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My new member!! And attack of the Zombie dog!

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

I am delighted to say after more than a decade somebody very close and dear to me has joined SparkPeople. I confess my heart is bursting with joy. I very much look forward to her transformation, her metamorphosis. She has already come a very long way. I just want her to find the happiness she desires. I believe SparkPeople is the perfect place for her to achieve it. To me, this is not about losing or gaining weight. It is about becoming healthy and happy. I have learned SparkPeople is not about dieting, weight loss or weight control. It is about lifestyle change. The process involves food choices, portion control, behavior change, mindset, regular activity and exercise and more. Those are only the components of lifestyle change. I would be remiss to leave out those members with diseases and illnesses both physical and mental that influence every area of the process leading to a healthy lifestyle change. From personal experience, I know how hard this can be.

Here is a little story about my day to day goings-on. A little diversion, perhaps from COVID and quarantine wailing.

I am doing well considering I am mostly confined to my house. It's been a month already and no sign of letting up. I confess the rebellious side of me has appeared. I slip by the guards and take my dogs for nice walks up our steep hill twice daily. My dogs are eleven years old and Pluto, my larger dog has hip arthritis and it hurts him. So it's that much more important he goes for a walk every day. Nevermind my arthritis. Sometimes he stops dead in his tracks and refuses to walk any more. That is when I tell him, "Hey, I'm old too! And WE need to walk! So
1-2-1-2!". Then I give the leash a gentle tug and onward we go!.

There a ton of tropical trees where I live. One side of my street lies a forest. The other side is shanties. The very top has a farm. It takes about 15 minutes to get to the top. If I were on a treadmill I would say the incline is 40 degrees.


You might say it's a bit like that. Just leave out the crowd.

It's taken quite a while, but I have made friends with the farmer's three fierce dogs. They used to race down the embankment and try to attack my dogs. Pluto, my larger dog wouldn't have it. He is twice their size and husky. He growled at them and true to form was his stoic self and stood his ground. He is an elder and the dogs sensed it. Now only one of them remains territorial. He darts over to us bears his teeth and snarls. He has light-colored hazel eyes and looks like something out of a zombie movie, funny! He stands there for a moment, stares at Pluto and leaves. Maybe his bark is bigger than his bite? Lol.

The farm has an old white horse. He grazes most of the day. Last week I fed him an apple from afar. He is starting to warm up to me and my dogs. I hope to get more apples for him. I really like him. He is a quiet and serene horse.

I have been taking photos of the trees. I found one in particular that I really like. It is a majestic palm. It is most likely 30 feet tall. I would like to draw it. I have spent the last few days forming compositions in my mind. Taking photos is helping me with the design. I am almost there. I just wish I felt more confident in my art. I have spent way to long away from it and it seems like foreign territory. I expect once I start it will be much easier...

Pluto Apollo

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    Sounds like a nice walk, glad the dogs are accepting you now. Please be careful feeding someone else’s horse, it is not something horse owners usually like, an apple may not seem like much, but if just 10 people do that the horse may get an upset stomach. My neighbor across the street had to resort to posting signs when people stopped all the time sometimes with bags of apples. I am not being mean, but I am awfully glad my animals are out of reach of passer bys, and can’t get over fed.
    Congratulations on reaching maintenance! The next part of your journey will be different but fun!
    383 days ago
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    That's an impressive walk! But more importantly, the noticings as you walk. That is what I think we are all more aware of now that COVID has changed how we live. I am tired of being quarantined, but I will say, I've had some positives because of it...trying to always look for a silver lining in those not so great situations.
    386 days ago
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    389 days ago
    emoticon have a great day
    390 days ago
    I have been walking every day without rain it seems to be the only exercise I feel like doing these days ~ glad thing it is good for me.
    Take time to do your art ~ if it makes you happy it is a beautiful piece of work. emoticon
    390 days ago
    Wonderful Blog - emoticon on getting your friend to join SP - wishing them the BEST!!! emoticon on you getting out to walk your two dogs - which are beauties!!! Keep up the emoticon work you are doing! emoticon
    390 days ago
    That's great that your friend has joined SparkPeople because of your recommendation!
    I enjoyed reading about your walk and seeing the photos of Pluto and Apollo. They are beautiful!
    390 days ago
    Enjoyed the photos of your dogs.

    Take care and happy to hear a dear friend has joined SparkPeople. emoticon
    390 days ago
    Glad you've been able to get out for walks.

    I'm smiling thinking about you befriending the dogs and the horse. I cannot imagine that horse not taking to you quickly when you're gifting it with apples!
    390 days ago
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