inspiration, half & half and the reality of it all…..

Today I woke up the same as yesterday made my coffee poured my half and hal….oh, wait. Today was not like yesterday. Today is the day that I realized this whole journey of weight loss and saving dogs is so much bigger (pun intended) than even I had realized. Today is the day that people from all over the country and OTHER countries had a connection to what I am doing and wrote kind words, encouraging words, offered support and pledged money and in a time when things are hard financially for so many, it speaks volumes for the animal lovers in the world! Today is the day a friend of mine took the time to do a small gesture that ended up unlocking the door for this effort. Today someone had the courage to be completely honest and share a little bit of themselves without judgement, and I was moved, humbled and touched beyond words.

Today I realized that what I want is to lose weight, and save dogs but I also want to be inspired and inspire those that feel connected to this project. I am well aware that without the support element of this journey, I fail. I want this to be a safe place for anyone who wants to share their struggles, whether it’s weight or something else. So much hate in the world, cruelty toward innocent animals, children, against each other…people who think differently, look differently, love differently…and if stopping here once a day or once a week can make you laugh, be inspired or inspire others then that is my greatest hope.

Today I realize this IS going to happen, and I have to tell myself to slow down and enjoy the ride as it is truly a gift and I want to share it with as many people as possible.

Today is definitely not the same as yesterday because today I am not using half and half in my coffee anymore……. 🙂

Have a safe and fun holiday everyone! Love on those doggies and other animal cuties if ya have em!




  1. Allison in E ON says:

    Great post, Lori … I was drawn back here again today to see how you’re doing … and to remind myself to keep on track. I feel a connection to your journey – perhaps bec we’re starting out at the same time, but prob moreso bec of the dog connection. I am currently trying to place the last two out of the five pups that my rescued JRTx had in mid-June … I adopted Lucy at the end of April, only to find out she was HW+ and pregnant. It’s been a dog-focussed summer; Puppies are a LOT of work! But my animals are the most imp thing in my life, after my kids … And as I see Lucy coming back into herself (vs a mom!) it gives me hope, and reminds me that there will be a life for me after my kids get a bit older, too!

    Wish you all the best – and thanks for sharing!

  2. Mary Stevens says:

    I think what you’re doing is great + I wish you much success. I’d like to share something w/ you – I’m an arm amputee that resulted from a severe dog bite. I was bit by a dog I had rescued 2 yrs earlier. It was not aggression based + we’ve never really figured out what triggered it. I still have rescued dogs + have no fear of dogs at all. Quite simply, like you, I love dogs + can’t hold what happened w/ one dog against a breed or type of animal any more than I could hold what one person does against other people.
    Since I lost my left arm (below the elbow), I had to rebuild myself physically. I have always been active + loved gyms and sports. The biggest thing I have learned is to NEVER assume I can’t do something just because of my arm. This is a lesson that I think anyone on your journey can use. I remember in the hospital, I thought that I would never be able to do a push-up again. It took a while but I figured out how to do them. The day I did was huge to me but I felt kind of silly for thinking it was such a big deal. The next day, I had a training session w/ my trainer and I was going back + forth in my mind as to whether to be proud of it or not. I decided I was going to be proud, + when I told him, he wanted to know how. We tweaked how I was doing them (I was using dumbbells w/ my prosthesis) + then were walking into the weight room. Justin looked at me and said, “Do you know how huge this is? There is so much we can build from on this!” That meant the world to me because someone realized what a huge step I had made. I do boot camp classes + am even doing pull-ups.
    It is so easy for us all to put limits on ourselves. I was doing a boot camp class last week + our trainer had us doing a push-up countdown (10 push-ups, then 9, then 8, etc). She offered the option o doing them on knees or toes. Now all of these women are in decent shape + come to the class regularly. Afterward, in the lockerroom, about 5 of them complained about doing the push-ups + kept saying they “couldn’t do push-ups”. I really wanted to correct them since they all could do push-ups but just don’t work on them. I didn’t because for some reason, it really irritated me that day (wrong, I know, but part of me did think, “They have 2 arms + were doing them on their knees. I was doing them w/ a fake arm on my toes!”) but since it was not going to come from a good place in me, I kept my mouth shut. I hope I get the chance again soon to tell them (from a better place in my heart) that if they don’t want to do push-ups, that is fine but not to tell themselves that they can’t. My trainer will sometimes ask me if I think I can do something. If it’s something I haven’t tried, I always say the same thing, “I don’t know but let’s try!” Please try to do that. The little victories are huge, even if they might seem silly. They are the building blocks for so much more! Good luck + I look forward to reading about your journey!

    • dogl2324 says:

      Hi Mary,

      I am inspired and I am printing out your post and tacking it up on my refrigerator…for the times that I think I can’t do it, when I am about to make a bad choice, when I feel like no one has felt like I feel….I can read again the your words and know that we all have struggles, challenges that seem unbearable but they can be overcome. Thank you for sharing, for caring about this project and for having an enormous capacity to love the dogs again after what you went through.


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