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ace the wonder dog

It's a dog's life.

This morning the GRD and I went for a run, so I could earn my carbs for breakfast and he could continue getting in shape for the ring.

Apparently, the Shadow Unit message board community is embarking upon a fitness challenge, which means that by January 1, I need to be able to run a mile and a half in 13:59 or better. Since I'm currently doing a little better than a 12 minute mile, (and my best recent time for a mile and a half is 18:58) this will require some fairly serious work on my part. *

But that's besides the point. The most amusing thing about this whole deal is that I am such a slowcoach on uphills that the GRD doesn't even break into a trot to keep up with me. Just his herding-dog slink (and he has a most wonderful herding-dog slink, when he wants it) which makes him look like a drifting stormcloud intent on mayhem.

Especially when he's stalking squirrels.


*And, like the climbing and hiking and yoga everything else athletic in my life, it will be easier if I am hauling fewer pounds up those hills. So I'm back on the no-refined-carbs-except-after-exercise program.** Alas! Alackaday! Life is hard.

**Current research seems to indicate that it doesn't matter what you eat, really, for weight gain or weight loss: the important factor is the calories. However, if I avoid the white flour and white rice, my blood sugar stays a lot more stable, and I don't raven nearly as much, or get dizzy-hungry or frail-feeling, so I don't mind the calorie restriction*** very much.

***Calorie restriction, for me, is somewhere in the range of 1800-2200 calories a day: I burn somewhere between 2800-3500, depending. I do seem to do better with dropping weight if I vary my daily caloric intake a lot, including a day every week or so where I eat the moon.)

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I do seem to do better with dropping weight if I vary my daily caloric intake a lot, including a day every week or so where I eat the moon.)

Yep, me too. Seems to be that I have to trick my body into doing stuff. But I have to trick my mind, too, on other things, so I think that I've accepted that I'm both gullible and devious, and that I get things done thereby.
See you at Penguicon?
Yah! Or maybe before, since Sol invited me to dinner Thurs.
YAY!
Ditto.

Although for me it was more that was just plain emotionally satisfying and helpfull to get to get a break and be able to spend an entire day not obsessing about what I ate.

It was also really helpful in terms of losing weight too, because I could see myself eating more and more sensibly* even on my "off" days as I got in the habit of eating healthier stuff, and it was motivating to be able to see that kind of progress.

*my goal, at the time, was as much to make sure that I was eating nutritiously as it was to lose weight.
Hee. We'll see if any of us stick to it....
Indeed! Also, *\o/*
It was explained to me that a variable calorie intake was important when dieting because the body adapts to what it sees as famine conditions by hoarding resources(fat) for as long as possible. If you vary your intake, the body doesn't go into famine mode and makes fat burning exercise more effective.

PS:Sorry if I am telling you something you already know.
Well, I found that useful, if that helps.

I've been getting some good info about the evils of constantly dieting lately, but I don't think anyone had made the mental leap for me that you could circumvent the whole "your body knows it's starving" bit by still restricting your calories (to a certain point!) but just not doing it every day. Because that's soooo not what dieting culture says.

I'm assuming, though, that one should still go back to normal caloric intake at some point.

Good thing the SU board is setting us all up to exercise, because I'm getting ready to report there on my experiments with cheese cake in the crock pot...
GRD sounds very splendid. A few weeks ago I was permitted to take mevennen's dog Koda Bear on a long walk round a hill-fort.
Apparently Rottweilers like to take steep banks at a run. As the site requires dogs to stay on their leads, I was willy-nilly obliged to run up them too.
My knees are just about recovered. I was going to say that one never has this trouble with cats, until I recalled the first time we tried Mooncat on a lead.
She insisted on climbing trees.

Edited at 2009-04-25 02:34 pm (UTC)
Bwahahahaa!

Oh, I'm sorry. But it is funny. *g*
What made the cat incident even dafter was that Moon was in a buster collar (she'd just been spayed) and this was exercise under supervision.
And it has to be said I enjoyed following Koda up things, too. She was so happy.
*suddenly has a craving for very dusty cheese*
Just his herding-dog slink (and he has a most wonderful herding-dog slink, when he wants it) which makes him look like a drifting stormcloud intent on mayhem.

The phraseology of Epic and Awesome, The Bear has it. Oh, Yus. I's needs to hustle down to the Local Public Book Lender for more Bear. The LPBL has the fix for all the literary Epic and Awesome.
Here's a black briard, herding.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AVA_NsDmakI

She doesn't quite have the slink down as well as Ace does, though. He gets positively panthery.
GRD getting in shape for the ring?

Does he have a planned debut?
He's got two points to go for his championship, which is really not much at all. No firm plan yet, but maybe this summer?
If it's a show I can make, I'll bring my camera and cheer. :)
So will I. *g* (I won't be handling him: that's my mom's job.)