Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Another Sam Diet Update (#7)...

I can describe her current progress in two words - Not Good!

It has been 21 days since her last report and in that time she's managed to gain half a pound!  Ugh...  At this rate, we'll be dieting forever.

Despite her weight gain, I think her face is looking skinnier.  She's also still carrying around loads of extra skin.  It's super-attractive!  (much like my upper arms...)

Anyway, she's still on the same prescription diet food as before.  And I'm still feeding her the same measly amounts.  But after such an awesome report last time, the only difference is me.  I relaxed my super vigilance and she's managed to find other sources of food.  Particularly regular cat and dog food.

Let me explain.  Sam gets me up every single night sometime between 1 and 4:30 AM to feed her.  (As I discussed previously, the consequences of not feeding her during these times is a bad case of Samsonia.)  I feed Sam her special food and also give the other animals some food as well.  Until recently I would sit there and wait for each of them to finish.  If the other cats or dog didn't eat everything I would put the rest of it away.  But it's been cold and I'm tired and she was doing so well, I've been sneaking off back to bed before they were all done.  Sam has taken this golden opportunity to sneak in some extra food.  She particularly likes Gabriel's dog food.  All of these extra calories have caused her to gain in half a pound in the past 3 weeks.

I've learned my lesson though and will just have to suck it up and wait the extra 10 to 15 minutes during the middle of the night before climbing back into my nice warm comfy bed.  Sigh...  Lesson learned.

She is getting more limber now.  Used to be she couldn't stretch back there.
By the way, do you know that every time I'm out of town and this job falls to Mr. Quilting Bug, not one of the pets wakes him up.  No late night potty breaks for the dog and no midnight feedings for the cat.  But if I'm at home, they will harass me constantly until I get up and do their bidding.  Harumph!

So as of today, Sam's new stats are...
  • Starting Weight - 17.9 lbs
  • Target Weight - less than 14 lbs
  • Last Weigh-in - 16.3 lbs
  • Current Weight - 16.8 lbs
  • Net loss - gained 0.5 lbs
  • Total Weight Lost - 1.1 lbs
Until later...

O Lord, hear my plea for justice. Listen to my cry for help. Pay attention to my prayer, for it comes from honest lips. 
Psalm 17:1 (NLT)

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