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Year of the Dog serial novel, chapter 22

I’m posting a Humorous Christian Romantic Suspense serial novel here on my blog! Year of the Dog is a (second) prequel to my Warubozu Spa Chronicles series. Year of the Dog serial novel by Camy Tang Mari Mutou, a professional dog trainer, is having a bad year. While renovating her new dog kenneling and training facility, she needs to move in with her disapproving family, who have always made her feel inadequate—according to them, a job requiring her to be covered in dog hair and slobber is an embarrassment to the family. She convinces her ex-boyfriend to take her dog for a few months … but discovers that his brother is the irate security expert whose car she accidentally rear-ended a few weeks earlier. Ashwin Keitou has enough problems. His aunt has just shown up on his doorstep, expecting to move in with him, and he can’t say no because he owes her everything—after his mother walked out on them, Auntie Nell took in Ashwin and his brother and raised them in a loving Chri

If you've struggled with weight loss like me ...

If you’re fine with how you look, you can skip this post. But I’ve been battling my weight almost my entire life and this year I want to do something about it. I’ve failed so many times and I wanted to figure out what I could do so that I wouldn’t fail this year.

One thing I’m doing is blogging my goals to you guys. Nothing is more motivating than a public confession that my bum is the size of Oregon. I used to be okay because my upper body wasn’t really that obviously big, but now I’ve started to squeeze out of my bras like toothpaste out of the tube, which means I can no longer delude myself.

I read The One Day Way by Chantel Hobbs, and I have to say, this was a great book to make me change my mindset for weight loss and healthy living. She really delves into the different way you have to think in order to accomplish your health goals and not give up by the end of January.

It really has helped me to make better eating choices and to exercise every day. I really needed a book like this, that explored the mental aspects of discipline, in order to be able to calm the fears that I won’t stick with a new healthy lifestyle.

So here’s hoping and praying I’ll stick with my new healthy lifestyle from here on out. Please pray for me! And if you’re struggling, too, let me know so I can pray for you!


Ladette said…
I've read a different book by her and really enjoyed it. I'm still trying/wanting to lose weight as well.... It's a daily process.
Anonymous said…
I would love it if you add me to your prayer list. I have lost about 8 lbs this year (so far) but I want to stay on track!! ~Lisa (of Save Almaden Lake)
Holly Magnuson said…
Thanks for sharing this Camy. I'm struggling with this as well. My goal is to get off of blood pressure medicine, which means loosing the weight and exercise. So I know where you're coming from! Love ya!
Sarah said…
Camy, I can totally identify!! I am feeling the same way these days. I have lost 6 pounds since the start of the new year and I'm happy with that but I also know myself and know that I have very little restraint. My problem is that I can take it off, some times easier than other times, but I don't keep it off. When life hits a rough patch, I fall off the wagon... and then I have to chase that confounded wagon later, as heavy as I was before. Grrr. I make myself crazy! Not this year though! I want to look and feel fantastic! I'm tired of hating how I look in clothes!! I am praying for you and would love if you would pray for me too!
~Sarah Penner
Camy Tang said…
I've read several of her books and really like her style! She's a straight shooter but she does it in a nice way. :)
Camy Tang said…
Congrats on the 8 pounds! I'll be praying for you!
Camy Tang said…
I can relate to wanting to get off meds! One reason I'm exercising and doing green smoothies for breakfast is to lower my cholesterol!
Camy Tang said…
That's great you lost 6 pounds already! I can totally understand not being able to keep it off, that's my problem, too. I'm approaching this as a lifestyle change rather than just a diet and making choices with the view that I will be eating like this the rest of my life. So I make sure I have small treats, so I don't feel deprived. :)
Personally, I think you're perfect the way you are, Camy, but it comes down to how we feel about ourselves. As I've gotten older...approaching 49 in July, I've learned I can eat what I want in moderation as long as I continue my exercise routine. I've had two back surgeries, so in order to keep my back in good shape, I do an hour a day on my treadmill. No excuses, it's like going to work every day, I have to do it. I'll have to check out Chantel's book...I love books on health and fitness. Wishing you the best, but I know you can do whatever you set your mind to...just look at all of the books you've written!
Camy Tang said…
Aw thanks Jill! I'm so impressed at your discipline! I want good exercise discipline, too. When I get stressed over deadlines, I tend to slack on that.

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