I am that crazy dog lady.

I’m just going to come out and say it–I love my dog…like really love him. Probably too much (is that possible?). He is my favorite part of my day and what I look most forward to when I am on my way home from work (shhh…don’t tell my husband).

This is Rogue.

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I’ve always had dogs growing up, and I loved them a lot. I grew up on a huge amount of land, so the dogs were able to run around outside the majority of them day and then come in at night to sleep. Lexi, our last family dog, just passed away this past year at the ripe age of 14. So, I’ve always had a special place in my heart for dogs, but I never knew how much that would grow when I had my own dog.

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Lexi the fall before she passed away.

Ryan and I had only been together a year when we decided we needed a dog in our lives. We lived in a small-ish apartment, worked 8-9 hours a day, and didn’t have a ton of extra money. It seemed like the perfect timing for us. We drove through 2012’s worst snow storm ever the day after Christmas to get to the local dog shelter. We were determined. We walked around a bunch of different dogs, but none of them felt like the right fit (which is awful to say looking back because all those dogs need homes…our home just wasn’t the one). So, we went home disappointed. The next morning, we woke up and decided that we would go back to the shelter. It didn’t take long to find Rogue (named Gunner at the shelter). He was this adorable 9 month old black lab who wouldn’t stop barking at us. After about 5 minutes with him we knew we had to take him home.

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The first day we brought him home.

Ryan and I consider ourselves pretty good dog parents. Rogue is very well-behaved, doesn’t jump on people, and only barks when the doorbell rings. He gets plenty of exercise, top quality food, and more love than he needs. On the flip side, we are a little lax in some areas. He basically runs our lives. He is allowed on the couch-not the bed– he wakes us up every morning, and he dictates our schedules. He chews on all things plastic and leather. He’s not perfect, but he’s close.

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Rogue is pure entertainment. He has an attitude sometimes, and it’s hilarious. He doesn’t need to speak because his actions speak loudly enough. He’s always ready to go on a walk, run, car ride, ANYTHING that has to do with us, he’s ready. He’s also ready at any point to sit on our laps, or get a new toy to carry around.

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Close is never close enough.

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Dogs don’t care if you just had a bad day at work, or if you had the greatest day ever. They don’t care if you were a total bitch to someone or if you just won the lottery. They love you regardless. Rogue’s day revolves around waiting for us to get home–and it kills me that we have to leave him alone for so long–at least I know he’s happily snoozing on the couch all day.

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Some people tell me he’s just a dog, and that I shouldn’t talk/care/think about him so much. But, he’s so much more than that. Rogue is a part of our family. We are a family of three. People say I will change when/if we ever have kids. And that might be true…but for now, it’s just me, Ryan, and Rogue–and it’s perfect.

So yes, I am that crazy dog lady that won’t go to happy hour after work because of my dog. I’m also the lady who leaves a concert early to get home to her dog. The first step is admitting it, right?

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Any other crazy dog owners out there? I know I’m not alone in this world.

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My favorite workouts

Hello! I apologize for my writing hiatus–a lot has been going on over here! Here’s a quick recap: My digestion issues got so bad that I ended up in the ER–but things are a little better now. We still don’t know exactly what is causing my flareups, so it’s pretty  frustrating. On a brighter note, we are still on the house hunt–we’ve had a couple set backs, but things are still looking good and I have a good feeling we will be in a new place by this fall. On an even brighter note, I now have a little nephew! Finn James was born on June 7. Everyone is doing well and I think he is pretty much the cutest thing on this planet.

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Now on to other things: My favorite workouts

I’ve always been a group fitness person. I’ve tried to workout on my own, do personal training, and trick myself into becoming a runner, but it just doesn’t work for me. I stick with what I enjoy, and that’s working out with a group of people. So today I wanted to share my favorite ways to sweat in a group setting:

1. Hip Hop Fitness

Photo stolen from: http://www.phlexfitness.com/
Photo stolen from: http://www.phlexfitness.com/

I’ve been going to Mike Nicholson’s (Phlex Fitness) hip hop classes since 2011. He was at first only subbing for classes at Urban Active (now LA Fitness) and after everyone realized how great the classes were, he grew even more popular and a few years later ended up opening his own studio in Gahanna. I’ve been to plenty of hip hop, zumba, cardio dancing, etc., classes and nothing compares to this. Not only do you get to shake your booty like you’re back at the bar in college, but you kill hundreds of calories and leave the class soaked in sweat. If you’re local in Columbus, check out one of his classes–he teaches all over the place.

2. Yoga

photo stolen from: http://www.harboryogastudio.com/
photo stolen from: http://www.harboryogastudio.com/

Specifically hot yoga. I’ve done all different types of yoga, and I love them all. But, I really love the hot yoga studio I go to in Dublin called Harbor Yoga. It’s unlike any other yoga–it’s fast, it’s hot, and the music is loud. I don’t feel like I really worked out unless I’m sweating, and let me tell you, there is nothing that makes me sweatier than this. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good slow flow class that isn’t 90 degrees, but I know I’m working my body hard and getting a great workout when I’m at Harbor. There are a ton of different classes and instructors, so there is sure to be a class you can attend. Drink lots of water before!

3. Spinning

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I started spinning while I was in college. I knew I needed a good cardio workout that was low impact after I broke my feet, and spinning was the perfect fit. I got certified to teach spinning two years ago and I now teach on a weekly basis. I love how spinning is a workout for everyone because everyone can go at their own pace. No one can tell if you aren’t using as much resistance as the person next to you, and if you are feeling tired, you can always chill out and stay seated on the bike.  I know spinning can be intimidating at first, but I encourage you to go to your local gym and try it out. You might be surprised how much you like it! (having a good instructor and great music is key to finding a good spin class!)

You can still occasionally find me in the gym wandering around doing some squats or curls, but usually when I’m going to workout, I’m doing one of the above classes.

What are some of your favorite workouts? Do you prefer working out with a group or solo?