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    How do you exercise and manage a busy schedule?

    I forgot to add that diet is the biggest part of feeling good and getting into shape, so make sure to focus on that. Find a diet, and by diet I mean life long change in the way that you eat, that works for you, consists of food you actually enjoy eating and stick with eat. With a busy schedule and especially with working long shifts the biggest thing I have found to help with keeping with your diet is having food prepared and ready to eat when you get hungry. If you are hungry and you have to wait 45 minutes for dinner to cook, you will cave in and snack on something not so healthy. So I always make a little extra when I cook and have several tupperwares of quick, filling food to grab in a hurry, such as when I am hungry or if I wake up late and don't have time to cook my breakfast or if I come home and am too exhausted to cook anything. That has been the biggest help with keeping me on track. If I get home and I am hungry and I spot my husbands hoho's and I know dinner won't be ready for another hour I am ready to cave, but I pull out some left overs and after I've eatten my craving is gone. To add to the exercise ideas, expend as much energy you can as often as you can....take the stairs not the elevator, park further away at the grocery store, etc. One of my favorite ideas is when it's cleaning time at home I blast the music and dance and clean. You will be amazed at how pumped it makes you feel, really puts me in a good mood I guess because of the action of dancing and that my house is all clean. Also, at lunch time or break time, walk up and down the stairs.
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    How do you exercise and manage a busy schedule?

    You just have to find what's best for you and make it work. It may seem like going for a workout before a 12 hour shift is crazy, but you feel much more awake, sharper mentally and your body will feel loose and relaxed and not all tensed and tight from a long night of sleep. If you wait til after the shift it is usually much more difficult to get yourself motivated to go. For myself, although I have a gym membership I can never make it. Drive time, no gas money, no babysitter, homework...you name it, it seems to pop up whenever I try to get to the gym. And in truth, I am not much of a fan of running on a treadmill like a bored hamster with no where to go..actually I am not a fan of running period So I finally got sick of life getting in between myself and my health and so I figured out something that works for me. My and my children spend a lot of time outside and as I was sitting there on my butt watching them play I started looking around for what I could do for workouts. We have a very long drive way and I can do sprints. Other easier days I walk up and down the driveway (one part is a little steep so it really gets the legs good) and around our house over and over. I can hit all the major muslces by doing push-ups, sit-ups, burpees, squats, planks, jumps, lunges. My husband has some old tires lying around so I pick one up and use it like something I had seen on a work out show where you take a weighted ball that is a little bouncy and you squat to pick it up, bring it up over your head and then using your whole body you force it down to slam it into the ground. Works your whole body and feels good, like your taking out a little frustration :) Sometimes I will even pick two up, one on each shoulder, and walk them up and down the drive way, like a farmers walk. As with all these excercises, be sure you are using proper body mechanics so you do not injury yourself. All this while still keeping watch on the kids while they enjoy being outside. I can do it whenever I can because my gym is just right in my backyard. For me I enjoy the freedom of not having other people staring at me while I work out or dealing with a busy gym. I love being outside and I like making my workout resemble something that prepares my body for real life...for example, I will do a short run by picking up one of my kids and doing a slow jog across the hay field, great practice for if one of them were bit by a snake while we were out hiking and I had to get them home quick, that sort of thing....practice to be super-mom lol.
  3. Pets to People

    Sickened

    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but a change in meds is not going to help. Only actual effort will make a difference in this situation.
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    Sickened

    Have they given you any specifics as to what the pet does to itself and/or the home? Realistically, finding the dog another home most likely won't happen. They would need to be up front with the potential new owners and let them know the problems the pet has been having. Someone with experience with seperation anxiety may be willing to adopt them and put in the work, but just someone looking for a pet will not be willing to. A person can love animals but that doesn't mean they would be willing to adopt a pet and spend an unknown amount of money on it, risk potential damage to their home and belongings and have to spend hours upon hours of training for a problem that may not be able to be resolved. Putting the pet on the bed is not going to solve the issue. The pet needs to learn to be comfortable with being alone, it does not need to be coddled. I use the term "it", which I usually don't like to do, because I do not recall seeing if you mentioned if it was a he or she. I for one, as a pet owner, do not allow my dog to get on the couch and definately not on the bed. I have allergies, I don't like to have to clean up excessive hair if I don't have to and the dog is on the bottom of the totem pole and therefore does not get to sit where the "big dogs" aka the humans of the house, sit. A dog is no less loved if it is not dressed it ridiculous outfits, is not allowed to sleep on the owners face every night and kick their husbands out of bed or steal food from their children's plates. Lol that's my soapbox. I am not trying to sound as if it the situation is impossible, just showing both sides. It can be tiresome to have to deal with you work problems, home problems, family problems, child problems and not on top of all of that you have a dog that goes berserk because you leave the house. I hope they are able to work something out, but they need to seek the professional advice of a pet trainer, not the advice of family or friends or even their vet.
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    Wife moving across country for nursing school

    I understand your wife must be excited to be accepted to such an amazing school, but she needs to make the best decision not only for herself but for her family as well. She can have the EXACT same nursing career at far less cost, both financially and to her family, by going to a local school. The answer to your question seems so obvious I do not understand why it is a problem. You wife is being selfish and you need to make an ultimatum. There is absolutely no reason why she needs to go to a school on the other side of the country...she WILL NOT be able to visit as often as she may plan, and the toll all the added issues of this choice will put on you, her and your kids will not be worth it and in the end you will end up divorced or she will not be able to finish the program. I am blown away by the selfishness of her decision, especially when there are so many other options that will get her the exact same result at far less cost to her family. Tell her to do a little research and she will find that she can still get a good job as a nurse no matter what school she goes to (so long as it is accredited).
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    Sickened

    It is better to be supportive than critical...you will be more effective in helping the pet that way. Find out all the info you can, such as local assistance in the form of training programs, etc and share them, in a non-critical manner. Seperation anxiety can be a very difficult issue to deal with and many vets are not able to provide the amount of support the owners need in order to deal with this issue. That is why it would be best for the owners to work with their vet in addition to a pet trainer who has experience dealing with this type of issue. If they cannot afford that, there are books they can reference to assist them. The medications, just as with anti-anxiety, anti-depressive, etc medications in humans, are ment to be used as a adjunct along with training, they are not a cure-all and will NOT work alone. I have seen many owners struggle with seperation anxiety....some who have put in the minimal effort and others who have put in hours and hours and weeks of work to no avail. Each pet and owner has a unique situation and must be treated uniquely. I have had owners tell me of HUNDREDS of dollars worth of damage when they go out to the grocery store....and the pets not only damage the owners home they can cause severe damage to themselves. I have seen pets who have jumped through glass windows, literally ripped OUT their front toenails from digging at the door and dogs who have broken teeth trying to chew out of their kennels where owners placed them while they went on an errand, in the hopes that it would keep the pet from hurting themselves and destroying the home. A simple trip to pick up the kids from school can lead to hundreds of dollars of damage to the persons home and an expensive trip to the vet to fix whatever injuries the pet has caused to themselves. That being said, it may be possible to work with the pet, but the owners must be understanding that it can takes a lot of work done consistantly and every day as well as a lot of patience to make it work. Lets face it, not all owners develope a strong bond with every one of their pets and some are just not willing to put in the work it may take.
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    Give sugar bailout and complain about obesity

    Yes, so true, but it is amazing how difficult it is to buy local. I live way out in the country and when I first moved out here I thought there would be fresh produce, fresh eggs and homegrown food galore...but nada. I have to grow my own if I want to have a clue as to where it came from. Last statistics I saw less than 3% of the fruits and veggies we eat in the US are actually grown here. That is absolutely ridiculous and no exuse for it. Most farmers in the US grow corn as their only, or main, produce because it is subsidized by the government, hence all the corn syrup and vegetable oil. There are so many extensive USDA/FDA regulations that make it very difficult for home farmers/growers to sell their products. They can't afford shipping and other costs and can't make enough produce in order to make deals to large supermarket chains.
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    Give sugar bailout and complain about obesity

    It's not sugarthat is causing the obesity problem, nor the subsequent health issues, it'shigh fructose corn syrup (HFCS) which was made as a cheaper and moreconcentrated sweetener to replace sugar. If you read labels you will noticevery few products even contain sugar, they contain HFCS, or for those rareproducts that do have sugar, many also add HFCS so they can use less sugar. HFCS is in EVERYTHING! I get so frustrated when trying to purchase healthy,affordable foods at the market, because meat is so expensive. I tried lookingat alternatives but even breakfast and dinner sausages contain HFCS. I've alsofound it in pre-packaged burger patties. If you start reading labels you will be disgusted and frustrated by whatmanufacturers can get away with. On a side note I was going to buy some coughmedicine for my toddler, but the only thing for his age was an all-naturalproduct that was almost $9...and the ingredients were "purified water,dark honey and ascorbic acid (aka Vit C)"....I can make that at home! Also, it is nearly impossible to find a product in the store that does notcontain vegetable oil (which contains a variety of corn, soy and/or canola oil)and/or HFCS. Yet the obesity epidemic is blamed on sugar and fats....sugar is rarely found in the products that the average obese person consumes and howoften are they eating real fats that aren't those which are contained in theprocessed products most of them are eating (which is vegetable oil)? How oftenare they eating real beef such as a big ol' steak? Just on a side not, for those who read labels (and are constantly aggravated bywhat they can get away with printing) have you noticed the boxes that read"No High Fructose Corn Syrup" contain CORN SYRUP!? Seriously ridiculous.
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    Guy plays with lions...this is not so unusal people!

    Cats and dogs....THEY WERE ONCE WILD ANIMALS LESLIE, THAT WAS THE POINT. It was interaction between "man and beast" that led to their domestication...and how much do you want to bet that the people who brought them to the camp fire were not trained in zoology? Yes, we will totally disagree, not going to waste my time banging my head against the wall. ANYONE can interact with animals, they don't have to have a college degree to do so, they simply do not have to be completely ignorant. What is it with people these days that they have become so completely disconnected from the world around them, from nature-from whence we came-that we feel we have to have a "trained professional" tell us how to do everything, because otherwise it's not safe?
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    Guy plays with lions...this is not so unusal people!

    Really? WHERE DO YOU THINK DOMESTICATED DOGS AND CATS CAME FROM?!!
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    Guy plays with lions...this is not so unusal people!

    First of all, go back and be sure to actually read my post before commenting, because you will see that I never gave ADVICE to anyone and the grizzly guy and fatal attraction is EXACTLY what leads to people getting eaten by animals because they LOVE the animals they don't RESPECT them. Those people, as I said in my post, are trying to have a human/pet relationship with a wild animal, which you cannot have unless it is as a ticking time bomb, whether you raised them from birth or not, their nature is still the same and no matter what we do we cannot change the social rules that they follow and that are ingrained in their DNA. The guy in the video is interacting with those lions as a lion not as a person. He had to integrate, slowly, into that group. Although he stands on two feet, he acts and follows the rules as a lion would, which is why he is tolerated. Once he steps over the line and tries to act as a human would, which would be trying to act as a dominant lion, he will be issuing a challenge and that challenge would be met, just as with any other lion, only he, as a human, cannot meet that challenge and survive it. Many actuall lions can't make a dominant challenge and survive it. When interacting with animals it is never about love, it is about respect. When people love animals, is when we start to expect things from them that we have no right to expect and we cannot necessarily expect them to return that love the same way, as they are not human and do not form the same type of attachments that we do. Yes, they can love us in their own way, but it is not the same as human love, because of their very nature. Ever heard of Dian Fossey (funny, I'm pretty sure I mentioned her in my post as well), who integrated with gorrillas to study them? A silverback could have literally ripped her to pieces anytime it wanted to, and would have, have no doubt about that, had she ever over stepped her bounds. BUT, she integrated with them slowly, was accepted into their group, and behaved as a gorilla would and followed their rules, not hers. And no, you don't have to have a degree in animal behavior to interact properly with an animal. You can simply observe them, watch them interact and learn to mimic their behavior. There are many people out there who have done this...some famous horse trainers for example, who have completely changed the way we interact and train horses from the days when we used to "break" them. They learned how to imitate the stallion/lead horse and start their own "herd".
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    losing weight healthy.

    Unless you've given birth within the last two months there is no reason to contact your ob/gyn for advice on getting healthy :/ And even general practitioners are usually not current on eating and excercise options or they tend to have their preferred way and that's it. They are about the last people I would ask for diet or work-out advice. That's why there are specialists in physical fitness and in nutrition. Basically, you have to find what works for you. You can find information anywhere...at your gym, fitness magazines, online....there are millions of ideas out there. My two biggest tips are that losing weight is 80% diet and only 20% working out (no matter how hard you workout you can't outrun a Mcdonald's diet) and you have to make a lifestyle change when it comes to nutrition and routine excercise, you can't just pick a diet and stay on it until you lose some weight then go back to your old ways, otherwise you will just gain all the weight right back. Everyone has their opinion on excercise ideas and nutrition, but for it to work for you long term, it has to be something that fits your ideals and your lifestyle. It has to be something that can stick for you. First get your diet right, then start figuring in an excercise routine, then stick with it until you see results, then stick with it to keep your results! Just remember...."Sweat is fat crying"!
  13. Have seen this a few times and people are all in a craze about this amazing guy who can play with lions! This is not some amazing, unusual, never happened before kinda thing. Does no one remember Dian Fossey, the gorilla lady who Gorillas in the Mist was made after? [video=youtube_share;hCJ2csHws_c] This is perfectly expected, normal behavior for a social animal interacting with a person who understands their language and how to speak to them and interact with them on their level. They accept him no differently than they would accept another lion, so long as he approaches them in the same manner as another lion would, follows their rules and respects them. A person can do this with any social and/or pack animal in the world! We simply do not do it due to fear, misunderstandings, a superiority complex, the amount of time it takes, etc. The bad examples that we hear about on the news has to do with people who are expecting to interact with a wild animal by treating them as a pet or thinking they can just walk up to some animal and get away with acting like a "superior" human...then they get their butts handed to them, just as would happen to any other animal who tried to do the same. It always makes me laugh when people see an animal displaying some type of behavior and they are all "oooh, ahhh that is so amazing, I can't believe it did that!" And I am just thinking "do you never watch animal planet? Or open you eyes when you watch animals interact with each other?" We are so much like animals, or they are so much like us, but people always want to think that we are something special, something separate or superior. Yes, obviously the extent and depth of our emotional and mental capabilities sets us apart, but you would think that would make us more understanding and less clueless than most of us are.
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    Dog delima. Long shifts = cruel?

    From my experience with rats they are almost like cats...they can be very social, can be taught tricks, can grow to a decent size (so you don't have to worry about them getting easily squished), rarely bite...when I worked at a research facility if a rat got out of it's cage, the person who cleans the rooms would find it back near its cage the next day, because they are so social and don't like being alone. I would get a female though...males leave a almost indistinct trail of urine as they walk, to mark their territory, etc.
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    Dog delima. Long shifts = cruel?

    If you want a pet you don't have to get a dog, unless you have allergies to other pets. You can rescue two cats (so they can keep each other company on those long days)...there are more of those needing homes than dogs. Rabbits make good pets as well, even guinea pigs. I was amazed how social rabbits and guinea pigs can be and what an array of sounds they can make...guinea pigs even make a little purr type noise when they are happy. I had a rabbit a few years ago who would love to sit in my lap or lie on my chest, he was such a lover and I even took him out for walks on his little harness.
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