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7 Days of Carb Watching...

Friday, March 05, 2010

It has been 1 full week of 30 g of carbohydrate or less per mini meal. I have lost 3.5 pounds, and I'm CRANKY!!! I want my giant bowl of pasta!!! I believe that this process is actually *probably* good for me, but meanwhile, I'm like a person deprived of oxygen... emoticon Pasta is just that important to me!!! I guess we'll get to see what another full week brings soon enough.

I figured while I was at it, I would share my frustrations with the UPMC practice. They have not called with the results of my thyroid test or other tests from last week. You would think I would get better at waiting, but I figure that is probably pretty doubtful!!!

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TESHIE4ME 3/8/2010 3:04PM

    I know how you feel. I'm Italian and I can't survive without pasta! I never completely deprive myself of it either. I just couldn't. All I can do is control my portions. I feel your pain! emoticon

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GOOZLEBEAR 3/7/2010 9:20PM

    I did the carb restriction when I was on the curves diet and I lost faster than I am now counting calories, fat, etc. on SP nutrition tracker. I am still having carbs but limiting them but maybe not enough. I wasn't sure which way to go this time. I am just trying the eat healthy route. Continued success with your program and the thyroid problem.I try to eat 3 lighter meals and two snacks and that works better for me to keep from getting hungry. emoticon

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FITGRL124 3/7/2010 8:40PM

    I know what you mean about the carbs! I love pasta and breads! Recently in my streak, I've tried to lower my carb intake and I'm cranky sometimes as well as tired. Hang in there!

Good luck getting your test results back! I hope they come soon!

emoticon on the pounds lost! It's what I need to do this week!! You're an inspiration!!

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BOBBI97 3/6/2010 8:03PM

    AAH So Sorry Pooh_Bear Your uptight because You Cannot have your
pasta why cant you have a little just not alot...

I am so happy for you in your weight loss you go girl lol
anyway hopefully you will get better soon I will be praying
for you from me & Ratdar3...O_O

"Blessings Coming Your Way"


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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/6/2010 7:32PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonon watching your carbs. You can have a little pasta as long as you stay within the carb range and a little is better than none at all. Right? Oh my, the joys of trying to eat healthier. I am going to ask them how to do the insulin and eat the mini meals instead of three meals a day. That would keep my bs on a more even keel, I think!
Hope it gets easier for you. Sorry I steered you in their direction...they are supposed to be among the best. Maybe you would be happier checking around and picking an endo of your choosing. Hope you are having a great weekend!!
Blessings, love and many hugs,

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JCORYCMA 3/5/2010 11:57PM

    As a nurse in a BUSY clinic all I can do is advise you to be the patient patient. Sometimes lab results - especially if they are normal - will sit on a doctors desk waiting to be signed off, while the more critical labs get front and center attention. Patient's always give the nurse an earful. Never the doctor. Sigh...
I'm a pasta lover too and admire you for cutting down. Keep it up!

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SWEET_DREAMS 3/5/2010 11:51PM

    You have my sympathy about the pasta.. yikes, that's painful! I'm not doing the carb watching but I'm trying to do gluten free and, well, gluten free pasta pretty much sucks! I really miss my good ol wheat pasta.. and bread.. and bagels...

Congrats on the weight loss tho!!

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Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Well, tonight was a little bit tough, but it was made a little bit easier. The farmer who tried to "steal" Bear out from under us is still interested in him, so he was planning to go in and pick him up and give him a "job" to do. I gave him a lot of written information on him and my observations and experiences. I hope it works out for Bear there. I'm saying an extra special prayer for him tonight...

Blessings to all!!!

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PATRISNA 3/6/2010 9:05PM

    I have been thinking about you. I hope Bear does get home with the farmer. I wish you well. Take care.

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GOOZLEBEAR 3/4/2010 1:06PM

    I do so pray things will be good for "Bear". Will the farmer be good to him???? I know it was a hard thing to do.

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TESHIE4ME 3/4/2010 12:13PM

    I've been thinking about you. I'm praying for the best outcome for you, Bear, the family, and the farmer! Funny how things tend to work out for the best in the end. God works in mysterious ways!

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LINDA25427 3/4/2010 1:02AM

    I hope everything works out for the best . God bless. emoticon emoticon

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/4/2010 12:29AM

    I am praying for all concerned including Bear. He will have all the room he needs to run, jump and play and a job to do on the farm. The farmer is very happy to get Bear. Everything will work out fine for him...it is just what he needs. Praise the Lord!!!
Now it is time to take care of YOU!!!
Blessings, love and hugs,

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MORGANLAFEE 3/3/2010 9:42PM

    I hope it works out for everybody including Bear.

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Have you ever had to give a dog back?

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

I admit that the last week has been a struggle for a lot of reasons, but one of the biggest things adding to my stress is having Bear in the house. From 9 pm -11 pm every night, it's rather peaceful because his belly is full and he's finally tired. It's all the hours in the day before that that are a nightmare. I've reached the end of my rope. I talked with Momma and DH about it. I've come close to taking him back twice before tonight, but tonight I think that we hit the wall. Momma has been terrorized every day when she comes to take the dogs out at lunch. In many ways he is like the school yard bully. Momma doesn't even look forward to coming over anymore because she has to worry about if she'll get jumped on, knocked down the steps, etc. I've compared him to the snakes that come in those canisters that when you take off the canisters lid go flying everywhere. That's how he is for about three hours every day when I get home. He's honestly more than I feel capable of handling in a grown dog. Especially because the problems are getting worse and not better. This isn't a period of adjustment. When he figured out that Phoenix would back down to him, he added pressure to her. She now hides under the table and doesn't come out. How he behaved the second day I went to visit him in the shelter is how Phoenix now behaves in what has been her home for almost seven years. Everything about this situation feels wrong in my brain, but I can't stop the tears from flowing or my heart from breaking. I know my SparkFriends will be honest with me. My brain feels that ours is not his forever home. I think we were a stop along the way. I want what's best for him, but I just don't think that we are the right fit. This stinks...

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LITTLEWIND53 3/21/2010 4:53AM

    I had a cat once that would swipe at me everytime I was withing 2 feet of him. His favorite passtime was to gallop (yes, gallop) down the long hall of the trailer we were living in, and get to the kitchen in the front end, and leap onto my back. He would then slide down my back with his nails gouging me all the way. I had so many scars I couldn't lay on my back! Finally told my then husband either the cat goes or I go. He reluctanly agreed to take the cat to the vet (we didn't have an SPCA in that small town)

It is never an easy decision, but sometimes a necessary one.

I hope you have come to terms with this and done what needed to be done. And yea, it's ok to hurt.

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NELLIEC 3/6/2010 9:26PM

    Once I had to take a dog back -- and it wasn't even a problem with the dog. It was a problem with the neighbor's dog who kept stealing my dog's food and making problems with my dog. The neighbor was one of those careless owners that doesn't feed their dog properly and lets it run. Since the neighbor had been there before me, I had to make the difficult decision.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/4/2010 12:24AM

    I know how very hard this has been and continues to be on you. It is affecting your rest and sleep and truly there is no reason for all that. Bear just needs someone who is used to his craziness, can be home with him all day and run with him, or who has a large area where he can be out running, jumping around and playing. It is crazy for him to be running across a frozen swimming pool and using it to leap over an 8 foot fence. Unbelievable!!! I think he will enjoy being with the farmer who wants him and has other dogs like him. He will have a job to do and lots of running room. Just what he needs. I am sorry that he is just to out of control for me to handle...God will place him in a home that will work. You were just the stopping point for him on his journey...gave you some insight and much needed lessons. Some things are just not meant to be.
I am keeping you in my prayers.
Blessings, love and hugs, sweetie.

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TESHIE4ME 3/3/2010 11:20AM

    You have to do what's best for you, Momma, and Phoenix. I know it must be a hard decision to make but in the end you have to put them first. The only suggestion I have is maybe reading up on dogs like Bear to see if there is anything you can do to turn the situation around. I hear that "For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend" by Patricia B. McConnell is good (although I haven't read it, personally). Or maybe pay a visit to a dog trainer that specializes in adult dogs? Either way, be good to yourself and your family first. Good luck!

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    Follow your gut instincts and you'll know what to do. Are you permitted on your own to possibly find a new home for Bear - or is the rules you must take him back - hopefully it is a no kill shelter?

Good luck and don't stress too long. Trying is all you can do and you are also mommy to the other 4 legged kids and you want them to be happy.

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NO_SNOW_BODY 3/3/2010 8:27AM

    I understand you quandry, some dogs don't fit into certain families even though you have done your best. I think taking him back and explaining what is happening is the best for both of you. I experienced this with my grand furbaby when I first arrived at their home and I was stressed for the entire time, but I love him and know that it is because he was missing his family. Maybe Bear will have a better fit in a home where he is the only pet and he may adjust differently, you can love a furbaby and take care of his needs by doing so.

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PATRISNA 3/3/2010 7:44AM

    I worked at an animal shelter. I don't claim to be an expert, but I do know why people return dogs and cats. I know you feel you have failed Bear. Don't feel that way. Bear is a problem dog.

Bear is not a puppy so he has bad habits. He may have abandonment issues resulting in the snake in the can behavior. Do you crate him when you leave the house?

If Bear is a problem for your family then the only solution is take him back. Your mother and Phoenix are at risk. I think you are right this is not an adjustment problem. He is an aggressive dog.

You don't want him to injure a person or animal because then he would be euthanized for sure. Take him back and they will do another evaluation and possibly work on his anxiety and aggression issues.

Your mother and Phoenix are your main concern. They don't need to be stressed, terrorized or injured. Don't feel guilty about returning Bear.

I know it breaks your heart to retrun him. We had to return a very sick puppy one time and we were really feeling terrible, but I doubt he would have lived he was so sick.

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My new diet...

Sunday, February 28, 2010

I found out my test results from my glucose results last Wednesday (the same day I had my Bear drama). When the doctor's office called to say it was bad news, I told them I pretty much expected that because I had taken my own sugars at hours 1 (203) and 3 (63 or 68). I was told that those numbers weren't concerning. At hour 2, my sugar was 48. I was listed as having critical results and referred to see an endocrinologist at UPMC. I had my first appointment on Friday. The doctor would like to try to control my sugar level with diet first. If that doesn't work, I will be switched to drug therapy. In the meantime, additional labs were run to ensure there isn't another underlying issue like a thyroid problem.

For now I'm on a diet of 5 meals a day. No more than 30 grams of carbs per meal, and I'm supposed to aim for 1400 calories a day. It's pretty much the diet for a diabetic. I have not had much trouble changing my food/eating habits (of course it's only been two days). I do REALLY miss my pasta...

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LINDA25427 2/28/2010 11:42PM

    I know what your going through. My doctor started my new food regimen on Feb.1 until Mar.11 Trying to keep carbs between 50 -100 a day but as close to 50 as possible no breads or pasta or starchy foods .28 days down . I can do it and so can you . We can do this together,....and with your mom there cheering us on we can't lose anything but weight ....Hope you have a great week . God bless. emoticon emoticon

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JUDY1676 2/28/2010 11:11PM

    Goodluck as you work tochange your eating patterns!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 2/28/2010 10:57PM

    Hey pasta girl, Just wanted to say that it takes only 4 weeks to create a good habit...and you are on your way. I am praying that changing your diet will do the trick and that it isn't anything worse. Keep on keepin' on and see if this will help you in losing weight also. Make sure you get some protein and all the necessary food groups in...don't forget your chocolate, it is a food group also. Just kidding. I think portion control on the carbs will help and work for you too. Mini meals are always better too than three large meals per day. Hoping you don't have to start meds.
Let me know if there is anything I can do to help you.
Blessings, love and hugs, sweetie,
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BALLOUZOO 2/28/2010 10:51PM

    Best wishes on your wellness journey! You can do it. I hope you can control it by diet (and excercise) so you won't have to worry about meds.


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Bear's Big Day Out...

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Bear is slowly but surely becoming a house dog. Knock on wood (BIG KNOCK)... Since the first day, there have been no more messes in the house, and no more jumping up on counters. He's still dancing on the pool, but I think that one is going to take a little more time since you can't tell the pool from anything else under the feet of snow that keeps falling!!! So other than jumping, all the problems are pretty much resolving themselves. Phoenix is definitely making him fall in line with HER expectations. She was not happy when he interrupted her daddy time yesterday. Daddy time she didn't really want, but once it was offered, she was willing to fight for!!! emoticon

It is VERY early, and I wouldn't normally do it, but because I couldn't stand to touch him, let alone cuddle him because of the AWFUL smell, I decided to get him groomed today. His dissolving sutures are gone. The suture site is not inflamed or swollen despite his jumping and rough housing and carrying on. He seemed good to go, so we went.

Here are the before pics...

Here is the after pic...

Now this handsome fellow is getting lots of love and cuddles... Much to his sister's dismay!!! emoticon emoticon

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0309COOKIE 2/28/2010 12:02PM

    Aaawww, so happy to hear that he is settling in. He looks so handsome!

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JEWITCH 2/28/2010 10:39AM

    I would assume that after the ice and snow melt away and maybe one quick fall into the pool will convince him that there are better places to play. He is a gorgeous boy. Glad to hear tat he seems to settling in.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 2/28/2010 2:57AM

    He definitely looks and smells better. He just needed a few reminders of his inside manners. Sounds like everything is going well now!! He will quit dancing across the pool when the snow and ice are gone. Won't that be a rude awakening!!!
I am happy for you but most especially for Bear. Big knock on wood!!!
Love and hugs,

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