Posted Date: August 4, 2008
Sometimes it takes "going public" to get things done...
Photo by Pix 'n Pages
My name is Elizabeth Dott and I love agility. I have been participating in the sport for about 15 years now and I started in USDAA before there was any other form of agility. USDAA is my favorite venue and it will always have a special place in my heart.
I am currently showing my fourth dog, a very talented female Border Collie named Alibi and things are going as well as can be expected for me. I still get lost on course, can't get to places I want to get to and am out of breath at the finish line.
Why? Because I am overweight. I am not just a tad overweight, I am 100 pounds overweight.
When I was in my 20s running with a lot of weight on my joints, was cumbersome but doable. Now at 35 it is impossible and I am to the point where my joints will no longer take the abuse. Not only do I still not get where I want to go but now I am in pain while I am doing it. My back hurts all the time and my foot feels like it's on fire when I run. Agility now has become a burden to do and the fun is no longer there for me.
I have tried to diet in the past only to fail. I have taken off 50 pounds only to regain more later down the road, but this time is different. What's different you might ask? Well this time I have decided to go public.
I wanted to throw my hat over the fence so to speak, like Kirstie Alley did when she started her first Jenny Craig ad. Once you have declared your intentions on national television it is hard not to complete your goal. So I decided to use YouTube. I made a video, introduced myself and told the world, or rather the world according to YouTube, my story.
I intend to lose 100 pounds over the course of a year. I invited everyone to watch me change into a different person before their very eyes.
To my surprise, I was totally embraced by people doing the same thing. Soon I had a small fan club of people who were cheering me on during the week. This helped, because how do you disappoint so many who have come to help you stay on track? Once a week I make a new video telling about my successes and my mistakes and they are all right there to cheer me on.
I decided to take my public weight loss journey one more step and involve the agility community. I decided to form a list, called Get Fit 4 Dog Agility, on yahoogrooups and the response was overwhelming. Within one week I had 50 new members with a total of 71 as of this writing. All the people wishing to join had the same issues I had.
I can't keep up with my dogs, I am always out of breath, and I am so unhappy with all this extra weight. Now I have two support groups to draw strength from and at this point I don't know how I would even begin to give up.
Over the past two-and-a-half weeks I have lost a total of 10 pounds. I have 90 more to go, but I know I can do it. My goal is to attend Nationals next year 100 pounds lighter.
If you want to watch my journey just go to YouTube and look up "airalibi" for my videos. If you wish to join our list, check out yahoogroups.com and type in "getfit4dogagility" on the search bar [Editor's note: it is not necessary to type the quotes]. For all of us unhappy with our weight, we can do this together.
Elizabeth Dott lives in Orlando Florida and has been competing in USDAA events since 1994. She owns three Border Collies and competes with her two girls, ADCH Golden Gem's Airtight Alibi and I'll Fly with You Sophie MAD. She is a dog groomer and student pursuing a degree in Marketing and Advertising.