Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Autumn and Lobita!

The chill in the air tells me it's time to move to my "winter office" which is the den with its cozy fireplace, clean and ready to use. Fall in Arizona doesn't really hit us till almost November, but when it does, I rejoice as I prepare for the holidays. It's a time for crafting, book signings and events all around the city. But none of that is as important as our daily walks. Lobita knows the drill. She goes into action with Plan A. She gets on my book crate and waits for me to put on her collar and grab her leash. If I try to ignore her and keep on writing, she goes to Plan B.

Plan B is more effective. It's harder to take walks in cold weather, but my puppy isn't going to let me get away with skipping them. Lobita comes to me at my desk and begins to paw at me as I type away at my laptop. She is relentless in her task and won't stop pawing at my arms and legs until I get up to take her out for our walk. It's hard to ignore her when her claws hurt me just enough that I have to give up my writing. Well, at least I get even with her. I went an bought her a sweater to wear. I'm not sure if it's really needed, but she still looks adorable and I can feel like I am getting back at her for dragging me out in the chilly weather.

God bless this little dog.  As a writer, I know I need to keep moving and walking as I have since April and this dog is gonna make sure I keep my weight under control this winter. If you are spending too much time writing, you need to remember that the holidays are notorious for added treats, parties and lots of comfort food throughout winter. Without constant diligence in our diets and exercise plans, we are doomed to gain at least a few more pounds we didn't have before. Our job as writers is sedentary and we forget how many hours we spend at our computers as we market and write throughout the week. If you don't have a dog to walk, it's going to be even harder to remember to take a break and WALK or do about 20 minutes of exercise every few hours. At least try to remember to stretch and go vacuum or dust in between. I know it's hard to do but your health will suffer if you don't.

If you have a dog, you're lucky. Start a walking schedule that will require you to move for about 20 minutes, twice a day. If you can't go outside, then have some play time with your pet. Get on the floor and wrestle with her or train her to do some tricks. I have to admit, I need Lobita in my life. Thanks to her, I've lost weight and I feel good for it. We go out twice a day. The weather may be cold outside, but at least there's no snow to deal with here in Havasu. She doesn't know it, but she has been a blessing to me and my husband as we go through our first fall and winter with this little "exerciser" getting us to play and walk every single day.

Think about getting a dog to walk this year. Our Lobita was a pound puppy. We saved her and now she is saving us. Happy Autumn!