Tuesday, April 17, 2012
A year ago our vet told me that our beloved golden retriever, Charlie, was significantly overweight. He was having problems with the skin breaking down on his elbows. She said it was because he was so heavy he was essentially slamming himself down on the floor to take the weight off his feet.
He then weighed 43 kg.
Saturday when I took him for his checkup, he weighed 33.5 kg. A loss of about 20 pounds in 1 year.
Our vet was so impressed! And Charlie is, of course, looking sleek. Feeling lively. And no more problems with his elbows!
She wanted to know how we'd done it. I told her: strict chow control. One cup of grain free high protein organic duck dog chow morning and night. In between meal snacks limited to fresh veggies: carrots, sugar snap peas, cherry tomatoes . . . Charlie loves all of these and sits beside me while I'm making my salads. And: more exercise.
Apparently very few people actually manage to help their dogs lose weight, even though it's vitally important to their well being and longevity. Charlie will be 8 in a few weeks, and we love him very much: "Best dog ever!", we tell him many times a day. Of course I took weight loss for Charlie very seriously indeed and so did everyone in the family.
Interestingly enough, the vet herself (about my age, height and build) would like to lose a few pounds. She asked me a year ago how I manage to keep in shape and I told her: YMCA, SparkPeople.
She asked me again on Saturday (having put on additional weight over the past year), and I told her again -- this time also mentioning fatloser.com.
The vet is an absolutely lovely person . . . so kind, so knowledgeable about animals and about pet nutrition. But she thought that a diet heavy in safflower oil (!) and walnuts (!!) -- (nutritious in and of themselves, of course) -- was appropriate for herself. Even though she knows all about calories in/calories out. Knows all about move more, eat less. Thinking back to my blog a few weeks ago about how overweight works at work . . . . I'm wondering how tough it is for a vet to get tough with owners on their pets' obesity when . . . . yeah.
I'm so proud of Charlie!! We got his "weight loss chart" printed out and posted it on the wall in the kitchen, near his chow bowl! Here's to Charlie! We hope he's got many many more healthy years ahead of him!!
Monday, April 16, 2012
The Toronto Globe and Mail has a most interesting article today about how human beings are biologically wired to run. So are dogs. Ferrets? Not so much!!
And as for me? I'm a dog with (sadly) the hips and knees of a ferret!!
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Loved my first game of golf this year . . . . only nine holes because it was supposed to rain and for that reason I'd been to the gym first to make sure I got some exercise . . . then ran out of steam.
But it was so great to get out on the course! Fuzzy green leaves already. Huge chorus of birds everywhere too: robins, song sparrows, red-winged blackbirds. And spring peepers, which means we can expect herons soon!
DD took a picture of me on the front lawn in my cowboy boots . . . and no, didn't wear that ensemble to the golf course!!
Saturday, April 14, 2012
OK, short and sweet! Waaaaaay too much to do.
However, must just say that the red cowgirl boots arrived yesterday (after several courier delivery failures and redirect to my office . . . grrrr) and:
THEY. ARE. FABULOUS.
Exactly as pictured on the website. Exactly as described in the (overwhelmingly positive) reviews. Great colour, beautiful heel height, perfect toe shape, excellent stitching, comfortable.
Took 'em outta the box. Put them on. Wore 'em all day (with a black business suit, trousers over top, not tucked in). Wore 'em out to dinner. (DH resurrected the fab, and expensive, tan cowboy boots I'd bought him back before we were married: and they looked terrific on him, but not better than mine!!).
OK. Gotta get on with my day . . . which has to include (has to include) a trip to the gym.
Re weight maintenance: I'm sustaining that sense of urgency and mental toughness, just like Steve Siebold recommends at Day 21 of fatloser.com . . . and despite this bzzy bzzy I'm steady at 142. Haven't given up on mid 3 either. Not giving up.
Hey!! Hafta be worthy of those boots, right??
Saturday, April 07, 2012
I visited Austin Texas in 2009 --- home of the marvellous IMAGINE_IT! We didn't meet up at that time . . . but have to say, I did fall in love with Austin's amazing cowboy boots which you see everywhere on everyone. And: have wanted a pair ever since. In bright red.
I've been haunting ebay and local thrift shops and . . . nothing.
But yesterday, found some pretty amazing and inexpensive (and on sale) leather cowgirl boots in bright red on the internet with great reviews (for the most part). And ordered a pair just because -- I'm 61 today. If not now, when?? Here's hoping that they arrive soon and are as cute as they look.
Red not your thing? Orange, lime green. purple, white, turquoise, pale pink? And (if you search the site) you'll see that slate blue and hot pink are also possibilities!!
"One silly thing a day" is always my motto: and I'm thinking that I wouldn't wear these WITH my red leather jacket and my black cowboy belt with the red appliqué stars for work: just one of those things at a time. But on a weekend . . . yeah, maybe all of the above, once in awhile!!
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