Back to School

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In my ever changing quest to find myself, I have decided to go back to school.  Well, decided, enrolled, and start class tomorrow.  I am going 100% online, so technically I have already begun my work because they load it ahead of time.

The decision to go back to school was not a hard one, deciding what I wanted to do, and where to get my degree, that was the hard part.  Searching for an online university is not for the faint of heart, you have to have a keen sense of bullshit, and a willingness to say no thank you.  Being a Baby Boomer, I am very skeptical about getting an online degree, but with my job and obligations, this is my only choice if I am going to do this.  When I first started looking, I was naive and ended up having to talk to a lot of people, some less scrupulous than others.

For those who do not know if you go out to the great big world of the internet and search what you are looking to do, not every site has the best intentions.  I found a site that seemed good and the site wanted me to tell it what I was looking to study, how I wanted to study, etc.  I filled this out, and mistakenly gave my contact information I am not exaggerating when I say more than seven schools called me within 10 minutes.  Most of these schools were what many like to call diploma mills; others were reputable.  All were too fast, and it was overwhelming.

I took a step back and decided to search without giving anyone any information until I was ready to apply.  After more than a month of weeding out many, it came down to two different colleges.  Both not for profit and both had physical locations that have existed for almost 100 years.  I finally narrowed down my major and made my choice.

Because I do not have enough school work to do (this is a lie) I will come back and tell you all where I am going and what I decided to study and why.  For now, though, class starts tomorrow, and I have about 32,076 hours of school work to do before next Sunday.

Get Outside

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I mentioned yesterday that I started hiking; this picture is from one of our local trails, one of my favorites when I need an easy hike to take the puppy or just relax.

My hiking so far has been local, fortunately we have a lot of options in the area, and I can take an easy hike or be challenged, depending on how adventurous I am feeling.

I am by no means an experienced or exciting hiker, but I do enjoy getting outside, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is not currently doing it regularly.

Go hike, take the dog for a walk, go downtown and see the sights, really whatever gets you outside.  I promise, you will be glad that you did. 🙂

The Only Thing Constant is Change

The title of the contribution today is attributed to a Greek Philosopher, Heraclitus.  He is known for his philosophy that everything is constantly in flux, like the flow of a river.  I do not know much about Heraclitus, but I do agree with the idea that change is constant.

I work in an industry where change is necessary to stay ahead of competition, to keep our customers happy, and to stay relevant.  If you are a parent, change is certainly constant in your life; in the blink of an eye your children grow, they change from a dependent child, to an independent adult before you know it.

I could go on and I am sure you could each come up with examples of change.  But by the time we do that, things will have changed, so I will leave it at that and change the topic to me, and my absence from this blog.

It has been about a year and a half since I posted on this blog, and the last post was really just a lame re-post of an earlier entry, so technically it has been almost two years since I have posted an actual entry.

It is going to take more than one entry to go over the last two years of my life, but here are a few highlights –

  • One of my daughters got married
  • One of my daughters got engaged
  • I purchased a home
  • I have started and stopped and started running more than once over the past two years
  • I started hiking, that has been great
  • I got a new puppy
  • Weddings are expensive

That is all for today, I just wanted to get my rhythm back, and keep it light for today.  I am hoping to have enough to say from the past two years and from the day-to-day.

I should, after all, things constantly change :).

 

 

 

Cheaters never win, and…

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I found out today that someone I have run with in the past has cheated in several races.  It really disturbs me that someone would do this.

My journey to get healthy through running, exercise, and better eating has been pock-marked with successes and failures, I could never imagine cheating myself out of this journey.  I think the thing that bothers me the most is this person, much like me, does not look like your “typical” runner.  When you struggle with your own demons and add in what others think of you it can be hard to keep going sometimes.  To have someone soil that with cheating is distressing.

I know this person does not represent me, yet I cannot stop being angry about it; the cheating was deep too, over at least three races.  Just to get people to think you are running and to get medals!?  If someone puts a medal around my neck you better believe I earned it!  Earned it with every painstaking mile, squat, and push-up.

Do not cheat yourself out of your accomplishments.  The way you live your life is up to you and you should not be ashamed of who you are.  If you do not want to run, don’t; if you want to eat fast food, eat it; if you want to smoke, then smoke.  But do not pretend to be something you are not.

There are too many people in this world who cannot do the things that I am able to do; people who are ill, or depressed, or otherwise unable.  To soil you ability with cheating is just wrong.

I had to get this out here so I can stop thinking about it and move on; thanks for reading my rant.

Give me a break! Or not…

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I have used this little bit of advice in my blog before; but it bears repeating.  Giving up is NOT a good idea, changing your course, changing your method, changing what you are trying to accomplish are OK, but giving up is not.

I took a break from my workout routine for the past couple of weeks, not really giving up, but I had a horrible sinus infection and some tiny bit of drama going on in my life so I “took a break”.  Here are the TOP 5 reasons it is not a good idea to take a break –

5.  You lose ground, all of that hard work to get where you were, and now that you have taken two steps back that is an extra two steps you have to take again.

4.  You know you want to workout, your mind is craving it even if you body is trying to convince you otherwise.

3.  You start to think of other things to do, like eat too much, or spend too much, or watch some awful reality TV.  I will not knock you for wanting to have an extra glass of wine though ;).

2.  People still ask you about your running, boot camp, progress and you either have to lie or tell them about your “break”.

1.  The number one reason not to take a break – your body will hate you for it!  When you get back to it and decide that an hour of leg work at boot camp one day and then a run the next day is a good idea; your thighs will scream at you like a colicky infant!

Understand that I do know there are times when you have to take a break, injury, severe illness, etc. even my sinus infection could have warranted a few days.  But two weeks!?  No way!

Do yourself a favor, the next time you think you are too busy or too tired instead of sitting down and resting go for a run or to the gym.  I have never regretted working out, but I have regretted NOT doing it.

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