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Monday, December 24, 2012

This isn't weight-loss related. Just saying that upfront. And it's a little gross. Not super-gross, but a little.

Little Dog is turning into a monster. He's got these lesions on his head, and they keep changing size, based on the antibiotics we give him and the helmets we are making him wear, so that in all his infinite blindness, he doesn't traumatize them by hitting them with the wall. We have to get rid of them, or they'll have to be surgically removed.

We created a helmet with pantyhose, an old sock for padding, and those ouchless pads that are like the white part of a Band-Aid.

We've been dealing with this for months and months and months. I think what has had the most effect on them is the helmet. When he wears it, it gets better. When he doesn't, it gets worse.

But he HATES the helmet, and I'm worried about an Elizabethan collar around his neck. I don't want to HURT him, but I'm so mad at him for not letting me help him get better. So...I have a new idea.

He spends most of his time not snuggling in the kitchen. He has his bed and his heating pad and his bowls and stuff in there. It's his dog cave. After my move, I realized I had toooooo many sheets and linens. So, I'm thinking I'll just helmet the entire kitchen. I'm going to go get liquid starch to spray on the wall and stick the linens on. And fabric adhesive to fold the sheets up into maybe 12" strips. I considered buying baby bumpers, but even Walmart's are $20 a pop.

Any other ideas? Tips? Do you think this is dumb? I'm at my wit's end.

  
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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 1/7/2013 5:28PM

    Woahh... hmmm... Idk! Do the collars really hurt them? poor Sammie. I wish I had some ideas, but I kinda agree with STILLWATERSSB

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RUTHXG 1/4/2013 2:50PM

    Brenda, I've been mostly away from SP for a while, & just realized that I had somehow gotten unsubscribed from your blog! So sorry. And I'm really sorry Sammy is having these terrible woes. I hope you can find a solution that's good for both him & you!

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CARLYG8 12/27/2012 7:31AM

    Oops...just seeing this, but...I think the starch on the wall would not be a good idea. I believe it will mess up the paint/wall and any future painting. Probably not a good idea if you are renting. I like the bumper idea. Check around you for used baby stores, and second hand places. You should be able to get them way cheaper than you think. Yard sales are also another great place to find them, but you will have to wait for spring up there before yard sale season starts up again. Also try any local flea markets.
Hope everything else is going well for you! Have a Happy New Year!! emoticon

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STILLWATERSSB 12/26/2012 5:59PM

    The collar would probably be less work. I think you could get him used to it by pairing putting the collar on with giving a preferred treat at the same time. What causes the lesions and what time frame are you looking at to have them removed?

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L*I*T*A* 12/25/2012 10:45AM

    my vote is the collar too...........

Merry Christmas to you and yours enjoy today....

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CARRAND 12/24/2012 6:05PM

    I'd go with the collar. You can remove it after the lesions heal. What does the vet recommend?

On a related subject - Do anyone know how to keep my cat from throwing up 3 or 4 times a week? I'm really tired of the mess. She's not losing weight or anything, she just has a nervous stomach. She's been doing this for years.

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MEMARE 12/24/2012 1:15PM

    I agree with the e-collar they make soft ones... A quick Internet search found this: (copy/paste into browser)

http://www.dtpetsup
plies.com/catalog/soft-e-fabric
-elizabethan-dog-collar-size-5-
p-63440.html

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MARTY728 12/24/2012 12:44PM

    I am a dog person and have 3 dogs (2 large and 1 medium) that are indoors pets. I would go with the Elizabethan collar. It will be better for the dog, you and your home.

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End of Week 2, Start of Week 3

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

I lost .2 pounds this week. Much less than what I lost the week before, but I'll take it. Especially because I did not eat well yesterday or today. I need to make sure I'm eating better for the rest of the week.

Isn't it wild what a slippery slope it is? I didn't eat junk for a long time, because I didn't have any, but give yourself permission to eat kisses in the work kitchen once, and then you're at the vending machine two days in a row.

I've been to the gym every day this week, but I think that's over for the week. Scary weather is coming, so I will be walking to work and not schlepping my gym bag. But I have the Spark videos, and a couple exercise videos I haven't dealt with in a loooong time.

No photo this week, because there isn't enough sunlight to take a pic in my bedroom. I still haven't put any lamps in that room. So I have the closet light and the hall light, and the window. I hope I manage to put the lights in soon. So I'm going to go do that now. =)

  
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RUTHXG 1/4/2013 2:59PM

    Yep, it IS a slippery slope! But you are doing so well. emoticon

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ANGRITTER 12/20/2012 12:00PM

    Slipperly slope, indeed! But any loss is still a loss. I lost 12.2 pounds in November just to gain 8 pounds back in one week then spent the past week fighting to get 7 pounds back off of me. And I didn't even eat badly... well, except the ice cream, of which I have banned once again (no one listens to me!!!).

You are doing great and you are making progress. Every day is a new challenge and there will be detours along the way. Just get back on the horse before the horse runs over you, I say!

And keep on Sparking!!

Hugs, Angela

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SEATTLESIMS 12/20/2012 10:34AM

    stick with it... you are making progress and that is great! good luck with the junk food. We've all been on that slippery slope!

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LHLADY517 12/19/2012 10:24PM

    Good job on the weigh in. Keep it up. and yes, it is a slippery slope.

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So...

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

I lost 4 pounds this week!!!

I weighed in on Wednesday at 154.2. Until the next 5% Challenge starts, I'm going to make Tuesdays my weigh-in. I did weigh myself almost every day, so I knew it was coming off, and I was shooting for 151.6, so I was really happy to see 150.2 on the scale today!

As short as I am, though, you can't tell in the picture...



But the point of the picture isn't to show off. It's to increase my accountability.

I haven't been as good as I should have been with the rules we set. There have been days when I haven't exercised 10 minutes. There have been several days when I didn't get 10 cups of water. But I did check in with Kristen virtually every day and I did eat a salad every single day.

Most importantly, I think, I didn't bring any junk into the house. All my food is fresh produce, a bag of frozen peas, a little meat, eggs, milk, a little cereal, some canned beans and tuna, a little pasta, cheese, various condiments and seasoning. And if it's not here, I can't eat it. Because I reeeeeeally don't want to waste food, I haven't been going out, either, because I don't want to eat meals outside and then let the food spoil.

Although, I think I'm ready to venture out and try trivia. I will ask a coworker or two if they want to go, but if not, then I'll go by myself and see how it is. I'll order a salad there. And maybe one light beer.

  
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RUTHXG 1/4/2013 2:57PM

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HAKAPES 12/15/2012 12:23PM

    WOW!
Congratulations!

Sou
nds like the keys that you are on a new, healthier diet now, and you pay attention to have the environment to help doing it.

I do similarly - no candy in the kitchen = no chance to eat it! :-)

Keep it up!

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ACCEPTHECHLNGE 12/12/2012 6:32PM

    I read on the friends' feed that you lost 4#. What an accomplishment! You probably have less temptations where you are now. Thinking of you, and still plan on sending you a SP. Sorry for the delay. I have been so busy and have lots on my mind. Take care; stay strong; I know you can do it. emoticon

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MISSB8604 12/12/2012 1:41PM

    Woohoo!!!

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THOMS1 12/12/2012 10:36AM

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ANJAYS-JOURNEY 12/12/2012 9:37AM

    way to go

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WHITNEYLD 12/12/2012 7:34AM

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RAINBOWCHOC 12/12/2012 4:58AM

    Doesn't it "do your head in" when sticking to the plan produces positive results? I am really glad you've done so well just before Christmas, keep it up!

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TCANNO 12/12/2012 4:06AM

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Nothing Quite As Planned

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Hi!

I'm in my gym clothes, but I'm not sure I'll make it there. I should have gotten there over two hours ago, if we're going to be real.

But, I finished working at 8:55am, and went downstairs to eat an orange and an avocado for breakfast. Not simultaneously, but one after the other. While I was down there, Little Sammy woke up, so I had to take him out, then pick up what he put down, then take out the garbage and found a secret mess he'd made, so cleaned that up, too, while I was trying to eat my orange. Then, I did the dishes. Then, I finally ate my orange.

By then, I was soooo sleepy, that I decided to try my hand once again at the 20-minute power nap. I did not actually roll out of bed until an hour later. I don't know if these actually require more practice, but I suck at them.

No worries, though, because I still had over 4 hours before my next shift of work starts. I changed into my workout clothes and headed back downstairs to eat the avocado, fill the water bottle and get ready to bounce. I was surprised to find Little Sammy awake and wandering the kitchen restlessly when I returned. I hopped over the barrier and began to cut the avocado and spoon it into my mouth. So good.

Well, Little Sammy found me, and he just stopped, and stood against my leg. When I moved to the food scale, maybe I just imagined it, but he looked sad. How can I resist such a face? I scooped him up, brought him to the bed, laid him down, sidled up next to him, and he promptly fell asleep. All he wanted was some attention.

Well, shucks. Now I'm stuck here in the bed, because the little blind guy can't be left alone on an elevated surface, but never fear! There is plenty to do without a TV present and stuck in one spot. I'm either going to work on a letter or go through the assignments in a self-help book I skipped through recently. Maybe I'll nap some more. Maybe I'll read or write something. I actually feel quite like Jo March in this situation...nice, quiet weekend. And, if I don't make it to the gym before it closes, I can always do ST or a Coach Nicole video, so it's all good. And the company I have couldn't be better. =)

  
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DRAGONFLY02 12/12/2012 9:10AM

    I like how you added that you didn't eat the avocado and orange together. Knowing my son, he would. He mixes the weirdest food combos. The other day he was eating pepperoni wrapped around chocolate peppermint bark. YUCK!! While I wasn't that enthused over his choice of food, he has had some other weird combos that I don't care about since he combines 2 healthy (albeit weird combos) foods and will eat it.

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CARLYG8 12/9/2012 5:39PM

    I am all for snuggling with my little guy. Especially today. It is raining, and the temp is supposed to steadily drop through the night and stay cold....blech! Good thing he loves to snuggle too!!!


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4LEEFCLOVER 12/9/2012 3:25PM

    Good plan B! A little extra sleep is good for you too!

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HOPESINGH 12/8/2012 4:38PM

    I wouldn't have resisted the little guy either! So sweet!

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New Beginning...

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

I finally have internet access. I missed you guys!!!

I think the house is functional for the most part. I am in no way unpacked or organized, but I have some clothes and kitchen stuff unpacked. And of course, my stationery and stickers (current sticker count: 2760).

I put my husband on a bus yesterday, so today was going to be my official start date of my 10 pounds in 7 weeks. Buuuut, I forgot to weigh myself this morning. And I don't have the tape measure...I just realized that I didn't pack it. And no printer to print one out yet. I may just get a new one later, but until then, I'll go with my weight measurement (tomorrow). At a minimum, though, here is the promised photo:



I'm wearing all black, so I guess it's slimming. emoticon

I start work tomorrow. I can't believe how fast everything is happening, but I am not very sad anymore.

I bought salad things. Lettuce, tomato, bell pepper, celery, radishes....

I need to also buy some other, heartier things to put in the salad. I tried to find a salad generator online and couldn't find one, but how cool would that be? You'd spin a wheel for base (arugula, romaine, spinach...) then veggies, then maybe even fruits, then nuts, seeds, meats, dressings...and so on. I think I'll try to make my own salad generator.

Tomorrow, I'll post my weight.

  
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RUTHXG 1/4/2013 2:54PM

    Mmmmm, salad! My housemate made a great one last night with carrots, apples, walnuts, lemon juice & mint.

I hope you're feeling a bit more settled, & I hope the job is going well. Did you have a good Christmas & new year's? How often are you & Aldo able to get together? Want to come see me sometime soon? I'd love to fix dinner for you!

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4LEEFCLOVER 12/6/2012 4:43PM

    Happy new home! Wishing you a smooth transition with your job, location, climate, community. Health and happiness to you and your family as you work your way through all the changes! This is a good time for plenty of rest and sleep as the solstice passes, and nature sleeps.

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THOMS1 12/5/2012 11:21AM

    I wish you happiness.

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CARLYG8 12/5/2012 7:49AM

    Glad to hear that you are settling in, making plans and doing well. You have been in my thoughts and prayers all weekend. ~hugs~

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HOPESINGH 12/5/2012 3:02AM

    What a great idea is that salad generator! Good luck, and enjoy the process.

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PINKNFITCARLA 12/4/2012 10:07PM

    Good luck at your new job and your new start!

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MADAMES 12/4/2012 9:24PM

    Good luck on your fresh start! I have moved many times, and it has always worked out for the best!
Evelyn

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 12/4/2012 4:10PM

    whenever i need ideas for salads, i got to the website for this salad place I like and just look at their ingredients or their various salad combos. I love the Mexican salad from there but i can make 2x as much for about half the price. Here's the website in case you want inspiration!
http://www.chopstop
.com/menu
Also, i dont know if it's in season everywhere, but the last month or two i've been getting AWESOME butter lettuce for my salads. I couldn't find it at the store today. But I love the taste of it.

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DARIALEIGH 12/4/2012 2:45PM

  Welcome back! Together we can make it happen! emoticon

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RIDLEYRIDER 12/4/2012 2:44PM

  Welcome back and good luck!

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