Saturday, August 17, 2013

My Dogs As My Diet Buddies

Last week, reality hit me. I knew I was gaining weight but I never realized how much. Because pounds can be so intimidating, I'm going to share with you the percentage I gained. Sure enough, when I crunched the numbers, it came out to a 14.7 percent increase. With that bump in weight gain, I have reached the heaviest weight I've ever been.

There's been a lot of reasons on why I gained weight. For one, I was working at a job with no job security and really didn't give us a lunch hour. We would go out and bring our lunch back to the desk. In that environment, nervousness becomes a factor of what you put into your mouth.

Another reason is that my living situation has changed with more people and more pets. With the two extra dogs we have living with us, it's harder to take Cookie, Gigi and Homer for a long walk like I did last summer. Our other dog Fancy loves to go on walks with us, and I enjoy taking her. However, with her massive frame and being overweight, she can only last a short time.

I've also been preoccupied with Gigi's bladder stones. Even though she's slowly improving, it's a situation that you constantly have to be watching. You can't let the medication schedule lapse. As I found out when I went to get more medication, I learned that the stones are solidified forms of the bacteria that built up in her bladder. Many times, Gigi just doesn't want to eat.

Yet, these in the end are just excuses. Sometimes, we push aside things until they snowball out of control. That's when you have to take a step back and say no more. Knowing how to lose weight is easy. You just cut your intake of food and increase your exercise. However, when it comes to putting this into action, that's where it gets tricky. Weight gain doesn't happen overnight unless it's a freak thing. You're therefore not going to lose weight that quickly either.

Strategy For Losing Weight With Dogs As Your Diet Buddy

I've been doing this for only a week. I'm working at a place right now that offers a lunch break which is something I enjoy. It gives me time away from the computer and helps me pay more attention to what I'm eating. I also have the option to take the stairs a couple of flights. I find that taking the stairs over the elevator is much more satisfying because you don't have to wait around. It also strengthens your calf muscles.

Now, even though I'm off to a good start, I need to figure out how I can exercise the dogs and myself so that everyone benefits. Dogs, like their human counterparts need to build up to higher activity levels. So what I'm going to do is try to wake up earlier on weekdays, to take the Cookie, Gigi and Homer on longer walks. Fancy likes to sleep in so she won't feel slighted.

When getting home from work, I wait to walk the dogs so their food can digest. It's also a cooler temperature compared to the middle of the day. Instead of taking the dogs on long walks, I'll be able to take them on shorter walks with more frequency. So my plan is to take them once in the morning and two shorter walks in the evening.

On weekends, I plan to take the dogs to the park in the morning. Since I'm always out doing stuff, I feel like at least one good walk is something, until my schedule becomes more regular.

What This Has Taught Me

Even though I have a long road ahead of me, I look at the situation as more of a challenge than a detriment. This is what I've learned:
  • Whatever your eating and activity levels are, it will trickle down to your pets.
  • That there's no quick fix for losing weight, no matter what those ads will tell you.
  • You have to become focused and don't let the naysayers get the better of you.
  • When you truly think healthy you will become healthy.
  • Don't let a couple of splurges sway you from your main goal

I do feel fortunate that I have a great support system that includes family, friends and my pets. As much as I need to lose the excess weight, this whole matter is reinventing itself by helping me to look at it as a challenge instead. Sometimes the hardest things we do in life involve taking the first step.

Let's Discuss!

How do you and your dogs stay healthy?

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  1. Great post and good for you for taking an honest assessment of yourself and your's always hard to look in the mirror literally and figuratively...believe me, I know. I'm glad you came by SlimDoggy's site because we've got lots of great tips for you. You should also check out our friend over at Peggy's Pet Place. Peggy wrote a book called Dieting with your Dog! Keep us posted and join us on our FitDog Friday Blog Hop and share your journey.

    1. Thank you for commenting and thanks for the book tip. I'll have to check it out.

  2. I, too, am at the heaviest weight of my life too. I never thought about it in percentage though. It would probably be scary if I did that math :)

    Dogs make the best workout partners. Glad to see you are taking control of your health and theirs.

    1. It's really eye-opening when that happens. For me the biggest shock was seeing the number on the scale. You recognize that clothes don't fit the way they should and that's what got me to get on the scale after not weighing myself for a very long time. I thought percentage because of biggest loser. If you're going to focus on a number, percentage at least for me helps me to visualize things better. I think taking the first step is the hardest thing. It doesn't have to be a big one but just enough to propel things forward. Thank you for your kind and supportive words.

  3. Great post! I love that slim doggy was your first comment. I was going to recommend reading that blog as there are a ton of great exercise tips on there. I totally understand how having more dogs can be harder for walk time. I have my husband go with me when I can, but sometimes I walk one then the next and the next. They get solo time with me and I get three times the walking. Good luck with your goals!!! Having doggy diet buddies should be a great help :). Have a great weekend!!!!

    1. Thanks so much Laura. You just never know how lifestyle changes affect you until you get on the scale. More dogs means more planning. It's great that your husband helps you out. That makes things a lot easier. I'll keep you guys posted in future posts. Have a great night.

  4. Good blog, I have a little more pounds I need to have and read all the time best way to lose some weight and in this blog I have lot of things to read and learn to hlep me thanks..



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