He is so wise.
Woah, woah, wait. It’s only been 10 days?? -sigh- I’m going to be honest with you guys. I’m having some serious withdrawal symptoms. I’m not going to lie and pretend I haven’t cheated a little. Maybe starting this challenge on the same week my husband and I got a puppy was not the wisest decision, haha! Nevertheless! I am determined to make this work! I’ve already seen some progress.
Weight lost: 1 lb
Sweetest temptation: Muffins at work
Hardest moment: The day Murphy pooped all over the carpet and there was nothing to eat for dinner but tortilla chips.
Toughest realization: I need to buy healthier foods and get rid of our stash of cookies.
Percentage of soul lost: 4%
80 more days to go! I CAN DO THIS!
Watch out for some delicious dessert-alternative recipes!
Tyler and I adopted a PUPPY! We had been talking about getting a dog for what felt like a century before we FINALLY decided we were ready. Meet MURPHY! He’s a Redbone Coonhound/Australian Shepherd mix from Hope Animal Rescues in Godfrey, Illinois. He, along with his mother and litter mates, were rescued from a local animal control facility. You’ll be seeing a lot of this little guy!
I’ve worked with animals all my life – dolphins, cats, penguins, wallabies, goats, sea lions… you name it – but I’ve never worked with dogs. So, me being me, I did hours upon hours of hours of research on puppy care, training, breeders, shelters, and rescues. I’ve compiled enough information to keep even the most curious people busy for a year or two. Now that I have a few tricks up my sleeve, let me share with you some of the things we learned while looking for our furry friend!
Before you even start looking for a dog, really take the time to figure out if you’re ready. Granted, you can never be totally ready – getting a dog will change your life, in more ways than one- but you need to committed to your pet for as long as he lives. That means every single day, even the chaotic, poop-everywhere kind of days.
Are you looking for a couch-potato partner? A jogging companion? A hefty protector? An agility master? These are all questions you need to ask yourself before you find yourself a pup. If you’re only interested in long naps interspersed with episodes of ‘Making a Murder’, a Border Collie is probably not for you. Or if you’re hoping your Pomeranian will be the next disc dog champion, you’re probably going to be disappointed. Do some research before committing to a particular breed. You’ll want to make sure it’s not only a good match for you, but also for your dog. Your non-shredded sofa will thank me later :-).
You may come to find that adopting a dog is darn near impossible. Some applications can be very extensive, requiring all kinds of information. Is the dog going to be inside or outside? Will it have free range of the house or be kept in a kennel? What are your plans for potty training? How will you approach obedience training? All of these are very important questions. Consider them carefully. What I’ve found is the longer the application, the more reputable the breeder/shelter. Make sure you have your own list of questions, too!
Most people are dead set on getting a puppy, but always keep an open mind. I have a passion for training animals, so I really wanted to start with a puppy. Eleni and I will be the first to tell you, though, having a puppy is A LOT OF WORK. You’ll be cleaning up messes, avoiding sharp puppy teeth…you’ll be frustrated, tired, and on the brink of giving up. You’ll look into those big puppy eyes and think, “How can something so small have such a large attitude??” They’re cute for a reason! But if you think you’re ready to raise a puppy, you won’t regret it! If you aren’t so sure, consider adopting an older dog! They might just come potty trained, house trained, MORE than ready to be loved, and desperately in need of a forever home!
While I have nothing against good, responsible breeders, Tyler and I chose to adopt from a rescue. The number of dogs living in shelters is astounding. The best part of adopting is that you get the chance to save two lives- the dog you adopt, and the one who gets to take his place.
I hope these tips have given you something to think about! Now go out and find your pup!!
Engagement season has recently passed, and all you bride-to-bes out here are probably into PLANNING MODE. Part of the wedding planning process is the honeymoon planning, which is extremely important. It will be your calm after the storm, and you will sleep a lot (it will be necessary). If you are thinking of going to Mexico for your honeymoon, like my husband and I did, here are some things to help you plan, as well as some things that will help you once you’re there!
Fridays aren’t as happy without dessert…. already in stage 2.
Stay tuned for updates on the 90 Day “Kick the Sweets” Challenge!
I’m a little late on the bandwagon. Everyone started their New Year’s resolutions and I was over here like, “Are you going to eat that cookie?” After all the wedding stress and dieting, I decided I would let loose on the honeymoon, And then I let that continue on to the next week.. and the week after that…and then, well, you get the point. It’s been almost 4 months since our wedding and it seems like the scale has been weighing a little heavier every day… It’s time to face it – the scale’s not broken. It’s just so fun to live with abandon and pretend like that candy bar’s not going to catch up with you.
Something you should know about me is that when I get into something, I’m REALLY into it for about a month, and then I move on to the next thing. I’m not good at diets because I commit too hard too quickly and fizzle out before I even see results. It’s a curse. This time I’m doing something different. Instead of cutting out EVERYTHING that’s fun in life, I’m going to start with one category of foods and give it up for 90 days. I’m going to start with SWEETS. *sobs* Yes, you read that right – sweets. Cookies. Soda, Donuts. Candy. Cupcakes. All of it. Now, 90 days seems like a long time and like I said, one month is usually my limit. But by giving you updates, I’ll have someone holding me accountable. Will you join me?
No desserts, soda, candy, etc.
This does not include everything that has sugar in it, because c’mon, that’s just cruel.
Eat as much fruit as you want. That’s okay in my book.
Yogurt is fair game.
Diet soda is acceptable but only on occasion.
Complaints can and will be said at any time and for any reason.
WE START TOMORROW!
Along the way, I’ll be updating you with my progress (share yours, too!), posting dessert-alternative recipes… it may turn out to be kind of fun. But I make no promises.
Let’s do this together!