I have no idea how to cleverly introduce this post other than to just start typing. I’ve never shared a whole lot on this blog about me personally . . . which is so odd because my first love/blog is IrresistibleIcing.com where I share raw and real stories about my issues with binge eating disorder and my weight loss journey.
Sharing My Weight Loss Journey
I actually have no clue who reads both of my blogs or if my readers are truly separate. I like to believe that I have a different readership at Irresistible Icing and Irresistible Pets but in all honestly, I’m really not sure.
For the longest time I never combined my two blogs and never spoke of one on the other. I thought there’s no way pet lovers would ever want to hear about my binge eating disorder and weight struggles. I also thought no way would someone interested in my weight loss story be interested in 5000 pics of Chuy.
Then it hit me that DUH, I’m interested in all of these things and I’m sure there’s enough quirky people out there just like myself! I still plan on keeping two different blogs but I’m trying to find ways to mesh and cross promote the two in a natural way.
The News That Changed Everything
Last month at Chuy’s vet appointment we came to the realization that my beautiful little baby boy is overweight. He weighed in at 12.6 lbs and the vet said for a Chihuahua of his size, he should be around 9-10 lbs max. That doesn’t seem like a lot of weight difference but when it comes to toy breeds, every ounce counts! Having your dog gain weight may not seem like a big deal to most people. It happens. They look at you with those irresistible little faces and you can’t help but give them more treats than they need. The weather gets too cold or too hot and you skip out on those daily walks. Oops.
This really hit home for me because I realized that my weight issues (and believe me they are DEEP rooted issues) have been passed down to my fur child. I’m ashamed. I’m actually pretty disgusted with myself. How did I let this happen?
Chuy is a dog. Chuy is 100% dependent upon ME. He only eats what is given to him by either myself or my husband so if he puts on weight, that is on ME. I know that I’ve probably been showing him “love” with food. Why wouldn’t I? It’s the way I was taught. That’s just a fact.
Trying To Change Old Habits
I’m working really hard on a personal level to not associate food with emotions. It should be just food, something we need in order to keep going. On the other hand that’s what makes emotional eating/weight loss so damn difficult. It’s actually been proven to be THE hardest addiction to break. If I was addicted to drugs or alcohol, I could totally avoid all situations where they are present. You can’t escape food. You need it to survive. Trust me, it’s a love/hate relationship.
I don’t want Chuy’s life to be shortened because of my bad habits. I don’t want him developing unnecessary diseases because of my choices. I know that I run the risk of dying early and getting diseases if I don’t lose the weight, but it’s never scared me enough. This time around when it comes to my Chuy, it terrifies me.
It also makes me think about what if we have “real” kids one day? I NEVER want any child of mine to go through the pain of being the fat kid. I don’t want them to know what it’s like to be bullied and outcasted because of your weight. If I don’t get a handle on my issues ASAP, then the pattern continues.
It’s the hardest thing I’ll ever do and it’s a daily work in progress. It has to be my number 1 priority over anything else. We are talking about reversing 30 years of behaviors, attitudes, emotions, memories, etc around using food as a drug. It’s painful but I know the end results are going to be worth it.
In 2010, I started blogging over at Irresistible Icing about my weight loss progress. Last week, I posted my 2014 game plan where I shared how I’ll be tracking my inches lost instead of relying on the scale. I want to find ways to incorporate exercising/healthy eating with Chuy. It’s a little challenging right now because of the weather and the early evenings, but I’m looking into how I can accomplish this.
The Future of Irresistible Pets
So what exactly was my point in sharing something like this with you? Well, I’m not 100% sure just yet but what I do know is this:
1. I wanted to “come out of the closet” so to speak about my binge eating disorder. This is a huge part of my life as Aimee and it’s only fair that I’m open and honest with you.
2. I want to use Irresistible Pets as a platform to discuss dog obesity, exercise, and healthy nutrition. I want to talk with other pet owners like yourself to see how you’ve helped your dog stay healthy.
3. Since Irresistible Pets is a DIY pet project blog, I will be creating and sharing DIY recipes that are natural and healthy for dogs. I will also include fun, interactive DIY toys that you can create at home to encourage exercise for both you and your pet!
4. I will share Chuy’s weight loss progress with you. I haven’t decided yet if this will be a weekly or monthly post.
5. I want to also share tips on how you can get fit and healthy with your pets!
I hope that you’ll continue to read my blog (or both blogs!) and follow Chuy and I in our quest to become healthy, happy, and irresistible!
Love + Paws,
Aimee & Chuy