Saturday, March 16, 2013

CRUMBS!
My friend Toni's famous Pirates & Wizards birthday party.
We divided the cake between us.
Dogs and humans love food. My canine friends and I tuck in with unabashed gusto whereas I've learned from my human clients, particularly female humans, that they experience a love-hate relationship with food as they're worried about putting on weight. Other animals don't care if they're fat. Possibly humans feel at a disadvantage because they haven't much hair or any fur, deprived of this helpful and attractive camouflage.

Here are three strategies which may help with control and self-esteem:

Enjoying elevenses
  • Don't serve your own portion. Ask someone else to do it and to remove your bowl when you've finished so that you're not tempted to have more.
  • Eat moderate amounts of the delicious foods you crave. Why would you want to get up in the morning if you can't have carbohydrates and fat? Also, humans who maintain a 'no carbs', low fat diet talk about it all the time and eventually invitations taper off.
  • Cut back - but not too drastically. Have one packet of custard creams a day instead of two.
Wishing it could go on forever
My canine friends, Daisy and Snowy, tell me that they always go shopping for outfits after they've eaten a big meal. That way they know they'll be comfortable; and in any case, tight clothes aren't flattering.




Thinking about my blog
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
Take regular exercise so you can eat more.
RECIPE OF THE WEEK
MUSIC OF THE WEEK
Let's All Honk by panu and featuring Jeris and BillyRayDrums (perfect for licking your bowl to).

11 comments:

  1. Objection, your honour! Self-esteem and being on a diet are not compatible terms. Eating less than you want and taking boring exercise is not good at all for the human psyche. Guilt and shame, the toughest of emotions, becomes your daily companions. Why did I not take exercise today? Why did I eat a piece of that cake at work today? Modern diets are the work of the devil, they're meant to break you down and making you feel like a true loser.
    I embrace the latest research saying people with moderate overweight have a better health and life than the self-starving half of the western world. Who will thank you for being a brilliant starver after you're dead? Eat. Be happy.

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    1. Totally agree with you my friend .... Without going into excess, a good meal is nice, especially if it's shared with good friends ....

      Dan

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    2. You are a very regular follower and commentator on my blog and that makes me extremely happy, Mr T. I agree with you and M. Dan - guilt and shame are very bad human inventions which dogs, thank goodness, don't share. Sometime they pretend to in order to be polite to humans (this particular subject is covered in Moira's novel about me, SMALL WHITE DOG). My top aim is always to try to make humans happier and my strategies were put together following many conversations with my female human clients. My own belief is that we should all enjoy our lives as much as possible. I look forward to next week's conversation with you.

      With warmest friendship

      Tony Russell

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  2. Bonjour mon petit Ami ....

    Life seems to be very cool and relax for you here ....
    Your reflection here mainly on the "gente féminine", their eternal diet, and their weight problems, is not false .... but the temptations are so great sometimes .... Yourself, are you not tempted?
    For some men also , it is not better, with their cans of beer. This gives the impression that they very often have a buoy around the belly permanently .... (^O^) (Sorry if I go astray a little) ....
    The advantage for you is to "burn calories" quickly by long walks, as do here, your congeners when I take out for walk them in the woods for hours. A huge benefit for myself also .... I confess.
    Moreover it is with joy, that they could share these moments, of escape, with you. I am sure ....

    Good week ....

    Dan

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    1. Bonjour à tous, mon cher ami, M. Dan. Oui, votre société humaine donne aux humains des femmes un mauvais moment et j'ai glanées dans mes clientèle féminine que même pendant qu'ils mangent quelque chose de délicieux (avec beaucoup de calories) leur plaisir est gâché dans une certaine mesure parce qu'ils se sentent coupables. Nous devons prendre soin de nous mieux, vous ne pensez pas? Nous sommes responsables de nous rendre heureux. Des gens cupides sont des gens malheureux. Quand nous sommes heureux, nous avons plus d'énergie, plus d'équilibre dans nos vies. Quoi de mieux que de courir à travers bois et rentrer à la maison pour un bon dîner gros?

      J'espère vous voir ici la semaine prochaine.

      Avec une profonde affection

      Tony Russell

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  3. Love your party hat, Mr. Russell. And love your tune, Mr. Panu - in fact, I HAVE just licked my bowl to it. (Chicken-in-gravy dinner mixed with raw minced steak. Yum. And so is the music.)Here's to being stocky but cool.

    Catch you next week, T.

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    1. Hello again, Mr Kahn. You seem to be a very cheerful cat who enjoys food and music to the full. I'm sure we could be good friends and, as you may know, I'm keen to promote inter-species friendships. Perhaps we could meet for a hot milk and a buttered croissant some time?

      Thank you for your compliment on my wizard hat. Moira made it for me, which was very kind of her, but I would have quite liked a brim and a cloak.

      I hope you'll come back again next Saturday.

      With friendly tail wags

      Tony Russell

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  4. To your continued good health, Mr. T. I've started taking my meals in a blue bowl on the kitchen floor and I've found what you've known all along. . . .it's hard to over eat when your head is lower than your tum tum. Til next week!

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    1. Hello, Mr Mark. I'm glad you're trying new things and having fun. I must say that if I find that my meal is really delicious, I will go to any lengths to over-eat. In fact, I don't think I've ever experienced feeling over-fed. I just go on eating until the food's taken away from me.

      I hope you'll be back next week.

      With affection

      Tony Russell

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  5. I love the pic of you Tony with another Toni. It was a birthday to be remembered. Thank you for the diet tips and words of wisdom, I shall be taking those on board after Easter after I've stuffed myself with Easter eggs and hot cross buns.

    Westy.

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    1. How nice to read your comment, Ms Susi. Yes, that was a wonderful party and I only wish that I had a picture of you in your Pirate Queen costume. Er ... I've been thinking ... perhaps I might spend Easter Day with you if you are going to have lots of chocolate eggs and hot buttered buns available?

      With warm affection

      Tony Russell

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