Thursday, February 04, 2010
I am starting to feel better
Got to visit the new dog park today
I lost two pounds!
So, the previous two days were miserable, I had a cold that gave me all the symptoms of a sinus infection including the lovely headaches, but today I feel like a cloud has lifted... I am still slightly congested but it has moved from my head to my chest which means I will probably have to go onto an inhaler for a while but that is okay because I feel much better, even if the cold just moved and isn't gone.
I took Maizey to the new dog park that is closer to my house, it isn't as nice as the other park but it is closer and has a sporting corner where maybe I can start field training her, I think she would like that. It also has a shy dog section where I can get her first lap in because it always takes her a minute to warm up to other dogs. She doesn't like to be bombarded with wet noses at the gate and this will give her a chance to see the other dogs and get use to them without feeling overwhelmed. After she has been at the park a minute, she is always friendly but some pet parents get worried that she is not friendly when she growls when entering the park. I understand their concern, but she is not unfriendly. She never learned how to socialize properly, so I am still working on her doggy manners. She is 100% trustworthy with any person, but dogs she is unsure of and gets nervous easily. She has come a long way since I got her one year ago though. When I adopted her, she was an untrained 1-year-old lab mix that jumped on everything, and couldn't be trusted with cats or other dogs, now she knows all of her basic commands and has several doggie friends. She still chases the cats, but she has never tried to bite them, even when she does actually corner them, she just wants to play and they run which makes her chase drive kick in and so she runs too. I would however never trust her with my small animals; she did try to bite one of the hamsters one day, so they stay safety tucked into their cages unless she is outside.
I lost two pounds this week, which is nice and makes me wonder if my body was stressed with being sick even before I had actual symptoms. My plateau seems to have been broken as I am now the lowest weight I have been in 7 years. I am excited about it and it makes me want to work even harder to get to my goal weight. It really is proof that sticking to sensible eating and a regular exercise program is the perfect remedy for being overweight. It is not the quickest solution, and certainly not the easiest, as so many habits need to change but it is definitely one that works and makes me feel good about myself. I never realized how embarrassed I was by my eating habits until I started to change them. I use to hide how much I ate, even from my family and though I still have bad moments I have improved so much in the last year. Most of my improvement has come from allowing myself to feel disappointed and moving on. I use to get so guilty about every little mistake, and I had an all or nothing mentality that achieved nothing. Now, if I have a bad day, I try to see what I could have done differently to either limit the situation or make better choices next time. Sometimes it's as simple as recognizing a trigger food (I know longer allow Hostess Snowballs into the house) and sometimes it is planning ahead for situations that easily become a temptation to overeat like bringing my own lunch to work instead of eating out. I still eat the things I like limiting portions is key, and I have learned that there are healthier ways to cook that are just as tasty and sometimes are even better than the more calorie ridden original. For example, I love pizza so instead of buying a real pizza I toast a whole-wheat english muffin, put on a slice of tomato, some italian seasoning, and mozzarella cheese, and throw it in the oven for 5 minutes and boom. I have a healthy pizza that has everything I like about pizza in less than 10 minutes and is only about 200 calories.
Anyway, this was supposed to be an update blog, not a novel so I am off, I hope everyone has a great day!