Dieting with Casey: April

For anyone just joining feel free to check out the previous posts in my Dieting with Casey series: the Intro and March.

It’s been a rough month for us. I’ve been busy and unmotivated to work out or keep up my diet and Casey’s been sick. Here’s what happened.

Kay Fails

Over spring break, I didn’t keep up my exercise routine. For more information, see my Diet Diary. When I got back to school, I had (what felt like) a million projects due and “just didn’t have time” to work out or watch what I ate. That excuse is in quotation marks because I’m a notorious procrastinator and probably did have time. I also ate whatever I wanted because humans only have so much self-control and I didn’t believe I could finish my projects and diet at the same time.

Now that I’m finished with my big assignments, I’m exhausted and all I want to do is lie in bed, sleep, and eat fried food and doughnuts. I’ve definitely had more than one cheat meal this week, and I’m not proud. I’m hoping that once I get my energy back, I’ll be back at the gym and eating healthy again. Although, honestly, I don’t see that happening in the near future.

My dad, Casey, and Oscar Photo credit to Jody Brown

Casey’s Sick

My family uses the term “pookie” to describe lethargy or a generally down demeanor in Casey and each other. For example, when Casey doesn’t want to play, he’s “actin’ pookie,” or when my mom makes a certain face for awhile, I tell her she seems pookie. Well, we passed pookie when Casey had a seizure.

When we took him to the vet, Casey had elevated liver enzymes and an enlarged liver. Since then, he hasn’t been able to keep food down, but he’s getting better. Officially, the vet doesn’t even know what’s going on (diagnosis pending).

In the meantime, my mom has been trying to get him to keep a variety of food down: boiled chicken, scrambled eggs, lunch meat, carrots, and white rice (which he’s getting sick of). I don’t think he’s ever gotten this much people food. While I love spoiling him, we’re also keeping an eye on him and the vet on speed dial.

Final Notes

  • New rule! Every time I get a cheat meal, Casey gets a cheat treat.
  • The second dog in the above picture is Oscar – our new dog. He’s younger than Casey, has more energy, and likes to herd Casey. They aren’t getting along yet, but we’re optimistic. We’re hoping Oscar helps Casey slim down, and my dad needed a dog for when I take Casey with me after college. (I want to name him Roo because he jumps like a kangaroo.)

Check back next month for another Dieting with Casey post! Hopefully, we’re both doing better.

Comments 6

  • Casey is set to go back for another blood test the week of may 8th. Hopefully its better. If not the vet will do an ultrasound of his liver. He is getting blue grain free healtjy weight dog food, started today, with a little pumpkin mixed in. Seems to like it – we will see. Kay-try vitamins to get your energy back up. Love you and your posts! Mom

    • Good to hear! I really want to know what’s going on with him. I don’t know anything about vitamins, but I’d be willing to try some. Thanks for the suggestion!

  • Trick is not to diet but change food habits find the food you enjoy that also fits where you want to be nutrionally and caloriewise. Then it’s not diet food it’s your food choice! Have you tried smoothis s or juicing yet? I also have to get back on smoothies and learn to continue them in the winter. Good note I have cut down the coffee.

    • That’s great advice! Unfortunately, college dining halls aren’t the best place to look for nutrition or calories. They don’t even list the calories on some foods. I have smoothies occasionally but my access to them is limited. I’m hoping to make more smoothies next year when I have my own apartment.

  • Have you tried Buddha bowls?

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