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Fitbit turned me into an expectant father!

Published November 2, 2015 by lynn k scott

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Fitbit has turned me into an expectant father.  Ok, so not literally; I am a woman after all.

I purchased a fitbit online about a month ago.  I don’t need something to tell me, I’m not sleeping, I just want to track my steps and maybe enjoy a few step-challenges with my friends.

Twice last week, I forgot to hook my fitbit to the pocket in my jeans.  You’d have thought I forgot my phone or worse, my bra, when I realized my little electronic tracker was safe at home.  I felt naked, vulnerable and I missed it!

I survived, but it wasn’t the same.  I had to resort to using my phone to track my steps.  Forgot to carry it half the time and didn’t get accurate information that way.  *BOO*

I’m back to having my little electronic buddy with me again.  However, my dogs think I have lost it (well by the looks I’m getting that’s my interpretation).  See, every night before bed, I look at my step total.  My goal is at least 10,000 steps per day.  When I realize I’m 250 steps, normally less, away from that goal, I pace my room.  The only thing I can equate to how I look is those tv shows that show the dad, in the waiting room, pacing back and forth, constantly looking at the door for the nurse to walk through and inform him on the status of his child.

So yes, fitbit has turned me into the proverbial “expectant father”.  I don’t mind though.  I am aware that I am exercising more and that I am staying more active.  If you haven’t obtained a fitbit yet, I highly recommend getting one!

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Am I Fat; dog thinks so

Published April 8, 2015 by lynn k scott

It’s the only logical explanation I can come up with. We’ve finally gotten to the point in our puppy training, where Smokey (the grey pup in the pic) will go to the door and wait to go out. Sometimes he’ll utter a sound or two so I know he’s there.

Once he’s out, if he barks after doing his business, eating rocks, digging to China, etc., I immediately go get him as to not to disturb the neighbors. Both my dogs are inside dogs and are tethered when they go out. The chaos that ensues when they aren’t just isn’t worth it.

I have put Smokey out, sat down to work, heard his bark, gotten up, gone outside, bent down to unchain him, walked him in, and sat back down. I have repeated this process over a dozen times in the last couple hours.

The only explanation for this is, my dog thinks I’m fat. LOL

Side note: The brown and black dog, Reeses, is a fence jumper. He thinks I’m fat too because boy when he thinks I need a workout, he’ll break his leash and lead me around the neighborhood until I run out of breath.

Animated Walker

Published March 30, 2015 by lynn k scott

Every Sunday evening, I find myself with a few hours to spare while my husband and daughter go out visiting with her Godfather.  I’ve decided to start walking again.

I download a few more songs onto my phone, grabbed the ear buds and out the door I went.  My goal was 2-3 miles.  I should note, music plays a huge part in my life.  I attach very easily to songs and I song obsess (where I listen over and over to certain songs).  I also am very familiar with certain music videos.

As I begin walking, it’s hard not to want to dance as the music flows through the tiny ear buds into my awaiting ears. Sometimes I have a hard time just walking straight as the beat moves me.  The drivers of the cars zooming past me must be shaking their heads as I walk up the street.

Every so often, I smile breaks out across my face.  My head will sway back and forth as I lip-sync to one of my selected musical gems.  I am exercising AND smiling about it?  No, I’m not insane.  I’m just embracing the moment.  I want to be healthier.  I want the next 40 pounds I lose to be because of my hard work.  I’m tired of answering the question, “how did you lose so much weight” with “because I got sick”.

The artists who kept my motivation on this particular walk was Brantley Gilbert, Bruno Mars, Pink, Billy Joel, Fun, Pistol Annies, Florida Georgia Line, and Jessie J.  The play list changes weekly.

About halfway through my walk, “Marry You” by Bruno Mars started playing.  I think I’ve watched this video probably 50+ times (at least).  I had the worst time not starting the flash dance moves in the video.  I really had to resist the urge to do the Pony or kick out my legs and clap my hands during the walk (video references).  The cars were passing me at a good clip, so I resigned to bopping my head and smiling like a teenager who was just asked out by her high school crush.

When all was said and done, I had covered 3 miles in 64 minutes.  Considering it’s been years since I had been walking consistently, I’m happy with that time.  The goal is to cut that time in half.  When I meet that goal, it will be time to try running again.

Puppy Utterings

Published January 24, 2015 by lynn k scott

My mother loved dogs.  It’s something she instilled in us as kids.  We would take in strays, pups from a neighbor’s unplanned litter, a dog who needed rehoming and hunting dogs who would live out their final days in the country after they were through working to catch game fowl.

As an adult, I rescued my first shelter dog, two years ago. He was a four, underweight and was great addition to our family. I was fostering pit bull puppies on and off. I didn’t have a current foster when my friend called. There was a pup in need and she asked if I could take him in. Hmm, two full-time dogs, not just a foster. My husband wasn’t too happy about this, having never had pets growing up, but I agreed and the five-month old, Smokey, entered our lives.

Skip forward to present day and boy has the chaos-maker made living more interesting. I have said things I never thought possible.  For example, one evening, as I was working downstairs on my laptop, I hear from upstairs, “Smokey, give me the remote”. I hang my head for a moment before I head upstairs. I am greeted by my pup, holding the remote in his mouth. Luckily, I was coming up the stairs and my husband was coming down the stairs. He knew he’d been caught. He “handed over” the remote without incident. That was an easy one.

Before I realized my German Shepherd mix could help me herd Smokey, I had been chasing him all over the house.  Who needed a gym when you chased a puppy who was as agile as a speed skater? Phew…he wore me out. When you have a thief of a puppy, an open-floor plan is not your friend.

A few weeks ago, as we were preparing to leave for the day, silly me decided to get dressed. Smokey took the opportunity to redecorate a bit. In his 14 months of canine wisdom, he tore off a nice size piece of leather from the side of the ottoman (insert gasp).  Luckily, we were able to face that side to the fireplace and no one is the wiser.

I’ve uttered the phrases, “what do you have against my pot holders?”, “What were you thinking?”, “Bras are not chew toys”, “HEY…that carrot was part of my lunch!” “Come here you thief”, “Why are you eating rocks?”, “Stop licking the dirt.”, “You are not a lap dog (50+ lbs that is)”, “puppies can’t have coffee…no stop that”.

So you see, I may have one human child in the home, but I have an infant puppy who makes sure my life is not dull. He has grown and learned some manners, but I can’t help but wonder, when they say, “boys will be boys” if they aren’t talking about my Smokey.

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