That ‘s you guys! When I do one of those ‘shoot from the hip’ ‘whatever’s on my mind’ ‘brain dump’ posts (who am I kidding, that’s what most of them are) its always so fun to get your comments and see which part you comment on. When I think of all the blogs that are out there to read, its always amazing to me that anyone takes the time to read my crap writing. Which reminds me. I have been far afield in the world of blogs lately. Did you know that OTHER DOGS besides Noah write blog posts? Harumph, as Noah would say. And, I noticed that some blogs seemed to include a lot of pictures that were just transferred from other places on the internet. And I want you to know that every single one of those pictures of Noah and his sticks is an ORIGINAL. LOLLOLLOL. Again, the later it is the more I crack myself up.
Well, the barking crisis with Noah is over (in my mind.) If you knew the stuff that people get away with up here in the sticks, its pretty laughable that someone would think to complain about a barking puppy. Now, if they had complained about his insane screaming owner I could have understood that. Anyway, it is almost like Noah has turned the corner, or is channeling Oliver the practically perfect black standard poodle (for new readers, that is Noah’ s predecessor.) I believe its an answer to prayer. I really did pray about it because I just didn’t know what to do. It was after that that I read something in that Latchkey Dog book that clicked, and Noah seemed to just magically stop barking as much, and behaving better overall, and I stopped losing my temper. Okay TMI about Noah and his insane owner.
Maintaining. You know, I was going to write a whole post about this. I read an article in the Nutrition Action Healthletter a while ago that had some very sobering facts in it. It said that a woman who weighed 170 and lost 20 pounds to get to 150 would have to eat 15% LESS calories than the woman who was always 150 pounds. Because your body thinks it is starving and your metabolism slows down to ‘save’ you. And this combined with the constant environmental cues to eat more make it very difficult to maintain a weight loss. Even when all you’ve lost is 10% of your weight. In one way, this is VERY discouraging. But in another way, it makes me very happy that I have been able to maintain my 100 pound weight loss for four years now! I said when I was starting out on the weight loss journey, knowing the dismal stats for being able to lose weight and keep it off, that I would consider that maintaining a loss for five years would be like a cancer patient who was cancer free for five years–in remission. Not 100% free, but you could feel a little safer. So I only have one more year to go until I am in remission! This same issue also cited a study of 34,000 women whose average age was 54, and they required an hour a day of exercise to avoid gaining weight. Sigh…. I guess I’ll just keep doing what I’ve been doing. There was a funny statement at the end of this article: Does an hour a day seem like too much? Think of it this way: Largely sitting or sleeping for 23 hours a day is too much.
Well folks, its off to bed. Sorry I had no ORIGINAL photos to include with this post.