Pete the Bolter, my Executive Assistant, has been with me over two years, adopted from a Harris County No Kill Animal Shelter out in Cypress, Texas.

Pete would like to respectfully suggest that you check out your local animal rescue groups and shelters when looking for a new pet family member.  Don’t want a puppy?  There are lots of adult dogs, cats, birds and more in need of a forever and loving home.

This is Shelly Belly, my former personal bodyguard, another one of our “rescued” dogs who stole her way into our hearts.  She’d been at a rescue shelter for several months, was adopted and returned, before my youngest son and I found her.  Shelly passed away after many wonderful years with us, adopted as an adult, and she will always be my Pointy-Earred Princess.

Adopt a pet, save a life, and perhaps your own.

Week 10 of my reinvention.  Back on the 12th of September I posted a blog entry about we weighty many, we middle-aged people, getting active and taking control of our diet and weight.  This is not an unselfish idea, since my weight has ballooned from 108 pounds in 1985 to almost 200.  Almost a hundred pounds.  Going from a former scuba diver to couch potato…

Jazzercise and Weight Watchers have carved 4 inches off my waist during the past 10 weeks, and almost 10 pounds.  I would’ve lost more but I love wine and food, and am slothful when it comes to keeping track of my WW points.

How are you doing?  Did you pick up a new fitness routine this summer?  Swimming, or running, aerobics perhaps?  Don’t let self doubt and selflessness rob you of the opportunity to make yourself feel better.

Yes, I’m no poster kid for Weight Watchers, but I’m trying, and that’s all part of the journey.  As my childhood friends Robert and John say, baby steps.

Seize the day, the dog’s leash, your loved one’s hand, whatever it takes to get yourself moving.  Cooler weather is on its way.  Crunch some fall leaves under your feet if you have them.  Heck, make a leaf fort and play with your kids or grand kids.  Seize the day and make it yours.

*http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carpe_diem

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