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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 - Samurai the Papillon, and Spartacus the rescued chihuahua (also known as "the little weasel) & their bratty little sister, Sharona - I think she’s a chihuahua/ Boston Terrier mix. She may be younger, but she’s bigger than the boys! Just added to the mini-pack at the end of January 2018 - a rescued teacup Chihuahua, Shiloh. She has a heart murmur, so the only way she can go on the walks is if I carry her.

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 was an RN working 12 hour night-shifts - retired 30 November 2017 after 40 years in Federal service (including my 10 years as an Army Nurse). Still having trouble sleeping at night, and not napping in the daytime.

Member Since: 6/12/2007

Fitness Minutes: 373,006

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.

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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    Thank you for the goodie! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE fresh veggies! Yummy!



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    4172 days ago
  • v JLITT62
    Thanks for the yummy fruit salad!

    Chester is 3; actually, they both are, they're just a couple of months apart in age, altho we got them a year apart. Every dog is different, of course. Chester actually calmed down a huge amount when he had knee surgery at 9 months -- he's an old soul, altho he drove me to distraction before that.

    Lola has calmed down a huge amount too. We got her when she was 10 months old, and there was no off button. She still annoys Chester, wanting to play much more than he does. Her only saving grace back then was that she was calm after dinner (as a puppy, Chester was ready to keep on going pretty much until we went to bed, long after I was exhausted).

    Remember, a tired puppy is a good puppy!
    4173 days ago
    Thanks for the goodie and for huddling. I appreciate it.
    4173 days ago
  • v EVIE622
    I see you remember Howdy Doody, Princess Summerfall Winterspring and the rest of the gang. Came to your Sparkpage and decided to stop in and say hello!! You have a full life with work and furry friends and you have a great smile. A real triple threat gal. Congrats on your weight loss so far. You go girl!!!
    4175 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/27/2009 9:11:14 AM
    Thank you my friend for the Sparks Goodie. There is nothing like finding fresh blueberries waiting for you when you get up in the morning!



    4175 days ago