8/2011 1:22PM

    LOL I never thought of that question before. Hmmmmm I don't know if it's irresponsible, I say if your sick though you should just take it slightly easy today. Your body is at war with a virus haha.

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Volatile

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

I figured I needed a vacation.

And I have been working a lot. But not that much, in the grand scheme of things. What with my shortened hours at my day job last month, I suppose I was only working 42 hours a week. With regular hours back on, I guess 55. Certainly doable.

And my vacation came, in the form of a proven reset button. I went camping Labor Day weekend with my childhood "second parents." I've been going with them and their daughter since I was 8, and the whole thing is so steeped in tradition. My friend couldn't come, so it was them, my husband and me, which is just as well. I love them, so it wasn't weird or anything. It was also the first time my husband had come. His having a good time was very important. He says he did.

But since we got back yesterday, I don't know what's been the matter with me (or him, or us). He just says the WRONG things all the time! And I even tell him what the right things to say are. Like, yesterday, I wanted to go to bed by 8pm for second job, and our plane landed half an hour late, giving me 72 minutes from landing to 8pm. He had decided last minute to check a bag, because he had gotten a bunch of liquid stuff from his sister. You know how when people travel back to their home countries, they always wind up taking a lot of stuff back for people and coming back with stuff for other people? That stuff. Liquid stuff that was probably worth $5, he paid $25 to get the bag checked and spent a good 20% of my 72 minutes waiting for the checked bag.

But that's not what I said. Not at first, anyway.

I complained about the plane landing late, and he said, "Oh, are we at Dulles? Did I make the pilot land the plane late?"

And it's like, "HEY! Don't be a jerk! Just say it sucks, and be done with it." When he didn't, then I brought up the 72 minutes and the $25, especially since a local friend just got back from Peru, so he could have brought the liquid stuff he wanted straight back here to DC, instead of making us schlep it all the way from Texas.

Then, tonight, while I was taking a shower, I poked my head out because I could hear some noise. Little Dog had pooped in the bathroom. I start screaming my husband's name. He doesn't come. Four, five, six times, I yell, everytime louder, till I can't yell any louder. By this point, the dog has walked through it, somehow gotten it on the bathroom door, and is leaving a trail of nast in his wake. Once I was finished with my shower, I was really annoyed.

I came out of the bathroom, wrapped in a robe, and saw that he was washing dishes, cooking, and had the TV up, so he could hear it over the running water, and I told him really exasperated-like what the dog had been up to, and come help me clean it up now. He held the bag while I cleaned, about which I didn't complain. Then, he brought it up later how I'm picking fights, and I told him, I'm not angry with you about not hearing me, but wouldn't you be irritated in that situation, if you'd been yelling for several minutes, and I never came. Even if it weren't on purpose, you would be annoyed. Then he started in on, "Why didn't you do this? Why didn't you do that? I'd've done this. Etc." And that made me so mad.

So I went crazy.

He picks at me all the time. If it isn't sarcasm like at the airport, it's critical questions like the poop. And as I get madder, he just keeps doing it. Then, he goes, "Why are you yelling? I don't understand," but he KNOWS what he's doing. You know what I mean? It's like I'm a beehive and he's a brat with a stick.

The end of this last drama was that we talked and I actually don't know that and don't even really think we solved anything, but an uneasy truce has been set. The best I could manage was a snide, "Yes, you should treat me with respect, and I will do the same." And he said, "I don't feel you're being genuine," but I was. It was snide, because I had a hard time paralleling the people we were at that moment with who we had been a few hours previous. It made me sad.

Anyway, I woke up this morning to a bunch of my soda in the fridge, the computer set up for my second job, and a love note from him. Much better.

Now, please don't think I'm glossing over my part in this. After all, I titled this blog post "Volatile," and my husband certainly is NOT the volatile one.

But I'm not quite sure why I'm acting the way I am. Is it because of the second job? And if so, should I quit? I really don't want to. I really enjoy the work and the company. And how can it be the job--or the lack of sleep due to the job--if it started at the end of the vacation, when my reset button was sufficiently pushed? Why IS he annoying me so much? And what to do about it?

I can only change myself and my reactions to things, and I do need to work on that. I wish he didn't know how to and didn't so frequently push my buttons, though, either. I've COACHED him in dealing with me, and he doesn't do it. I'm absolutely NOT the type to say, "You should be able to TELL how I feel," or "Why don't you ever say the right things?" or "Why didn't you get me X for Christmas? I wanted X. How could you not know I wanted X? Can't you read my mind?" I'm NOT that way. I am very explicit in my instructions, "Just say, 'it sucks the plane was late.' Period," but it's like he doesn't listen. Well, it's not like he doesn't listen. He really doesn't listen. Argh, it is so frustrating!!!

Now that I've come to a natural ending, I kind of feel like maybe this blog was a waste of time for you and for me. I don't know. I am really down on myself lately. But it just seems like this is so small compared to other people's stuff. And maybe even boring to some people. I hate when people post drivel. Ah, well.

  
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BEATLETOT 9/8/2011 3:22PM

    Y'all are all so sweet.

I'm reading a book now called "Toxic People." I started it yesterday. There was a funny example about this guy who calls his girlfriend "Thunder Thighs" that I had to show to my husband, because I said that about myself once, and he thought it was HILARIOUS (and oddly, he thought it was a compliment), so now he says it all the time. I showed it to him, then I went to a part a little later that showed "Toxic Word Triggers," like, beginnings of sentences that make people shut down, like, "You should have," "Why didn't you," "You better," "I can't believe that," etc. He said, "Uh-oh. I think I used all of these last night." And I said, "No, you said A, B, C, I said D, you said E, I said F, G, and H, and I think we both said I....honey, please stop being toxic." "Okay, you too." I think we're good now.

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BETTERJULIA 9/8/2011 3:22PM

    I love this blog - it is so me and my husband. I'm emotional - I know it but I'm passionate both ways and I KNOW that sometimes I just need simple acknowledgement and I will tell my hubby - just say yeah that sucks, or that sounds stressful, or SOMETHING that really means nothing but still makes me feeling like you care and his answer is 'whatever' 'sure'. Grrrr! I think that it is worse when there is outside stress because the little stress is worse but you can make it through!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 9/7/2011 2:02PM

    great blog - I know how both of you are feeling because I've been in this situation so many times myself - it always gets really nasty and then we have a knock down drag out fight (ok, not so much knocking down, but you know what I mean) and then we're all good again. It might not be the ideal way to solve things, but as we let this boil up and bother us, even if we "fake" resolve it in the middle, something else usually happens or is said to cause the other one to tip. Then meaner things get said and yelling happens, sometimes crying, and then all genuine, real apologies. For us, it seems, we can't totally forgive each other or ourselves until we totally have it out, then we put it completely behind us and are all smiles and kisses. I know it's really weird, but if John is pissing me off and I try to just not let it bother me and it builds up, then I fake forgive him, i know something else always happens to just piss me off all over again. So, in our case, it is almost always better to just have the fight (this weekend it was over a valet tip, what I thought was appropriate vs. what john was going to do) and then we squash it!

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RUTHXG 9/7/2011 1:00PM

    Living with another human being is just difficult, even when you are both goodhearted, as you & your husband are. As the scriptures say, "Do justice & love mercy"--I think that's a good encapsulation of what it takes. Cornel West says that justice is love enacted in public. And mercy is required toward yourself, not just toward him.

That poo being smeared all over the bathroom + your husband's not hearing you would have definitely been anxiety-producing! And also, down the road, you will find it hilarious.

I have to say, I LOVE the reason he didn't hear you: he was cooking & washing dishes (with TV on loud, yeah)! See, this is the kind of person it's WORTH having fights with. He is actually a partner in this marriage, not like my ex.

Psychologists say we need a ratio of 5 affirming statements or gestures to every criticism we receive from family. So maybe you & he could make a game out of upping the encouragement & diminishing the criticism & complaint.

Much love to you--I'm cheering you on!

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HOPESINGH 9/7/2011 4:32AM

    This definitely was NOT a waste of time. First, it's good to know others have this kind of stupid fights too. Makes me feel normal... Also, I just know it sooo well. It seems even when we try to "train" them to do the right things, it takes really long. Even when I'm explicit. Also, my spouse feels I'm just not letting him be himself if I tell him what to say or how I'd like to be approached, and maybe that's why he tends to behave differently all the same.
I guess these are just some of the ups and downs of living with people...

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How Sammy Becomes SparkPeople Relevant...

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

After my last blog, my husband had to take Sammy to the cardiology department at the clinic where the ER is based, because they couldn't tell if there was fluid in his chest at the regular doctor. Sammy has a heart murmur, and I guess that made it harder. They needed a specialist.

Before he got to see the cardiologist, he saw the ER doctor who released Sammy yesterday. The doctor looked Sammy over and said that he has to find a different point of reference when it comes to Sammy, "because, to me, (pointing at Sammy waddling along the floor) THAT is abnormal." emoticon

Then he x-rayed Sammy's abdomen...and Sammy's digestive tract was COMPLETELY clogged. The stomach was full, the intestines were full, the rectum...EVERYTHING. He asked how much we fed him. Sheepishly, my husband said he may have had two breakfasts this morning, but I'm pretty sure that's a fib. I'm pretty sure that his stomach was so full because I gave him three servings of green beans, a cookie, and a heaping measuring cup for dinner.

For the record, also completely my fault. But I was just SO HAPPY that he was home, and the green beans are a low-calorie treat!

So the ER doctor said that that was probably the reason he couldn't sleep very well and why he was crying everytime he sat down on his belly. It could also explain the strange breathing.

Sammy had to stay at the doctor until the cardiologist was available to see him. All of his problems were potentially because of his tummyache, but also there could be fluid in the lungs or chest, or it could be because of heart disease from the heart murmur.

Husband got a call a little later telling him he could pick up Sammy. Oddly, the problem wasn't the full tummy, the heart murmur or fluid. It wasn't fluid...it was FAT. There was FAT in the chest area, which, they told him, "is very common in overweight dogs."

So Sammy was diagnosed as having BUTTERBALL SYNDROME. emoticon

He should be about 10 pounds, but he weighs 13.7. When we got him, he was between 12.5 and 13. I got him down to 11.5 pounds at one point, but then my husband started doing weird things, like giving him a cookie EVERY TIME he pooped outside. Giving him a treat EVERY TIME he got his eyedrops. Giving a treat EVERY TIME he looked extremely cute. And apparently, I found out today, the heaping measuring cup at dinner is a staple when my husband feeds him. I normally make sure it's level or even a little lower.

It's a wonder Sammy doesn't hate me. Not only did I almost kill him, but I also am a food miser. Well, now Dad's going to have to be a food miser, too. His new treats are green beans. One at a time.

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TAICHIDANCER 8/21/2011 8:33AM

    What do Sammy and I have in common? BUTTERBALL SYNDROME! At least Sammy can't open the fridge for late night snacking on his own. emoticon

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CARLYG8 8/10/2011 4:35PM

    Glad to hear Sammy is doing well. I was going to ask you if your husband was as crazy about/over Sammy as you are...but I guess by reading this blog about his treats to Sammy..sounds like Sammy has him in the bag too! (laughs)

And, I feel for you...I have my own little "pudge" monster that needs to be put on a diet as well.
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ROSES4UN4ME 8/10/2011 2:43PM

    i am so glad Sammy is doing better and nothing is due to your accident...... but maybe it was omen that it happened or you would of never found out what was wrong with him.....my doggie loves carrots and apples green beans zucchini ....... table food is the worst unless its chicken and veggies...


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NORCALCAT 8/10/2011 2:09AM

    Now...that would be so much fun to read "The Adventures of Sammy - the Spark Doggie"!

I am glad he is doing better!

Yea! for your family!

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SHARKYSGIRL 8/9/2011 11:45PM

  Another good-for-doggies treat is baby carrots ... I got my yellow lab to lose over 30 lbs by substituting baby carrots for her cookies and switching her food to a healthy weight formula dog food. All of my dogs have loved baby carrots! They hear the bag when I get them out of the fridge to cook with or have a couple to munch on myself and come running to the kitchen for a treat. My lab/rottweiler mix that we have now also loves apple slices.

I agree, you should make Sammy a spark profile ... it would be awesome to have a spark fur-buddy! Good luck getting Sammy to his goal weight!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 8/9/2011 11:01PM

    Omg please make Sammy a spark profile... and write angsty blogs when he has a bad weigh in!
I'm glad it is something you can help him with!! I hope your week calms down now.

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KIM--POSSIBLE 8/9/2011 6:10PM

    So, really, your accident with Sammy was a blessing, in that you found out about his health problems due to his weight! This could have been much worse if it had continued! So... stop beating yourself up over it!! You know what needs to be done to help Sammy be healthier!!

So glad everything turned out ok, and that you can now get your husband on board taking care of your spark-puppy!

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ANNASBF 8/9/2011 5:34PM

    Oh snap, how cute is this? Well, around here we refer to a bit of excess belly baggage as having a "Chub Buddy".... and it sounds like Sammy has one! I was guilty of the treat reward deal the last time Zelda was here... I rewarded about a pound onto an 8 pound dog over 21 days... not good... so I decided to give her ... and my sweet Anna (who did not gain weight, being only 2 years old to Zelda's five)... a couple morsels of dog food as a "cookie" so that it wouldn't overdo her calories. They are happy to have it and don't seem to have noticed the difference. Isn't it amazing how much we love the little guys? Isn't it amazing that .... as of now.... you have scientifically documented how much you love your little guy as represented by belly chubs! I hope this means things will go along well from here on out... I think we have adopted your Sammy as a mascot!

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RUTHXG 8/9/2011 5:33PM

    Sparkdoggies! Great idea!

I'm so glad the problem is SOMETHING YOU CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT! Yay!

And whew! What a couple of days you have had! It merits all these exclamation marks, & more!

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