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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: 265,897

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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    Infuse your life with action. Don't wait for it to happen. Make it happen. Make your own future. Make your own hope. Make your own love. And whatever your beliefs, honor your creator, not by passively waiting for grace to come down from upon high, but by doing what you can to make grace happen... yourself, right now, right down here on Earth.
    ~Bradley Whitford~
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    11 days ago
    Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment on my blog. You make my day brighter! emoticon
    12 days ago
    emoticon Come , little leaves " said the wind one day .
    Come down to the meadow to play
    Put on your dresses of red and gold
    For the summer is past
    And the days grow cold .
    Dancing and leaping
    The leaves went along
    Until the winter called them
    To end this sweet song
    Soon fast asleep
    In their earthy beds
    The snow lays a cover over their heads .
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    We got 6 inches of snow and just lazy light powder coming down tonight.
    Sore from shoveling the walks but don't think it will last too long! emoticon
    I built a snowman and made 3 snow angels in the front lawn!! So glad I had the mittens and boots within easy reach!
    13 days ago
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    Love your comment on my page! We are in the same league. I went to college for a couple of years at Bethany Collage, WVA and I had a boyfriend who had a bike. I have memories of riding on the back taking curves around the mountains in the fall. Ah, sweet memories. I also dream that I could ride a bike myself, but I don't think it would be a good idea at my age now! emoticon
    13 days ago
    This was copied from one of my Spark People Pal's blog. SPARKL3SUSAN posted it about how unhealthy venting and complaining are from a
    ences-complaining-grumbling-killing. Thought it was a great goal for the upcoming week and wanted to share it with you. If it doesn't post, just go to the website!

    Strategies to Cut the Complaining Habit

    Track how often you complain. Awareness is the first step towards change.
    If you catch yourself whining, add the word ‘but’ and find something positive about the situation. For example, “There is so much traffic, but I’m grateful I’m driving a comfortable car and listening to my favorite tunes”.
    If you notice you are saying “I have to…” or “I should…” change it to “I get to…” You’ll feel more empowered and positive.
    Complaining without moving towards a solution can make us feel victimized and powerless. Make a direct request for action to resolve the problem. For example, “Its cold in here, so could you please turn up the heat”.
    Journal about what’s bothering you so you can gain a better understanding and come up with possible solutions.
    Instead of complaining about a bad experience, ask what the lesson is and use it as an opportunity to grow.
    Spend more time with people who uplift you and less time with chronic complainers – because complaining is contagious.

    Change doesn’t happen overnight, but the less you complain, the more you’ll find to appreciate and be grateful for – and the happier and more peaceful you will feel.
    14 days ago
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