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My four-legged weight-loss plan

Denali

My co-workers couldn’t help but noticed. In less than five months, I had lost nearly 35 pounds.

“How are you doing it?” they asked.

I could tell them that I was eating smarter and moving more. It would be true. The “how” part of it, though, wasn’t so much what I was doing. It was Denali.

Yes, my 1-year-old Siberian husky was how I was losing weight. The cute guy doesn’t understand that Mommy is tired and wants to sleep till 9 a.m. He doesn’t understand that Mommy is rushing to make an appointment and get to work. And he certainly doesn’t understand that Mommy just feels like curling up on the couch and crocheting. He just wants to be walked – though he actually prefers to run.

I was actually OK with his insistence to be exercised when we got him in July. The weather was warm and it was fun to explore my new neighborhood with him. I basked in the sunshine on our daily three-mile walks.

But it wouldn’t last. I knew that. The weather would turn harsh and the blue skies would turn gray. I wasn’t going to enjoy the hour it took to complete our loop.

If I could do that loop in half the time, though, it might be better. So on a summer day in Lakeside Park, I picked up my pace. I began to jog. I started slowly, following the Couch to 5K program, with the goal of reaching the 3-mile non-stop mark by winter.

This past Sunday, Denali ran alongside my husband and me for 5 miles ... in 5-degree weather.

And we are all better for it.

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  • Did you know that dog owners are more likely to be fit than non-dog owners? According to a study conducted by a British pet care company, dog owners exercise more than 8 hours a week compared to an hour and 20 minutes for those without a pooch. How does your dog help you stay fit?
  • Couch-to-5K
Tall Tails guest blogger Kimberly Dupps Truesdell, a copy editor at The Journal Gazette, writes the Wedding Belle blog. It has followed her through her engagement, wedding and first year of marriage.

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