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Tuesday, May 21, 2019

My dear friend Lydia gave this necklace to me with a note about our friendship. Years ago Lydia wanted to run a 5k, so we trained together. Funny, her mom was concerned that Lydia would mess up her chances to ever get pregnant by running a 5k (just over 3 miles). Wow. Craziness.

When Lydia stopped walking/running with me and put some weight back on, her mom mentioned to her several times that she should get back to exercising with me. Hmmmm.

Any way...when we ran that 5k together, Lydia was having a tough time toward the end of the race (don't we all?). I had run ahead of her to cross the finish line, then ran back to encourage her to keep going. I ran with her until she crossed the finish line (I was outside of the chute). Lydia said that meant so much to her, that I came back for her. The necklace is to remind me that she knows I will always come back for her.

I wear it every day. It reminds me that I have a dear friend I can always run to.

Me (on the left) and Lydia, being silly. She's barely 5' tall and I was scrunching down to her height.

Saturday was a long day for my sweet boy Obie. He's not been feeling well; eating much less than normal, having a tough time getting up, stumbling a bit when he walks.

We've had him on an anti-inflammatory for a few months that was really helping. The vet did a blood draw (from Obie's neck!) and was concerned about liver function. So we've taken him off that med. Obie had a LOT of x-rays taken, too. He was such a good boy, very patient with everything that was done.

Now he's on 3 new meds and the vet suggested CBD oil for aches and pains. Obie will be 13 in the fall. I know that's up there for a large breed. I don't want him to hurt. I've heard & read great things about CBD oil. He does seem to feel better this week, even without CBD oil (I have to find a source for it; my sister gave me a lead).

My intermittent fasting efforts continue. It's often tough to go really low cal because I exercise every day. But I keep trying!

I'm down 7 lbs in a month - YAY!

song for today's blog:

Love me some Cake! I have several 'race' playlists, even though it's been a long time since I've run in a race. This song is on all of them, timed to play toward the end of the race. It always pushes me to keep running.

and some local good news (I have a feeling it's gone national)


How awesome for these graduates! I heard an interview with one of them who had worried how he would be able to go on to medical school...now he can move toward his dream without huge debt hanging over his head.


date / calories in / total calories burned

Mon May 20 - 1553 / 2575

Tue May 21 - 1757 / 2479

Wed May 22 - 1374 / 2448

Thu May 23 - 1754 / 2450

Fri May 24 - 1190 / 3027

Sat May 25 - 2151 / 2538

Sun May 26 - 1675 / 2598

** I am trying a form of Intermittent Fasting. For me, that's 2 non-consecutive days of ultra low cal eating. On those days, I eat highest protein / highest fiber that I possibly can. This keeps me from being hungry. I also plan these days around my workouts - days where my only exercise is walking or yoga.

The 'calories in' info is from Spark's nutrition tracker. The 'total calories burned' info is from my Garmin app. I have a smart watch that constantly tracks my heart rate, so I feel this is the most accurate way to track calories burned.
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    emoticon for sharing emoticon Obie
    147 days ago
    What wonderful stories. You and Lydia share a very special kind of friendship. I wish there were more people in the world like the two of you. I'm sorry that Obie's not doing well. He's such a sweet boy and loves his mom so much. Our dog Samantha was on prednisone for years and had elevated liver enzymes because of it. We were able to taper the dose down to something manageable. Sending love and prayers to him that he gets well again.

    Love you too, my friend! It always makes my heart sing to see a photo of you looking so happy. Have a great day and keep up the good work!
    152 days ago
    Thanks for sharing. emoticon
    152 days ago
    What a special gift! Friendships like that one are truly treasures.

    I'm so sorry to hear about Obie. Please be super careful with CBD oil dosage. We have researched it as well and in the end chose not to use it on Piper (although someday I might). If the dosage is too high, even by a little bit, for what their aliments are, the dog may feel too good and do too much and cause permanent damage to joints. In Piper's case, she could end up hurting her hip bad enough by overdoing it because she feels no pain and then there would be no recourse but an expensive surgery. Surgery on a senior dog is a huge risk so in our case we are holding back on it. I've heard a ton of both good and bad results with pet owners using it though and of course you'll want to make sure you are getting it from a super reliable source so you know its pure. Good luck!

    Way to go on your weight loss! You are such a trooper about your fitness!
    153 days ago
    An encouraging friend is the best friend!
    153 days ago
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