Day of Celebration & Loss

My little dog is a rescue, so she doesn’t have an “official” birthday.  Because of this, I include her in my special day, or usually week.  This year we went with a winter accessories theme.

All this for a walk

Really?  Again?

This may look familiar because we tried the boots about three years ago.  My hope was that she had become more patient and tolerant in her “pre-golden” years.  Unfortunately, this is not to be, and we have decided “Au natural” is still the best look for Lu.  She is patient with the jacket, since she is almost hairless, but the boots are a definite no-go.


The rare Arctic Pit, cousin to the Arctic fox.

Lu’s begging abilities continue to improve, although she is a little “in my space” at times,

Lucy Lulu

Is that edible?!

but we are working on setting boundaries, and I’m seeing some improvement.


I’m still here – just sayin.  I can see you chewing!

Personally, last week was tough.  I lost my mom on January 19th, 2018.  She never got to meet Lu, but she saw lot’s of pictures, and loved her from afar.   Mom left this world on the day that Lu and I celebrated our birthdays – for me, my 50th, and for Lu a celebration of another year with happiness.  Mom would have liked that she left this world on a day that life was being celebrated.  I will miss her.

Lucy Run! So, so cold – brrrrr

The last week or so has seen some brutally cold weather for this early in the winter season.  Lulu has started every morning optimistic, eagerly awaiting her morning outing at the patio door.


Let’s move it!  I have to be back in before you start eating!

These have been very short lived excursions.  Lu has walked to the edge of the patio, to monitor the dismal surroundings.

end of patio 2018


Found a spot in the arctic tundra to take care of things.

Waiting to go out 2018

Where are the squirrels?

…and then quickly realized it was still cold as crap!

OMG its cold




It has not been a good two weeks for a dog with very little body fat, and almost no hair, and because of this, my house has turned into a war zone, there being just too much energy to keep cooped up.  There are deer antlers, torn toys and kongs EVERYWHERE.  Thank goodness she is a good dog, and is not interested in anything other than her own toys.

On a positive note, it was a good diet week.  I lost another pound to end at 10.5 pounds, and that was after being tested with my trip to Columbus, OH, where I left a 45 degree day (FINALLY), to end up in another blizzard (Damn).  I also work in operations, with mostly men, so my choice for lunch each day was Tim Horton’s, Wendy’s, and the Waffle House.  It was a tough choice, but I ended up just closely watching calories and picking through all the “stuff.”  I hate salads, so I’m a little challenged.  My downfall was the grits at Waffle House.  They were floating in butter.  I only had two bites, but I think that threw my stomach into a spiral, and after two weeks of cleansing, my stomach made me pay.  I spent most of the afternoon and night nauseous, and hiding in a bathroom with a door that would not lock.

This week’s goal is 2 pounds for me, and less frostbite for Lulu.  We miss our weekend walks, but the asphalt is just too cold, and it will be a cold day in hell (or CT), before Lucy Lulu puts hoity toity boots on her paws!

2018 – A Big Year for Lulu

2017 was a year of milestones for both me and Lulu.  Lulu ate out of a yogurt cup for the first time, and licked off a plate I held out to her – very tentatively, but it was a lick.  She is still terrified of kitchen utensils, such as knives or spoons, but is slowly developing into a phenomenal canine food beggar.  I unfortunately, gained another 20 pounds that pushed my over an unmentionable weight threshold.  Fortunately, in 2018, Lulu and I have begun both our journey back to health, and maybe not so fortunately, our continued development of begging skills.

Lulu by Sofa 010618

“What are you drinking?!!”

I kicked off 2018 with a 7 day cleanse, utilizing “Bosso” chicken and beef  broths.  I had read so many positive things about the broths.  They would heal my stomach (I have the worst digestive tract!), give me glossy locks (not sure this is possible if highlighted, but worth a try), and promote brain health (always a plus!), etc.  These were just a few of the claims all over the internet.  Most importantly though, I would kick start my weight loss program.

I’m on day five of the cleanse, and I’ve lost 7 pounds so far.  Sadly, friends and loved ones can’t just say “That is great!”  It always has to be “That is great, even if it is just water weight right now.”  Really?  Why can’t it just be “That is great!”  Lulu on the other hand has shown nothing but support.  She stays close as I both heat and drink the broths, providing continued support and constant engagement.

Lulu in kitchen 010618

“Really – I’m happy to help taste!”

As Lulu continues to fine tune her abilities to beg, I’m amazed at the intensity and focus she is developing.  I try to emulate this focus as I avoid solid foods, but I will admit I have occasionally relaxed.  I just could not drink only broth all day, and eat nothing solid.  I’ve supplemented lunch with a small salad and about 4 ounces of chicken.  This has satisfied the desire to chew something, and provided a more healthy balance I think.  I also throw in a few nuts, although I just read something about “lectins” that was disturbing, and will have to do a little more research.

I’m on day five (thank god!) and only have two days left.  I’m researching other more normal diets to follow after the cleanse, but they are all so confusing.  Lulu has recommended a high protein diet, claiming that vegetables and fruits are far overrated, but I’m more interested in something a little more balanced.  I also have high cholesterol, similar to Dad, so I have to take that into consideration.


“I an all protein diet – maybe Atkins or Keto”

Anyway, we are off to a great start!  My goal is a loss of 50 pounds, and Lulu’s is to lick a fork.   I’ll update more regularly, as this Blogs holds me accountable.  It is also a nice outlet for the emotional roller coaster caused by hunger spikes.

Have a GREAT year everyone!