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Wag the Dog

I have retired from teaching and I am investigating what life is all about in these years beyond work. One of my goals is to be healthy so I can do those things that are important to me. I am convinced that activity is the key and learning new things. I believe in challenging yourself and trying something new even if it is uncomfortable.

To 'wag the dog' means to purposely divert attention from what would otherwise be of greater importance, to something else of lesser ...
I have retired from teaching and I am investigating what life is all about in these years beyond work. One of my goals is to be healthy so I can do those things that are important to me. I am convinced that activity is the key and learning new things. I believe in challenging yourself and trying something new even if it is uncomfortable.

To 'wag the dog' means to purposely divert attention from what would otherwise be of greater importance, to something else of lesser significance. By doing so, the lesser-significant event is catapulted into the limelight, drowning proper attention to what was originally the more important issue. The expression comes from the saying that 'a dog is smarter than its tail', but if the tail were smarter, then the tail would 'wag the dog'.
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I would like to get in shape and have better health by lowering blood pressure, cholesterol and weight!

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*at least 30 - 40 minutes of cardio a day
* strength training every other day using different muscles
*mix up my exercises so I won't get bored

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Getting in the habit of exercising everyday. I love to hike and walk but the strength training needs work. Love snowshoeing this time of year! Burns calories!

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Detox to start off the year and loving how it makes me feel! Finally I am starting to lose weight as well.

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ROSEWCI
9/1/2011 7:52:42 PM

THANKS for the hula hoop & kind words!! You're a gem!

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PANSYLADY2
8/23/2011 9:35:28 PM

Thanks for the comment on my blog today. I, too, have to make sure I get out and "among 'em" as I get way too comfortable with my own company. After dealing with people all day, I want to tuck in at night and not interact with anyone, but that isn't always possible. Oh, well.



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F8CONE8
8/8/2011 3:56:26 PM

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Yup that is where I live Coos Bay Oregon on the Southern Oregon Coast. I love it here!



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MYGOLDENBOYS3
8/1/2011 9:47:46 AM

Thanks for explaining WAG THE DOG. I have three dogs that insist I not take that route. They come over and poke their nose/head under my right arm to keep me from typing or writing. Love that phrase and will remind myself of it from now on! THANKS. Have fun on the Kayaking. Let us know how it goes. Yes, retirement is great! Best fun I have had in years.
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ROSEWCI
7/16/2011 9:07:47 PM

I'm going kayaking w/a Spark friend.....& it's gonna be my very first time! I have no idea about the specifics! Jodi & her hubby are experienced, so I'll defer to their expertise! I'm just so excited to be going! emoticon



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