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Note to Self:

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. Tricia

    Get a Feliway Diffuser. It will relax the kitties & make them more accepting of any changes in the household. You can buy them at pet stores. It is like a Glade Plug-In except it releases pheromones. I use it when there is a stressful situation in the house.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thanks for the tip! I will look for it. Anything to make them feel better….

      1. Courtney

        I totally second this! We used one for about 6 months when I caught Tiki. She was having issues adjusting and it made a world of difference for all of us. Who knows… you might actually see Maya occasionally 😉
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        1. Lisa Eirene

          That’s great to know. Was there a specific brand that helped Tiki?
          As for Maya….that would be a miracle!

  2. Lisa

    I think Fat Kitty doubts your seriousness about getting a dog, but the wheels are turning regarding how this may directly affect him.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Now that we are serious about looking, we are definitely taking our time to find the right dog. I think when we meet the dog, we’ll know whether it’s OUR dog or not…

  3. Biz

    I am the same way – it’s 10:00 at night, I am hungry and I think “I have the calories!” But what sense does that make right before bed?!

    I know, Lori was a bad ass riding in that temp!
    Biz recently posted..Rudy’s BBQ Chichen Legs

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Exactly! Celebrate those extra leftover calories and leave them be!!

  4. Carbzilla

    As Chris’ wise uncle once said, “The pets will always work it out.” But there will be a period of adjustment. Chris was all worried about our cats adjusting to our new house, and they are beyond fine. They love it. Yes, I think you will know when you meet *your* dog. Of course, we can’t recommend our PDX dog sitter, Amy, enough. She quickly became a very special person in our lives (and she’s very reasonably priced). I’m always here if you want to sneak me a video or two. Or nine.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I will definitely send you a link. 🙂
      And yes, we will want the number for your dog sitter. Would she just walk Cady or actually stay at your place?

  5. Roz@weightingfor50

    Awww!!!!! The pic of Fat Kitty is priceless! Look forward to seeing your dog when you find the right one for ALL in the family! Have a great day Lisa.
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      When the time is right, we’ll know I think!

  6. Abbe@This is How I Cook

    If it is any help-my brother’s cats live upstairs and the dog lives downstairs. The cats are allowed downstairs and the dog is not allowed upstairs. Somehow it works. I was nervous about getting a second dog but I think 1st dog is much happier now. I overt hought it, that’s what hubby said.
    Abbe@This is How I Cook recently posted..Potato Kugel (Ilse’s One and Only, Not for Passover, No Eggs, To Die For Potato Kugel)

    1. Lisa Eirene

      That sounds like a great set up! We don’t have that option but we’d make something work to keep the animals happy and safe. When I got Maya as a playmate for Fat Kitty they hated each other and I was terrified that I couldn’t keep her. After 2 weeks they were best friends.

  7. Lori

    Stay very far away from greyhounds since you have kitties. When I worked in a vets office, we had recycled racers in house and that was always a big thing when adopting them out – to make sure there were no cats.

    My parents introduced a cat to their lab and at first they hated each other, but now they love to play and sleep together. It really depends on the cat’s personality. If yours are super shy or skittish, they probably will have a hard time adjusting to a dog. So, you might want to invest in some Nature’s Miracle LOL!

    Love fat kitties face 😀
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      I think we’ve ruled out greyhounds at this point, although I am still open to an italian greyhound.

      Nature’s Miracle? Okay! I will add it to the list!

  8. Coco

    I’ve always been a dog person … but, they do require more commitment than cats! I am getting lazy about cooking a healthy dinner, and then I succumb to snacking because I feel like I haven’t really eaten.
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      Dogs are definitely going to be more work than the cats.

  9. Ashleigh @ Passion for Life, Love, and Health

    That note to self is EXACTLY what I needed to hear! I get so excited when my day is over and I have leftover calories and I can have some candy. I mean, I’m pretty pleased that I stick to one serving (or even less!), but still. Those calories for sure add up over time! Plus, if I eat to my limit every day, I won’t have wiggle room on other days to go over if I want to go out to eat and splurge a teensy bit. Definitely needed to hear this today (I only have 66 cals left for the day!).
    Ashleigh @ Passion for Life, Love, and Health recently posted..How to Improve Your Attitude Toward Weight Loss

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I do the same thing!!! I don’t know why. I need the reminder sometimes too!

  10. Diane Fit to the Finish

    Love the note to self!!

    We have an older cat and when our older dog, who he got along with “okay” died, we got a puppy. We were very diligent about introducing them very, very, very sloooowly and they are “okay” together. Not best friends but good acquaintances. 🙂
    Diane Fit to the Finish recently posted..What To Do If You Overeat When Losing Weight

    1. Lisa Eirene

      “Okay” is something I’d be happy with!! LOL

  11. Miz

    same note to self here too.
    different reason.
    Miz recently posted..You’re not a priority right now.

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