How to lose weight and stay healthy – my thoughs after reading Why We Get Fat

by Sylvia

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In a recent article on how to quit sugar I told you about a book I bought and was reading Why we get fat (and what to do about it) from Gary Taubes. Now, you may wonder why I’m possibly reading this book as I’m certainly not fat and don’t plan on going on a diet anytime soon.

The reason is that I am very interested in good nutrition and maintaining a healthy weight. I’m especially interested in curbing my sugar addiction, which I believe is very unhealthy. I was hoping that this book was finally going to convince me to quit the habit, and so far it has been very successful doing that.

So why do we get fat?

There are a number of reasons why some people get fat and others don’t. It is dependent on genetic factors, hormonal factors and the kind of food we eat. It’s not as simple as eating more than you need and certainly not as simple as eating more calories than you need. Gary Taubes comes up with a lot of convincing evidence to disprove that theory.

He also disputes that fat people are somehow less strict with their diets or that they have some kind of psychological issue.

In the end he argues that the main reason people get fat is because of the kind of food you eat and shows us that carbohydrates are the main culprit.

Why are carbohydrates so bad for you?

It all has to do with how fat tissue is regulated.

Your body will burn calories from carbohydrates first. That is how your body will keep sugar levels in check. To help the body do this, insulin is secreted.

When both carbs and fats are consumed at the same time, the fat will be delegated to the fat cells. When sugar levels are decreasing, then the stored fat (both from carbs and fat) will be released from the fat tissue and used for energy.

The problem arises when too many carbohydrates are consumed. The body is working hard to keep sugar levels down and use the energy from the carbs and the (temporarily) stored fat does not get released. Fat will stay in the fat cells until the insulin level drops.

Why can many women cope with the carbs throughout life, but then gain weight after menopause?

Insulin is the main hormone that helps in the reduction of sugar levels, but it gets help from 2 enzymes. One of which is LPL (lipoprotein lipase).  The more insulin we secrete, the more active the LPL on the fat cells, and the more fat is diverted from the bloodstream into the fat cells to be stored. The hormone estrogen helps to curb this process and when levels of estrogen go down (after menopause), it leads to more fat being stored.

How then do we lose weight?

Gary Taubes wants to make one thing very clear with this book, which is that the calories in / calories out principle is fundamentally flawed. Although most nutritions and health organisations abide by the calorie counting rule, he argues that there has never been a lot of solid evidence to support the claim that consuming less calories than you you expand, results in long-term weightloss.

Other practices like undereating or doing a lot of exercize will not help you lose weight either.

The key to losing weight is eating less carbs, especially the main culprits, like refined sugars.

Why I’m now convinced that this is the way to go about losing weight

Now before you dismiss all this as a lot of rubbish or just as an opinion of one man, what makes it so convincing to me is that this whole book is based on research. Research examples go back as far as 100 years ago, and all Gary Taubes is doing is presenting all the evidence in a coherent manner.

For those that worry about higher cholesterol levels, that topic is tackled too, with (to me) convincing evidence that the benefit of elevated HDL levels outweigh the slight increase in LDL.

I was certainly not waiting to hear that our main source of food should be protein. I have never liked meat and favour carbs above any food. I believe that the reason I’ve always kept a healthy weight is that I eat it in moderation and have always balanced my carbs with plenty of leafy green vegetables, fish and cheese.

I believe though, that if I don’t stop my consumption of refined carbs now, I will gain weight after menopause, just like so many other women over 40.

Not only are increased sugar levels bad for our weight, there is plenty of evidence to suggest that it is bad for our general health as well, a topic he touches upon in the book as well.

My action plan

I’m not going to cut carbs out of my life altogether. I don’t have to, because I don’t need to lose weight. What I will do though is cut down the amount of sugar I consume even further and not eat any refined carbs. Pasta and rice will be brown, bread whole grain and apple juice will be replaced by tea and water. Biscuits are going to be limited to one a day.

Sugars are the main culprit of increasing insulin levels (and the sharp increase of metabolic syndrome around the world) and that is what I will be focussing on.

I’m cutting down on sugar for health reasons, but if you are struggling with excess weight, I encourage you to give a low carb diet a try. I have been convinced that this is the way to go when it comes to eating healthy and maintaining or losing weight.

Please note that this is just a brief summary of a book of 237 pages. For more detailed information I encourage you to read the book. Also note that this article is for information purposes only. If you are concerned about your weight or health, you should consult a medical professional for expert advise and before you start a diet or exercising regimen. However, before visiting read the book first. Many physicians don’t yet understand the benefits of a low carb diet, so it’s best to make up your own mind before going.

What are your thoughts on this?

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P.S. In order to help with cutting sugar and get ideas for sugar free recipes, I ordered the I quit sugar e-books from Sarah Wilson. A former tv-presenter from Australia who suffers from auto-immune disease. They are a great resource! I have seen first hand that quitting sugar really helps with weigh loss too.

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Sheridan

So glad to see your review on this. I’ve been following your blog precisely because I have lost so much weight (70 lbs) based on what I learned in Why We Get Fat. I thought I should look for 40+ style advice and pay some attention to trends before sinking a fortune into a new wardrobe. Thanks very much!

Christina

Hi Sheridan,
Glad to hear of your success! I similarly found Sylvia’s website, researching stylish, age appropriate clothing. I felt I needed to completely start over from scratch.
I really appreciate Sylvia’s sensible wardrobe guidance and POV.
Christina

Sylvia

You are very welcome Sheridan. Great to read that you find the information on this site useful and great to read also that what you learned helped you lose so much weight.

Christina

Sylvia – how interesting that you should review this book. I feel that this book changed my life when I read it a couple of years ago! I am a lifelong vegetarian, grew up slim, but was putting on a lb or two every year for two decades, starting in my late 20’s, in spite of the fact that I am quite active. Ironically, it was jumping on the low-fat / high complex carbohydrate bandwagon popular in the 80’s and 90’s, that caused my weight gain! At age 48, I came across this book. I thought I was well informed about nutrition, but this book completely changed my understanding of how we become overweight…not what we’ve been told! I made some simple changes to my diet – essentially, reduce carbs to about 50-80, and increase protein to about 75 grams, and add fat, in the form of butter, 35% cream and olive oil. ( I am still vegetarian). I lost 30 lbs in 4 months, without thinking about food at all, and have never felt better in my life. It has been two years, and I’ve had NO problem maintaining this weight loss. I have recommended Gary Taubes’s book to many friends. His book ‘Good Calories, Bad Calories’, is also excellent.

Sylvia

What a great success story Christina! I’m sure that many more women can benefit from this book which is why I wanted to share it here. I’ve never been a believer in dieting, but I feel that if you change some of your bad habits regarding sugars and carbs it can make a huge difference.

Christina

I’ve never believed in dieting either – still don’t! As Gary Taubes explains, the data is quite clear that dieting often leads to weight gain. Isn’t it amazing, that for more than a century, carb restriction was understood to be the key to successful weight loss? And, to learn, how politicized this whole issue has become?
I think a key to my successful weight loss, has been to keep only healthy foods in my home. If I am out at a restaurant, or at a party with friends, I will have whatever every one else is having. Then, when I am at home, I stick to a routinely low carb breakfast, lunch and supper. I think this is a healthier approach psychologically, and makes this kind of dietary approach sustainable in the long term.
One more thing that should be mentioned – we are in a ‘dieting culture’, obsessed with weight loss. Experts say this can trigger eating disorders….something middle age women ( and men!), are not immune to. From my 2 year experience, low carb eating does not trigger obsessing about food, that low calorie eating can.

Lorraine

I had never been in a diet – as you can see below, I went to WW but I don’t consider that a diet. It’s a change in eating habits. Having said that, there were some people there who started obsessing about food as a result, even though nothing is banned at WW, but they seemed to be the ones who weren’t losing weight.

Trina Grandinetti

I’ve read this book and also highly recommend it. I’m with you, I don’t really need to lose weight, but I wanted to make sure I could maintain my weight after menopause (that’s the reason I purchased the book). Since reading, I have cut back and almost completely cut out all refined carbs. I feel so much better and have noticed an increased in energy throughout the day. The best part, there was no dieting involved, just a little change of habit with big results.

Sylvia

Great to read that it worked for you Trina. I’m sure I will come back to this topic with my own results in due time.

Greetje

I have to translate this and find out what refined carbs mean in Dutch and in products. Cutting down sugar alone is not going to do the trick I am sure. Christina’s experience report says it too, but I have to find out how to increase protein. Let’s just say I like the book translated.

Sylvia

Refined carbs are mainly the sugars and anything that has been turned ‘white’ like bread, rice, pasta etc. Carbs to avoid also include potatoes.
Why not start with sugar Greetje. All you will need to do is maintain your weight and cutting (most) sugar will already make a huge difference. Other small changes you can make is to eat brown rice, brown pasta, whole grain bread. Although if you wanted to lose weight, then it would be best to cut these carbs out of your life for a while. Fruit contains a lot of sugar too, so either cut that or eat in moderation.

Greetje

I think I have already done most things. Being older than you are I have already experienced what age does to your weight and your figure. I seldom take sugar in my coffee (only when I have a coffee in a cafe). Replaced it with Sukrin which is a healthy surrogate. If I eat a lot of cakes (at the office), my weight goes up. If I leave them, my weight goes down again. Already eating whole grain bread, not much pasta or rice (but if I do they are white, so I could change that). No alcohol, no in between sweets, hardly ever crisps, no deep-fat fried stuff.
I don’t want to cut fruit out of my daily routine. Fruit is healthy for other reasons and much better than cookies. So two pieces of fruit will stay.
Really I can do the Coca Cola Max commercial: been there, done that, hahaha.

Lorraine

Greetje – I was crying when I read your article! You have nothing bad to give up!

Greetje

Why were you crying?

Lorraine

Because you don’t have any indulgences! You sound so disciplined….

Greetje

Always bear in mind that stories might not be entirely true and photos lie as well. LOL
Yes I am disciplined in food because my mother gave me this example. And I am not particularly interested in food. I like it, but I like clothes and fitting in them much more. I have come up with a simple test: if someone offers you £ 50,- cash or a dinner cheque of £100,-, what would you choose? I would immediately choose the money and run to the shops. People who like food will take the dinner cheque. So it is not so much discipline as it is preference. And as soon as I hit the shops… all discipline is completely gone hahaha. Everybody has weaknesses.

Lorraine

To be honest, although I was making a (feeble) joke, I feel exactly the same about food as you. It doesn’t rule my life, it’s a necessity, and I would rather look good. The model Kate Moss once said “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels” and while that phrase seems to have been adopted by the anorexic contingency it is right in that no food is as nice than feeling good. I know I put on some pounds in the last few years but they have gone now that I am focusing on how I look and having fun with fashion! I’ll take the money thanks!

Nanne

Low carb has become really big here in Norway too for the past years. While I’m sure it’s a great way to lose weight, I’m not sure how it works when it comes to maintaining a healthy weight. After all weightloss is not so much about dieting as it is about a lifestyle change, and in order to maintain a healthy diet for the rest of your life, you have to be able to live with that diet, otherwise it won’t work. Thus, I’m convinced that low carb is not for me, as depriving yourself from your favourite foods will usually only make you crave them even more. That said I do have a fairly healthy diet of mostly whole grain, lean dairy, veg, fruit, nuts, fish and white meat, but periodically I tend to eat too much, just because I love food. And I love bread, pasta, risotto and chocolate. On a low carb diet these foods are restricted if not totally forbidden, and I don’t think I coulc live with that. Better to have a small portion once in a while.

Many nutritionists at least here in Norway now claim that LC/LCHF is actually targeted for those in need of losing more than 20 lbs, and that people who need to loose less weight or just maintain their weight should eat less fat and protein (than a typical LC/LCHF diet recommends) and incorporate way more “slow” carbs in their diet than the typical LC/LCHF diet allows for. In short, this diet simply isn’t for everybody.

Thanks for an interesting post!

Sylvia

Thanks for your feedback Nanne. According to this book even people who already have their target weight would still benefit by limiting their carbs while protein is unrestricted. The benefit is not only limited to weight loss but all kinds of other health issues as well. I now accept that view.

However, I also realise it is unwise to cut out many of your favorite foods, so I’m not doing that either. But I will start using wholegrain options of all the main carbs and really focus on limiting sugar. Sarah’s book is all about getting rid of the craving which requires going cold turkey on sugar for a while. Even my husband has reported that after a few weeks of eating almost no sugar, his cravings have almost completely stopped.

It sounds though that you already have a good diet and no need for change. If ever you feel that weight becomes an issue, you can always consider doing something similar.

Lorraine

A very interesting article Sylvia – even more so because it backs up my own experience. Over the last few years my weight crept up gradually despite an active lifestyle so I decided to go to Weight Watchers last year. I lost 23 pounds to get to a sustainable goal weight. I don’t eat cakes, biscuits or chocolates (I am lucky that I don’t have a particularly sweet tooth) and I cook from scratch every night. We rarely have desserts. While I do believe that part of my problem was ‘portion creep,’ it was noticable that the weeks I lost weight were the weeks where I had cut down on carbs and wine consumption. I have bulked meals up with vegetables and focussed on WW suggested amounts of pasta, rice etc. As I go to the gym at least 3 times a week and do a lot of digging LOL! I can confirm that this does not lose weight. I am not depriving myself of anything, just more aware of what I am eating!

Lorraine

PS I should point out that I never ate the cakes etc and always cooked from scratch and rarely had puds BEFORE I went to WW. I hardly ever have bread, although dropping the sandwich habit when I am working outside is hard. I am not an evangelist for WW but it is a sensible eating plan and if done right should change your habits rather than be seen as a ‘diet’ you do for a while.

traceyliz65

I am a carb addict and really have to watch myself as once I get started, I crave more. My weight loss success has definitely been due to reducing them. I was so happy to have only gained one pound on vacation (drinking nightly…),but faced exhaustion when returning home and craved carbs like I haven’t in a long time! I succumbed to those cravings and gained another 2lbs in just a few days! I read an article online the travel and lack of sleep can result in carb cravings… Just a bump in the road and a big reminder that I have to treat carbs with care…

Sophie Davis

I found this article very interesting. At only just over 5ft tall, I am at the upper-end of the healthy weight chart. As a child I was too big and in this day and age would probably have been classed as overweight/obese possibly, although such things weren’t measured in those days!

Over the last five years, I have gradually put weight on and am now making a conscious effort to get it off. However, I don’t believe in diets. I eat healthily, I cook everything from scratch and don’t buy into processed foods or artificial sweetners as I believe they are too far removed from their naturally produced originals. My main issue is reducing portion size as I know I can eat like a horse!

That said, I found your article so interesting because last year I gave up carbohydrates for Lent. I expected this to have the knock-on effect of losing weight but despite sticking to no bread, potatoes, rice, pasta, cakes, biscuits, etc. for the whole time, I didn’t lose a pound. I now realise that this is because I hadn’t fully appreciated that carbohydrates are included in far more things than I thought and that the key is much more to do with sugars. For example, I ate rather a lot of bananas which I have now found out are full of carbohydrates. I will never give up bananas as I refuse to believe that fruit can be bad for me, but I now appreciate that eating a lot of fruit which has naturally occurring sugars and, therefore, carbohydrates, is perhaps not quite the thing to do. Better that I balance it with more veggies.

So, with a fresh look at my diet, I’m going to make a few simple changes to see what happens. Fingers crossed!

Sylvia

Yes, quite a few people take issue with the fact that fruits need to be limited. What Gary argues is that fruits were a lot more watery in the past and not as full of sugar as they are now. Over the years producers of fruit have made them sweeter and juicier.

Sarah Wilson advises to cut them out of your diet completely to get the sugar need out of your system. (she has an 8 week plan). Once you don’t feel the need for sugar any more (and perhaps have achieved your desired weight) then you can add some fruits back into your diet. Sarah Wilson eats 2 pieces a day (but I don’t think it’s banana….)

Lorraine

Interestingly at Weight Watchers most fruit and veg are zero points and don’t count towards your daily allowance. There are exceptions of course but regardless you are expected to show restraint when eating them.

Antoni

Hi Sylvia,

thanks so much for this! Yesterday I was visited by a close friend and she looked amazing! So good that I asked if she’d had botox 😀 It turns out that she’s cut refined carbs out of her diet. Her skin and hair look better than I’ve ever seen on her, and the change shows in her confidence! So I’m finally convinced to do the same, especially after going up two dress sizes since I turned forty :/ . I may even post before and after pics in a few months… maybe.

Sylvia

Please do Antoni and let me know of the results!

Jill

Great to read everyone’s experiences with the Carb conundrum and thanks for the review Sylvia. I made decision 6 weeks ago to cut out sugar and wheat for a while, in preparation for some surgery (being told that the inflammatory affect of wheat products is part of our cause of aches, pains, slow recovery, headaches, you name it….!) Well, skeptical as I was, I have done it for 6 weeks, had my surgery, not required any painkillers post op as nil pain, sleeping well, thinking clearer, more energy, a bulging back disc next to nil pain after 5 years daily…..maybe its in my head, but by Crikey I’m happy with the result!! Oh, and I’ve lost 5kg without ANY effort, bonus I’d say.

Sylvia

Great to read that you surgery went so well and that you had all these other pleasant ‘side effects’. Will you continue to keep cutting sugar and wheat?

Greetje

This is very interesting. I am suffering from headaches for 25 years now and I have never been able to find the cause. Tried to avoid lots of things. Never helped.
I eat wheat bran every day for the past 25 years. I am going to give it a try and replace the wheat bran for oat bran and see what happens.

Jill

Give it a go Greetje, you have nothing to lose in trying for a few weeks. Yes Sylvia, I have maintained now and have learned new ways to cater for that urge for a crusty bread roll! We are probably eating better than we have for years.

Jane

I wanted to mention another book, “The Metabolic Typing Diet” by William Wolcott and Trish Fahey. This is not a new book (copyright 2000), but it is helpful if you don’t feel you fit into one diet system. This book shows how to work with your own metabolism, to create a lifelong healthy diet. I found it very helpful when I first read it some years ago and still basically adhere to the principals.

Sylvia

Interesting. Thanks for the recommendation Jane!

Rita

It’s always interesting to get data on different ways of eating. Thanks for your review of this book, Sylvia. I’ll have to flip through it in the bookstore. As I mentioned, I gave up things with added sugar about 2 years ago. Like Lorraine, I’ve never had much of a sweet tooth (I like the salty snacks), but I read an article about sugar and it’s relationship to cancer that caught my attention. As well as giving up the occasional cookie, cake, scone (I miss those!!), and chocolate, I reviewed everything I bought (including ketchup, salad dressing, pasta sauce, peanut butter, crackers, cereals, etc.) and it was shocking how many foods contain added sugar (my husband likes Lightly salted dry roasted peanuts, and guess what…they have added sugar!) I started making my own pasta sauce, salad dressings, granola for cereal, and other things that I was buying pre-made and it has completely changed how we eat/cook. I’m an now very against any packaged foods and prefer making things myself. The tricky part is dining out, but with some investigation, you can find out what foods are prepared with sugar (most restaurants will tell you if you ask).

As a result, I don’t worry about other carbs…I just eat reasonable portions. I would never give up potatoes (eaten with the skin they are quite nutritious) or good crusty bread dipped in olive oil. I love that! I eat pasta once or twice a week, and rice maybe once a week. I eat a lot of veggies (spinach is my favorite), legumes, nuts, and some fruit (I love berries), eggs, fish, cheese, veggie-based soups, veggie pizza, and drink a lot of water and tea. Also, having given up the added sugar in packaged foods, every now and then I’ll let myself have a bit of extra dark chocolate, or a scone (home-made so I can control the sugar). Pretty simple, but it works for me. 🙂

Greetje

See Lorraine? Rita is much more disciplined than I am. There is always somebody better haha. I take my hat off to you Rita. Very wise decisions I think. I have started to buy food without additives like colour, preservatives and flavouring. My husband is not very active in this field though which does not help. (We both do the shopping and he insist in going to the supermarket.) For one thing it is much more tasteful. So that is a plus. As I don’t eat much outside normal mealtimes, I think I am not that influenced by added sugar but I agree, it is much more than you’d think.
We need to eat more fish and started with sushi yesterday.Mmmmm nice.

Lorraine

Well, I think Rita and I are lucky in that we both prefer savoury things (although I am thinking I would like some jam on your scones with my clotted cream Rita!). I usually cook from scratch so I know what I am eating (horse anyone?). I have porridge for breakfast – made with water – as the breakfast cereals were making me incredibly thirsty. When I looked at the packet I saw how much salt and sugar was in them! Also porridge keeps me going all morning, especially when I am digging LOL! Like you Greetje, I don’t eat between meals and I find that if I don’t have something in the house, I can’t eat it! If my husband buys snacks he keeps them in his car…..
Hope you are having a good weekend girls.

Sylvia

Sounds like you are all way ahead of me. Plus, I have an 11 year old in the house, who craves cookies and Nutella. So it’s always there and hard to resist for me… I’ve encouraged him to eat more cheese for snacks, and I’m now eating more of that as well. The cheese runs out very fast now….

Lorraine

It’s a lot easier when you don’t have to buy for sugar loving others! I see how people struggle at WW when they have to buy for husbands and children. Mind you, I used to reward myself with a packet of crisps for going to the gym! Now I don’t have them in the house.

Sylvia

That is my plan also Rita. Definitely have to be a bit more vigilant with those premade foods though…

Rita

Thanks, Greetje. It’s been a journey, for sure. I have my week spots definitely, but try to be good most of the time. That’s great you enjoy sushi! I love fin fish and shell fish alike prepared all kinds of ways. Yum!!

Oh, I love cheese, Sylvia! When I need a between meal snack, I try to go for that or maybe some peanut butter (sometimes on an apple, sometimes right off the spoon!). I’m like you, Lorraine…I don’t keep crisps (potato chips here in the US) in the house…they are way too snackable. I do enjoy them with a sandwich in restaurants sometimes, though. I like porridge (oatmeal), too, and it definitely sticks with me.

One thing I just can’t eat now is yogurt. In the US, the sugar content is through the roof. My sister lived in Oslo for a year, and when I went to visit her, I had the most wonderful fruit yogurt there…the sugar content was so much lower, and it had a wonderful flavor. Every now and then I’ll buy plain Greek yogurt and add my own fruit.

From reading I’ve been doing, companies like Kraft Foods, Nabisco, and others put far less sugar in packaged foods that go to Europe and other places. They also use fewer preservatives, additives, and are required to label if something has Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s_ such as soy, corn, wheat, etc.) Sadly, the U.S. does not require such labelling. Thus, I try to buy as much organic as I can to be safe.

It was a good weekend here. my husband and I went to the humane society to visit and play with the cats yesterday then to a garden center to scope out some spring planting ideas. Then today we went ice skating with my nieces and nephew (all 4 of them ages 8 and younger). The weather was almost springlike. 🙂 I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, too!

Sylvia

Your weekend sounds lovely Rita. Yes, good food labelling is so important. I don’t understand why they are so lenient about that in the US, although it could be much improved here too…

Rita

I don’t understand it either, Sylvia, but can guess it’s all about profits for the food companies and “Big Agriculture”. Until people really rebel, it won’t change, I fear. I think people are slowly becoming more aware, but we have a long way to go!

Lorraine

Cheese – don’t get me started! It is a huge weakness for me but I find that if I keep it in the fridge I don’t pick! I like it best at room temperature and am a bit funny about things that are too cold (not just cheese).
Yoghurt – I find that fruit yoghurt that is available abroad is seriously sweet and I can’t eat it. It seems much sweeter than what we get here in the UK.

I did some outfits for the style challenge on Saturday despite not feeling 100% and now have a streaming cold! I wanted to do some more but my nose is red! Also, the temperature has plummeted and it’s snowing! We had a power cut last night so I missed the final of the Crufts dog show and the final of Dancing on Ice. It sounds like you were doing your own Dancing on Ice show Rita!

Rita

I hope you are feeling much better, Lorraine! A cold + no power + snowing + missing your shows…UGH! I love to watch Crufts…we usually get it time-delayed here. I grew up with beagles and still love them, but I also love the big shaggy working dogs. My sister has a Leonberger (Rosebud) and she is so sweet. I like the Newfies and the Great Pyrenees, also.

Skating with the kids was very fun…I do love to ice skate. I started taking lessons in my 30’s and competed in free style in an adult league for a couple of years. My favorite program was to the music from “Braveheart”. I prefer just using it as exercise and playing around, though, and it’s great to be able to teach my nieces and nephews a thing or two. 🙂

Lorraine

Respect! An oceanographer, engineer and skater too! I also love the big hairy dogs. Why have a small short haired cat or dog when you have have the big hairy ones! I went to Crufts last year – the people who show the dogs need serious fashion advice!!! LOL! Red trouser suits are big in the dog world!
I am feeling a bit better today thanks although my husband is complaining of lack of sleep due to my coughing, but he should hear his snoring!

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