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Purina Pro Plan-Nutrition that Performs (and Max & Lola like it!)

*I would like to extend my thanks and gratitude to Purina Canada and the staff at PawsWay for the opportunity to improve and educate myself as a dog owner.  It meant a great deal to me and I appreciate all that you do*

IMG_1730*Photo credit-Ann Brokelman*-this is Max during one of his favorite activities…..running!

IMG_0981                    Lola, my little senior that could!

Gosh I don’t even know where to start here. If you’ve been following me for a while, you’ll know I have 2 dogs.  I’ve had Lola since 2006 and Max came along in 2012.  With Lola, I made a lot of common ‘mistakes’ in training and guiding her….and by that I mean I really didn’t discourage or encourage any behavior at all.  I figured as a rescue dog, she had been through enough.  When Max came into the picture, I was now a ‘we’ and WE both decided that we would try a different approach with Max and his training, nutrition and OUR education.

Enter Purina Canada and PawsWay in Toronto.  Max is a very active dog-and does very well during his training sessions….what I found going through them was that I was the one who needed training.  I learned so much over the 4 sessions (once a week) and we will be going back for more-Max is great at agility courses!

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Because Max IS so active, he requires adequate nutrition.  Purina is proud to introduce some new dry formulas that really deliver.  Check out these stats:

  • 8 out of the last 8 Westminster Best in Show were fueled by Purina Pro Plan
  • The McCann Pro Plan Dog Stars have won 15 gold medals at agility world championships while being fueled by Purina Pro Plan
  • National Service Dogs (an organization dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals with special needs) have chosen Purina Pro Plan as the food to feed its Certified Dogs.

So what’s the difference with this nutrition-what’s the ‘performance’ angle?

  • Every ingredient is carefully chosen for a specific purpose
  • Purina is the first dry dog fod brand to use real meat as the #1 ingredient to help promote total body health.
  • Optimal protein to fat rations taileored to each dry formula help dogs maintain their ideal body condition.

There are 4 categories containing foods formulated for a dog’s taste preferences, age, dietary considerations and activity/lifestyle.

savor

Savor-Nutrition and Taste for everyday excellence

  • Real chicken, beef or lamb is the first ingredient in all dry formulas
  • High quality ingredients for great taste and nutrition
  • Available in a variety of wet and dry formulas.
  • Prebiotic fiber to help promote digestive health

focus

Focus-Specialized Nutrition for Unique Needs

  • Real chicken or lamb is the 1st ingredient in all dry formulas
  • Formulated with key nutrients to support specific needs based on life stage, life style or breed size.
  • Nutrient dense kibble in bite sized pieces

select

Select-Carefully formulated nutrition for skin & digestive health

  • Formulated without wheat, corn or soy
  • Easily digestible and easy on the digestive system.
  • ingredients such as rice, oat meal and whole grain barley which are easily digestible

sport

Sport-Fine-tuned nutrition to promote strength and endurance

  • Dogs are naturally great athletes and by improving their nutrition you can improve their athleticism
  • A dog’s main energy source comes from fat not carbs
  • A diet high in fat and protein will increase an active dog’s metabolism and his endurance
  • EPA, an omega-3 fatty acid and glucosamine help support joint health and mobility
  • Helps optimize oxygen metabolism for increased endurance.

So even though Max was going through the training, we have introduced Lola (our ‘senior’ dog) to the Purina Pro Plan dry kibble as well.  No complaints from either so far.  Both dogs have shiny coats, bright eyes and wet noses! Lola moves well after her 11 years on the earth and Max loves to run & play more than anything.  Just like humans, dogs need the best nutrition in order to be at their best and I can honestly say that Purina DOES deliver the best!

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What do you feed your dog?  Have you tried Purina Pro Plan?

 

 

Where’s that pause button again? Finding ‘center’…..

ho·me·o·sta·sis  (hm–stss)

n.The ability or tendency of an organism or cell to maintain internal equilibrium by adjusting its physiological processes.

 

 

Homeostasis- I don’t delve into science much on my blog-I only have a mild interest and lack the ‘expertise’ and knowledge.  *Please note for all you rocket scientists reading this blog (or biologists, or chemists, or any kind of –ist that you are), I am using the definition rather loosely and including a broad spectrum of ‘processes.’  *  There. Just needed to note that.

 

image from womenonthefence.com

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Such a pretty fat….the update and response to ‘resolutioners’

I’ve seen a lot of resolution YouTube videos and blog posts lately….and to be honest, I have to laugh and/or shake my head.   I’m not sure what it is about the beginning of the year that deceives people into believing things like:

-2 protein shakes a day is all you need to lose a ton of weight and be healthy even though you have been sitting on the couch and surfing the internet for most of your adult life.

-if you exercise and join a gym after not moving your body for 20+ years, you will look awesome and be in ‘bathing suit’ shape for summer.

Now, don’t get me wrong….being inspired to finally respect your body is admirable but what’s different about this year?   What about the ‘big’ (no pun intended) picture?  Are you sure you will hang tough and put in the effort?

So while everyone else is resolution-ing to do this or that, I thought I would update you all on my status since I wrote this blog post.

Briefly ( if you don’t care to read the prior post),  I have struggled with my weight almost my entire life.   I’ve never been one to blame a fat ‘gene’ but I do believe that my body fights me with a vengeance when I try to stay healthy and/or lose weight, get fit, etc.

check out the gut on the girl in plaid….yup, that was me.

 

Fat and a bad haircut? Yup, that was high school….

Finally, at the end of 2006 I decided enough was enough.  So I did this…it only took me about a year and it was the longest year of my life.

So how have I been doing since that post?  Well, I’ve certainly have had my ups and downs but lately I’ve been on the up and up.  Check out some photos from the past several months:

Downs:

 

At my brother in laws wedding-looking a bit ‘full’-that dress didn’t help either.

Hiding in the back at a Beauty Blogger event….behind the girl in blue

Ups:

At a L’Oreal event after some ‘shaping up’ on my part.

Getting ready for an event…..not too shabby!

 

A holiday party dress-maintaining so far….

 

My company’s holiday party December 2012

 

Now…while that IS more ups than downs, I still had some rather “pudgy” moments in 2012.  So what am I going to do this year to make sure I stay on the up and up?

drinking as much water as I can throughout the day: I have found this to be super duper helpful-especially when I have an event where I’ve had a glass of wine or an appetizer or thirty.  Flush it out!  I also begin my day with lemon water-that really gets me going!

moving my body EVERYDAY (besides the walking during the workday).  Making a conscious effort to move with a purpose outside of my daily routine is super helpful:  maintaining lean muscle, keeping myself flexible, staving off those ‘threw my back out’ type injuries.  I have a bike that goes up onto a trainer, adjustable dumbbells and plenty of workout DVD’s to keep me busy!

keep myself accountable-I achieve this with my Nike Fuel Band (love this thing) and several apps on my iPhone.  I am also doing a detox program with joyous health this month AND following @SarahDussault.  I may even try DietBet.  Nothing like seeing it in print and putting some money behind my goals.  Why talk the talk and not walk the walk?

being conscious of what goes into my mouth: this is critical for me.  I keep it interesting with a mix of protein, fat, and fibrous carbs (read: vegetables.  Vegetables are carbs people…and slow burning carbs at that.  The best kind, if you ask me).  Nutrition is 80% of my maintenance plan and I’ve found over the years that my body is incredibly sensitive to items high in sugar, preservatives, alcohol, or any foods that contain gluten.  So basically everything that tastes “good” is pretty much off limits to me. Does that mean that I will never have any sweets, breads, pastas? No, but it will have to be a pretty darn special occasion because I know that it sends me into a tailspin when I ingest that stuff.

Now, I don’t know what challenges/obstacles the year ahead brings me.  But I do know that I am going to work my hardest to be healthy and happy during 2013.

To you resolutioners….I urge you to take a good, hard look at what you’re doing-ESPECIALLY if you are making your resolution public via YouTube or a blog somewhere.  It takes a lot more than your resolutions-it requires effort, dedication, willpower, and determination.  But you owe it to yourself to treat your one and only God-given body the absolute best that you can.   After all if you can’t take care of yourself, how will you be an inspiration to others?

 

All the best in 2013.

Such a pretty fat*……

*This post is the beginning of (what I hope) several posts about my struggle to maintain good health-especially a healthy weight.  It’s been a long journey for me already and I wanted to give some “background” about my own story.*

I was recently chatting with another (popular and in the public eye) blogger about one of her blog posts.  She had posted about joining Jenny Craig. I had mixed emotions about this.  On the one hand, I thought it was kind of a sell out tactic-the celebrities do this and it’s tiny portions of microwaved garbage and if you stop eating it, you gain the weight back-for what?  But then I thought-damn, this woman is brave and putting herself out there.  Am I not alone in this fight? This spiraled into a whirlwind of emotions and feelings that I had hoped would be gone forever or that I had shoved down so deep within my mind and being that I would never ever  be able to find them again.

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