Puppy + Patience

Hey guys, and Happy Tuesday!

Let’s talk about puppies and patience.

Obviously puppies needs *lots* of patience from their owners – potty training, accidents, chewing, nipping, early mornings, etc. Serina is certainly no exception, although at times it’s hard not to get frustrated, I’m the first to admit. Does this mean she’s a bad puppy? Absolutely not! She’s only been alive for 7 weeks and is sooo very new to the big ol’ world! Saying “off” and “no” are just part of the process – did you know that it can take puppies 4-6 months or longer to become potty trained? Yes, it’s true! (And can I get an “amen” for concrete floors in the apartment – they make cleaning up SO much easier than on carpet, tile, or wood.)

Serina is a giant reminder to exercise patience and grace … just as I should with myself, as I learned in residential this summer! I’ve had a terrible cold to boot, so it’s been difficult to be patient and practice grace at times with her, especially when I’m literally feeling like the walking dead. But the joy I feel from her in my life FAR outweighs any rough moments, and I gotta admit, she is an amazing cuddle buddy for when I’m feeling especially icky! (And thankfully, I work on Friday and Saturday this week, so I have plenty of time to recover before heading out into the world again.)

Onto my eats for the day!

For breakfast, I fried two eggs, toasted a slice of bread and spread it with butter … I topped my eggs with black bean and corn salsa, and cut up a few cherry tomatoes as a side. 🙂 Yummy and just about right for a girl with a cold and little appetite.

Soon after breakfast, I proceeded to have a mini-panic attack, boo. It subsided about an hour later. I put puppy in bed with Luke to hang while it happened, and thankfully they both slept through it. (Yes, that lump below is my sleeping man!)

By about 1:00 p.m. I was over my attack, thank goodness! And around 2, I was definitely hungry for a real lunch, so I make a sandwich (turkey, pepper jack cheese, spinach, whole wheat bread, ranch) and sliced up a small Honeycrisp apple and added a dab of PB.

I made my usual snack of carrots, salsa, and ranch dressing around 5 after a long nap with the pup, and I drank some Earl Gray tea – tea is my life when I’m sick.

Dinner was a nice big chicken salad with chicken breast, tomatoes, bleu cheese, pepper jack cheese, spinach, ranch, and of course some salsa. 🙂 I topped it all with a fried egg.

After dinner, I took Serina for a nice walk, probably the longest one she’s ever been on in her little life, to work out some of that puppy energy! It did the trick, and I enjoyed taking her out! I foresee long walks in our future.

Now we’re off to rest after that long walk!








Eating for Gains + That New Puppy Smell

It’s been quite the past two days with our new baby Serina – she’s slowly getting the idea to go potty on walks and is walking on the leash as well as a  7 week old puppy can!

And how are the cats reacting, you might ask? They’re *tolerating* the puppy but they’re not thrilled. I apologize for the blurry photos, these were taken at night.

We’re trying to give tons of kitty cuddles out as much as we can!

Unfortunately, I woke up with a head cold/sore throat, and I honestly wasn’t feeling my best today – see my bun look below (the bun doughnut is a last resort for me usually).

I also realized while looking in the full body mirror at Eddie Bauer that I’m “skinny fat.” That means I’m skinny but I have no muscle. My goal is to change that by modifying my diet (eating 3-4 times a day) and hitting the weights at the gym with Luke once I’m feeling better – watch this spot!

For today though, I simply changed my diet a bit.

Breakfast was 1/2 C of oatmeal with pumpkin, banana, and PB. YUM! I ate around 9 a.m.. and wasn’t hungry again until lunch.

Now, we were out of food for lunch and dinner, so I had Luke pick me up a Boar’s Head salad at Pak A Sak when he drove over to see his friend Marc, and we made plans to go grocery shopping. This salad had cheese, ham, bacon, an egg, cucumber, tomatoes, and ranch dressing. This happy little salad was consumed around 2 p.m. and kept me very full. 🙂

After I ate lunch, I took Serina over to my mom’s house to play! Mom and my twin sis Jenny were there and helped me wear her out!

The pupper frolicked and played and rolled in the grass and of course received extra loving from my mom and Jenny!

After Serina’s hour long play at Mom’s, we put her in her crate to sleep (and sleep she did!), and Luke and I ran to Sam’s Club for some bulk food. We’re lucky to live close to United, Sam’s Club, and Walmart, so food is always very accessible.

My snack eaten around 5:20 ish – it was an un-pictured glass of grapefruit juice, a large organic carrot, and some baby tomatoes tossed with S+P and red pepper hummus on the side.

After Luke headed to work at 6, I began my copious tea-lemon-honey drinking. I used Earl Gray, and it soothed my darn throat while my sweet little charge slept and slept! Serina and I tried to keep our attitudes positive with all this sickness – Luke had it first, and now it’s my turn.

(Yes, she ended up sleeping on my shoulder!)I ate dinner around 7:40 – I had a Brussels sprout and kale bagged salad with chicken on top and some black bean salsa (my fav).

Serina and I watched TV (well, mainly me – she was asleep most of the time) with the sleepy kitties and waited impatiently for Luke to come home (midnight) with some NyQuil.

Eventually he came home to much fanfare from pup …

… and kitty alike!

Alrighty, I’m off to nurse this cold!


~ Mandy 🙂