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Samurai, Spartacus & Shalako - challenging a big dog across the street!


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I share my home and life with 4-footed friends - 2 cats (Starkist & Shadowspawn), & 4 dogs. My little dogs are smallest dogs I''ve ever had - Shalako the Pomeranian, Samurai the Papillon, and Spartacus the rescued chihuahua (also known as "the little weasel"). I recently (Jan 2017) adopted a chihuahua/Boston terrier mix, Sharona. I'd forgotten how active & destructive puppies can be! We''ve been walking about 30 minutes to 2 hours daily.

I got the lap-band surgery in Nov 06. So far, I''ve lost over 120 pounds (3/9/10). Recently changed my end goal to even less. (155). Sigh ... about 25 pounds have found their way back.

I''m an RN and work 12 hour night-shifts - boy, does that throw your metabolism off! I have things planned in the daytime for my days off, and have to sleep in the daytime on work days. All the tips for improving sleep say "set a routine and stick to it". Uh, huh - that'll work.

Member Since: 6/12/2007

Fitness Minutes: 282,921

My Goals:
Mini goal - I'm gonna bust thru 200 by the end of July!! DID IT!!! 7/13/09

Finally made 2 separate week weigh-ins of less than 175 - yeah! 3/14/13

Get in shape so my knees don't keep stressing.

Guess I'd better give up on retiring any time soon!

My Program:
Walking my little dogs every day. Throwing in strength exercises while I wait for the sniff breaks for them.

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Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.
Groucho Marx

If man could be crossed with the cat, it would improve man but deteriorate the cat.
Mark Twain

I always like a dog so long as he isn't spelled backward.
G.K. Chesterton

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I'm a reader. Can't go to the bathroom without book in my hand (even if I don't open it in the little room). Love my cats and dogs.

When you don't think the program will work, remember the motto: Try it our way for at least 6 weeks and if you are not satisfied we will gladly refund your misery

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  • v PDSLIM
    try dousing your pens in something she doesn' t like. Vinegrar? Lemon? Good luck.
    8 days ago
    Found them! Thanks for helping! So happy to see them again!
    12 days ago
    Your nightmare sounds like a real fear popped it's head up. I've had those too and shift work doesn't help. I had one ship nightmare that was like a movie. It would come in instalments but I was never in danger. Also when I'd be up all night writing
    12 days ago
    I miss the water, too, when I'm away. I, too, live in the desert but spend a month at the lake. I wish I'd win the lottery so I could quit working and spend 6 months in the desert and 6 months at the lake.
    My son and his fiance were recently pinned. Both accepted work at local hospitals. He already works at the hospital in another capacity and his circadian rhythm is so off with the overnight shifts. Can't wait til he has normal hours although the 12 hour shifts will always be difficult.
    13 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/7/2017 9:47:58 AM
    Oooooo ! I hope someone asks me that July Fourth question..,,what a good answer.
    16 days ago
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