Happy Fit Dog Friday!
Happy Friday furfriends!! This weekend we're finishing up our costumes, we'll have pictures to post soon!
Exercise has always been a big part of my life, recently I realized my habits got out of whack thanks to my senior year and finishing up my degree. I used to do Muay Thai and American Style boxing 4-5 times a week, as well as Jujitsu. I miss those days but it's been hard reintegrating it into my schedule.
After graduating in June I didn't think much regarding my body because i'm a healthy person, we eat right, lots of veggies, home cooked meals, nothing store bought or processed. We were constantly hiking, lots of walking...
What I didn't realize until August was that I had reached a point of being at my heaviest. Slowly packing on more calories than I was burning. I'm a foodie what can I say!
It's a personal decision to be healthy, and in August although I was "healthy" so to speak, I decided something needed to be done about my weight. Well I can proudly say since August I've lost 10 pounds! I don't normally talk about this kind of thing, it's kind of personal. But you can too! If you want to of course.
While we stress how important it is for our dogs to be healthy the same goes for us (the human counterpart of that equation), without being healthy myself their was no way I could hope to keep up with Dante and Ziva. I still eat right and i'm not worried about my cooking, but what I started doing was hitting a Zumba class three times a week and counting calories. I decreased my portion size and moved my wine indulgences to weekends only. Having two cheat days (Saturday and Sunday) really helped me to stay on track, then when Monday hits BOOM Zumba here I come! And you know what? I made my goal, i'm now working on just maintaining my new healthy eating habits and this time i'm not going to stop working out.
Same goes for my pups! Exercise and eating healthy are key components to a long and happy life.
I keep our dogs on a rotating diet of kibble. What this means is every couple months I like to switch up what they are eating just to keep things new and fresh for them.
Since every brand of dog food is slightly different, by rotating brands or even just proteins within the same brand - you are ensuring that your dog is getting a balance of differing components such as amino acids, vitamins, minerals, fats, and proteins. Some dogs *COUGH Ahem...Dante...That story HERE* become uninterested in their food over time. With rotation feedings you can help prevent this food boredom and they continue to look forward to eating. Currently Dante, Ziva, and Jack are all on Petcurean's GO! Salmon Sensitivity and Shine diet, and they love it! Even Dante my picky eater loves his kibbles.
Their is also evidence to suggest that if consistently fed the same food for their whole life both dogs and cats can develop allergies to certain ingredients.
Personally though I could imagine getting bored if I had to eat the same thing day in and day out for my whole life.
I know SlimDoggy is wrapping up their Fall Fitness challenge, but if you missed it you should head on over and check out their posts! If you didn't participate you can still go back and start the challenge from the beginning! Either way I encourage you to take a look at your exercise and eating habits, stay fit and healthy this upcoming holiday season!
Now Go Play!