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Another Special Friend, Lil' Bit

Friday, January 08, 2010

My Lil’ Bit

I eventually had to have Cal put down and Charlie was lonesome. I spent a couple months trying to find just the right playmate for him. I never dreamed that I would end up with a Chihuahua. She is long haired and looks like a fox. She was just five weeks old when I got her and all that first evening I kept saying to her “You are just a lil’ bit of a thing.” So that is how she got her name. I had to buy puppy formula at the pet store and bottle feed her til she was able to eat regular puppy food. Of course, she preferred Charlie’s dog food and he preferred her puppy food. LOL She is a very sweet little girl and loves everyone. I understand that is unusual as I heard that Chihuahuas are usually one person dogs. She only seems to speak Spanish. At least I figure that since whenever I say anything to her she just looks at me and tilts her head. I don’t know Spanish so we don’t chat much. LOL She has one very funny habit. She has a little terry cloth rag that is special and it remains on the bed. The only time she pays any attention to it is when my grand daughter comes early in the morning and crawls into bed to sleep til time to go to school. Then Lil’ Bit grabs that piece of cloth in her mouth and spends about eight minutes running around the bed with it. We call her “Lil’ rag-in-the-mouth-kid”. It is really funny as she never touches the rag at any other time, not even other mornings unless Sami Jo comes. She sleeps under the covers most of the time. How in the world can she breathe under there. Another special place that she loves is to lay on my lap on a pillow whenever I am on the computer. She and Charlie are great friends and have a lot of fun together. She loves the outdoors so it is a good thing I have a fenced yard. She is my little sweetie.

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3CHIHUAHUA 1/9/2010 11:09AM

    my favorite
I am not the mama so yes I can have favorites


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SAMMIESMOM13 1/9/2010 8:55AM

    She reminds me of my Snuggles (in looks). I agree with Squallyholly- chis are the most unique dog personalities there are. I have had many breeds over the years (more than I care to count- years I mean) and a number of chis. They are "it" for me. I couldn't live without them! Your Lil' Bit is precious. Glad you found her and she found you!

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THENEWHOLLY 1/9/2010 8:15AM

    It seems like you love your new chihuahua !! I had one for about 3 years and they are the most unique dogs out there. good luck to you and lil bit for your future.

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0309COOKIE 1/9/2010 2:05AM

    What a beautiful Chihuahua. My little Punky thinks so too, lol.

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MARTHAR3 1/9/2010 12:38AM

    OMGosh how cute!!!

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DOODLESMAMA1 1/8/2010 9:01PM

    The ears is what I first loved about the long haired Chi's! Yours is really precious! She looks very tiny!


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SQUIRTZIE 1/8/2010 8:49PM

    She is absolutely adorable. I am so glad you were able to find a playmate for Charlie.
Dutchess gets so wrapped up in a queen size comforter that sometimes I have to find her to let her out. I agree I wonder how they can breathe under the blankets.

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WINNIEATWELL2 1/8/2010 8:43PM

    Your dog is absolutely beautiful. What cute big ears she has. She has a beautiful smile! :) Hola... emoticon

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LITTLE_QUEEN 1/8/2010 8:38PM

    She is precious Arlene

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PYNNER 1/8/2010 8:36PM

    What a cutie, I love her. Can I have her...pleaseeeeeeeeeeee!! I bet she brings you tons of joy, and she's lucky to have you all to care for her.
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My Special friend, Charlie Brown

Thursday, January 07, 2010

My Dog, Charlie Brown

I got Charlie when he was just six weeks old. He was already named and at that time he had more brown on him than he does now. He is a shih Tzu and was born in June, 2004. I had recently needed to put down an older cockapoo and I got Charlie to keep my other shih Tzu, Cal, company. He is a very loving dog and I love him very much. He does have one rather strange habit. He doesn’t bite anyone but if he gets upset, or even thinks he is upset, he growls ferociously and chases his tail. I don’t think he even bites his tail as it never looks sore.
He does not like to get groomed and when he was younger I had a groomer come to the house to do him and I had to give him something to sedate him. That groomer retired so I had to find a place to take him. I found a place that seems to do a good job with him. He is always so glad to see me when I go to pick him up. I eventually had to put Cal down as well. The first time I took Charlie to the groomer after Cal was gone, he was really frightened and you could almost hear him thinking, “She took Cal out of here one day and he never came back.” So he was doubly glad to see me that day. He loves to go for walks and he so enjoys playing with my other two dogs. He is good with everybody, even kids. So that is good since I have little great grand kids that come around.

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SAMMIESMOM13 1/10/2010 1:22PM

    What a little doll.

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PYNNER 1/8/2010 8:09PM

    Awwww! He is just adorable...where to you live again emoticon?Charlie is very lucky to have someone as caring as you to take care of him.
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0309COOKIE 1/7/2010 9:46PM

    He looks like a little angel in that picture! What a sweetheart.

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WINNIEATWELL2 1/7/2010 9:45PM

    What a delightful story. Charlie is absolutely precious!

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MYTIME2SPARK 1/7/2010 9:40PM

    Thanks for your story. Charlie Brown is a real cutie!!

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WVROSE1 1/7/2010 9:06PM

    Awwwwwww, he is soooooo cute! I enjoyed the story. Thanks for sharing!

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The Real Enemy

Thursday, January 07, 2010

In the beginning God created the Heavens and the Earth and populated the Earth with broccoli, cauliflower and spinach, green and yellow and red vegetables of all kinds, so Man and Woman would live long and healthy lives.

Then, using God’s great gifts, Satan created Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream and Krispy Crème Donuts. And Satan said, “You want chocolate with that?” And Man said “Yes!” and Woman said, “And as long as you’re at it, add some sprinkles.” And they gained 10 pounds. And Satan smiled.

And God created healthful yogurt that Woman might keep the figure that Man found so fair. And Satan brought forth white flour from the wheat, and sugar from the cane and combined them. And Woman went from size 6 to size 14.

So God said, “Try my fresh green salad.” And Satan presented Thousand-Island Dressing, buttery croutons and garlic toast on the side. And Man and Woman unfastened their belts following the repast.

God then said, “I have sent you heart healthy vegetables and olive oil in which to cook them.” And Satan brought forth deep fried fish and chicken-fried steak so big it needed its own platter. And Man gained more weight and his cholesterol went through the roof. God then created a light, fluffy white cake, named it “Angel Food Cake,” and said, “It is good.” Satan then created chocolate cake and named it “Devil’s Food.”

God then brought forth running shoes so that His children might lose those extra pounds. And Satan gave cable TV with a remote control so Man would not have to toil changing the channels. And Man and Woman laughed and cried before the flickering blue light and gained pounds.

Then God brought forth the potato, naturally low in fat and brimming with nutrition. And Satan peeled off the healthful skin and sliced the starchy center into chips and deep-fried them. And Man gained pounds.

God then gave lean beef so that Man might consume fewer calories and still satisfy his appetite. And Satan created McDonald’s and its 99-cent double cheeseburger. Then said. “You want fries with that?” And Man replied, “Yes! And super size them!” And Satan said, “It is good.” And Man went into cardiac arrest.

God sighed and created quadruple bypass surgery.

Then Satan created HMOs

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SAMMIESMOM13 1/9/2010 8:58AM

    This totally made me laugh out loud!!! Wonderful post!

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MYTIME2SPARK 1/7/2010 9:41PM

    Hee hee! Thanks!

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WINNIEATWELL2 1/7/2010 2:50PM

    Oh dear..... emoticon Did you find this in a medical journal? :)

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3CHIHUAHUA 1/7/2010 10:39AM


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TARIANGIE 1/7/2010 5:37AM

    Cute emoticon

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KARAOKECHICK 1/7/2010 3:00AM

    OH MY... HAHAHHAHA Thats cute emoticon

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For Those With Leftover Christmas Cookies

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

1. If you eat a Christmas cookie fresh out of the oven, it has no calories because everyone knows that the first cookie is the test and thus calorie free.

2. If you drink a diet soda after eating your second cookie, it also has no calories because the diet soda cancels out the cookie calories.

3. If a friend comes over while you're making your Christmas cookies and needs to sample, you must sample with your friend. Because your friend's first cookie is calories free, (rule #1) yours is also. It would be rude to let your friend sample alone and, being the friend that you are, that makes your cookie calorie free.

4. Any cookie calories consumed while walking around will fall to your feet and eventually fall off as you move. This is due to gravity and the density of the caloric mass.

5. Any calories consumed during the frosting of the Christmas cookies will be used up because it takes many calories to lick excess frosting from a knife without cutting your tongue.

6. Cookies colored red or green have very few calories. Red ones have three and green ones have five - one calorie for each letter. Make more red ones!

7. Cookies eaten while watching "Miracle on 34th Street" have no calories because they are part of the entertainment package and not part of one's personal fuel.

8. As always, cookie pieces contain no calories because the process of breaking

Causes calorie leakage.

9. Any cookies consumed from someone else's plate have no calories since the calories

Rightfully belong to the other person and will cling to their plate.

We all know how calories like to CLING!

10. Any cookies consumed while feeling stressed have no calories because cookies used for medicinal purposes NEVER have calories. It's a rule!

So, go out and enjoy those Christmas Cookies - we only get them this this time of year!

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KAYELENE 1/6/2010 11:32PM

    That reminded me of something that happened last week. A friend and I went into a cafe and ordered ice coffee. The lady asked if we wanted cream and icecream with it. I said no to cream but yes to a bit of icecream. When she delivered it she said not to worry that it was calorie free because nobody could tell the icecream was in there.

My Christmas left overs are long gone. I put chocolates, fruit cake and profiteroles on the compost pile. At least my garden will benefit from it, when it eventually breaks down :)

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    Well, of course these are true! I've believed them for years. emoticon

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BUFFYSMOM2 1/6/2010 7:03PM

    Loved it Arlene! Keep 'em coming! emoticon

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KELLYSTURN 1/6/2010 5:53PM

    That was very funny - thanks!! :) My mother always says that once a cake is cut too the calories magical disappear also! Love'n it!

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GGMOM06 1/6/2010 4:59PM

    I'm really into rule #10 and now i'll go have my "medicinal cookie" dr.s orders. emoticon

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NO_SNOW_BODY 1/6/2010 4:36PM

    This was wicked cute, I wonder if it works for those Christmas chocolates too.

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RUTHIEBEAR 1/6/2010 4:34PM

    I got a good laugh about this blog. But unfortunately if I followed its advise, I would have a real problem with the scale, I think. LOL!

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FIGHT2SURVIVE 1/6/2010 3:20PM

    There were a few new rules in there that I really liked. Did you know, if you take a Christmas vacation away from home, all calories consumed on that trip are negative calories because you are not home eating the cookies?

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WINNIEATWELL2 1/6/2010 2:14PM

    Oh how I wish I had known this before I threw the Christmas cookies away... emoticon emoticon

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HY2009 1/6/2010 11:34AM

    Lol..for those with leftover cookies (not me) throw them out!!

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ERING0615 1/6/2010 11:22AM

  This is so funny! How I wish it were true!

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My Yo-Yo Journey

Friday, January 01, 2010

I have been heavy since I was ten years old. I don’t think I really realized the problem until I was about to graduate from high school.
I had friends and we would eat the same things. We would walk to the store and buy potato chips, the same size bag, and I would gain and they would stay thin. I ask you, how fair is that??
Then in my senior year I decided I needed to do something about it.
Thus began my yo-yo journey. I did very well and lost 55 pounds in about four months. How? Well, I was, as I recall, eating raw cabbage, boiled eggs and I don’t recall what else. I do recall having ketchup on a lot of it. I kept that weight off for a little bit but then, bang, it all came back with some added in.
I joined TOPS and, again did very well and lost 80 pounds. How? Well, I was starving myself until the evening after the meeting and then I would go home and eat anything that didn’t move fast enough.
Again I kept it off for a bit and, look out, here it comes back and then some!!
Over the years I have tried low fat diets and again lost a lot of weight. I tried Slim Fast; drinking a shake for breakfast, eating a bar for lunch and a meal for dinner. Same thing~~~~~~~I lost and gained it back. I tried a diabetic diet as my daughter was gestational diabetic and lost weight during her pregnancy instead of gaining. Well, I can do that, I said. And I did. But the same thing happened again. Then I tried eating cereal for two meals a day. Lost and gained. I thought maybe I could eat in diet fashion four days a week and as I wanted the other three. NOT!!
What I can’t understand is, I am a reasonably intelligent person so how did I allow the weight to come back??
I found the answer to that question here at SparkPeople.com. I had been ‘dieting’ instead of learning a new life style! Dieting does not work because when you stop, any weight you have lost comes right back.
I have been a member here for just a little over eight months, I have lost 52 pounds (please don’t count the couple ‘holiday pounds’ that snuck back.) I am exercising, which was never a part of my life before. I am drinking water which also was never a part of my life. I have gone down three sizes in slacks and I know that it will just continue going down.
I have friends that I could never have done it without. Teams that inspire and motivate me. I tell everyone I meet that they need to check out Sparks, whether to lose weight or to just get healthy. It is the best thing that has ever happened to me. And now I am reading the book which will help me even more to reach my goals.
Thanks Chris Downie!!

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WVROSE1 1/7/2010 9:17PM

    This sounds like my story too. I have been a yo-yo dieter for years and since finding Sparkpeople, I have changed my lifestyle instead of going on another diet. This time I will not be gaining all this weight back.

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DOITNOWJENN 1/3/2010 4:12PM

    Thanks for pointing me to your blog...you're right it is inspirational, and you're right, I need to think of this as a lifestyle change!

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3CHIHUAHUA 1/2/2010 9:52AM

    birds of a feather flock together!

~Let's take flight this year, sister!

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BARBARAROSE54 1/2/2010 5:52AM

    How you yo-yoed all your life sounds just like my life.

Enjoy your book and all the success in reaching your goals in 2010

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GIGIANDDAISY 1/2/2010 1:31AM

    I agree....it is all about lifestyle changes....

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DEEDAYE 1/1/2010 9:05PM

    Arlene, I can so identify with everything you said. My story is so, so similar!Accept, I've yet tpo lose 50+ pounds. But I will!!! I know you will be right there to support & encourage me!

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THENEWME43 1/1/2010 8:56PM

    "Dieting does not work because when you stop, any weight you have lost comes right back."
This is so very true! Sounds like you've come a long way in your journey, Arlene. Congrats!

Thanks for sparking with me in 2009 - I'm looking forward to continuing the journey together! Let's have a Fit & Healthy 2010!
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JANETK53 1/1/2010 8:27PM

  emoticon emoticon emoticonWhen it's RIGHT it is RIGHT....Lifestyle changes is the way to go....Best of Luck on you journey...it sounds like your off to a wonderful start.

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