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Dog Lovers Understand These Things When Their Dog Passes Away

Dog Lovers Understand These Things When Their Dog Passes Away

Losing a dog is never easy.
Knowing that your four-legged friend will never be by your side to cuddle while watching TV, or chase birds with you is heartbreaking. The important thing is to cherish the good memories and find comfort in the fact that your dog had a happy life in your home.

Here are some other things that dog lovers go through after their dog passes away:

Your grief might not be recognized

The feelings someone experiences when a pet dies is often labeled as disenfranchised grief; this type of loss is not recognized by other individuals as a major life event, especially by those who have never owned a pet. Other experiences that can be associated with disenfranchised grief include abortions and perinatal death. Your dog’s death may not be something to mourn over with others publicly as you would a deceased person, but your dog was still a major part of your life and you know that all the stages of grief are applicable in this situation as well.

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You know that pet loss support groups can help

Animal rescue organizations like SPCA offer meetings free of charge that cater to pet owners who have recently lost their furry friends. You know how important it is to have support groups like these, since not everyone can relate to the loss of a pet.

You know that having a funeral can help provide closure

It is important to give your pet a proper ceremony and invite those who knew them, so you can share good memories about them. You also know it is important to ignore anyone who thinks a funeral for your beloved dog is unnecessary.

You know that getting rid of any reminders can help

Throwing away your dog’s favorite chew toy might be hard, but you know that it is an important step in moving on. Anything that serves as a reminder of your dog should be removed from your home, otherwise the grief process will become a lot more difficult.

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You know that a new dog would never replace your old one

When you start thinking about getting a new dog, you know that it will bring joy to your life, even if it cannot replace your old one. You know that sometimes the best way to get over the grief of losing one pet is to occupy your time caring for a new one.

You know that it is important to maintain a daily routine for your other pets

It is hard to go on your daily walks with one less member of your group, but you know it is important to stick to a daily routine, for the sake of your other pets. Your pets are very sensitive to any emotional or physical changes in their home, and it is important that they can still enjoy their familiar routine.

You know that remembering your dog on special days is important

It will be hard, but taking a moment to remember your dog on their birthday or the anniversary of when you first brought them home will bring you joy in the long run. Sharing a happy moment with loved ones through reminiscing about your dog is an important way to memorialize them and work through your own grief.

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You know guilt can be present

There can be a certain level of guilt that you feel surrounding the way you acted during your dog’s last days. Maybe you remember the time that you yelled at your pet for having an accident on the carpet or that you didn’t walk them as long as you usually would have due to stress at work or at home.

You know it will take time

The way that people grieve is different for everyone and it is important to also remind yourself that grieving takes time. You may feel sad one day and angry the next. It is all completely normal.

You can experience complicated grief

Mourning the loss of your dog is a normal emotional state, but you know that sometimes it can turn into something a little more complex. Complicated grief is when mourning turns into something like depression and it is a serious condition that should be remedied. You know that losing your dog is a life event that has impacted you greatly and that you need to keep tabs on your grief in case it turns into a mental illness.

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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