fluffydragon: (Dr. Jan Itor)
Today is day one of starting Louie and Shoney on glucosamine. Web reading indicates that there isn't anything out there that says 'yes, this will definitly help your cat', it just depends from cat to cat or animal to animal. You never know if a good review on Amazon is from an employee of the company, but I've heard good things about giving glucosamine to elderly cats, so we've got our fingers crossed.

As per the greenies pill pockets, we also bought the 'dog' glucosamine since you get four times as much for half the price (same thing with pill pockets - 30 'dog' pockets cost the same as 30 'cat' pockets are are four times as big), with the exact same ingredients. The product is also made in USA so yay. (not china). Shoney is on 250 mg and Louie is on 125 mg per day, as Shoney is 22 lbs and Louie is only about 10.

Various websites claim that it'll take a few weeks to notice any difference. If there is one, it'll likely show up in Shoney first, since he's the one who seems to be suffering the most from arthritis and old kitty age. I really hope it works for the poor old guy. If there's no effect for eight weeks, we'll switch to another brand or two first before giving it up altogether. The doggie stuff is nice because the dry tablets break apart easily and can be wrapped up in pill pockets and nommed handily, no forcing a pill down anybody's throat (more yay).

So we'll see how it goes, I guess. I have hopes. The main difference is that this brand doesn't have conjointin (spelling?) in it, just glucosamine, manganese, vitamin C and something called MSM. So I don't know if we'll need that too or not. It's a 'therapeutic' thing, since there's no proving or disproving whether or not it actually helps, so the vet can only suggest it, not prescribe.

PS - if you have a pet and have never tried pill pockets? they're incredible. They're soft, malleable 'pocket' shaped treats that can be formed around a pill. Even our cats will gobble whole pills down on their own if it's wrapped in one of those things. The pockets are very soft and we break up the dog ones into 5 or 6 cat ones, so they aren't getting a huge amount of treat every day either. Sometimes we do give them pieces of pill pocket as a treat so they won't always suspect it contains pills or other nasty tasting meds.
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Kind of a resolution, kind of a 'I didn't gain weight this year, yay!' post.

This past year, I made a resolution to keep going to BodyPump class. I have managed to do it all year, though I confess, I did miss a month here and there.. Not just a week, but too long periods of time. I went again yesterday. The gym has renovated and instead of being in the back of the class, where I usually stake out my spot, I found myself in front of a bright, new, clean, huge, flat mirror.

And I was happy with what I saw.

I am one of those people who seem to have body issues even though I don't have that much weight to lose, and to be perfectly fair, at my absolute heaviest I was 169.. I'm now 149 and still trying/not really trying to lose that last 10 lbs. (i'm currently 3 lbs under my wedding weight, 3 years, 3 months and 6 days ago)

But at least I didn't gain any weight this year, my arms look better, my legs look better, my boobs look fantastic. My arm flap isn't as bad as it used to be, and over this past year, I feel like I've gained some real definition. I can't stop sneaking a peek at the 'skinny' girls in the club though, and being envious.

I have no illusions about trying to eat really much less than I do - if I go under 1500 calories in a day, I'm a very sad panda, and usually am in the 1600-1700 range (with days where I just eat more because I want to). I have a friend who eat far more than I do (we all have them) and has a flat tummy, but she's also a marathon runner, and I admire her very much for her discipline. She, like many women, doesn't realize how awesome she is : )

This year, I'm getting back to yoga and continuing the bodypump class, even if I don't make it in twice a week. Even if I don't ever lose those last 10 lbs, I'm pretty happy the way I am now, and don't want to lose what I've gained, so to speak.
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