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FitExpo!! Much more to come on that later...

FitExpo!! Much more to come on that later…

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Our Christmas in Pictures

 

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We got my dad a puppy!

We got my dad a puppy!

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Great loot for Fit (Hungry got a PS4!)

Great loot for Fit (Hungry got a PS4!)

Noke loves her new bed

Noke loves her new bed

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Good eats

Good eats

Our Weekend in Pictures

Hilarious freezings of kongs

Hilarious freezings of kongs

Christmas shopping

Christmas shopping

Getting funny Christmas cards

Getting funny Christmas cards

Great soccer matches

Great soccer matches

Chris following his December goals and bringing home-cooked meals to every work day

Chris following his December goals and bringing home-cooked meals to every work day

Core workouts

Core workouts

Cute kitties

Cute kitties

Cute puppies

Cute puppies

A beautiful view

A beautiful view

Our Weekend in Pictures (Delaaayed)

This was a fun weekend! The muddy pics you see are of the Spartan Race we did! 4 miles and 25 obstacles. 

Some good healthy eats

Some good healthy eats

Delicious product of Trader Joe's...perfect for watching the Amazing Spider-Man !

Delicious product of Trader Joe’s…perfect for watching the Amazing Spider-Man !

Getting Noke used to the car more

Getting Noke used to the car more

Practicing handstands

Practicing handstands

Baked two banana breads!

Baked two banana breads!

Prepped our bodies for a race

Prepped our bodies for a race

Nymeria being ridiculously cute

Nymeria being ridiculously cute

Getting ready for Spartan race

Getting ready for Spartan race

Spartan Race !

Spartan Race !

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Got a little beat up from the race

Got a little beat up from the race

Using lots of this!

Using lots of this!

Shoved Burger King down our faces after the race for some fuel...

Shoved Burger King down our faces after the race for some fuel…

Cute pup

Cute pup

Lifted

Lifted

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Empire Strikes Back! workout

Empire Strikes Back! workout

Some more good food

Some more good food

 

Our “Staycation” in Pictures

You may have noticed that we have lapsed in our posting the past week. This is because my parents came in for an Easter visit! It’s been tons of fun. We did loads of stuff and there are tons of pictures that I still need to steal from other family members. Here’s a short snippet. But no worries, we are back in the saddle here at Hungry and Fit

Spring has sprung!

Spring has sprung!

We went to Estes Park...mum is modeling...

We went to Estes Park…mum is modeling…

Mum made tons of lovely breakfasts

Mum made tons of lovely breakfasts

Noke got to enjoy the sun as the whole family gardened

Noke got to enjoy the sun as the whole family gardened

EASTER!!

EASTER!!

Noke cuddling

Noke cuddling

Rainbow!!

Rainbow!!

Some darn good food...

Some darn good food…

Good view of Boulder

Good view of Boulder

Mum made scones

Mum made scones

Mum being ridiculous

Mum being ridiculous

Eldorado

Eldorado

Poor Noke

Poor Noke

She gets revenge

She gets revenge

Good Indian food

Good Indian food

Good Korean food

Good Korean food

Fit's parents...miss them already

Fit’s parents…miss them already

Our Weekend in Pictures

Getting some sun!!

Getting some sun!!

Excellent dessert including Ben & Jerry's, strawberries, and Toblerone!

Excellent dessert including Ben & Jerry’s, strawberries, and Toblerone!

Puppy kisses, obviously

Puppy kisses, obviously

Delicious Sakio

Delicious Sakio

Sajah loves to find high spots...

Sajah loves to find high spots…

Video games (ESO), duh...

Video games (ESO), duh…

Adorable little girl

Adorable little girl

Enjoyed time outside

Enjoyed time outside

Ate clean

Ate clean

and delicious

and delicious

Home workout and a pedicure

Home workout and a pedicure

Our Weekend in Pictures

Spring is here!!

Spring is here!!

Noke's first puppy social...

Noke’s first puppy social…

Me doing a great cleanse

Me doing a great cleanse

Yummy Trader Joe's dinners

Yummy Trader Joe’s dinners

Cuteness

Cuteness

Workouts

Workouts

More cuteness

More cuteness

More workouts

More workouts

Awesome ModMarket gives you your macros!

Awesome ModMarket gives you your macros!

Noke is learning every day!

Noke is learning every day!

Noke’s Breeds: DNA Test Results Revealed

When we first adopted Noke, the Humane Society of Boulder Valley believed she was a German Shepherd-Akita mix and would possibly grow to be 70-80 lbs. We could see it at first. She had some Japanese Spitz features including a somewhat curled tail and that unique forehead but her paws were tiny! We thought she must be a Shepherd-Shiba Inu mix but we had no idea what she really was until we did a DNA test. So we did and here are the amazing and somewhat unexpected results!

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Cute is an understatement

None of Noke’s parents or grandparents were pure-breeds. She did however have great-grandparents that were and amazingly enough the purest traces in her DNA were Collie and Great Pyrenees. Her great-grandparents also showed large amounts of Basenji, Siberian Husky, and German Shepherd. These, however, were at a lower confidence and might have been mixed already at this point. (They can only track back to great-grandparents and have a harder time determining the calculations in mixed breeds.)

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Before I mention, what other breeds were recognized by the genetic history as the most likely other pieces of her mixed breed heritage I will say that Noke is almost certainly most visually and personally a Basenji-German Shepherd mix. At this point, those seem to be by far the most dominate components of her look and attitude. We get asked regularly if she is a pure-bred German Shepherd and obviously the HSBV thought she was an Akita. Akitas and Basenjis do have quite a bit in common.

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So, by looking into that chart I posted you will see there are a lot of spaces that are taken up by a dog tag that says mixed breed. The three mixed breed dogs that were her great-grandparents could have contained the following breeds in order of most likely to least: White Swiss Shepherd, Chinese Shar-Pei, Affenpinscher, Glen of Imaal Terrier, and Clumber Spaniel. This makes sense. Noke obviously has a lot of Shepherd in her, whether German of White Swiss. We can also see some Shar-Pei in her although the other breeds seem very unlikely.

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Some of her breeds are not very large while one is relatively huge. The DNA test estimates that she will weigh 50-77 pounds as an adult. They classify her as a Basenji, Collie, German Shepherd, Siberian Husky, Great Pyrenees mix. It doesn’t quite roll off the tongue. We will keep you updated on her growth and development. I hope she grows to be the full 77 pounds or more because I love big dogs! Will she continue to look like a German Shepherd and act like a Basneji or will things change? We will let you know!

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And as a note, these DNA tests are inexpensive and humane. They are very simple and give an owner important knowledge as to how to train, treat, feed and raise their dogs. It is an awesome option so let us know if you are interested in getting a test for your dog. It is never too late to know! And as always…stay hungry and fit!

Our Weekend in Pictures

Friday lunch at Oskar Blues...

Friday lunch at Oskar Blues…

Friday dinner at Oskar Blues....

Friday dinner at Oskar Blues….

Chris' plate

Chris’ plate

Lots of drinks!

Lots of drinks!

Huge brownie sundae

Huge brownie sundae

Morning walk

Morning walk

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Green Smoothie Breakfast

Green Smoothie Breakfast

Our favorite local donut shop (really healthy here)

Our favorite local donut shop (really healthy here)

Video games with Nymeria of course

Video games with Nymeria of course

Sunday morning banana pancakes

Sunday morning banana pancakes

Frisbee golf! beautiful day

Frisbee golf! beautiful day

happy for warm weather

happy for warm weather

cutie girl

cutie girl

Puppies: Advocates for a Meditative Lifestyle

They might not know it, but puppies are definitely advocates for a meditative and mindful lifestyle! I’m being reminded of this more and more as we raise Noke. I never would’ve thought of it at first, but she’s slowly having an effect on me! Don’t believe me? Read on to see how puppies are such strong advocates of a mindful lifestyle:

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1. They help you to be more understanding. To raise a good puppy, you need to be able to get in its head and understand why it does the things it does. It isn’t ripping up your shoes because it wants to be evil. You have to step off your pedestal and kneel down to their level of understanding. They’re just a baby and they need all the love and understanding you can give.

2. Their main emotion is love. Wouldn’t it be nice if humans were like this? Dogs and puppies love love love. We are their entire life. That positive energy is contagious. It opens up your mind and your life. Let it in!

3. They get you up and at ’em. Instead of pressing snooze five times and then racing to get ready for work, you are up early with the puppy. I’ve enjoyed many a golden sunset since having Noke and I enjoy that peace walking around a quiet neighborhood. Although I already was a proponent of morning walks, I wouldn’t always make it. But now, I am out with the sunrise every morning, enjoying the quiet side of life.

4. They discourage technology. I’m not sure of any puppy who encourages you to use your cell phone. Their cute faces and insatiable desire for attention discourages your constant use of electronics. When you were spending an hour on the computer, you are now playing ball with your pup or teaching her how to lie down. And especially during walks, I find it important to keep your phone in your pocket (even if you’re tracking the walk), and to be alert. This just allows you to disconnect and breathe.

5. They encourage you to be with nature. This connects to #4. Even if you live in an urban environment, that walk can really help with a mindful lifestyle. Instead of plugged into a million things at once, you are simply walking in your environment and taking it all in. It’s a wonderful way to reflect and just be with your surroundings. It’s a beautiful feeling.

6. They lead you to reflect upon yourself. Do you curse yourself the moment after you’ve lost your temper with your puppy? And those sad puppy eyes don’t help either. Their eyes, drawn with a curiosity and wonder, can really help open up your reflection. Maybe you realize you didn’t have that steller patience you thought you did. Or perhaps you don’t have that strict hold on your temper. It could even lead to reflections about what you really want in life. These puppies are powerful, I’m telling you! And they don’t even try.

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Do you believe me now?! Getting a puppy is a great introduction to a mindful and meditative lifestyle if you haven’t already begun that path. Although Noke is a handful, she makes me appreciative each day. Get a puppy to stay hungry and fit!

BONUS KITTY PIC

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