My Hyper Fur Babies

“Everyone thinks they have the best dog and none of them are wrong.” -W.R. Purche

My dogs have finally calmed down. The lawn guys just left, so things are quiet.

I have two Maltipoos, one male and one female.

They’re hyper and bark at nothing. I’m sure they hear something, but I don’t. When I look outside the window, there isn’t anything there.

Buster is the worst, because his bark starts off at an annoyingly high pitch. Then Bailey chimes in.

Bailey and Buster

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays are when they get the most barking practice. Those days are when the lawn guys and the pool guy service our house. Thursdays is trash day and trash trucks are noisy.

Do you want to know what else they bark at?

Television commercials! The ones where someone goes up to the front door and rings the doorbell. They hear the doorbell and start barking.

I’ve literally tried everything to get them to stop barking, but nothing has worked. They’ll stop when I yell at them, but I can’t get them to stop barking for no reason in the first place. I want them to bark only if someone comes to the door. I think when my dogs bark they’re having a good ol’ time. They love running around while barking.

Bailey is my $6k dog. She is highmaintenance. She is allergic to bees, which we found out the hard way. She’s had surgery on both of her back legs, because her ligaments tore – not at the same time, but about a year-and-a-half apart. The second leg required two surgeries, because the first one didn’t take.

Bailey has allergies and has to take an allergy pill every day. I used to put the pill in a piece of meat, but she’d eat the meat and spit the pill out. Now, I get a small piece of bread, butter both sides, and fold it over the pill. She eats the whole bite every day. It’s simple and there’s no mess. I’ve been giving her an allergy pill in bread and butter for about two years now with no problems.

I think my dogs are trying to drive me crazy, but it’s okay, because they’re my fur babies and I love them.

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Diet Struggles and Staying Focused

Just yesterday I blogged about starting a diet a week ago and staying on track.

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A day later, I am struggling.

That’s the problem with dieting. Change is hard.

I am an emotional eater, but am trying my best to stop being one. When I am stressed, anxious, or flaring up (from Fibromyalgia), I eat something that makes me feel good.

The problem with that, is that I only feel good in the moment. I’m not helping myself in the long run.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve had three major surgeries over the past two-and-a-half years and have been very sedentary through the healing process and beyond. That was a big mistake.

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Now, I don’t have a metabolism. I have no stamina or energy. My muscles are weak. When I do just about anything, I hurt and it makes me stop.

I’m working on increasing my stamina, etc., but it takes time. Today, after walking for only 7 minutes, my lower back hurt. I pushed myself to continue on for 10 minutes, but then I stopped.

It made me feel down and defeated. I am tired of hurting.

What was the first thing I wanted to do? Eat.

But, I didn’t. I don’t want to stop what little progress I’ve made. I know that I have to push through the pain and negativity to reach my goals.

It’s still hard, though. Especially when there is other stress affecting me.

Sometimes you just have to put yourself first.

I know that losing weight will help me A LOT. If I can take some of these pounds off of my body, it will relieve some of the pain I feel.

I have to be more active.

I regret staying down for so long after my surgeries. Everyone around me catered to me. When I tried to do anything, I was told to sit down, that they would do it for me. I shouldn’t have let them. I know they were trying to be helpful and prevent me from hurting, but it contributed to the problem.

Staying down for three years hasn’t helped me at all. In addition to the weight gain, I’m weak. Why did I do that to myself?

I can’t change the past, but I can make changes to improve the future. I WILL continue to make healthy choices and push myself. I’m sure I will have more “down” days, but I’ll get through them, because I refuse to give up.

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Food and Weight Loss

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A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about starting to eat healthier and told you that I signed up to start receiving healthy, heat-and-eat meals from a meal delivery service.

That didn’t work out so well for me.

I signed up and paid, because they make you pay BEFORE you select your meals. I opted to get 15 meals a week (5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 5 dinners) and paid an additional $15 to add snacks for the week.

I have food allergies, so I had to read the ingredients for every food item to make sure they were safe for me.

As I read the ingredients for the snacks, I saw that every snack offered (except for fruit smoothies and jerky) contained at least one ingredient I am allergic to. (I am allergic to peas and all types of nuts.)

I called customer service and spoke to someone who noted my allergies on my account so I wouldn’t be sent anything I’m allergic to. I told the customer service representative that I did not want to purchase any snacks again, since there weren’t many choices available for me.

I selected my meals and waited.

About 4 days later, on a Thursday, I received my first shipment. They came with a few sheets of paper, which included a letter saying not to start eating the meals until Monday, to start the week off fresh.

Okay, sounds good. I knew that the deadline to order new shipments of food was on Wednesdays, so I figured I’d try the food on Monday and if I didn’t like it, I’d cancel my subscription before Wednesday. That should work, right?

Wrong.

Monday morning I heated up a cheese omelet with turkey sausage. It was very bland. I didn’t care for it, but I still had several other entrees to try, so I tried to stay positive.

Lunchtime came around and I heated up another meal: chicken meatballs with green lentils. Were those lentils or little rocks? I couldn’t tell the difference. After 3 bites, I threw it away and tried another one. It was some sort of jambalaya. It was horrible! All I could taste was heat, if that makes sense. I could not taste anything, but my mouth was burning from peppers. The jambalaya joined the chicken meatballs and lentils in the trash.

Later that day I got an email telling me that my next shipment was sent. What?!?!

I panicked and called customer service, who told me that new members only had until Sunday to place a new order or cancel, and they could not stop the shipment or refund my money.

That’s what I get for not reading the Terms and Conditions. Ugh. Everything I saw on the sight said Wednesday is the day for orders or cancellations, so I thought I was fine waiting until I tried the food to decide.

I was upset. I told the customer service representative that the letter I received with my meals said to start the meals on Monday, so they didn’t even give me a chance to TRY the food before sending me MORE food! I also told her that I did not like the food.

I let her know that I have food allergies and prefer to choose my own food. She replied that they had notes of my food allergies on my account and I would not receive anything I am allergic to.

Frustrated and annoyed, I canceled my subscription.

A few days later, I received my second shipment of meals, WITH the snacks that I asked the first customer service representative to cancel.

I sorted through the meals and found that one of the meals they sent me was SPLIT PEA SOUP. So much for checking the list of allergies on my account.

I ended up trying a couple more of the meals, but did not like any of them. I didn’t even bother trying any more of them. They went straight to the trash.

I spent hours reading up on the different food delivery options out there and finally signed up for WW (formerly Weight Watchers) online.

Even though I struggle with being able to cook every night due to chronic pain, it works better for me. I don’t have to worry about food allergens or whether or not the food is clean, organic, chemical free, or processed. WW is also MUCH cheaper than having prepared meals delivered.

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I’ve officially been on the WW online plan for one week and have lost 3 pounds. It’s slow, but if I stay on track, eventually I will reach my goal.

Inflammation and Fibromyalgia

I keep hearing people with fibromyalgia ask about problems with their teeth and gums. Is this normal? Has this happened to anyone else?

The answer is yes.

I’ve always taken good care of my teeth. I floss every day. I have always had easy dental checkups with no problems. My teeth cleanings are usually quick and the dentist has always said I’m doing a good job.

At my last dental cleaning, the dentist mentioned that my gums had a problem, one that is caused by inflammation. I didn’t worry about it too much, because I take care of my teeth and have no pain or bleeding. The dentist referred me to an Integrated Medicine Doctor.

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I went to see the Integrated Medicine Doctor, who sent me to the lab for several blood tests. When the results came back, the doctor said that my inflammation marker was very high. It should be between 1 and 2, but it was at 8!

Inflammation is almost always present in a person with fibromyalgia. Changing your diet by eliminating foods that cause inflammation can help.

Sugar is one of the worst things you can eat for inflammation. So is junk food. The best thing you can do to reduce inflammation in your body is to eat clean food. No processed food, junk food, soda, sugar, or artificial sweeteners.

I’ve changed my diet and eliminated sugar and processed foods. I eat organic fruits and vegetables, grass fed beef, and free range chicken as much as possible. I eat mostly fish and poultry and very little red meat.

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In a couple of months I’ll have more blood tests done to check my inflammation marker, but do you know what? My gums are already better.

Memory Lane

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Don’t you just love happy memories? My grandmother passed away last August, and slowly but surely, my mom and I have been going through her things to decide what to do with them.

I came across a big plastic container holding several folders, each with the name of her children and grandchildren on them. I opened the folder with my name on it and was surprised to see what was in it.

It contained several notes, cards, letters, and poems that I had written to my grandparents over the years. It also had a few notes that my children had written to them.

Every year, my brothers and I made Christmas lists of the things we wanted for Christmas and gave them to our grandparents. I found some of the Christmas lists and had a good laugh. It’s funny to see what we wanted for Christmas back then.

I saved a handful of things that I found in the folders. I kept some old poems and drawings. I threw away the notes that I wrote telling my grandma I needed more floor cleaner, etc., when I used to clean her house as a teenager. I don’t know why she kept those.

I had no idea my grandma held on to these treasures, but my family and I got a kick out reading them. I only wish I had known about them when my grandma was alive, so we could’ve enjoyed them together.

Just One of Those Weeks

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It’s been one of those weeks. You know, the kind where nothing seems to go the way you want it to. My week started off with with the water heater leaking, then my washer breaking.

The water heater leak was repaired. I bought a new washer and dryer set, but when my husband and my brother were moving them into the laundry room to install them, they put a big scratch in my wood floor. <Sigh.> Oh well. At least I got a pretty good deal on them, thanks to the store starting their 4th of July sale early!

I went and had lunch with my dad and ended up arguing about politics, of all things. It was weird, because we don’t usually talk about politics or anything we disagree on, but somehow it was brought up. It made our visit uncomfortable.

I signed up and was accepted into a study about the benefits of eating avocados. There are two groups: one where you have to eat an avocado every day for six months and one where you can’t have more than two avocados a month for six months. Research has shown that avocados help you lose weight and also helps with cognitive memory. This study is trying to prove those theories.

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I was excited to participate in the study, because I’d get free avocados every week and get paid at the end of six months. After having an MRI, blood work, and taking a cognitive exam, I went to a meeting to see which group I would be placed in. They use a randomizer that works to keep the two groups as even as possible. Well, I was placed in the control group, which means I can only eat up to two avocados a month. I am so bummed! I really wanted to be in the other group.

Being in the control group means there is less required of me. I only have to do the blood work two more times, and the MRI and cognitive exam again at the end of six months. At the end of the study I will get a box of avocados and a check. I guess it’s not so bad, but it just adds to things not going my way this week.

I need to get away! My husband and I are going away for the weekend to VEGAS! Yay, me! It will be nice to have some fun and come back refreshed! I have to remind myself that it’s just a bad week, not a bad life!

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TV Talk

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I hate this time of year, when a lot of TV shows are on rerun mode. I think that’s why I started watching reality shows, because the reality shows start new “seasons” frequently. So what have I been watching lately?

The basic channels are airing new seasons of “America’s Got Talent” and “So You Think You Can Dance.” SYTYCD doesn’t get good until after the auditions, at least for me. AGT is always great, because there’s something for everyone there. This new season does not disappoint. I’m confused about something though: It’s called “AMERICA’S Got Talent,” so why do acts from other countries compete? If an act wins from another country, then America didn’t have talent, did they? World of Dance has acts compete from other countries, but the name of the show is “WORLD of Dance,” not AMERICA of Dance.

One thing that bothers me about AGT is that the majority of acts that get the golden buzzer (which allows an act to skip auditions and go straight to the live shows where America votes) are singers. Singers don’t have to do much prep work to sing another song. However, acts that have to come up with new skits, choreography, computer images, etc., seldom get the golden buzzer.

Songland is a new show that’s got me hooked already. I love seeing what goes on behind the scenes when songwriters’ have their songs tweaked for a celebrity singer to record.

I can’t talk about TV shows without mentioning The Ellen Show. I love Ellen and love her show, but why is it so hard to get tickets to see it? I’ve requested tickets several times over the years and never have been able to get any. I finally gave up, but I would still love to see a taping of her show. I’ve seen tapings of other shows and didn’t have any problem getting tickets.

Other shows I’m watching now are Married at First Sight (the new season started a few weeks ago), 90 Day Fiance Happily Ever After (drama topped with drama, with extra drama on the side), 90 Day Fiance The Other Way (I can’t decide if I should cheer or pity some of these cast members), Life After Lockup (which is a continuation of the last season of Love After Lockup), and 90 Day Fiance Pillow Talk.

90 Day Fiance Pillow Talk is fun to watch, because you end up laughing through it. Some cast members from prior seasons of 90 Day Fiance watch the most recent episode of 90 Day Fiance Happily Ever After and share their thoughts. It’s pretty funny. My favorites are Tarik and his brother Dean. My husband and I literally laugh out loud when those two are on. I hope they continue to film Pillow Talk for future seasons of 90 Day Fiance!

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Tonight I’ll be watching Married at First Sight. The couples are on their honeymoons and the previews look pretty interesting. It’s too early to tell who I think will stay together or divorce. Time will tell, but sometimes they surprise me.

Until new episodes start airing on the basic channels, I’ll be watching the reality shows, which I know aren’t so real in some cases. I’m pretty sure MAFS is pretty real. 90 Day Fiance, I’m not so sure about and I think some of it is scripted. I still enjoy it. After all, it’s aired to entertain, right?