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07:04 pm: The Nutritionist

On the way home with the prescription yesterday, I stopped at Noodles & Co to eat. I was keeping track of what I'd eaten yesterday and calories, protein, sodium, and fat to show the nutritionist today. When I got home I napped for three hours and read the paper.

The Petmate Le Bistro Programmable Pet Feeder came, and between my dry hands and its slick plastic, I had to carefully move parts over to the computer desk to put it together and program it. I hope this will help Loki and Junie lose weight without so many problems with just one serving of dry food a day. I set it for three 1/4 cup portions a day and so far, they're fine with it. Loki was the first to look, before it let out a serving, and he went to eat when the food came out. I hadn't seen Junie eating until just a few minutes ago, but she hasn't been whining at me, so I was pretty sure she had. Earlier, Spirit went across the living room to the end table that matches hers and kept listening for it to put out food, but she missed the time.

I really needed to clean Junie's litterbox yesterday, and the Peapod delivery could have come by 7:30pm, so I set the VCR to watch NBC News at 7pm and got that done. I watched the tape and then the delivery came. I got everything put away but the cranberry juice and folded the heavy bags. I'd ordered a different kind of snackie to keep in the bedroom so Loki had something when Junie had her (pill)pocket and he was very happy and wanted more.

I went to bed at 10:30pm and tried to read until 11:15, but I kept going to sleep and only got 15 pages read. I happened to be awake at 3am when the feeder gave out food again, and Loki went and looked at it. I was awake for a bit and read more, but was back asleep at 4am. I woke up at 11am and was off to Kaiser at 1:30pm. I put the prescription in, had labs (my new tube high -- 22 at a time!), picked up the prescription, and read a bit before the nutritionist called me in.

I gave her a copy of yesterday's eating and told her that from my point of view, I need to get more calories (I had 750 and I'm supposed to have at least 1000) and more protein (I had 21gr and am supposed to get almost exactly 50gr) and how did she think I should do that. The fat was quite low and the sodium was fine. She agreed, but she wants me to eat more often -- three meals a day and two snacks -- plus more food. I just wanted to make it to the required amounts, not so much food. I'll have to look over the meal lists she gave me and see if I can do that. And no, I haven't eaten since noon, and I'm not hungry and don't know what I'm going to eat.

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Date:September 13th, 2010 04:27 am (UTC)
Good luck with the cat diets. It sounds as if your new contraption will help with that.
My little dog had to lose about 2 lbs. (from 17 to 15) and we're almost there. Thankfully, he's such an agreeable little guy who never complains and is very polite (and quiet) when he begs that it wasn't a big deal. Now I just have to figure out how to maintain his weight.
Wish it would be this easy for people :-(
I hope you and the nutritionist can work things out so you get what you need and eat as much or as little as you feel like.
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Date:September 13th, 2010 09:09 pm (UTC)
Unfortunately, nowhere other than the Amazon reviews does it say that 1/4" size food bits are too small. In the instruction book, it says -- ?" -- that may have been meant to be numbers. I usually have food with 1/2" bits, but PetSmart was out of that, so I got Mature instead of Indoors. It's letting enough else out that I just reprogrammed it for twice a day. They'll likely get the right amount with that. Next time I'll just make sure I get the right dry food.

I'm glad Jerry is almost where he needs to be! I'm sure he'll keep begging, though. :)
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