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I Lost a Poodle! (Not a Real Poodle)

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

One of my resolutions this year is to return to a healthy weight.  I get discouraged when I see before and after pictures that go with weight loss success stories…

“I used to look like THIS! and in the time it took you to move your eyes to the other side of the magazine page, I lost a gazillion pounds, found a cuter t-shirt, and now I look like THIS!”

So, I wasn’t going to write about it at all.  Losing weight is a pretty emotional, personal thing.  But when has that stopped me from sharing anything?  Ha!  But since I am sharing, I will not play the “instant change” trick on you.  This is hard stuff.

It took me till mid-February to lose a couple ounces.  I was discouraged.

About the same time, I met a super cute gecko who weighed a couple ounces.  Gary was a complete being!  I had lost an entire gecko!  A few weeks later and I had lost SEVERAL geckos!  Woo!

Nevermind before and after (and NO there will be no pictures!  Haha!)  We all live in the NOW.  Even if you are not losing weight, you are striving to be healthy NOW.  You are trying and succeeding and trying another new thing NOW.  Life is not a snapshot one day and a second snapshot several months later.  It is much richer and deeper and moment by moment than that.

So I will tell you after several months of really watching what I eat, becoming more active, being encouraged by Real Life friends and family also on the same journey and the online encouragement of Dr. Ernie Ward, I lost a Poodle.  A small Poodle to be sure, but an entire Poodle.

In fact, Ernie Nelson is the smallest Poodle I know, but he would be sad if you said his weight was not incredibly important.  His weight is one of the most endearing things about him!  It is super important!

Then I lost the amount of weight that my friend Ike the Poodle weighs!  Still a small Poodle, but Ike too is Very Important.  This was another milestone!  Woo!

Several weeks later, and I am proud to say I have lost the same amount of weight as the Biggest Poodle I Personally Know Well weighs!  Woo!  Can you believe it??  The Biggest Poodle I Personally Know Well is our own Miniature Poodle, Noodle the Poodle.  Still, another whole Poodle!

I am using the Weight Watcher online system, which has been so helpful.  However, with Weight Watchers, you reach milestones and earn stars on your chart in 5 and 10% and 5 and 10 pound increments.  That seems a little arbitrary, don’t you think?

Next, I am going for medium sized Poodle mix and by the end of the year…


Then I will maintain my healthy habits and quit tying everything in my life to pets…

(Just kidding about the second part!)

Ernie Dog

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

What I am doing this week is spending all the time I possibly can with Mom and Dad and their Ernie Dog.  Ernie is a ten year old four pound Teacup Poodle who is the absolute favorite dog of everyone who knows him.  If you know Ernie, you know I am not exaggerating!

Ernie Dog

This past week, Ernie sustained a very serious neck injury that left his little body very damaged.  Thankfully, he is making amazing strides in his recovery and will soon be back to his healthy goofy little self.

I remember my loudest nay-sayer (we will call him that for lack of a better term) telling me that I get too emotionally involved with my patients, and that I needed to change who I am.  Remembering that,  I prayed I would have the strength to throw myself even MORE into the situation, that I could walk more closely in step with Dad, empathize more with Mom, be more in Ernie’s cute little curly face as he did amazing and courageous things like take a step and then rebalance…eat off a plate…curl in a circle and lay down all by himself.  I am so glad I have not missed any of it.  I am so proud of my parents for carrying Ernie through his recovery, and so proud of Ernie Dog for all of the huge steps he has taken on his road to recovery.

Full story coming soon on …couldn’t talk about it till now, too difficult.  So, with Mom and Dad’s ok, I’m just putting my journal out there, what a sap!  And what an amazing little dog.

I love you Ernie Nelson!