Monday, February 8, 2010

Sneak Peak...and a long diatribe about the new puppy!

So I popped on the scales this morning to see..... 75's.... NO SHIT. First time in a LONG time that I've weighed less after a weekend from my Friday weigh in. Of course it could have something to do with the fact we got called out to Dwellingup (100kms south of Perth) for a fire yesterday. So had to be up at 3.30am and worked till 7pm. Had a salad for lunch and PB'd the thing all afternoon. Not great. Decided to go with a cold milo for dinner when I got home which did stay down thank goodness.

Last week I restarted the Couch to 5k program. Already had the podcasts downloaded from when I attempted it a few years ago and after 4 weeks was only on week 2! But feel better about it this time around. Did the week 1 program, three times last week. Normally when I run I do it around 8km/hr. Not terribly fast...especially when I walk around 7km/hr! So decided to up the tempo this time around (was on the treadmill at the gym so it is easier to regulate). Week 1 is intervals of 60seconds running, 90 seconds brisk walk. So I ran at 9km/hr for 7 intervals and then for the last one I ran at 9.7km/hr! YAY! On the 3rd session on Thursday I even did the last interval at 10km/hr! I kept the walking to about 6.7km/hr. Tonight I'll start on the Week 2 program so will see how I go.

In addition to the running I've been doing the bike at the gym still (30mins if no running, 20mins if running). Still pilates on a Thursday too.

And yes we got our new pooch, Baxter on Friday! We've been looking at getting Westie a friend to keep her company and had started enquiring with breeders. We thought we had one sussed that would mean she'd deliver pups in Feb and they'd be ready for pickup after the wedding. Unfortunately, that pooch decided not to go on heat as planned and so subsequently didn't get preggers. We made some more calls and found out we'd basically have to wait a whole other year for a puppy as they'd just gone through their cycles and we'd missed it. Then one of them recommended an unregistered breeder who had puppies in Geraldton ready to go. We had a talk - spending some of the wedding money now - what would we do with 2 dogs while we're away? etc etc. Decided it was meant to be. So we drove up to Gero - took just under 4hrs - and went to meet this lady. She had 3 males to choose from. They were all great dogs. The one we chose was actually the biggest. We thought we'd choose the runt of the litter but his ears were already up and GB wasn't happy with that! I have no idea why. Anyway "Mr Yellow" (she had paint dots on their heads to tell them apart) came straight up to us for a cuddle, then went and played with his mum & dad and brothers and then came back and sat on my foot. So he became - Baxter.

He's been a fantastic dog so far. He's 11 weeks old. He's already worked out the doggy door at our place. He was getting in ok but struggling to get out so GB decided to make him a ramp. He was measuring it up and cutting the wood and Baxter just started bounding in and out the door to see what he was doing! So obviously doesn't need the ramp! He's had a few accidents inside but has been going outside too. He's been only whinging for 5mins when we put him to bed in our ensuite (we've put a divider across the door to keep him on the tiles) and then he sleeps most of the night, only waking to cry to tell GB he needs the toilet - goes outside and then back to sleep til about 7am! Awesome! He's got TONNES of energy though. He goes psycho nuts playing, chewing whatever for about 30mins then he crashes and sleeps for an hour.. then repeats it again!

Westie was happy on Friday when we brought him home, then standoffish on Saturday when he hadn't left yet but they're firm friends now. She even pushed his bum through the doggy door and helped him up the stairs! SOOO cute! He can't get down the stairs yet though. Gotta enroll him in puppy preschool this week, try and train him a bit!

Anyway, better do some work I guess! Have caught up on most blogs, but haven't had too much time to comment, sorry. Oh I installed firefox (as opposed to Internet Explorer) on my PC and am now finding it heaps easier to comment on blogger blogs which is great. I've also set up RSS feeds for everyone's blogs whom I'm following so I get a notification if you've posted a new blog! YAY for technology!

Em :)


  1. Congrats on the weight loss...fantastic weight. Baxter sounds so glad he gets along with Westie

  2. I love the RSS feeds too - it is so much easier to follow everyone's journey

    Well it is good that you guys are getting practise in with the night waking ups of Baxter ;-) you know just in case hehehe

  3. WOW!!!!!!! 75 huh!!.. jeaaaaaaalous.. i want to be in the 70's.. getting there slowly!

    Sounds like Baxter is totally at home. Love his name!

  4. Congrats on the weight loss!!

    Awww...Baxter sounds so sweet.

  5. Hey Em,
    I'm not actually at the TAFE - I'm on Wakefield Street Carlisle.. Success Fast Track has a building there. Number 4.. I had no idea you were so close.. Be good to see you one day - might bump into you :)

  6. I downloaded a C25K program for my iPhone! Love it because I can listen to my own music! Baxter is very cute!