Run. Jump. Climb. Target. Seesaw. Walk. Target. Poles. Jump. Shoot. Target. Sounds like someone doing an interesting (and exhausting) workout, right? Well it is, but probably not what you would expect.
These are common commands given to dogs running an agility course, all while the owner sprints around it with her. Take a look at the video to get an idea of just how much agility this requires on behalf of both the dog, as well as the owner running alongside her.
Running courses like this with her cocker spaniel Tatiana is exactly what 33-year-old Erin Foley said is her favorite part of losing over 40 pounds since she started with the Diet-to-Go program back in January.
"Tatiana is fast and wants to run the agility course at top speed,” said Erin. “She looks disappointed in me if I can’t keep up!”
After seeing a dietitian for almost a year and never losing more than 5 pounds, Erin took the advice of an old co-worker and ordered Diet-to-Go low-carb meals last January.
Between working full-time as a copywriter, running her own small business, volunteering for a local non-profit dog training school, dog agility competitions and playing the viola for the Montgomery Philharmonic orchestra, one of Erin’s biggest struggles was planning out healthy meals that fit into her hectic life style.
“I’ve tried low-carb diets before but I failed at meal planning, so I ended up starving (and grumpy!),” said Erin. “There are many days when I’m just way too busy to cook a meal.”
Erin said not having to worry about cooking is one of the best parts for her, and that eating Diet-to-Go meals has taught her a ton about proper, balanced nutrition. Learning from the experience and making a lifestyle change is as important to Erin as losing the weight is.
“I started with the 5-day breakfast, lunch and dinner plan, but now that I have a better handle on low-carb meal ideas, I make my own dinners,” explained Erin.
Erin’s goal is to use Diet-to-Go to help her get her weight down to between 150-160 pounds.
“I will likely continue to get the breakfasts even when I’m at my goal weight,” said Erin. “I love them so much and it’s a real timesaver.”
And of course, losing the weight comes with the added bonus of being able to keep up with Tatiana on the agility course.
“I have found that the more weight I lose, the more I want to be moving,” said Erin. “It’s so much easier to run around the agility course with my dog now that I’m 40 pounds lighter.”
** Check out Erin's website: Geeks Dream Girl, for fun articles about everything from anime and comics to gaming conventions and more, plus help finding "geeky" love.
Author: Caitlin Hendee
Diet-to-Go Community Manager
Caitlin is a journalist by trade and an avid runner. She is passionate about maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle and encouraging people to engage in common-sense eating. Caitlin believes in living a well-rounded life, to include balancing time with family, friends, fitness and food.