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Hustling With a Hound Dog: exercising with my beagle

Posted by Sara Dreamer, CEO

Jan 6, 2014 11:30:00 AM

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The Day the Journey Began: Series 1:1

55 pounds! Today my husband Derek, beagle Dexter and I weighed in and tallied 55 pounds lost between the 3 of us. 9 weeks ago my husband had a doctor’s appointment that didn’t fair so well. His triglycerides where through the roof and his doctors were concerned about his weight and overall health.

Derek & I are in our upper 30’s. We live in rural Nebraska and spend most of our free time running after 2 teenage boys and 1 beagle. Both former college athletes, we know the value of exercise and eating well but excused our lack of both due to our busy lifestyle (and lack of amenities – we have running water but not gyms). We’ve never been “dieters” and never will be, but the day we had that conversation with our concerned doctor, we knew something had to change. Immediately.

Our thoughts were plenty on the ride home, the opposite of our conversations. Neither sure of what was next … until we got home. When we walked in the front door, Dexter - our fun-loving beagle, was there to greet us. His tail was wagging with sheer joy and his face didn’t have a care in the world. Dexter ran right to Derek, as though he knew he needed some lovin’ and Derek said , “Dexter, will you help me lose weight?”. Dex responded with a good ol face lick and a bark that must have meant, “YES”.

Let me take a moment to share the thoughts running through my mind at the time. Been away from work for a doctor appointment, did the promotion calendar get updated, sales are up today- yeah, doctor tells me my husband might not live to 40 – be compassionate, I don’t have much time to be because what’s for supper, did I flip the clothes from the dryer before they started to stink, crap, I didn’t … add detergent and “rewash” (again, I think!), how can my iPhone battery be low I only read and sent 65 emails in the waiting room and, oh, today we are starting a workout plan with our dog. Today. Today, with our dog that doesn’t have a harness.  (I know, I am the CEO of a pet products company but didn’t have a harness; unprepared and stubborn buyer!)

We changed our clothes; put on our stylish sneakers (that I picked out because they matched Brady’s baseball team colors), latched onto Dexter’s collar and off we went. 1 mile, 2 miles, 3 miles …. on our journey to lose weight with the help of our dog.

3 miles on our first day! What were we thinking? Here’s what we were thinking … the doctor said he should lose 30 pounds and we must have heard him say that 30 pounds were missing in our neck of the woods and we were the search committee. We walked the gravel road like passerbys that broke down, or someone searching for a needle in a hay bail (we don’t call them stacks these days). 

We learned lots along the way; excited to share with you. Tell me about your weight loss goals. Do you hustle with your hound?

Topics: Wellness

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