Forward into a new year, new possibilities and a new hope for the world to be a kinder place for both two and four legged beings. I am reflecting on 2011 as a true gift and letting go of the heartbreak, loss and darkness of which there was plenty. From that place came an unexpected hope in the form of a terrified, heartbroken dog and  along with him the many lessons of patience, trust, loyalty, kindness and an understanding of love like I have never known. On a cold day in February he saved a terrified, heartbroken girl.

The dog-lbs project has changed my life and I look forward to the next step, which is simply one foot in front of the other sticking with my original plan of moving more, eating better and eating less. Thirty three satisfying pounds can’t be wrong.

Here is what I have learned in 2011…

  • Muscle weighs more than fat… even when you think it’s just an excuse.
  • Any way you slice it gluten free bread tastes like a brillo pad.
  • Swimming makes you feel like a kid again.
  • If your twin wrestles big boy…it’s the twin coming out on top every time.
  • Couch cushions are nice, but not a necessity.
  • Family is not defined by titles or bloodlines but by the moments that matter most.
  • One of the best sounds in the whole world is hearing Tristan snore as he lays sprawled out on the couch.
  • People will walk away and eventually you have to find a way to move on without them like it or not.
  • Fruit soaked in vodka is not healthy. Tasty yes, healthy no.
  • People you have never met can be an amazing source of strength, love and kindness.
  • When you find yourself in the darkness, at a point of no return….don’t give up on yourself.

Here’s to a new year filled with lots of fun adventures, love, laughter for everyone and less of me.










  1. Belinda says:

    Miss Lori,
    I just discovered your blog earlier this week and have not been able to get one thing done since then. I always knew that you were a remarkable person (one of my favorite people, whom I always think of fondly, even though I rarely get to see) but this blog has just brought this all to the forefront. I never knew what an eloquent writer you were and these posts have brought me to tears more than once. I look forward to taking this journey with you.

    Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers and you will be my inspiration through my own struggle with weight loss (although that is on hold until May because I am expecting my first baby in May!!).

    I would love to get together some time. Please feel free to contact me. And tell your & my friend Scott that I said hello!

    Happy New Year!

    • dogl2324 says:

      Belinda I was so touched to get this post, I too think the world of you and I am so glad to reconnect! Look for my e-mail soon! xoxo

  2. stacie says:

    LOVE YOU!!! xoxo

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