Saturday, June 25, 2011

Houdini dogs ( kinda )

Ok so im sitting at work and im texting AJ and were talking about our dogs. I asked how they were doing and he told me Clyde was naughty this morning so im thinking the usual clyde got into the garbage or something like that, that he is famous for. Oh no thats not the case. This is how our convo went.

Lacey: How are the pups?

Aj: Naughty!

Lacey: lol what did they do?

Aj: I left the house for twenty minutes and I put clyde into his little area. ( we have a pen that you can buy from Petsmart that we put him in. Its in the kitchen right next to the kitchen table. ) I came back and there was pee on the kitchen table on the napkins and he was sitting in his pen, Ava was in her kennel, and Kenzie was on the couch.

Lacey: Seriously?

Aj: yup so I went outside and watched through a window to see what Clyde was doing. He jumps on the table stands on it and then he will jump back into his pen.

Anyway we talked for a bit longer and we came to the conclusion that Clyde jumped on the table peed on the napkins then jumped back into his pen. I asked Aj why he would jump back into his pen when he is already out and he said its because he knows he will get into trouble. So he makes these little field trips onto the kitchen table and then jumps back in. My dogs are hilarious! I know I should be mad because thats really sick but I cant help but laugh. Nothing a little disenfectant and bleach wont take out, but whats funny too is the night before we come home and ava is out of her kennel.... We still cannot figure out how she got out. We put her in it and it was shut all of the way ( atleast we were assuming ) Anyway just wanted to share because I could not stop laughing I was dying.

Here is the little bugger.

Just look at him, he is naughty! Love this dog...

Friday, June 24, 2011

Interesting article I was reading!

There's a lot to like about the weight-loss article published yesterday in the New England Journal of Medicine. For beginners, the 20-year study followed more than 120,000 men and women, and the Harvard research team is top notch. But the part that's most interesting is that this group was willing to identify foods that represent "good guys" and "bad guys" in the national struggle with obesity.
In the past, nutritionists and other health professionals have preferred a more vague, less hard-hitting approach: eat moderately, exercise moderately, balance calories in and calories out, yada yada. This obviously hasn't worked, so new thinkers are trying new approaches. A couple of weeks ago, the Food Plate replaced the Food Pyramid–a simple but important step forward. We eat off plates, after all, and portion-control is an important part of weight control.
The Harvard team understands that we eat foods first and foremost, not calories. And according to their findings, the foods we eat make a difference in our weight gain (or loss). With no further folderol, here are the good guys and bad guys. (Note: These numbers represent average weight gain associated with eating quite a lot of these foods vs. not-so-much of them. A negative number (-) is good; it represents weight loss; a positive number (+) represents weight gain. On average, subjects gained a little less than 4 pounds over the four years shown below.)
Whole Grains
Diet soda
Low fat dairy
Whole fat dairy
100% fruit juice
Refined grains
Processed meats
Unprocessed red meats
Sugary beverages
Potato chips
French fries
The yogurt finding surprised the investigators a bit. Most people associate yogurt with calcium (for the bones) and active cultures that might improve stomach health. But why should yogurt hold the top rung as a weight-loss food? The researchers cite "intriguing evidence suggesting that changes in colonic bacteria might influence weight gain."
What about exercise? Yes, the study measured that too, and the high-exercise subjects lost about 1.7 lbs vs. the very-light exercisers. On the other hand, watching a lot of TV led to a weight gain of .32 lbs in four years, and drinking more alcohol to a +.39 lbs.
Remember that all these numbers are averages. Your own situation might be different. Or, as the researchers put it, "Individual variations exist."
The biggest conclusion of all parallels what other investigators have pointed out: Americans are getting fatter at the rate of just 50 to 100 calories per day. That's an almost miniscule number, but it begins to add up after 365 days, and 730 days, and 3,650 days (roughly a decade). Yet the tide could be turned, the Harvard group thinks, if "particular foods and beverages are targeted for decreased (or increased) consumption."
So look at the table above, and see if there aren't one or two good-guy or bad-guy foods that you can do something about in your own diet.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Half marathon

Ok peeps so I am running the A.F canyone half marathon July 30th. I am so stoked but way nervous! My training is going pretty good, but I must admit I have missed way too many days! Starting now im going to be running or biking five days a week after work. Wish me luck because I sure do need it!