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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), & 3dogs. 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"). 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 ...

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: 256,565

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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    I can rarely get links to work LOL

    But don't worry it was 20 seconds and NOT that fascinating, the cats were cute thoguh LOL!!

    40 in the back yard?! That's nuts!! These cats were kittens of the original two cats. What happened is the momma cat had 3 litters, 2 liters died (super sad, but I was too new at my work to even talk about maybe fixing the cats). The 3rd litter 3 cats survived... then they had kittens, there were 3 kittens that survived out of that litter. So I got 4 of them fixed (3 adults, one younger one) and the other 2 who were a little under 6 months and we were able to trap them, take them home, tame them and they got adopted. I felt bad cuz their brother we couldn't catch in time, so he lives with the other 3 in our parking lot. I feel bad for them but I am glad we don't have more kittens, so so far so good. The Fire dept. across the street had spring kittens and one lady there caught them and took them home (with the mom) thank goodness!
    22 days ago
    Tooth got patched up but needs a crown. Father of Ex son in law now at rehab, son in law in critical care with no explanation, but my A1c is stable... At least that!
    25 days ago
    You are just now realizing I"m a Luke Bryan stalker?! I have been stalking... I mean admiring intently since 2014! LOL!! ;)
    25 days ago
    "I believe that we are who we choose to be.
    Nobody's going to come and save you. You've got to save yourself.
    Nobody's going to give you anything. You've got to go out and fight for it.
    Nobody knows what you want except for you.
    And nobody will be as sorry as you if you don't get it.
    So don't give up on your dreams."
    25 days ago
    Thanks for the VA suggestion. I'll call them. My mom put up a huge front (she didn't want to bother anyone). I'm searching around this morning for help for her (and him of course). Enjoy your weekend.
    28 days ago
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