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My new dog.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

I just wanted to let everyone know, my whole family has been to the doc. We are all on antibiotics and some heavy duty cough syrup. This is far from fun. I have no energy or stamina right now. I can only hope this runs it's course soon so I can have a day one.

Now, on to the title of this blog. I have been torn over writing this blog. See I KNOW someone turned us in on Bilbo before we could get our license. That really hurt. In the same vein, I want to share my life with my Spark friends. So, since I am now certain no one can hurt my new dog, I would like to introduce Buffy:



She is a 2 to 3 month old prairie dog. She is about 11 oz. She will grow to be about 2 pounds and about a foot long. She gets along great with the girls, Tazzy just adores her.



She's still a baby so she sleeps a lot.



I won't be posting much about her. Outside of chasing her when she gets out of the playpen, she's not going to help with my weight loss journey. But I adore her and she makes me very happy.

  
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KMRJPR 7/23/2014 10:35PM

    She's adorable! Hope you're all feeling better soon!

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LESLIELENORE 7/23/2014 10:10PM

    What a sweetie!

I hope you all feel better soon.

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OHANAMAMA 7/22/2014 1:52PM

    She's adorable!

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CAT-IN-CJ 7/21/2014 10:14AM

    Oh, how adorable!

Hope you feel better real soon Kitty!

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CATIATM 7/20/2014 10:46PM

    Buffy is a little beauty! emoticon

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CATHYGETSFIT 7/17/2014 6:14PM

    I'm a Buffy fan already! emoticon

Hope all of you feel better soon! emoticon

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JUSTME29 7/17/2014 5:00PM

    What a cutie!

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2BDYNAMIC 7/17/2014 2:32PM

    Adorable and you are a good Mommy!! Hope you all feel well soon!

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MJREIMERS 7/17/2014 10:27AM

    She is so cute! Have you heard anything about Bilbo? I'm glad that you are able to help these little creatures. Now, you won't have to worry about being turned in since you have your license.

Have fun with your "new dog." I know she appreciates it!

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STARTINGINLIMBO 7/17/2014 6:59AM

    Awww

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MAVERICKDR 7/17/2014 6:52AM

    Cute! Is she a vampire slayer? Enjoy yourself, be happy and clap along if you feel like that's what you wanna do.

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NISSANGIRL 7/17/2014 6:48AM

    emoticon she is adorable!!!! did not know u could get them as pets, now I want one!!! Hope u all feel better soon girl. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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RASPBERRY56 7/17/2014 4:52AM

    Awwwww - so sweet! Enjoy Buffy (I'm sure you will, though)!

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LIVINGFREE19 7/17/2014 12:02AM

    She is very cute!

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WARRIORFIT1 7/16/2014 10:50PM

    Aww, love your new baby - glad you have another one to love! I agree.. I'd love to see pics of her in the future too! Glad the whole family is getting along! Beautiful! emoticon

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KELLIEBEAN 7/16/2014 10:07PM

    So cute. I'm glad you have a reason to smile!

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LIVE_AMAZINGLY 7/16/2014 9:30PM

    Love your new dog! Wish you would consider posting more pics of him in the future though.


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JUMPINJULIE 7/16/2014 9:24PM

    So cute.

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CHANGINGHORSES 7/16/2014 8:19PM

    Interesting pet! Cute too!

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NILLAPEPSI 7/16/2014 7:35PM

    Adorable!!! Enjoy your new little buddy!! emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/16/2014 6:58PM

    So cute! I can't imagine why anyone would report you.

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BOILHAM 7/16/2014 6:55PM

    They are so much fun. DW and I spent hours feeding them at a prairie dog habitat a couple of years ago. I still have videos of us, acting like kids feeding the almost tame prairie dogs. Congrats on your new family member.

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ISLAMOM 7/16/2014 6:44PM

    awwww....she's too cute!!

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ICECUB 7/16/2014 6:30PM

    emoticon so sorry you and your family is sick. emoticon on getting buffy.

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KALEWINE 7/16/2014 5:57PM

    Aww! She's adorable! I hope you and your family get well soon!

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FUSIONFITNESS3 7/16/2014 5:40PM

    Welcome to Buffy!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/16/2014 5:40PM

    Oh my gosh. First things first, sending chicken soup to feed you and the family. Good Heavens! Hope you all get better quick.

Second CONGRATS on your new baby! What a little angel!!!!! That's wonderful. I know what a hole there was in all of your hearts when Bilbo was taken. **SIGH** This little one is just adorable!

HUGS and feel better!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 7/16/2014 5:38PM

    aww! She's adorable!!! :)

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MELYROD18 7/16/2014 5:33PM

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SARAHTAIT 7/16/2014 5:05PM

    Oh I LOVE her. I adore critters...I used to have ferrets and miss having them so much. I LOVED seeing yur photos and heating about your new baby....please please keep me posted of all the adorable and funny things she does and photos of her growing....I would LOVE that......my home email is sarahtait3457@me.com if you don't want to post it here at spark. You are truly blessed to have such a cutie pie in your life:)

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CIPHER1971 7/16/2014 5:01PM

    A cute critter to be sure.

Get well soon

M

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ALLYCANDOIT 7/16/2014 4:56PM

    Oh my gosh. At first I was confused. It didn't look like a dog. Ha, ha Then I read Prairie dog. So funny.

Sorry about Bilbo. I don't understand people who make things harder on others. We have enough trouble every day.

Buffy is the cutest! emoticon

Ally

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BONNIEMARGAY 7/16/2014 4:48PM

    Wishing your whole family health and happiness.

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NOLABUG79 7/16/2014 4:32PM

    What a cutie! Congrats!

I hope you feel better soon.

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JTREMBATH 7/16/2014 4:21PM

    She looks cute I have not heard of them before.

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TWEETYKC00 7/16/2014 4:19PM

    she is pretty darn cute!

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China Town 5K Swim, I mean Run.

Monday, July 14, 2014

I know this is late but . . .

This past Saturday was the China Town 5K. I'd wanted to do this race last year but I had a scheduling conflict. So needless to say I was really excited for this year.

I hadn't been feeling well all week, cold/allergy thing. I wasn't about to let that stop me. We got up uber early because I wasn't able to get to the rescheduled packet pickup. I hate getting my packet the morning of the race but - oh well. I watched the weather, as always. Rain and storms starting late afternoon and continuing on until Monday. Cool - I could deal with that.

We get there and there was a fine mist of rain. No biggie. It would make the race cooler. I got my packet and we started to wander. And the rain picked up. So we went and sat under a tree. And the rain got heavier. More people arrived along with more water.

They cancelled the opening Lion Dance. I was really disappointed but I know how delicate those costumes are. I would never want to see one ruined.

We were about 10 minutes until start. The rain was heavy, the wind was cold, and my hip was starting to throb. Hubby was trying to talk me into just going home. My answer was " I promised myself one 5k every month and this was my only July." He insisted and so did I. Guess who won?

As we lined up things got a bit lighter and I was hopeful. I kept telling myself this was an out and back. If it was too hard, I could just turn around. Didn't finish beats didn't start, right?

I couldn't even hear the starter but everyone started moving so off we went. It was a steady rain and a bit cool. I was worried about my hip but I was determined to give what I could. Then the heavens opened up.

It was raining so hard you couldn't see. It actually hurt. We were not even at mile one and I was starting to experience a type of pain I could not describe. I felt like I was drowning. The rain was too heavy to see more than a few feet in front of you. I couldn't breathe through my nose at all and mouth breathing was taking in as much water as air. I got to the one mile mark and for the first time in my life I thought about turning back. I could flip around right here and have a 2 mile jog.

Dead last beats didn't finish.

I can WALK 3 miles. I slowed. I was basically walking. The rain let up a bit and I tried to pick up the speed. I barely made a block before that pain ripped through my lungs again. Breathing wet fire? The hip was ok, the first mile had warmed it up. I always have some breathing problems (my doc won't give me anything for "exercised induced asthma", he's not a believer in it) but usually not until 2.5 to 3 miles in. Then is get hard but doesn't HURT. I looked at the back side of the course.

Dead last beats didn't finish.

I kept going. I was still with the bulk of the pack at the turn around. Ok, now I have to finish. I don't have a choice. I have to get home.

The rain started up again. I fell further behind. I was walking more than running now. The coughing was becoming a serious issue. I felt like I was going to lose breakfast. I looked at one of the cops blocking the cross streets. "Frack" no!!

I alternated between walking and jogging. Even if it was only a few houses at a time. I just kept pushing.

Dead last beats didn't finish.

Cermak was in site. I never saw the 2 mile mark but I knew I was close to home. I also have too much pride/arrogance/stubbornness to walk across the finish. I will guarantee this was the most pathetic jog EVER! but jog I did. Everything was burning. I've experienced O2 deprivation before, i knew that's what this was. I kept telling myself it was just a fracking cold - push.

I finished in 40 min 35 sec. Considering the girls and I walk 3 miles in 45 min, that was a crap time. However, I was really proud of it. I had every reason and opportunity to quit. So many people didn't try or gave up. I saw them. There were several times I wanted too, I mean REALLY wanted to. I'm not certain what kept me going but I finished. And that was awesome.

I was never so tired from a simple 5K. I blamed the horrible rain (which let up an hour after the race and has not been back). Took a full rest day yesterday. Never slept because I couldn't breath.

So hubby drags me to the doc today. I have acute bronchitis. I don't feel silly or stupid for racing Saturday. I have not pushed myself to the edge in years. I pushed that edge on Saturday. I'm proud I did. It was stupid but sometimes we need a bit of stupid in our lives.

I'm having trouble getting the pictures off hubby's phone. So I only have the one he took with my phone:



Drown rat Kitty!

  
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JUMPINJULIE 7/16/2014 9:23PM

    Congrats on your race that is awesome. emoticon

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KELLIEBEAN 7/16/2014 7:59AM

    Holy crap!! I can't believe you finished under those conditions. I think your time is AMAZING considering what you were going through.

Hopefully you are still resting. I am painfully aware of how tough bronchitis is.

Soothing, healing wishes to you dear!

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CATHYGETSFIT 7/16/2014 4:09AM

    emoticon emoticon job for finishing despite the pain and rain! You don't look like you feel well in your picture though. You are emoticon anyway! One thing is for sure...you are not a quitter.

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FUSIONFITNESS3 7/15/2014 8:59PM

    Kitty, you are one determined woman but I learned that quickly after meeting you here at Spark. As I read I found myself cheering you along to get to the finish. But now that I read you have acute bronchitis I think I should have encouraged you to get to the doctor.
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BONNIEMARGAY 7/15/2014 6:09PM

    Sometimes the commitment to your goals is more important than staying home and being sensible.

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GARDENCHRIS 7/15/2014 7:24AM

    one determined Kitty! NOW go take care of that Bronchitis, before you get pneumonia!! that is an order from someone as stubborn as you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HOPEFULHIPPO 7/15/2014 12:21AM

    I'm with everyone else...Girl you inspire, awe and we wanna kick your bootie. LOLOLOL

wow! I mean really, wow!!

and I love your goal of 1 a month. I wanted to do that this year and life hit me....totally going to next year though. It'll be the "year of ME" LOL

Get better and way to kick your own arse. emoticon

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LIVE_AMAZINGLY 7/14/2014 11:05PM

    With bronchitis you could have suffered such severe oxygen deprivation that you could have had a heart attack - even at your age and conditioning. And, girl, being DEAD doesn't beat last. Sometimes it is better to take care of your health, and be SURE you get to do it again.

Sure, you're here now. But, it very well could be that you wouldn't be.
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ALLYCANDOIT 7/14/2014 11:02PM

    Loved the motivational messages you kept repeating.

Glad you are getting medicine for your bronchitis.

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DARLENEK04 7/14/2014 10:50PM

  Love your outfit and good for you....

DarleneK

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LIVINGFREE19 7/14/2014 10:42PM

    You did it!!! emoticon

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SIRENALEANNE 7/14/2014 10:22PM

    Hope you feel better soon! I like your saying "Dead last beats didn't finish". emoticon

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2BDYNAMIC 7/14/2014 10:16PM

    Well we know now for sure ........... you are NOT A DEADBEAT!!! .......... lol ...... (actually we always knew that) ........... and If I need a cheerleader in my corner .......... It will definitely be YOU!!! ......... rah Kitty! ........... But now please rest and get totally healed ok? ........... Promise? emoticon Remember .......... I'm a nurse!! Don't make me have to come out there! emoticon emoticon ......... ok ....... one last thing ................ emoticon You earned it!!

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MAVERICKDR 7/14/2014 8:54PM

    If you weren't ALREADY a SparkPeople Motivator, I'd vote for you. I am torn between cheering for you and kicking your can down the road. Maybe hubby felt the same way, maybe not.

I can tell you this...I am so proud of YOU. This was more than a bad jog. This was the stuff of which Navy SEALS are made. When you get better, give yourself a favorite reward. You earned this one, Kitty. Be good! emoticon

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STARTINGINLIMBO 7/14/2014 7:24PM

    Wow....what an experience. Not very pleasant, that's for sure. But wow, girl- you have great endurance!!!!! You're amazing!

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ICECUB 7/14/2014 6:36PM

    emoticon you look so cute

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CIPHER1971 7/14/2014 5:55PM

    Way to go ........... I am not sure I would have had your determination ......... you must feel on top of the world, because you know that you have the determination, will and down right bloody-mindedness to do anything you want to.

Have an awesome day

M

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REGILIEH 7/14/2014 5:53PM

    You look darling!!!

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NILLAPEPSI 7/14/2014 5:30PM

    emoticon You didn't give up!!! Dead last beats didn't finish. emoticon emoticon

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WARRIORFIT1 7/14/2014 4:27PM

    Wow, you are amazing woman. Glad you got your 5K in emoticon and that you went to the doctor... bronchitis can be nasty. Take good care of yourself!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/14/2014 4:21PM

    OMG, woman, you are SUPERWOMAN!!!

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OHANAMAMA 7/14/2014 3:44PM

    You just totally Rock.
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BEAUTY_WITHIN 7/14/2014 3:36PM

    You look so tired in that picture! Great job on finishing! Feel better!

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PUPPYWHISPERS 7/14/2014 3:33PM

    Great job, and I'm so proud of you! When I lined up for my first ever 5K, I had bronchitis, which I didn't know until after the fact. I did know that I had a pretty high fever, but I still lined up and raced because it was my first 5K.

Rest and get better, then celebrate this accomplishment!

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SHOTOKIDO 7/14/2014 3:28PM

  Congratulations! That is a HUGE achievement!

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Bad Kitty!!

Monday, July 07, 2014

I've had 5 days off - and I took them off of EVERYTHING. I'm admitting to it:

I did not track.
I did not eat well.
I did not exercise.
I sat on my butt for hours.
I just played with my girls around the house.
We shared pizza.
I drank far more than I should have.
I ate out everyday.

I'm not exactly feeling guilty about this but I'm not going ANYWHERE NEAR a scale this week.

I have to just start with day one tomorrow. I haven't had much luck with re-starting my program a year ago. So I need to really get back to being serious about my health, weight-loss, and exercise program.

Here we go. I'm starting day 1 tomorrow.

  
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JUMPINJULIE 7/16/2014 9:19PM

    you can do it. I have the same problem. We can do it.

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MJREIMERS 7/14/2014 1:49PM

    We've all had times like these. The main thing and the most important thing is, that you realize it, caught it and are doing something about it! I know you can do it! Now get back out there!!!! emoticon

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KALEWINE 7/11/2014 5:56PM

    A break can sometimes be refreshing and allow for a chance at a new start.

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NILLAPEPSI 7/9/2014 8:19AM

    Sometimes you just need a break from things -- everything, even. I can relate. It's a new week to start fresh. emoticon

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CATHYGETSFIT 7/9/2014 12:51AM

    You know what? We've all been there and it's okay. No, you aren't bad. You let yourself indulge. Maybe a little too much indulging but your fallible just like everyone else. The good thing though is that you know that you can't continue indulging like that everyday and that you plan to get back on track. Today was a new day to start over. emoticon Start a streak. Tomorrow can/will be day 2. emoticon

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2BDYNAMIC 7/8/2014 7:21PM

    What I like kitty ......... is that you and I know we can come here and let it all hang out and friends will still love us no matter what! This is uncomditional .......... I I don't know why we have these moments or days ............. But we do and it still works out somehow! ............... NOT bad Kitty!! Purrrrrrrrrrr ............ emoticon fectly normal at times!

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ALLYCANDOIT 7/8/2014 3:35PM

    Love the Bad Kitty! emoticon

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You've already done the first couple of steps. Recognized what you needed to do and actively did something about it.

Share this journey with us! You'll be glad you did.

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OHANAMAMA 7/8/2014 2:51PM

    Been there... done that... many times. Fun, ain't it? :) But, back to the plan, now!!! :) I'm with ya... cause I did the same thing!!!!

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BONNIEMARGAY 7/8/2014 2:22PM

    Rest is an important part of work.

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REEDWEEB 7/8/2014 2:20PM

    Life's too short not to enjoy time off once in a while. You and your body know it's not going to be treated to pizza and relaxation every week. You and your body crave exercise and good food. (you might know it today) Get your first day out of the way and you'll be sailing on a streak before you know it! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 7/8/2014 2:19PM

    emoticon Hang in there. WE fall down 8 times, but make it a point to get up 9!

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CAT-IN-CJ 7/8/2014 11:40AM

    Oh dear Kitty . . . maybe I'll copy and save yours
so I can post it in 2 weeks after DH's 10 day vacation.

By the way, I won't feel a bit guilty.
I want to be healthy . . . and live life along the way.
If that means kicking up my heels from time to time,
that is the way it's gonna be.
When I die, I'm not planning to be the perfect corpse.


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JUSTME29 7/8/2014 10:57AM

    Holiday weekends are challenging, and they need to be used to recharge yourself. Sometimes you use these times for working out and focusing on you physical needs, this time you took a break and focused on your mental needs.

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BOILHAM 7/8/2014 10:18AM

    LOL. Love the full disclosure. I'm with you. My brother in law came to visit, and we went to see my nephew fight for WSOF MMA lightweight title. (he lost his first fight ever there). We ate bad and drank too much beer, but I know I did it, and now will get right back on the course.
Thanks for sharing. - Vic

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ISLAMOM 7/8/2014 10:08AM

    I'm right there with you....kind of lost it last week (after my minor ankle injury)...let's do this!!



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CASEYSAUER 7/8/2014 9:11AM

    Vacations are meant to be fun!

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FLORIDASUN 7/8/2014 9:05AM

    Bad Kitty...smirk! emoticon Who cares if you give yourself some leeway once in awhile. If you are constantly too stringent you will just completely crash and burn. If I really, really, REALLY want coffee I'll have it. Usually just when we go out for breakfast. I don't track with my FMD so that's a BIG relief. I rebel against HAVE TOO's every time! It's just who I am and at this ripe young old age...it isn't something that is going to change so I just work with who I am.

I have dumped all sodas and artificial sweeteners..those things will KILL you! emoticon AND...they are so addictive with all the chemicals they sneak in...who needs to be a cash cow for the big foodies. Me.... rebelling again I guess!

If I really, really, REALLY want pizza I'll have it. Then I'll try to put in some exercise minutes to offset it...which it NEVER does but it makes me feel better about justifying that I can have it. emoticon

Don't be too hard on yourself...you get LOTS of exercise and every once in awhile you just have to give yourself a break!

Hugs and get back to it! emoticon emoticon

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ICECUB 7/8/2014 8:43AM

    emoticon I T WAS VACATION!! START NOW. YOU CAN DO IT!!

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TWEETYKC00 7/8/2014 8:03AM

    Not bad Kitty, just reckless Kitty! Get moving, I'm sure the girls would love to get you moving strong!

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 7/8/2014 6:59AM

    Maybe this break is just what you needed. We can't be with the program
365/24/7 ! I am sure you can get into a program and get going again!

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MAVERICKDR 7/8/2014 6:56AM

    Yo...this sounds EXACTLY like my vacation last week except I did not "play with my girls" and I did not share pizza (maybe I did, but it would be foggy because of item # 7 above). emoticon

Thanks for writing my blog for me. I'm just going to copy and paste it on my page. Oh, I did start tracking yesterday, and I got on the scale today. Day 2 of my current tracking streak and being in my calorie range. emoticon

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GARDENCHRIS 7/8/2014 6:54AM

    at least this time you are aware of what you didn't or did do.... i'd count that as a win.... sometimes we need to take a rest from all this, maybe next time you'll only fall off 2-3 days.

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DOGLADY13 7/8/2014 6:32AM

    I'm with you, Kitty.

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CIPHER1971 7/8/2014 2:27AM

    You can do it - you achieve amazing things everyday emoticon

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LIVINGFREE19 7/8/2014 12:22AM

    It looks like this is going on with everybody. It seems with all of the blogs that I have been reading, everybody seems to be in the same boat right now.

I hope you have a great day!

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WARRIORFIT1 7/7/2014 11:44PM

    I know you'll get back on track! I know YOU got this! emoticon

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BUBBALOOGA123 7/7/2014 11:33PM

    Here's to new beginnings! emoticon

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KELLIEBEAN 7/7/2014 11:09PM

    On your mark, get set, GO!

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5 mile trail extension (Pictures!)

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Well I left everyone at our nature center yesterday. If we turn around there and come straight home it is exactly 2.97 miles. That would be our normal week night walk. Weekends and holiday we go further. The five mile extension turns off at the nature center.



The first place you pass on the extension is where we have our bonfires. There was one for fourth of July so there are still embers.



The trail goes south along Indy blvd until it turns on the old street behind the golf course.



That is the golf course on the right. This road was built over part of lost marsh (where the marsh connected to Lake George) . It's been closed to traffic for years. They recently repaved it for part of the bike/hiking trail. So let's take a look.





There are really no fishing spots on this side of the lake. There are also more bushes than trees.



The golf course is a slightly snooty place and us normal folk are not welcome. Especially with our dogs.



However it means they keep this side of the trail more manicured and there are a lot less people on this end.

The girls tend to find some really great "sniffs".



Here is one of the places where the water is still allowed to flow between the Marsh (golf course side) and the lake.


They line the lake on this side with these beautiful butterfly bushes. I know you can't see them in the pictures put there were butterflies everywhere along here.



Tazzy likes these bushes too:


Gypsy is never found of the delay, or of Tazzy chasing butterflies.


We were serenaded by this red-winged black bird for a while.


Tazzy back to the butterflies


Gypsy really prefers to walk on the path


Unless she see a golf ball. Then the lab comes out and we HAVE to get it. I end up with pockets full


At one point the girl found a downed bird's nest. Nothing left in it.



The only spot us normal folk are allowed on the marsh side is on this little nature outlook. It is a wooden pier out into the marsh away from the golfers.



Right after this it the turn around


It is all industrial past this little fence. Not a pleasant area to walk in. So we headed back. Now my girls know we are "going home" so they suddenly have tons of energy.





There are a few more things on this end I'd like to share:

First is the Hammond Nature Center sign. If you have a dirty mind you have to wonder what the frog is up to.


The front of the nature center has a very angry fish and a psychotic raccoon.


I mean really. How doesn't this raccoon scare small children?


Then it is back to the main trail and home.

Just a few more pictures of the girls that I really liked:

Tazzy wanting to swim


Pretty Gypsy girl


And the big girl trot:


And Tazzy getting sick of me taking pictures:


Hopefully I will be feeling better soon (I have a wonderful combination of allergies and spring cold). Then I will show off the 8 miler!

Hope you enjoyed your walks with us.

  
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JUMPINJULIE 7/16/2014 9:18PM

    I hope you feel better soon. looks so pretty.

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OPTIMIST1948 7/8/2014 8:53PM

    I really enjoyed that. It made me feel very calm.

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CATHYGETSFIT 7/8/2014 4:23AM

    What a nice walk/run you have so close to home. The pics of the girls were great! So funny that they got tired of you taking pics. lol Thanks for taking us along with you!

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JUSTME29 7/7/2014 10:52PM

    Beautiful trail.. I'm so jealous.

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BONNIEMARGAY 7/7/2014 4:51PM

    Beautiful!

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OHANAMAMA 7/7/2014 1:21PM

    What a beautiful place you have to enjoy!!

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MAVERICKDR 7/7/2014 12:56PM

    I enjoyed the walk immensely. However, Sparky feels cheated because he recorded no steps...ever the realist, sheesh.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 7/7/2014 12:27PM

    That's a beautiful walk!!

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CAT-IN-CJ 7/7/2014 11:33AM

    Great place for you and the pups!

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MICHELLE_391 7/7/2014 10:03AM

    Gah - a cold! No wonder you didn't want to go walking this weekend. I hope you feel better really, really, really soon!

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PUPPYWHISPERS 7/7/2014 10:01AM

    Very pretty! I enjoy seeing the girls' antics. Jasper gets tired of the pictures too. He makes an unhappy face. But when we get to his girlfriend's driveway, it's okay to slow down...

I agree--that raccoon is really, really scary, and what IS that frog doing??? emoticon

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STARTINGINLIMBO 7/7/2014 8:09AM

    I very much enjoyed the walk with you. :) Feel better!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 7/7/2014 5:13AM

    Very nice!

Thanks for sharing them, Kitty.

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CIPHER1971 7/7/2014 3:09AM

    Great walk, I enjoyed joining you.

Hope you are feeling better soon.

Have a great day

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REGILIEH 7/6/2014 11:43PM

    Perfect! Thank you!

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WARRIORFIT1 7/6/2014 9:34PM

    Oh I loved these pictures, Kitty! What a beautiful place for you and the girls to run! emoticon

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ICECUB 7/6/2014 8:55PM

    love your pictures. thanks for sharing. love your beautiful girls I think they were having fun.

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DMEYER4 7/6/2014 8:30PM

  the pictures are beautiful. I really enjoyed going with you on your walk. Thanks for taking us along.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/6/2014 8:28PM

    Thank you for sharing this walk! I really enjoy being around water and as for the snooty people, they don't know what they're missing!

HUGS

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GARDENCHRIS 7/6/2014 8:24PM

    such a nice walk..... wish I had a place close by like that.

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MAMAMOOSE54 7/6/2014 8:24PM

    I felt like I was walking right with you!!! Looks like a beautiful place to take a hike
Love your blog-thanks for sharing!!!
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Our Trail (picture heavy)

Saturday, July 05, 2014

I realized that I always talk about our local trail but have never shared it with you. So here is our 5 mile dog walk. Enjoy!


This is the entrance to the park/trail. It is about 4.5 blocks from our house.


Water stop before heading out.


This looks so flat but it is actually the only real "hill" around here. This is at the very start of the trail. A 3 story bridge that goes over Indy Blvd. It has to be a bit higher than normal to let the trucks with the steel rolls go under.


Photo from the top to try and give some height. I don't know if you can see the ground cover on the sides of the bridge. It is so pretty. I too a close up but it won't load. emoticon


Over the bridge the trail gets a bit prettier.


I don't know if you can see the little yellow flowers. These bushes line the trail until you get to the water. They attract tons of butterflies. No one would hold still long enough for a picture but it is like walking through a butterfly garden.


Then we get to the lake. This is Lake George and it connects to lost Marsh on the the other side (we'll get there). It is fairly shallow, I've seen fishermen out quite a distance in hip waders.


Come by here early in the morning and there is always a dad fishing with his kids here. I won't let the dogs swim here though, I've found fish hooks.


Normally there are a ton of birds here, geese, haron, we even have a few egrets that show up now and then. I'm guessing the fireworks scared everyone off.


Everyone that is except our pair of swans. These guys are scared of NOTHING.


Finally some swimming time!




And when Gypsy has had enough, she will shag Tazzy out of the water so we can move on.


A resting point we've never used but it is nice.




Coming out by the Nature Center. This is where we make the choice between 3 miles, 5 miles, or 8.5 miles.


This sign would be our turn around if we were only doing 3 miles. We would head back down the trail and home. To go 5 miles we turn off by the nature center:



I'll take you down the back side of Lake George and on the "5 mile" extension tomorrow.

Hope you had fun with us.

  
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JUMPINJULIE 7/16/2014 9:15PM

    Looks like so much fun.

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OHANAMAMA 7/7/2014 1:18PM

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MAVERICKDR 7/7/2014 12:51PM

    Thanks for the tour. It was fun.
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CAT-IN-CJ 7/7/2014 11:32AM

    What a wonderful place to walk! and so close to your home!!!

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PFERG66 7/6/2014 5:23PM

    What fun! And such a neat way to share your walks with us. My girl, Dotty-The-Dog, doesn't know how to take a proper walk--never been trained that way, so I hoof it alone. Again, THANKS!! emoticon

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2BDYNAMIC 7/6/2014 1:33PM

    emoticon and so glad you had a wonderful time w/ your girls!

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NOLABUG79 7/6/2014 1:07PM

    Absolutely beautiful!

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CIPHER1971 7/6/2014 8:49AM

    lovely.

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CATHYGETSFIT 7/6/2014 12:45AM

    That's a really nice trail. Thanks for sharing the 3 mile part with us. It looks like a wonderful place to walk/run. The girls obviously enjoy it.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 7/6/2014 12:32AM

    That was really pretty! Looks like a great walk!

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_JODI404 7/5/2014 10:57PM

    I LOVED seeing these pics!!

I know that swimming must feel good!!

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FIT4MEIN2013 7/5/2014 9:49PM

    How wonderful lof you to take me on your walk with you! emoticon

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LIVINHEALTHY9 7/5/2014 9:46PM

    It looks like a nice park.
I would love walking through the butterfly field.

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FLORIDASUN 7/5/2014 9:25PM

    Such a great share....love your girls and the trail! What a great work out...can't wait until tomorrow! emoticon emoticon

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ICECUB 7/5/2014 8:35PM

    thaNKS FOR SHARING emoticon emoticon

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STARTINGINLIMBO 7/5/2014 8:13PM

    Very nice! Thanks for sharing. :)

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WARRIORFIT1 7/5/2014 7:26PM

    That was fun! I enjoyed taking the trip with you! emoticon Love the pictures, Kitty!

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BUBBALOOGA123 7/5/2014 6:20PM

    I bet your fur babies *love* this trail. Thanks so much for sharing! :)

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1CRAZYDOG 7/5/2014 5:39PM

    Your girls look like they enjoyed the swim! Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures! Just motivates you to keep going to find out what else you'll see!

HUGS

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 7/5/2014 4:51PM

    Looks like a really nice to walk. I could probably do the 3 mile walk but can't do the 5 mile or 8 mile walk yet. Might have to rest a minute on the 3 mile. I really like the nature walks. Thanks for sharing.

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TWEETYKC00 7/5/2014 3:47PM

    looks like a blast!

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BONNIEMARGAY 7/5/2014 3:26PM

    Gorgeous!

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MJREIMERS 7/5/2014 1:21PM

    What a great place to walk your kids. Wow, it is so beautiful and everything a dog would want to sniff and do. I see a lot of running potential, too.

Thanks for sharing!

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 7/5/2014 12:38PM

    Enjoyed taking your walk with you!

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MICHELLE_391 7/5/2014 12:09PM

    Excellent idea to post this blog! I only got to see a little bit of it, so it's nice to see what I missed out on.

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ISLAMOM 7/5/2014 12:07PM

    Wow! That's awesome. How nice to have something like that so close to your home...and that your girls can enjoy too!

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LIVE_AMAZINGLY 7/5/2014 12:06PM

    Nothing scares off swans cause those guys are terrifying! You ever see them go after human or animal? Like I said, terrifying. So yeah, fireworks don't scare them.
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GARDENCHRIS 7/5/2014 11:03AM

    how cool is that, you are lucky to have it so close to home!

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CHERYL_ANNE 7/5/2014 10:57AM

    What a great natural resource to have so close by! Thank you for sharing.

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LOSER05 7/5/2014 10:15AM

    i bet it is beautiful in the Fall.

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ONMYMEDS 7/5/2014 9:20AM

    Thanks for sharing. I like that trail and like the fact that you have all of those distance choices. An ideal running trail.

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