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Thank goodness for James.  If it wasn’t for his guilt-inducing puppy eyes, I might have never peeled myself away from my desk during my lunch break for a nice, long walk.


2.0 miles, done and done. Thanks, buddy!


Speaking of puppy eyes…


Maggie has been workin’ it lately.  You see, last time I took Maggie to the vet, the vet felt around her abdomen, stepped back and stared at her waist, and said, “You know she’s still overweight, right?”  Immediately, I replied, “She’s not overweight!  You told me last time that she was a perfect weight.”  He stared at me like I was delusional, flipped through his records, and pointed to the part where he had written ‘informed owner that dog needs to lose weight.’  Oops.  You hear what you want to hear, right?  Anyway, so Maggie was put on a strict diet (basically portion control) as well as an exercise program (around the block with bigger and faster James).  Healthy living time for Maggie Britney Spears Thatcher (yes, that is her full name; don’t judge).


The vet also recommended that we stop giving her so many dog treats and feed her carrots and apples instead, which she is obsessed with – hence the puppy eyes.  I can’t even slice an apple without her little brown eyes boring into my soul.  The result?  Maggie has lost several pounds and is near a healthy weight; very important for dachshund spines!


That’s my story of the day.  Smile 


And here’s lunch:


A healthier version of Chinese fried rice – I combined brown rice, carrots (one for Maggie, a handful for me…), kale, and two scrambled eggs with a drizzle of soy sauce.  Mmm.


Plus, a raspberry/banana smoothie and a bunch of pumpkin seeds.

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Friday dance time!



  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) February 17, 2012, 3:31 pm

    Smoothies always seem like they would be so good, but I just can’t get into them. Fried rice is a different story! YUM! I’m with Maggie, apples and carrots are perfect treats! Have a great afternoon Caitlin!

  • emily February 17, 2012, 3:32 pm

    I’m glad Maggie is getting healthy! That is totally the rub with dachshunds; they have the best begging skills but are the worst prepared for weight issues. We are being really careful to keep Webster from getting heavy to begin with because I know I’ll act like a totally psycho pet mommy if I have to put him on a diet!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 17, 2012, 3:36 pm

    We had 2 dogs when I lived in the Middle East – one was super thin and the other was a bit tubby around the waist, but it didn’t seem to stop my sister from feeding her processed cheese slices (which she ADORED – I think it’s gross!)
    I think Maggie knows there’s something growing inside of you (ya know… about the size of a Harry Potter book) and wants to make sure she still gets the usual amount of attention!

    • CaitlinHTP February 18, 2012, 8:51 am

      My family dogs were obsessed with kraft cheese too! LOL

  • Becca @ Blueberry Smiles February 17, 2012, 3:37 pm

    Your smoothie looks delicious. Happy Friday

  • kathleen @ the daily crumb February 17, 2012, 3:42 pm

    my pups are currently giving me those eyes. time to head out for some fresh air!

    your smoothies have looked especially delicious lately 🙂

  • Grace @ What Grace Cooked February 17, 2012, 3:42 pm

    My dog won’t leave me alone when I’m slicing apples or carrots either! Obnoxious 🙂 But his absolute favorite is pineapple.

  • Claire February 17, 2012, 3:48 pm

    You should post some Maggie before and after pictures, 30 day shred style

    • Caitlin February 17, 2012, 3:48 pm

      haha i should’ve! she had a sweet neck roll for a while.

    • Mel @ MelRuns February 17, 2012, 8:37 pm

      This comment made me laugh!! 🙂

  • Robin February 17, 2012, 3:48 pm

    Maggie is so cute! It’s great she’s being healthy. I have a dachshund as well. I was wondering, how long (distance) can you usually walk Maggie? We try to walk Wesley with our other, larger dog, but his little legs don’t last too long!

    • Caitlin February 17, 2012, 3:52 pm

      She can go around a city block twice before she conks out and I have to carry her. And it has to be nice weather out to achieve that – she won’t walk if its too hot or too cold.


  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife February 17, 2012, 4:00 pm

    Awww look at those eyes!

    Yummy-looking smoothie–I kind of want one now…. 😉

  • Calee February 17, 2012, 4:03 pm

    I love your doggie! She’s adorable.

    I have a doxie too, and he REFUSES to walk. He needs to lose a little bit of weight (not much) but when I take him out, he plants his butt down and anchors with all his might. I have taken him for a few “drags” (he has a harness, so I’m not choking him).

    He used to love to go on walks, but he hates it now. I think a lot of it is territoriality. If we go to a park, he’ll walk. But I don’t always have time to take him out of his circle of territory (which grows larger).

    I’ve tried treats (which doesn’t work if we’re trying to get him to lose weight). I’ve tried everything. It’s ridiculous. I just want a pal to hang with on my walks. 🙁

    • CaitlinHTP February 18, 2012, 8:53 am

      Interesting! Maggie plants her butt too but when its too hot or cold.

  • Calee February 17, 2012, 4:04 pm

    Also, my dog used to go on short runs with me (1-2 miles) — and man he’s fast. We’d go on 3-4 mile walks and he was fine on those, unless it’s hot out. Next time I get a doggie, I have to get something athletic. But I so love doxies!

    • Sonia the Mexigarian February 17, 2012, 4:28 pm

      We currently have an Aussie Shepherd and he is so much fun to run with. :)Loads of energy and very smart. I heard Rhodesian Ridgebacks are good long distance runners. Then again, many pups in the pound would love a good run 🙂

  • erica February 17, 2012, 4:05 pm

    my friend has a dachshund and the vet told her that he was “morbidly obese”…they had to get him diet food, and lessen his treats consumption…in addition to the fact that they moved from an apartment to a house (more running around room) he’s lost a lot of weight and is now at a healthy weight!

    go maggie! you can do it!!!

  • Ali G. February 17, 2012, 4:10 pm

    You are the healthiest eating pregnant person! I love coming to your site for ideas/motivation. Keep up the good work!

  • Brittney February 17, 2012, 4:28 pm

    Haha, Maggie is so funny 🙂 I see her tell-tale dachshund flipped ear in that close-up. A constant problem for Clyde!

    • Theresa @ActiveEggplant February 17, 2012, 7:07 pm

      My doxie Dottie has the same ear problem! I seriously thought it was just her!

      One of Dottie’s favorite treats is sweet peppers – she loves loves loves them. I think they’ve actually overtaken broccoli as her favorite!

  • Army Amy* February 17, 2012, 4:36 pm

    That smoothie is the most delicious color! I know what I’m making when I get home from work!*

  • Chelsea February 17, 2012, 4:56 pm

    Awh yay for Maggie getting healthy as well haha ;)!

  • Stephanie C February 17, 2012, 5:39 pm

    Can we see some before and after pics of Maggie? 😉

  • Katie @ Peace Love & Oats February 17, 2012, 5:45 pm

    Oooooo I just finished a 12 miler and that smoothie looks so good right now… I love that Maggie enjoys apples and carrots, I think it really depends on the dog! My dog growing up would eat anything EXCEPT fruits and veggies, but my brother’s dog now will eat them all!

  • Molly @ RDexposed February 17, 2012, 6:23 pm

    We totally had to put our beagle on a diet, too!
    I bet Maggie is searching the Internet for doggie t-shirts that say: Will do doggie treadmill for table scraps.

  • Bizzle February 17, 2012, 6:45 pm

    I just adore dear Maggie. Weird, right…since I don’t know her. My childhood doxie, Sushi Solo Matthews, “Solo” since she was so low to the ground, lost weight on carrots and lived to be 17 1/2! Carrots are magic!!

    My other doxie, Snooker, was a dedicated meat eater and would totally turn his nose up at carrots…and while he did live a long time, not nearly as long as my carrot loving Sushi.

    • CaitlinHTP February 18, 2012, 8:53 am

      Sushi is a cute name for a dachshund 🙂

  • Lisa February 17, 2012, 6:46 pm

    I don’t know what kind of dog food you feed Maggie. I switched my over-weight Labrador to Beneful healthy weight. She changed into a different dog. Her coat is beautiful and shiny, she has lost weight and has tons more energy. It was so noticeable that I switched our non-overweight dog to the regular Beneful. I had been feeding a much more expensive brand before now, with the promise of less waste, but I have switched. The other dog is now showing the same energy and shiny coat. I’m not affiliated in any way, just a satisfied customer. I also had to forbid the family from feeding them people food.

  • Sneakers2Sandals February 17, 2012, 6:58 pm

    My pup loves carrots, apples and bananas. He KNOWS the sound of opening a banana peel. It’s so funny and cute. As soon as I peel open my daily banana the dog comes running :).

    Also, the sound of him biting into a carrot makes my heart do a little dance.

  • Laura Jane @ Recovering Chocoholic February 17, 2012, 7:25 pm

    What a great excuse for a walk! I’ve never had a dog, but a neighbor’s dog used to always follow me on 3 mile jogs – the whole way! I loved having company.

  • Mel @ MelRuns February 17, 2012, 8:27 pm

    I get so busy/worried that I need to be as freakin’ productive as possible during the day that I rarely stop to make myself a solid lunch like you do! I also work from home, and find too many pb&j’s passin these lips. I shall make a better effort, though. Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  • Lauren February 17, 2012, 8:36 pm

    I feel like they always tell us that our dog needs to loose weight but he’s only 12 pounds. Part of me thinks it’s a ploy to buy their “special” diet food that they sell incredibly overpriced in the vet’s office.

    Who knows but as long as she is healthy and happy. 🙂

  • Sarah February 17, 2012, 9:39 pm

    It is impossible to resist the pleading of doggy eyes.

  • Katie @ Talk Less, Say More February 17, 2012, 10:33 pm

    Whoa that lunch looks delicious!!! If someone would make that for me I’d give my best puppy eyes. (I’m sure Maggie would do them better though…) 😉

  • Khushboo February 17, 2012, 11:48 pm

    Next time add sesame oil to your fried rice- really takes the flavor up a notch!

  • J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) February 18, 2012, 12:53 am

    We have a Chiweenie, a dachshund and chihuahua mix, and since we adopted him last fall, he’s put on a few pounds! Our cats are also overweight, but since we switched them to Blue Wilderness grain-free, gluten free dry food (petsmart), they’ve been slimming down. Our Chiweenie also eats the grain-free food but he eats too many treats, the cat food, and hasn’t walked as much in the winter. So now we have to work on his weight, lol.

    So if you can, reduce the grabs or eliminate them completely. They’re so bad for our pets, I wish I knew sooner. They also make grain-free dog treats, same brand. Their web site often has coupons, too. 🙂

  • Jen February 18, 2012, 1:52 am

    Awww…good for Maggie! Please tell her for me that she looks FABULOUS! 🙂

  • Jane February 18, 2012, 2:38 am

    Beautiful dogs! Your walk looked lovely too 🙂

  • Dynamics February 18, 2012, 3:31 am

    I feed my daughter’s dog green beans, carrots and an occasional apple. I also dehydrate sweet potatoes for him. He has to do tricks first to earn a treat. He also likes to help himself to the carrots in the garden. Works to keep his weight down. Seems in another life he went hungry so he likes to keep a tad bid of extra weight on him. LOLOL Yes, she took him to a Dog Whisperer.

  • Mary February 18, 2012, 9:25 am

    My dog goes nuts for bread crust. My youngest son won’t eat the crust off anything (sandwich, toast) so if my dog hears the bread bag crackle or catches a whiff of the white bread (still not sure what tips him off) he will come busting in from wherever he is and hold vigil for some crust to come his way:). Hilarious!!!

  • Linz @ Itz Linz February 18, 2012, 11:10 am

    my dog has really bad skin allergies and so she is on a strict diet… her food consists of this hydrolyzed soy dry food that is only available at vets (yes my dog is vegan haha) and the only “treats” we are allowed to give her are sweet potatoes that have been cooked in the oven!

  • Amber K February 18, 2012, 2:04 pm

    Aww, so hard to resist puppy eyes. Glad she’s getting healthy!

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