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Sunday, April 08, 2012

And would someone PLEASE tell me how to deal with my neighbor's psychotic, NEVER-stopping dog? That doesn't involve a hotdog and a tylenol PM?

Seriously, this thing's only about a foot tall, and maybe 20 lbs, but it has a HUGE bark, and it NEVER shuts up... ever. It's always going, all the time. God forbid you walk by the house.

The people who live there don't seem to care. Once in a while, if they hear someone screaming at it to shut up as they walk by, they'll half-heartedly come to the door and tell it to be quiet. These people have a history of ignoring barking dogs.


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OBIESMOM2 4/9/2012 4:58PM

    we have a few neighbors like that. We can't have our windows open in the spring and fall because their stupid dogs never shut up. Actually, it's not the dogs. It's the idiot owners who give the dog no attention. I'll never understand why people get a pet and spend zero time with it.

if our boys are barking it up after 10:00, I call them in and lock the dog door. They give me the "awwww, come on MOM!" look, but that's just the way it is.

we also had a neighbor with a vicious dog that constantly got out of the fence. It trapped me and my husband in our garage more than once. I was worried that our pups (at the time we had a Boston and a cocker spaniel) would get attacked. I left a note in the neighbor's mail box: "If you want to keep your dog, you'd better find a way to control it. If that dog growls at us once more, animal control will be at your door." Never saw the dog again. I guess they found it another home. Not the best idea to have a growling dog around your young kids anyway.

I know how we stopped Obie from barking. He went thru this stage when he was not quite a year old. He'd sit next to the sofa, look at you and just decide to bark. We'd tell him to hush...he'd bark again. I saw something on Animal Planet that recommended putting a few handfuls of coins in a metal coffee can. When he'd bark, we'd rattle the can of change. He didn't like being startled like that and he gave up the barking for no reason habit pretty quick.

maybe an air horn would work for the neighbor's dog emoticon

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PAPAMIKIE 4/9/2012 10:16AM

    Now when you talk to the neighbour your get into a chicken and egg thing. If they do nothing and you go to by-law enforcement, even though your are anonymous there is some likely hood they will associate you with the complaint. If you do not go to the neighbour they did not get the benefit of the doubt that they would do something about it.

It does not sound very likely they will do something and frankly it is not uncommon that by-law enformcement will do very little to help in such situtaitons.

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EBONYSOL 4/8/2012 5:29AM

    I have seen a device in our local pet shop that emits a sound when an animal barks. The sound hurts the dog's ears and it stops barking. Humans cannot hear anything. You might want to check it out. Good luck.

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DRAGONFIRE27 4/8/2012 1:04AM

    Depending on the time you could call the police. Where I live there are noise ordenances like no loud noises after 10pm. You can try talking to the neighbor first and if that doesn't help things then to the police. You can ask them to keep it anonymous.

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I declare today a cheat day

Saturday, April 07, 2012

I don't really do cheat days. I eat healthy all the time, I don't diet, I don't binge (or at least, I try.)

Today though, I'm just plain tired of tracking, and still hungry... so I'm going to just declare it a cheat day, and start over tomorrow. ;)

I'm done eating for now (and I have been since 9) but I figure I'm sitting right at 2,000 calories. A little over my usual 1900 max, but I can deal with that.

I drank a lot more of my calories than I usually did, and had a couple of sodas I shouldn't have. Tomorrow, ALL water. Period. That's my rule. I will drink NO calories at all. All of my calories will come from things that must be chewed.

I'll be getting a lot of boiled eggs tomorrow, anyway, as it's my husband's family reunion at the family farm, and there's always a metric crapton of boiled eggs for the hunt (seriously, I've never seen so many real eggs. They haven't gone all plastic like most folks.) NOt that I"m complaining; I love eggs.

I'm also not worried about sabotaging myself tomorrow food wise, as the reunion always has a potluck-style buffet line with tons of finger foods, and I usually eat pretty lightly. Too busy feeding kids and talking to family. :)

Either way, I'm not fretting. One weekend won't undo my efforts, although I just might gain back that lb I lost last week.

In other news: It's apparently "let's starve myself with under 1200 calorie diets" night in the Diet and Nutrition forum. I think I should just go to bed.

Also: Head still spinning. Unhappy about this.

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HONBAD 4/12/2012 8:27PM

    "In other news: It's apparently "let's starve myself with under 1200 calorie diets" night in the Diet and Nutrition forum. I think I should just go to bed."

I just laughed out loud! Glad there are other sensible eating warriors trying to fight the good fight with me :) We can't save them all, but we can try!

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Still out of action. Lots of Tea. Also: Eating well.

Friday, April 06, 2012

So the vertigo's still got my head, though it's improved, fortunately. I can sit, at least, without my head spinning. Standing, though... that's another story. It's better.

I have done very well with the eating today; I dropped my activity level on Spark, so my ranges were dropped from 1600-1900 to 1400-1700. I didn't want to undo my hard work. I'm at 1500 or so right now, and would like a snack... but I don't know. I'm thinking I won't. I'm drinking more tea; it's been a lot of tea today. First, lichee black... good for getting the day going.

Right now, it's chamomile.

I'm a little annoyed at my husband. He keeps eating. CONSTANTLY eating. We went out for an early supper at a Mexican restaurant, where I bravely ate only chicken, sauce and a little refried beans. So this is his justification for eating.

First it was candy.

Then chips.

Now a popsicle.

The constant crunching is driving me to distraction. HE'S my biggest saboteur... not me. When he starts eating crap, I start craving crap, and half the time, he'll try to convince to join him.

Just a little snack turns into my downfall.


And sorry if this is rambly... this head swimming thing has me a little out of sorts. That, and I'm SO exhausted from not sleeping. Between his snoring and my head, I've gotten little sleep.

Oh, and my husband's now cutting open ANOTHER popsicle.


Learning proper running form... when you're broke

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Okay, so I know that there are two problems with my running.

1) Crappy shoes. Seriously, my running shoes are broken down... they've worn down on the inside tread, and provide no support anymore. They're fraying something terrible. I'm working on that one. I got a nice lecture from the doctor today about my shoes.

In the mean time:

2) Crappy form. I'm a terrible heel striker, and I can FEEL the strain it puts on my joints. I know a little about where I'm supposed to be hitting - I think. But I don't know how to put this into practice.

I can't afford running classes or clinics, because they all want $100 or more... I have that kind of money, yes, but the power company seems to think they deserve the payment more than me. I'm not exactly in a position to argue, because, well, I like to Spark, and I can't Spark without power!

Can anyone recommend some good (free) videos that help with this? I've found a couple, but I don't know what's trustworthy or what's not. I also have a new iPod touch, so running-training apps would be especially helpful... I love Zombies, Run! but it's not so good on the technical aspects of running. ;) I don't mind paying for apps, if they're reasonable and useful.

I do have Chi Running, and am reading it... but again, applying text and pictures to physical motions is hard for me, sometimes. I do better with video demonstrations.

I've been running for a while now, and over the last 6 months, have built up some pretty good endurance... my lungs are great, my legs are strong, and I can run (for sure) for five solid minutes at a time... (can walk for hours, and have walked a 5k at a very brisk walk) but about then, my shins decide they hate me. It doesn't matter what surface I'm on, either; I can go a *little* longer on a graded dirt track, but not long. It's frustrating when I KNOW I can do it... I can run a mile. I have to stop before then not because I don't have the energy or the strength... but because my &^%(#$%@ shins hurt!

I figure while I'm out of the fitness game for a few days, I might as well start loading my brain.

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UNIDENT 4/7/2012 6:01PM

    Definitely get good shoes. Try barefoot for a couple of minutes once a week just to teach your feet about landing like that. It'll force a forefoot strike, but it's so very different that if you're going to take up barefoot running you need to ease into it, so only a few minutes once a week.

My podiatrist has me doing a drill before I run where I kind of 'prance'. Stepping slowly, I lift a foot and place it down on the ground in front of me not very far in front, and as if I'm simultaneously wiping chewing gum off the bottom of the shoe where the ball of my foot is. If you step-swipe like this a few time then break into a run, it helps you with forefoot landing.

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JUNIAATROME 4/6/2012 3:01PM

    As you know, I am no real runner (YET) but shoes are of the uttermost importance as MIPALADY23 said. I have a pair that aren't the newest, but they have such a great cushioning and it makes all the difference on the shins ... I'm only running 2 minutes at the moment, but it's the lungs that are killing me. I don't yet feel the feet. And that I have had never before - usually, my feet hurt right after start already.

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TORIAMAE 4/6/2012 9:06AM

    Running on grass is a great idea! The other thing that will help with the shins and leg pain is strengthening and stretching the legs.

I konw you do a lot of exercise, so you may already have this covered, but keeping the calf and hamstrings very flexible will help.

Also, when you go to buy the shoes, go to a local running store and talk to the people there. I know the store by where I live has a great support network for the sport of running. You may be able to find a less expensive way to get a small amount of coaching.

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DRAGONCHILDE 4/6/2012 8:56AM

    There is, actually. My daughter plays soccer on a baseball/soccer field behind a local church about a mile and a half down the road. I can walk there in about 25 minutes easily!

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OBIESMOM2 4/6/2012 8:45AM

    is there a football or soccer field you can get to? Maybe you could try a little barefoot running on the grass?

The only time I ever truly run barefoot is on the beach, but I'd be willing to give it a try on grass. Any other surface makes me nervous of what I might step on.

Active.com has lots of good running info.

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MIPALADY23 4/6/2012 8:38AM

    SHOES!! Shoes, shoes, shoes! May clear up lots of your issues. Also, look up running strategies and techniques here on SP. There is some great info. Don't forget the running message boards either!

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DRAGONCHILDE 4/6/2012 8:24AM

    I'm sure they will, but even the last time I bought new shoes, I had this problem... so I'm trying to kill all my birds with one stone. OR at least, as many stones as I have in my hand!

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CARILOUIE 4/6/2012 8:12AM

    Those shins might feel better with some new shoes. I think before you get into form too much, you should get some new shoes.

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KISHYMARIE 4/5/2012 11:28PM

    I wish I had advice for you, but I'm a new runner. I will be checking back to see what others say, because I'd like to know too!

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So close... and yet so far away!

Thursday, April 05, 2012

So I love my sparkpoints... I find them terribly motivating, and I love being able to give sparkgoodies to other people. It's a good way to be accountable. And I'm approaching a 60 day login streak!

Today, though, I'm AT MY MAX. All I have left to possibly track is maybe some other exercises, which I can't do because of my vertigo. This is driving me nuts! I'm gonna have to wait until tomorrow. I MIGHT be able to squeeze out a few more message board posts - if I post 14 more times, I can get another 10 points for posting 100 times... but I've been posting ALL DAY and I don't do the silly games posts.

Stinky login and bonus spin wheels. Both gave me the absolute minimum they could. (2 and 3 respectively. Guess that's what I get for the 25 I spun yesterday.)

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INFINITEJESS84 4/5/2012 10:47PM

    Ha, I'm also obsessive about the points!

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TORIAMAE 4/5/2012 8:46PM

    You are too funny! And I feel the same way :)

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