Fitness and Fostering

by Nicci on 04/20/2011

Yes!!! I’ve finally found my FITNESS MOJO

I was on a hiatus for awhile and tried multiple times to make a comeback…so I do promise you more than one blog post a month! :)

A short discussion with fellow blogger, Kelsey,  put me at ease after discussing how blogging made us feel. I started to get busy with work, school and fostering.

I basically put blogging on the back burner, but then I realized I’m happier when I blog.

Blogging is my outlet from everyday stress and it puts a smile on my face.

So what’s new??

March/April Fitness:

We’re in the second month of Boot Camp…still loving it most days when I’m not running hills. I’ve got a good trainer and great support from coworkers.

  • I’ve lost weight in pounds and inches everywhere
  • I have more energy
  • I can now workout with 10-15 lb dumbells
  • I recently made the decision to start running again

Let’s not talk about food, it’s been the same boring eats every week. No new recipes have been cooked. Maybe just maybe that will change in a few months. ;)


I’m happy to be back in my fitness zone and look forward to sharing more of my everyday life with my readers.

March: Spur of the moment I decided to jump on the bandwagon and become a foster to a shelter dog!


I named her Bailey and fell in love with her the moment I scooped her out of the shelter, working with Harbored Souls Rescue, in the Ft. Worth area. I was browsing PAWSITIVELY Texas and saw Karen from HSR, needing a foster for a young collie.

We also wanted to see how Missy would feel about another dog in the home because we’d like a second pet & playmate for her.

(Bailey loved Missy, but Missy wasn’t feeling her just yet)


  • Gave a sweet dog a second chance (she was a stray found by Dallas Animal Services)
  • learned to walk two dogs on  a leash
  • Missy had a temp playmate
  • Inspired two friends to adopt from rescue and another friend adopted from their local shelter!
  • Fulfilled a long time goal of rescuing dogs and finding forever homes


  • Missy was so jealous and it took her awhile to warm up to Bailey.
  • Attachment!  Fell in love after 2 weeks with BAILEY…balled my eyes out after meeting the third family but I knew they were perfect for her!
  • Probably drove FACEBOOK friends crazy with posts about dogs needing fosters and rescuing a furry friend. lol

In the end, my cons are not really bad. :)

(Bailey and her new Mom )

What’s new with you, what have I missed?

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{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

Lyddiegal April 28, 2011 at 8:40 pm

Awww, bailey is adorable, and i can understand becoming completely attached, I don’t think i could have a dog for two weeks and then let go!


Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle April 24, 2011 at 11:00 am

Congratulations on your progress girl! Keep up the work!!


Melinda April 23, 2011 at 9:31 am

Glad to hear you are back into things. That rocks that you are a foster parent for dogs. I could never do that because I think I would keep them all. My dog was a foster dog and it was hard for her foster family to give her up. I laid down the logic with them on that one. I had no dogs, they had 5+ and 10+ cats, so she would be better off with me. I guess so! Now she lives in Portugal and can run on the beach, and next up she will be moving with us to Japan.


Jolene ( April 22, 2011 at 11:44 am

Congrats on all the fitness progress you have made!!!

Also, congratulations on your new addition!!!!!! She is gorgeous!


Mari April 21, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Wow you have had a busy couple of months. I am not sure I would be able to have a dog and then give it away just like that…I would be a mess =/

and I loved your fb posts about shelter dogs but they were all so far from me =/


Laurel April 21, 2011 at 10:17 am

Love the picture of Missy and Bailey! You can tell exactly what Missy was thinking.

Question for you: would you consider fostering again? I’ve been giving it some thought myself recently, but I’m just not sure I’m ready yet.


Nicci April 22, 2011 at 9:03 am

Yes! I’ve got the itch to foster again, but I’m trying to wait till I’m not that busy. Definitely takes time and patience. You don’t know if your foster will be trained or not since it’s in a stress environment (shelter) I crate trained Bailey in that short time she was with us. A great dog who only whined the first night. I believe she was someone’s pet before and was never claimed. She was only in the shelter for 3 weeks or less. She learned to go to the door to tell us she needed to potty. I met with potential families on days off (weekends) and only took a day off to take her for spaying, which wasn’t a problem. I enjoyed it so much and encourage others to look into it. I’ll send you a great dog blog to follow about fostering. It helped me a lot.


Erica April 21, 2011 at 5:35 am

Happy to hear your mojo is BACK! Just awesome. And I think its fantastic that you fostered a shelter dog. I have a big place in my heart for animals. We tried to rescue a second English Bulldog as a friend for Frank…but she turned out to have some anger issues and it didn’t work out. Whats new here? Ummm baby shower this weekend.


Nicci April 22, 2011 at 9:18 am

Erica, I love baby showers! Hope you have a fun one!


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