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I share my home and life with 4-footed friends - 2 cats (Starkist & Shadowspawn), & 4 dogs. My little dogs are smallest dogs I''ve ever had - Samurai the Papillon, and Spartacus the rescued chihuahua (also known as "the little weasel) & their bratty little sister, Sharona - I think she’s a chihuahua/ Boston Terrier mix. She may be younger, but she’s bigger than the boys! Just added to the mini-pack at the end of January 2018 - a rescued teacup Chihuahua, Shiloh. She has a heart murmur, so the only way she can go on the walks is if I carry her.

I got the lap-band surgery in Nov 06. So far, I''ve lost over 120 pounds (3/9/10). Recently changed my end goal to even less. (155). Sigh ... about 25 pounds have found their way back.

I was an RN working 12 hour night-shifts - retired 30 November 2017 after 40 years in Federal service (including my 10 years as an Army Nurse). Still having trouble sleeping at night, and not napping in the daytime.

Member Since: 6/12/2007

Fitness Minutes: 354,724

My Goals:
Mini goal - I'm gonna bust thru 200 by the end of July!! DID IT!!! 7/13/09

Finally made 2 separate week weigh-ins of less than 175 - yeah! 3/14/13

Get in shape so my knees don't keep stressing.

My Program:
Walking my little dogs every day. Throwing in strength exercises while I wait for the sniff breaks for them.

Personal Information:
Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read.
Groucho Marx

If man could be crossed with the cat, it would improve man but deteriorate the cat.
Mark Twain

I always like a dog so long as he isn't spelled backward.
G.K. Chesterton

Other Information:
I'm a reader. Can't go to the bathroom without book in my hand (even if I don't open it in the little room). Love my cats and dogs.

When you don't think the program will work, remember the motto: Try it our way for at least 6 weeks and if you are not satisfied we will gladly refund your misery

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  • v STARLIT419
    From one cat-mother to another:
    Thanks so much for your advice, help, and motivation.

    Enjoy your weekend! :)
    3931 days ago
  • v VICIOUS421
    LOL Shortie is the same way if he finds a bone even though the poor little guy is almost toothless now. He will gum the bone til I take it away from him. emoticon
    Kim emoticon
    3932 days ago
  • v TRAINOF4
    I love the photo of Shasta. How cute!! I'm a natural redhead, but it's just been getting more brownish & I picked out a color based on the picture on the box hoping it would be close to my natural color. It's too bright for my taste. Also, for some reason, the color didn't take at my temples. I'm not sure why. That hair is very soft & blonde, so I thought it would take it up first. ? Thanks for your well-wishes, BTW. I'm really nervous!

    3933 days ago
  • v VICIOUS421
    emoticon Yeah, Shortie has me wrapped around his paw and he is getting me pretty well trained on the going for walks.
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    3934 days ago
    Thank you for the Birthday wish. I had a great birthday! I hope you had a wonderful Easter. :)
    3934 days ago