These Sneaks Were Made For Walking

Despite my  bad knee I have been walking two miles a day.  This has very little to do with my weight loss efforts and everything to do with my dogs.  You see, prior to my  knee issues, when I walked a lot despite being fat, I would take my beasts on 3 to 5 mile daily walks 4 to 5 times a week.  I did the Avon walk each year and I needed to train.

When the knee issues got really bad, I was told to do water exercises with the fat, old ladies at the Y.  It was that or I could bike.  Neither work out is dog friendly…and frankly I am not a huge fan of either one.  I do however love to walk.  I like zoning out, saying hi to other wanderers and the general paceof hoofing it through the neighborhood.  I have been missing it but I have been afraid to walk much more then through the grocery store.  A swollen, painful knee cramps my style and that tends to happen when I am not careful.

Sunday night something happened that changed EVERYTHING.  My 40 lb very muscular mutt (we think she is part Pit), Bessie, went all postal on my poor 9 lb mutt (a Frankenstien of a dog that looks like a mini-terrier on acid), Daisy.  Bessie actually drew blood. Fortunately, the injury was minor and Daisy was okay, but I have 4 calves to think about and I can not have an aggressive dog.  Calves, mine and other folks’, are constantly in and out of my house and I can’t be worried that they are not going to depart in one piece.

I was beside myself.  Bessie has been a great dog and has never once behaved aggressively for the 4 years we have had her.  Then all of the sudden she just went postal.  I did what any good dog owner would do.  I checked out Cesar Milan’s website.  The Dog Whisperer says that often dogs that are aggressive are simply not getting enough exercise.   They have a lot of energy that they need to get out somehow and if you don’t get them moving they will find a way to exert themselves, even if it means mauling a member of the pack.  That actually made a lot of sense to me.  I bet I’d be much less likely to bitch at the Bull if I was exercised daily.

So, in an effort to save my  dog from a trip to the Humane Society, I cautiously took her, and her faithful companion, on a 2 mile walk last Monday.  I took the flatest route possible which is important when you have knee issues and I wore these special shoes that my mom bought for me that are made for fat, arthritic old ladies. They are called Abeo shoes and you can only get them at The Walking Company.  I have no idea how my mom found them but they truly are amazing.  Apparently they were designed at Stanford University specifically for us  fat, arthritic old folks. I won’t go on and on about them as this is not a sponsored post but if you are a fat, arthritic old person with knee issues, buy these shoes, whatever the cost.

I iced my knee that first night and the next morning, my knee was fine…so…I did the same thing Tuesday….and then Wednesday…and then Thursday…and Friday too.  My knee was a bit sore and puffy Friday afternoon and Saturday, but nothing tragic.  I made the Bull pick up the slack over the week-end and rested and iced my sore, only slightly swollen knee.  Tomorrow morning, I will resume the walking routine and am cautiously optimistic that both my knee and my beasts, will continue to behave.

Looking back,  I am sort of happy that Bessie tried to kill Daisy; it has forced me to try something I would have been afraid to do otherwise and I now get to return to an exercise I actually enjoy.  Hooves crossed that the positive results continue.



Fit to be Friday on Saturday AGAIN!!!

I didn’t get a chance to post yesterday because my last post, Tearing Down the Wall, received such amazing comments that I spent my blogging time responding to those instead of writing my Fit to be Friday post.  I am going to write a few posts based on those comments so I won’t bore you with that now.  Suffice it to say, I am very fortunate to have such insightful people supporting my weightloss journey and I truly appreciate their comments.

Now, onto the weigh-in….Remarkably, despite my faking it last week, I managed to lose another pound.  This is particularly impressive as we hosted a Superbowl Party with way too much food which meant way too many left overs.  I am feeling a bit lucky and not so deserving as I am not quite sure how I managed to end up at a loss.  I will say that Wed and Thurs were spent eating ONLY fruit, veggies and protein,  I didn’t even have salad dressing.  Obviously, my body responds to that and I am going to keep that up this coming week.  I did veer off a bit yesterday and today I did try some homemade bread with real butter .  But starting tomorrow I will be back on track.  Part of setting my goal at only 1 pd a week is that I won’t have to be a dieting fiend 100% of the time and can have a piece of home made bread with real butter on occasion, which by the way was amazing.

This morning I took my dogs for a 2 mile walk.  This is the longest I have walked since my knee surgery and it felt good to push myself.  The knee surgery has made me afraid to push myself physically as anytime I do too much I end up with a swollen knee that I can’t walk on.  Because I have been biking for a 1/2 hour 3 times a week, I felt strong enough to go on the a long walk.  I felt awesome when I finished and the dogs were most appreciative as it seems that I am the only one in my family of 6 that is capable of walking them.  I know the 6 pds didn’t make a difference in my ability to walk but I do think that regularly biking has helped a lot.  I enjoy walking and am hopeful that this is the beginning of me being able to start walking for exercise again.  Biking seems like such a chore and walking outside with my dogs is relaxing and enjoyable.

I have finished reading the next Lesson in A Course in Weightloss and am going to start drafting my letter to the Not So Thin Me today.  I am a bit reticent because I just don’t know what to say besides F&@# YOU!  That hardly seems healing though.

Anymoo, until next time…..

Viva La Bovine!



Maybe I Should Change to Fit To Be Saturday

Today I am actually using yesterdays weigh-in results but am reporting a day late because life just got away from me yesterday.  The bad news is…..the damn scale didn’t move.  The good news is……the damn scale didn’t move UP!  I stayed the same. Moo!

Can I identify why there wasn’t movement down this week? Yup.  My youngest calf turned 7 yesterday and I made some bad choices when I was baking her amazingly delicious and homemade cinnamon bun birthday cake.  Can you make homemade cream cheese icing and not taste it? A lot?  You certainly know my answer.  There was also the problem of making time for my daily stationary bike ride.  Things like icing tasting got in the way.  Lastly, I didn’t drink enough water.  All things I am going to work hard to remedy this week.

I have added some fruit and yogurt to my low carb intake.   This is probably slowing things down a bit too but it has improved my bowel situation dramatically. That being the case continuing with 1 low-fat yogurt and 2 pieces of fruit a day seems wise.  I just can’t stomach the alternative….pun intended.

Even though I did not lose weight this week, I have still met my goal of a pound a week, as January has already seen a 4 pd lose.  The plan is to just keep on keeping on.  If I can average that 1 pd a week goal for the rest of the year, I will be down 52 pounds by next Jan.

Viva la Bovine!





Fit to be Friday Disappointing and Late

I weighed in yesterday expecting to see at least 1 pd down.  Instead there was no movement in the scale whatsoever.  NONE. MOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

I didn’t post yesterday because I was embarrassed and disappointed and I needed a day to regroup.  I am trying really hard to work on my mind as much, if not more than, my body.  Whenever I don’t lose weight after trying I get so frustrated and angry that I often quit.  I am not going to quit this year though.  I can’t and I won’t.  My initial reaction yesterday was to just throw in the towel….lead myself to slaughter and call it a day.

I am disappointed.  I am embarrassed.  I hate how hard it is for me to lose weight.  Nonetheless, I am not giving up.

There is a bright side to this.  I didn’t gain weight.  I exercised 4 times this week, drank my water everyday (but yesterday) and realized that reading A Course in Weightloss is not going to be enough.  Listening to my body allows me to maintain…but I think I need to follow a weight loss plan to actually lose.

Hooves crossed that next weigh-in will be better.  Viva La Bovine!



Friends Making Monday – Moo!

Today is Monday and one of my very favorite bloggers, Kenlie of All the Weigh hosts a Friends Making Monday. Here’s how it works. Take a moment to answer this week’s question on your own blog then add your link in the comments section at: so we can all see your FMM questions and answers. Please invite your blog readers to add their links here too so everyone has to opportunity to be seen. The idea is to connect with other awesome bloggers so take a moment to post your own FMM post and comment on a couple of other posts. Now it’s time for this week’s topic!

 Simple Questions

1. Outside my window I see…I am in my basement office, no windows.  The calves have left a lot of toys around though.  I see those and it’s making me a bit peeved actually. 

2. My kitchen counters are…mulit-colored stone looking granite.  Can’t see any dirt on them.  Actually a bad thing because I often miss wiping something down and the it’s sticky…ewww!

3. Yesterday I drank…Crystal Light Raspberry Green Tea….soooooooo good.  Not as good as a Long Island iced tea but….

4. My cell phone is…smarter than I am.  Moo.

5. My computer is…on it’s last leg.  I really need to save for a new one but things like the mortgage and food keep getting in the way..

6. My favorite reality show is…I hate reality t.v. It’s like a train wreck.  You don’t want to look but can’t help it.

7. My workouts are…lame because I have a really bad knee.  I walk and I bike and if I can get myself to the gym I can do water workouts.  I miss the days when I could take yoga and aerobics and all the fun hi impact stuff.

8. The last book I read is…I am currently reading A Course in Weightloss

9. My week will be….crazy busy because the calves are back in school and all the extra curriculars have started up again…makes me just want to crawl into the barn and take a nap.

10.  So far 2013 has been…awesome.  I am more determined and positive than ever.  This is going to be the year of the Bovine!  AMoo! 


Now it’s your turn to answer this week’s questions.  Don’t forget to come back and link up in the comments!  Happy Monday, friends!