I Met A Woman.

I forgot to tell you guys that I won $60 bucks from my office Superbowl squares!  I won one quarter for $20 bucks and I won the last quarter, which paid out $40.  Since I was the big winner, I treated the office to Panera bagels yesterday.

Best bagel ever . . . the everything bagel with light roasted veggie cream cheese.  Lori, I always think of you when I have a bagel!

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There is a woman at the gym who has always caught my eye.   She is super fit, always smiling.  She wears her silver hair in little curls around her head held in with tiny bobby pins.  Sometimes she wears two small pony tails.  Her legs are muscular.  I’ve seen her do push-ups on the bosu, leg kicks while balancing on the bosu, walking on the treadmill at high inclines, riding the bike. 

She’s always got her duffle bag with her, a small lunch cooler and a giant book.  I’ve said hello to her nearly every day for months.  I was trying to get around her stuff when she apologized for taking up so much space with her clutter.  I just laughed and said “you haven’t seen my kitchen when I cook, it’s a disaster!”

I finally had the courage to ask her how long she worked out every day.  She’s always there when I get there, and is still there when I leave.  The answer?


She said she loves working out.  I then found out that she has two children, her oldest is 48 and her youngest is 36 – yep, her kids are 12 years apart in age, which makes me think this woman at a minimum is 68 years old, but possibly in her early 70’s!  I only hope I can look as good as this woman when I am in my 70s!  Her name is Linda, and I hope to have many more conversations with her about her fitness routine.  She’s fascinating!  I am hoping she’ll let me interview her and maybe I can take her picture for the blog.

In any event, she inspired me to give it my all in my workout.  My blood sugar was 278 (thanks to the bagel!) before working out, so I knew I had some room to really push myself.  I ended up walking at 3.7 mph at a 10% incline for 40 minutes.


Guess what my blood sugar was when I got back to work?  82!  It dropped nearly 200 points from my workout!

Lunch was super quick to put together.  Two ounces of ground beef taco meat, 1/4 cup pinto beans, 1/3 cup cilantro rice, some chips and some of my salsa that I grilled in the snow over the weekend.

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I picked up some skinny New York strips off the 50% off rack – our two steaks cost $2.30.  The trick with skinny steaks is to not over cook them.  I cooked the first side for 90 seconds, and the second side for 60 seconds, and let them rest.  I cooked them on our cast iron grill and it was super hot.  Tony declared my steaks perfectly cooked!

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And looky there – I had a vegetable for dinner!  I nuked it on fresh vegetable in the microwave, then finished it off on the grill while the steaks were resting.  And believe it or not, each steak was only 4 ounces.

Well, today is not going to be a good day.  We have to put our dog Ed down today.  His seizures have become more frequent, and being that he could be as old as 15, we don’t want him to suffer anymore.

I was a basket case last night.  I was giving him my scraps from my dinner plate, and I started crying, realizing that was the last time I was going to do that after 12 1/2 years.  I’ve never had a dog before, so I had no idea how hard this was going to be.  I was going to take a half day and go to work this morning, but my eyes are all puffy from crying – not a pretty look!

We love you Ed!



79 thoughts on “I Met A Woman.

  1. I’m so sorry to hear about your beloved Ed. It hurts. Our pets are such faithful companions with such unconditional love. My thoughts and prayers are with you on this day.

  2. I’m so sorry to hear about Ed. You are in my thoughts and prayers today. I’ve been reading your blog (daily!) since sometime in 2009 and I rarely comment but I do feel Ed has a special place in my heart after reading so much about him 🙂

    “A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.”

  3. Congrats on winning $60! And how nice of you to treat the office to bagels!

    The woman at your gym sounds like an inspiration! Would be great if you could interview her!

  4. I’m so sorry to hear about Ed. 😦 Thinking of you guys today.

  5. Biz and Tony-
    So sorry to hear about Ed. Even though it’s time it doesn’t make it any easier. Ill be thinking of you today. I hope everything is peaceful for all 3 of you today.

  6. My heart and prayers go out to you and your family. Thank you for sharing the many adventures of Ed on your blog. He will be missed.

  7. I am so sorry about Ed. I’ll be thinking of you guys today.

  8. Aw, sorry Biz! Hugs to you – I’ve always loved seeing Ed pop up on the blog!

  9. Oh, Biz. (((hugs))) to you both. I have been there, too, and it hurts. Ed sounded like such a great dog, who enjoyed many years of happiness with your family.

  10. oh my gosh- my heart is with you- emailing you right now. Ed- We love you!! Definitely for the best- he will be happy in dog heaven. SO sweet of you to treat your office to bagels. You’re always thinking of others. 3-4 hours? That ridiculous!

  11. So sorry to hear about Ed. I had a great do like that named Sport and he was the best. I know you will miss him. Thinking of you today

  12. God Bless our Animal Children. Prayers for your family today during this tough time. Our pets are our family too. (((BIG HUGS)))

  13. Big hugs from a fellow dog lover.

  14. I read your posts everyday . Never intending to comment , but was so taken by your writing today. Gotta love that lady LINDA. Hope we hear more about her. Most of all so sorry for the loss of your dog. I have been there before. Just treasure all your lovely memories.

  15. So sorry about Ed. It brought tears to my eyes just thinking about it. My heart goes out to you and “Tony” and Hannah.

  16. Biz and Tony, Big hugs to you both! My husband’s dog passed away over the summer (he was 14) and he had only been in my life for 5 years but we still miss him. May ED be seizure free and having a ball in Heaven!

  17. Oh Biz! So very sorry about Ed. I hope even as you deal with this today you can remember how many good times you’ve had with him over the years.

  18. That’s a whole lotta working out but at that age I guess you’d have the time, good for her! And we love bagels here. Ethan loves whole wheat and Lila loves cinnamon raisin, this is there breakfast most school mornings lately.

  19. I am so sorry to hear about your dog, I had a dog of approximately the same age pass away in December. I will be thinking of you during this very sad day and in the days to come.

  20. So sorry about Ed. My parents had to put my childhood cat down a year ago; that damn cat was 22 years old (we got her when I was 5!). Mom said they just couldn’t keep her any longer without feeling guilty. Anyway, I’ll be thinking of you and Tony today.

  21. So sorry to hear about Ed. It is hard to deal with the loss of a fur baby.

  22. Is it sad that when I read this –> “I forgot to tell you guys that I won $60 bucks from my office Superbowl squares!” I thought you meant that you made Superbowl Bars for your office and you won first place… until I read the second and third sentences? 😉

  23. I’m so sorry Biz. My heart goes out to you and Tony. I know how much you adore Ed. My thoughts are with you today.

  24. Oh noo – I’m so sorry about Ed. I’ve loved watching him over the years. Thinking of you. It’s so hard – but you are doing the right thing.

  25. Oh my… I just read the rest of your post… Sorry I sounded insensitive, especially since I”m a dog lover! I’m so sorry for your loss. That is so hard.They are our life companions. To us, our pooches are like our children. They bring us so much joy and unconditional love. Please keep your memories with Ed close! Thinking of you…

  26. Hugs Biz …. so sorry about Ed. 😦

  27. We had to put our almost 13 year old Boston Terrier down some years ago and it was a very painful thing. I sympathize with you in this. It would be very interesting to hear more about the lady at the gym. 🙂

  28. Aww Biz and Tony, I’m so sorry about Ed! That makes me very sad!

  29. I am so sorry, Biz. Putting a pet down is one of the hardest decisions anyone can make. My thoughts will be with you today. Take care. 😦

  30. I am so sorry to hear about Ed. That is heartbraking.
    Having an animal is like having a child. My heart goes out to you.

  31. So sorry to hear about Ed. My heart is with you today.

  32. Today is the worst part about owning a dog…gah, it’s so hard. But take comfort in all the good years and fun times you had with Ed, and he with you. Big hugs to both you and Tony today.

  33. Aww so sorry about Ed. Hugs are being sent your way. I am so fascinated that Linda works out that much – how inspiring is that?!

  34. Way to have a kick-butt workout!! Good for you!

    I’m sorry to hear about Ed . . . putting a dog down is never easy. 😦 Take care!!

  35. I love Ed and I love how you take care of him. I’m so, so sorry. We had to put my 12.5yr old wirehair dachshund down in June after he developed pancreantitis. It was very sudden and so shocking. Then, on Dec 4th, we put down my 14yr old black and tan dachshund. He was my furry little soulmate and that just broke my heart again. I had them both since they were 6 months old. My heart goes out to you. I wrote a tribute to Harley on my blog, but I haven’t done Oliver’s yet. Its too raw.

  36. My thoughts and prayers are with you today. Losing a pet leaves a hole that can only be comforted by the warm memories you made with them. I have lost some furry children. It’s hard ~ take it a day at a time.

  37. Oh no! As you might know, we just went through this with our black lab Duke, last month. He was just 8. We were all basket cases for about 3 days, then it got a little better. Our kids still mention “Dukie” and say he’s in heaven. It just breaks our heart! Many hugs to you today. Just remember all the good moments and know that he will be much happier running free with no pain after today!

  38. So sorry. I had to do the same with my almost 16 year old dog Fiver. He couldn’t get up January 2nd and probably had a heart attack or stroke…it’s been over a month now and I feel better but I was surprised at how sadIi was. I actually became somewhat depressed which is very unusual for me. Ed was well loved; that I know.

  39. 😦 So sorry to hear about Ed. I have two dogs, and they are my babies. I had to put animals down in the past, and it is always devastating. My heart goes out to you and your family.

    P.S.- Your meals look delicious.

  40. Oh nooooo!! I know how hard it is to lose a pet. Big hugs to you and Tony!

  41. I am so sorry to hear about Ed. My first dog (and that was only a few years ago) died suddenly. I was a mess for a long time. I am glad you got a chance to say goodbye, as sad as it is. BTW – I got a tattoo of that dog’s pawprint. Now he is always with me. Hugs!

  42. Biz – my hugs to you and Tony. Many, many hugs for Ed. This is a hard decision to make, but just know that he had a most wonderful life because of you two and think of how much he enriched your life as well.

  43. I’m so sorry to hear about Ed. We had to put our cat down yesterday after 12 years together, so I’m with you in sadness today. That relationship with a pet is something you just can’t describe, but it’s so powerful. My thoughts are with you as you adjust to life without him 😦

  44. Roz@weightingfor50

    Vat and Tony, thinking of you today and sending hugs your way! Ed will be missed, and was a beautiful dog! AWWWW!!! As pet owners, we always know these days will come, but doesn’t make it easier!!! Take care of each other and cherish the memories!!!

  45. Oh, I’m so so so sorry about Ed. I’m sorry that he is suffering, and I’m sorry for your loss. I started crying reading about Ed. We love our little Dog so much – just thought of him getting sick hurts. That is a fraction of what you feel right now. I’m sorry! xoxoxo

  46. Oh my goodness, Biz! I’m so sorry to hear about your dog. *hugs* I’m thinking of you and Tony.

    As for Linda, WOW. That is SO impressive. Hopefully we’ll get to read more about her!



  47. Oh I know…..it is never easy and always hard to put a dog down. We lost our Hyko 2 months ago yesterday and I still think about him and cry. Hyko was a fighter and even to the very end he did not want to go. You’ll always have good memories of Ed and maybe even down the line another puppy will appear in your lives, not to take Ed’s place, but to fill that void that Ed left. Sorry for your loss.

    Very interesting lady that you met at the gym, hope you get to talk to her more and learn her secrets to a healthy life and body.

  48. Sending you both hugs. I am so sorry. What a sad day.

  49. emilyattipsonhealthyliving

    So sorry about Ed. This is indeed a sad time–so devestating.

    On another note, I am inspired by the 70-year-old who works out 3-4 hours a day. Extremely inspiring, thanks for posting.

    Take care of yourself.

  50. I’m so sorry to hear about Ed. I’m a longtime reader (this is my 2nd comment ever) and don’t know how many times you’d say “my eyes were bigger than my stomach, but Ed loved it!”. You’ll have a lot of great memories to take yourself forward.

    I’d love to hear more about the older woman at your gym, if you ever get the chance.

    Thinking of you…

  51. I’m not sure what to comment on first; I love love your title!

    However I’m terribly sorry to hear about Ed. I can litterally feel your pain. We lost our on 12/31/11 and were finally able to get a new member 11 months later. Much thoughts and hugs go out to you and yours.

  52. Hold tight to all the good memories you had with Ed and maybe that will help you get through these difficult days. : – (

  53. Biz, you crack me up. I read your title and thought “what did Tony thing?”

  54. I am so sorry about Ed, we had to put down our first dog a couple of summers ago and it was so painful. Sending you and Tony lots of hugs.

  55. So sorry about Ed….its hard to lose a member of your family…

  56. Oh I am so sorry about your dog – I know you will miss him greatly.

  57. Biz and Tony, I’m so sorry that you have to put Ed down. I’ll be thinking and praying for you both. I’m so sorry. {{{Hugs}}}.

  58. I’m so so so sorry, Biz and Tony. I can’t imagine what you both are going through right now. Just know that he had the best 12 1/2 years with you guys!!! Big hugs for all of you.

  59. Oh Biz, so sorry about your dog. They really do become a part of the family and having to put them down is one of the hardest things ever. I put my cat of 20 years down several years ago, and she was so sick, I knew it was the right thing to do, but it sure didn’t make it hurt any less. I cannot even imagine the day we need to put our dog down. HUGS to you and your family during this sad, sad time. xxoo

  60. Oh my Biz. I have already spoken to you today, but you know how to get me if you need.
    Hugs and much love my friend. We’re thinking of you. Pooldad sends his best to you all. Skip

  61. beth i am so sorry about ed! my heart hurts for you guys, Annalisa

  62. dear friend, i’m so sorry about your sweet puppy. a pet can feel as much like a member of the family as anyone else, so i know it’s not easy. thinking of you! i hope you’re doing alright. xox

  63. I’m so sorry about Ed. I’ve lost a few animals and it never gets any easier.

  64. I am so sorry. Sometimes doing the right thing is the hardest thing. We put our 16 y/o dog down last year and I am still upset about it. They are such a big part of our lives, especially when they ‘grow up’ with our kids

  65. First of all, I am so sorry again about your dog. That isn’t easy.

    Second, I have to say – I just love that you grill in the snow. Amazing. I do as well, and as I stand outside I always think to myself ‘i must be the only crazy doing this.’ I now know, I am not alone.

  66. I’m so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  67. Omg, I DID NOT see that coming. I am soooo sorry about your dog!

  68. Awwwww, I’m so sorry abt your pup. My sister lost her dog a few weeks ago and has been devastated and my brother’s dog died last night. It really is a hard thing bc they become such a part of the family.

  69. I’m so sorry about your buddy, Biz! I had to put my furry pal down last fall and I still tear up. Crappiest part of pet ownership, truly. Hang in there, you gave your pup a great life, keep that in mind!
    PS- not the best time,but lovvvve, love, love getting you blog posts every day!!!! Really enjoy it, Thx!

  70. People who are not pet owners do not know how difficult it is to lose one. I do and I feel for you. Sending good thoughts your way. !!!!!!

  71. Oh my gosh, I’m so so sad to hear that Ed is now gone. I’m so so sorry for your loss! You did the right thing though, so that he wouldn’t suffer, and I know he had the best life possible with you guys! hang in there, and let yourself grieve him. He was such a good boy.

  72. I’m really sorry about your friend Ed. Take heart, there are more friends out there that need great homes like you gave Ed. We had to do the same last year at about this time. Within a week, we found an older dog on Pet Finders, that needed a home. Rosie has been wonderful!

    On a happier note, the same thing about the older fit lady happened to me and inspired me. I had my “Ah ha” moment. One day several years ago I saw an older (70ish?) women ride her bike to the grocery store. As I was walking out, she was just hopping off her bike. I don’t know what happened, but I looked at her and said to myself, I want to be like her when I am in my 70’s. Fit & athletic, riding a bike, looking so healthy. That was the moment I decided I needed to change gears and make so changes in my life. Best day ever!

  73. There’ll never be another one like Ed. I know because there’ll never be another one like Tucker. I’ll be thinking of you.

  74. Oh my goodness Biz, I am so sending hugs your way right now. I am so sorry about Ed. Losing a pet is beyond difficult. 😦

  75. Oh poor Biz! I can feel your pain and sadness. As a dog owner and lover I know how important they are in our lives. I wish you and Tony lots of strength and send a big hug your way.

  76. Oh Biz, I’m so sorry. I know how it feels to have to put a pet down. I’ve been through it with many of our cats, even having to make that decision about my mom’s cat when she was on vacation in Egypt. It is hard, but take comfort in knowing they won’t be suffering anymore.

  77. Hi Biz – I’m so sorry to hear about Ed. Dogs are our family and it is never easy to let them go. Try to remember what a good life he had, and so much of your good food, and know that all dogs go to heaven. Wishing you comfort and peace in letting him go.

  78. So sorry about your dog. It’s the only bad part about having a pet. =(

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