A Brief Introduction

Crossing over the finish line with Lora at my first ever 10K at the Flying Pig.

Crossing over the finish line with Lora at my first ever Flying Pig 10K race.

Welcome to the Dog – lbs project. On September 1st, 2011, I made a year long commitment to lose weight and raise money for shelter dogs sitting on death row with no voice and no hope, which was very much how I felt weighing almost 400lbs when I started this project. One year later, 92lbs lighter, hundreds of stories written of struggle and triumph, a new found love for running, and now over $10,000 raised by folks donating to the amazing dog rescue Recycled Doggies as I continue on this journey. There has been an amazing outpouring of support from the community, friends, family and complete strangers who walk the road with me, giving me the strength and encouragement to keep moving forward. In October of 2014 after becoming ill, I was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis and also found out I would need total knee replacement at age 44. I have decided to keep going, keep pushing myself to lose more weight before they replace my knee in fall 2016, and also continue to raise more money and awareness for shelter dogs on this journey that all started when I agreed to foster one severely abused dog named Tristan. Please take some time to read  my blog, read about Tristan and about the amazing work Recycled Doggies does for those innocent dogs that need them the most, I promise you will be as inspired as I have been by all the amazing work they do.




Current blog post: 2.18.18  Shed your skin.























*********   VIDEO  *******    ONE YEAR LATER … SEPTEMBER 1st 2012 One year later…the journey is the destination.


Over 500lbs at my HS graduation with one of my best friends D’Anna. My battle with weight has been a lifelong struggle.


Jeans I wore 72lbs ago…



Once abused, tortured and forgotten, Tristan will now only know a life of love and kindness.




“We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize.”
― Thich Nhat Hanh




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  1. Hey Lori – I’m Dr. Jim, editor for NA Cincinnati. Just finished your article. Carol will probably send it to you shortly.

    • dogl2324 says:

      Thank you so much Dr. Jim! I love the article, especially your connection and can’t wait to share it with the dog-lbs community!

  2. Leigh says:

    Wonderful post.

  3. Julie Pratt-Gray says:

    i am also a animal lover and we foster and rescue so i want to say THANK YOU for what you are doing for all the animals you work with i will be praying that God holds you up in this time of your life i hope that you do real good and i will be keeping up with you progress so GOOD LUCK AND ALWAYS KEEP THE FAITH IN GOD AND HE WILL CARRY YOU THROUGH !!!!!! i will say a prayer for you everyday(and your babies that you are trying to save) God Bless YOU sweetie

    • dogl2324 says:

      Thank you so much Julie! I appreciate your support, kindness and certainly your prayers very much! I have said it before but I am constantly reminded how easily I would give up on myself in the past but to give on the dogs is not possible and it makes all the difference for me. Thank YOU for being an animal lover, foster, and advocate for our babies! xo Lori

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