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Hiro’s weight loss journey (Run fat dog run pt2)

It’s been 5 weeks since my kelpie cross was pronounced “fat” by the vet.
His condition of an inflamed eye and a crusty nose requires steroids, not the best time to put your dog on a diet as the medication makes him ravenous. Seriously this dog is always begging for food since being on these meds, but his eye and nose are healing up amazingly so we press on!
As part of his “diet” we cut out his snacking of leftovers, he always ate the kids crusts, broken cookies, leftover dinners and any crumbs he could find! (Sound familiar? As a mum I’ve been guilty of these too)
As well as cutting out the unnecessary food I have tried to exercise him more, early morning walks with the dog and pram have been a great way to start the day, not only for Hiro who loves his ta-tas (walkies) but also for my little boy who enjoys going out in the pram, looking at the horses we pass and waving to all and sunder, he is such a sociable little man!

So what was the result of 4 weeks of good nutrition, and increased exercise on the vets scales?
Yes a paltry 500g….I felt disappointed for my poor mutt, but was encouraged by the vet that 500g in 4 weeks on a 19kg dog on steroids was a fabulous result!

So many similarities to a humans weight loss journey hey?
Don’t be discouraged, keep eating well, cut down on the mindless snacking, kids leftovers and emotional feedfests, move a little more, find an exercise you love and bring your kids along too.
The weight will come off, maybe slower than you’d like, but slow and steady is great and is more sustainable for the long haul.

As for Hiro, he’s still on his diet for a bit longer, is eating his biccys out of a muffin tray (to slow his eating down) and enjoying his morning strolls, sniffing, running and snooping around. He’s a great dog and we want him to stay healthy and be around for our family for a long time!


If you have an overweight pooch, here is an excellent site that may help, the treats chart was a real eye opener…1 plain biscuit to a dog is the equivalent of a hamburger to a human!
Weight loss for dogs


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Dancing Queen, a little over 17!


Not so long ago I was inspired by my 2 beautiful nieces to dance, not just jigging about on the dance floor at a party or swaying to a lively song at church, but learn how to dance, and to enjoy the creativity and freedom that dancing brings. My nieces are learning several disciplines of dance, ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, musical theatre and acrobatics…I may have missed some…they are busy girls, and my sister is a real life dance mom!
Anyway, I’m not doing ballet or tap…earthquake warning right there, but have started burlesque, pole flow, and hip hop as well as pole dancing.
I am loving the variety. There are those pole days when I just don’t have grip, strength or the mojo to achieve the new trick we’re learning, but I find pole flow or burlesque extremely satisfying, we learn a little routine to music, and we all leave feeling like Beyonc√©!
I’ve only done one hip hop class so far and i loved it, it was challenging but really fun!


As well as four dance classes and two stretch classes I’m still working on my splits using Cleo the Hurricane’s Rockin legs n abs DVD. Here is me getting my foofah to the floor tonight!

Wish I’d pointed my toes!

Oh and after my carb overload yesterday, my macros were perfect today! Lots of protein; eggs, tuna, steak, veggies, protein bars, shake, almonds, berries, Greek yoghurt! Yummy and it feels good to be on track again.

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Carbs, carbs, carbs!


My name is Louise and I am a Carboholic!
I’ve always used bread, cakes, biscuits and pastries as my drug of choice, and old habits die hard…well mine clearly hasn’t died at all, my carb habit was just taking a siesta and awoke this morning with a vengeance. Sadly, I am an addict.
My “nutrition” today consisted of:
Bircher muesli, home made cookies, (they were a Mother’s Day gift, it would be rude to turn them down!) white cheese rolls, muesli bar, Oreos, potato, and steak.
Oh well, tomorrow is another day!
On the plus side I have been stretching lots and now am working towards my oversplits, thank you Cleo and my stretch n flex instructors!
I’m really excited about my new dance classes too, will write more about them soon!
The fallout for today; my belly feels bloated, I’m lethargic and my brain feels sluggish….I’m guessing my body isn’t too impressed with my food choices today! I’m going to plan my meals for tomorrow and check my macros through “my fitness pal” and have a great day!
Hope you all do too!


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