My Favorite Workout Partner

As you may know, I’ve been on a weight loss journey for quite some time and in the last year or so, I’ve shed 135 pounds and completely transformed my body and my health.

A huge part of my weight loss has been working out, and I have to say, Sofi is one of my favorite workout buddies.  A lot of my cardio is done at the gym, but quite a bit of it has been done alongside Sofi.  We go on daily walks, which I’m proud to say have gotten faster and longer now that I’m in such good shape.  It’s always fun to find new places for us to explore on our walks.  Walking with Sofi has been such a nice way for me to take some time and appreciate all of life’s simple beauty.

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Sofi helps to remind me that even when life seems really complicated, a walk can do wonders to put things into perspective.

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After I’d lost a significant amount of weight, I decided it was time to incorporate toning into my workouts.  I have a little home workout room set up in my second bedroom, and Sofi seems to love these workouts even more than I do.

2014-06-12 09.05.22 Sofi’s kisses while I’m working out are very encouraging! She’s always interested in the strange positions she sees me getting in when I’m working out, but especially loves it when I get on the floor.  Whenever I’m doing abs work (or any other move that might take me down to the yoga mat), she absolutely attacks me with kisses and licks.  No matter how hard the workout is, she instantly makes me laugh and smile.

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3 Years Together!

2014-06-11 18.04.06On June 11, 2011, the afternoon couldn’t come quickly enough.  Just look back on this blog to see how excited and nervous I was.  I couldn’t wait to head to the airport to pick up Sofi, the puppy I’d been waiting months to meet.

One of the greatest things about Heather and Lillybits is that she sends lots of photo and video updates of the puppies while you’re waiting for the time when you can meet your puppy.  So even though I felt like I knew Sofi’s personality before I actually met her, there was still that anxiousness about how she’d react with me.

I’ll never forget that all of Sofi’s initial apprehension at being in my house rather than at Lillybits melted away as she went outside in my backyard.  She absolutely relished being outside, romping in the grass, and taking in the sunshine (which might’ve been a bit more rare in her former home in Washington state).  From that moment on, it was instant love between us.

In some ways I can’t believe that Sofi has only been in my life for three years; she’s such an important part of my life.  In other ways, the time has flown by, and I can remember her puppy days as clearly as they were yesterday.  As mature and well-behaved as Sofi is, she still has a lot of “puppy playfulness” in her, which makes her so fun.

We celebrated our anniversary with a nice, long walk and some of her favorite treats, although I’m not sure it was much different than any other day. Sofi is definitely one spoiled pup, but since she’s so smart and sweet, why not, right?

When I describe why Sofi is so important to me, I think only another single dog owner can really understand where I’m coming from.  She is my constant companion, my ultimate pal.  She wakes me up with a snuggling nuzzle and greets me at the door when I arrive home.  She’s always so excited to see me, and so happy when we go on our daily walks.  I absolutely adore her!

Here’s to many more years together, Sofi!!

Sofi, Squirrel Pursuer!

Whenever Sofi and I go on our walk, things always get a bit more interesting when ever she spots a squirrel.  She speeds up, and is in pursuit within seconds.  Not that I think she’d do anything to the squirrel if she ever had the chance to catch up.  She mostly likes to just sniff […]

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Sofi, My Sandy Beach Bum

Today Sofi and I joined my sis and Minnie at Seascape beach in Aptos, CA. We had the BEST day, as you can tell.

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Our 2-Year Anniversary

I’ll never forget two years ago, when I picked 12-week old Sofi up from the airport.  She was so scared that she didn’t want to come out of her crate, and for a little while I was worried that she wouldn’t like me.  But as soon as we got to my house and she went […]

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Sofi’s Spring Break – A Day at the Beach

Today Sofi and I joined my sister (and Minnie) and Ani (and Riley) for a fabulous day at the beach. Ani told us about Seascape Beach, which is a resort in Aptos, CA (just south of Santa Cruz) that allows the public access to a gorgeous beach where dogs can go off leash. I’d never […]

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Happy 2nd Birthday, Sofi!

Sofi is 2 years old today!!! Sofi kicked the day off enjoying the new toy my mom gave her over the weekend. The birthday girl had an impromptu party with my sister, nieces, Minnie, my friend Anika and her pup Riley. The pooches had so much fun playing.  Sofi was so happy that Minnie and […]

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Lazing in the Morning Sun

A nice way to start a Friday: finding that perfect spot of sun. TGIF!

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Sofi’s Looking Love-ly

Sofi spent the day at the “spa,” and now she’s all ready for Valentine’s Day. I love the way you can see how long her eyelashes are in these shots! She’s such a love!

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Sofi, Couch Potato

Every single night as I’m watching TV, Sofi rearranges the throw blanket and pillows on my couch. She goes through this whole ritual to get them *just right*. Like a cross between Little Red Riding Hood and The Princess & the Pea. The Ultimate Couch Potato. Call her what you will, I just call her […]

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