My excuse… I’m part lab and labs love to eat. I never really got to eat much human food cuz Mom said I needed to eat nutritious and well balanced food. She only buys “the good stuff” for me and DixieLee. She reads the labels to make sure the ingredients haven’t change and we are getting food, not fillers.
So you can see why I was shocked when I had my physical this summer and the vet man said I was FAT! Well, he said it nicer than that but he made it clear that I needed to drop a few pounds. I wrote about that horrific experience in my August blog. We told him we only eat good food and only what the package says. He told us that dog food sellers are in the business of selling dog food so the more we eat the more we have to buy. Light bulb! He said we should cut my portions in half.
OMG!!! I thought I was going to die. I was hungry all the time as it was I was surly going to starve to death now. Fast forward six month…. I have managed to lose 13 pounds! I look marvelous if I do say so myself. What’s even better than that is that I feel marvelous. I didn’t realize it but when I was heavier, I didn’t like to play so much. Running wasn’t fun. DixieLee would run up and down the stairs or around our pen all day long. I would rather have stayed on the deck and watched. Now she’s in big trouble cuz I can run just as fast as her and I win lots of our fighting games.
How did I do it? It wasn’t easy. I found out that cutting my portions in half wasn’t so bad. I still got treats but we got more slices of carrots and sweet potatoes and fewer cookies. We also started eating coconut oil and boy, is that delicious! We had to be careful because coconut oil is fat but it’s one of those super foods packed with all kinds of good for you stuff.
As much as I hate to admit it, losing weight was a really good thing to do. Like Mom says, it’s not a diet, it’s a lifestyle choice. We choose to eat healthy and I hope you do too.
Your healthy friend,
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