Noah and Me and Fried Rice

I’ve been BI-ZEE.  So don’t have much interesting to report.  But feel the need to check in anyway.  I’ve been reading The Latchkey Dog (thanks, Juice!) and she suggested that obedience training was a good way to establish yourself as pack leader.  (instead of yelling, cajoling, chasing, throwing things, etc.  Not that I ever did any of those things.  Just a point I found interesting…)  Anyways, I don’t know why I never put that together.  And I’m not sure when I developed an aversion to formal obedience training.  I obedience trained dogs for years.  But in the past few years there has been some major slackage in the area of obedience training.  So, I took Noah out with the little package of treats (I never used treats before either.)  And is that boy smart!  You never saw a dog catch on so fast!  He knows sit, down, stay (a little) and ‘walk nice’ (well, he kinda knew that one already.)  And, I think it gives him another thing to do, so he is more worn out and less likely to bark.  We had a couple of really great days.

Then last night on my way home from work, I got a message on my answering machine from my next door neighbor (whom I am fairly friendly with) telling me that another neighbor was snooping around to see which dog was barking, and he said, ‘Noah was barking quite a bit in the morning.’  Well, that is not entirely unexpected, but it really put me into a funk.  I mean, what am I supposed to do?  I work long hours. I only work one day at a time.  The truth is (which I have not told you all) Noah already wears a bark collar.  But if it gets moved around it doesn’t work.  Anyway, last night (of course I am already too tired after work) I had the thought ‘if I just go completely insane, they will have to lock me up and take care of me and I won’t have to worry about anything ever again.’ Surprisingly, when I mentioned this to a few people, they actually thought it sounded pretty good.

Anyway, I talked to my babysitting neighbor (the one who has taken care of my dogs when I am gone for many years) and not only did she catch me up on all the neighborhood gossip, but I think we have worked out a plan.  Not ideal, but I think it will work.  Noah can stay in the crate in the house when I leave at 5am, and then she will let him out in his yard mid-morning, and then put him back in his crate at about 6pm which is when he can be particularly noisy about all the goings on in the neighborhood.  This is all a little frustrating, since we all live on 3-5 acre plots in the country.  But I also don’t want to be a bad neighbor.  And I don’t want to give up on Noah just when we are doing so well.

More info than you probably wanted about my doggie problems, but obviously it was on my mind.  Here’s the latest stick pics of Noah.  We alternate between formal walks and obedience training, and more casual sniff-and-stick ventures.  Works well for both of us, I think.

Foodwise, I am doing more and more ‘intuitive’ eating.  Meaning I don’t count calories, make healthy choices the majority of the time, as well as have a treat once in a while, okay, once or twice a day.  This works well as long as you also pay attention to that most important component of eating when you are hungry and stopping when you are satisfied.  Right now I’m pretty much firmly in the camp of just trying to maintain my current weight of 154-157.  Pubsgal named it the ‘summer of sustaining.’  BTW, Pubsgal wrote an excellent post on Type 2 Diabetes. Everyone should read it.

Tonight I made another version of my fried rice recipe.  This is really a great recipe, if I do say so myself!  I followed the main recipe, but used what I had on hand.  Veggies were:  onion, carrots, zucchini, edemame, and corn.  Meat was a little leftover ham that I got at that little market in Pescadero, and some little shrimpies.  Its so easy to cook something like this when you have stuff already left over.

Yes, I’m still exercising.  Sweating because its been HOT here!  Swimming a few more laps when I get in the pool, which is still averaging only once a week.  Gym still averaging 3X/week, and walking/running…well, you know.  Lots of that going on in the neighborhood.

In my downtime (haha) I am re-reading an old classic ‘Celebration of Discipline,’ by Richard Foster.  This book is so encouraging and comforting.  Not at all what the title makes it sound like.  It is the kind of book where, when it talks about praying, you actually want to put the book down and pray.  I highly recommend it.

Got a couple of class days this week, so days will be a little shorter.  Vacation is coming up, and it can’t get here soon enough.  Hope y’all are having a great week.  Hey, to leave this post on a little more positive note, don’t you just love all the birds singing so cheerfully early in the morning.  When I am driving out at 5am, I open the moon roof on my car so I can listen to them.  So cheerful.  THEY never worry.   And the smell of honeysuckle right outside my window.  With the bumble bees and the hummingbirds buzzing around it.  YUMM.

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16 thoughts on “Noah and Me and Fried Rice

  1. OOH Celebration of Discipline sounds great.

    Im finally learning as I age that the denomination matters not in a way—its the centering that prayer can offer me which I love.

    • Yes, Miz, you really inspired me in one of the interviews that you did where you said that meditating was the first thing you did every morning. Its a much better start to my day than blog reading…

  2. You have such a busy interesting life I just love to read your blog and catch up:) You know we weigh just about the same I am at 159 trying to get down to 148 for healths sake. I so admire that eating intutively works for you I tried it and gained weight 😦
    Don’t give up on Noah you two are just so cute him with his sticks…
    Hope your day is a great one!

  3. Hmm, must add celebration of discipline to my to read list…

    OK, I just started Culture Clash and I’m finding it interesting. She makes good points, although I’m at odds with her on one assertion. She states that dogs do not imitate each other. I don’t believe that is true, as Cecilia learned how to “speak” only after observing another dog who already knew the command. We had the two dogs side by side, asked them both to speak and rewarded the dog who complied. After getting pretty frustrated at first, Cecilia finally got the concept. So I’m interested in reading the book but with some reservations…

    • Yes, Juice. Eventually I am going to write a post about not everything that is written is right. But you can still usually get something good from a book. well, you know what I mean…

  4. I love to sit outside in the evenings and smell the honeysuckle and listen to the sounds of nature – very peaceful and relaxing!!

    I know all about the barking dog thing. I think it’s great that your neighbor is willing to help you out. It will all work out, don’t worry!

  5. I found your blog because I want to hear other people’s weight loss journeys, I so need inspiration and nagging on that account, but I can relate to the barking dogs thing. We have Newfs and Saints, and a few mixed breeds of same size. Happily minding our own business for many years, now someone, who did not want to talk to me directly, sent constable to door to complain. Long story, but complainer says if I leave dogs out more he doesn’t mind if they bark. I was keeping them in early in morning NOT to disturb anyone. I am on 5 acres.

    I am not the person who lets dogs out totally unattended. If I leave, they go inside. Dogs dig and get into trouble.
    Anyhow – this is not about me. I am enjoying your blog and look forward to taking time to read as much of it as I can.

  6. You are so very fortunate to have a neighbor that can help you out with Noah. Hopefully this is something he will outgrow, seeing as he still is quite young.

    Sometimes maintaining weight is what has to happen. We can’t always spend every moment of our lives keeping weight loss at the front of our thoughts. There are other more important things at times (sanity, for one), so just maintaining is good enough.

  7. Can I get an “amen” to Lori’s comment? I think it’s hard to get it into our heads that maintaining is a good thing – we spend so much time working on the losing part that we (the royal) forget that there is an end to that.

    Boo on your nosy neighbor – 3-5 acres and he’s complaining? He wouldn’t last in my neighborhood. Dogs bark. It’s what they do. We all try and control it, but THEY’RE DOGS, for crying out loud! Glad you have someone to help, and I’m sure he will grow out of it.

    Oh, I wanted to thank you for the dog shampoo tip the other day – I diluted Paco’s shampoo and gave him a bath and I swear, he’s so clean! Now if I could just get his seasonal allergies under control…poor dog is turning all red and itchy. Benedryl doesn’t really help – we’ve got an appt. at the vet on Monday for a cortisone shot. Dogs…what are you gonna do with them?

    • I guess you already use oatmeal shampoo? I had a dog with terrible skin allergies. Hundreds of dollars later, and the vet had even said we would have to live with it, and something made me give her weekly baths with oatmeal shampoo (from WalMart, no less!) and that was the end of her allergies!

  8. Sorry for the grumpy neighbor. We’ve been in a similar fix before, but everything worked out in the end. It’s great that the training is working. Noah sounds like me–“will work for food.” LOL Your fried rice looks yummie. I love creative leftovers like that.

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