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Posted on Aug 27, 2012 in Dear Diary, Food, Pup Posts | 26 comments

The Everyday Perils of Dog Ownership

Ahh, Monday.

Truly, nothing says “Welcome to the work week, biotch!” like being woken up by your dog puking on your carpet three times in the middle of the night. After he’s already made a onesie AND a twosie on your bathroom floor (but I do appreciate that he goes into the bathroom to do it, at least!). Yes, Daxter got me off to a grrrrreat start this week. Sigh.

My suspicion is that when Daxter gets sick like this it’s mostly anxiety-related. Which is kind of sad, because he has no real reason to be anxious. Ever. Seriously, between my brother’s and my work schedules, the dogs are left alone for maybe like, 3 hours a day — if at all! Not to mention they’re pretty much the most spoiled things ever. But between Daxter’s recent penchant for pooping on bathroom floors and Harry’s new allergy developments (he is so itchy ALL the time! I feel so bad for him. Anyone have any homeopathetic dog itch-relief remedies they want to share?), my little schnauzie-poos are definitely a handful right now.

Let me disclaim: I didn’t actually put Daxter in “jail” for puking. I just thought these pictures that Taylor took a few months ago were particularly apt.

As always, they are supremely lucky they’re so gosh-darned cute.

Anywayyyy, instead of dwelling on all of that literal mess, let’s look at some pretty pictures of sushi, shall we? I met up with my friend Amanda on Friday and we took a trip to my beloved Koi Koi. I actually had already had sushi earlier in the week, so I didn’t end up getting my usual sushi smorgasbord. Just a chicken katsu dish (which was so delicious I forgot to take a picture) and a little salmon roll on the side.


Plus edamame, duh.


Amanda Instagrammed her own deliciousness, so I took a photo of her taking a photo. I’m so meta.

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I hope that you all had wonderful weekends! See you on the flipside. 🙂

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Posted on Aug 29, 2011 in Weigh Ins, Weight Loss | 43 comments

Get’r Done (Weigh-in)

Happy Hurricane survival, everyone! I hope nobody was hit too hard by Irene. Though the dogs were freaking out due to the intense wind (woke me up!) we ended up with only a few hours of lost power in the middle of the night Saturday (while we were sleeping anyway). The cute little flowering tree in our front yard unfortunately wasn’t so lucky. Farewell, curb appeal. Oh wellps.

Day 192 - RainDrops
Photo by Ben Powell

Technically the above shot is from a completely different thunderstorm, but the sentiment remains the same, haha. My sister and her hubs came down from Columbia with Oreo to weather the storm (badoom ching!) with us. In his excitement to be reunited with his canine companions, Oreo lost not one, not two, but THREE teeth! Bear in mind that this is normal for puppies, just like we lost our baby teeth (though somehow I don’t think Oreo is going to find a quarter under his pillow). However, it meant that his poor toothless gums ended up bleeding…

Day 237 - Blood
Photo by Ben Powell

… all over my little white dog.

Yep, Daxter looked like the victim of war and received TWO baths on Saturday alone. Future white dog owners beware: it is a lot of work keeping them clean.

Okay, so without further adieu, here is the disappointing news you needed to start your week off right:

Starting Weight: 246 lbs
Last Week’s Weight: 189.0 lbs
This Week’s Weight: 189.0 lbs
This Week’s Loss: -0.0 lbs



On the one hand, I didn’t gain any weight. So, you know, there’s that.

But, I also didn’t lose any either. Boo. I suspect it may have had something to do with the 687 chocolate chip cookies that were consumed in Armageddon-induced fear (you deal with an earthquake AND a hurricane and tell me you wouldn’t stress eat too!) And while I was on the scale this morning contemplating my unbudged scale number (seriously, I’ve only ever had one other 0-gain 0-loss weigh-in before!) I realized that I have less than 4 weeks until the Navy 5 miler in September.

So! Before I allow myself to be stuck for the next 5 months like my LAST plateau, I am making yet another resolution to get’r done. I am aware that I suck at life exercising and that you are all really tired of hearing my excuses. Well, having upped this race distance to 5 MILES instead of 5 KILOMETERS is a big change for me, one that actually leaves a distinct possibility of not being able to finish because I’m such a fat load and didn’t train. Seriously. Horrifying.

So no more excuses. It’s time to make use of the free gym in my building at work, the cool weather, and the now-later start time of my new job. I’m going to start with time goals (run for 30-minutes straight, run for 45-minutes straight, etc.) as I’ve determined that at my pace (SLOW) it’ll probably take me the better part of an hour to do a full 5 miles. And I’ve never run for an hour straight, so I’ll need to get used to it.

C’mon, Gretchen. Get’r done.

What’s your hurricane story?

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Posted on Dec 20, 2010 in Weigh Ins, Weight Loss | 4 comments

Monday? More like No-Funday. (Weigh-in #18)

I am so frantically busy and hectic that I barely have time to eek this entry out. Whew! This Monday is kicking my butt, so I’m afraid you’ll have to wait until later to hear about my weekend full of brother’s birthday celebrations, gingerbread houses and cookie decorations. But in the meantime, hopefully this will tide you over:

207.2 lbs.

So it’s not the 2 lb loss I’m aiming for each week, but considering the amount of cookie dough and icing sugar I consumed over the weekend (not to mention the pizza from last night… Oops. Hehe.) I’m kind of amazed I lost anything, let alone a full pound!

Total loss to date: 38.8 pounds. Almost to 40!

With Christmas hanging around at the end of the week and things being crazy busy this week until then, I’m not really sure how well I’ll do. It’s hard. The holidays are full of joy, festiveness, crazy families, and… food. That’s kind of the formula, unfortunately. I might not make 200 by 1/8/2011 now, and I’ve made peace with that, but I absolutely refuse to gain anymore weight during this holiday. So, hopefully at least that will be accomplished, and if I manage to scale down a few libbies in the process, all the better. 🙂

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Posted on Sep 13, 2010 in Dear Diary, Weigh Ins | 2 comments

Disheartened Weigh-in #1 (Weigh-in #5)

Wellps, I weighed in this morning. 227.0. Yes, I know, that’s not bad. It’s still a loss, a loss of exactly 1 pound. I know I should be happy, but for some reason I’m disheartened. In fact, I was seriously tempted not to blog about it at all, and pull a fake “Oh no! I forgot about Monday Weigh in again!” but be proud of me, folks, ’cause here I am.

I weighed myself Saturday morning and it read 226.2, which got me excited for today. But I guess that I’m a little “fuller” than I was on Saturday so the scale read higher. I know I shouldn’t be weighing myself that frequently anyway because this is the sort of up-and-down that I know happens constantly, but I just didn’t think would really affect me on an emotional level.

I guess this weekend wasn’t the best for me, so it makes sense. I basically didn’t count calories past breakfast on Saturday and I consumed a lot of sodium and I didn’t drink as much water, so I’m also probably holding on to some extra water…. but still. Cognitively I can know all these things, and still know that I am at least 1 lb lighter than I was around this time last week, but it’s still a little discouraging. I know I SAY my goal is “1-2 lbs per week” but let’s be honest, my real goal is “as much as I can reasonably lose per week.”

I think that because I have been experiencing pretty big losses regularly, it’s hard not to feel like 2+ lbs should be dropping off every week. Which is the kicker, because despite the fact that I KNOW about how weight is lost, how progress can slow and plateau, nobody WANTS to think it’s really going be anything but rolling success.

I guess there’s really nothing to do but continue to press forward though. Hopefully by next Monday I will be in a good place again, and I have an entire week to get back on track before then, I guess. My new weekly Zumba class in Falls Church starts up tomorrow (runs 14 weeks), so I have that to look forward to. I’ve been pretty active lately in terms of walking a lot and actually doing more than sitting on my butt, but I really need to start hitting the gym forrealz because I am definitely not living up to the “work out 3 times a week minimum” goal I set on my Goals & Progress page. Here’s to a better week, and a better weigh-in next time!

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